Mufti Menk – NO SACRIFICE – NO EID

Mufti Menk
AI: Summary © The speakers stress the importance of understanding and embracing the Islamic calendar, fulfilling requests, testing behavior, and finding forgiveness. They emphasize the need for patience and faith in achieving Islam's goals, including fulfilling requests and achieving willpower. The speakers also emphasize the importance of not cutting bad habits and not moving on from them, as it is the ultimate goal. They stress the importance of learning to love each other and finding forgiveness, as well as finding a way to become the ones who value and love Allah.
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Today is the day of the great sacrifice.

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You and I hear the word sacrifice.

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If you know what it means,

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it is not something easy. Someone says, I

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have to sacrifice.

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That means I have to do something that

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requires great determination.

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It requires belief, conviction, and strength.

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And without that you will not be able

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to sacrifice.

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So what you need to know is

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as much as it is the greatest celebration

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in the Islamic calendar,

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we need to ask ourselves.

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What is it that I

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have sacrificed or am prepared to sacrifice

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for the sake of my Lord, Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala?

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Ibrahim alaihis salam, the father of the prophets,

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Abraham, may peace be upon him.

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He was very close to Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala

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mainly because

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he followed

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every instruction

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that Allah gave him whether he understood it

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or not.

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When Allah told him to leave his family

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in Makkah

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and proceed, he did not question.

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When Allah told him to sacrifice his son,

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he did not question.

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When Allah told him to build the Kaaba,

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he did not question.

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And so on. The list is almost endless.

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So many things Ibrahim alaihis salam did simply

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because he knew the instruction

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is coming from Allah.

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The instruction is coming from Allah. When Allah

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instructs,

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that's it.

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Allah Almighty.

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Allah Almighty knows what He is saying. He

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will never tell you something

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that is harmful for you. In fact, anything

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that Allah has prohibited

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is harmful.

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If you don't understand how it is harmful,

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that's not Allah's fault.

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It's your weakness.

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And anything that Allah has made compulsory

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is the only way you're going to get

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closer to Allah

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If you don't understand how or why, it

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is your weakness.

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It's not Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's weakness at

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all. When Allah tells you, you pray 5

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times a day, this time, this time, the

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the the other, the next time, the next

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one and the following,

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you listen. It's your sacrifice.

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Do you know when you look at Ishmael

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alaihis salam and you look at all the

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other messengers, in fact look at the message

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of the Quran.

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Allah Almighty tells you that

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bear patience.

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Bear patience when it comes to

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obeying the instruction of Allah.

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Instruct your family to pray

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and be patient

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when it comes to fulfilling the command of

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Allah. Do you know what that means?

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Patience is divided into 3 in the Islamic

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context.

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Number 1, the patience that is required

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or should I say the strength that is

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required to fulfill the commands of Allah? It's

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called sabr. It's called sabr.

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That part of sabr is actually the strength

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that is required

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to fulfill the instruction of Allah. When Allah

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tells you do this, it's not going to

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be a joke. It's not going to be

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a walk in the park. It's not going

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to be easy. It's going to be tough.

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And you require

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a certain type of sabr, which is a

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strength

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together with determination

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and belief. If you don't have belief and

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conviction, you won't have sabr. If you don't

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have the strength, you can't have sabr. You

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need to have the willpower, the conviction.

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You need to want to please Allah.

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When Allah tells you do something,

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Instruct your family to pray

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and strengthen yourself through

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in order to fulfill it correctly.

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That means you're not going to be able

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to fulfill salah if you're a lazy person

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or you're not determined or you don't have

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a connection with Allah.

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So Allah says,

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be strong and do it.

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When Allah tells you to do something,

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you need to know it is for my

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benefit.

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If Allah tells you you have to give

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out a certain amount of your wealth that

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we gave you, then you need to know

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by doing that, not only are you going

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to please Allah, but there is benefit for

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you. It cleanses you. It purifies you. It

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brings you down to earth to realize that

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all the wealth that I have is not

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going to actually help me the day I

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die unless I have spent it in the

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correct way and done the right thing. I

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earn it in a proper way and I

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spend it in the right way. That is

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why Allah makes it compulsory for you to

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give.

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Imagine someone's earned.

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They can say if they not If they

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don't believe, this is mine. Why should I

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do what you want me to do? But

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we believe. We will say we earned it

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how Allah wanted us to earn. We stayed

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away from what Allah did not want us

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to to earn.

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And when we spent, we spent it how

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Allah told us. The same applies

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when Allah tells you fast in Ramadan from

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this time to this time. If you miss

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it by a few seconds, it's gone.

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When Allah tells you don't eat and drink

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and don't do this, you have to understand.

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It.

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Allah does not want me to do it.

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You see in the pillars of Islam,

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some of them Allah tells you to do

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things. And some of them Allah tells you

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to abstain from things.

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For example, when it comes to Ramadan, Allah's

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telling you stay away from what? Food and

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drink. And when it comes to prayer, Allah

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is telling you do it. It's more like

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testing your plus and minus. Right? Multiplication

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and division. All these tests from Allah in

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order that when you go back to Allah,

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you would have done the right thing and

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earned His pleasure.

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Similarly, when it comes to Hajj, why does

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Allah love it so much? And if you

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look at the first pillar of Islam which

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is the Shahada,

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we are saying there is no one worthy

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of worship.

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None worthy of worship.

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Nothing worthy of worship besides Allah. Why do

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we say this? Because we are

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declaring

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that whatever my Lord instructs me, that's my

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instruction.

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He is the only one worthy of telling

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me.

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Allah

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owns

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creation. He made it. Who made you?

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Whoever made you, does he not have the

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right to instruct you? He made you, man.

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Today you you are a father and you

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feel that's my son. That's my daughter. Let

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me instruct them. They should listen to me

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because I'm the father. What about your creator

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who created you completely?

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Don't you feel he has the right to

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instruct you and I? He definitely does. He's

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the owner and the only owner

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of supreme instruction.

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For him belongs the instruction.

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When he tells you something, that's it. It's

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final.

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A true believer, male or female, when Allah

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or his messenger

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instructs,

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they do not feel that they have a

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choice in that regard.

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They know there is no choice in this

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regard. This is the way it is and

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this is the way it shall be.

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And I follow and I obey. So Ibrahim

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alaihis salam was instructed to sacrifice his son,

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Ishmael.

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And

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what did he do? No questions asked.

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He went to follow the instruction of Allah.

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Allah replaced it with

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a ram

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and Allah kept the memory of it up

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to the day of judgment.

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More important

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than the slaughter itself

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is what is known as the taqwa.

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Allah says the meat is not going to

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get to to Allah. The blood is not

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going to get to Allah But rather what

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gets to Allah is the consciousness,

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the development of the correct relationship as a

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result of the sacrifice.

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What is known as the taqwa.

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When you have that correct sense of

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relationship with Allah, what we would term the

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consciousness, the fear of Allah in the correct

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sense. That is what gets to Allah. Allah

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wants that. So now

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the crux of it is the following, and

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listen to this very attentively.

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You and I have bad habits.

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Some of them are bigger than others.

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Are you prepared to put a knife today

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on those habits,

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those sins?

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There is a man who was prepared to

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put a knife

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where it didn't make sense to general human

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beings

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to slaughter and sacrifice your own son.

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But if Allah instructed it, he said, well,

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I'm prepared to do it.

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Allah is not telling us to sacrifice our

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children. No,

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not at

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all. It won't be and it will never

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be.

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But Allah is telling us

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sacrifice for the sake of Allah,

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Cutting out your habits. Put a knife to

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your bad habit. Today is the day. Then

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you have the reason to rejoice

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for the sake of Allah. I cut out

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something for my maker. Only for Allah I

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can do this. Someone else, you may not

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be able to do it for them. In

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fact,

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people do it because someone they love tells

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them, don't do this. You know, you get

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married and your spouse tells you, well, if

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you do this, I'm gonna leave you. And

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say, no. No. No. I won't do it.

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Allah will leave you. Imagine then what will

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happen? But still through his mercy, he says,

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no. I give you another chance. Another chance.

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You're breathing. Yes. Well, then you can always

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come back to us. Make tawba, seek the

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forgiveness. Come to me. I will forgive you.

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Today is the day of rejoicing. If you

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are prepared to cut your bad habits and

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to sacrifice to fulfill your obligations unto Allah,

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go and enjoy the day. Go and enjoy

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it. You deserve it.

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But if you're not prepared to move an

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inch regarding your bad habits and you're not

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prepared to move an inch regarding fulfilling the

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instruction of Allah, Be it your dress code,

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be it your prayer, be it your whatever

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else it may be that you know you

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need to get done for the sake of

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Allah. In that case, do you deserve

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to celebrate?

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How can you say, Masha Allah, eat Mubarak

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Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allah is

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the greatest Allah is the greatest La ilaha

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illallah wallahu Akbar None worthy of worship besides

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Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allahu Akbar wallahi

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lhamd Allah is the greatest. To Him belongs

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all praise. But you're still engaged in your

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bad ways, your bad habits, and you don't

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even want to think about it for you.

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This is just a day of food and

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drink and let's go and check out the

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meat and how much we're cutting and how

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much we're going to eat. And the braai

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we might have or the barbecue, they call

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it in some countries. And, subhanallah, that's what

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it's all about. Let's go and eat and

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drink.

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You're only supposed to rejoice when you deserve

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the party, so to speak. You don't just

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have a party every day for nothing. There's

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a reason.

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This is the biggest party that we could

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ever have as believers.

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It is the biggest day of rejoicing. You

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and I deserve it. Look.

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The hujaj who made hajj.

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The day preceding the day of Eid is

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the biggest day. The biggest day and the

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day of Eid.

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The day of Arafah precedes the day of

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Eid. What are they doing? All of them

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are calling out to Allah crying for forgiveness

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and for their needs. Right? They are asking

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Allah, forgive us and help our brothers and

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sisters everywhere at the moment in Palestine. You

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know what's going on. Allah knows better than

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you and I. Our brothers and sisters are

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being butchered. That's the word.

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We ask Allah to grant them victory, to

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grant them protection.

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We would be failing in our duty if

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we don't mention our brothers and sisters suffering

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throughout the globe.

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We think of them. We pray for them.

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Each one should do whatever is in his

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or her capacity to help, to assist, to

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alleviate to the best of their ability. And

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each one's on a different level. But nonetheless,

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you and I know

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that the day of Arafah, everyone is crying

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to Allah to meet their needs, to help

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them in their own personal lives, in their

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families, communities, in the Ummah, in humanity at

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large. And And what happens the very next

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day? In fact, in the evening they go

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to Muzdalifa

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and thereafter they go to Mina. Why are

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they going to Mina? To pelt shaitan.

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Shaitan must not come in the way

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between you and the instruction of Allah. Never

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pelt

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him.

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I seek protection in Allah from shaitan, the

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accursed.

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And you repeat that and you say it

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because Allah tells you in the Quran

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that whenever the Shaitan tries to

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lead you astray, seek Allah's protection and Allah

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will protect you.

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And then

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they pelted this devil,

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Jamrat al Aqaba. It is called with 7

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pebbles.

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More than the pebble,

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shaitan physically is not there. There is only

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a demarcation of where he was at one

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point. More important than the devil that you

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are pelting in that particular way, is to

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remove the devil within within.

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I have bad habits. I'm going to cut

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them out. I'm going to take them out.

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I'm not going to allow shaitan to come

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and attack me. And one after the other

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to bog me down, to make me continue

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in my bad ways, to make me lazy

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regarding

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the obligation unto Allah. To get up for

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salatul fajr requires

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great determination.

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It requires belief, strength and determination.

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Without those 3, you're not going to get

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up for salatul fajr.

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Are you determined?

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Do you really want to prepare for the

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day you are going to meet with Allah,

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which could be today? May Allah take us

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in a way that He's pleased with us.

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If you want to,

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just tell Allah right now, oh, Allah, help

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me to sacrifice for your sake. Help me

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to understand the truth of this particular day.

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The sacrifice, the greatest sacrifice, the sacrifice of

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Ibrahim alaihi salam.

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The reward of it is so great. Allah

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says it's the biggest day. The best thing

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you could do is to sacrifice,

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to sacrifice your animals. What's the point of

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eating the meat? Every time you have some

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meat or you see those animals, tell yourself,

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do I really deserve this? Have I really

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sacrificed anything for Allah? And here I am

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celebrating

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a sacrifice

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for Allah.

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So this is it. This is the message

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that I have, and this is exactly where

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we stand as believers. The day of sacrifice

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is a great day.

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Mend your relationships with your family members

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because that is an instruction of Allah in

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the Quran.

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You have issues in your circles.

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Mend the relationships

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or try your best to mend them for

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the sake of Allah.

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Remember, it's not easy to get on with

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people, different temperaments.

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Everyone on earth has a different method, a

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different style. Even brothers, they have a different

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way of thinking. Sometimes it could be similar

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to a degree, but it's not the same.

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Why did Allah make you that way? To

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reward you when you navigate through that bearing

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Allah in mind.

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That's why Allah has made it that way.

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Learn to love each other for the sake

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of Allah. The ummah needs you and I.

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This is the day of sacrifice. We are

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going to enjoy. We're going to rejoice. Look

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at the takbir. We say the extra takbir.

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Right?

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That day of the hujaj, the day of

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Eid, they go and pelt

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for the sake of Allah.

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Thereafter they slaughter animals for the sake of

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Allah. Thereafter they shave their hair or they

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cut their hair for the sake of Allah.

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Thereafter they go back to Makkah and do

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tawaf known as tawafulifada

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or tawafulziyarah

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with sai between safa and marwa for the

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sake of Allah. Why does Allah want you

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to do all of this? In order for

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you to realize

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you

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are in need of Allah.

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You and I

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are in need of Allah.

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Allah does not need us. We need Him.

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Listen

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to

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this

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verse.

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Allahu

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Walgani

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Oh people,

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you are in desperate need of Allah.

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You are in need of Allah and Allah

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is totally

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independent.

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Allah is totally independent.

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Allah is full of praise, the owner of

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praise. Whether you praise Him or you don't

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praise Him. Whether you worship Him or you

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don't worship Him. Whether you follow Him or

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you don't follow Him. It does not decrease

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His value at all. He is

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the creator.

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Then Allah says, if He wants,

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He can delete

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you. He can do away with you. He

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can remove you. He can destroy all of

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you and replace you

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with a different creation altogether.

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And then he says,

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and that is not difficult for Allah.

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He can do that. May Allah Almighty not

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replace us. May we be the ones who

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worship Allah. Yes. You and I are human

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beings. We have human weaknesses.

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Sometimes we have a tendency to like certain

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things.

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Allah says, regulate it. You want something?

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Make sure you get it in a way

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that is pleasing to Allah, not in a

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haram way. And if there is no way

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to get it except through the displeasure

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of Allah, then you leave it.

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Someone involved in homosexual

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acts, for example,

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there is no way that you're going to

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regularize that. You have to cut it for

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the sake of Allah. If you'd like to

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earn the pleasure of Allah, you're going to

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have to cut certain things. Someone can't say,

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well, how can I regularize this? If you

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want to steal someone else's property, you can't

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do that. If you want

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to get something that's not yours, for example,

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or that Allah does not allow

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someone who is addicted to alcohol, addicted to

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adultery and they say,

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how can I make this alcohol permissible? There

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is no way to make it permissible. You

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will have to abstain. That's what it is.

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May Allah Almighty grant us all goodness and

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ease.

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This was just a short message in order

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to remind us, and once again I end

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with it as well. Let's sacrifice for the

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sake of Allah. Beautiful sacrifice, and we'll enjoy

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the day. Don't do that which is displeasing

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to Allah. The days are numbered of all

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of ours. And remember something,

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people are suffering across the globe.

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They need us, they need you and I.

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And one of the best ways is for

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us to change ourselves.

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That's the beginning, and then everything else will

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happen. How do we change ourselves?

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Sacrifice for the sake of Allah. This day

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of Eid comes every year.

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Why? Because Allah wants to remind you again

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and again. A year has passed. What did

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you do?

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Another year has passed. What did you do?

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A 3rd year has passed. 30 years have

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passed. 50 years have passed. You're about to

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go into your grave. What did you do?

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Seek the forgiveness of Allah. Allah is the

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most forgiving, the most merciful. Something that brings

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me so much of joy is when you

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know that your Lord is the most kind,

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the most compassionate, the most forgiving, the most

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amazing,

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the most unique, the greatest,

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the one who is absolutely magnificent. That's my

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Lord and yours. Don't lose hope in his

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mercy. Seek his forgiveness. No matter what you've

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done, he will forgive you.

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