Ramadan 2006 – Durban – Day 11

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad wa ala Ali he was happy as mine.

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In the name of Allah, most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all his followers until the day of pm on May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all truly from amongst those who are following Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on a drama beloved brothers and sisters and dearest listeners, we need to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for having blessed us with beautiful seasons within the year. One of those seasons happens to be this month of Ramadan, a season of the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala that are multiplied during this month. And we need to seize the opportunity to

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gain closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala in this month, with the idea that after this month, we would be much closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala and every year if we make this a habit, then inshallah in a few years time we will achieve excellence and we will be very happy with our own development. It will result in inner peace, contentment, and much more. May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us two verses, which we read in last night's tarawih which I'd like to interpret before moving on to tonight's verses that were in. The first verse is connected to the fact that the spoils of war when it comes to the battlefield, and the Islamic rules governing the spoils of war, that are

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taken from the enemy or what is known as the booty.

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There are rules that govern the distribution of this particular booty. It is not according to my desire or yours or it is not according to the desire of the commander of the army. No, it is according to a law's desire and wish and he says in the opening verses of the tense Jews and the tense para, the tense chapter of the Quran Allah subhanho wa Taala says, One Lamo

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wanting to

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die Shai

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Formosa,

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Kimani Sebby, you should know that when it comes to the booty, and the spoils of war,

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definitely Allah subhanho wa Taala To Him belongs 20% of it automatically and immediately, and to the Messenger of Allah and to the poor and the needy and so on. So from this, we understand that unlike the laws that govern the various armies of today, in Islam, whatever is found, and whatever is taken from the enemy, it does not necessarily become the property of the one who has taken it. No Is it allowed to be usurped unjustly and incorrectly, but everything must be channeled through the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala 20% shall go immediately to a certain direction, and the other 20 will be distributed according to the command that wish of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho

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wa Taala grant us understanding another verse connected to last night's recitation as well, is regarding the commander ship of the Muslim army at any given time. And the fact that the soldiers of a Muslim army should bear in mind that the one who is right at the top always shall issue instruction according to the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And ultimately, no one will be allowed to transgress the commands of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and Allah says, if we are united, and if we are solid as one unit, and we move forth without creating splits and cracks within ourselves, then definitely we shall win.

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And for this reason, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We're out we

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move hola janas

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Shalu habari fuku follow Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and His messenger

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and do not dispute with one another. Because if you do that, the Quran continues to say, you will be unsuccessful and you will lose all your power. The minute you begin to argue with one another, and debate with one another, in an in a manner that is not conscious

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at all, then obviously it will only result in hatred. And if the members of the oma hate one another, what goodness do we expect to come out of that collective oma, which has just forged a unity but in essence, there is there are cracks, deep cracks within the center. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us unity. And for this reason, in Islam, we are taught something very, very simple and straightforward. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, first uno, de

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la la Muna Beanie Baby, it was zobo always ask those who know those who have knowledge of revelation always ask them when you do not know. And to follow it through except the answer. Sometimes we might not understand what we are told. But we should realize the authority of the person we've asked, Why did we ask that person if we did not accept their view? At times we have what is known as fatwa shopping.

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I know there are many moles and Mashallah, in South Africa, there are plenty moles and then Alhamdulillah there are plenty of teas as well. But sometimes people have a bad habit of what is known as fatwah shopping. They would go to one place and ask a Mufti a question regarding divorce. When he says it is all complete, and there is no hope, no way forward, they would then say no, that was too expensive. Let's go and look somewhere else. And they go shopping elsewhere until they find the price that suits their pockets. This is unacceptable in Islam. This is the taboo Rojas which means following that, which is easy for oneself and this is what is unacceptable. Let us sit decide.

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If we really would like to ask such and such a person go and ask them whatever they say. You should understand it is fine. Unless obviously it totally contradicts the Quran and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in which case i'm sure none would have even gone to ask such a person in the first place. So today, if we have not understood something, rather accept the ruling, and then try to understand it, that is what is important. Accept the ruling and try to understand it, rather than disregarding it not accepting it and creating a war within oneself. No contentment shall be found for such a person. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding so

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Allah has explained that follow Him and follow His Messenger and do not dispute with one another because you shall be unsuccessful and you lose all your mics and all your power shall be lost. Today, the oma the largest, according to my own view, the largest following of any religion, the following of Islam, and the Muslims are the largest in number larger than any Christians can compete with. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us all understanding, but the reason why we do not feel the power of the Muslims, we exist in small pockets throughout the globe. And that's it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala unite us And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us true strength, I mean,

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then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of spending in his pass and we know this is the month of Ramadan, and we know that we should be spending and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of some of the qualities of the Bedouins two categories of Bedouins, those who are miserly those who are stingy on one hand, and on the other hand, those who loved to spend, when we have to work out our own Zakat, we should ask ourselves, are we miserly? Do we really try and win

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in fingers for ourselves? Or are we trying to give out as much as possible? If there is something doubtful, for example, are we from amongst those who would rather have that for ourselves or give it away in the past of Allah? subhanho wa Taala? That is a question.

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There is a lot of Islamic activity Mashallah. And a lot of it is very, very thirsty for our wealth. If you take a look at other religions, for example, they would happily give away 10% of their salary without batting an eyelid. And really and truly, they would progress because every single one of them is dedicated towards that contribution. Yes, in Islam. It is left to our Eman if a person ducks and dives and cheats when it comes to Zakat, none besides Allah subhanho wa Taala will deal with such a person. No one can come and roll up their sleeves and say right, pay us the cat. No, it doesn't happen like that in Islam. No Imam or alum can chase you out of the masjid because you

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haven't paid your zakat. Most probably nobody would know. So this is the difference. We out of our love for Allah should give it out. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says he is the one who has

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Except Stobo and he is the one who accepts these charities directly. If we give it out, we are doing ourselves a favor. We're not doing anyone else a favor, and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the Bedouins wamena the MA Tokido Ma, si como en

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casa de como de la.

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In the Assam, Bedouins whom they regard as

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they regard as a debt that they are giving, they regard as something very burdened for, that they are giving you when it comes to giving out charities and giving out their soccer. They regard it as a huge burden and they are giving it out and they are hoping that something bad befalls you so that they can stop giving in the future. One category. The other category, Allah subhanho wa Taala describes one verse later, amin

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Bhima

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de lor. They are some of the Bedouins who believe in a line the last day.

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And that belief in Allah and the Last Day leads them to spending in the path of Allah and considering it an act of worship and act of closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the chance and the opportunity to spend our wealth whilst we are still alive in the right course. Today, it is amazing. If we look around us, what do we find? We find not only extravagance, extravagance is not the word, we find expense upon expense, extremely unnecessary, just to boast and brag. If we take a look at a lot of the weddings that are going on today, are we not guilty let's be honest, of boasting of showing off and 90% of the time that type of a marriage

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would suffer turbulence within the first year, because there is no Baraka. The Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, In the mean of aminika, he Baraka is ohama una, definitely, that nikka which has the greatest Baraka is the one which was the simplest, the least amount of expense, if you'd like to feed, feed, but not to boast possibly pick up a group of poor people feed them, call a group of friends 10 2050 Do you know that at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?

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He once invited his companions to a walima What did he say? He said, Look, inshallah we will be

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eating together each one of you bring a plate of food and we shall put it together and eat, imagine Nabi sallallahu, alayhi wa sallam the most beloved. And obviously that is why there was so much Baraka in the marriages at the time today, unfortunately, it's become a show. Why do we have to mention this? It is the month of Ramadan, we need to ask ourselves, strictly, I have got so much wealth, how much have I spent in the path of Allah? How much have I spent such that I can get up tomorrow and face Allah subhanho wa Taala happily, proudly, and say that Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly has granted me the opportunity of spending in his past, but unfortunately,

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sometimes we spend it just to show people I've had a 10 course meal 15 course meal that needs to stop. And if it has happened in the past, we should engage in Toba and is still far and inshallah for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let us conscient eyes ourselves and everyone else to say this is not how it should be. I've got a daughter. My worry is not how many people I see that her marriage. My worry is Will she be happy or not in her future? And what will happen to her offspring? What type of an example Am I setting? What if tomorrow we don't have the wealth? You will have others who go out and borrow bank loans in order to throw parties that are unacceptable. Where then

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can we expect happiness from Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who love to be told the truth. Remember, when we are told as it is, we should really smile and we should be happy, even if we are guilty of it. Remember, it is Allah subhanho wa Taala who makes people utter words and we should not feel that such and such a person is attacking us such and such a person is blasting us no that is incorrect. If that is our attitude, then we join the ranks of those who are not interested in the message when it came to them. Rather we be from amongst those who say yes, we have heard in the past and it is time to change our ways. Because the Muslim

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Ummah is bleeding, we can see where it is bleeding, and we are guilty of placing bandages where it was not yet bleeding and leaving those who are bleeding to bleed until the point of death. I hope we've understood

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What I'm trying to say, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all acceptance, and May he accept our wealth in the right direction and not in the wrong path. I mean,

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then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the goodness that man likes, and men always make dua. In fact, surah Yunus, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the various prayers of men, and how hypocritical men is. When goodness befalls men he forgets a lot. And when evil affects men or something bad overcomes a person. Suddenly, you find that person calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how men loves goodness to come so quickly, that Allah says, If I were to let the bad that a person deserves, not just bad, as in punishment, that one does not deserve no, but bear that a person deserves. If I were to let it come to that person,

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as quickly as that person would like goodness to come towards him, then by now, the time the fixed time of expiry of that particular person would have come.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and this is the verse

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while Ginola huning

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Jalla

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Irina kuliah Isla him,

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If Allah subhanho wa Taala had to bring forth as quick as possible, the evil towards men in the same way that man loves, or in the same speed that man loves goodness to come towards him, then the time would have come, punishment would have overtaken every single one of us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, save goddess. From this verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala is drawing our attention to turning to him and asking him even at times of ease, this is what Allah subhanho wa Taala is drawing our attention to. Sometimes we are guilty of only asking Allah at times of difficulty, we need to change that when we are sitting was everything on the plate and Alhamdulillah we have absolutely nothing to

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complain about. Then we need to be found in the masjid. Then we need to be found more making dua to Allah thanking Allah subhanho wa Taala seeking protection because that is a person who is truly grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala and the very next verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says was either medicine

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or either Ms.

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Bo Donna Lee Joby

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in

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Marrakech,

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Morocco. Mia, Dona

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when we will affect men, we find him calling out to us was lying down while sitting and while standing, and then when goodness befalls the person and when that evil is taken away. Man continues as though he'd never called out to us. And as though it probably was his own intellect that got him out of the problem. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all steadfast and strong.

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Thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of

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good company. And I'm sure we all understand the importance of good company.

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All you need to do all I need to do all anyone needs to do is just watch, see a few examples around you. And that's it. We will learn. Sometimes when a person is young, they have not seen examples. But as you grow older, you just need to watch see people look at their inclinations, and see who their friends are. Most probably their friends have the same inclinations. Even good people sometimes when they are in the company of those who are bad and evil, they become evil.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us in this regard, and he says

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telco law how aku ma saw d O you who believe be conscious of your Creator and always be always find yourself in the company of those who are truthful always be in the company of those who are upright and truthful. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those whom when others are in our company, they can benefit rather than us sliding into the bad habits that that others may have. Sometimes a person may have a job. If that job takes you to a place that is haram and unacceptable. It is your duty to change that job because very soon if you

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are visiting for example, with the excuse of work, nightclubs and so on. That is totally prohibited very soon, that will pool will suck you in, in a manner that nobody will ever be able to pull you out. And anyone who tries to pull you out, will probably dive straight in behind you or will earn your off. May Allah subhanho wa Taala says God all of us, it is important. Some people lose track and they begin to say, Well, this is work, not realizing that that is what company is all about as well.

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And when we go out to work, even the environment within the workplace, make sure it is compatible to Islam, and make sure it conforms to the Islamic teachings. Because if we are in an environment, whereby we find Haram, we find ourselves intermingling, and we find ourselves in constant contact with that which is haraam. There is a great chance that shavon may beautify that hair on one day, and we might find ourselves really and truly from amongst those who will regret. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us understanding, then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the day of the AMA. And he says on that day, when everyone will be resurrected, it will seem as though just an hour has

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passed, life will will have seemed to everyone so short. Today, if I am to ask myself, or anyone who is here, anyone listening to summarize

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their entire lives. I'm sure most of us within a few hours at least or an hour, we'd be able to mention the highlights in our life. And to us, it seems like a few days,

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to everyone, it seems like just a few days, we know in our knowledge that it is yours many years at times, but we do not realize that sometimes. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says on the day of the AMA life, which everyone has spent on earth will seem so insignificant, that everyone will look at each other and they will recognize each other Allah subhanho wa Taala says they will recognize each other. And it will have seemed so insignificant. It was not worth all the transgression in this earth, it is very, very short lived. And in order to understand this, we need to look at those who have passed away. Look at those on that deathbed right now as we speak. Look at how helpless they

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are. And think to yourself, what sin have I committed one day, I might be on my deathbed just like this, then Won't it be too late for me to think to myself?

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Why did I waste my time in the past, so I'd rather change now. None of us can guarantee that we are going to have a death after prolonged sickness, which is a mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala because it gives people the opportunity to turn to Allah. But we might die in a car crash, we might die suddenly heart attack, we might die being shot, then we wouldn't have had time to repent. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us repentance in the season of repentance every evening, he calls out who is there seeking forgiveness that I can forgive? How many of us have actually answered the question of our own creator, to say yes, I am seeking forgiveness Forgive me Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala

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forgive us all.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned thereafter of the fact that this Quran and the verses in the Quran are all cure, cure of every type of sickness, cure first and foremost of the spiritual sicknesses that man goes through, cure thereafter even of the physical ailments and cure thereafter of all forms of superstitious problems that people go through. Allah subhanho wa Taala says

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sukhadia Khadija

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Mira deikun, or she's

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Lima su sudo.

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Mini many people

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from Europe unto you has come,

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a message a warning. And that which fuels the hearts first and foremost spiritual to all the verses of the Quran are so powerful. We need to read them in a melodious voice and understand them and put them into practice and learn more and more about the Quran.

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People who follow other religions are guilty of not knowing their own book, they are guilty of not knowing their own book. Many of them don't even know more than a few verses of the book.

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Are we the same? Do we have the same guilt over

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Are we guilty of the same? If so, we need to change that. Let us all spend time a day every single day, set aside time in order to learn the Quran, how to recite it. To understand it, let us set aside a time no matter how old we are, to learn even a few words of the Arabic language, because that is a blessing language. And believe me, when we read the Quran, knowing the Arabic language, the taste of it is really and truly something else. One would not want to even stop reading the words because they are so powerful. Imagine if enemies of Islam like Amara katavi, Allahu anhu, prior to his acceptance of Islam, could just hear a few words and those words, shook them and really

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made them cry and turn them forever and ever. Why then ourselves as Muslims, we read Quran after Quran and it hasn't even tickled us. We read verse after verse two after Surah 114 sutras complete one one Quran a month, and it hasn't tickled us our spirituality hasn't moved. There is something wrong. When I'm on top and the lights, read one verse two verses five verses, and their whole lives changed. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us strong. And may He make us from amongst those whom, in the same way, we went to varsity. And in the same way, we went to school spending hours every day, eight hours a day, six hours, 10 hours a day trying to learn a few books, which will help us earn a

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few friends for another 20 years of our lives. May Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us and accept us to give even more importance to his book that will take us beyond this entire life and into the earth here are forever and ever. How many hours are we prepared to give for that course. And it is not impossible for us to make our minds here now today to say I'm going to give an hour a day in order to learn the Quran. And then again, as I said, and I've explained it in the past, it is very dangerous for a person single handedly to try and extract rulings from the Koran. It is incorrect. The rules and regulations of the crime. We need to consult the allama learn under the tutorship of

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Ebola in order to comprehend the rules and regulations of the forum. But the other verses of the Quran connected to stories of the past and connected to historic facts and so on, and the miracles that Allah subhanho wa Taala has put forth in this creation. Those are easy for everyone to understand. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly make us from amongst those who can learn the Quran and who can understand it. And may He make us from amongst those whom the Quran affects and has a great impact upon immediately. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala resurrect us with those who have mastered the Quran. Because we have heard that those who have mastered the Quran will be

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resurrected with the NBA and the prophets. So May Allah resurrect us with them as well. I mean, and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention thereafter of those who have believed those who have accepted Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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If He willed all mankind would have accepted and Allah subhanho wa Taala says also, anyone who sees the light it is through the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala For this reason, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has asked us to make a dua Allahumma mckinleyville kulu kulu bana allergenic, O Allah, the One in whose hands are the hearts, the one who turns the hearts keep our heart steadfast on this Deen and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for hidayah and guidance, because even though we might be as intelligent as we are, sometimes if guidance is not written for someone, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, My

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God Allah whomsoever Allah has decided to keep in this guidance, none shall be able to help that person, no one at all. Nobody and whosoever Allah has decided to guide none shall be able to misguide that person, so ask Allah subhanho wa Taala guidance in one Hadith, which is a hadith bootsy Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, Eva de

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Lune in lemon had a to festa dooney a deacon. Oh, my worship is all of you are a stray besides the one whom I have guided. So ask me for guidance. seek guidance from me and I shall guide you Subhana Allah, the Hadees continues to say yeah, anybody can look

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upon to who has any money or income. Oh, my worship is all of you are hungry. Besides those whom I have fed, so seek sustenance and food from me, and I shall feed you. The Hades continues.

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To say Abadi colloquium, Irene illman, COSATU festac, Sunni axiocam Oh my worship is all of you are naked, besides the one whom I have decided to close, so asked me to close you and I shall cover you. Cover you meaning not only the clothes we see on ourselves today here, but covering even our weaknesses. It is Allah subhanho wa Taala who beautifies that? Oh who leaves a parents that which is beautiful and he covers up that which is ugly, our habits, our secrets, everything Allah has covered it may Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us all on the right path. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all guidance. I end with one verse we are loss of Hannah who were to Allah finally says

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O you who believe? Indeed the truth has come to you from your Lord. Whoever would like to take it has definitely taken it and it will be of benefit for himself none other than himself. And whoever has decided to leave it after the guidance has come to that person they decide to forsake it and to leave it and to throw it away. It will only be harmful and detrimental against that particular person. From this, we understand that the message of Dean will always come to us and it is up to us to take it because if we take it it will benefit us if we don't Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to question us and it will be to our detriment that we reject the word of truth. When it comes to us

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May Allah make us from amongst those who can surrender to the truth at all times are sort of Lahore Silla, mobarak Allah and Amina Mohammed Subhan Allah who panic alohomora Hamza Ganesha La Ilaha, Illa, anta Mr. Furukawa to wake