Ramadan 2006 – Durban – Day 18

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah most Gracious, Most Merciful. Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa B Hina Stein. Also Leo sallim ala Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Germaine All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and all his followers on arola beloved brothers and dearest listeners, we think Allah subhanho wa Taala for having guided us to this Deen had it not been for his guidance and his mercy, we would have indeed been astray. May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us on the straight path. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to rectify our weaknesses and may He make us from amongst

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those who are conscious of him at all times. Tonight Alhamdulillah we commenced with the recitation of Surah minimoon. And I'm sure we are well aware that the term mithoon refers to the believers and the reason why Allah subhanho wa Taala has named the entire surah after the believers is in the opening verses of the surah. Allah subhanho wa Taala explains certain qualities of people who qualify to call themselves believers, we need to ask ourselves the question, do we qualify to call ourselves believers? Alhamdulillah we do call ourselves believers. But do we really and truly live up to the word May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all success and may He make us conscious, the

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five major qualities that are mentioned regarding the true believers and the qualities that they are meant to be having? Allah subhanho wa Taala commences with announcing success for everyone who is a believer. And that success is for those who are believers and who have within them several qualities, a few of them are mentioned in this particular surah and Allah subhanho wa Taala starts with Salah he does not say right at the beginning he does not say those who read their five Salah Yes, that is the sixth point that he has mentioned in these verses, those who establish their Salah in a regular manner, there are five Salah in order, but the first condition is those who are

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concentrating in their salah

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and levena whom feed him

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those who are once they are in the condition of Salah are concentrating fully sure they are

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they are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the fact that they are engaged in the highest act of worship they can be that is Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us conscious there is one Hadith that springs to my mind. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, It is reported that he said Should I inform you?

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Which is or which sign of the AMA will be one of the first that you will notice.

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And the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu responded yes or prophet of Allah as meaning inform us. What is the quality

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that will be found or the sign of the AMA? That will be noticed first? And he replied very clearly. You Shiko untied hula mesquida Gemma rotten fella Tara fee or Julian Sasha. Very soon a time will come when you will enter a Masjid with a full jamaa a Masjid whereby congregational prayers are being led, and not a single person will be concentrating.

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Today we have the songs of Bollywood and Hollywood, which happened to come into our massages through the cell phone, the mobile phone 20 years ago, if I were to have told you or if anyone was to tell you that do you know people will be playing music in the masjid? We would probably scoff at them. We would probably laugh at them. What do you mean? You mean the songs of Madonna and so on will be played in the masjid. That is impossible. But today Do we not hear all sorts of tunes and tones in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is a massive sign of the AMA. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us? May Allah protect us it is worth leaving our mobile phones in the motor vehicles, it

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is very much worth it. Even if that mobile phone is stolen. We don't want to become a statistic and the sign of a moving sign of Yama, may Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us the same applies. People come into the masjid they talk to one another. They make a noise they disturb not only themselves but even others that is a sign of the ummah. When we have little children making noise at the back is a sign of tm when we have women who are who happened to be coming into the masjid for the wrong reasons and even men who come to the masjid for the wrong reasons we know that it is highly discouraged.

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For womenfolk to come to the masjid May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding, in fact according to some of the muda hibbett is prohibited. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the understanding but for those who have come into the masjid, we must understand they are etiquettes that need to be observed. If we do not observe them. We will definitely become part of the moving signs of the AMA, Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the opening verses of surah Menon

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una de la Vina de Sala tiempo

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when leadin Latina woman in love with

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one Latino

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Latina woman, Li fujimi.

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Allah says successful are the believers, they are the ones who are in total or maximum concentration in their Salah, and in the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala in their Salah, and they are the ones who abstain and refrain from that which is vain and unnecessary. How many of us can abstain from unnecessary speech, that speech which would hurt others speech which is not called for at all?

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There is a quality of a true believer, I'm sure we've heard the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he has said or where he has said, Man, can you mean Oh Bella, he will yo mill a theory for nickel ion Alia Smith, whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day truly, whoever believes in the day of reckoning should either utter that which is absolutely beneficial, or should keep quiet.

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Now let's ask ourselves do we really do that? uttering that which is beneficial, or keeping quiet, if we don't, we can become more conscious of it in sha Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can use our tongues correctly. It is the sign of a believer when we abstain from that which is unnecessary that which is obviously evil is very, very much aboard in the Sharia. And we need to abstain from it.

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And over and above that even those things which at times are just a waste, a waste of time. Sometimes our tongues are dirtied and messed with bad jokes that we happen to be saying to each other which are absolutely unnecessary. Just for a laugh. Yes, if those know if those jokes are within the framework of Sharia, we won't say they are not permissible. But at times, we stretch the limits, we begin to joke about others and about tribes and about clans and about different colors and races and different denominations and religions. We are not allowed in Islam to joke about even those who worship other gods besides Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't joke because it will cause or

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result in them joking about Allah subhanho wa Taala and we would have caused it. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions the third quality. And Allah says, those who give out their soccer, those who do their soccer, they engage in their soccer. And some of them have a syrena have mentioned that the word fat Elune file means the one who does his soccer, the word does is actually used because and this is the explanation of some of them have a serene they say because to go out to earn a living with the correct intentions and coupled with the intention that you are Allah, if you give me I am going to spend in your path that becomes a person who has engaged from the very beginning in the act

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of Zika

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Yes, one thing is now you've got the money and you are fulfilling the Zika Alhamdulillah but the other is you do not have the money but you are going out to work. And one of the intentions underlying intentions of going out to work after sustaining yourselves and your families is earning a livelihood so you can spend in the right path and gives the car so that intention must be from the very beginning. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can fulfill these occur and actually work for it from the very beginning. Then Allah says those who protect their private paths straight direct. Allah subhanho wa Taala has spoken to us if you are a true believer, you will

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ensure that your private paths are protected. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and assist all of us and our offspring and the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Zina and adultery fornication is on the increase throughout the globe. Allah subhanho wa Taala his Ross will descend on those who do not turn to him and he has mentioned that in the next surah which inshallah we will get to. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala also makes mention of something that we happen to be lacking in nowadays and that is fulfilling the promise if you are a true believer, you will fulfill your word even if it results in the loss against you. You will fulfill your word and your promise

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your appointment you will live up to it and you will you will

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live by it and make sure that people have the correct image of the entire Islam and Deen that was sent by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam or by Allah subhanho wa Taala through the messenger salallahu alayhi wasallam. Unfortunately, we have become very, very selfish when it comes to promises we make. When we make promises sometimes after a while we see that no this is detrimental for myself, so we conveniently go against it. Even if we've written it and it has been signed by several witnesses, we still happen to go against it. These are not the qualities of true believers. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has warned us very sternly to say true believers are those

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who stick to their promise. If you have given your word you shall stick by it. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us all the steadfastness to adopt that. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, When levena whom Allah Azza wa t new hires

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those who safeguard their Salah mufa Syrian have explained that this is referring to the number of Salah the first item was referring to the quality of Salah, now, it is referring to the quantity and it is referring to the fact that there are five Salah in the day, we need to protect them safeguard them very interesting point that I have come across when it comes to guarding your Salah, there are two meanings one meaning is to make sure you fulfilled it to make sure you have engaged in it in the right time and at the right place inshallah and also in the right manner, that is one once it has been fulfilled to safeguard your Salah also entails that you do not beg bite others cheat, deceive

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and so on because as soon as you do that, that Salah is given away to them you did not safeguard it. So when you come on the day of the AMA, you would have read your Salah in the first stuff in the masjid five times a day. But because you slammed that one spread accusations about that one rumors about this one, deceive this one cheat that one cheated that one. So you may arrive or one may arrive on the day of the AMA May Allah save us all from that and find that there are no solo next to his name, though he had read only Salah because he did not protect his Salah. One is to fulfill it, the other is to protect it. This verse says when Medina whom Allah Allah wa t him you have

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those who protect their Salawat in every single way. And Allah says if you've succeeded in doing just that, hola como

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PUE those are the heirs who will inherit paradise, and they will dwell there in forever. May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us. Now if we move on to Surah minion and the other verses in the same surah, we will come to notice that there are several stories of some of the ambia alayhi wa salatu salam, the highlight that is being mentioned, or the main point that is being driven home here is the fact that these ambia Allah hemos salatu salam were told that you people are just human beings like us. There is no difference between ourselves and yourself. You claim to have the rank above us you are coming to us and commanding us to do good and abstain from bad or to do whatever you are

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commanding us to do, and to abstain from whatever you are command or commanding us to abstain from or prohibiting. But you are just human. Why didn't Allah send down an angel had he so wished he would have sent an angel and we are more prepared to accept the message directly from an angel than from a man. So Allah subhanho wa Taala. In order to clarify this has made mention of several verses. And there is another point that they raised as well. And they mentioned that we are not going to be resurrected, this is a life we are alive, we are breathing, now we are enjoying whatever we are enjoying, when we die, we shall just end netic that's where we all end that is the expiry and there

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will be no existence after death. This was the belief and this was the argument. And for this reason you find on the first page of that 18th Jews where Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions in Surah Menon regarding the creation of men, why does he speak about creation because he wants to remind every single one of us as well as the co founder of a long long time ago and all those who exists today and those who come up to the day of the AMA that in the same way that we created you We shall also resurrect you. Allah subhanho wa Taala says after mentioning the various stages of creation, first he created from soil and then that soil water was mixed with it and it became muddy and clay, the

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clay then Allah subhanho wa Taala said B and it was a human being and thereafter semen and sperm was used with the OVA or the egg

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In order to reproduce, so sometimes you find the Quran says, We have caused reproduction through sperm, we have caused the the creation of man through soil. These are not contradictions in the Quran. This is just mention of the various stages of the creation of man. I have heard some of the non Muslims who have come even to myself and they have shown us the Quran and said, Look here, there are contradictions in one place. Allah says He created you from clay. The other place, he says soil, the other place, he says dust the other place, he says semen, the other place, he says a clot of blood and so on, there is no contradiction at all. In fact, these are just explanations of various

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stages, commencing with the initial original stage where there was no even dust, there was just a command of Allah subhanho wa Taala B and it was, then the dust came into into play. And then the water came, the soil came, the clay came the shape came then the command came B and there was now a human being. and thereafter the reproduction of the first human being was through the river of the male that existed who was Adam, Allah salatu wa salam. So even if Allah says, we created you from the rib of men, he would not be contradicting anything. It is a fact of life and thereafter, the male and female as we know, except in the condition of Jesus May peace be upon him. He Salah is

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Salatu was Salam who was born miraculously without a father, he has no father, he only has a mother. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of all the stages then he says

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once you've come into existence, the next thing you wait for his death, once we cause your death, the next thing you shall wait for is resurrection Subhana Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is already clarifying whatever the kuffaar had to mention, even at the times of the previous ambia Anima salatu salam, and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned in the story of new Allah, his salatu salam, as I said, Maha De

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Luca murie.

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Allah Allah,

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Allah OSHA,

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Inca Masami

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honey in this man who is Noah May peace be upon him new Allah is salatu salam is only a human being just like you. This is what was uttered by some of the people of his time.

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If Allah will, he would have sent down an angel. Definitely we are not going to be resurrected, they said we have. In fact, we have never ever heard this, even with our forefathers, none of them had told us anything in this regard. And the last panel what Allah makes mention in Surah, mithoon, that many people when you inform them what the truth is, their argument will be our forefathers have not done this. Our forefathers did not do this, our forefathers used to do this, this and that and we are going to follow their footsteps and Allah subhanho wa Taala. As he has warned those of the previous nations, he warns everyone else and he mentioned that we need to know what is right and

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wrong. It is manifest it is clear it is in front of us. It is never too late to rectify our ways and habits. And Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention also of who the Allah is salatu salam.

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And Allah says his people told him the same thing and I told you this is the point that Allah is highlighting here. Allah says that who that is salatu salam people told him Madhava Basha Lucan the precise same statement, this person is only a human being like the rest of us are like the rest of you. Why is it that Allah did not send down an angel or why is it that he is now coming to us and he is pretending like he is bigger than the rest of us more virtuous than all of us yet? We all breathe. We are all in need of food. Yeah, kudos.

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Kowloon. I mean, whoa, he eats from that which you eat from if he was a prophet, he would have eaten from heavenly food or the Lord Almighty Allah subhanho wa Taala would have dropped food from heaven. Why shabu?

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shabu and his drink is similar to that which you drink from why How can he say that he is a messenger when everything is similar to you. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned in the next surah or in fact, the surah after surah to know which is known as total Furqan. And I just like to mention this point because it is related. We Allah tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that yourself as well. The people around you are telling you exactly the same. Why does this messenger go to the marketplace?

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Why does this messenger eat and why does he drink? And why does he have all the feelings that we do? So Allah subhanho wa Taala clarified that as well in suitable for con and here Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed these verses to clarify and to comfort Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to say Don't worry, what they told you what they are telling you right now, they have already told all the messengers before you that they were human, they ate, they drank, why didn't Allah send an angel and so on. And even the people of who that is salatu wa sallam told him

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to come, come to Morocco.

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Is he informing you or giving you an appointed time? Is he promising you that when you die, and you return to the soil that you are going to be resurrected? Hey, hat, hi hat. Lima two.

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Very far, very far is that which you have been promised? So they were speaking to one another, telling them that it is at a distance it is very impossible for us to be resurrected. May Allah make us from amongst those not only who pay lip service to the fact that we believe in resurrection, but may our lives be led in such a way that really and truly we can stand up and say that we have prepared for the affair. The ultimate hope is the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala but that does not stop us from preparing for the era. So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter makes mention of masala is Salatu was Salam story and do you know what the precise point is highlighted here? What did he say?

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When he Moosa and Harun Allah Hema Salam came to him? Nope minoli Bashar II name is Nina. What

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should we believe in to human beings who are just like us, and there are people are worshipping us around the sea, which means Vanessa is supposedly according to fit around Vanessa in was worshipping Him. So his argument was the same that Moosa and Harun alayhi wa sallam if they were sent by Allah subhanho wa Taala they would not have been human beings. And he says, are not minoli Bashara intimate Lena should we believe in to human beings what just like us? Do you see the point of highlight is precisely the same in every story that is mentioned in this particular Surah Surah Menon and thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala very, very aptly addresses all the profits, clarifying

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the statements. Why is it that these profits eat food and why is it that they drink from what we drink? Allah says, Yeah rasuluh mina

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marusan

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in edema, Luna Annie, oh, messengers of mine, eat from that which I have provided that which is pure eat. Don't worry about those people. Don't worry about their accusations and their statements. Eat from what I have provided Pure Food and do good deeds. Definitely Allah subhanho wa Taala is all knowing Allah subhanho wa Taala is all knowing he knows what they conceal and what they utter, and he knows what everyone conceals. And what what everyone utters May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can acknowledge the status of all the prophets. And we should not be from amongst those whom when we have a Lama who come to remind us, we are to statements like Who does he

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think he is, if we are going to say that we fall in the brackets of those who troubled and harassed the MBR AlLahi wa salatu salam, we are now harassing those who are passing the message to us just because the terms we don't like the message because we are guilty. We have a guilty conscience. Why? Because guilty conscience because we are engaged in the evil that they are prohibiting, and that message is loud and clear from Allah subhanho wa Taala. It was not meant to miss our ears. May Allah make us from amongst those who can leave evil. When we've been reminded and even prior to the reminder, we need to study our own lives and look at what we are engaged in and whenever we are

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engaged in evil, let us try and eradicate it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the description of those who will die. Those who did not believe in the ASEAN when they die, and they see the reality Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and let's listen to the verse

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to call on 00

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to 10

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in Kalamazoo

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when death will come to one of them, they will say, Oh our Lord, oh Rob, grant us a return. Now we've seen let us go back we shall do deeds that are better than these deeds, grant me a return so that I can do good deeds in that which I have left back and Allah subhanho wa Taala will say nay, that is just a statement that they are uttering or that he will be uttering such a person will be uttering, even if we were to return them, they would repeat the same process and return in a similar position. May Allah subhanho wa Taala

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help us to understand how fortunate we are that we have firm belief. And may He also grant us Jen in return, I mean, and Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Surah Surah to the moon by mentioning a beautiful day, which I'm sure all of us can always keep our tongues wet with Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says, to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the order and command is to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam to utter this to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam uttered this to us so it became a sooner wakulla bill feel welcome.

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He say oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, oh my lord, oh my Rob, forgive me and have mercy on me. For definitely you are the best of those who have mercy. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can say this, or bill feel.

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He mean, if Allah himself had asked his own messenger to utter this, surely, if we utter it, we will be blessed. And Allah will forgive us and Allah's mercy will descend upon us. Then we have sudo to know the surah which shows us the deeds, that if we engage in them, we will achieve new in the dunya and in the era, and the deeds, some other deeds, if we engage in them, it will result in the snatching away of the new from our lives in the dunya. And in the ashira. Allah subhanho wa Taala commences with Xena and Allah says the punishment of the male or female, who commit Zina is to be lashed. 100 lashes in public. And obviously this is in the case of those who are virgin, those who

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have not been married, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. And I'd like to highlight a certain point. We all know that today, the West happens to attack Islam when it comes to the stoning to death of a person who's married and engaging in adultery, or extramarital affairs and so on. We know that Islam has prescribed the death sentence through stoning, it will never be changed. There are people unfortunately, who have argued with this, no

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one who has said that it was a verse in the Quran.

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And it was in Surah Noor and it was recited. But the recital of it was abrogated, and the rule was still applied and is still implemented. And he says, We stone at the time of the Prophet and we stone thereafter. Do you want to know the verse is abrogated? It's no longer in the Quran. But let me read it for you. A Shea who was shy to eat as and I

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mean, Allah, Allah who has his own hockey team Subhana Allah, it is a verse taught to us by Allah when he says, when a an older man or woman which means those who have been married or who are married, have committed Zina, they shall be stoned to death without any doubt. And that is a punishment from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the law is all powerful. Now comes the big question.

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Is this a punishment? Yes, it is a punishment, but it is more a deterrent than a punishment. Why do we say that? in history, all those who have been stoned to death have only been stoned through their own confession, never through witnesses. And I hope we can understand that. So never in Islamic history. Have people been stoned to death by the witness of the witnesses the for good Muslims who have actually seen the act of Xena. It is impossible. It hasn't happened to this day, as far as our knowledge goes, but those who have been stoned have only been stoned because they themselves have asked to be stoned. And even in Nigeria, when we hear of the media blasting the Muslim mean and

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saying that oh such and such a woman was supposed to be stoned all that is actual

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fabrication misinformation. No one was ever meant to be stoned. Yes, there was a case and I'm sure you are aware as well as I am of the job of journalists, they need to sell the story and in order to sell it. It needs to have

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spices in it. I'm sure a lot of us would know the meaning of the term masala and mich Yes, that is exactly what they need to sprinkle over a story. And that is why they say, if found guilty may be stoned to death. Yes, that may be true. But in Islam if a person is found guilty without any doubt whatsoever, that is the only time that that particular ruling will apply. But if there is even a speck of doubt, they will not be stoned to death, they will be punished by a lesser punishment and a lighter punishment. And we've spoken about this the day we spoke about these cutting of the hands of the thief. So it is not something which is bad in Islam. It is more a deterrent. And sure every

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single one of us when we hear the verse or when we've heard the ruling of stoning to death and the lashing of those who commit Zina doesn't it do something in our hearts to say yeah, Allah, what a punishment Yeah, Allah safeguard us from the sin. Yeah, Allah forgive those who may have engaged in it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all mozila and May Allah subhanho wa Taala resurrect us with the MBR Allahu salatu salam. So believe me, it is more determined than anything else, but it stands and it will never be changed. May Allah subhanho wa Taala says goddess in the case of a person who openly commit Zina in public, whereby for good Muslims, I've actually witnessed the act,

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then they surely would deserve that because they have now publicize their sin and they are encouraging others to engage in immorality. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of Xena in the opening verses of surah to No, no coincidence, it is because a person who keeps himself or herself away from Xena and protects his or her gaze, Allah will grant them an automatic Nur in the dunya and in the archaea.

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And that is really and truly it is a hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whereby he says such a person will be called on the day of the AMA to be given their prize in the public whilst everyone is watching. And in the case of the men, that prize will be an yester min al Felicia, he will be told to choose from whichever hole he wants, he will be told to choose why because he protected himself from the women who are not legal for him in this particular dunya May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard so it is no coincidence that this is the beginning of surah to know and Allah subhanho wa Taala in Surah Noor also makes mention of accusations and that is probably the

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in fact the most highlighted point in this particular surah is the point of accusing others of Zina one is to commit the deen but the other is to accuse people. Allah subhanho wa Taala says those who accuse believing women and those who accuse others of Zina if they don't come up with for good Muslim eye witnesses, they must be lashed at lashes in public and their witness must never ever be accepted. And they will be from amongst the facade which means the sin is those who have gone out of the straight path. to accuse someone is such a serious crime if we are to engage in it. Allah snatches the Nur away from our lives, the contentment away from our lives, Allah will create from

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ourselves or our offspring, those who are accused of even bigger crimes. So May Allah protect our tongues from accusing others and inshallah tomorrow we will continue with surah to know and we will move into surah Furqan. May Allah subhanho wa Taala says goddess And may Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly goddess know in the dunya as well as in the alpha male Allah Subhana Allah to Allah have mercy on us and our offspring protect us from sin and May Allah protect us from all evil. May He protect our tongues as well from being missed by accusing others was Allah wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Subhana Allah home or behenic Allah Allah Elana anastasiou, Karna

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