Ramadan 2010 – Durban – Reminders – Day 02

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka, Allah Abadi, Hilary mostofa Baba.

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All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us, our offspring, our family members, those from amongst our progeny to come up to the day of piano. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all and keep them steadfast on this Deen. I mean, honor the villa beloved brothers and sisters, dear listeners, firstly, we need to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving us an opportunity, really, and I'm going to say this because this is how I feel, for giving us an opportunity to experience that recitation of the mapa. When we are right in front of the

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Kaaba, the sound that we have there, I think we should think Allah subhanho wa Taala that if you for a moment have to take yourself there. It will make you feel that you are right there. That's what it does to me. Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to be thankful for that gift.

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First and foremost, secondly, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us forgiveness on this night as well just as we made a dua last night. The sequence of the verses of the Quran is a very important topic. As I said yesterday, a lot of the verses are actually interlinked. One is mentioned after the other for reasons, sometimes they are verses that are clustered together on a specific topic and then the topic changes. That is all for a reason. This evening, Mashallah. We would notice certain verses connected to what we read last night, in Surah Al Baqarah. If you recall last night we made mention of how Allah subhanho wa Taala spoke to us about salah and Zakah. And we remember

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the verse in the opening or at the beginning of Surah Baqarah where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, what are the most Allah

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to zanka

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establish your Salah and give you a zeca and find yourselves in rakura with the others who are also in recuerde. So we will notice that these are Pillars of Islam in tonight's verses. There are more Pillars of Islam made mention of as you noticed in the second Raka there was the West connected to fasting, which is another pillar of Islam.

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coo coo. O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you in the same way that it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may achieve tekoa look at how taqwa fits into everything. This is another pillar of Islam. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of a lot of the rules and regulations pertaining to fasting in the same surah the second Surah of the Quran. And after making mention of the rules and regulations of fasting, he makes mention of spending as well very, very shortly in very, very brief and that is one of the reasons of it is because it is much more meritorious for us to be spending in the month of Ramadan. The reward is multiplied as we all

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know. And after that, what is the last pillar of Islam that is remaining? The pillar of Hajj so you find the verses after that a lot is what our team has

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complete that Hajj and Roma for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala here we have all the Pillars of Islam are already discussed in the second Surah of the Quran. So if one wants to read just the second Surah of the Quran, they will know all the Pillars of Islam. That is the sequence that Allah subhanho wa Taala has chosen.

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After that, as we all know Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of many rules and regulations governing the Hajj, what to do in arafa what to do in was deliever what should happen should not happen if a person is faced with a particular problem cannot complete the harm, what should happen all these rules are mentioned in that cluster of verses and after that Allah subhanho wa Taala begins to answer the questions that were asked primarily by the Jewish community of Madina munawwara they had many questions and the reason is they were testing the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam to see if what he came with was

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reality if what he came with confirmed that which they had. So they began to ask about the crescent, they began to ask about how they should spend and they began to ask so many things. Some of the questions were also by the Muslim in the Muslims wants you to know certain matters and certain issues and therefore they ask questions and this is why in the Quran I'm sure this evening you heard versus yes Aloo Naka Nila when they are asking you about the crescent?

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What is aluna coronial Mahi. We are asking you about a woman in menstruation.

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When Allah subhanho wa Taala says yes aluna con el hombre when they are asking you about alcohol and gambling and so on. Give them the answers. These type of verses are not there in the Bible. They are not there in the Torah, this is reality. This is actually confirming that these verses are from Allah subhanho wa Taala to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The lesson is for all of us.

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If you take a look at the Bible, you will find verses but you will never find verses where Isa Ali Salaam is being addressed by Allah subhanho wa Taala to say Go and tell the people this and that. Whereas when it comes to the Quran, the entire Quran was revealed to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in order for him to convey that message to every single one of us and he has done so sallallahu ala nabina Muhammad so Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of these questions and then he says silvani is la de la come

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Omaha masala LA and he was telling him you ask Vanessa in you asked Vanessa in how many clear signs we have given them. You will find these in the Torah in the books that have been given to the Jewish people. You will find how many signs how many clear verses we sent down to been to Israel the children of Jacobo Jacob May peace be upon him.

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And this is obviously because they began to ask questions. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says while many Mata la de magia for in Allah hersha D.

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If anyone wants to change these signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala after they have come to them, they will indeed face severe punishment. Allah subhanho wa Taala his punishment is very severe. Then Allah says z, z Naka hire to do

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what is called Luna Amina la Vina.

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This describes what is going on even today. Allah says the kuffaar This world has been made beautiful for them, as though this is the only thing they are living for is to achieve the best of this world, but they forget of the earth era. They forget that there is a life after death. They forget that their whole aim and purpose in life is just from Allah the Creator. The main object is to receive paradise in the life after death. So Allah says the Kufa this world has been beautified for them.

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But Allah subhanho wa Taala says, As for the believers, they will be far above the kuffaar on the day of Yama, when larina choco

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on the day of the AMA, you will find who are the true winners, and this verse is for us all, we might not achieve the best and the most beautiful of this world. But definitely if we are to follow the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala and understand the chests of Allah subhanho wa Taala in our lives and our patients in that regard, definitely for us is the life after death, which is the everlasting life. May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us

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then after having made mention of the issue of menstruation and the questions that are answered by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because the Jewish people very sadly, they keep their women completely separated in a separate room all together when they are moving or when they are going through that monthly cycle. Whereas with the muslimeen different laws have been laid and put in place where we definitely will abstain from sexual activity and being intimate with them. But it does not mean we don't talk to them, we don't eat their food, we make sure that they are in a separate room and so on. This is the mercy that Allah has had on women. And Allah subhanho wa Taala continues after that

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to make mention of other points of mercy upon women. And this is how the women at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam who

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Living during the period of ignorance, we're made to see the reality of the mercy of Islam in the very opening verses of the Quran in the opening verses of this particular Quran where today it's just the second day we have already recited verses where Allah subhanho wa Taala warns the menfolk of how to treat their women. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can be just to our women. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can fulfill the rights of women. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us honor them to the highest degree. Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how divorce should take place in Islam. And how it is something sacred. It is

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a last resort when there is a problem. We don't just utter the words of divorce and I'm sure every one of us would be knowing and if we don't, we need to know now that even if you joke about divorce, and the words of divorce are uttered, jokingly they occur, they occur we should never joke about such matters that are considered sacred in Islam. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is that we treat them fairly if you do not want them, divorce them with respect, Allah says don't hold him back, that they are neither your wives nor are they the wives of others, nor are they single, that they may go and marry others. Allah subhanho wa Taala says up to

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for him Saku Bhima, roofing three

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you divorce only twice, you only use two pallets. And this means when a person issues one pallet, if it is a vocable talaq, they still have the option of getting the wife back. If they issue a second one, it is remarkable, they still have the option of getting the wife back, the minute they utter the third one, Allah says that's enough, it's broken, it's over, it's gone. The third time you have to release them with goodness, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us conscious of our tongues with us and very sadly, in the indo Pak sub continent, people think that to divorce your wife you utter a lot thrice. And that's the way of doing it. Whereas that is wrong.

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If you say that it is like using three bullets at once, why should we lose our lives all three lives at once, when Allah has had mercy on you, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding this evening, I'm not going to go through every single detail of the issues of divorce and how it should be done. But the idea is to create an interest in the heart and the mind so that we can now go out and learn and make sure we know how serious this matter is in the details of this particular topic of Allah. Then after that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how it is forbidden for one to hold back his wife, not giving her a divorce when he doesn't want to live with her. And I think this

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happens on many occasions, where there are people who are just arrogant, they want their women to suffer for some reason only Allah knows. And if that is the case, the woman or the wife has the right to apply for a nullification of that marriage. If the conditions are met, the marriage will be nullified without the involvement of that particular man if he is the culprit and the criminal May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all a deep understanding of Islam and of this Deen that has no loopholes.

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So thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is to breastfeed the child and how important it is.

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We all would know obviously that there are so many campaigns on the globe now about breastfeeding and definitely, it is very, very stressed in Islam It is very important. However, when it comes to divorce people are divorced yet to Allah subhanho wa Taala says the husband should bear the costs of the maintenance of that particular child who is his May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding imagine here, Allah subhanho wa Taala is acknowledging the status of women who were not even considered not even regarded during the period of ignorance at the time of jaha Leah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all the ability to understand the status of women and at the same

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token, may Allah grant the women the ability to understand the level of the men, I mean,

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then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the issue of it the meaning the waiting period after divorce, and the waiting period after a person or after a woman's husband has passed away. There is a waiting period clearly mentioned here and look at how Allah subhanho wa Taala has made clear rules pertaining to the women folk in Surah Al Baqarah in the second suit,

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Have a surah of the Quran. One of the reasons is because as we open the Quran, a person who's not a Muslim would like to look into how Allah subhanho wa Taala or how Islam has dealt with certain matters. These answers are already given to you in Surah Al Baqarah. If you are moving in sequence, the answers are already there. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to grant us understanding Allah says one levena

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como una zois je vous NaVi Fuji

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Botha sure you wash Ah, those who have passed away from amongst you and left wives, those wives should hold in the period of it without getting married for a period of four months and 10 days that we know and the details of these laws should be found out and should be learnt. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us knowledge.

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Thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is for a widow to get married again Subhana Allah, imagine Allah subhanho wa Taala is speaking about how important it is for a widow to consider re marrying. And this is why Allah says don't get married to them in the period of time, but give them a good work. Tell them something which is good, which is acceptable and so on. Once the reader is over, you may marry them. And it is encouraged obviously, because Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself married several women who actually widows and we know about that he only married one woman I shall have the Allahu Allah who was a virgin, a vicar. The rest of them

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were either widows or divorced. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has told this to us in the Quran. It is important we realize and we understand this thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the story of David and Goliath doubt and

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doubt Allah is salatu wa sallam. One of the reasons why this story is mentioned here is also to confirm what appeared in the previous books. In the Old Testament, a similar story is found. And our details are much more accurate. A few days ago, I received an email from a certain person who happened to question the Quran. This person was a non Muslim. And they said, Look, why do you consider the Bible of today not authentic? And I answered a few sentences immediately saying, Look, when the Christians themselves are debating as to which Bible is the correct Bible, and you cannot come to us, when all the Christians agree on one Bible come to us we will consider.

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Now one might say, How can you say that? There is a question asked in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, you can earn money while other fun how Allah we didn't say, if you can prove that Allah has a son, I'll be the first one to worship it.

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But that means you can never prove it. It's impossible. Allah does not have a son. So we will never worship someone saying it's the son of Allah. In the same way, if all of them have to unite, it's impossible for that to happen. Because we all know there are more than 42 completely different versions of the Bible, completely different. Whereas when it comes to the Quran, one version for your information, even the she as whom majority of the Muslim men consider not within the folder of Islam, they have the same Quran.

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Though they might interpret it slightly differently. But we have one Quran amongst the Muslim in amongst those who call themselves Muslims. There is one Quran We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us a deeper understanding, to grant us the ability really to be grateful to him that we have a book that is uncontaminated, not changed at all. Thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about a very powerful, powerful verse, one of the most powerful verses in the Quran ayatul kursi we all know ayatul kursi we are meant to be reading it morning and evening to protect us from shaytan very briefly, I must mention the story behind this surah It is reported in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

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as well that Abu huraira the Allahu anhu was once put and let's listen to the story is very interesting.

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He was once put to guard some of the wealth of Zika by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and they came a man, and that man tried to tamper with this particular wealth of Zika. And Abu hurayrah got hold of him and told him I'm going to take you to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he begged he says, Look, I'm a poor man. I have got family. I have got this and you know, I really it's hard to make ends meet

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I'm sorry I'll never ever do this again Have mercy on me. Abu hurayrah says okay, you can go when he went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Abu hurayrah or the Allahu anhu. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam asked him a question, what happened to the man you caught today? Imagine how Allah informed him already. What happened to the menu court today? He says, Well, this is what happened and he related the story. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Kedah back he lied to you He will be back tomorrow you will see, the following day The man was back. He tried to temper again. And he was caught once again. And Abu huraira Allah Who said this time I'm going to take you to the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and you will be dealt with completely. And he began to say no, now I will never come again. I promise you I'm just a poor man. I was trying my luck here and so on. And I've got family I've got this and that. And I felt mercy on him and let him go. Second time the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked Abu hurayrah What happened? The story was narrated, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says he's a liar. He's going to come to you tomorrow. So the third day, Abu huraira Allah who waited for him, and in his disguise, this man appeared, he tried to tamper with the wealth once again.

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And Abu hurayrah Allahu anhu. Now quoting according to one of the nation's cutting mat, his throat at the shoulders here and says right, you are dealt with. Now we are going to the Prophet sallallahu sallam. He said, Look, look, look, look, leave me. I want to teach you some good words. He said, What are these words? He says, If you release me, I will teach you these good words. So Abu hurayrah Allah says, Okay, let's hear what they are. He said, If you say these words in the morning, or sorry, in the evening before you sleep when you get to your bed, if you utter a certain verse that I'm about to teach you now, you will be saved from shaitan Allah will place an angel to protect you

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throughout the night.

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So what are these words? He repeated the words of ayatul kursi Allahu La Ilaha Illa. Who Well,

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I think we all should go home and read the verse and the meanings of those of that verse. So when Abu hurayrah heard the verse release, the man went back to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and related the story after the Prophet sallallahu Sallam asked him what happened? And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam answered in a beautiful manner. He says, sadaqa

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he told you the truth This time, but he's a liar. Don't believe him? Yeah. bahara Do you know who that was? He says No, I don't. He says that was shaped on himself. He believes that Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us all protection. This Hadith is authenticated. It is a motif of Allah. It is a hadith that is solid May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us all solid knowledge and Allah subhanho wa Taala makers from those who can read ayatul kursi morning and evening. Even shavon is admitting that this will save you from me Subhana Allah.

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So that is the powerful verse that we read this evening. After that Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the story of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was salam, some other details that are also found in some of the previous books.

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And after that Allah makes mention of how to spend in the path of Allah, how when we spend, we must not destroy the reward of our spending by bragging about it, by swearing and by bad mouthing people because if we do that the reward of all the good that we've spent, will go to those who we've wronged. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, when you spend spend with humbleness, humility, we as Muslims are taught that we respect the poor man because he's through his acceptance of our wealth that we are fulfilling one great pillar of Islam. If he wasn't there, how are we going to fulfill the pillar of Islam? Like we respect the masjid because we come here to fulfill our Salah

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the same way we respect a poor man who is going to accept the sucker and we should look for a person who is more deserving a person who is more who is more upon the religion because then the wealth that we have given would be used in the right direction May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept our as the car May he make us from those who can really be humble when we are giving.

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Thereafter Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is to write down every dealing of yours. Whether you are dealing with your son or your father or your brother, write it down and have it witnessed if you haven't done that you are wrong. You are going against the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala ask those who are arbitrators in our midst here. How many problems are connected, father and son brothers and so on brothers and sisters solely because the one who passed away didn't write everything down. They say this man was in business for so long with our father. But now

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How come he is getting a bigger share and so on these type of disputes, Allah tells us in the Quran, any business deal, any deal whatsoever you would like to do, write it down. We don't want the dispute. Write it down have it witnessed

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Make sure even if it is your own son, your brother, even if you are the best friend today who knows tomorrow you might have a big problem and then there will be a dispute. So if we haven't written down things we are wrong. Don't think no but I get along it's my own father my own brother go home and write it down. If not today, then inshallah first thing tomorrow morning, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. After that we have surah Allah Emraan which inshallah we will be going through tomorrow. I just want to mention one hour before I close, a powerful mentioned in the opening verses of surah Allah imraan and before I say it, we have Sudoku Bukhara where Allah

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addresses more the questions of the Jewish people and in suits Allah imraan the family of Emraan Allah is addressing more the questions of the Christian people, where we come across the story of Israeli Salaam and his birth to a certain degree and Maria Maria salatu wa sallam, we will see that inshallah tomorrow This is a beautiful sequence of the Quranic verses, Allah says, up banner, to the kulu bonobo atena will have an anatomy lesson

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do not lead us astray. Do not let our hearts go astray. After you've guided us after the guidance has come to us. And grant us mercy from you. Yeah, Allah. You are definitely the owner, the giver of all these gifts. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on all of us until we meet again tomorrow. Wa Salatu was salam o Bara Karolina Vina Mohammed subhana wa Hamdi subhanak Elohim or the Hamdi to Allah Allah Allah and anastasiou kona to Buddha