Ramadan 2010 – Durban – Reminders – Day 11

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu lillahi wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka

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All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless him and all his companions and to bless every single one of us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us cure from our sicknesses. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on those who whom he has taken away. And may Allah Subhana Allah to Allah have mercy on us the day he's going to take us away. I mean, honor the llama beloved brothers and sisters dearest listeners, we think Allah subhanho wa Taala once again for having granted us such a powerful evening for having granted us such an atmosphere for having granted us this month of

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Ramadan for having granted us so many chances to turn to Him May he make us from those who can utilize these chances and make use of these opportunities. I mean,

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this evening we read Suraj hood, we completed it, and we commenced surah Yusuf.

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I'm sure many of you are familiar with surah Yusuf. Let's see how far we get this evening. If not, inshallah we will leave that for tomorrow.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala in Surah, who has made mention of the stories of the messengers. Every time the story of a messenger is repeated in the Quran, it is repeated for a different reason. It is repeated in order to highlight a different aspect altogether. So no matter how many times the story of Musa alayhis salam has appeared in the Koran, it is always there to highlight a different point. In this evening's verses Allah subhanho wa Taala commands commences which means where we started, the commencement was a verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala is informing us that the sustenance of every creature on earth is upon Allah, it is Allah duty to feed everybody, and everyone will find

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whatever is written for them by Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Allah law here is

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every single creature on earth, Allah has made provisions for Allah subhanho wa Taala will sustain it. And Allah knows where it is, where it lies, where it dwells, when it was born, when it was when it is due to go, Allah subhanho wa Taala has the knowledge of absolutely every creature, not only mankind, which means the little insects, the smallest of insects, Allah knows. Not only that, even the plants, Allah knows, even the fish in the oceans, Allah knows not only that, but even the droplets of water where they are Allah subhanho wa Taala knows, these are all creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This verse is speaking about that which treats the earth more so that which has

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life, but what we do know is Allah subhanho wa Taala knowledge includes absolutely everything.

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And the story of know Allah is salatu salam is mentioned in quite a bit of detail in the verses we read this evening. And I'd like to highlight just a few points. One of the main points we find in this evenings, verses where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the messengers is they constantly reminded there are people that look, we don't want any wealth from you. We are not asking you for anything material. We don't want anything in exchange for what we are telling you. This is one of the points that is highlighted in what we read tonight. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says that the people of no honey Salatu was Salam. They told him just as the other messengers told or were told by

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their people.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala said that,

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no, Allah is salatu salam was told man, aka Bashar is Lana, we don't see you as anyone besides a human being like us. What is the virtue of you over us? Nothing? Why should we listen to you? What is there that you have, that we don't have? Woman aka a Latina whom are the Luna body?

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And more than that, over and above that, those who are following you are actually the porpoise from amongst us, those who have no standing in society are the ones who are following you. So why should we the bulk be following a man like you Firstly, who has no standing secondly, no difference between us and you? And thirdly, the people following you are actually not people who are influential at all. So Allah subhanho wa Taala gave them responses in the Quran. We now have a solid

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Salam has made mention of items that Allah subhanho wa Taala instructed him to tell them that oh my people, I have come to you with clear signs from Allah. Take a look at them. Take a look at what you are doing what I am calling you towards his goodness. And I'm asking you to abstain from your lusts and desires that are detrimental for yourself. your whims and fancies. I'm asking you to come forth to something that is full of goodness that which is strict. They didn't want and Allah subhanho wa Taala says that no Hara is salatu wa sallam told him Jaco me la kumala EMA all my people. I am not asking you anywhere else. I don't want money from you.

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I don't want anything material from you. In Nigeria in Allah, my reward is with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I'm not going to chase away the people who are around me solely to please the rest. Whoever has adopted and followed it is their good luck. In fact, it is their good fortune that Allah subhanho wa Taala has written May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us all from those who are steadfast from this demo facility in say

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that normally when a message goes out, from the messages, you find those who are wealthy, and those who are who have a lot of clout in society. At times, they are the last to accept the message. This is why the best of people are those who have been given a lot and still they are humble. The best of people are those who are wealthy, they have clout and still they are good Muslim in and Mashallah they are also found plentiful. May Allah Subhana Allah grant us in the dunya as well as in the Akira. So the categories of people we have, we have those who are wealthy, and they are good Muslim in they are those who are wealthy, they are not good Muslim mean. They are those who are not wealthy

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and they are good Muslim in those who are not wealthy and they are still not good Muslim and we need to ask ourselves, where do we fit in? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all acceptance, I mean,

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so Allah subhanho wa Taala then says that no alayhi salatu salam made the dua to him. No Holly Salam asked me Allah destroy these people. I have been with them for 950 years. They are not accepting the message and over and above that, I have noticed that when they give birth to their children, I have hope that their children will accept the message but the children are even worse than them. So Allah destroy all of them. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we're all here Illa know when we revealed to know honey Salatu was Salam. And

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Minami comida in

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man, nobody else is going to accept the message besides those who have already accepted the message. Now, don't have hope in anyone else. Now start preparing your arc.

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So after the instruction of building the ark was given,

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nobody accepted the message after that. And if you take a look, Allah says, Wah ma ma ma Whoa, in corny those who followed with Him and who believed with him, were very, very few. One narration says they were only 11 people in 950 years, only 11 people and one duration the highest says they were 80 people. Imagine let's take the highest of the two of the figures 80 people in 950 years. What type of patience Do you think this man has had? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us even a droplet of that? Sometimes with our own children, we lose hope with our family members we lose hope here is in be assisted by Allah subhanho wa Taala so many years, and he did not lose hope. Then when he built

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his Ark, people started laughing at him. Ya know, Sultana jaren Bader uncontainable here. Oh, no, you've now become a carpenter. After you were a prophet alayhi salam, they began to laugh at you because they told him or the jar deltona for axalta. Je de la Tina Bhima. Gianni Dona in tamina saw the thing you have debated with us and argued with us and you have exceeded the limits in trying to convince us now bring what you've been promising us in terms of the punishment if you are truthful. When he started building the ark, they began to laugh Allah says Don't worry, let them laugh.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him a sign that when you see the sign, you must jump into the ark you all those who have believed with you and to have all the creatures around according to the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. What was the sign? Very interesting to know the sign was water will start gushing from the oven. Water will start gushing from beneath. So remember the water that destroying the people of New did not only come from above, it was also the water that came from underneath.

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I hope we're aware of this. So the water started coming from underneath and then only it started coming from above and they would dip literally like a tennis ball being dipped into a big bucket. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. So as the water began to come new Allah Salam went into his Ark. They were laughing at him. They told him you're a madman, because everybody builds ships near the ocean or the seas you chose the center of the land to build an ark. Are you crazy? How are you going to take it? It's so huge how are you going to take it there? But when the water began to come no Hello he Salam was promised by Allah that we will save you those who believe with

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you and your family members.

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So naturally, he was happy but one of his sons had separated himself from the Father. So when the son separated himself, no had a Salam was jumping into the ark. The Ark was covered from the top and the bottom closed completely like a submarine. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, No, Holly Salaam looked at his son and says,

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Oh, my son, wanna know Nibbana wacana V max zil? New Halesowen called out to his son who was separated. Yeah, buena yo.

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Feeling Oh, my dear son, come and ride with us and don't be with the disbelievers. The son thought he was too intelligent he says. So we Isla Jebel ja Simoni mean, Alma, I'm going to climb the mountain. Oh, my father. Don't worry. I'm a good mountain climber. I will climb the mountain. It will save me from the water. The father answers la semana

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de la isla Rahim, all my son Let me tell you, today, nothing will save you besides the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala nobody's going to be saved. Well, how

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far can I mean Allah grokking as the discussion pursued a wave game between them and swallow the sun, and he was from amongst those who drowned, now naturally know how a salatu salam felt that I was told by Allah that my son and my family members will be saved, not the son in particular but my family members. So no had a Salam after the the people were destroyed and the ark had landed and so on. upon the mount of Judy, as mentioned in the Quran. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says didn't know Allah Islam called out to us one raba who for color have been named in a holy war in our there can have qu O Allah. You your problem promised to me is the truth. Yeah, Allah you told me my son is a

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member of my family. Allah, you promised me that you would save my family members. Yeah, Allah. And Allah says, ya know, whoa, in

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German Alec, he is not from your family. Oh, no. In Who am Alan.

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He has deeds that are unacceptable. He has deeds that are impure. Oh, no. What do we learn from this? This shows us that the bond of Eman is far thicker than that of blood. Let's understand this. The bond of Eman is far thicker than that of blood We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us the feeling of that. It is reported that the only time you will feel the bond of Eman is when your level of Eman is solid and powerful. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant myself that in yourselves, millions of Muslims are dying right now as I'm speaking to you. due to natural disasters, some of us sit back we don't even have the common decency to make a dua for them yet Allah tonight as we are

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reading Tara we we are sitting Mashallah so comfortably. We have so many savories we have so much to eat Mashallah, there are people who are dying of cholera in the month of Ramadan, one wonders how they will be reading their tarawih and how they will be fasting may Allah be at their assistance minimum we owe them is to feel for them to make dua for them. That is the bond of Eman. When we don't feel for them. It shows that there is a weakness in the link, not only in Pakistan, but all over the world today in Palestine, in Somalia, in Sudan. I can mention so many countries to handle in Afghanistan, in Iraq, there are people who are suffering online suffering for what the bulk of

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them are suffering because of one reason.

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Because they said La ilaha illAllah because they utter the Shahada. So the day it comes to us, we don't want others to also sit back and relax. No, no remembrance of us nothing. Believe me if we think that we are not going to be tested. We

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Our food will lie. Allah subhanho wa Taala says we will test every one of you. We're in Korea in in LA Mola, cuchara, Capella Yeoman km, Allah says every single town will be destroyed before kiama as a test for them, so those towns are being destroyed. Now our turn will come May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. The day is going to come let's not sit back and say it won't come. He has promised it in the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala opened the doors for all of us. May He grant us understanding. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks then, about how new la salatu salam sought the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala when he was told by Allah about this bond, and that the bond

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of Eman is far more powerful.

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Thereafter there is the story of odd, odd, the people who were huge people who used to carve mountains in order to live in, they were sent a messenger known as houde. Allah is Salatu was salam, the same thing he told them. Yeah, Camila as an Akuma he Juna are my people. I don't want any compensation from you. I don't want any wealth, anything material from you for what I am seeing in Nigeria. In the photo, Ronnie, my reward is with the one who made me my Creator, alpha zero, alpha Li qu, the one who created me, the one who made me he is going to reward me, he has instructed me to come to you to deliver the message. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding so Allah

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says, Then, when the punishment came after some time, when they belie the messenger, the punishment came, Allah says we saved those who were instructing people to do good, who were they the messenger and together with the messenger those who believed with him.

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Remember a few nights ago we made mention, that when the punishment comes in does not only attack or tackle those who are guilty. Sometimes the innocent are also taken in the punishment. What taco fitnah de la to see Ben and Nadine avala Moomin Calm, calm, ca sa, Allah says, Be careful of a punishment that will not only tackle the oppressor, but even those who did not disassociate from that oppressor.

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When someone is doing bad and evil, we need to make it loud and clear that we are not party to that evil, and we don't agree with it and we are against it. That is when we will be saved. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us, but those who don't want and they just silent and they have absolutely no feeling in their hearts. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make myself and yourself from amongst those because they would be deserving of the punishment. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We saved the Andes and those who believed with him from the severe punishment and we took the rest we destroyed them. Same applies. The next story is that of the mood for mood other people whom Sally

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had a Salam was sent to and they mentioned the very interesting statement to Sol. Sol Hana is Salam was a very, very intelligent young man, very intelligent, they wanted to make him a chief, and they wanted to make him one of their leaders and they had great hope in Him.

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And then one day he came in he started telling them worship Allah alone. Stop all this nonsense that you are doing stop all the misbehavior misconduct, stop associating partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala. They looked at him and they said, Oh, sorry,

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Davina Morrow, Joe

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cabela. had, we had great expectations in you before you came about with all this, we thought you would be somebody big in our society here. Now you're coming with this, may Allah safeguard us. But what do we learn from this? We learned a lot, but I can only mention one or two points that come to mind. Sometimes in our families, we have a child who is very intelligent. We want him to be a doctor, a lawyer and accountant. When he chooses the path of Dean, we say No, man, I had a lot of hope in you. Why are you turning in this direction? SubhanAllah. Sometimes we have children who are extremely intelligent, suddenly they start wearing a scarf. I'm talking about the females, and they

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want to put on the niqab. And we say, Wait, wait, relax. We had hope in you. Come on, you still need to go to varsity. If that is the case, what's the difference between us and those who tackled salaallah alayhi salatu salam.

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You have a young man, suddenly he begins to grow his beard. And you say hey, look, people will start calling you names. Why are you doing this? Come on. We had great hope in you big expectations. No, Gone are the days when those who are sent to the madrasa or those who cannot move or get grades in school. Those days are gone. Nowadays we want to send those to the madrasa who are the most intelligent of our children so that they can serve the cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala and as Allah says in the verses in the same way

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Surah Allah says Don't worry about sustenance, we will grant them we know And for your information the wealthiest from amongst us in most cases have not gone beyond matric. I'm not sure about this community but I know about mine. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. So it's not got to do with what qualifications you have always it's got to do with what Allah has written and meaning prescribed upon you or previous time before you may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of how, after some time he destroyed even the people of Sila sammut were destroyed. And Allah says they were destroyed in such a way that

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you can actually see now there remains the remnants, if you go to Medina and Salah, which is in Saudi Arabia, you will see huge homes where were the people, they were bigger than me and you were gone, the message came to them, Allah gave them a time,

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the time spent to turn when the time lapse, Allah destroyed them with us, Allah sends us messages and messages, and he gives us time. And within that time we it is up to us what we do, obviously we make dua to Allah for guidance. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bring us on the path. If we do not come onto the path by the time the expiry moment comes, we will also be destroyed. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us may grant us a turning point. Then there is a very interesting story of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam and I want to spend a few moments on it. The angels were sent to destroy the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, who are the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, low poly

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salams nation who disagreed with his message. When the angels were sent, they came via another Nabhi, who lived at the same time, Who was he? He was Abraham Ibrahim Alayhi Salam lived not very far from where Luther alayhis salam lived and they were relatives.

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So when the angels came, they came in the form of three men. handsome men, no sign of any tiredness, but they will not recognize why Rahim Allah is Allah. This is the sign of the angels. So Ibrahim Alayhi Salam was so hospitable, he told him sit down they greeted him with salam wa cada

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una Ibrahima Bilbo Shaka Zulu, Salah holla Salam. When our when our angels came down to Ebrahim la salam, he didn't recognize they were angels. They greeted him with bees, he told them peace and as they sat for a moment, he went back and he brought them some food to eat, what type of food Mashallah, we are hospitable today, but we've got much more variety. At that time. They didn't have that much variety, but listen, what he brought from Allah bheatha

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be an angel in honey, a few moments and he came with a calf that was already roasted, ready to eat a calf. Imagine he went back he slaughtered the calf, he must have skimmed it and cleaned it and it was all on the fire and ready to eat. And he came with a calf for how many people? Three, so Han Allah Subhana Allah, what hospitality May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us hospitable people and those inshallah who are not extravagant or wasteful.

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So the he noticed these people are not eating, they their arms are not being stretched towards the foot. So he got worried. And they said, Don't worry, we are angels. We are not going to eat now. He was a bit calm. Oh, your angels you are not going to eat. So what's the message? What have you come with? And his wife began to laugh. In fact, she had a little bit of a laugh. Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. She was given good news. You are going to bear a child. So Hannah law. So that was good news. And we have been sent to destroy a nation very near those people of Luth. So Ibrahim Alayhi Salam was concerned. I told you the bond of Eman stronger than the bond of anything else. He says

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How can you destroy that city or those cities? When there is a man a pious man known as new there? And Allah subhanho wa Taala says the angels responded we know better than you Who is there. Oh, Ibrahim, we know better than you Who is there. We will save him and his family members and those who accepted the message with him. Don't worry.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention very beautifully of how these angels then went to loot Allah is Salatu was Salam. They arrived in the area and they were noticed by the young lads and the men and you know they were all homosexuals. May Allah protect us all and our offspring, something absolutely unacceptable against the nature of animals forget about nature of men.

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So Allah subhanho wa Taala says when those men noticed they had bad intention because they seen some handsome men Allah protect us. So what happened is they seen these people are going to loot alehissalaam place and they arrived at the door literally wanting to break the door. Oh look, we we intend something we've seen.

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Certain guests you have locally salatu salam says Zuni vbv is there not a single upright man from amongst you? You want to disgrace me with my visitors that are here. These are guests if you'd like I have daughters there are women here they are daughters from amongst us. Why don't you marry them properly?

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Nay, oh look, you know what we want? This is what they said. You know what we want. And at that moment they began to try and break the door. They started breaking the door to get in loot Allah is Salam was worried a whole nation is coming to break the door. This is when the angel says

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yeah, oh, in

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a bigger Laney, I'll say no, in a big old, don't worry, we are angels. They will not be able to reach you Not at all. Don't worry, we are angels we have come with severe punishment. So in a portion of the night, you need to leave this whole community and you need to disappear. You need to go don't look back. Just go when Lord Allah is Salatu was Salam went and he left. It is reported that his wife was from amongst those who encouraged and promoted that type of activity. So she was from amongst the destroyed.

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What happened to them? Allah says philam

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morona when our command of destruction came jalna Alia has aphylla we simply turned them upside down. That's what Allah did. It is reported jabril la salatu salam took a wing of his put it underneath, underneath that whole area, lifted either right up and turned it the other way around, and it dropped Subhan Allah, the people were completely destroyed. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala never do that to us.

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Remember the destruction when Allah wants it to come Allah He will not dream of the different armies of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If Allah once the ground can open up now and swallow all of us, now law save us. If Allah once the ocean that we have not very far from here, can come and swallow every single one of us. May Allah protect us all. If Allah once the wind can destroy us, if Allah once the rain can come and cause floods in chaos, he does happen to others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard every single one of us. So after mentioning the destruction of the people of Lord, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the people of

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the people of shrine, what happened. They were people who were not upright businessmen, very interestingly, they used to cheat in business. They used to show change people and shy became la Salatu was Salam. And he told him stop shortchanging the people. They said, Oh, Shoaib,

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this is our wealth. We can do whatever we want with it. Why? Who are you to come and tell us what to do and what not to do? And he says, Look, I'm informing you what Allah has instructed me to inform you. You need to be fair in business, you need to be dealing in an upright manner, far from destruction, and far from that which is detrimental or incorrect. But may they continue to shortchange people until Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned that they told Shai the tribe you better keep quiet.

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We would have stone you to death A long time ago if it wasn't for your small group, your family and a few others who are there with you. So he tried a Salaam responded and he says in my people, you are more worried about my group than Allah. You want you said you would have stone me if it was not for my people. When What about Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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And Allah says, then when the punishment overtook them, they were completely destroyed, completely destroyed. Why? Because their business ethics were upside down. This shows us that whenever we deal we need to be very fair. Whenever we do our business, we must be upright, because the wealth that we earn really will either make us or break us depending on how we've ended. And it's important for us to spend in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala in order to cleanse our wealth, and it is also important for us to know that a winner is not he who gains a lot of wealth by the winner is He who earns whatever he has earned in a halal manner.

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A Winner is He who has blessing in his wealth and not necessarily volume. Today, Masha Allah, Allah, if Allah has given us that volume, why not? We ask Allah to grant it to us in a halal manner. But if he has not given it to us, we still need to be thankful because in Islam we are taught that the one who is rich is the one who is content.

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The one who is rich is the one who is content and the Pauper is the one no matter how much

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He has he has no contentment May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all contentment towards the end of surah. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the story of Freetown, and I'm not going to go into much of the detail but Allah subhanho wa Taala warns Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I want to mention this warning because this is what he said, made him gray Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not have many gray hairs. It is reported that right at the end, they counted 19 gray hairs. Right at the end, they counted 19 gray hairs it means he didn't really have gray hairs. But when the first few gray hairs came about some of the companions asked him, he said Shay Bethany

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houden he says the Surah Hood has made me gray. What is the surah?

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The surah the verse in the surah, Allah says faster Kim, comma Amita Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam be upright like you have been instructed, is there anyone more upright than Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he is being told to be upright, he says, I got so worried. This verse has occupied me It made me gray from this we learn that you can gray out of worry.

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From this we learned that you can gray out of worry. This is why you find people when they don't have a position of authority, which is very, very challenging. You find that they have hairs, you know, black hairs, dark hairs, the moment they get into a position of authority within a short space of time Mashallah they grade you see them six months later, and you say but you've become old, it's not the age it's the concern the worry. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. Imagine if that is what made the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gray how many of us are worried about our own karma? Our own steadfastness. Allah is telling the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam be

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steadfast and he is the most steadfast with us. We need to be steadfast. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us and at the end, Allah makes mention of why very important verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of why he repeats the stories of the messengers. Listen to what he says.

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What could

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come in

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Eurozone man with a b2b Deck every time we relate to you the stories of the previous messages, it is in order

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to comfort you in order to solidify and strengthen you and your heart, oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. By knowing that you are a messenger you are facing the challenges they were missing just before you who also faced challenges, and anyone to follow you who is going to deliver your message from amongst that Allah or anyone in our midst, we will face similar challenges. Anyone who wants to do the work of Dean will face similar challenges. And this is why the stories are repeated again and again. You find different people react differently to the truth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us promote the truth and make us encourage one another to do that which is correct. And whenever the

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message comes to us, may he make us from amongst those who surrender until we meet again sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka Allah

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