Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 10

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Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 10

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy.

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Indeed All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala upon all conditions. We thank Allah for everything that he has bestowed upon us, and we seek His protection from being among those who are casting to hellfire. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say what are called to be like him in Halle Allah, I seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala from the condition of those who shall be cast in Hellfire was Salatu was Salam O Allah for an MBA, he will mousseline Nabina Muhammad, Allah, Allah He was happy to mean we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets, the one whom

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Allah chose to send to us to guide us to the straight path. So everything we do, in terms of goodness, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam receives a full reward because he was the one sent to teach us May Allah Subhana, Allah, Allah grant us his intercession on the Day of Judgment. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters, speaking of the Day of Judgment, you and I know that on that day, wealth will not help you unless you have spent it while you are alive. So anything you earned on the Day of Judgment, it will only be written next to your name as being spent, if you spent it while you were alive. But if you did not spend it, it went to someone else. And perhaps they might have used

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it utilized it positively or negatively. That was someone else. So this is why while you're alive, make sure that you spend, make sure that you do for the sake of Allah, make sure you reach out to the needy, there is no point in US amassing a lot of wealth. And then when it when we get to the Day of Judgment, we tell Allah subhanho wa Taala Oh, Allah, you know, you remember, I had a lot of wealth. So if you want, you can take all of that wealth, but give me Jenna, it's not good enough. It's foolish that wealth means nothing. If you think carefully that wealth, gold and silver is actually from the dust from the soil, it is dug from the ground, that is Earth, it was given value

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because Allah wanted it to have a little bit of value, so that you and I could use it as a currency. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us understanding, Allah speaks about the oppressors, and those who did wrong during their lives when they die without repenting and if theirs was Hellfire, meaning if it was destined for them, then they will ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept from them, whatever the world has contained in terms of material wealth, and Allah says, even if they did that, we wouldn't accept it from them. Listen to what Allah says. Verse number 37 of solitude Merida, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, in Allah Nina Kapha

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indeed those who have disbelieved those who have disbelieved on the Day of Judgment, if they were to have whatever the earth holds, in terms of material value, all the wealth of the whole earth doubled up and they were to try and give it in order to get themselves free from the fire from the punishment. It won't be accepted, it will be too late. So the message is, save yourselves by believing in Allah. Save yourselves by believing in the oneness of the maker, by worshiping the One God He who made you he whom you are going to return to May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant a safety Allah subhanho wa Taala says for them will be a painful punishment. May Allah not punish us, my

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brothers and sisters, it's about time we turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now sometimes we find that people say Islam is barbaric, because it dooms the non Muslims to hellfire. Don't you hear that? In the Quran, Allah says those who disbelieve shall be cast in Hellfire, those who believe good news for them. So people then say, well, it's a bad religion. How can you teach that the Most Merciful casts people into Hellfire? If you take a careful look, these are warnings from your maker. Christianity has even greater warnings and Judaism has similar warnings. all the religions believe that they are right. And they also believe anyone who doesn't adopt that faith is actually going to

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be cast in hellfire. The Christians believe that if you don't take Jesus as your personal Savior, you have absolutely no hope on Earth. Nothing you have no hope whatsoever. The Muslims believe that if you don't take

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He who made you as your personal Savior, you have no home so panela

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if you don't take he who made you, He who created you, he whom you are going to return to the one and only the one who made you nourishes, cherishes provides the one in absolute control of every aspect of your existence. If you don't take him as your personal Savior, there will be nobody to save you Subhana Allah so you can see the value of two statements, common logic, it's up to you to choose which one you want. If you want to save yourself, like I said, we believe we are correct. They have every right in this world to believe that they are right, they are answerable to Allah. Similarly the Jews have the right to believe that they are correct, but at the same time, the

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judging will happen on the day of judgment when Allah subhanho wa Taala will then declare what was right, what was wrong, etc, etc. And therefore Allah subhanho wa Taala issues warnings and if you take a look at Islam, we have utmost respect for the Prophet Jesus May peace be upon him. utmost respect for the Prophet Moses musala is Salatu was Salam. So, if you were to look at Islam, it is a faith that has a respect of all these messengers all of them completely, but if you take a look at the other face, they drop one or two or more, and they disrespect them they call them names, they actually blaspheme against them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us if someone were to draw

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cartoons about the Prophet Jesus May peace be upon him. Those cartoons would hurt us just as the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam have hurt us. The same applies to the Prophet Moses May peace be upon him. Anyone joking about Musa or Moses May peace be upon him would hurt us because as Muslims we are taught all of these were the chosen messages of Allah subhanho wa Taala messengers whom we are supposed to say after their names, peace be upon him. If you don't say that you are disrespecting those messengers May peace be upon them all. Then Allah subhana wa Jalla speaks about seeking forgiveness. And you know Allah will seek in a beautiful way, beautiful way.

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You know, when you want the child to do something, you tell them in a nice way. Come on, why don't you do this? Come on, why don't you come here you see what will happen? You speak in a very sweet way. Listen to how Allah words the issue of seeking forgiveness. He's telling us something very interesting. Verse number 74. of Sora ADA, fly to buena Illallah. He is

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he will not turn or return to Allah and seek forgiveness for Indeed, Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful Subhana Allah look at Allah addressing everyone. Yes, it may have been revealed for a specific group of people. But the lesson in these verses is for every one of us, Allah says Toba and distill find the difference between the two tell by means to return to Allah change your bad ways your habits and your life has changed. That means you have engaged in Toba and ecfr means to seek forgiveness. So you seek forgiveness and you change your ways. That means you did still fall and you did tober Allah here is asking you to do both of those. Don't just say Oh ALLAH forgive me. Allah

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forgive me. And on top of that your life hasn't changed. Oh ALLAH forgive me, you know, a week I'm gonna go back there tomorrow. But for today, you can forgive me Allah. It doesn't work that way. My brothers and sisters, it never works that way. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells you seek forgiveness change your life. See, we will give you a paradise we are most forgiving, Most Merciful. Save yourselves my brothers and sisters from the torment by seeking Allah forgiveness and changing your lives. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about a certain quality that people would have that would result in the curse of Allah upon them. What is that quality? When you don't correct people Subhan

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Allah, Allah says some of the people of the book, we cursed them, because they never used to correct each other.

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We know we they never used to correct each other. When they did something wrong. They were too shy, they were too quiet. They used to look at each other. And that's it. Nobody told anyone Look, my brother, I think you are wrong. Even in the least. In Islam, we are taught that you have to feel at least in your heart that this is wrong. And if you can do something about it with your tongue, if you have the authority to do that, you should do that. And if you have the authority to change it by hand, then you should do that too. If you don't have the authority or you are helpless, you cannot do anything about it. In that case, you do it with your tongue, or at least you feel in your heart.

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You know what, this is something that is really bad. I'm not a party to it. And I don't agree with it. Allah says, and this is a beautiful verse number 79, Marquis de Luna Latina aka

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lobby, can we have fun Oh, Allah speaks of those who are cursed. And then he says they used not to correct each other when they used to do bad they did not use to prohibit against evil whenever evil was done, Allah says that was a very, very bad act in itself. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to do two things number one, to correct one another. Number two, not to feel bad when we are correcting. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us remember, if you do not feel bad when you are corrected, you will save yourself from dropping in standards both spiritually as well as in any other way. Because if you don't feel bad, that's the only time you will be able to improve people

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will gladly correct you gladly. Imagine you are writing one plus one is five. And someone tells you a brother it's two Hey, keep quiet. Who do you think you are? Get out?

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My brother I know it's true. I'm telling you. It's true. You're going to fail? No, I don't want to hear you move. You feel bad. You're supposed to say thank you very much.

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I hope you're not cheating in the examination but inshallah it is the correct answer. Do not fight Alhamdulillah then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about something very serious that we need to all save ourselves from you. And I know the problem of the age is drugs and intoxicants. You and I know that in our societies, we have children, sometimes decent children, sometimes their character is good, their conduct is good, but they have a huge downfall. What is it? drugs, alcohol, the night life This is why the sooner Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam if you have nothing constructive or meaningful to do after Salah Tunisia that is the night prayer go to bed.

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If you have a habit of going to bed, immediately after the night prayer you will save yourselves from 90% of evil because 90% of evil happens

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after that, at night Subhana Allah people go and commit sin they go to the clubs, you know that's why it's called a nightclub. Have you ever thought of it? Do you have a day club? afternoon club morning club? midday club no it's a nightclub which means the for the evil to happen it has to be at night it's dark star Villa you are hiding from what the spirituality but you never hide from the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala remember this May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us May he opened our doors Allah warns us in verse number 19 of surah Ada that alcohol

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and intoxicants as well as gambling and various other forms of worshipping the devil. All these are the abomination or they are an abomination the handiwork of the devil. So stay very far from these things.

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These things mentioned in terms of intoxicants, the term hammer is used alcohol or any intoxicants are included in that as well as gambling as well as growing lots and worshipping the devil in any way. Allah says this is an abomination from the handiwork of the devil. So stay far from it. If you want to succeed. If you want to save yourself from failure, stay away from these things. My brothers and sisters, it is a problem. Promise Allah you will quit your drugs tonight. Promise Allah no matter what it is, even if it is something considered light by your friends. It is heavy in the eyes of Allah. It is serious, it is unnecessary. We need you as a member of the oma to serve this oma you

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have so many great qualities. Don't spoil yourself by not throwing out this habit. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all.

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Don't plunge yourself into failure. Many people sometimes you have a decent person, he's a good guy. You wouldn't even tell he gets married and later on Subhanallah people find out this person is on drugs. They can't even believe it. Because sometimes he actually comes for salah and he actually prays, may Allah protect us. My brothers and sisters The same applies to gambling. I think we don't talk about it enough. Many people gamble. This gambling is the devil dangling a carrot in front of you and you are like the donkey. There is a rod that the devil is on

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No matter how much you run, you're never going to get that carrot Subhana Allah, you're never going to get the carrot. So never, ever put your hard earned cash and your hard earned money into somewhere where you are gambling it off, you know you're taking risks. That's not it. You will never receive or achieve any blessings by putting your wealth in the wrong direction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant a strength. Allah says thereafter.

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And this is a test that he will always test us with. You know my brothers and sisters when you promise Allah. Let me give you a typical example those who commit adultery or have committed adultery and you promise a lie warm tears roll down your chieftaincy Allah, I made a mistake in the past and never going to do it again. Allah says Allah forgive you. So now your life has changed, Mashallah you've quit your bad ways you are forgiven by Allah. Now Allah says, We want to test you, we will test you by doing what? dangling in front of you, making it easy to happen, and it's going to come and it's going to be accessible. In order to see where you genuine in your repentance, it

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can become easier than the time when you used to do it before repentance. That's our last way of testing. You know, when you are in Harlem, it's haram to hunt, okay? It's haram to hunt animals. And Allah says that in the Quran, so hunting is prohibited when you are in the condition of a Haram. And Allah says when you are in that condition, we will test you by making beautiful hunting animals come right close range to you like they are teasing you because we want to see who fears Allah really and who is just playing the fool. So Allah says this in a beautiful verse, verse number 94.

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And I always smile when I read this because I know it's a lot testing us.

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been going, oh you who believe Allah will test you with the hunting animals coming very close, close range close at the proximity of your spears and your hands in order to test you from amongst you fears. Allah fears Allah in the unseen. Do you know when this animal comes and you know it's haram for you? You just got to turn around and say, Oh Allah, you declared it haram and I'm going away. There you are. That's the winner. Same applies. I gave an example of adultery. I give you another example of haram income. Someone is earning income through haram means and thereafter they quit. They say Oh Allah no more interest. I'm not going to eat any more. I've actually made Toba I've

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given away whatever excess it was and now I've turned to you the same day a guy will phone you and say 3 million rants Are you ready?

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You cannot just say you know what? Oh Allah one more deal and then tomorrow I'll seek forgiveness No, no, no, that's a lot testing you look we brought it to you in a bigger way now that you repented to Allah only for you to be tested. Are you genuine in your repentance or not save yourself by being genuine, save yourself it could be your last day perhaps you say Oh Allah one more day and you die after putting the phone down? What happened? You failed your test say no my brother I used to do this before but I advise you also not to do it and you put the phone down and you should be happy love work but my brothers and sisters that is the test. And Allah says you know evil, this is a

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powerful point because you can apply it to many aspects of living evil and goodness will never be the same. Even if evil is in the majority. Even if the whole world is doing what is bad. Certain things you know in morality and certain habits certain ways. Even if the whole world considers this, okay? If it is not okay in the eyes of Allah, it will remain not okay. That's what he's saying. So Allah says in verse number 100, of source, EDA

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Java caca hobby se O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that which is evil and sinful, will never be equal to that which is good and clean and pure. Even if you are surprised or amazed or amused by the great number or the by the great amount of that which is bad, evil, and that which is impure and unacceptable. It will remain unacceptable, even if the whole world thinks otherwise. May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us all steadfast. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala

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Allah warns us, He warns us about ourselves a lot of us. We are quick to talk about everyone else very quick. Oh, the sister did that that brother did that. Do you know the latest gossip Some of us have chat groups on WhatsApp for gossiping. We want to know the latest about this man, his life, his wife, and all the strife, love.

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May Allah forgive us. This is very, very destructive because you are now instead of concentrating on your weaknesses, you are getting a kick by listening to what others may or may not have done.

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So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us to save ourselves by worrying about ourselves, a true believer

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will occupy himself with his own weaknesses, rather than occupying himself with the weaknesses of others. As a Muslim, my life should be led such that 24 seven I'm worried about myself and how I'm going to improve. If I'm spending one minute worrying about someone else's weakness in a negative way, then definitely I have lost. Why do I say a negative way? I am allowed to be worried in a positive way I see something bad I make dua to Allah. My aim is not to embarrass the person or try and expose them. My aim is to solve the problem by calling out to Allah if I can help them my brother, you know, yesterday I saw you, you know you had a bottle of alcohol in your hand and quite

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sure it must have been for someone else, but don't even have it in your hand. So panela and look at you and see what it was me drinking it.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So if you can, yes, you must in a positive way you have a problem with someone you've seen something, tell them straight and direct. Whether they like you or they don't it's besides the point but don't go around spreading tales. Allah says in verse number 105 or so at Alameda, yeah.

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full circle.

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In a law,

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Allah says, all you who believe, be concerned about yourselves, Worry about yourself. Those who are astray will not harm you, nor will they affect you. If you are concerned about yourself. And if you are rightly guided, if I am rightly guided, all the misguided people will not be able to affect me. So unless it's a worry about yourself, you are all ultimately going to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand this, my brothers and sisters, we move on to the next Surah Surah.

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And in it, there are so many verses for us to learn from and to save ourselves from the loss and the punishment in this world and the next, they were nations and people who were served punishment in this world. And that was because they used to laugh at they used to scoff at the messengers, mocking them, swear them, belittle them and make a joke of them. So the prophets of Allah May peace be upon them when they were sent to nations, some of those nations, some of the people from those they used to laugh, make a joke. And they used to make a mockery of the use to try to actually be little these messages. And Allah says because of them, belittling those who are loved by Allah, we punish them.

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They got part of what they deserved. They found it and they were made to taste it. Listen to what Allah says verse number 10, of Surah Al anon, while according to Sunni mukava, Nika hakobyan leadin

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Wan, and indeed before you all Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, they were messengers, whom the people tried to make a mockery of they jeered at them, they said bad things about them. So what reached them was a part of the punishment because of what they earned themselves.

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Because of this mockery, they were punished. Now the lesson I have

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is from amongst us, they are friends of Allah. We don't know them sometimes. Don't mock people. Don't laugh at people. Don't make a joke or belittle people because if that person happens to be a friend of Allah, it spells Doom for you. You don't know Be kind to people, sometimes the allameh when they guide us, we look at them, and we disagree. And we disagree. But on top of that, we become disrespectful. We start swearing them, we start mocking at them, we start calling them names. It's a matter of time before you are punished. This man is working for Allah. This man's whole life is dedicated to Allah and what you are doing you who is busy earning a livelihood day in day out, you

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barely have time for Salah sometimes your life might be spent in the nightclub and you

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are coming in swearing those who are serving a lost cause. And you are the one who has the biggest bad words to refer to the old ama and the scholars and those who are pious. For example, if that is the case, how will you save yourself from the punishment when Allah promises you that it's coming in your direction? If not today, then tomorrow. We don't need that. Save yourself by protecting your tongue. Say a good word. If you really disagree, say, you know what, Michelle, I disagree. But this is a good man, he does a lot of good work. There are two or three things I might disagree. That's the way a human being and the moment a believer should look at things. You may disagree with two or

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three things, no alum or no scholar of Islam is perfect. The messengers were perfect. The scholars they will make mistakes at times. But you don't have to insult them. You don't have to use poisonous words. You don't have to degrade them. Because I promise you before you die, you will witness the punishment of that you will see it these are people who work for Allah and Allah says, through the blessed lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a hadith could see monada Lee and

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whoever harms a friend of mine, I announced war against

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a friend of mine, I announced war against him. Think about it, and I need to think about it for me to say bad words about a scholar of Islam or one of those who are fulfilling Salah or a person who is pious for me to spread evil. What am I doing? I have perhaps harmed or I am trying to harm a friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says, I've just announced war with you may Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us and grant a strength never ever make a mockery of people trying never to do that. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. Then we have Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam making mention of something very, very strong. Allah instructs him to say something to the people. What was it?

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Allah says in verse number 15, of so

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far for me now say to be either by a woman now Me, me, fan, oh my

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man, he can

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tell them oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that I fear. If I were to transgress against my own rub, the punishment that is very, very great, I fear if I were to transgress against my own rub, the punishment that is very, very great. Whoever is saved from that punishment on the day of judgment has indeed succeeded for that is the great success or the clear manifest success. Now imagine if Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who was sinless, spotless, absolutely perfect, the best of creation, the most noble of prophets that guide, the one who will be the first to enter Paradise Subhan Allah, He is telling you look, I'm worried if I were to transgress, that Allah would

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punish me.

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The lesson is only for us he would never transgress it's impossible for him to transgress. He has not transgressed the command of Allah, but he is telling us that you know what, no matter who you are never transgress, never go against the limits of Allah, that is the message. That is the message. Because if you transgress, you need to be worried and you need to be fearful of a punishment that will come in your direction. So if you want to save yourself from that, don't transgress turn to Allah, Repent, and allow and accept that repentance and then Allah says, Who is the successful one, the one who has achieved clear success is the one who arrives on the Day of

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Judgment, and he's told you are safe from the fire. You are saved from hell, you're not going to go there. You can celebrate on that day. You know why that is the greatest success. In this world, you've earned a million a billion you've done whatever else that celebration is very, very temporary. In fact, Allah asks you to govern the way Allah governs, in fact, the way you can celebrate on Earth. But at the same time, the day you are given the book on the right hand, or in your right hand, you have every right to celebrate on that day. You can show people look, this is my These are my deeds, I did them on that day. There's no more pride and everything of that nature that

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was evil, you're allowed to show off because you deserve the goodness the angels will be greeting and so on. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us true success, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala elevate our status and May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, brothers and sisters spare a moment to make to our for the suffering brothers and sisters across the globe, especially in Syria and Iraq and various other nations where Allah subhanho wa Taala has tested them, they are suffering and struggling. May Allah bless us all or sallallahu wasallam albaraka

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