Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 19

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Suratu Yusuf is the beginning surah of this episode where Allah brought to light the forgiveness of Yusuf towards his brothers. Allah is telling us to learn the spirit of forgiveness and stay away from grudges. Learn to forgive others and the Most Merciful will also forgive your sins.
Do not be upset when people choose the path of Allah for what is better than that?
Be a celebrity in heaven that angels are familiar with rather than celebrity in life that is a stranger to the angels.
You get upset when people are against the prophet (S.A.W) when your whole life is against his teachings, that is you don’t pray, don’t dress appropriately, don’t give up music etc. and you say the belief is in your heart. Don’t break Allah’s covenant by disobeying Him .
Solve your family dispute and seek calmness in remembering Allah.
Save yourself from failure through gratitude and patience.

Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 19

Episode Transcript

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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. Juana it was heavy here.

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We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to bless them all. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to bless every single one of us, and to grant us freedom from hellfire. I mean, my brothers and sisters, we have been combing through surah Yusuf trying to look at lessons that we can draw from that surah to implement within our lives, to be able to save ourselves from the calamities the disasters within this world as well as the next and we find that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of so many points we've already spoken of. A lot of the

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points. I want to start off this evening by making mention of how Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the forgiveness of the Prophet use of Annie salatu salam towards his brothers. and thereafter the forgiveness of the father of use of La Salatu was Salam known as Yaqoob la salatu wa sallam, towards his sons. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, In verse number 92, that after these brothers had sought the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala, they after they had sought the forgiveness of their brothers,

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they asked use of La Salatu was Salam. In fact, after they had asked use of Allah, his Salatu was Salam.

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To forgive them. Immediately. He says, latter three by Allah Komiyama Pharaoh long walakum wa.

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Me, it didn't take him a split second to say what he said. He says no retribution or I hold no grudge against you today. Subhan Allah. He says, I hold nothing against you today. No reproach against you today.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive you. For indeed he is most merciful, most beneficence, Most Merciful.

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If we take a careful look at this, they had done so much wrong to him. They wanted to kill him. They wanted to destroy him. One after the other, so many things happened to him in his life. But Subhan Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala never ever makes mention of any point that indicates that use of alayhi salatu wa sallam was upset about his plight at any stage in his life. He was always a happy man, whether he was in the prison, whether he was in the pit, whether he was Japan a lot, a person who was looked down upon because of a crime that he was accused about that he had not committed, no matter what it was, he was never ever upset. He was always a happy man. He sees the opportunity at

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every given time to make the most of it. He made the most of whatever condition, Allah subhanho wa Taala put him in, and I asked you to do the same. The reminder is for me as well. No matter what condition Allah has put you in, make the most of it. Make the most of it Do not become depressed, Allah knows it might take 10 years, 40 years, 50 years, it might take 60 years it might be an entire lifetime, but you will definitely see the results. If you are conscious of Allah, if you never lose hope in the mercy of Allah, you will definitely see the results. My brothers and sisters, this is a powerful lesson. Look at use of Allah, his Salah to a salon if he wanted, he could have held a

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grudge or he could have held a grudge against his brothers and rightfully so because they did to him that which was unacceptable. He didn't hold that grudge, because by holding a grudge, you're actually harming yourself. You're actually putting yourself down your health, your sanity, your thinking everything begins to be affected because you are holding grudges. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from this. It is up to us to forgive. We need to open our hearts. We would like the forgiveness of Allah. We should also learn to forgive people. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us resolve the disputes that we may have imagined. This was used to Valley Salatu was Salam. What a

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powerful lesson yet he was a beautiful man. On top of that, the brothers went back to their father, and when they went to their father, do you know what they said? Yeah, Bana Stubblefield, Lana dono Bana in

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14. Oh, Father, seek forgiveness for our sin. For indeed we were the ones who committed sin. We were wrong. They had to admit Finally, they had to admit they had to put their tails between their legs literally in our language, and they had to come after yours and confirm that. You know what we did do this to us. And we did actually

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lie to you. And this is what happened. And that's what happened. The father did not want to hear the whole story. This is why with us, when we want to solve a problem, sometimes it is not healthy to go back into the history, you know, I was born. And when I was born, I remember Come on, you are now 45 years old, we are trying to solve a problem here. Don't go back 40 years and start bringing back issues that happened perhaps in a previous lifetime. So Angela, not according to the muslimeen though, may Allah Subhana Allah bless us, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding obviously my brothers and sisters, we learn from use of Allah is Salatu was salam, his father,

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immediately you know what he says? So first of all, feola cannot be in

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verse number 98. In sha Allah, He says, I will seek the forgiveness of Allah for you For indeed he is most forgiving, Most Merciful. He didn't say I've come here, tell me what happened. I'm going to sort you out. I'm going to fix you guys. You guys. I'm not going to talk to you for two years, then we will see about it. No, these were brothers. This was the father. There was a very big mistake. Allah created a situation whereby they had to admit and when they admitted you know what happened, the Father forgive them, and he sought the forgiveness of Allah for them as well. They last approximately 40 years according to some of the narrations. This whole episode lasted according to

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some narrations. 40 years imagine, may Allah subhana wa Taala help us cleanse our hearts, my brothers and sisters, I want to say that it requires a beautiful heart to be able to do this. It requires a heart filled with the love of Allah more than anything else to be able to forgive. It requires a heart filled with concern for your family concern for the oma that would make you do this May Allah subhanho wa Taala cleanse our hearts. The minute we have materialism in the heart, the love for wealth, the love for material items, the love for that which is going to be destroyed, then indeed we won't be able to forgive people, we will hold that grudge and we will make sure that

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according to us, we have sorted people out not realizing that that would result in sorting ourselves out to begin with. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant this lesson and this is why towards the end of the surah Allah tells us all lapada kanopy cos he may Bala to leoline.

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McKenna Howdy,

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Tara, verse number 111, of pseudo use of Allah says, indeed in the stories of these messengers, they are lessons for those with sound intellect.

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Those who have a brain those who want to use their mind Well, we have told you a lot of stories of the past in order for you to learn a lesson from for the rest of them who don't want to apply their minds as to how to draw the lessons from these stories. It will just be a bit time pastime, you will just say Wow, it was lovely. Did you read the story of the Prophet use of it is so beautiful. Did you see it and you drew no lesson from it? You drew absolutely nothing from it. My brothers and sisters we need to save ourselves from this. We need to ask ourselves why did Allah subhanho wa Taala tell us these stories? he actually says mark and Hadith and youth Allah.

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This is not speech that is fabricated. No, it is indeed the truth from Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant this lesson, I want to move to the sort of before sort of use of there are two points I want to raise. Point number one is, a lot of the times we want the mercy of Allah and we want sustenance. Many of us when there is no rain, there is a drought, we then cry, we say Oh Allah, there is no rain, there is drought, the drought affects the economy. The economy affects our pockets. And sometimes we know perhaps there is a little bit of rain but we're not doing well in terms of Finance. You know, the world markets actually rocked at the moment. May Allah subhanho wa

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Taala grant us all ease.

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You know, when I was young, they used to say how does that affect the price of eggs in China? Have you ever heard that? When I was young they used to say that well law here today someone can sneeze in the United Kingdom and they will stop selling eggs in China. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. The world is a global village. The statement in the East will affect the people of the West and the statement in the West can affect commodity prices in the east. Go and read the news and see what's happening. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us May Allah grant us ease my brothers and sisters, Allah says if you want goodness and the help of Allah, learn from the story of the Prophet

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hood, learn from the story of the Prophet No. Here hood alayhi salatu wa sallam tells his people when they wanted rain, he says you want rain? Two things you need to do you want power you want sustenance. Two things you need to do. Why? Tommy Stubblefield

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moto boo la

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la comida la YZ de como como de la ku Allah Mooji Remi, who dallisa lamb tell these people, oh my people seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to

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him seek the forgiveness of Allah is one thing and turning back to Allah is another thing. One is to say Oh ALLAH forgive me, Allah may forgive you. But the other is to change your ways and habits and go back to the straight path that is called Toba that is called returning to Allah the path. So if you do both of those, Allah says here, Allah will open the skies and grant You reign and He will give you sustenance and he will Subhana Allah give you strength upon the strength that you have, but do not become from among the sinful, which means the quickest way to become rich. Guess what it is, to seek Allah's forgiveness, I still feel the law. keep on repeating that keep on seeking Allah

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forgiveness, you will become loaded you will become rich, very, very wealthy. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us wealth, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant as well with Baraka and blessings, not wealth that is going to come as a form of punishment to us. I mean, my brothers and sisters, a beautiful reminder, that's why I decided to go back and talk about it. You want wealth, you are searching, to achieve it through haram means just because life is tough. Allah says no, seek our forgiveness, we are the owners of sustenance, we will definitely give you that sustenance. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us thereafter in the same surah and before I say what it is, I want to

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give you an example. You see you have a young person in our society, say your own child or the child of someone, your brother or a person in the community and society. And you know what happens sometimes, they are extremely intelligent, they go through grade 12345 and they are first in class Mashallah top they come out from secondary school with the top results. And immediately in your mind, what do you think? Let's be honest, when you see straight A's, what goes through your mind this child must become

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a doctor. That's what I heard. Did you hear that? Did you hear what I said? This child must become a doctor. Why? Because he has straight A's. He's sharp. He's got a future. He's got everything. And you know what, two years down the line. You see the same young man and he's walking. His clothing is just like, you know, a thought he's got a big beard. He comes into the masjid. No one even looks in his direction. And he's reading Salah in one corner. He sits to give a talk and five people are sitting in the talk. And then he walks out. And then the uncle looks at him and says, or he greets someone and all elderly men. Salam aleikum. And he says when he comes around your face looks

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familiar. He says oh, you know, I'm Abdullah son. Oh, Abdullah son. What have you done to yourself? You were supposed to become a doctor Subhana Allah. But they don't realize this man chose a path to please Allah. I am not saying do not become doctors do not become accountants do not become professionals. I'm not saying that. But I am saying when someone has chosen a path, that is the path of the deen do not become upset. Perhaps that is their ticket to Jelena May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. You know, Sally had a salatu salam was one of those extremely intelligent everyone loved him. He was a child whom the community used to rave about, literally talk about and one day he came

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in, he says, I'm a prophet of Allah, what you people are doing is wrong. And you know what? You cannot worship idols, sticks and stones, etc, etc. You've got to worship Allah alone. And everyone hated him. And they didn't like him. And two or three people followed him initially. And they told him, verse number 62, carlu, solve

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dafina model.

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We had a lot of hope in you before you came up with this type of statement, we were hoping you would become some big shots in our society and look at what you've chosen here. So this was the lesson. Remember what I just said moments ago. If Allah chose someone, you know the best is to marry the two marrying the two meaning you work towards your dunya as well. And you also have a fair portion of your deen bearing in mind that you are going to go into your grave and you also need to live on Earth. So I need to be a brilliant Muslim who has sound knowledge and perhaps also a doctor. That would be the best of both, wouldn't it? But if someone has not had the opportunity to go out and

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study the deen so deeply, the minimum is they need to be brilliant muslimeen so nothing wrong in being a top accountant for example, but you're in the first Safin Salah, for example, you are a person who completes the the bottom or the recitation of the Quran. You sit in some of the lectures, you participate in Islamic activities. And at the end of the day, you are a top accountant the whole world talks about you may Allah subhanho wa Taala make a such from amongst those whom those in the heavens are talking about. Like I said this afternoon, something very interesting some

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People are very famous on Earth, but they are not known in the heavens. They have no deeds that they've done but the world knows them. And some people, nobody knows them, but they are celebrities in the heavens, because every few minutes their deeds are coming up. The angels know exactly who this is. Wow, another deep, another deep, another good deed Whoa, another 10 deeds, another 20 deeds person. The world doesn't even know that. Like I said, they don't have WhatsApp. They don't have a phone to begin with. They don't even have internet to start with. Is it possible? The answer is yes, it's possible. So my brothers and sisters, remember strike that balance, save yourself from this

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harm by getting to be known even in the heavens, Allahu Akbar. You know something interesting has just come to my mind. Now. They say the Prophet Yunus alayhi salatu was Salam Yunus if no matter and then his salat wa salam. They say when he was in the belly of the whale in the darkness of the sea, right underneath the water. Do you know what his voice was recognized by the angels but from a different place? Every time he used to worship Allah and praise Allah, that voice was heard in the heavens. On that day, it was heard, but from a totally different place. Where was it? It was in the belly of a whale, in the oceans in the water. And that resulted in him being saved. So panela it was

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a familiar voice. How many of our voices are familiar? When it comes to the heavens? How many of us the angels would actually know it's this worshiper again, some of us we are strangers. I think even if we say a few words, we might even be totally unknown. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease let's move on to the surah after surah Yusuf so rotarod

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Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about something interesting again, verse number 11. And this is also about saving ourselves. We've spoken in the past about how when Allah has bestowed upon you a goodness, he will not remove the goodness unless you deserve for that goodness to be removed, because you have changed your ways and habits to transgress against the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So in this verse number 11, Allah says, in Allah Allah you will

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be comin.

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Allah will not change the condition of a nation until each individual within that nation changes his or her own condition. Here, Allah is showing you the solution to the problems the oma is facing. When there is a problem anywhere across the globe facing the oma Yes, we need to rush to their assistance in whatever way we can, bearing in mind that the first thing to do is become steadfast yourself. If you are not steadfast How can you help the rest of the oma?

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or How can the help that you have rendered for the oma be of benefit? Some people donate a million rands only to find out a year later it was stolen by someone on the way May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us, whereas others might donate 10,000 rands, 1000 rands and the benefit of it has reached far and wide. That's the blessing of Allah. It's the taqwa behind it like Allah subhanho wa Taala says regarding the sacrifice of evil of Allah says lejana Allah Allah.

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Allah deema wala Qi

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Gong, Allah says, It is not the blood of the meat that gets to Allah from that sacrificial animal, but rather it is the piety of the individual who engaged in the sacrifice that will reach Allah subhanho wa Taala. This means, what's the point of having slaughtered 1000 sheep, but your life didn't change. You'd rather have slaughtered one sheep and change your life. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us change our bad ways. And then we need to know something those who break their covenant with Allah, those who say for example, this is an example of breaking the covenant with Allah. I say a shadow Allah ilaha illallah wa shawanna Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam I bear

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witness there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the final messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets, but my deeds are heading in another direction. I'm not there for Salah not interested in giving up music for example, not interested in for example,

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dressing appropriately not interested in giving up the sins etc, etc. What's happening? You have promised on one hand that you bear witness, you are bearing witness, that he is the messenger sallallahu sallam, and you will get upset if someone says one word against him, but your whole life is against him.

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Where is the man?

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us. So my brothers and sisters

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it's an extremely important point that we raised. When Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the messenger. We need to know he was sent in order

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To be followed, he was not sent

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in order for us to just say Yes, he's a messenger and we don't follow at all. No, he was sent in order to be followed. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about this. And this is why the curse is deserved by certain categories of people. You know, Allah doesn't curse in the rush. But Allah says, Allah, Allah, Lana, those are the people who the curse is upon who are they, I want to save myself, I don't I want to know who they are, so that I am not from amongst them. Allah says they are the ones who break their covenant unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they are the ones who break family relations who break the ties of kinship, that which Allah has asked you to join, you've actually

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ripped it apart, and they are the ones who spread facade, chaos on Earth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, my brothers and sisters, this is a strong encouragement for us once again, saying solve your family disputes, every extended family has to have a few disputes a few problems, it is your primary duty to work towards resolving the matters within your families, for the sake of Allah so that the curse is not upon you. You know, sometimes people say no, it's his fault. I don't want to do anything. It's his fault. Hang on, go out and try. Because how do you know you might just come in the day of judgment and judgment will be that it was your fault, then what will happen? Too late,

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rather, I sorted out now sometimes when we say I am sorry, we don't really mean that. You know what, I'm wrong here. But we mean, you know, I apologize, because for me to apologize is far more valuable.

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I want to save this relationship. the saving of this relationship is more valuable than me being correct. So panela I'd rather just say okay, my brother, I'm sorry. Don't happen again, etc. I'm a happy man, I live with you, etc. Obviously, it depends what the matter was. It depends what the matter was. If it was a huge crime, you are not obliged to forgive. You don't have to. Someone has raped another person. You don't just say my sister, forgive, forgive, hey, that person needs to be penalized and punished. They may well go and do it to someone else. So you need to know what type of advice to give people may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding. So we should be

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saving ourselves from the curse. by protecting the covenant unto Allah we made a promise that we are muslimeen fulfill it. At the same time, your family ties similarly, don't spread chaos and corruption on Earth. Because if you do, then you won't be able to save yourself from this curse that is made mentioned of in verse number 25 of Sudoku right.

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Then there is a beautiful verse that a lot of us would know of by hearts. First number 28 of Sudoku, right? alladhina amanu wautoma in Apollo boom, B de la, la de la Tacoma in mukono. Each one of us is searching for the heart to become calm. Each one of us wants the heart to be calm. We don't have that calmness. Sometimes Allah tells you that calmness will only come through the dhikr of Allah through the remembrance of Allah, the dhikr of Allah includes the recitation of the Quran, the adkar, that we are taught Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah Allah Allah, Allah, Allah Allahu Akbar, remembering Allah when you want to sin so that you don't sin because you remember Allah, remembering

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Allah when there is a good day to be done. So you did it because you remembered Allah, all this is included in victory law. So the verse means those who believe and they those who believe and they achieve the calmness of their hearts, through the remembrance of Allah for indeed it is only through the remembrance of Allah that the hearts actually achieve that calmness. Did We Learn something my brothers and sisters, you want to protect yourself from this feeling that you are getting sometimes you cannot sleep and you are worried about the dunya you are worried about everything the whole world can wait. Allah comes first. Your relationship with Allah if that is intact, don't worry about

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everything else, a day will come when you will die, leaving behind all those problems for others to now resolve. You are a person who's gone to Allah spend your days in the obedience of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in Surah, Ebrahim, which is the next surah

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about the fact that every messenger who was sent was sent to his own people whose language he perfected, and he knew

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and this is something interesting because if I want someone to understand me, I need to speak their language and I need to speak it clearly. Don't go out of your way to use difficult words just to prove that you know the lingo.

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When you know people are not going to understand what you're going to say or what you're saying, the primary aim is to get the message across. use simple, clear terms so that the world can understand exactly what you're saying. When you speak, open your mouth, speak clearly. Listen to the lesson we learned verse number four. So what Rahim Allah says, Allah, Allah subhanaw taala soon in business and economy leanbean Allah whom, and indeed we have never sent a messenger to a people, except in the language of that people, in order to make clear the message to them. Now what I learned from this is, Allah has bestowed upon us a tongue. He has taught us language in order to communicate. So

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when you speak, speak clear language. Did you know it is against the Sunnah of Muhammad? sallallahu alayhi wasallam? To speak slang, did you know that it's against the Sunnah to spoil the language, May Allah forgive me, I am guilty at times, you know, we just say what we have to. And sometimes just to make a person laugh, etc. But you want to maintain your dignity, your respect, being intact, use upright language, and everybody will respect you because of the way you speak. Because of the language you use. It's very respectful. It's very clean, and it has no cheap words in it. That's what we learn. If the messengers were told, we will send you to a nation you speak their language

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and speak clearly. That means I need to learn the lesson even more. I'm just a human being. And I need to know that for me to be able to communicate correctly. The same applies to every one of you. You need to speak clearly, clearly, you know, the worst thing, the worst thing that you can never go through is when you are speaking to someone right in front of you. And every little while, you have to say excuse me, excuse me, and they just don't know how to speak. You can't hear them until you tell them and then they repeat it loudly Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala excuse us, Allah He, it is something disastrous. My brothers and sisters, let's learn to speak

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clearly. We save ourselves from what from misunderstanding each other from miscommunication. We save ourselves from so much negativity that may arise because we didn't talk clearly. from Allah subhanho wa Taala guarantees. By extension, when you are messaging or when you are emailing, make sure you do so clearly as well. Make sure the person understands exactly what you're saying. Make sure they understand what you're saying. Sometimes you send a message to someone in such abbreviated terms that they don't know what you're saying. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us I think we can relate to that more than we do the language right? May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us ease it

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shows us how far technology has gone. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about that. And then I want to end with a beautiful verse. The verse, Allah makes mention of two primary qualities that are required in order to achieve the mercy of Allah in order not to be prohibited from the mercy of Allah. In order to be protected from the Wrath of Allah, you need two qualities in order to save yourself from failure. What are these two qualities so many places in the Quran, such as verse number five of solatube Rahim Allah says, In phenolic Allah in the coolness of

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shampoo, indeed, these are Signs for who for those who have two qualities in them sober and sugar. And there is a difference between some bar and Shaku suffer means patience and sugar means gratitude or thankfulness. So Allah is saying these signs are appreciated by those who are subpar. subpar, meaning very, very patient. You know sabi means a person who's patient once he is patient, but sub bar is it means every day they are patient for a long, long, long time. They keep on being patient, and they bear the patients. Allah says those are the winners Allahu Akbar. Imagine it means you have calamity. Another problem another problem. It's like the mountains just keep on building building

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and you are patient Allahu Akbar, Allah Akbar and Shaku a person who thinks Allah subhanho wa Taala. A person who is always grateful my brothers and sisters, no matter what difficulties you are going through on Earth, concentrate on the positives thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for what he has bestowed upon you start counting your gifts and you will realize they are innumerable May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all goodness wa sallahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah Houma La La Land