Ramadan 2017 – Save Yourself – Part 2 – Episode 11

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Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
Date : 5th June 2017
Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk

This episode continues the story of Musa (a.s.) that was mentioned in the previous episode. But first here is a reminder: Sometimes Muslims that are born in Muslim families take Islam for granted, whereas a revert might care more for his new religion. We should understand that Islam is a gift and should not take our deen too lightly.

Now the continuation of the story: After the mages prostrated, the pharaoh said (approx.): “I have not yet allowed you to believe him.” (This also shows that he knows that he is not god himself, but he still remains with pride.) Therefore he threatened them with a big punishment, but the newly become Muslims had no fear. They knew that they are going to Allah (s.w.t.). Allah forgave them and promised them paradise.

Important lesson: Change yourself for the sake of Allah (s.w.t.), Even if it feels hard, the reward is far beyond imagination! Don’t be irritated if you are being tested, as this is a part of the believe.

May Allah (s.w.t.) give us this type of conviction to us, too, ameen. A similar case happened with Umar (r.a.).

Allah (s.w.t.) then commanded later Musa (a.s.) to go to the sea with this people. The pharaoh followed them with an army. The children of Israel became fearful but Musa (a.s.) knew that Allah (s.w.t.) will help them. He opened with the stick the sea for them to flee. The pharaoh with full pride said, that he opened the sea and marched with his army to Musa’s (a.s.) way. But this path in the sea was mentioned to be the death punishment for the pharaoh. Only in his last second of life he accepted Islam, but this type of believe cannot be accepted, as Allah (s.w.t.) mentions. This is the end of story of Musa (a.s.) in the 26th surah.

Here we also learn: The pharaoh was with his people the majority of his time and yet he was totally wrong. So even if the majority nowadays is wrong, we are still obliged to follow that which is right.

Allah (s.w.t.) has the highest rank of mercy. He has the ability to punish (he will in certain cases) but his mercy encompasses his anger/punishment. Therefore a believer should often ask for Allah’s forgiveness, as he is the most forgiving, the most merciful.

Episode Transcript

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy as many blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his companions, his household May Allah bless them all, and bless every one of us. And grant us goodness in this world and the next my brothers and sisters, I commence immediately where we left off yesterday, we had made mention of the magicians who had come in order to compete with Musa alayhis salaam, the Prophet Moses, may peace be upon him. And we made mention of how the sticks and

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ropes that they had come with, were looking like they were serpents moving and when moose Allah, his Salatu was Salam declared the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala, and let his stick down, it became a snake that actually ate up everything that was there. And immediately these magicians who are masters in magic, realize that what he has is different from what we have. We are masters, we know, but this particular person is no magician. So they immediately fell prostrates. And they declared their belief in the Lord of Moses of Musa alayhis salam. Now, this is extremely interesting. As an introduction, I wish to make mention of one or two points. Sometimes when we have something for a

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very long time, we take it for granted. And when others have it, after not having had it, they sometimes appreciate it more than we do. The same applies to materialistic things. You might have a motor vehicle, the latest car, and you've been driving it for six months, one year, you know, for you, it becomes a car that is okay, it's my vehicle, no big deal. If someone were to drive it for a short period of time, they would appreciate it so much to them. It's something so big. I remember when we were young, my father had bought a vehicle that was very old, but we used to call it my father's new car. You know, the new doesn't mean new as in the car is new, but for us, it was very

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new Subhanallah we used to appreciate it, make sure there's no scratches on it, make sure everything's okay. So how Allah, I want to let you know that sometimes we who are born Muslim, take Islam for granted. And sometimes those who have reverted to Islam become far stronger than all of us. They take the religion more seriously because they have seen the darkness. They appreciate what it was like back in the day when they did not have the deen. And now that they've come in, they have the opportunity to plug in with their maker. They have the opportunity to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala, the one who made you the one who nourishes, sustains, protects, and you seek forgiveness to

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him, and you have a relationship with Him. And you pray so many times you are clean, you are disciplined, you are happy, you are healthy, because of your diet and so on. They take it seriously. May Allah subhanahu wa taala make us from those who appreciate what we have. Now I want to tell you what happened. These magicians fell prostrate when they fell prostrate the Pharaoh. Immediately he realized that I've lost big time I paid these guys to come to help me to come and prove a point against this man and look at them. So he says,

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Tom law who

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have you believed in him before I allowed you to do that? Now, just a few moments before that he was saying I am your God, if you worship anyone besides me, I'm going to punish you. Now he's saying I still didn't permit you to worship someone else. It means he's acknowledging he is not a god. Because he's saying I have not permitted you. Are you doing it and I have not yet permitted you. The term yet here means that you know what, if I allowed you you could have done it. That means you're not the God of Allah. Because a God never speaks like this. So look at how sometimes when a person creates a fabrication around him, and he thinks he's bigger than he actually is, he shoots himself

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in the foot. Why? Because his statements become contradictory. For those who understand, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so now he's saying, you believing in Him before I've allowed you.

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But it was too late. They were so strong in their faith. In one moment, they became so strong that nothing could deter them. Nothing could shake him with us. Born Muslim in something happens somewhere in the world that we don't agree with at all. As a result. There's a little bit of pressure on the Muslims. So you change your

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name from Mohammed to move because I can't handle it. And what happens is you remove everything that makes you Islamic. And then sometimes the hijab is gone, everything else is gone. And you want to walk in a way that you are not even recognized as a Muslim solely because someone very, very far away did something that Islam does not even condone, take a look at the bombings and the killings and whatever is happening across the globe. We don't condone it, we don't agree with it at all. We are not allowed to harm innocent lives, innocent human beings at all, no matter where it is. We promote peace, those who don't they don't do it in our name. They do it with their own warped

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ideologies and understandings, but it's not in my name or yours. So it does not mean we must give up our faith in fact, all the more reason we should be conspicuous Muslims and do good so people know these are lovely people. If I know one guy who has a Muslim name who did bad I know another 10,000 who have Muslim names who do really good. That's how it should be. But we go into a shallow you know, we become people who hide our Islam. You got a beautiful name Abdul Jabbar. What's your name? jabber. Where did the jabber come from? You jab people stop filler. That is the name of Allah don't spoil it. Al Jabbar. What a beautiful name. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all. And may Allah

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subhanho wa Taala grant us ease in the dunya as well as in the Sierra. So the point being raised, they fell prostrate. Here is the pharaoh telling them I didn't allow you to do this, because obviously he now did not know how to show face. He didn't know what to tell his cronies and musala is salami standing there. And these people have fallen prostrate, and the pharaoh is feeling like a small fool Subhana Allah and he doesn't know what to say what to do. He says, Hey, I didn't allow you yet. How can you do that before I allowed you? If we lose? We would have lost together not you guys decide on your own that right we've lost. Basically that's what he was trying to say.

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So that didn't work. It did not deter them. So he tried something else. He now went with number 49 of surah to Shara which is the 26th of the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala says the pharaoh then threatened them. He did that in the past. He did it to Sally Salah what was the threat? La cleone idea come out to Julian kume. In phila wala all suddenly been a Gemini, Jimmy, I'm going to do two things to you. I'm going to cut off your hands and your legs crossed, crossed, meaning the right hand and the left leg so that you can do nothing, nothing at all.

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You see, once you cross it and you have severed both of those organs crossed, then you leave a person totally destroyed. If they are not crossed, at least they can do something. But if they are cross, they're totally gone. So he says I'm going to do this for you. And thereafter. Do you know what he says? He says, and I'm going to crucify all of you. in public, I'm going to crucify you. Now imagine they just frustrated for Allah. They just became Muslim. Muslim means those who submitted to Allah and the rest of the time. It's a Muslim, anyone who believes in Allah alone, and who worship that assume or who worship Allah subhanho wa Taala and obey that rule of the time was a Muslim. So

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they became Muslim. How many minutes ago? How many minutes before this moments before? They got one threat? They got another threat. And guess what they said

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was number 50. Allah says, they responded to this man, the man whom a few moments before that they were asking him, if you recall what we said yesterday, hey, if we win here, are you going to make us you know, you're going to give us some money or what's going to happen here if we win, they will not know more worried about money. Why? Because for those who believe Yes, you are concerned about your livelihood, you are concerned about living but your faith in the almighty comes first. I will earn but I'm not going to compromise my relationship with Allah because of $1 or Rand or a pound No, first is Allah subhanho wa Taala he has said this is wrong, it's wrong. After that, I will try my

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best to earn.

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So these people immediately they just said to the Pharaoh, and Allah makes mention of this. Our Lula boy,

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no problem, no hassle, it's okay. It's fine. Do what you want. Why? in Isla Nabina Moo, Callie Boone, we are all going to return to our Lord one day. You in another place. Allah says that these people told him Falco Lima, called in in Morocco, the

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dounia rule and judge against us whatever you want, do what you want with us. You will only be able to do these things on this earth. Once we get to that

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The hereafter it's no longer anything to do with you or your power or your mind, nothing, do what you want. Why did they didn't give up their faith?

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that conviction was such my brothers and sisters, two things we need to learn. One is they were in the presence of an abbey of Allah. Right? do is they had a sincere heart, they were genuine. If you are genuine, you will benefit from Revelation. And when that happens, the conviction levels are so high that nobody can convince you otherwise, look at the time of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu. Some of the companions like Omar bill Viola know he came out in order to have Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Within a few moments, he became known as the Allahu anhu. May Allah be pleased with him. And he became known as one of the most powerful of the Sahaba of Allah. So much so that today we if we were to make mention of Omar Abu Dhabi, only the hypocrites will feel that that wasn't a good man. But everyone else knows that Omar.

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If he were to walk down a galley Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says shavon always walked down another galley he didn't even want to come to he didn't even want to cross paths with him. To this day, it's only Shea our team who dislike Amara, Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to defend the honor of the greatest to tread the earth after the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So immediately he became known as

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the past is wiped out, it's gone, it's forgiven, it's forgotten, he started a new leaf. The same applies to every one of us less than we draw, let's save ourselves. If you have a past. That is exactly what it is. P a St. past it's gone. It's over. It is not today, change yourself. Now you will earn the pleasure of Allah quit your bad ways and habits no matter what it is, you know, the bad habits of today. There are so many the people are involved in them, even if the whole world is doing it. If it is bad, I promise you quit it for the sake of Allah your past will be just that you will start a new relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala that will be similar to that of these

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people. These magicians who now became Muslim in, you know what Allah says for them? Subhan Allah.

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I want to ask you a question. They were penalized after that. Whatever happened to them happened after that they did not give up their faith. They lost their lives as a result of all this. You know what Allah says? We forgave them, we granted them highest ranks in Paradise. I want to ask you a question. How many times did they prostrate for Allah?

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How many? One? One, they made one prostration for Allah. And Allah says, we wiped out what ever happened for them was genital filled those How many times do we prostrate for Allah?

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We don't even know, in each Salah this evening, you would have to sit and count right? Brothers and sisters, don't you agree with me? If even one of those is genuine and sincere, your entire past can be wiped out in the same way. It's the same Allah we're talking about. Right? Your conviction, don't give up your Salah. Sometimes we are ashamed of reading our Salah, because you know, we are an environment where maybe you know, these people might look at me and say, Look at this person. No, do it with honor with dignity. That is your Salah. So what if they were to laugh at you for a little while. That is your gentleness. These people were threatened. They were harmed. What he promised to

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do to them, according to some narrations was done to them. They didn't give up.

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We are not worried. There's nothing going to harm us no harm, you're not going to be able to do anything to us. You can only do something in this world. As it is we have to die, whether at your hands or whether later on we have to die Subhanallah look at how they looked at it. This is what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What a powerful lesson to learn from these magicians. And like I say,

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a small act of worship, but it was genuine, it was sincere. And you know, my brothers and sisters, there are so many a hadith that prove that Allah subhanho wa Taala looks for an excuse to give you Jenna some time in your life when it was very difficult to do something for the sake of Allah and you did it. You did it? How many times do we see of a heartbeat? I give you some examples. One had a lady quench the thirst of or a lady was crying to a cat. So she achieved forgiveness, a man quench the thirst of a dog. So he achieved forgiveness. What are these deeds, one of deeds, it doesn't mean that they were not decent people and so on. They must have been reasonable, or they must have had a

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good heart. But Allah loved one specific deed. And he said for you is genuine. This was this was a lot. What about us? I'm sure sometimes there's something really difficult. And you know what Allah wants from you? And you say, oh, Allah, you know what, for you? I'm going to do this. That could just be your agenda. I sometimes give an example of a scarf. It's not easy to put on a job. But if you say oh well, I'm going to

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Do just for you. Allah might decide to overlook everything else and say that was your sacrifice. It's possible it is possible, but because we don't know which deed it is, we've got to keep on trying. So fulfill as best as you can, whenever you can keep on seeking the forgiveness of Allah to save yourself, one of the most powerful ways of saving ourselves from calamity in this world and the next is to ask Allah for forgiveness every day. This is why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to seek forgiveness up to 100 times a day when he did not even need it. We need it. But we don't even seek forgiveness of Allah. The whole month of Ramadan passed Oh, I forgot to seek forgiveness men.

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You know when someone is leading Allahumma mckinleyville kulu kulu Bernardini or Allah in LA Cava went to a boil Africa, some of these applications seeking forgiveness and steadfastness sometimes we just pay lip service. Think about it for a moment. What am I saying? Oh ALLAH forgive me. I quit my bad ways. My brothers and sisters, I invite you and myself to commence a beautiful new relationship with Allah and with his Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, have a nice relationship and inshallah you will see the mercy descend in your life in every single way. slowly, but surely, the doors will begin to open you will be a happier person, a healthier person, an asset to your family,

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your community and the oma at large May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us. So

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after that, the story continued. And there is another point that I'd like to make mention of before we continue to the next story. In this story, it ends where

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Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs Musa alayhis salaam, the Prophet Moses to take his people and to go in a certain direction, the direction of the sea, they began to march in that direction. And the pharaoh heard that these people are running away. Now, you know, sometimes when someone has now run away, sometimes just leave him you know, but he decides no gonna follow them. I'm going Why? Because that destruction of the Pharaoh was in his own planning. He's the one who chose to go, had he not chosen to go probably he wouldn't have been destroyed. But it was already predestined. He had to do that. So he decided, you know what I'm going to follow. He followed, and he did not follow alone. He

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told his people today we're going to crush these guys. We're going to destroy them. Let's all go to witness this. So he took the main mela mela, meaning the main chiefs and the main comrades and his cronies, so to speak. And they all went with a huge army, and they decided to get to the sea. Now at the sea, there was a problem. What was the problem? Musa alayhis salam is there with his people. The sea is in front of them. And behind them is the Pharaoh was the army. So his people, you know, they always were, and this is after many years of oppression. They were always skeptical. You know, they always felt that we are being punished, and we're being hurt and harmed. And why is it my brothers

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and sisters? It happens to us. I explained it the other day. When you are inside, you will be tested when you are outside. Your tests are not that bad. What does that mean? When you enter the school, that's when you qualify to write the exam. But if you did not enroll in the school, you won't get the exams. When you enter the fold of Islam. Allah says okay, you believe Okay, believe I want to test that belief. Come here. I'm going to take your money away. Do you still believe? Yes, I do. I'm going to take your house away. Do you still believe? Yes, I do. I'm going to take your child away. Do you still believe Yes, I do. You're a true believer. Paradise is yours. We tested you go. What

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about the one who didn't believe in the first place? Enjoy your life? You don't have a paradise anyway. You see, so when you enter the fold, expect to be tested. It's in the Quran surah Anka booth, has he been?

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roku? roku?

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We've read this verse so many times do people think that it's sufficient for them to say we are believers and then they won't be tested? Unless we tested all those who said they were believers to find out who was truthful and who was lying. Now you know why we have greater difficulty than anyone else? Because we are in the exam room. So you are going to be tested. So the same applies these people were followers of Musa alayhis salam Are you sure? Okay, you're gonna listen to what the Nabhi tells you? Yes. Okay, come let's go. We marching WE ARE WE marching to the sea? This go to the sea, who's behind us? The Pharaoh. What's gonna happen now? What did they say? Kala us Habbo Moosa

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in Allah Moodle aku, the companions of the Prophet Musa alayhis salam, they said, You know what, now, now we have been caught up. Now we have been caught up meaning they began to lose hope that we will be crushed. Something has to happen behind us is a problem in front of us is a big see what to do. musala a salam, that man who knew that when he was threatened by the pharaoh he was come when the magician's came, he was come when the snakes and all that we're looking at appearing as though they were from the ropes of those

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magician he was come, he knew he was come. When he was in this position, he was still come. What's gonna happen? Allah said he's with me there's no way I can lose. It's impossible. So Allah subhanho wa Taala told him to strike the water with his stick, the same stick Subhana Allah, the same stick strike. When it struck Subhan Allah the water began to

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create huge highways going down into the bed of the sea. And they were looking like a miracle. Immediately they started going in Subhan Allah, you know, they were marching in 12 different rose armies, and they went in Subhana line as they went in. The Pharaoh comes and he notices. He says, Now he's too arrogant. He's too proud to admit that this was not me. He says yes, I instructed the sea to open, it's open for us. It has opened for you but not to save you to destroy you. He doesn't know.

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So what happened? This arrogance, this haughtiness, he still did not turn to Allah still. And the punishment was coming. How many of us we see difficulty upon difficulty, we get further away from Allah, we don't come back to Allah. And Allah says, Look, I gave you the difficulty so that you come to me, a person never it's Allah, Allah made them sick, still didn't reach Allah. Allah gave him a terminal illness. Until he said, A O Allah, Allah says, okay, that's all I needed. I loved you enough. I wanted you to die in a condition where you came to me You came a little bit closer to me. That is why sometimes we are tested in order to get closer to Allah, Allah.

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Allah when Allah loves you, he tests you so that you can soften up you come how many times we have big problems. We come for Salah when there's no problem. There's no Salah. It happens sometimes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So this man says, Let's go in and they started marching and they went in with all their men. And still Musa alayhis salam and his people were now at the other side going up.

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And when this man was in the center, the water started closing in on him. When it started closing in on him still he was not convinced and still not convinced. And when he began to drown, and when his people were drowning, and everyone was being destroyed. Then when he saw the angel of death, what did he do? Allah subhanho wa Taala says, either

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when the drowning got to him the point where his soul began to come out of his own body, and he was the one who used to say I was a god. Allah says that he said,

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to

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Allah, Allah,

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manage me, ban

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me, I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship, besides the God of Israel.

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And I am a Muslim. Why did he have to say besides the God of Israel, why couldn't he just say besides Allah, because he used to say, I am Allah. So if you were to say no God worthy of worship besides Allah, some people might think he's referring to himself, so he had to make it clear that I'm referring to the God of Israel. Finally, he had to get to it but unless it's too late, my brothers and sisters the door of repentance is wide open up to the point where your soul starts departing your body and you get to a point known as urara in Allah tala Yakubu, but Allah, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala accepts the Toba and the repentance of anyone for as long as their soul has

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not got to the point of Vergara departing the body. So in this case, in this case, it was already too late. Allah says

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terminal CD is it now that you want to believe and you are transgressing all along and you are from amongst the corrupt ones.

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Now there is one more problem.

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The people would never believe that the pharaoh is dead motionless. If he remained in that ocean, or in the sea, and the fish at or whatever else he decomposed and so on, people would not believe that this man so powerful was killed so many people who called himself a God whom people used to worship, He is no more. So what did Allah subhanho wa Taala do?

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Allah says, finally a woman on a G cabbie by Danny Kelly takuna the man.

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On this day, we are going to split that body of yours out, preserve it, so that it can be a lesson for those who are going to follow after you that a man who used to call himself a god, look at him. Look at him. If anyone's been to see the mummies in Egypt, any one of them ugliest, the most rotten the most people wouldn't even like to look there twice. So how

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Allah, that's the guy one of them. One of them, whichever one of them maybe Ramses the second, according to some studies, maybe not. But when he one of them used to say I am the God and he has slaughtered millions and billions, meaning so many people and he has perpetrated heinous crimes on Earth, look where he is so realizing, hey, you people are not even a fraction of power of his, you don't even have a fraction of that power, nor his wealth. You don't even have a fraction of it. So don't become hottie. Look at how he ended. Save yourselves. Save yourself. Let your ending be such that you will arrive in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala with a smile. May Allah subhanho wa

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Taala give us a good day. I mean, so these are the lessons we learn from this Pharaoh how to save ourselves from that story. You see, protect yourself from haughtiness, when the signs come to you. Take heed when when difficulties and tests come, have faith in Allah. Look at Musa alayhis salam. He says Kela in your visa hunting, when his people told him we are now caught the seas in front and the pharaoh at the back. He says we never caught allies with me, He will guide me

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and he was indeed guided. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this and at the end, Allah says to us all in

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Ghana

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meaning in Arabic Allahu Allah Zhi Zhu Mahi hearing, these are repeated so many times in Surah, two era after the end of the stories of all of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says in the phenolic, Allah is indeed in that they are lessons, there are lessons lessons for whom for those who have intellect. In this story we've just mentioned, there are signs, there are Signs for those who want to take heed. And Allah says another sign is Walmart, Conoco, meaning a lot of them were not believers. The majority of those were not believers. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is trying to draw our attention to something. The majority is not always right.

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People could be doing wrong if the whole world is doing wrong, what's right will remain right. Even if the entire globe decides you know what is wrong, and what is wrong will remain wrong, even if the whole world begins to perpetrate it. So this goes to show you follow what is right. Not necessarily the majority will follow it. You follow what's right, may Allah subhanahu wa taala keep us steadfast and may He guide us and that's why at the end, Allah says, What in Arabic Allahu Allah Aziz or Rahim, these are two qualities of Allah, that Allah Subhana Allah on two different ends. Elisa is talking about the power of Allah, Allah is very powerful. And aurasma is the mercy.

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Why does a lot connect between the two qualities, the power and the mercy? He does so in order to show us that He forgives having the ability to punish, he still forgives. That's the height of mercy. You know, if you are merciful upon someone because you have to be you can't really do anything about it. You have to sit with them because you cannot do anything about it. It's okay, it's messy, but it could be contaminated with a bit of fear. In the case of Allah, there's no fear, not at all, meaning Allah doesn't fear anyone. Allah is the one the most powerful. He can crush, he can do what he wants. But he says, Rahim, I'm still the most merciful. And Rahim is a special mercy

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for the believers. So Allah says, You know what, as much as you know that I can punish you. I want to tell you that my mercy goes beyond that. My Mercy supersedes that anger of mine. What if it was the akula Shea. Allah says My Mercy has encompassed absolutely everything. Therefore, I repeat again, my brothers and sisters, never ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala the moment we lose hope we cannot be saved from the Wrath of Allah because we have done something against the instruction of Allah. Allah told us not to lose hope we're losing hope. If that's the case, you're insulting Allah, You are insulting the quality of mercy. We know he is powerful. We

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know he has prepared the punishment but we also know that we are trying to trying keep trying and you will achieve the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala keep doing your best and you will achieve inshallah, the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala Till we meet again sallallahu wasallam Obara, kalenna Bina Mohammed Subhan Allah Subhana Allah homodiegetic the shadow Allah Allah Allah and anastasiou kawana Timberlake,