Ramadan 2023 Boost #11- 300 Years in a Cave

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The speaker discusses the importance of reciting Surah Toluca's words during a prayer for the Hope of Islam, which is a recitation of the Bible. They explain that Islam has provided opportunities for young people to achieve their dreams and achieve their potential, and that everyone needs to relate to their spirituality and accomplish their goals. The recitation is a way to remember who God has blessings for and achieve their dreams.

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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi wa sallahu wa salam ala Mallanna BIA by the who were early, he was a big mine. My brothers and sisters we commenced the recitation of Surah Toluca have, which is a Surah that is sunnah to recite on a Friday. And there are many lessons to be drawn from this beautiful Surah, I want to spend five minutes explaining to you two of the aspects that we have recited in the first units of our Tarawih prayer for this evening. Number one, the name of the sutra is derived from a cave in which a certain group of youngsters went and they were running away from the adverse environment and society and the tyrant rulers and so on, because they were unable to

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practice and fulfill and uphold their faith. So they decided to go to a place that would be safe for them where they would be able to practice their faith at least.

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And so they went into this cave, not realizing that Allah had a an amazing plan, a plan that would later be mentioned 1000s of years later to us. And we would learn a lesson from it, that when they went in order to earn the Mercy of Allah and they made the dua to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to grant them protection to have mercy on them. And Allah granted them that protection and Allah Almighty had mercy on them. So you and I, when we ask Allah truly to have mercy on us, to protect us to help us uplift and uphold the basics of our faith, Allah will grant that to you and I win and if we are genuine and sincere, the same time if these young boys could actually make their way to a

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cave, that had hardly anything, if you look at the comparison between that and the lives that they were leading, they left everything in order to be able to follow Allah's instruction.

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When they went there, they achieved that goodness, Allah subhanho wa Taala prolonged their sleep to beyond 300 years. The Quran speaks of 300 years and nine. There is an amazing connection between the lunar calendar and the solar calendar that every 300 years, there is nine years that you add on in order to get the disparity between the lunar and the solar. That having been said, look at how Allah Almighty restored them, bless them, gave them goodness, Mention them in Revelation up to Qiyamah. May Allah Almighty grant us that goodness. The second story is that within

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those who are blessed by Allah subhanho wa Taala forgot to relate that to Allah. Rather they related it to themselves and their own intellect and their own capacity. But Allah Almighty sent a friend to remind the man who continued to say this is from me, and look at what I have to say that if you connect this to Allah and you relate it to Allah and you realize no matter how intelligent you are, and what type of intellect you think you have, you need to know that very intellect was given to you by Allah subhanho wa taala. So if you think you're sharp, you think you're intelligent, and you think because of my own brain I have achieved remember who gave you the brain in the first place.

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And this is why always when there is something good that you notice about yourself, that Allah has blessed you with. It is important to relate it to Allah Masha Allah Baraka Allah, and in that way you will achieve lots of goodness and lots of baraka and blessings in what Allah has bestowed upon you