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Dubai Peace Convention

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salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.

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I greet you with the universal greeting of peace. And it is the pledge of every Muslim. It is that which we have been instructed by the almighty to start with when we meet one another. And it is that which we have been instructed to promote on a global level. It is the most beautiful greeting it has in it not only a pledge or undertaking, but a very great school. And it has in it so much of education. We ask the almighty to grant us from it. Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Abdullah, he was truly Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi adjumani.

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I start in the name of the owner of peace, Allah subhanho wa Taala, most forgiving, Most Merciful, the one from whom all peace comes the one who has granted us whatever peace we do have, and the one whom we seek that peace from. We send blessings and salutations upon the one who brought the message of peace to ask Mohammed May peace be upon him, all his household, all his companions, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of us, my beloved brothers and sisters. If we take a look at the very first words I uttered, and that were alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. May the Peace and mercy of the Almighty be upon you, and may his blessings be upon you. In essence, we are taught

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by Allah subhanho wa Taala to make mention of the most beautiful of Greetings, and this is the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in detail, but Allah subhanho wa Taala says, what we

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mean

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for how you

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do

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when you are greeted with a greeting, respond in a better manner, than that particular greeting or at least equated reply to eating equal. So in this case, I am telling you and as a Muslim, I am saying to you, may peace be upon you what that means primarily is to start with I will definitely not harm you. And on top of that, I am praying for you that no one else holds you. And I pray that peace prevails not only in your life, but in all your affairs. And this is why we are taught to add after that was

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made the mercy of Allah be upon you as well. That's my prayer for you. And may his blessings be upon you as well in every single way. This is the universal pledge of every one of us every time we meet each other. And this is why when you greet someone, you need to ask yourself a simple question, am I being genuine in the way I am uttering these words to my fellow brother or sister or anyone else for that matter? When I say Peace be upon you do I then harm them after that, if that is the case, I have not understood the basic teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So it is important for us to know that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the messenger May peace be upon him, has

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instructed us and has taught us so beautifully. He says, should I not show you something that if you were to engage in it or to adopt it correctly, you would be able to increase the love between you. And then he says,

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spread the peace and the greeting of peace between you and amongst you. So the reason why this is of utmost importance is from the very beginning. We are taught to promote this peace in every single way. And we are taught to greet each other. This is why I am one who actually promotes the clarity of the greeting more than anything else. It is important to realize when you greet someone, it is an act of worship. It is a pledge, it is a pledge that will promote inner and outer peace, the peace in all the circles that we need it to be in the smaller circle that we perhaps are a part of on a daily basis and then the larger circle, some of whom we may never meet on a global

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level but we would have contributed to that piece by merely understanding the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, through this issue of greeting to start with. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant the strength.

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If you take a look at peace, it is the desire of every individual, the need of every soul, the struggle of every nation, and it is the hope of every prayer. I'm sure we've heard that we understand it. Each one of us is searching for it. We would like it those of us who are not at peace, ask yourself, why is it perhaps you do not have the correct link with the owner of peace? Who is the owner of peace? He is a Salaam, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the Quran,

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and many Cuckoo.

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It is a massive Hannah hautala. So many of his names are mentioned in this beautiful verse, I want to highlight one of them, the source of peace, the owner of peace, the one from whom all peace will come it emanates from him, my brothers and sisters How can myself all yourselves be in any form of peace, tranquility, contentment, if we are at odds with the owner of peace, if I do not have the proper relation with him, if I do not worship him and him alone, if I do not understand his instruction to me, how do I expect inner and outer peace and this is why he has chosen from amongst his name's Salaam, that is the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the owner of peace, the source of

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it, may the Almighty granted solid relation with him a powerful relation with him. And may we be from amongst those who strive to understand what that relation is all about. And how then we will taste the peace that is in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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My brothers and sisters, let's take a look at the word Islam to achieve peace through the submission to the same owner of peace. I would like to achieve peace through the submission to the owner of peace. And this is why Islam, it means peace. It stands for peace, it teaches peace It rewards those who strive towards peace and it teaches every form of peace at the same time it brings about internal and external peace in this world. And in the next that is Islam. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, If you would like to achieve goodness, if you would like to achieve that success, you need to understand that which is acceptable in the eyes of the Almighty is indeed an

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Islam, the submission it brings about peace May Allah subhanahu wa taala Grant us peace. And before I go further, let me remind you that when a person goes against the instruction of the Almighty, that person will struggle and grapple to come to terms with his or her own inner peace, they will not be able to achieve that peace because they are at loggerheads with the Almighty, they have sinned. So the amount of sin that is committed, that is the amount of lack of peace that a person would taste May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. This evening I was reading a few verses of the Quran and I came across something so powerful in sort of way Allah subhanho wa Taala gives

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myself hope and yourselves a lot of hope. When he speaks about paradise. He says, what was liberty.

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paradise has been brought closer. This is obviously speaking of the last day and thereafter.

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paradise has been brought closer, it is near

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to the believers or for the believers in those who are conscious of the Almighty, it is not far off. Those who are conscious of the Almighty and Allah says has

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been happy.

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Alesis disk is what we have prepared. This is what we have promised to those who constantly repent or constantly turn to us.

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Those who have protected them

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covenant unto us and then Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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Those who are conscious of Allah, the trembling the fear of Allah, they are conscious of their relation with their maker. And at the same time, they are found returning to among that brings a lot of hope. Because each one of us sometimes in life being human, we commit mistakes we do that which we are not proud of, we commit sins, it is important for myself to be at peace with my own self to start with, by understanding that the owner of peace is inviting me to seeking forgiveness. He is inviting me to developing a powerful link with him each time I go wrong. I need to know in Allah tala.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says very clearly, that Allah subhanho wa Taala stretches his hand in order to forgive those who have sinned by night, during the day. And he stretches it during the night in order to forgive those who have seen during the night or during the day. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us an understanding, this is the mercy of the Almighty. If I understand this link with him, I will definitely be able to be from those who are at peace, because I know my past I have made peace with it. I have left it behind. I have now come up. And I have hope. I have the hope and this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says quite clearly

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in

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my journey, in

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inform my worshipers who have transgressed against themselves who have gone beyond the limits of transgression against themselves. Let them know that Allah will forgive all their sins for Indeed Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. My brothers and sisters, what a powerful verse. This is the piece that Allah subhanho wa Taala calls towards, and Allah subhanho wa Taala asks us to be at peace with him by recognizing him to be at peace with yourself, recognize who you are, where you were, where you are right now, where you are heading, once you know that and once you understand that, automatically, it will bring about a link with the one who made you are the one who is in absolute

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control of every aspect of your existence and the one whom you are going to return to very soon. Once you have that link, what more do you need to worry about? Now Allah subhanho wa Taala causes internal and external peace, the inner and outer peace. So this is the peace with the maker, worship none but him, you will be at peace, you have understood your maker the minute we start adding deities besides the Almighty, you know, acts of worship, or we begin to worship the almighty in ways that he has not prescribed, we are making a grave error. It is the ingredient of losing all the peace that we have, because we have turned to those besides the owner of peace in order to achieve

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peace.

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And this is why once we have made peace with the Almighty and with ourselves, and we've realized how damaging the sin can be to our own peace, then we make peace with everyone else. We make peace with the others. Every single one has rights over us and we have rights over them. It is important for us to notice whether they are Muslim or not. Every one of us needs to realize they have rights, we have rights. And it's important to fulfill this. The minimum is the respect that you owe the others the respect that you owe your family members, so many of us lack peace because we don't know that the messenger peace be upon him,

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has asked us to be the kindest and the best to our own wives and our family members so that we can achieve the inner peace and we can succeed holistically and so that they can taste the result of that beautiful peace. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace in our homes.

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A person who does not understand the value of his own spouse will definitely lose not only his own peace but even his spouse's peace. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make it easy for us to be faithful and to be from amongst those who realize the value of our family members, my brothers, your children need you so desperately How can you be found for fulfilling the rights of your own children? What type of peace Do you want in your home there will only be peace, no peace

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Anahata Allah bless us May he protects us from pieces rather May we be from amongst those who taste the peace and who can live by it, and who can fulfill the ingredients to achieve it as well. So we have the rights of your own family members, you have the rights of your neighbors. If you take a look at Apple live,

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It is reported that on one occasion, they had cooked some meat in the house. And he asked his servant, have you sent some to the neighbor, and he was a Jewish neighbor. And he said, No, he said, Send some to the neighbor, I have heard the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Muhammad May peace be upon him, instruct us so strongly regarding fulfilling the rights of the neighbor, that they came to a point where he said that perhaps jabril

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had made mention of the so strongly, maybe he might have made him an heir, if we had to die, amazing. This is just making mention of the power and the value of the neighbor, whether he is Muslim or not, there are rights that you need to pull over, or for that particular person or for your neighbor, we ask the almighty to make us the best of neighbors, and to make us from those who also as a result are reciprocated with the same treatment, if not better, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all.

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Similarly, we have the other creatures of the Almighty that we need to be at peace with Did you know that it is my duty and yours to protect the environment, I cannot destroy trees in a destructive manner. Because that is against the teaching of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam I cannot destroy the environment, I cannot start burning things, breaking down things without purpose without a valid purpose in order to be constructive, rather than destructive. You know, sometimes, when you enter a city, and there is a lot of development going on in the city, you find buildings are being destroyed, but they are not being destroyed in order for them not to exist any longer. But in order

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for a better building to come up in its place, there is a plan. If that is the case, your religion allows you to do that. But as a Muslim, if I'm destructively just going around the world, breaking things down without purpose, then I have not understood my purpose in my own life, and the purpose of the creation of the entire creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the environment, we're at peace with it, take a look at the trees, Muhammad May peace be upon him, instruct us to plant trees and on top of that, he says any creature of the Almighty that will benefit from the tree the reward will go to you who has planted the tree imagine what kind of piece so whether it is a bird, whether

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it is a human being whether it is any other animal, the fruit or the shade of that tree that benefits everyone, we will be rewarded. But how many of us are interested in planting trees? We asked we asked this question in all earnestness, do you know what I need to end you need to plant trees? Are we going to plant trees now that we've heard how important it is May Allah subhanho wa Taala use us to do so.

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Similarly, when it comes to the ocean around us or the sea or the water, we are not allowed to contaminate it as Muslims, we are at peace with the ecosystem around us the fish in the ocean, I have a duty to ensure that I do not do anything to harm it. And this goes back to another ruling if you cannot benefit and the minimum is do not harm and this is something we are taught as muslimeen sometimes I really want to reach out to you, but I cannot. So what is the minimum the minimum is I should not harm you. That's enough. There was a time when we used to count our friends.

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And we used to say this person has helped me and that person has helped me a time has come when your best friend is He who has not harmed you who did not harm you that is your best friend you do not expect out anymore. Whereas we are mostly mean we are supposed to be turning towards others to help them and not just to receive all the time from them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that beautiful understanding and make us taste a beautiful piece both internally and externally. My brothers and sisters in dealings in an Indian economy in the way we operate with our business, we need to make sure that we are from those who promote peace. This is why fair play in business is

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part of the teaching of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Hence, what is known as Riba which is usually or interest is prohibited in Islam.

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It is unfair practice that is unfair. It is not the subject of our discussion today but what I can say is whenever we are dealing bear in mind

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to benefit the one whom you're dealing with. And if each one is looking at that, we will be promoting true peace. Let me give you one small example where peace is snatched away, say I have gone into a supermarket. And I have purchased, for example, something electronic. And I have paid a price. And the brother told me, do you know what this is the best price and the best item, if I walk out of the supermarket, and immediately I see that I have been ripped off, which means this thing that I have been given right now is either inferior or if I paid too much for it, or it is not as it is advertised and so on what will happen immediately does something to me in my heart, this is the

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beginning of the

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tangling of the whole series, or should I say the skipping effect before it actually, before we lose every form of peace, you take a look at what will happen. In my heart, I feel I was ripped off. So sometimes human nature I might say, oh that man, you know, cuz be upon him.

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You don't just curse people pray for him, he might be on his way to you to change your goods, I hope.

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So what would happen is if you had this feeling in you that you were ripped off, and then maybe whatever you purchase did not work properly, you begin to hate the individual you don't like the place anyone who asks you, you tell them this place they are ripping people off and so on what happens as a result, there is no relation between us in a positive way. It's only negative. Every time someone talks of your business, it is something that is no one wants to actually go there. And every time you talk about this particular item you bought, you start making mention of how bad it was in your experience, and so on. So, if it was the other way around, where you bought something

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you made use of it, it lasted for so long, amazing what would happen, you would praise not only the item but even the place you bought it from you would encourage others to go their business would flourish and so on. This is why it's important for us to know the link that we are supposed to be having with one another when it comes to business dealings as well.

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What is of utmost importance is for us to realize that there are certain things that are Halla which means permissible, certain things that are harmful, which means prohibited.

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The Almighty has declared what is allowed and what is what is permissible, what is prohibited. And he has declared it in quite a detailed way. In order for us to achieve peace, I want my health to be protected. I don't know, for example, when I'm eating things, whether this is going to be beneficial for me or not. So I need to make mention of the name of the Almighty because he is the owner of peace, I want my body to be within that peace. And at the same time I will not eat that which he has just allowed believing that if I do, it's going to result in snatching away of my peace. It's not just the way your spirituality, it's not just a way even your health. So sometimes people engage in

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Say for example, let's make mention of a few items that are prohibited in Islam.

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People make meaning people might be engaging in the consumption of intoxicants, what happens it will damage your peace goals, you lose your peace, and then what happens some people might be consuming that which may be let's say products of swine and so on that it is dangerous, it is harmful for your health. Some might argue How is it harmful? Well, to be honest, there are two things you need to know. One is whether you understand that it is harmful or not you need to abstain from it because the owner of peace is telling you that watch out this thing here do not need number one. Number two is make an effort to try and look at why it is that this particular item is prohibited. You will be

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amazed by the reasoning by the research by the findings of the people who have looked into it and then you will sit back years later and say Subhana Allah all praises due to Allah I actually stayed away from this and I've benefited in such a big way I have protected my health and so on. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless us.

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Brothers and sisters take a look at another ingredient of peace in the beautiful Koran

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where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of how we should spend.

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I need to consider my income when I'm spending those who do not do that would probably struggle they lose contentment why because you are this person you are that person you have so much credit on your credit card you have so much higher purchase every month you are giving so much in installments your piece is gone. The reason is you did not understand the law of Allah when Allah subhanho wa Taala says

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To

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the true worshipers of the Almighty of those whom, when they spin, they are neither extravagant nor are they from amongst those who amazingly, but they know that the balance between the two you have earned for example, 1000, you will spend 500 or you might spend something on that, but you need your budget according to your income. If the need be for you to adjust your life completely, because your income has plummeted, then do so do not be arrogant and do not be haughty, to admit that my income has now come down and I now need to sell this Rolls Royce that I have and purchase it for yota Mashallah.

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Brothers and sisters, it's extremely important that we understand these laws of Allah subhanho wa Taala in place in order for us to be able to lead a life that is full of peace. Now, let's get to

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the piece that we are looking for. on a global level. Once we have peace within ourselves, we fulfill the rights of one another, we understand that Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us if you want to change a condition, you need to start off by changing your own condition. If your own condition is not changed, forget about changing the whole world. So if I want peace globally, I need to make the pledge of peace, that I will do everything in my capacity to ensure that peace prevails, I will make sure I go out of my way to solve and resolve to sort matters out to resolve problems and disputes, I will not create a problem, I will go out of my way to speak good and kindly, good about

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others kindly to others. And whenever there is a matter, I will deal with it in the most beautiful way, if you have a problem with a certain brother, or a sister, or anyone for that matter, to go around the whole world to tell them that you have a problem does not solve the problem.

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But to address it directly with them will actually solve the matter. This is something that a lot of us take for granted. We have a problem, we have an issue. Sometimes we don't even have an issue. But we could not even be bothered to educate ourselves. Do you know how important it is just to understand the culture of other people to try and understand their language to try and look into what they how they understand things. You know, an example comes to my mind of people who are too lazy to look at others cultures and how they suffer a loss. A brother was telling me of a businessman,

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a businessman from an English speaking country who had a detergent that was really, you know, we call it hotcakes. It was selling a lot and selling amazingly, so much that he thought let me now market this in the Middle East.

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So he comes to the Middle East, and he decides to translate everything into Arabic. And he put it into the market. A month later, you see sales are very bad.

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And then he decided to enquire Why is it so bad? Why is it that the sales are so terrible? So he looked into the matter? And he asked a few of the experts, and he started asking some of the Arab brothers that why don't you buy this detergent? And they said, Well, this detergent is one that we should all stay away from. Why is it? You see, look at the packet at the back. It's translated. It says here before and after. And there is a white shirt. And then there is a gracious.

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So he says no, the gray shirt is before and the white shirt is after?

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And he says no, in the Middle East we read from the other side. So basically what's happening is everyone here thinks that you know what it's going to be white, when you put it in and dump it in. It's going to come out gray, something so simple that will make us laugh. But the point I'm raising is why don't we try to understand one another's culture. Why don't we try to understand one another's languages? Why don't we reach the globe, Muslim or non Muslim? Try and understand where they are coming from? Why did they say what they said try and look into it. The problem with us as soon as we hear something, we are just like this man who translated this thing and he put the gray

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and the white not realizing they're going to read it from the other side.

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And so a problem happens from no problem. And this is where we lose piece lack of education. It is extremely important to educate yourself and myself. Very important and this is why education of any sort in the Sharia has been given a lot of importance in Islam. We are taught to educate ourselves you will never go wrong. If you learn something. It is all about learning

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, not like a madman,

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he was knocking a nail into the wall.

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And sadly, because he was a little bit backward, he had the sharp side facing him. And he had the other side facing the wall. And as he's about to knock it, the other man comes. And he says, Hey, you see this is wrong, what you're doing this is what's wrong. He says this name is for that.

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This name is for that pole. The point being raised here is they both needed help. Sometimes the people we go to for help need help themselves. So this is why we say educate yourself. Don't be fooled. And how is it that I will protect myself from being fooled? Go back to the manuscript that was given to you by your maker, Allah subhanho wa Taala, he sent you the, it is your duty, he will ask you about it, there is no ways that you are going to be able to run away from that question. No way. Ally's going to ask you about your link with him. He sent you words of his own, for you to look into, to understand to put into practice to achieve peace, inner and outer peace in this world in

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the next, what is it that you did with the word of Allah? Did you attempt to read it? Or did you believe those who always told you it's haram to look into the words of Allah to look into the meanings of the words of Allah? How long are we going to be fooling ourselves until the day we die and beyond, and we still don't know what Allah says, Allah subhanho wa Taala doesn't understand.

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My brothers and sisters, beware of those who disturb the peace. Beware of those who promote disturbance of peace. Be careful of them, Be alert. Remember, never let them use you to engage in that which is clandestine, to engage in that which will disturb the peace, whether it is of your city of your country, or anywhere on the globe. We are mostly mean and we are people who believe in peace, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught us in so many different ways that whenever there is an opportunity, even when there is a war, if there is an opportunity for peace, you need to be the first person who shows that you are ready, you are ready to make peace.

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If they are inclining, towards peace, you incline towards it and lay your trust in Allah. Why does he say lay your trust in Allah? Sometimes people might say, I'm not too sure of the intentions of these people.

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Well, the intentions are known by Allah, something is clear showing you that they are ill intended, then yes, you have the right to protect yourself from being calm. But don't just use the excuse of not knowing the intention of the next person. To stay away from making peace. You make peace by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant that to us, my brothers and sisters, we have so many people talking about peace today, and so many people really fighting in the name of peace. Is that Islam? Is that what Islam teaches?

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We need to understand the minute we developed our link with Allah subhanho wa Taala the minute we have surrendered to the law of Allah, we will be so calm, we will be so much in peace. If you want to know what peace brings about. It brings about positiveness, it brings about calmness, it brings about focus, it brings about contentment, hope and goodness in our thoughts, our actions, our character and our being positive people why because they're at peace.

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And this is why my brothers and sisters one of the most important things on a personal level is to surrender to the decree of Allah after having tried your best to achieve that, which is beneficial for you.

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Mohammed

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has made it quite clear, he says loud and clear, it is

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been

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making an effort to achieve that which is beneficial for you and seek the help of a man Do not be lazy. What this means is whatever is beneficial for me,

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whether it is a business deal, whether it is learning something whether it is marriage, whether it is anything else, whatever is beneficial, I need to work hard towards achieving it. And I ask Allah help I cannot sit back and say okay, whatever is in my destiny shall drop down the ceiling. Some people have this notion that you know what? It is written for you so it will not miss you. Well, if it was written that you were foolish, then To be honest, a difficult life.

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May be written for you How do you know? But if you made an effort, then leave the rest in the hands of Allah He is the one who gave you the energy and the ability, the capacity to make the effort. How then can you just sit back, relax and say, You know what, if it's meant to happen, it will happen, make an effort, and then leave it in the hands of Allah. If it does not happen, it was never meant to be. And if it did happen, it was always meant to be, be at peace with that.

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Allah has kept all of us in different conditions. Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept every one of us in different financial conditions, different levels of problems and issues, challenges that we face. Everyone has different types of challenges. But Allah says

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Allah does not burden anyone more than they can take more than they can bear. Remember this? So this is why when you have a metric, an issue, call it a challenge. Turn to Allah ask is help draw closer to Him, look at the positives that have come out of it. Some people lose their children, may Allah grant us all paradise, and may He make it easy for us all. And for those who have lost their children. Some when they lose their children, they lose themselves as well. And they say What happened to me? How can I have done this to me, it is part of the mercy of Allah, he did that to you Do you realize he has made you return to Him in a beautiful way understand that he loves that child

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more than you will ever love the child that is allowed. We think we love this child, when Allah loves him, took him away. Some of us Allah has given us sickness. And so people say I've been sick for so long. How can I be at peace. The reality is you need to surrender to the law of Allah, surrender to the destiny that Allah has chosen for you. And then you will find a lot of peace.

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If you are seeking to visit the doctor,

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try and do whatever you can. And then remember, for every droplet of pain, there is a reward, there is a reward in your direction. And remember that when a sick person happens to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala gets to the record on the day of judgment and finds such a big reward for having endured just the endurance, they will say, oh my Why did you keep me sick for longer than this for for a longer time. So I could have a much greater reward.

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But we have been told from now that this is what it is, if you are not going to be at peace with what the Almighty has decided for you, you will never be at peace because he is the decider. He is the one who chooses.

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So whatever he has chosen for you, difficulty will come in your life, not because he does not like you. But because there is my life is a challenge. But make sure that those difficulties you rise to them in the name of Allah, and you try and solve them in a way that you promote peace in the lives of others. This is why it's not good enough for us to just talk about peace without promoting it actively in the lives of others, our children, our family members, and those who may interact with and those whom we reach out to across the globe, say good things. And make sure you try to empower them as to how they will achieve the eternal peace. Remember how I started the talk by saying

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develop your link with Allah develop your link with your maker, the owner of peace, the one who owns peace, it comes from him. Do you know we spoke about the greeting we spoke about the term Islam. And I would like to remind you that when we complete one of the most important Pillars of Islam, which is the prayer or Salah, immediately after that we are taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to seek forgiveness thrice so I say, love, love, love that is only after I have a salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah on my right. And as salam aleikum wa rahmatullah. So I have pledged peace to all those on my right all those on my left, I have declared this pledge every time I pray, and at the same

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time I seek Allah's forgiveness, then what do I say? After I say,

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I am taught to say, Allahu

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Allah, you are the owner of peace. It comes from you, you are the source, you are the source of peace, the owner of peace, that give her a peace, that is the name of Allah, Allahu

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Allah.

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Allah comes from your love, whatever we have, the peace has come from you. You are the owner, Avi Tabata, Jada Jelani, when

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we asked him, we glorify Him, we praise Him we declare his greatness

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And so on, but we are acknowledging that this piece that I want from you hola my brothers and sisters, I present to you something you may have tasted. And if you haven't challenged, you go and you will taste it, what is it and any house of Allah subhanho wa Taala enter any message known as a mosque or a message in the house of Allah.

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Didn't we just say he is the owner of peace, the source of peace, it comes from him. In the house of Allah, if you are genuine, you have a heart, you will taste the peace. No matter how simple you are, because you have come to the owner of peace.

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And something will move you inside. If you have a heart. Something will move you inside, you will feel the tranquility, the peace.

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Just the other day I happen to visit the masjid of Sheikh Zayed in Abu Dhabi.

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And amazingly, as I entered, there is a feeling there is a tranquility. And it's not just with that mustard. It is with any house of Allah, you enter the most powerful of all these places, the most blessed, the most high in spirituality, Mecca, and

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the Kaaba is and see what happens to you. If you have a heart. It is very easy, believe me, it will move you, the owner of PCs merely showing you Hey, you know who owns me?

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Do you know where to find it? Here's my house COMM And this is why my brothers and sisters when we see others come to the house of Allah never ever make him feel unwanted. Because the owner of the house wants him there. He brought them there. How dare we speak to them in a way that makes them feel Hey, I'm out of place here.

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Brothers and sisters, that is domestic, that is the house of Allah see the peace that comes from it and see what happens. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us this beautiful peace and we need to make an effort to attend these houses, the men It is your duty. It is your duty to attend the masjid, the house of Allah. It is the house of peace. That is where you meet each other as brothers and you will greet a Salam aleikum. And do you know when you say a salaam aleikum, a Peace be upon you, eye contact is important. And to shake your hand is important. This type of contact shows you that I am part of your family. And this is why we are taught that every one of us we are the creatures of

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Allah subhanho wa Taala we should be concerned of one another. In the same way we are concerned about ourselves. You know, we have a notion today that is a very, very far from Islam. And it is important for us to speak about it from this platform of peace. There are people who think that Islam preaches

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enmity towards non Muslims, anyone who's not a Muslim. Well, he's our enemy. That is a complete misunderstanding. The truth is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam looked at every non Muslim as a potential Muslim. In fact, I can give you an example of one day when a

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barrier

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was about to take place, and the person or the coffin was actually being taken past Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he stood up, he stood up imagine he was seated, and he stood up. So some of the companions said you stood up but this is a Jewish man.

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Look at the question.

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He says you stood up but this is a Jewish man.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says, Is he not a human being amazing? Is he not a human being? And that clarifies for us and there are so many other points of clarification that they are human beings, perhaps our own forefathers somewhere up the ladder, we're not Muslim. If people looked at them the way some are teaching others to look at all non Muslims as enemies, one wonders whether we would have been Muslim

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common logic. This is why my brothers and sisters do not let people contaminate your minds regarding Islam. It is a clear cut religion. It is a religion of peace, even your enemy when he wants when he leans towards peace. You need to make sure you mean even further.

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And this is why Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Another beautiful example of his when he was in Mecca, those who were the greatest enemies every single time they wanted to. They call him he went rushing, thinking that perhaps they want to hear some goodness and he would go and address them and talk to them. Why he wanted

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To seize every opportunity to convey the message of goodness to them, look at him on the day of haber. At the time of a war, he had told

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me, you are going to go into this place. Remember, if Allah has used you to guide one of these people, it's better for you than whatever materialistic items have the highest value there is here. That time it was

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the red candle.

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Why was this? These were enemies. These were people who wanted to harm the Muslim.

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No, we preach peace, we teach peace, we stand for peace, we will promote peace even in times of war. So can Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deeper understanding. This is why my brothers and sisters, it is extremely important for us to understand this beautiful faith of ours, we are so blessed we reach out to the Muslim to the non Muslim, to those who like us to those who do not like us. Sometimes they just need a little bit of education. They need a bit of a tactic. Maybe it's you can greet them properly and try and smile in order to promote the beautiful teachings of Islam because they have heard so much negativity of this beautiful religion. May Allah grant us the use of

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this platform to clarify some of these misconceptions. We hope to meet again and until then.

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Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh