Respect & Dignity

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Building Bridges Tour of Mauritius.

We have been taught most of us to show respect towards others. We were taught by our parents and at times teachers. But is this respect limited to only people whom we are acquainted? What about friends of friends? Extended family  members 100 times removed? Cats? Dogs? Snakes? Pigs? We are forbidden touching dogs but there are circumstances that permit.

Remember the man who was forgiven all previous sins and granted paradise simply for his one single act of respect and kindness? What did he do? He gave a thirsty dog water to drink. Who was watching? Nomads? Passing caravan maybe? No. No one like that. Only the One who mattered most- Allah. He saw and He rewarded.

Next we look at dignity. It is needed in our every manner; in our every act and speech. Even the fingers forwarding messages must be filled with dignity. Do not demean ourselves by forwarding lude albeit funny messages or memes because remember- it’s being recorded in our book of deeds.

Islam is a religion of respect and dignity. The Quran tells us so. The example of the greatest man to walk this Earth teaches us so. When he could have quashed a people for spilling his blood he chose instead to complain to the Almighty of his own shortcomings. That is respect and dignity for others.

To increase our knowledge on these two important attributes specially in a time when hate is rampant and latent, please listen to this speech by Sheikh Menk.

Episode Transcript

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salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala the creator marisha cherishes. sustainer provider protector and cure of one adore

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was Salatu was Salam ala

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nabina Muhammad Ali, he was happy with the woman.

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We send complete blessings and salutations upon the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala Mohammed bin Abdullah melas peace and blessings be upon him, his entire household, all his companions, we asked Allah to bless them to bless every one of us, to grant us every form of goodness, to bless our offspring and those to come right up to the end. Members who can afford to Allah keep us rightly guided my brothers and sisters, I'm indeed humbled by the presence of so many of you in this beautiful city, in this lovely country of Mauritius. And I know it's been a long time since I have come but Mashallah, the development that I have witnessed is

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really something spectacular.

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As much as we see development from an infrastructural angle, it's important for us to develop ourselves even within

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the more we see

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it in terms of technological advancement, in terms of growth, when it comes to our income, perhaps, when it comes to our standard of living, perhaps, we need to equate it with the development of our soul of ourselves of our character and conduct our link and relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala and with his messenger. In fact, the latter needs to be far greater and higher than the former. We need to develop our relationship with Allah and ourselves, we need to develop our character and conduct far more importantly, than any other development, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all forms of goodness me.

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My brothers and sisters, I am here

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to spread the message of love.

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There is a lot of hate across the globe, a lot of it, it has resulted in fighting it has resulted in killing. It has resulted in senseless atrocities that are being committed in the name of religion, and in the name of so many other causes. And every time that happens, we need to realize it's our duty to promote the goodness and the lump that will extinguish that haze. And for that reason, I want to start off in a unique way. We're talking about building bridges. We're not talking about destroying bridges. We're talking about respect and dignity. We're not talking about development of hatred and Ill feeling.

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So it's very important to realize that the greatest of all is Allah subhanho wa Taala. The maker right at the beginning of this talk, I described Allah by saying, the maker the nourisher, the challenge of the provider, the protector, the cura In fact, the one in absolute control of every aspect of existence. He who we worship of God is the Creator, the deity alone, remember, he did not only create humankind,

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together with you and die, and together with humankind, he chose from the very beginning that he would create other creatures. Why? Why did Allah decide that he wants to create other creatures.

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He created the dogs and the pigs and the monkeys. He created the mountains and the seas and the oceans, he created the birds. He created the annex and the insects the reptiles, he created that which may be considered harmful to mankind and that which may be considered beneficial. The Creator

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The lion and the leopard, he created all these creatures, and not only did he create them, but at the time of the Prophet Noah, when

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he was instructed to build the ark, he was instructed together with mankind, to take with him

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to have all the other creatures that the almighty had made. So Allah wanted to preserve these creatures from among them, they are those that are harmful to us, we are scared of them. If we had to see a loose lion, while running here, right now, we would all perhaps try to rush out of the slice causing a stampede Helter Skelter, everybody's out. Because there is a lion, this is not its place, but we will pay money to see the same lion.

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in a different place, we will pay and behind a fence, we will even teach the lion, we will make a face make a song. And we are warned, don't do that. But this is what we do. So we end up

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looking at these animals that would have been harmful

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with the eye of goodness, and even the eye of love.

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How many of us have seen a lion,

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or a lioness or a cup? And you say, Wow, how cute, How nice. How beautiful, What a sight quickly take a picture, take a picture. We say that, don't we?

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But that's a lie.

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We are taught that the life that was given to that line was given by the same giver of your life.

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Don't forget that whoever gave you like, gave that lion the life.

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We forget that.

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So panela.

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So the Almighty created all these creatures if he wanted. He didn't need to do that. He could have just made mankind. That's it.

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But Allah says, No. I want you to understand that I am the giver of life, I will give life to whomsoever I wish and to whatsoever I want to give life.

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I have given life to the animals I've given life, even to the plants. We see the plantation here, who is the giver of the life.

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It's Allah.

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He gave the life and this is why we are Muslims, we are taught that you cannot take the life away of the animals in a destructive way. No, I cannot just say okay, I'm going to shoot all the lions. No, as a Muslim, you're not allowed to do that. Yes, if it was harming you, it came to you, it was attacking you, you have the right to defend yourself. Perhaps you might even take its life away at that juncture. But there was a need for it. And you did it in the most humane way. It was unavoidable. That is to do with an animal. it's to do with a lion. We're talking of the example of a lion.

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But the Almighty has asked us to be respectful towards the creatures that He has given life. You respect the animals, you know, you and I

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have been taught that there are certain foods that you will eat and certain foods you will not eat? Well, it would have been easy for you and I to say well, why did Allah make that if he did not want me to consume it? Who told you that everything he makes should be consumed? Who told you that?

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He makes certain things because he doesn't want you to consume it. And he wants to see if you have within you the love for the Almighty Who is the giver of the life enough to respect the life of that which you're not going to be consuming. It's a very deep statement. I'm not allowed to eat, for example, a pig as a Muslim, flesh of a swine, for example. I'm not allowed to consume pork. Does that give me the right to go around how many pigs throwing stones at them, shooting them and just getting happy and laughing not as Oh, the heartbeat says he couldn't make

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a joke. Do you know every animal that you are kind to you reach out to everything that has a liver everything that has been given life by the almighty if you are trying to reach out to it in a positive way you will earn a reward.

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So if you are destructive towards it, you will earn a sick

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if you go around just taking a gun sitting the monkeys that are all around because that's it, you're enjoying shooting monkeys. You're not a good Muslim. You have insulted the giving of the life

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Those monkeys

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allegedly. And that's why I started this way to go back to remind yourselves and myself, if you want love to be promoted the beginning of it, is to ask yourself, who am I?

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And who are the rest of the people around me? And who is a? What is the rest of the creation? What's my connection with?

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My mother, and my father.

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They married many, many years back, I don't even know, back in the 1940s, or 50s, somewhere,

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perhaps in the 1950s. And they have children,

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these children,

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who are they, to me, my brothers and sisters, why? Because we share a common

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lineage, my mother, my father, the same.

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What's the big deal? The big deal is, it's a very big deal, the giver of life, who gave you your life and me, my life is the giver of the life of all creatures, but he chose for you where you would be born, when you would be born, who you would be born to for a reason.

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That reason is for you to recognize him.

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And for you to recognize him, you will have to look at those around you to be able to understand who they are to you, and why they are that to you. So I take you back to the example of myself, my brothers and sisters, I did not choose my parents, I did not choose the almighty chose for me, and automatically placed in the hearts of my favorites love towards me. So when I was a child, they loved looking after me, the same would apply to all of us. If we have children, may Allah bless us with good children.

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I always say even if you're not married, and someone says Allah bless us was good children say I mean, because it's a package. If Allah blesses you with good children, you're gonna have to have a good spouse.

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So it's like, if you say, Oh Allah, I want the job healthy for a job, Oh Allah, I need to earn at least so much in demand for a law or law. I want you to help me to buy a house after that. And I want you to help me to get a car. You know, what just started with Ola helped me so that I can build my house but don't forget your house in the Hereafter, please.

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So if a lot accepts that house, you're gonna get your job, you're gonna get your salary, or you're going to earn your money somehow, somewhere. So it's an all in one encompassing thing that apply. I did not ask to have those parents, those brothers, those sisters or my own children, I get asked to have the particular case that I had, I may have asked Allah to bless me with children, but I didn't know who they were going to be. Each one is given life just like I have been given life you have been given life, they are beloved to Allah, just like I am just like you are. Because if Allah wanted, he could have chosen not to give life to them or to myself.

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So my parents, Mashallah because I have them in common. So I look at my brother, I say, this is my brother, something happens to me, he, my brother will feel it, he will rush to my assistance, why? He's going to say that's my brother, let me help you.

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Okay, if something happens to a child, the parents run to the child or run to the child assistance because that's my parents. That's my child.

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Your sister The same applies.

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But who chose that

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it was a law as a test.

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I encourage you, my brothers and sisters, those from among you who are not getting along with their own brothers and sisters. I encourage you today. sort the matter no matter what it is sorted out. It's not impossible, sorted out, learn to love one another for the sake of Allah.

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And Allah has spoken about this in the Quran in many places.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us how important it is to maintain family ties. What to

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be conscious of Allah whose name you use when you are asking one another when you swear an oath you use the name of the Almighty. Be conscious of him and be conscious of them.

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wounds that have given birth to you be conscious of the wounds through which you are related and connected.

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And related to my brother from the womb, the womb of who.

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You're related to a relative of yours to work through the wounds the wounds of who the mother's.

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Been, be careful, learn to respect your mother, learn to respect your mother, we're talking about respect, dignity,

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learn to build the broken bridges moments ago I said, if you have a problem with your brother, mending, if you don't mend it, you have not understood the plan of the Almighty.

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Who chose that brother for you. He's going to ask you on the Day of Judgment, I told you to resolve your matters. And I told you how simple it was to break relations. Why did you break relations? So a person might say, Well, you know what, I broke relations with my parents because they're not Muslim.

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So Allah, Allah would definitely question us even further, because he's the more he tells us, what, meanwhile,

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be kind to your parents, whether they are Muslim or not. In the same verses, he says,

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What

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Huma was all

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done,

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you will be kind to your parents, if they are to instruct you to do something that is blasphemous against the Almighty, or ask you to associate partners with the almighty in worship. In that case, you don't obey them, but you continue living with them in goodness, in kindness with humanity, etc, etc. Doesn't that prove that even if they're not Muslim, you have to be kind to them. You have to be fulfilling their rights. You have to be respectful, you have to carry yourself with dignity, and you have to keep their dignity intact, as best as you can. But if they were to instruct you to do something unreasonable to do something detrimental to your liquid, your maker, you politely excuse

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yourself, you politely excuse yourself, Why so much of politeness with parents? Why when they're not Muslim, Allah is telling me Be polite, be kind, even if they were to die in the condition that they will not push them, you still continue to fulfill your role? What is it, be polite, Be kind, be respectful, try and help them, serve them.

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And you will enter Paradise you serve your parents who get paradise, even when they're not Muslim, how it's because the almighty chose them for you. by serving them, you're acknowledging the Creator. That's why Allah says,

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Allah has declared and decided that none shall be worshipped besides Him, you worship Allah alone. And after that, what do you do? You should be kind to your parents, one might wonder why did Allah put these two together, he put the two together, because he made you and he chose a means through which you would come on to the earth, that was your parents, he chose them. You might be in this country, because your parents gave birth to you here.

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It's possible. In the case of perhaps the majority of you, who told them to give birth here? Well, it was Allah subhanho wa Taala, who made that happen here, out of all places. So when Allah created us, he chose so many things for you. And then he told you, right, I want to test you, I want you to, I want you to do X, Y, and Zed and I want to see when you fulfill it or not, primarily, he tells you acknowledge me, as your maker. When if I acknowledge Allah as my maker, I need to acknowledge that he is your maker as well. And I need to acknowledge that he is the maker of all the other creatures, the animals, the plants, the oceans, everything else, even that which is part of nature, it's

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created all of that.

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How will I be able to respect Allah when I have not respected the creation that the same amount as me, so how to love something dear to Allah that he's created, and I have no respect for it? Do you really think I won't be able to respect

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The one who is above all of that, who actually made it.

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So in order to respect Allah, you need to be able to respect the creatures that Allah has created. This is why whenever we speak of worship, we speak of two types of rights, the rights of the Almighty, that he shall be worshipped alone. And we seek of the rights of the rest of the creatures of the Almighty starting with what is known as

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the rights of the rest of humankind.

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So a person who is not respectful towards

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animals cannot be respectful towards Allah, because he hasn't understood

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who those animals belong to, or what the animals are, who gave those animals the life.

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It is he had understood that he would have treated them differently.

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And this is why even for consumption purposes, Muslims are taught that there is a specific way of taking the life away of an animal that you are going to consume, it needs to be humane, you need to treat it fairly. Look at the people across the globe.

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When it becomes commercialized to a degree of greed, they lose track of the giver of life, they lose track of the Almighty, it becomes such that they want the money by hook or crook, so they treat the chickens terribly, they treat the cows in a very, very inhumane way. They treat the animals in a way that is unacceptable just because they have greed for the money. The Almighty says you fail your tests, even if you tried to ensure that the animal was halaal, you are sinful for the way you treated the animal before its life was taken away.

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So much of respect,

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is given to animals that the almighty tells us

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that you're not allowed to take the life of an animal while another is watching. This is through the blessedness of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. He says take them away, don't cause distress. You take the name of Allah says the permission of Allah, they should be a purpose for that life being taken away, for example, poultry, because you'd like to consume, but what destructively, you just go around taking life away, because the giver of the life was alive. The reason why we would say Bismillah is to seek permission of the giver of the life to take the knife away for a purpose. That is no good.

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We're talking about the animals.

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So Allah says, You know what, you might be kind. You might be kind of before I tell you what a lion says, I'm giving you an example. You might be kind

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to chickeny because you know that you're gonna consume it. You might be good to sheep, or whatever else you might be good to, when you have purpose when it's your pets when there is a need for it. But what if there is an animal that you have no need? of? What if there is an animal that you're not allowed to touch as a Muslim? What if there is an animal that there are more rules and regulations governing your relationship with as a Muslim?

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such as

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a dog, for example, I cannot consume a dog.

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I can have a dog under certain conditions for certain reasons. But the relationship between us and that dog is such that a lot of us.

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If there was a dog walking down,

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we would walk in the other direction.

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Perhaps many would run away.

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And even if they wouldn't, if they wouldn't,

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we would know that there are certain rules and regulations governing your closeness, the proximity, etc. Your relation with that particular dog because it's a dog the end of the day.

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But I take you to a beautiful narration that a lot of you may have heard, and those who might be following my building bridges series might have heard this every time I speak about building bridges because it definitely helps us understand the broader picture.

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There was a man whom the Prophet peace upon him said the Almighty granted him paradise because he was kind to adorn the narration says the almighty forgave all his sins because he was kind to adopt to what can you say

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doc

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He was trying to adopt.

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A dog is not a sheep a dog is not a cow. A dog is not a bird, a dog is not something, you know, that's on that level. It's on another level altogether.

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But the idea is this man in the desert, on a very hot day was very thirsty. And he found a well,

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he decided to go into the wealth, because there was no bucket.

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And he drank as much water as he wanted any quench his thirst. And he got up again. And as he was walking away from the well, he noticed some very thirsty dog pictures in your mind, what would you do?

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What would you do? Tell yourself now while you are listening to me, in your mind what you would do if you saw a dog panting?

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To me, it would look like the dog might have rabies. Right? I don't know what I would do. May Allah forgive me?

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The man looked at the dog and he said to himself, look at

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me now sheet.

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This stock is since CSI was moments ago, before I went to the well, but the problem is, there is no bucket there is no way this dog is going to get the water. You know what, let me go down once again and get water for the gun. So the man went down.

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He went down the wealth. But he didn't have a bucket. He didn't have anywhere to take the water back up. So what did he do? He decided to take out his coat was the type of shoe they used to wear at the time. Some of us might know it better as a leather sock.

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He took it out.

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He filled it with water. Would you ever fill your shoe with water and wearing Clark's by the way?

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He pulled his shoe in the water.

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He decided to come up again. I don't know how he carried it whether it was in his mouth or however, or in his hand. And he got close to the door.

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Imagine bringing the dog near to you now. Think about it. How many would do this?

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I'm honest. May Allah test me with that? I always pray Allah Don't let me see that.

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I really don't know what I would do. I'm just being honest.

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So he brought the dog Nia and he helped quench the thirst of the dog and the almighty was watching. I was watching and Allah says we love the compassion so much that we forget his sins. He was basically given paradise because of his compassion to our

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respect. What did he do? He respected the animals. Allah respected him. Allah gave him forgiveness and paradise as a result.

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Why am I giving this example? Where am I going?

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Let me explain

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to you back to the beginning of mankind when Allah subhanho wa Taala created the first of mankind. And Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter, caused the multitude to grow. They were all brothers and sisters, the children of Adam alayhis salam, Adam and Eve Adam and Hawa brothers and sisters.

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And as a result what happened?

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They we all come from one source.

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could look on me, Adam, Adam. I mean, all of you the promise of sentences from Adam and Adam is from the soil is from the dust.

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Don't be arrogant. After all, you're from the dust. You're from the soil. And you're all connected. I'm related to you. I feel it. You know why I feel it. Because I think about it. Many of us don't think about

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when you don't get along with someone when you hate someone when your heart is filled with hate. You forget how closely related you actually are. Because you haven't thought about it. You are clouded by hate. So you don't think wow, this person is actually related to me, my forefathers and his or her forefathers. They actually met in one man.

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But we are filled with hate such that we don't even realize Adam May peace be upon him.

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He was our forefathers.

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His wife was Eve a wa Salatu was Salam. According to us, according to the Christians, according to the Jews, and according to many other Semitic faiths.

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They believe that the first was added any

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other

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members teaches lessons be upon them.

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If that is the case, and we believe it is.

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And we not only are we not all religious

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we are, but we don't think about it. That's why we don't sit and ponder. We don't think about how Allah created us. So I don't even feel my relationship with you. If I don't think about when I think about it, I begin to feel it.

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When your own son has gone astray with a bottle of alcohol, or the clubbing and the drugs, what do you do when someone else says, You know what, we need to excommunicate him, we need to throw him out, we need to attack him, we need to beat him up, you will say I'm the father, leave it to me.

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Because you feel within yourself, it's my child. It's not easy for me to allow people to harm my child, even though my child might be a person who may not be ideal.

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Whether we're not all connected, brothers, sisters, somehow, we're related when someone is doing something wrong. Remember the respect and the dignity if you want to be respected as a human being, you need to respect the other person, as a human being to begin with, even with your difference. What do you mean even with your difference, even if I disagree with you, it doesn't make me a person who should be filled with hate against you. I might not like what you're doing. I might disagree quite strongly with the bad behavior or conduct that might be termed sinful, but I respect you as a human being.

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That is the minimum the dignity that Allah has given me. And you want

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me Adam,

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Allah says very clearly, indeed, we have honored we have honored the son of Adam. We have honored him what type of honor we gave him dignity, respect, in sort of the theme, Allah says, law that

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we have created mankind in the best posture with honored man, we gave him Ability Beyond other creatures on earth. On Earth. Allah gave me the best posture. I was speaking on Friday at the masjid in Zimbabwe, and I spoke to the congregation. They laugh when I told them, can you think of a better place to put any organ of yours? within your body besides where it is right now? Any organ that you have? Your nose, your eyes, your ears, your fingers, your nails? What ever you have any organ? Can you think of a better place to take it out and put it somewhere better than where it already is? Can you? Anyone here?

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Put your hand up if you can, we can hear what you have to say.

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But if you put your hand up, we wouldn't like to see your mouth here.

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meddling. Our mouths have to be way our hands up.

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We start eating money.

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So Allah says, we favor you, we gave you dignity, you know, we have technological advancement. Tell me which other creature of Allah has technological advancement on earth? Have you seen a group of mosquitoes sitting in a small bus going to point B? No. Have you seen a group of ants flying from one point to another in this small little aircraft? No. techno technology for them is zero. It's nothing unless it was a brave man, technological advancement, a brain that is unparalleled, that is completely unique. The best of brains that we have on Earth are given to mankind. That's what difference that would. That's what makes us different from the animals and other creatures of the

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Almighty. But you know what?

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We are fooled with more hate than all the other features.

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We are filled with more hates, because we forget to use the mind the brain to think we become weak. When I know something. I'm a school teacher, for example. And I know that one plus one is two. I am so confident about the answer that there are people calling out one plus one is five. One plus one is five. One plus one is five. Will it make me angry? No, I will just look enough because I'm confident I know. If I sit with them for five minutes, I will be able to tell them but when I'm not convinced myself I become angry.

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Why are you saying five? What are you saying? Five, Four? Then I roll up my sleeves and I want to beat people up.

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Are you not intelligent enough to stand up and say what you have met the people use their brain discusses debating and come up with a conclusion you will come up with a proper conclusion. If only you have sound knowledge. The problem is we don't have that sound knowledge anymore.

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We're not prepared to learn. We're not prepared to open books. When was the last time you open the book?

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Any one of us answer it within yourself.

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You might say no, when I open my phone

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we have replaced the books with phones. We have become so deeply engrossed in gaming, you know, what is gaming, that it is become a disease people are talking about it.

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So panela

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you saw what happened, right? Brother came in and gave me a piece of paper. And I enjoyed these papers because we're talking about building bridges. When you build bridges, you need Land Cruisers.

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So my brother who has a 91177

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if you don't unblock me anything said

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we're going to have to do the bridge over your car

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Mashallah,

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I remember the last time this happened, the brother was so excited because he told me Mashallah

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you actually read out my car place in front of the whole world.

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I said, Brother, I better go back and delete it edited out of the video because people will want to be said all the time anyway, my beloved brother, whoever you are, mela blessing. You made a little mistake here. But it's not too late to rectify that. You can take your Land Cruiser I hope it's the latest one each other.

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Normally, the later the later it is, the more likely it is that we block the way you know why? I can tell you why. We think when we become powerful, wealthy, when we become people who have a little bit of authority that we can break the law.

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Now, I'm no longer talking about the use of rather the story is over, okay.

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But it happens to men because we forget, we need to be reminded that no matter who you are, be humble respect people.

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When you respect others, you will be respected.

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When you respect others, you will be respected. When you don't respect others. How do you expect to be respected. And this is why we say my brothers and sisters, it's important for us the more the Almighty has bestowed upon us, the more humble we become, we have to become more humble. The more the Almighty has given us the more he has bestowed upon us. We need to realize it's the greatest test. Don't let arrogance creep into your system. Just because the Almighty gave you money, power, authority, good looks, intelligence and everything else. No, there are people who have more wealth than you but they are more humble than you. They are people who have more power and authority and

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you know, humble than you. So let's learn a lesson. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the most humble of all, but he knew he was the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets of Allah. He was humble.

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He used to greet us to speak he used to really he used to.

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There was a lot of goodness that came the Prophet sallallahu wasallam was indeed so immaculate that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us quite clearly, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us quite clearly

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Sunni land he was

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indeed, in the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for you. There is an absolutely superb example to emulate to follow May Allah subhana wa Jalla make it easy for every one of us. So my brothers and sisters going back to what I was saying,

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Let's go back to the well

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this man comes out of the well he quench the thirst of the dog, the Almighty said, I have forgiven him because I love the way he had compassion for a life that I had given.

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gave life you consider it sacred. Whether it is to a dog or a cat, or a bird or a piggy, even though we don't consume the pig, but I'm not allowed to go around harming pigs. So I might not agree with certain things but I do you need to know that I must respect whatever the Almighty has made.

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So one might ask for the why was it a dog? It could have been any

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Else right?

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Where did the man came from? When the man emerged from this? Well,

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Allah could have had anything in front of him. It could have been a baby, it could have been another man. It could have been a pretty woman. You know, the young out here, sometimes what happens, maybe even the old sometimes what happens? You help someone but not necessarily for the sake of the Almighty.

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You know, when you're driving on the highway, and there's an old man who is stuck with a puncture, what happens? He's stopping the vehicle that he wants to say that interesting. They kind of he can find a I don't know if you have a show to do. He's an old man, he can find a. But if there's a young, pretty lady, even if she doesn't have a puncture, a car stopped. She's on the phone. What happens? You see, you go around to come back to find out.

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Oh, what's wrong? Anything wrong? What's happening here? What happened?

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Your sensibilities question? Did you do it for the sake of the Almighty. So the Almighty says, we had a dog waiting for that man, when he came out of that, well, it wasn't anything else. Because if it was anything else, you and I could maybe doubt his intention.

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There's no doubt about that. 01 it was a dog. So Pamela, it goes to show the best from amongst us who have built bridges, who have learned respect and dignity of those who can reach out to others and to the other creatures of the Almighty. When it is the least expected when they are at their lowest point and you are getting zero in return. Besides the pleasure of the Almighty, then you have understood the law, you have now recognized Who is your maker, up to that point, you didn't recognize the connection.

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When I can help an elderly lady whom I do not share the face with who perhaps might be needing help and she's poor. And for example, she might not even be able to walk correctly. And I say no, for the sake of Allah, let me help this old mother of mine. She's not even my real mother, but she's someone's mother. And then I helped her and I, I brought her to safety, for example, then I understood who Allah is. Because Allah gave that life.

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I can give you one more example. When people are drowning, it becomes irrelevant what face they belong to what inclination they are, we are all suffering, the mind was drowning, and they were someone who did not belong to my face, who didn't agree with me who saved me, I would be eternally grateful to the almighty for having saved that person. And I will have to show gratitude to that person. If I'm a Muslim, and I believe in Allah.

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Same applies if others were drowning, or were in need of help. You know, drowning is a bit extreme. Okay? May Allah save us all.

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But if someone was in need of help, and you could help them, you shouldn't have

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you have to reach out to them. That is the dignity, the respect, we are building bridges, what type of bridges, bridges over the rivers and the lakes that we created ourselves. We've destroyed links that Allah had placed.

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I have extended family members, and I'm telling you this for the first time.

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I have extended family who are Hindu.

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Would you have read that? See?

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But I'm telling you, the respect that we have for each other is absolutely amazing. Amazing. SubhanAllah

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I think people are just looking at me shocked and telling you it's a reality.

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For our family at the end of the day, we may not share the same faith but you know what, I will continue with my duty to the Almighty and I will continue spreading goodness and I will continue in good ways and habits and I will remind them and we will discuss matters at certain junctures and certain points when we have the opportunity to do that in a very, very respectful way. It should never be insulting. When you insult another person whom you disagree with. You are weak in your intellect, and your relation with the giver of life is even weaker.

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The Prophet PCF

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Never insulted those who disagree. He kept on calling them Allah says to him in LA, in London Bella, Your duty is none other than to convey the message. The rest of it is for us to be conveyed in a beautiful way, take a look at the spread of Islam across the globe, primarily is actually spread with character conduct honesty and upright behavior in terms of business.

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And ethics.

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The Java now known as Indonesia, Sumatra, etc. Look at the entire region.

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The most most things on earth exist there, how did Islam get them

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through what I'm saying, they build bridges, and through respect and dignity, the difficulty today, we don't even respect our brothers because the devil comes to us and makes us concentrate on the smallest matter. that divides us in a way that we have absolutely no connection with people who are related to us second third generation.

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There is a website called 23. And me, I don't mean to promote them. But if you were to give him a sample of your DNA through your saliva or blood, they will send back to you 15 generations of who you are and where you came from. You pay them about $100.

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And it's not just them, so many other

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people do this.

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You'll be surprised where you're from, and what blood you have in you, you'll be shocked. And you'll be surprised who's related to you as well. They can connect it for you. Today we have arrived at an age of social media such that we every one of us. If we were to meet on the street somewhere for the first time, we would either know each other or we would know someone in common between the two of us. Or we will know someone who knows someone who could link us up two or three circles. Not more than that.

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I'm talking about us.

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But listen to the spewing of hate spewing of hate, we will swear where's the sooner we will insult with the sooner we have no respect when we want people to come to goodness. If you think you're upright and you have everything that's correct. How can you expect others to listen to you when you don't have any respect for yourself to begin with? Because you use cheap words. When you use cheap words you haven't respected yourself, do not expect others to respect you. When you haven't even respected yourself. My father always tells us he highlighted to us when he was teaching us the eldest son in many years back towards the end, the Hadith he highlighted to us don't use slang.

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And we were like, What's he saying? Don't use slang. We all use slang.

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If you would like to be respected, you need to clean your language.

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Clean your language automatically, you will be respected. Use beautiful words, use proper language. Classical language

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is taken from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. He was the most eloquent of the lot he used to see clear he never used slang. He never used vulgar words.

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And here we are claiming to be the champions of Islam. And we swear this one and that one in every other word. our own families, we've broken the bridge inside the house.

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You're married. And the way you speak to your spouse is worse than anything people would imagine. They see you in the masjid standing in the first row. Allahu Akbar. They would never imagine s and B's.

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They wouldn't, but the way they are record like gunfire in the house. And we say I'm a champion of Islam.

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Me, My brother, even the sound of a goat is better than what you say.

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Yeah, you will hear it now we are drawing close to the festival.

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Well, my brothers and sisters, it is not time that we respected our spouses, our children, the children are becoming people whose morals and values are becoming difficult to look after because we don't have any

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connection with our own morals and values anymore. We let it loose.

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Clean your act. respect and dignity is also shown through our phones the mobile device. You don't just forward every message that comes to you learn to delete. Learn to switch off

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Your phone

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from time to time, learn to prioritize. I always tell people, melamine is strong, we are almost there. But I pray that we can become stronger. When you get home and your family is seated around the meal, all the phones need to be put in a little box in the corner.

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You know why you won't do that?

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You don't want someone else to pick up your phone.

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Why? You have something to hide? When you have something to hide? Where's the respect? Where's the dignity? How would we be able to build bridges when these are your most intimate family members?

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you're ashamed of what if there is something you're ashamed of deleted? Cut it off.

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If you take a look at pornography, it's become such a big problem today.

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In voluntarily people receive messages, people receive images. So Pamela, how do we learn?

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Learn to delete, learn to block.

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What am I blocking immorality advice,

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I'm deleting a dirty message that I thought my friends would laugh at. But because of its nature, I want respect and dignity, I'm going to delete it. Forget about the love. The Love is not as important as the deleted.

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Right? Because the value of that message is such it's so low that it will bring your own value down.

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I know people who say that, you know that guy, whenever he messages my husband, they're always getting messages. And I'm thinking but he's a molana.

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What does have a reputation we do not have?

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every message you sending is dirty even the women know. So Panama. And the other way also happens. Remember this problem is not with any gender in particular, it happens with men, it happens with women.

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But we need to understand my brothers and sisters spread love. When you want to correct someone do it with love. When you want to disagree with someone do it with respect.

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We are human kind after all. I give you another example.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was telling me

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on the day

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when the war was going on,

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he says Oh,

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and that was his cousin.

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He says

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Remember, if Allah uses you to guide a single person, it is better for you than

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it is better for you than the most expensive of the conveyance on Earth at the moment.

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It was known as comedy now, the red camera.

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Today, maybe the Land Cruiser that we dropped on them.

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Whatever vehicle maybe 100 150 200 300 400,000 US dollars today backs. So Allah is telling us through the blessing lips of the greatest of creation, some among

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the most noble of all prophets of Allah the highest in sending

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Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam he is saying, If Allah uses you to guide one person is better for you than what this dunya has to offer you what this world has to offer you remember that? When was he saying this to me? At the time of war with us, we're at peace, but we're not ready to guide people without insulting them without you know what you might be the one who's wrong. You're insulting others and you think you're right, pause, ponder, learn, educate yourself, you might just be the one who's wrong.

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But no, we don't want to respect anyone we've forgotten.

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We've forgotten that we're connected. I was saying moments ago that our family is connected to him. Not only that, the time of the Prophet Noah, Allah says in the Quran regarding the Prophet Nova, that everyone was round. And you know what?

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Noah was the only one whose progeny survived.

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We gave him offspring, the others who were saved in that arc. We did not give them offspring. We only get know of spring which means you and I have connected somewhere. If we don't meet near we're meeting at Noah. May peace be upon him boy, la Salatu was

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When I say You and I, I might be speaking here predominantly to Muslims, although they may be a few of our brothers from other faiths and sisters, but I can tell you those who are far away in another continent with a different faith with different ideology with different thinking, different mentality, different likes and dislikes, different type of food, different types of dwellings, they are still related to us as humankind.

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They are still related to us. And if you don't feel it, and you don't understand it, and you don't realize it, you have to work on yourself. That's why we are here today. That's why we are here today to make us to continue ties us regarding the fact that we're all part

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of the same family.

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If Adam and his son had a surname,

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that would be our second. So panela

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why

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we disagree on matters. I give you a simple example. A lot of you

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may know in Ramadan, Ramadan is the month of the Quran, it's a month of taraweeh it's a month of prayer month of worship month of fasting month of the Quran month of suffering mental charity month of all sorts of goodness. But you know what? There's always a fight in the mosque

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month of Ramadan, we call it the month of the window.

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You know why? month of the fan?

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You see the laughter already explains you know what I'm talking about. The whole of that

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was only remembered because of the fight we had at the mosque about the fan

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because of the argument we had about the window

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because of the debate we had about the timing of something

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because of the war that we had because the man was five minutes late.

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So

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I always wonder if Muhammad peace be upon him came into the city and lead Salah for us, for example.

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How many of us would actually stand behind him?

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When we cannot even stand behind the Imam

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who is even slower than

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me. Today, the imagery is much faster,

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much faster.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us maybe soften us, my brothers and sisters, we move further.

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You see? What we need to realize is that Allah subhanho wa Taala

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is the creator. He sent down messengers, one after the other right up to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam being the final messenger. Each one of them came with goodness, they came with a powerful message. They kept on giving the message they kept on giving the message. The day punishment came if it came, according to the Torah, according to the Bible, the Old Testament according to the Koran, it came from Allah to them showing you that Allah is the most powerful, no have a Salam.

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O

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Allah

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Alayhi Salam did he do something? No, Allah did something.

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shrine? Did he do something? No, Allah did something.

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Because our minds are powerful. Allah is the one who is all powerful. What was the duty of the messengers convey the message in the best possible way? Once you've conveyed the message in the best possible way you need to know maybe to Allah, today I was reading in Surah insalata Malik. I was reading Adam Tanaka, Allah buka Diaz.

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The story of Abraham, the one from Yemen, who had come with the elephant in order to attack the cabin. Did you hear that story? There is an entire surah in the Quran Chapter that speaks about how Allah destroyed him. But you know what? Allah allowed him to get there. Then another story

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if he could have stopped him in his tracks, but Allah says no, we let him get back can come right here. When he came right here, that was a chance given to him by Allah to turn back. So he started off. He started off in a bad way.

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He continued he was reminded that Allah gave him a chance, he continued, Allah reminded me.

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He continued when he got right to the Kava, that's when Allah says, We sent him. We sent against them to birds. at a very high altitude, they release small pebbles that destroy the elephant and the army. Wow.

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Recently, I saw

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A video of that bird, supposedly that particular bird, and the man in Yemen somewhere in northern Yemen, I think it was. He was showing us how it carries the stone, and how high this bird goes and where it drops the bird that the stone from and what happens and I'm thinking Subhanallah it probably is true because that was the bird from the same region.

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So Pamela, the point I want to raise to you is Why do I have to become violent for

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everyone out there?

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is potentially a good person. Everyone out there is potentially a moose.

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All of us sitting here today, either us, if you revert to Islam, then yes, you all if your fathers or forefathers reverted to Islam, you are someone up the ladder was not posted.

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But people try people did business people intermarried people discussed, Allah guided people came to Islam. Today, third, fourth, fifth generation, even if it's more eighth generation Muslim, and we are filled with such hatred, that he will be in our forefathers time they would be Muslim.

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You follow what I'm saying? has been in our forefathers time, we wouldn't have been Muslim because someone would have just killed us.

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Someone would have harmed us. So how wrong is that idea that you need to harm someone whom you disagree with, or even swear them or even insult them for what when you insult someone you are actually insulting yourself. Allah forgive us. That's why when someone insults you laugh at it, excuse them, they are talking more about themselves than they are about you. You keep on carrying yourself with respect with dignity.

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So my brothers and sisters,

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let's come down. It's soften our hearts. But let's become closer to Allah in our own personal relation.

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A pious person shows the piety through character and conduct.

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If your character and conduct is not soft, you are not a pious person, you're hypocrites. you've developed one part but the other part you haven't developed.

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If I really love Allah,

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I become soft in my character. The closer you are to allow the softer you are in your approach with the other creatures, it happens.

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I can give you the evidence of

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the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was sent probably to some of the West people on earth at the time.

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They were involved in what was known as

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total ignorance complete

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wrongdoing.

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And the law says

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fabula

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Indeed, it is because of the mercy of Allah that you are lenient towards them lenient, leniency is a sign of the mercy of Allah. When you are lenient towards others, whom you disagree with whom you would like to guide or teach, then it's a sign of the mercy of Allah.

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Allah has had mercy on him.

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We are suffering across the globe, because

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we do not have the mercy of Allah. When we are not lenient. And it goes both ways. leniency is part of the mercy of Allah. And if you want the mercy of Allah, you need to start becoming lenient. It goes both ways.

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leniency in your approach in your mannerisms.

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So my brothers and sisters, that's Allah speaking, Allah told Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, that is the mercy of Allah,

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that made you leave. And you know what Allah says, immediately after that, while

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boom in how, if you were

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harsh and hard hearted.

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They wouldn't have heard you. They wouldn't have listened to you. They would have just stressed from around you, but they are listening. They are listening to the degree that even the forefather of Quraysh the enemies of Islam, some of the tough enemies, they used to tiptoe at night to go and listen to the Quran being recited

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Because they knew in their hearts, this is a very good man. He's not a liar. He's truthful, he's honest. He's well spoken, he carries himself in in the most beautiful way. His message has to be powerful. So they went to listen to what he has to say.

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Had he been the person, your average guy around here chopping and changing and teaching and becoming arrogant when he gets a little bit of money and power and authority remember, Mauritius Mashallah is one of the fastest growing economies, I think it's one of the wealthiest countries I think I'm not too sure stats. But I can just tell you based on the six years that I've been absent,

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don't allow wealth to get into your heart.

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Because

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money was saying your hands, not in your heart, not in your head. No. If that happens, we are not going to be able to respect ourselves or others, there will be no dignity, there will be no building of bridges, and each one will think he is the kingpin of his own domain.

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Well, we'll give you today, tomorrow, he will take it away.

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But your character and conduct and only develop it is more valuable than any amount.

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Remember, when a person is in need, they might take something from you. But when a person has self respect and dignity, if you are to throw to them, they will reject it.

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They will say, don't throw if you give, give with respect. You don't throw money at someone money is the gift of Allah, you give someone give them with utmost respect, consider yourself fortunate to be able to give.

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So Allah says,

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if you are harsh, if you are hard hearted, they would have dismissed. So now we come, we move further. We come further down the beautiful CEO of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and the

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breaches that he built, when others were destroying him, what we are doing, they are British, which we have destroyed ourselves. And why I say we destroyed two ways. One is amongst ourselves, the respect we lack, we don't want to risk we have differences, we will have differences. The differences have been there from the time of the Sahaba.

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They different regarding the time of Salah when it came to banjo curricula and the instruction of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam whether we should read it now or later.

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They differ in several other things matters many matters. Not once did they say

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I just like you. You're a coffee. You're a facet? No way. They didn't.

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They will come they discussed matters. At the end of the day. They excused one another in a beautiful way.

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So what we've done we've burned bridges that were there.

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And the prophets Allah Salah bridges when nobody expected it. I want to give you one or two examples before I close. Do you realize we've been speaking for one hour and 10 minutes?

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Masha?

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Allah subhanho wa Taala groundless goodness, unfortunately, unfortunately, we'll have to go into overtime maybe three or four minutes because of the LandCruiser injury.

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So my brothers and sisters,

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let me take you through one of the most touching incidents in the Sierra and the life of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. When

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he lost his uncle. He lost his wife Khadija went to Hawaii.

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He lost.

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Meaning what had happened, they just had the sanctions against them as muslimeen. She I mean,

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it was known as our official sadness.

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He decided, you know what?

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Let me go out of Makkah, perhaps the people outside my Listen, I've been trying with these people for so long. They haven't heard.

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He didn't label them. He didn't swear them. He did not sell them. He didn't insult the people of Makkah. And he just kept on trying. Because he knows my job is the Child Guidance is in the hands of Allah. If Allah once he can guide the person you're swearing

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and he can take the guidance away from you and I may not do that for us. But May he guide us hope.

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So he thought to himself, let me go and it was from Allah inspired as well. He went to Thai decided to go to Tai Chi it is outside right

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when he got

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To tie he wanted to call the people towards the beautiful deal towards honesty towards respecting the women towards fulfilling their rights towards issuing you know, worshipping Allah alone, and so many other powerful good teachings.

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What did they do?

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They insulted him.

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They started laughing.

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cracking jokes, insulting verbally. My brothers and sisters, be careful of this habit, it's very bad. Do you know why

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it will result in killing,

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it will result in stone throwing and killing. If you don't watch your mouth,

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it will become out of control very soon. So be careful. Watch your tongue. When you disagree with someone disagree with them with respect. If you don't wash your tongue, you will end up killing one another for butter and bread for something minor.

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So what happened to the prophets

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they started off with the tongue machi

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is developed very quickly into stone Sewing with the intention of murder.

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They started flowing from the adults went to the children look at what we are doing. When you as a father, do not control your time with those whom you disagree with, your children will become so vulgar that they will be an embarrassment for you as an adult.

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So carry yourself with respect so that at least your children can learn to be respectful.

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When they disagree, on principle, they can disagree with respect.

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Today we need to go around the globe teaching people how to disagree. I helped myself to begin with and then every one of us. So the children started throwing stones and they hurt the Prophet sallallahu Sallam the most blessed droplets of blood ever to exist when we're tickling down the necks of the most blessings of all creation. And imagine the foolish shoes.

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juncture the angels say to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by the instruction of Allah saying on messenger. There are two mountains here. If you just instruct us, we will bring these two mountains and crush all of these people who have harmed you to this degree.

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Allah says we have not sent you Oh Muhammad Allah wa sallam accepted as a means of mercy for all the worlds for all.

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The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

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where there was no bridge at all.

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decided to build the biggest bridge that they could be in that area. What was it

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he raises his hands to Allah in supplication, and he complains about himself Allahumma inni la cabeza de la isla to Allah, I am complaining to you about myself.

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You have given me a message to fulfill. Here I am.

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Oh, Allah, forgive this guide these people, oh my god, these people, they don't know what they're doing that

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allow me

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to guide these people. They don't even know what they're doing.

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It was so easy to say.

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Finish them up. I think that's what a lot of us would have said. You just look back and say you just nod your head to the gangster at the factory says finished.

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Should we do especially when you're a bit powerful. This was the most powerful person ever to exist. Most Powerful, the most, the highest when we see

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there's no competition. There's no comparison. He is at the top. You need to remember this creation, the best of creation, the most noble Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

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The one who we expect his intercession for us on the day of the AMA.

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And he's standing there saying to the non Muslims, those who are attempting to cause the blood to trickle down his leg.

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He says all

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these people they don't know

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Don't know.

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He lives in a unique way, as though he was the loser. But he was not the loser. He just built a huge bridge

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for which they will all come and accept Islam A few years later.

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We are so impatient, that if someone doesn't think exactly how we think today, he's written off is crushed. You can't read Salah behind him. You cannot go to this message. You cannot do this. This guy is like that. You can't greet him. You can't talk to him.

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Which profit Are you following? By the way?

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Jesus, the prophet of Islam.

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This is what he did.

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He made he tried this folk.

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A man came into the mosquito and urinated One day, he peed in the corner of the mosque.

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So Kerala today one of our youngsters after watching football came into the mosquito, the three quarters half of the people who say

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what the guy is coming to the mosque, he's coming to the masjid.

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encourage him. Give him a word of goodness, why chase him away?

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There is more pressure for him not to come, then for him to come. So you're supposed to welcome him. Rather than that. We broke the bridge completely destroyed. What else can we do no respect for a human being who came to the house of Allah, not your house for mine? Who brought him there? Allah. When Allah drives you somewhere who brought you there? It's Allah who brings you to his house?

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Do you see the one who says By Allah, the One who stopped people from praying? Or who stopped the worshiper praying when he wanted to bring? Yes, this verse goes back to the Buddha at the time of the Prophet Muhammad. But the lesson is for all of us, do not discourage people encourage them. When you see things wrong happening, take it as your own son, take it as your own brother, your own sister, your own family member, embrace them, teach them in a positive way, not negative way. You cannot start doing people, brother, you're going to john. So the young man came to me and told me that guy told me I'm going to Japan and I said, Go and ask him, he can only know because he's there.

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He must have seen you that.

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How can you sub declaring this? Do you own gender in Ghana have hope in Allah, my brothers and sisters, I want to tell you, I am convinced that the mercy of Allah alone will bring us all gathered in

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one day.

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It's the mercy of Allah, He will do it. Ask yourself, the people seated next to me around me. Do I have love in my heart for them if you don't, please work on your heart. It needs help. spread love, not hate. If you have hatred in your heart for the people around you. You are sick, you are ill, you need help. You need urgent help.

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Open, learn to forgive

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less to be open when to look at people with the

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smile attempt to smile is a charity. So Pamela

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was the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him? He made such a powerful dial for guidance. And you know what they became Muslims today you go to the Muslims. What happened? It was that bridge that was built.

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He offered them dignity through how many of you? Or how many of us, myself included, make do out for those whom we don't get along with those we disagree with those we may dislike some of the characteristics or the conduct how many make a positive when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam knew that the worst enemy was a man known as ambu he shot he was also known as a Buddha. A Buddha was the worst enemy after him. There was another man, you will be surprised to hear what his name was. Omar

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Allahu anhu.

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He was an enemy. At the beginning. He was going out to measure the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allahu

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Allah.

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Allah, God grant same to this Deen of Islam by the acceptance of Islam of one of these two men who are powerful but their enemies who are they?

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a sham or

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a little while later Here comes home. Look at

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The bridge that was built through through supplication Here comes along. He says, Oh messenger, I bear witness that Allah is one and that you are the Messenger of Allah.

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short space of time became a bridge was built through, not through curse, not through calling people names, not through hatred, not through contaminating the minds of our innocent children, against our fellow Muslims.

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You want to entertain those who have

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rasulillah they will entertain

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sapan Allah Jelena is abroad place, it's not just for you, it's for all of us.

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Today we sit and we start telling people you're not going to paradise we're not going to you know what, to get to paradise we need to cross a bridge, we are busy building that bridge, do you know what bridge it is? Subhanallah there is one bridge that is actually physically there. That is a different bridge known as

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a bridge. As a head, each person has to cross it to get into gentlemen, may Allah make it easy for us to cross you want to cross it you need to characteristics according to the de la hospital co located with the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was asked please tell us the characteristics of the people of heaven. He says they have two characteristics. They have consciousness of Allah and they have character and conduct good character conduct the to go hand in hand.

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That's why one nation says a person can arrive at a very, very high status almost close to the status of some of those who are close to Allah subhanho wa Taala through his character and conduct, speak to people with respect, dignity. Look at the province of Allah Allah. I spoke about, I want to speak about something else.

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Here comes the day

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when the land that was taken from the people of Makkah, when the land that was taken from the Muslims by the people of Makkah, was about to be reclaimed.

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When the oppression that the people of Mecca, had done on the Muslims, who had been driven out of their homes to Medina, was now coming to an end because they had marched back onto Makkah that day was known as Fatah, Mecca. The victory of Mecca,

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the victory of Mecca, the process Allah marched with 1000s of his companions onto MCI. Why not because he wanted to be spread by violence. No, they had stolen property. They had driven people out of their homes, these people were now coming back, legitimately to claim what was there.

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And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam on that day was right at the top.

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Even from a political perspective, they knew no competition. This man is the winner. He has an army that can make us into Mills, literally minutes us completely gone.

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But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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came into Mecca with 1000s 10s of 1000s of companions. They were ready for anything anything you instruct us. We ready?

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He says

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Yama[???]a, Polish. He gathered the people of polish.

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Mother.

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What do you really think I'm going to do to you today?

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This was a thing. This was now victory. speech. America is all here. The people are there. These people were the enemies. They killed the main they insulted they did everything that you said, well, they drove people out of their homes, they really caused havoc, and they were

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the bulk of them had not yet even accepted Islam.

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They were asked what do you think I'm going to do to you?

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Now what do you think you want him to do to imagine put yourself in that particular moment? What do you think they would have said? They said, Well, look, you know, we're hoping for good here.

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He says, oh, people are going to tell you what my brother Joseph

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told his brother

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in

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law, I'm telling you what the Prophet

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told his brothers. There will be no retribution today. All of you are free. We have forgiven

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brothers and sisters

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that woke them

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They were shocked. They were stunned. They did not expect that.

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When you can forgive, you build the biggest bridge ever, ever, through forgiveness, forgive others allow forgiving. When it's very difficult to forgive, and to let go, you have improved your health to begin with.

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When you hold a grudge and another one and the third one, even if it is justified, it is still a burden on your shoulders. The sweetness of tasting meaning the sweetness of the forgiveness that you shall taste when you forgive others, after they have wronged you, in a big way, is something no one can describe. You have to go through it yourself.

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We cannot forgive our brothers. Our anchors are sisters. I don't even want to go to Lowe's.

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See, I told you

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we don't want to forgive. We don't. And here's the problem. What did he teach you? Your messenger, my messenger, our messenger. Islam came through him to us. We pay to be his followers. When he was at the most powerful juncture

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in terms of the armies and the numbers,

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he says, I forgive you.

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Go, you're free.

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They were shocked. They said this is only a message and it resulted in them accepting Islam wholesale. Why? They saw the bridge being built, they saw, what did he give them, he gave him dignity, honor, respect. As a result, they came towards the law. They came towards a law.

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That is Islam. That is Islam I was taught, that is Islam we have been taught for centuries, unfortunately, due to pockets amongst us, who like to spread hate, and try to brainwash our little children at times into believing that your faith is filled with hate for anyone who disagrees with you.

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How can we allow that?

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I've given you example, after example, from the life of the Prophet PC or money that proves that he did not teach them. Yes, when someone does wrong when someone associates partners with Allah when someone wants to involve in that which is totally unacceptable, etc. We disliked the DEA completely, but we still have hope and love for the individual. That's my brother. That's my father. That's my son. That's my sister. That's my mother. That could be anyone it is. So I will keep them like a family member who's gonna stay and I will keep working on them.

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Like I said at the beginning of the speech, my brothers and sisters, I am here to spread love.

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I know

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that there will always be people

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who only think negative, they only think the worst, the only thing bad they only have bad things to say about others. We need to change this.

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I need to change it I have tried. And I will continue trying. And trust me it makes a difference. It will make you it will liberate you. It will liberate you to start thinking positively. think positively as a Muslim. Think positive. Don't think doom and gloom and negative for everyone. But everyone is that way. Think positive. You will feel so good. You will have you will give meaning to your life. But I want you to learn to develop your relationship with Allah. Don't miss your prayer.

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don't engage in immorality. Like I said, the prophet peace be upon him said two qualities of the qualities of those who achieve heaven and gentlemen. One is the quality of consciousness of Allah and two is development of character and conduct those who have high levels of character conduct. That's why the prophets Allah sent them says to come.

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The best from amongst you are those who have the best character and conduct ask yourself today, tomorrow and every day. Do I have the best character and conduct If not, you cannot be calling yourself a good Muslim.

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Work on your character. Work on your conduct and challenges begins at home. You start with those whom you live with. Spend time with your children today children are going astray because parents don't spend time with them. Today families are breaking because no one gives each other time. Imagine you put your phone away and you concentrate on your family for a while.

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It's something rare today. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all, well open our doors, one hour, 30 minutes and six seconds Mashallah we into overtime injury. I think I took about 35 seconds talking about that.

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My brothers and sisters, I really enjoyed speaking to you, I pray that Allah accepted from us, I would have loved to have shaken everybody's hands, I wouldn't have minded

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coming through and shaking everyone's hands. But as you know, it's impossible due to our large numbers. So I want to tell you what is important is not shaking my hand.

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But what is important is being shaken by the message.

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That's the most important thing. You can shake my hand a million times, but you're not shaken by the message. What was the point? This hand is so simple, it's not going to get you into paradise. You can't you will never be able to arrive on the day of judgment and say, Well, my good deed is one day I ship that guy's hand that might just be the worst thief May Allah forgive us. But if I have improved because of the message and you have improved by the message, it's the message of Allah that made you acquainted with me in the first place. If you ask yourself, How do I know this man? Your answer will be because of Islam. Am I right? There you go. If I did not preach what Allah and His

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Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had said, we would not know each other. So let's keep it that way. The power the respect belongs to Allah and His Rasulullah Salah we are just brothers and sisters and hamdulillah we love each other. We respect each other. But if I have to run away just now Please forgive me. Don't say he's arrogant. I promise you. I wish I could actually, you know, make everyone happy. But come to live show you appreciate. We perhaps will get another moment sometime to XAML affair. I think I'm going to be walking straight out of here and disappearing. So please forgive me for that. It might sound you might say he was just speaking about character and

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conduct and look at what he's just done. disappeared. So that's why I'm letting you know in advance. We are just human beings like you. I also need a lot of help. I need to improve myself as well. If you notice anything bad from me, please correct me in a beautiful way without insulting China and I promise I will do the same. May Allah bless you all could only hada

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Mohammed Subhana Mohammed II so panic alarm or panic

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to avoid it