Why Build Bridges?

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Part of the Building Bridges Tour. Davao, Philippines. Hosted by Faredatunnisa Foundation

Building bridges. The first bridge the venerated Sheikh informs is the bridge with Allah.

He is Rabbun – the one how nourishes,who protects, the one in absolute control of all aspects of existence.

So we build the bridge to Him to connect with Him when we return to Him. Remember- Where you are going is where you came from.

If Allah could create you from nothing, don’t you think He can create you from your bones?

This life is only 60-70 years in average. But those who died for 500 years are dead for longer then they were on Earth. Keep passing the tests by building that bridge to Him by worshipping Allah alone to cross the most important bridge in our existence – the bridge over Jahannam – As-Sirat. Those who built the correct bridges to Allah on Earth will cross as fast as lightning. Seek your forgiveness of Allah and your bridges will be built. And don’t let syaitan blow your bridge up  by forsaking hope in your Creator Ghafurur Rahim. Never give up on the mercy that Allah has promised.

The next bridge is the bridge to Muhammad s.a.w. We have become racist, tribalist, we have broken bridges where we should have been building them.

We all connected through Adam a.s. But Allah says He created us different from each other for us to know each other. Sadly every tribe believes they are better. Iblis’s crime was just that – ana khairun minhu- I am better than you. Stop thinking we are better than others. We are equal like the teeth of the comb. We all have equal access to Allah and what makes us better is that bridge we built with Allah and His Rasul s.a.w.

So begin perfecting that bridge with Allah and His Rasul by building your relation with Him immediately. Start it by finding time in your daily routine to listen to the talks published on Muslim Central.

 

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, and hamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah when it was coming into money, we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, we ask Allah to bless them to bless every one of us, our children, our offspring to come up to pm on May Allah bless us, brought us guidance, steadfastness and keep us on the straight path and give us all gentlemen.

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My brothers and sisters, I'm excited to be in devout. It's not my first time it's not even my second time. Those of you who know how many times I've been here, you know, those who don't find out from those who know me, Allah bless you. May Allah grant you goodness and ease. We're talking about building bridges.

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Why?

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Why do we have to build bridges? In order to know the answer that we need to know what is meant by building bridges. You know, when you have two islands to get to the other island, you can either go by boat, you can go by speedboat, if it was me, I'd go by jetski Mashallah. Or you can actually build a bridge so that people can go and the two can be connected so that we can benefit one another so that we can enjoy growth. When islands are connected, there is growth. I want to give you an example of the beautiful country of the Maldives. Mashallah, the Philippines is equally beautiful. There are so many islands that the world does not know about how many islands Do you have here in

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the Philippines

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7000 islands to Panama, if you were to visit one island, for every holiday, I think you would die before you got to the end where Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us our own islands in general.

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So if you look at the Maldives, you land on an island, the airport is just one island. That airport is now being connected to the city across the city is very, very small. It's also a small island, 45 minutes you can walk around the whole city, it's now being connected with a bridge, they have built the bridge it's about to be commissioned, if I'm not mistaken. And you know what that will result in a lot of growth, it will facilitate much. Now remember, when we talk about building bridges as human beings, it is more about relationships. It is more about understanding one another, respecting one another helping one another spending your time on earth in such a meaningful way that you grow in

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your relationship with Allah to start with the first bridge that I need to build is my bridge with my maker, there is no way that I have another more important bridge. Remember that so build your bridge number one was

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with Allah your maker How? By worshipping Him alone and by fulfilling the acts of worship for him alone. Allah subhana wa Jalla Why does he deserve to be worshipped? He deserves to be worshipped because he made you He made me

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my maker, I will put my head on the ground for my maker, but I will not put my head on the ground for anyone else. Amazing. So you build your relationship with Allah, he's your maker, not only your maker, he is not only an ILA, who,

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but he is.

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At the same time we say Alhamdulillah here on

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me All praise is indeed due to Allah who is available and I mean, Rob does not translate as Lord but we use the word Lord because it's possibly a word that explains a small aspect of it better than other words, but in the Arabic language is the one who nourishes, cherishes, provides protects cures, etc. The one who is in absolute control of every aspect of existence. Remember that the one who is an absolute control of every aspect of existence is known as our own. So when we say good alchemy, we are saying the one who is in total control, not only did he make but he nurtures he takes care of absolutely every aspect of existence right up to the end. He is known as rock bone.

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What do I do? I praise Him, I build my bridge with him. I make sure that I have connected Myself to him because he is

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Who made me is exactly he whom I am going to return to? When you die? Where are you going? So some people say, I'm going to this person, I'm going to that thing, I'm going to this, etc. The correct answer is when you die, you're going back to the one who made you no doubt with that answer. There is nobody who can argue with that Muslim, non Muslim no matter who, where you are going is where you came from. So Allah, you're going back to him who made you in the first place? That's why Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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he has plenty.

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When the people started questioning resurrection, and they asked the question, money or

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army, who is going to give life back to these bones after they have been totally scattered, and talk to me eroded and totally disintegrated into the soil once again. So Allah says, well, the one who gave it life in the first place, will give it life again. If Allah gave you live from nothing, Surely it's easier for him to give you life from remains. Amazing, amazing. He could create you from nothing. Do you really think he cannot create you from something from the remains of you? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding so that is the reason why I owe him a connection communication, because I'm at his mercy, he is the one I'm going to return to there's no way I will

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survive, or there is no way I will succeed. If I don't have a relationship with me, whom I'm going to return to my eternal life after death is in his hands.

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This life is only 60 to 70 years on average, no more than that. A few of my go slightly beyond. And a lot will be passing away earlier. But the average 60 to 70 without a doubt. But how long have the people died before those who died 500 years ago, are already dead for 500 years, they were only alive for 6070 years, it goes to show you that people will be dead longer than they were alive.

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This life is very short. You think about it carefully. You will be dead longer. When you are ever on Earth. It goes to show you this is a temporary life. It's a test keep on facing the test by building a connection between you and he who made you in the first place. That's why as Muslims, we have the strongest link with our maker because we don't tolerate within us association of partnership with our maker because that would chop the relationship. You know what Allah says? He could see it could see meaning Allah is telling you through Muhammad Salah sometimes words Mohammed Salah Salaam is telling you what Allah is saying, but it's not Koran. I explained this yesterday in Manila, that he

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could see you cannot read in Salah

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because it's not for us, but it's from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, in the Hadith, Pudsey, Allah says Allah Allah Shaka nishiki Manorama Ramadan Ashoka fee

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to worship, I am the most independent of the partners. I am the most independent of the partners if someone has done a deed in which they have involved another person or something else as a partner with me I'd rather leave the whole deal and give it to the partner. You know what this means is amongst you, there is a multi millionaire and I'm sure they are May Allah bless you with more I mean, even if you're not a multi millionaire may not make you a millionaire Amin

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Amin was a little bit louder than the previous one. Because money we understand very easy. Thank you, William.

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Bless us lawmakers millionaires in character in conduct and even in connection with him. So if there is a millionaire, and that billionaire is actually now doing a deal, if someone does a $5 deal with another person and they say to the millionaire, you are 50% partner in here, the millionaire will say keep the whole deal. I don't need it. You see, I don't need it. Why are you insulting me by putting a $5 deal here mentality 50% is yours You can not all of it. So Allah is even more independent than that. If you want to do a $5 game and say to Allah, you know what? I'm worshiping you but I also have to worship this other shade.

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This other grade and this other stone and this other stick Allah subhanho wa Taala says give it to them. I don't need it, don't insult me. That's the true meaning of anonymous.

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That's the true meaning of it to say how dependent they need it if you think they need to give it to them, why are you insulting me? So this is why we say as Muslims we don't do this. We worship Allah alone because we are building a bridge with our maker so that we are going to cross the most important bridge in our existence will be the bridge that goes over the fire of jahannam the bridge that goes over the fire of hell Hellfire, it is known as a syrup. Why

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Jeannie lady in Toronto,

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Allah speaks about this bridge and he says every one of you is going to cross over this bridge.

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It is definitely something that Allah has already written it's going to be done. At the Hadith the prophets of Allah Allah says that bridge is as thin as a hare.

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Those who will who have who are good, and they built the correct bridges on earth with Allah subhanho wa Taala. To start with, they will be able to cross the bridge in a flash of lightning. Those who are simple that they will cross it slower and slower and slower, and some will struggle and some will fall over into hellfire. Imagine you are doing tightrope in you know what's a tactical thing when you are walking to Panama on a road that happens to be between maybe two high places and you're balancing? Some people are experts, they can run some people some Panama they walk some people they take their time but they get to the other side. Those are all winners. You and I what

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would we do? I think I would look at it as my job. Not me. You guys carry on. That is the dunya it's normal for us to be frightened if we don't know how to do something. But you know what? When it comes to the Acela, everyone has to cross and you know what's at the bottom, no trampoline? No. hellfire. May Allah help us to cross. seek the forgiveness of Allah and your bridges we shall be built. seek the forgiveness of Allah your greatest shall be built. Nothing can destroy your bridge even if the bridge was damaged because of your distance from Allah repair it today. Repairing today, by seeking the forgiveness of Allah worshipping Allah. Don't train your best keep on trying unlearn

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loves those who try. that's point number one I spoke about building bridges with Allah and why we build the bridge with Allah.

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We build it because we went to go back to him he is in absolute control of everything. I want to go to Jenna, I'm going to be in Geneva forever and ever.

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So how can I spend the 6070 years away from Allah when I'm expecting goodness from Allah. If someone wants goodness from you, they need to develop a small relationship with you. They need to understand you you need to understand them once in a while you will have to forgive each other. I'm going to come to that inshallah, when I speak about building bridges on the different salt but with Allah subhanahu wa Tada. There is a one way forgiveness because Allah is perfect.

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You seek Allah's forgiveness, but don't let shapen damage the bridge by making you lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Because strike man is one who blows up the bridge with his own little dynamics. You know what he does? He comes there and he plays with your mind and your heart and He makes you think that your sin will not be forgiven by Allah. So you become depressed because you begin to think that your bridge is irreparable, but Allah says no yaiba de

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la,

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de la,

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la.

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in

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me, all my slaves who have transgressed against themselves, let them know Allah will forgive all your sins, no matter what you've done, that bridge will be repaired, it will be repaired.

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did what he says.

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Turn to Allah Quickly, quickly, before the punishment suddenly overtakes you, and then who's going to help you

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Nobody so can Allah. So be careful. My brothers and sisters, you and I as human beings, we commit sin, we do run, it's human nature. You know what is the bonus for a believer?

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When you and I commit sin, we are never committing sin out of defiance of Allah, but we are committing sin out of the weakness of humankind. anyone of us, if you've committed a sin, have you committed a sin because you want to defy Allah? And you want to tell him, Oh Allah, you made alcohol Haram. I'm going to show you that I'm going to drink it. What are you going to do? And does anyone do that? A believer doesn't do that. Never. We are not committing sin to defy Allah. I've never committed a sin to challenge Allah. No, we are committing sin as believers because we are human beings. our human nature has made us weak. We know it's wrong, and we've done it and we expect the

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forgiveness of Allah. That's what makes you a believer. But if you defy Allah, you're not a believer because then you are challenging Allah. So have hope you have not challenged a lot no matter what you did. You didn't challenge Allah. Major sin minus sin. You did not challenge Allah Allah will forgive you. Don't lose hope. The minute you lose hope and you start to think my sin is too big your bridge is gone. Scorpio for a long, long time. You become depressed you become sad, you suffer OCD and so many other sicknesses because you Everything has become doom and gloom. Allah is more merciful than anything.

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Someone came to me and told me I take two hours to make redo. I said you know what? Put a clock after three minutes you stop what you're doing. Try your best no but I can

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analyze is more merciful than that time. Allah knows that you will not well Allah knows shaytan is playing with you to make you doubt is this clean is this machine Allah will forgive you He knows you cannot have everything if I'm standing here right now, if I put my hand here shaman can come and play with a weak mind and make you think whose hand was there before? Where were they touching? What was there? What type of bacteria is it you will need an electronic gadget with you all the time to check and test and you won't be able to walk on earth Don't worry, Allah knows he will forgive you completely. Only when you see something loud and clear in front of you as an agenda as impurity you

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know that this is clear impurity but stop having these doubts because why I'm talking about it. People destroy their relation with Allah subhanho wa Taala. When they start doubting the mercy of Allah, Allah as Mercy is greater than your Salah. Allah's mercy is greater than your sucka. Allah's mercy is greater than your boo boo. Allah as Mercy is greater than so many things when a person cannot make the water because of the unavailability of water, or because of them not being wherever they are allowed to replace it with something that is not Voodoo, it's Telmo, that proves that Allah does not need you.

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To understand the point it proves he doesn't need it. But Allah tells you what to do for your own needs, not for his. So Allah says look, you make the will do

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you really cannot because of x y Zed then you can do the same. The same applies to Sala and standing and reading the hotties is suddenly common for

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read standing if you cannot read sitting at least if you cannot read sitting on your side. Wow look at a lot building bridges with us, understanding us giving us what is easy for us facilitating for Where are our bridges with Allah? Where are our bridges with Allah? My brothers my sisters have opened the mercy of a lot

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of foreigners farrakhan Subhana Allah those are the names of Allah, Most Merciful, most magnificent, most forgiving, the irresistible, the everlasting. That is Allah subhanho wa Taala He loves you just like he loves me and he loves everyone else. But we need to turn to him to get that love to feel it to sense it and understand His mercy. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors.

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The next bridge we need to build is the huge bridge.

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It is a bridge with the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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people don't talk about it. Sometimes they don't believe that it's a bridge to be built. It is a huge bridge to be built. Do you know what? There is a hadith the way the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says my own man will be recognized by me on the Day of Judgment by the shining of the places that they used to wash throughout the day for Gulu.

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Subhana Allah it's called Arthur

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Do

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you make Who do you wash yourself so many times a day you clean yourself so many times a day to pray, you have a special shining on your face even if your complexion is dark. Many of us when the complexion is light, we say very pretty, very good looking, etc. But you are actually a person who recognizes beauty when you can see it in the darkest of the dark of the people and you say Mashallah Tabata kala, no, is not complexion, nor is a light that is within beyond the complexion

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of your loved one was one of the darkest of the Sahaba but when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam returned from Mirage, he says, oh, Bella, I heard you

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I heard your footsteps in China. If it was you and I we would look at the man who started with ally hopefully wouldn't actually and you would think this doc guy over here, there's a really quick agenda, stuff you love. We have become racist. We have become tribalist, we have grown we have broken barriers. Let's start to build the bridges. Let's understand that race is a test from Allah.

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In

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the law,

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Allah says all people we have created you from one mother and father.

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We are created you from a single men and female You are one family.

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always knew I was related to you guys in about Mashallah, why we are connected? How are we connected so many ways. And if you don't know those ways, one that you do is through other Elisa, and

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we are part of one family.

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Some of us are related more, some of us at least we go back there. In fact, we go back to the Prophet moon and his son, Noah, all of us, every one of us we've passed through. No, he was one of our forefathers, yours and mine.

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But what does Allah say? Allah says, we created you, different tribes and people in order that you recognize one another so that you can not not in order to destroy your bridge, not in order to say we are better one law he there is a disease with nearly every tribe in the whole world. What is the disease?

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I want you to be honest.

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Speak to your heart. I'm going to say something very, very serious.

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I want you to think, in your heart,

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every tribe, think about which tribe you're from, right? every tribe believes that they're better than the other. Am I right?

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That is a sign of shamans track. He is putting a dynamite on your bridge to destroy it. That exactly is the racism, the tribalism that we're talking about. Everyone thinks I'm better. While llahi my brothers and sisters in police's crime was exactly that. And

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he said, I'm better than you. That's why I'm not saying you are cast, you're not better. You are cast. So if you want to be cursed, you got to think those people are not good. I heard it from a lot of people, and you need to work on yourself. They think they are better, not just in this country, everywhere in the whole world. Sometimes even nationality. They think oh, be careful of those people. They are this. every tribe has good and they have bad. every nationality has good and they have bad it's not unique to you. And if they say Watch out these people are crooks. Crooks were crooks. Before I went to Nigeria, they told me Be careful when you go to Nigeria, they will pinch

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your shadow. They will steal your shadow. Well, lucky when I went to Nigeria, the people I interacted with was some of the best people I've met in my life. Like

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SubhanAllah.

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I've seen communities just like here in the bow, Cotabato Zamboanga wherever else we go. We see beautiful people, lovely human beings. May Allah bless you and bless all of us.

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Would you like someone to think you are bad? Well then don't think that others have that. You want someone to think they are better than you know. So stop thinking you are better than them. And national service.

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People are equal like the teeth of a comb.

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Like the teeth of a comb, how many of you have a comb with one tooth sticking out?

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That's not a comb.

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So this is why we say be careful. My brothers, my sisters, I mentioned a true fact that every tribe, we are trained since we were children, you're better than those guys. We are trained. since we were children, you need to break that

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Lita araku, Allah created you differently to recognize one another to test you. That's why one lie will lie. Sometimes I've traveled to the poorest of places and areas in the world. And I have seen people who have made me cry, because of their dedication with a lie. And if we're lucky, in Nigeria, I saw a clip in one of the most remote parts of Nigeria where they don't even have books, they don't even have classrooms. They were sitting outside, not even under a tree. And they were learning not the Quran. They had all memorized the Quran, but the kids were learning a shot to be which we don't even know what law he and we are thinking we are better than them. They will be in the first stuff

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in general. That was possible. It's possible, why they made an effort, they will talk how hard Have you worked to build your pitch with a line is that they spent their entire lives building that bridge. And with us, we didn't even know we had to build the bridge. How do you build it in your heart? In your heart? Who are you? I'm just a human being like you. Why am I standing here it is, I care for you. You care for me, Mashallah.

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My brothers and sisters, we all have that internal pride.

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Let that pride not become arrogance, let it just be happiness. When I say I'm proud to be a Muslim. I mean, I'm happy to be a Muslim. I don't mean I'm arrogant to be a Muslim. I'm happy to be a Muslim. I'm a proud Muslim, which means I don't need to hide my identity. But guess what? I have to love you like I love myself because that is the biggest bridge I need to build. law you know, I had to tell you if

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none of you are true believers, until you love for the other another, what you love for yourself

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to kind of love

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So like I said, Allah has tested us we need to build a relationship, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam among his companions. They will not just Arabs. Allah chose for there to be the white and the black. And those in between. Everyone was in his companionship. So appc Nana Rumi was a Caucasian.

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So manner The fact is, he was a Persian, even though they may have been one or two, why did Allah choose them to be there to show you that no matter what color no matter where you from? Allah He you have equal access to Allah.

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Who is the winner? from amongst us who's the best from amongst us?

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Who's the best? Allah says in the same verse, in

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the best form amongst you in the eyes of Allah, the most honorable in the eyes of Allah is He who has developed the consciousness of Allah known as taqwa, you have a solid relationship with Allah, you are the best, even if nobody knew you on Earth. Allah knows how many of us are famous in this world, but in the skies, they don't know us. And how many people no one knows them on Earth, but they are so famous in the heavens because every day the angels are taking their deeds up. And there are so many deeds from this person.

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Which one would you like to be a person who the whole world knows what food you ate? What handbag you have, what perfume you use? How many times you went to the toilet? A lot? People are putting that on Instagram.

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What do you want to put the whole world knows all your details, but the angels don't know you because you didn't even read Salah once.

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May Allah help us to build this bridge? Very important. My brothers and sisters don't give up the deen. Don't give up Islam. Just because of materialism. No

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relation with Allah. Allah shows us that if you want contentment and happiness, it's not going to come with money. Money has never ever brought someone contentment. It only brought them temporary pleasure.

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Remember, this, money only brings you temporary comfort. That's it temporary comfort, but it comes hand in hand with a lost relationship, your relationship with Allah. It lasts long. It will be everlasting. Allah will bless you

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joaquina Allah O Allah, grant us goodness in this world and in the next encima from the comment of Hellfire, the punishment.

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So it's very important for us to know the best from amongst us is the one who's bridgewood Allah is the strongest, strongest, most powerful

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Mashallah, you have a skyway in Manila, you have a highway in other countries, you have motorways, in other countries, what happens, they try not to have a traffic light, they try to avoid the traffic etc, etc. You pay a little bit in some countries, this little tollgate fee, and you are so happy to use a sweet way. That's a breach.

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What did that bridge do for you? It was very difficult to make, but when they made it, it was ready. facilitated transport. It made you go from A to B. Our bridges primarily need to make us go from this dunya straight into gentlemen, not into gentlemen.

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That's your bridge. May Allah Subhana. Allah grant us goodness and power. As for Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we respect him and we revere him. We do not render an act of worship to him, but rather we render our acts of worship to Allah.

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Louder Clooney comma.

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In his on his deathbed, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam set up and he says, Behold, don't go beyond the limits with me and begin to worship me the way the Christians started doing with Jesus May peace be upon him, you should always say servant of Allah and His messenger.

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This is don't worship a worship, he will made you I have just a messenger from him. I've given you the message, what was the message?

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That message brings us to the third bridge. What is the third bridge, your character, your conduct, your flock, your treatment of others. The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was a shining example.

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Whoever is hoping to get to the hereafter the last day whoever is looking forward to the meeting with Allah. And whoever remembers Allah often for them, there is a beautiful example in the life and the way of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam to follow. So follow him. In what in everything, as best as you can keep trying? How did he speak? How much love did he promote Subhanallah

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when you become closer to Allah, your heart is softened, we will always say that. But if you think you are pious and your heart is becoming hardened, harsh, that is not

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a sign of piety.

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For me,

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Mina la

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boom in Hawaii, it is because of the mercy of Allah, that you are soft and lenient towards those around you. It shows you that it's a sign of the mercy of a lot when you are soft and lenient. Yesterday, I received a message from someone, someone in the group and it said there there is a certain scholar who said something that was wrong, so he'd rather be dead than alive. Immediately, I replied to say, how can you wish guess upon someone whom you have just disagreed with? Are you not Muslim enough to be able to care for that person such that you reach out to them in the most beautiful, positive, lovely, loving, caring way so that they can see their mistake what Lahaina and

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the energy of love will be calendula noir

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will allow us to use you to guide a single person, it is better for you than the red camel, the red camel, meaning the most expensive of the convenience of the tank.

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So I don't need to start beating up someone because I disagree with them. I need to engage them. I need to convey to them I need to speak to them while he says oh mama ma at the end of the day. Allah has kept a day of reckoning to record. Who was right who was wrong who did this who did that cinema

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Han Allah, may Allah bless us that's why the hearts are only known by Allah.

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Among the Muslims, we break barriers how we say this one is like this, that one is like that. This one is from here, this one's heart is dirty, that one is unclean. This one reads Salah this way, I don't want this one. Will it my brothers and sisters keep promoting goodness from Allah and His as soon as per the methods taught to us by the first generations and you know what you will receive lots of goodness, if they are guided and hamdulillah. If they are not guided, still, it's in the hands of Allah, I did my duty, my

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Our duty is to convey the message, what type of a message a message of goodness that was I read earlier, the prophet sallallahu Sallam was told, if you are harsh

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and hard hearted, the people would have dispersed.

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Nobody wants to be corrected in a harsh way.

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Imagine you do something wrong and someone starts swearing you shouting you and beating you? What will you do? You go away?

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If they swore you you won't come here, you will not want to listen to them. Why are we sitting here today in our 1000s? Why? The reason is, we want to hear a message that will motivate us to become better people better Muslims closer to Allah. That's it, nothing else. I asked you another question.

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If you will know any of the speakers who are here, any of them, including myself, if you know anyone of us.

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Ask yourself

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how and why do you know us?

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Do you know how blessed we are?

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The only reason

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is because

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you only know me or us. And I only know you because of

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Allah.

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I didn't do a business deal with you. I didn't come to marry, etc. I didn't come for this or for that we know each other because we have been helping each other get close to Allah alone. I never told you that goes to me. Never. Not once. I don't even make it. A few days ago, someone told me chef, we don't know you well enough. We went to to communicate with another share of ours in another country of the world to convince him what type of a person you are and what you believe in. I told him I'm not interested. I'm a Muslim. If I've said something wrong, you let me know if I have not said something wrong, then somehow you find your way. Why should I pledge allegiance to someone I

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don't even know who he is. We've become worse than the Christians and the Jews. We want people to go to another human in order for that human to decide what's in our heart. That's not possible. I'm not going to drop myself to that level. My allegiance lies with Allah, you want to take what we are saying, only take it because it is common law common law. So if I made a mistake, please correct me because my bridge with Allah is only going to be strengthened when I'm corrected where I'm going wrong on that particular connection.

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Otherwise, what's the point? What's the reason of my relationship with you when I see you going towards the fire, and I cannot tell you, my sister, you know what, just be a bit careful. This is not a good idea. It's going to land you in some trouble. So

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if you are reading Salah, but from the corner of your eye, you see a blind man in danger, it is your duty to abandon the salah and go and save him. Did you know that

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it's your duty to abandon your Salah go and say

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Why? Because you're supposed to care for people, he would have dropped maximum he would have got hurt, maybe he would have died. It's not a matter of gender and gender for him. Because that was his life already. So if that is the case with a physical human being, what about spiritually? How can I tell someone you know what i can see what's in your heart, you're not a good Muslim, you're a hypocrite. You are just pretending to be who you are not. Who are you to decide that that's Allah alone. Some of the scholars will tell you that it is cheap to do that. How can I believe you know that?

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It is Allah alone who knows what's in the heart. So that's why Allah has kept the Day of Judgment. So my brothers and sisters stop thinking back of one another thing, good things to handle. Think good things. When someone does something you don't say, you know, he hates me or she hates me. That's why she's doing it. Maybe it's their nature. Maybe they've made a mistake. Maybe they need some help. Yes, sometimes they are bad people. So the hubby says men mean to.

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a true believer will never be bitten from the same hole twice.

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Never

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text the beautiful teaching of Mohamed Salah Salah. So if I follow the sooner, I will definitely develop contentment. When I respect people, I have built bridges that are amazing, they will help carry me through the dunya my bridge with Allah and His or soon will help carry me into the hereafter. But if I follow the sooner correctly and develop respect for the rest of the creatures of Allah, it will help me in my life. It will help me in my life.

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respect those who you disagree with.

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We are living in non Muslim countries, we are living in minorities, we are living in countries that don't adopt Islam as a religion of the state, etc, etc. In most cases, and you know what, we have people who follow other faiths, you have to respect them. Even if you disagree, we disagree but we respect you, you have the rights that we have and hamdulillah I was in one western country speaking to a little group of people and they were saying you know, they're not Muslims again this and that they should be stopped, etc. I said, Brother, the same laws that allow you to practice your Islam in this country are the very laws that have allowed them to do what they're doing. So start thinking

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smell the coffee, come on, use your brain, you're not living in a place where you have implemented the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Some people actually say no, you must fight them. Well, if you were taught to fight them, and they were taught to fight you and the others were taught to fight both of you and the fourth party was taught to fight all three of you. In that case, we will be fighting and killing from birth to death.

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So we can live your life Your life is only 50 6070 years not more.

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Do you want to live your entire life fighting with hatred? You need to know where you are. You need to know who you are. You need to know Islam. You need to learn about the deep. You need to practice it as best as you can. But you're living in a society where you will have to respect those who have chosen something else.

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I disagree with you, but I respect you. That's how you build the bridge.

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How many of us have neighbors who are non Muslim? Please put up your hands.

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Okay, put your hands down from amongst you. How many of your neighbors are good people put up your hand?

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You see the majority? Thank you. That's the point I'm raising. I can put up my hand to say I have met non Muslims who are better in character and conduct than the Muslims. I can say yes, I have met.

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So where are you? I have met people who are not Muslim who are superb human being. They practice Islam but are not Muslim. And I know people who are listening who don't practice Islam, Allahu Akbar, to take a look at where we are failing. What bridges have you built for them. The only thing that's needed is

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Mohammed and

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it might come inshallah you try and work towards it. But for us, we need more than that because we have set the Shahada but we are far away from the teachings of Islam. We rob people, we cheat we deceive we backbite we engage in jealousy, hatred, malice, we we do not want to see people succeed we become such that we do we lose sleep over the fact that someone is doing better than us.

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Those are our characters. We have pride we have arrogance, we think we are big we think all Mashallah Allah has favored me is Allah I am a saint of Allah. The other man didn't even read Salah is a copy

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of that from him on Hang on, hang on, hang on.

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One day a young brother came to me and told me you know, I'm very sad. This this group of people came to me and said, you're going to join them? I said, Brother, don't be sad. Don't be sad. It's only those who are in Jannah Muna who else is gonna be there?

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To give us?

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Yeah, the Hadith says clearly when you call someone a coffee SubhanAllah. You go back with that title. You go back with the title when you're wrong.

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That's why this business of calling people cafe and facet and fudging and all of that, we need to stop it because that is blowing up our bridges. You need to make it clear this deed is not the deed of Eman it is the deed of code, but you cannot rule on a person.

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You cannot rule on a person you don't know how can you say something? So this is why as Muslims What are we taught? We are taught that if you associate partners with a law, it is shipped together it is shipped but I didn't say you're emotionally see the difference. I'm only teaching I'm only giving if you say someone who doesn't read Salah they need to know that not reading see

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Allah

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is

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its disbelief.

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But I can't say you're a coffee. Who am I? Am I will judge that. So remember the difference between the two.

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There are things that we need to know that stay away from them. They are deeds that are shaped, we need to know that we need to stay away from them. But I cannot go around the bush a coffee faucet project Muslim.

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Allah says Maliki youngmee, Owner of the Day of Judgment, what is judgment? The day of judging? Judging from now, from now, every day we judge and then we get to pmsf Oh Allah, don't worry about judging it for you. Hey,

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you look like a mental case mad person.

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Remember, forgive us.

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Don't do that.

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But we have another problem. I need to be fair, we need to be balanced.

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Some people when we are guiding them, and teaching them and advising them, they just say, Don't judge me. And they walk away. Have you heard that? Have you heard that? We're not judging you, my brother. Don't confuse advice with judgment. I'm only guiding you and telling you there's a snake around the corner. Don't judge me. It's okay.

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never forgive us. So let's not be from among those who just uses the statement. Don't judge me. You know, some people, they give up the deed. They change the deed and give it up. Whether it is the Salah, some just reduced it to say no, you can only read three subjects, okay. The other two were moderate Muslims took a two discount is still you know, 33 out of five is still more than 50%. Okay, fine the other day, okay. One is to be weak when you when you are not wearing your hijab, because you're weak. It's one thing, but when you are promoting the removal of the hijab and saying that you know what, we are just moderate Muslims.

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My brothers and sisters, we are all moderate. Islam is moderate.

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But moderation does not mean giving up your deen in order to fit in somewhere. No, you don't make that mistake. Don't use the term moderate, moderate, moderate in order to start drinking. Muslim we just drink but we don't drink more than two pints a day. Come on. two pints. One moderation is that so to do harm and use the excuse of moderation is destruction of the breach. That's what it is. Don't use the term moderation

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in order to do heroin. You have people who say no, I'm okay. I'm a modern Muslim. I only show up to my knees not more than that.

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Moderate, soon they'll show the cleavage and say I'm not showing my breasts only the middle cleavage here. It's a modern Muslim. It's happening.

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It's happening. We need to talk about it. What I've said is like it goes deeper I don't want out of respect of myself and yourself. We don't need to talk about that. But you know people are doing dirty things and when you tell them something to say you're we're modern. Forget about this guy. What are you talking about? It's a new religion man. Totally different zaca they say no two and a half percent now this I haven't heard it but I'm saying it's going to come there two and a half percent too much moderate boosting just in one percentage. Okay. Moderate you changing the demon Muslim. Islam is moderate whatever Allah tells us already moderate Masha, Allah, Allah blessed us

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look, today we have the me to campaign you know what it's all about. Women who are complaining about being sexually exploited and abused. By all means we we stand for the rights of those who are abused indeed. But you know what Islam tells us from the beginning to separate yourselves. Keep yourselves this way then so that you avoid it. But they used to say no, you don't have to. You can press how you want to what you want interact, how you want to everything, etc, etc, etc. Okay, fine, fair enough. That's the room that you've adopted. But now, the difficulties that are sometimes faced as a result of unlimited interaction, here they are. Here they are. Islam says you will interact with the

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opposite sex you have to interact with the opposite sex, there is no way you're not going to interact with the opposite sex because you have a mother you have sisters, etc, etc. In the case of the females, you have brothers, etc. You have micron and namaha. During your life, you will have to interact with the opposite sex. You have to Islamic in primitive, but Islam has only given you guidelines. How will you do it? One word, utmost respect. That's the word art most respect. I enter

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When you interact with me respect

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I must honor you because I'm building the bridge. I will never abuse that. May Allah protect us all.

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So this is why we say when Allah comes with rules when Mohammed Salah Salem has explained to us those rules, why are they there they are there in order for us to lead a life of happiness, contentment, purity, goodness. When you control yourself from just letting loose, you become content. You become content I control myself.

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Never help us. And that's your life's challenge. My life's challenge my whole life is a battle to control myself. I need to control it. A day will come when Allah will release it in January.

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We have

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he will.

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In general, whatever the soul wishes for,

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it will have and whatever the eyes find sweet, tasty.

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They will have

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an alarm.

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Nowadays, you walk into Mashallah

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confectionary shop,

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you look at all these desserts,

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what happens? More and more people only look and they swallow and they feel full.

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Why? Because they're worried about their weight they worried about so many other things they worried about the cost. They worried about how unhealthy it might be the sugar, whatever else it might be, so they can just look at it.

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And then you walk away so have a lot of control. When I was young we used to eat I used to eat anything and everything now I'm old. You offer me food I tell you, thank you. Why we limit the amount we limit the quality we limit the time all this control is for what this control is so that you can lead a healthier life. Allah tells you when you control your entire life you will lead a healthier hereafter.

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You see things they don't belong to you. You say Masha,

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Allah give you more Allah says but when you get to Jenna, you can see anything when you see that you want it. It's yours levoir I can't wait for that day. Gentlemen.

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Imagine you see something you want it

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the one that goes that knows your karma, so kind of open house.

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So to get there you need to cross the bridge. Remember my brothers and sisters we spoke about building the relationship with Allah. That bridge we spoke about the bridge with the sin of lust or send them with Mohammed Salah Salah himself. Remember just to send blessings and salutations upon him is so great that Allah will bless you tenfold minimum masala Allah

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sallallahu alayhi wa whoever sends blessings and salutations upon me, Allah will bless them tenfold in return Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala Sayyidina Muhammad in

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beautiful words, Allah will bless you 10 times more you want Allah to bless you easy, said blessings and salutations upon Mohammed Salah.

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See how bridges are built.

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bridges are built with bricks with concrete with steel and so on. When every drop of concrete and every little piece of steel requires an effort.

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It requires a big effort, your Salah, get up in the morning for the sake of Allah What are you doing, solidifying your bridge? Then we spoke about building bridges with one another with your family members, with your neighbors with the Muslims with the non Muslims we respect each other, we may disagree.

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We will discuss matters of religion, no problem, just like you have the right to say that I believe that this is how it should be they have the right to let you know as well. They will tell you when we I think otherwise Allah will be the judge. You don't need to harm someone attack them and kill them and hit them just because of what they have believed no

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Subhanallah if that was the case, and if that was the teaching of Islam, none of us here would be seated today. our grandfathers would have been killed a long time ago.

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But evidence that Islam is a beautiful religion. We

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have what is known in this country as public Islam?

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People who have reverted to Islam?

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Can I tell you what is your test regarding those who have reverted to Islam

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if in your heart you embrace them completely as equals you help them you reach out to them, you treat them as equals, you have succeeded.

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The minute you think you are better than them, you have actually failed, because in reality, they are better than you.

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Better than you. So shaytan like I said, He's the biggest enemy, he keeps destroying our bridges. What does he do? He makes us believe we are better when you have a person who enters the fold of Islam. They say their Shahada. Do you know what we offer them as Muslims? It is embarrassing, very embarrassing. Someone from amongst us?

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They under the Shahada? What do we do as soon as they're finished with a trophy? Right? can be surprised a lot. That is not even the sooner but we say it anyway.

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is happy, right?

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And you know what? It stops them. That's it. What did you offer them? I offered them a nice technique when they did it. He made it quick. That's what we did.

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That's all we did. And after that we went to a palace.

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It's a reality. But when they needed to get married, we said no, but it is not.

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Impossible. We are better. He believes in please.

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Think of it. You are being an agent of the police. Exactly. Same words. What did he say? What are you saying?

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same words, you think you're not going to because by law, you will suffer the consequences of those words. Be careful.

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I'm the only guy who can tell you this because I'm flying out anyway. So

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we have to be honest, it's a reality. I'm only fulfilling my duty. It's a serious statement. Serious.

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The Sahaba the Allahu anhu.

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I'd love to say this. They were all balakrishna all of them.

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All of them. Abubakar Who was he was to Islam. Omar.

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Who was he? He was an enemy of Islam. But here it is. Now. When he entered Islam What happened? He became known as one of the best of those to walk on Earth. But if he was with us, we would have said

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that correct your heart but the bridge change yourself. Speak to the old and the young, nothing wrong when they want to marry married.

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Marriage is connected to your deen and Allah is not connected to anything else. You have good character, you have a good sense of being Alhamdulillah you are worth it. You are worthwhile. The minute your dean and your flock is not in order. That's it. What's my relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So I touched on this because it's important for us to afford our brothers and sisters who reverted to the dealer some opportunities to help them to teach them to reach out to them. I know one, Auntie lady,

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she actually reaches out to all the reverse and teachers are on on her own for free in the language they speak as well as in Arabic and Salah at the rules. And every evening she sits for a while with these people and she teaches them voluntary. That's building bridges. Not just with people with Allah with a soul. Because you know when you teach someone good when they follow that good, Allah will reward you as well.

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Very intelligent.

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So let's remove the dirt from our hearts. Don't be jealous. Don't make people's life difficult. make life easy, Allah will make your life easy. The Hadith says whoever creates ease for someone in this world alone will create ease for them in the world and in the hereafter.

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So you live with people whether it's your spouse, your in laws, your family members, uncles, aunts, neighbors, friends, etc. make life easy for people. You know, when you reach out to non Muslims, they begin to see the beauty of Islam because across the globe, they are all told Islam is a barbaric, dirty filthy fate. That's what they're told.

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But when they interact with you, that's the day they will no you know what? That's wrong, man. These guys are very, very good people they really good. They reach out to us. They are honest, many of us. In business in my country. A lot of people say Muslim

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If I don't want to do business with anonymous things, if I do those things, they're gonna cheat me. But if I do it anonymously, they won't cheat. That might be the case even here. I don't know. Maybe.

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Maybe can be. I heard someone laughing it probably is true.

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I have more people laughing it's probably more true. Now I don't even want people laughing. I close my speech. Allah subhanho wa Taala not as good as I've spoken for exactly the hour. I pray that Allah bless you all. It was an honor to come to the vow. I want to thank very the Nisa foundation as well as the others, all of you who have attended for making this possible for the contributions you have actually put forth in order to make such a beautiful event possible. The only do I make for you May Allah grant you, Jenna akuto tominaga

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Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh