Mufti Menk – Words of Advice

Mufti Menk
AI: Summary © The importance of doing good things to strengthen one's health and avoid negative impact of smoking is discussed, as well as the need for forgiveness and proper behavior. The speakers emphasize the importance of not wanting to do something that is negative or has negative consequences, and offer advice on achieving a good deed between oneself and others to avoid damaging others. They also emphasize the value of investing in a machine and donating to a cause, as well as the importance of self-improvement and avoiding harm to others. The success of recent investments in projects and the use of tools has led to a return of people to their investments.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla will hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah Muhammad wa ala alihi wa Satish, my my brothers, my sisters,

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I'm very happy to be here this morning. And I was very excited to actually come

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to meet you. And I'm so happy I was telling brother while moments ago

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that if the number of people is less is better for us, we can interact a little bit more, perhaps we can get a chance to meet one another.

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I would like to meet you perhaps more than you would like to meet me. The only thing is sometimes it becomes difficult when the numbers are too big. And it becomes a little bit of a hazard as well sometimes. I spoke in Melbourne a few days ago, and I made mention of how we will not to be achieving salvation by just shaking somebody's hand. But it is a good deed at the end of the day where if you can, you may want to meet one another, more important than that is to make a dua for one another. So inshallah I hope we get an opportunity to interact a little bit more at least to greet each other by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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I want to speak about something very, very important. You see, we were meant to kick off at 930.

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But as you notice, we're a little bit delayed. It's okay.

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Because the aiic

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has something unique in it.

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You know?

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The aiic is the Australian Islamic college. It has something unique in it.

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Two of the teachers have cold water in it. So I didn't

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suffice by waiting just for a while. I had to wait for two aisles. That's why we're late. So Panama May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant disease. I hope that wasn't the Grandad joke, but anyway,

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you might have understood it right?

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Awesome. subhanho wa Taala Bless you, brother. Ye Mashallah.

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So let's get a little bit more serious in life in life, it's important for us to get involved.

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Tonight, I will be speaking about a lot of this involvement. And we're concentrating on leaving a legacy by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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But for now, I want to tell you that Do you know

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that whenever there is something good to be done,

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there is a small part of you that tells you to do

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sometimes that becomes a big part of you, depending on your closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And depending also on

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how you have allowed yourself to progress and look at matters over time.

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And when there is something bad to be done.

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A small part of you tells you to look into it, perhaps to do it.

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Sometimes a big part depending on how you train yourself, and how distant you are from Allah

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subhanho wa Taala.

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And sometimes when a good thing is there to be done a little part of you tells you not to do it, to stay away from it to abstain.

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And it fluctuates. All of this is opportunity from Allah.

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There is a war that is happening between the good force and the bad force within you.

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So there are angels that are trying to encourage you to do good. And there is a Korean or a shaper that is trying to encourage you to do bad. Whenever there is good shape on tells you don't do it. Whenever there is bad shape man tells you do it. And the angels are exactly the opposite.

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So my brothers and sisters, what you need to ask yourself is in your life, who have you allow

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to be victorious? is if the angelic the proper force, the good force, or is it the devil, the demonic or the satanic force.

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If there is something evil,

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something evil that you find yourself constantly going towards, then you need to strengthen yourself. It's called your yourself your soul. You need to strengthen it in a way that you become a person who by the help of Allah realizes that that's not going to get you any way. A person who's addicted to something. I want to give you a good example. smoking. Smoking is a good example. The reason is, everyone admits including the non Muslim

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It's a bad habit.

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In fact, you're not allowed to sell a cigarette without declaring on it declaration. It kills.

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If you don't even think about it, and if you think to yourself, it's not bad, it's okay. These people are just talking. I have another photo from another scholar somewhere else who's probably smoking, by the way. Who says that night? Okay, it's my crew, it's fine. It's fine. You know, it's not a big deal, then. Are you ever going to eradicate that habit? The answer is no, because you haven't even thought of it. You have a bad habit, and you don't even think you have a bad habit, you see. But if you thought about it, then what will happen? You need to control your nerves in order to be able to win that wrestling match or the battle between the two forces within you. And this is

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when you will be able to succeed otherwise, it's not coming. You know, the boxes? The boxes who are Subhanallah in the ring, how much do they train, what do they want to do? They want to knock out their opponents. They have to train they have to work hard, they have to control themselves, they are disciplined, they will work that is when they will knock out their opponent in the ring. Trust misshapen is a bigger enemy than anyone could be in a boxing ring. And it requires or he requires much more of our power, dedication and training in order to be knocked out than someone who's just a boxer.

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So make an effort.

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We always say what's the point of having huge muscles when you haven't even tackled a bomb?

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Allah says in a Qaeda shape on a cannonball if the plot of the devil is so weak, but you're becoming weaker than the devil, just be a little bit strong, you overcome the devil. big muscles Mashallah huge, big guys, protein they make Mashallah, I hope it's not just injecting something, some annaleigh. Otherwise your muscles might some kind of love. But no matter how big you look to Panama, ask yourself can I even tackle what Allah calls weak shaper? I can't even tackle the devil. Do you remember in the past I said, if you think you're strong, if you think you're strong, you would only be a strong person, if you were able to lift your blanket for Salatin. And I'm sure you've heard

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that right. If you can lift your blanket for Salatin, you are strong. But if you can lift 100 kilos, 200 kilos, that's nothing because the blanket too heavy for you, right? too heavy. So the strongest person is the one comes along and

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you put your blanket up and you push to the side. Similarly, a strong man is he who's able or she who's able to fight bad habits. We are human beings, we will have a few habits that are not so good. We can have bad habits on condition that it's not something that we have become oblivious of. We're working on it. We are trying to eradicate it. So a brother will tell you and even a sister who's smoking she'll tell you You know what? Sorry, I have to give that example because I've seen some sisters smoke Mashallah.

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Okay, so she will tell you that you know what, I used to smoke 20 then I started smoking 15 and now Alhamdulillah I met with Hang on, say Alhamdulillah Allah I'm attend us both not just Al Hamdulillah because if you say Al Hamdulillah I'm at 10 what will happen is you're happy that you're attending and you think you've achieved from 20 I cut it down to have such a file makes you think right that's okay. You've already done it, you've achieved know Alhamdulillah that I've cut half and I'm not even supposed to be on these 10 you see, so I'll have the last line if you really dedicated Alhamdulillah Allah insha Allah, I attend that means the inshallah means I'm going to quit that 10 as well. The

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issue here is dedication or lying if you're not dedicated and you're not focused, you will never achieve a person who's delaying Salah for example, every time you haven't read your Salah you're lazy. You go to work you forget about Salah a week goes by the only Salah you ready salata Juma and that to you arrive late and you left first Subhanallah

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I can tell you something interesting about that type of a person. If that person feels within himself, I need to do something about this. It's the Rama of Allah

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of Allah. But if that person does not feel within themselves, that they need to do something about it, then it is definitely something very bad. You will lose. You're the only one who's going to lose no one else.

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So when the person has not fulfilled their duty unto Allah, but they are trying their best to change that way and habit, it's a good thing.

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Alhamdulillah don't lose focus, remain focus.

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Yesterday someone sent me and I'm sorry to give you this example. But I will because this is what a lot of people might relate to. Someone sent me a little clip about the history of Phelps. You know, who's Phelps?

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Who's Phelps? The swimmer?

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I think he broke so many world records. Do you agree?

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Do you know that when he started off, he was actually scared of water?

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He was scared of water. And do you know that after he did very well, initially, he slipped into drugs. And he almost lost himself.

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And one day, something clicked in him. And he says, No, I want to go back. And I want to give it my I want to do one last race, and I'm gonna give it everything I have. That last race ended up in him becoming the world champion, not just once. But I think he struck gold more than 28 times.

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Why am I telling you this? Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah, what you've done, where you've been, what has been happening? It becomes irrelevant. The moment you turn to Allah,

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it becomes irrelevant.

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When what happens

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shapen comes to you with something else. What does he say?

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He says to you, you changed your life.

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But you were too too bad for Allah to have totally forgiven you.

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So now you start doubting the mercy of Allah, my brothers, my sisters, the biggest insults at that juncture, while you're seeking forgiveness would be to doubt the mercy of Allah.

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I said it yesterday. I've seen it again today. Allah says, Only arriba de La Nina

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Say to my worship is all my worshippers who have transgressed against themselves.

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Never, ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah, He will forgive all your sins because he is most forgiving, Most Merciful. That's the verse. What does Allah say, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah. So she knows that now that you want to turn towards Allah, he's gonna come to you from a different door and tell you that you know what, you are a little bit too far out of the reach of the mercy of Allah.

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Then when you've engaged in Toba, he makes you think No, your Toba is not accepted. Yours is not that shaytan if you think your Toba is not accepted, it's shapen unless you will not sincere when you sought the forgiveness of Allah.

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Do you seek the forgiveness of Allah? And sometimes what happens? A person seeks the forgiveness of Allah with all the four conditions, what are the four conditions? You admit you regret? You ask for forgiveness, and you promise not to do it again, four conditions. Beautiful, easy to remember, because the sequence is common logic. I admit I did wrong. I regret it. Not excited about it. I asked Allah forgive me, and I say, oh, Allah, I won't do it again. Right? For as long as those conditions were met at the time of seeking forgiveness, and you were serious. Sin is wiped out. one more condition. And that is sort of for as long as the sin was not committed against a fellow human

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being. Because you cannot go and steal $20,000 from someone and then say, oh, ally, admit her regret. seek forgiveness on it again. But anyway, this 20 is mine.

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That is foolish because if it's against a fellow human being, you need to clear it with them go back and donate the 20 back to them say Look, I'm sorry, this is what happened and there goes, you know?

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So you ask Allah for forgiveness. Yes, indeed.

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If you are genuine, he has forgiven you don't doubt it. Sometimes because you're a human being you might falter again. A person makes Toba to Allah to say I'll never miss a Salah again, and they do not miss a Salah. But then what happens is some time somewhere down the line one Salah gets clicked out of the tiny, you feel immediate regret. Again, this is the second time it's happening. So what do you do you make your ABA, you make your missed prayer immediately. As soon as you remember. You made your ABA and what do you do? You promise again, oh,

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Allah forgive me, I really, this was something very, very bad. I don't want to do it again. It's okay, I'll forgive you a second time.

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Sometime. But a month later, two months later, you missed another one. Again, you go back to Allah forgive me. I didn't really mean to do this, but it happened. So it's not you and yourself and your habit and your quality anymore. Now it's just a blunder and error. It's a mistake.

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And if you fall back into a situation where you have gone back to missing your prayer, wholesale, my brothers, my sisters quickly come back to Allah and seek His forgiveness again, he will forgive you another time again, and a few years down the line, you fell into the same thing again, you know what, quickly go back to Allah seek His forgiveness again, he will forgive you a third time.

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So the question is, How many times will you forgive me?

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How many times? The answer is

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Allah continues to forgive you for as long as you continue to sincerely repent to him. If you were genuine, each time you sought the forgiveness of Allah, He will forgive you unlimited, so much so that there is an Hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reports to us what Allah Subhana Allah, Allah says, And Allah subhanho wa Taala watches his worship is seeking forgiveness and falling back into the same sin. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says to His angels,

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you see my worshiper seeking forgiveness,

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falling back, and seeking forgiveness again. And falling back and seeking forgiveness again.

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And falling back, not as a joke, but seriously seeking forgiveness again.

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What do you think that I should do to him the angels would say, You are the most forgiving. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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are the map de la hora been yaku bism. BYOB zero, push him to come and meet.

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My worshiper has realized

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and believes firmly that he has a lot he has, whom he is answerable to,

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who can either forgive him or punishing and therefore he keeps seeking my forgiveness. I want you to bear witness Oh my angels, that I have forgiven him completely.

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SubhanAllah Why? Because now you have confirmed you believe in Allah. That's why the Hadith says illa suratgarh. Salah Touka was Attica say he took a Fanta movement. When your good deed makes you feel good. And your bad deed makes you regret. It's a sign that you are a true believer.

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If you are not a believer, you would not consider that as bad. If you are not a believer, when you did that, you would not bat an eyelid for you, you would look forward to doing it again. But if you're a believer, you committed a sin. And after that you say I shouldn't have done that. That's a sign of Eman. It's a sign that there is some deity that you actually are afraid of. Right. It's a sign that you have a Lord You are answerable to. So you did ascend and you say stuff like Shouldn't it was a waste of time, money, effort, energy, and I achieved nothing besides disaster.

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If that happens to you, good news to you. You're roaming, it's a sign that you have believed your candle is still flickering. Mashallah so quickly come out and make sure the wind does not blow out that candle.

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Like show that that candle can actually be shining bright, by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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So it's a good time.

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But if you're not going to make an effort to turn to Allah, nothing happens. Nothing happens. It's not just going to come to you just like that.

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I was saying shaytan comes to a person.

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Firstly, he beautifies around beautifies and yet it's not as beautiful as he makes it out to be. It's photoshopped.

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Right? So shaytan beautifies Hara in a way that you want to do it.

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And shapen makes it seem difficult to fulfill the simple things that Allah asks you to fulfill starting with Allah.

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That's why when Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about some of the sins, He speaks about consumption of alcohol, gambling, etc, doing things that are unacceptable in the eyes of Allah and he says, This is from the handiwork of the devil you better be careful and leave it that's what

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He says after that, he says,

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indeed chiffons intention shavon once to instill between you hatred when you start hating your brother. Remember it's a fun at work when you start hating your sister, your spouse, your family members, your community members, your fellow believers, the people in the masjid and the others it shape on at work in number up to shape on a UK up by Nicola Dawa. Indeed it is part of the plan of Saipan to instill and to inculcate or to make and create between you and enmity. So watch out when there is enmity fight it

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put your ego on one side so the problem of say I'm sorry

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when there is a problem put your ego on one side your pride put it away and say I'm sorry sorted out because why? shaytans one of his first steps Allah speaks about in the Quran, what does he want? You read to an up avena kumala Dawa. He wants to create between you enmity so that your life is stressed, depressed, so that you go further away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And what happens? The others also are angry, depressed, there is hatred, there is no harmony, no contentment, everyone is fighting. And that's what Satan loves. So when there is a problem, if you're a moment, strive, strive to solve it. Even if it means you've compromised a little bit here and there of your own

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a little bit here and then

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you might have to say

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it's okay, I'm sorry yet you know, deep down, it might not have totally been your fault. But imagine I am sorry, made up of three words. If that can solve a huge problem. Say it, come on, say it. Some of you must be thinking No, no, I'm not gonna say Look, I don't know how big your problem is. If it is a massive problem perhaps you might want to take it a little bit further you know, you might not want to apologize you may you so i i'm not sort of issuing a blanket ruling on everyone's case because I don't know the particular cases but it's just a general encouragement as far as possible. So today

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when the when the same verse continues to say

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that you should come and victory law one is salata

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shape and the other plan is he wants to divert you from the remembrance of Allah and prayer prayer. So if a person doesn't pray it's a initial kick and you already follow so Allah one knockout blow God to blows out

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we watch for example the big boxes

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and if there is someone who really is not such a big champ and they are going to fight with them, you know what will happen? They will go into Panama and as they enter the this this

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as they enter the ring, one blow and the guys out they call it the knockout the shortest. The shortest fight in history was only a few seconds. Do you know that? Few seconds, they went in Polish function the pen was down on the ground. That's what happens to us would say he does it all the time shorter than that punch punch but one punch.

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By the Way, Sydney there's a place called Punchbowl. Mashallah, Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us.

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Goodness, I initially I didn't know what it meant, but I think it's a bowl of like, mixed fruit juices and all that is that punch. It's called a punch right below Adam, some people are nodding, some people are shaking. It's okay. It's fine. We're allowed to disagree on that. It's a name of an area in Sydney. That's

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okay. So, my beloved brothers and sisters, don't let Schaefer knock you out. If you did something bad. Give him back a punch. How do you give him a punch? You give him a punch by proving him that you are closer to Allah than he wants you to be. Then Satan wants you Shannon wants you to be far away. Right? You're closer to Allah than what a man wants.

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So what will you do? He might have succeeded he gave you a little punch second punch. So you missed a Salah a you got up and you made your Baba Baba is a punch in the face of shape man. If you read your Mr Salah that you missed, say for example, manana and Salatin Alessia Felicia de la cara ha the Hadith says who ever slept over a prayer or forgot it? They need to read it as soon as they remember if you did that, what did you do you punch the dead.

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One time, big punch.

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And guess what, I guarantee you I'm speaking in the house of Allah to those who believe when you do a good deed between you and alarm, it's automatic your Eman shows by you feeling so

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you feel good.

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You get up early and you decide to do I'm going to go to the machine

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and even if the machine is far you decide today I'm going to fulfill my Salah on time

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with a smile. So you get up on hamdulillah thank Allah you make you do no matter how cold or whatever the temperature may be, and you stand in on your prayer mat and you just say Allahu Akbar, and you complete your Salah. How do you feel? How do you feel? Tell me how you don't you feel good about it. Don't you feel that Mashallah, I think I love giving me this chance and opportunity. Right. It's a sign of Eman in the same way that your sin made you regret. Now your good deed is making you feel good. When you seek Allah's forgiveness, Oh Allah forgive me and you shed a tear Allah, it's a good sign of a man your closeness to Allah, Allah loves you, he makes you feel the

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goodness. And this is why the people who have followed their whims and fancies go and study them, see them, those whose lives have been filled with doing what they want. without considering what Allah wants. They're depressed.

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I have done my own little study of

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a lot of famous people across the globe. Did you know that more than 60% of them are on antidepressants and sleeping tablets. Did you know that? And yet the world follows them completely. Wow. Yay. Even the singers and the pop stars and a lot of the movies or movie stars you have a few who might be a little bit more decent Subhana Allah but a lot of the others they are depressed, they're sad they their life, they they realize at a certain point that you know what, life cannot just be all about this. Ask those young people who used to spend every weekend in the clubs with the young people who used to do all the evil every time and they never turned to Allah it was all about

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drinking womanizing, clubbing, etc, etc. If you are a movement, there comes a time in your life when you realize Yeah, Allah This is not what life is all about. There is a bigger purpose to all of this. And then it brings you to Allah and guess what the first thing it does for you. It calms you down completely, totally calm.

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I've actually studied some of the incarcerated in the prisons.

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Those who were hardcore criminals and those who turned to Allah from amongst them cool, calm relaxed. Even the wardens are surprised they say these people were hardcore. Look at this. Their Deen their religion, the fact that they turned to Islam and Allah subhanho wa Taala they become calm people they put their head on the ground when we watch it. I remember one guy telling me this. He says when we watch them we feel wow what a transformation. What a transformation who transformed you allow why Allah says that if you come to me a hand span I come to you a whole foot. If you come to me walking, I will come to you rushing. That's a lost promise. So my brothers and sisters the

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message I have for you is just make an effort small effort something good to be done like an effort the rest will be done. Something bad to be done. Stay away. There's a powerful to add that I keep on reading and I it's as soon as Rasulullah saw Salaam I mentioned it recently on one of my Insta live sessions. Allahu mfine behala leka anharmonic work mini difficulty con mucha

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Allahu makini the halali Canon holonic Well, the mini before the government's work, they know what it means. Or Allah. Make halaal sufficient for me to the degree that I don't go to Hara.

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So you're content with Helen. So that you don't have to go to Hara or Allah make halaal enough for me sufficient for me so that I don't have to venture into haram and fall into Haram. And Allah make me through your virtue

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through your virtue, independence

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in a way that I don't depend on anyone besides you.

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Which means all are provided for me in a way that I don't have to ask anyone else. Just you so Allah provides you and he protects you from harm.

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So what happens when you keep asking Allah Allah protect me from harm and you are serious about it. Whenever you have planned something Haram, Allah will create some barrier between you and that happen. It won't happen or it will be difficult there will be an obstacle, something

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will crop up, something will come up and just it won't happen you plan the Heron you plan to go clubbing for example, whatever it was, and you know what something comes in your direction and you just realize some kind of law. This is Allah telling me Don't go and you don't go or your tire suddenly there is a flat and you need to repair it and time is up and suddenly someone comes to the house and you needed to leave but you can't. So Allah sent someone to say go and sit at this guy's house at 430 just before he's gonna be going out for the evening. So now they go say welcome, welcome. And in the back of your mind scenarios you learned here you know,

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Allah subhanho wa Taala it was Allah who sent him there in order to save you from Haram. Now and I want to end with this inshallah spoken for half an hour.

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Remember one last thing,

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when there is a good cause, when there is a good cause?

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Try and be a part of it, even if it's a small part,

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even if it ultimately means through the two hours that you've made for that good cause. We cannot solve the world's problems. But do you agree there are many problems across the globe? issues that frustrate us across the globe? We want to see peace we want to see goodness, we want to see solution. We want to see the stopping of the killing and the hunger and the stopping of the destruction and everything else. But can I tell you what, when there is a good cause? Firstly, you start by improving your own self so that you are becomes powerful. So people say why is it that Allah says

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in Allah Allah,

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Allah will not change the condition of a nation until and unless they don't change themselves individually, each one of them. People say, Well, you know what, if Allah wanted, he would change it. Can I tell you, you want to make a dua to Allah? In order to answer that, you need to be close to Allah, you need to try to get slightly closer to Allah than you are. Not every one of us is as close as each other to Allah, we don't know. But within you, you know that I'm better today than I was yesterday. That's a good thing.

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So when you've just read your Salah when you've just made Toba and then you say, Oh Allah, forgive all these people all or help them, guide them or Allah resolve this matter, help the people here and there, I promise you that you are is far more valuable

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than you are you would make while you are far away from Allah. You know, when you have a friend trying to get close to you, they'll help you etc. Then they say, You know what?

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I just need you help for five minutes. What are you gonna say, Oh, yeah, I'll give you 10 minutes. Because they close to you. Right? If they're very close to you, you can even fly them down from somewhere, tell them that, you know what, I need you right here right now they'll say I'm catching the next flight.

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Because they're very close.

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That is the example of a human being the example of a lie is far higher than that. If you try to get close to Allah, I promise you, he says, I will come closer to you than you have come to me, for as long as you are heading in this direction, right direction. So in order to resolve matters and problem, we start with ourselves. Secondly, we make the app Thirdly,

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do something try and help you know every one of us has issues, problems, difficulties, financial obligations. A lot of the times people ask us moments ago we heard that you know the events that are happening here in Perth, the proceeds will be going to the Philippines perhaps right they will be going to the Philippines for our purposes for purposes of alleviation of whatever else that is there. And we heard how $50 can feed in the Philippines in some parts of the Philippines $50 can actually feed a family of three for a whole month.

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One day

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okay, we can calculate that calculation in the other way. We say $50 can feed 10 families three meals from Hannah law

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here in Perth, I think that'll just take me to oil stacks. That's it

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subhanho wa Taala grant Aziz is their royal stack simple.

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Anyone? Well then you will have to fly to Melbourne because we tasted some really nice burgers there. Mashallah.

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Okay, so

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you may not be able to give so much something when I'm making, say something, do something. You know why?

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If you don't, it's okay. But the work will continue without you. I'd rather have my $1 day and say a kandalama. Like, who knows which one is going to be

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that investment that's going to take me to agenda to fit those who knows which one, no one knows. So you'd rather put your investments here they they the other place the third place.

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Fourth place everywhere else. And now I actually know that suparna love every good that's happening. I have a small share in it if one of them is going to take all the way to Jenna, all the people who invested in it when I'm one of them some kind of law. You see, I remember, there was a brother

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who refused to give money after he had pledged to a certain machine.

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So they were building the machine.

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And he had pledged an amount based on his pledge. The people were excited, they gave a contract. They did this. They did that. A little while later, he changed his mind. And when people went to him and said, Brother, you gave a pledge. It's the house of Allah. He says, I changed my mind, I'm allowed to change my mind. I'm a human I had given it just what the masjid was built without his money. And it became even better than they initially planned. And there was supposed to be a few big donors instead, the community got involved. And everyone gave a little bit here and there. And you know what, because everyone gave a little bit everyone came to the masjid because it was one Masjid

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that they were involved in somehow. And the masjid was a huge and still is a huge success story. And right at the end, when the whole project was over, this wealthy man came back with a fat check. And he told the committee of the machine, give the people back their money here is the money.

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Well, I it's a true story.

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They laughed at him.

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They laughed at him because one of the scholars told them when Allah doesn't want someone's money in his house.

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He will throw it out.

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And this person won't even know that my money was rejected. You'll be excited about maybe you had an argument Maybe something happened. Rather that's a good cause the house of Allah give give, you might not be able to give so much give a little bit give $1 $2 $5 you know what I always say and I want to say it again. I mentioned it at the Newport Masjid a beautiful Masjid in Melbourne. Lovely. They built it lovely. And I mentioned it also in Sydney, that the Punchbowl Masjid

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and I'm saying it here again? Yeah, I see but I cannot

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the value of Salah what's the value of your Salah? If you were to put amount of Australian dollars on Santa Barbara, what would you put how much what's the amount? So someone says okay, this Salah you reading what's the value of it? in dollars? What would you say?

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What would you say? Everyone is saying? priceless, right? priceless. You cannot put a price you cannot put a finger to the value of your salon. Do you agree? Okay, so you came into the machine. Listen very carefully. It's a very, very interesting point. You walked into the masjid to do what to fulfill your Salah. Masha Allah, Allah metalia guava magic, right? Allah opened the doors of mercy for me. And as you came in, you felt good Mashallah, what did you do? You quickly rushed because you needed the bathroom? So you use the loo you came out Mashallah you went and made whoo Mashallah there was warm water then there was a roll of Kleenex tissues and Mashallah you use from that and

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you even use one of the towels and put it into the section that is there for use towels and Subhanallah you then went third thing is those dryers that are there you went there to finish off the drying and the wiping of whatever you had that was slightly wet and you walked out you came into the machine and guess what? You turned on the aircon? All there was air conditioning in it and beautiful cool the lights are on the aircon is on lovely. I came in. I there was a mishap on the side. I picked it up. I sat down. I read the Koran. I put it back, I came forward. I sat in the first stop for a little while. The man came. The morphine came and he called out the karma. The Imam

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was in the front. I stood behind there and guess what I did? I read my Salah beautiful I enjoyed something that was priceless. Absolutely no amount of money can be put and said that it is the value of your prayer. And then what did I do? I greeted the email I greeted them. And I said soprano lol hamdulillah de como la Hey, I'm going out reading into Alabama India's lucam in public and I walk out and I'm going home. What is missing?

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What is missing?

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Someone else's money was used in order to facilitate what you just did. Do you ever think of that? Have you ever thought of that?

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Someone else's money put the carpet here someone else is paying for the electricity someone else is paying for the air conditioning. Someone paid for the sound someone's paying the moment that someone paid for the water. You use someone paid to clean the loo that you use someone paid for the electricity and to wash the towels, the washing machines and whatever

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Someone's paying and you just came in Mashallah you enjoy you came in, and you never ever, ever, ever thought of giving $1 one How much? How much

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$1 for the Salah that you've read?

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See what I'm saying? Isn't it a strong point?

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So when my point is, it's not far off, it's not necessarily pray for those who made it happen. But get into a habit of sometimes donating in the massage that you used. Why should you as a rich man, a person who can afford a person who doesn't mind going to spend money at a restaurant or wherever else or just go on here a day, I'll spend on a holiday and a room and an apartment and whatever else and I'll go and use a massage chair at an airport and I'll put more money in there than ever donated to a mosquito. So para la house of Allah, what was it? It was Allah subhanho wa Taala who use someone else's money for the upkeep of his own house, I want him to use my money too.

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And that will only happen. Think about it.

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Think about it, it's going to carry on without you. It's going to move without you a good job, a school a good cause it will go without you. Think about it, put your money there. And the reason why I say this point, my brothers, my sisters,

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especially the brothers, we use the facilities and you know what I've realized? Again, I like to talk to people and ask them and so on. I asked the guys in the committees of the mosque, who are the most regulars in this machine? So they tell you Mashallah. So and So, so and so, so many people without names, sometimes sometimes they'll tell you who it is. I say, Can I just ask you out of interest just for my own curiosity? Who are your biggest donors here? Are they the same people? A lot of the times they are not.

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A lot of the times the people who make the biggest noise are the guys who are there regularly, but they didn't really contribute in a way in any way. Subhan Allah they just came there to use facility for Salah never, ever thought imagine I'm a person I get a salary. I fulfill Salah. I'm using water paid for by someone else. I just think it's work, but it's actually someplace he might be. Well, I one day I cried. When I visited India and I saw

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a poor guy. He was a

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really poor guy. And he was putting money in the box. And I thought to myself that was for the upkeep of the machine. That is the time when I said to myself this beggar this guy who has tattered clothes is paying for the water and electricity used by the who's who wealthy dude who's reading Salah in the first day. And he doesn't know it doesn't

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look whose money likes it 50 cents of that guy

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for the house of Allah and here's a guy who can afford to wear boots at home must've never thought of giving Why? Because there's one person in the committee I don't like until and unless he's not out I'm not gonna give a cent that's a lot kicking you right out of the machine.

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So I think I've said a lot about that point. I think I've driven it home. The moral of it is let's try and give to a good cause even if it means a little bit if you walk out of a machine, give a little bit perhaps sometimes especially if it's a mustard you use and you have seen a facility that's not that grand I remember

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when I traveled from Mecca to Medina we stopped at a Masjid and trust me the facilities were not up to scratch May Allah forgive me and forgive all of us.

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People used to make a noise I used to make a stop mela forgive us look where human beings I used to say look these this facility these guys should do something about it. These guys should do something about it. Not realizing that you know what? One day they came someone who decided I'm going to do something about this. And guess what? Go back now see what's happened. So hon Allah go back now and talk about the last six months see what's happened.

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It may not be a five star facility but there's a big change in the machines on the way Mecca to Medina. Within the last six months there's been a big change. Why? Because for so many years people used to just complain Have you been to have you been on that road between Mecca and Medina? Yes. Have you seen the condition of the toilets? Have you seen the massages how dirty how filthy I Can you can you imagine these people are wealthy these people are this look at where where does the money go etc. All that is from shavon My brother is not the solution to the problem. The whole world will talk about it all you needed to do is to say I'm doing something about it, create something do

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something meet a few people so things out get some funding going get a person to clean the place and some handler employs some people to be there. 24 seven to clear. And you know what someone did Subhan Allah, someone did it. May Allah give me and Jenna mela keep it. Now we may not need to go as far as Mark and Medina.

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But all we need to do is nearby

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within our own places, and wherever you hear about a good cause and so on inshallah, it's a good thing to give, you know, may Allah subhanho wa Taala use us to do good and to continue doing good. And within my topic I did speak about turning to Allah and how not to lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala remember when you when you

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when you help others and when you work towards a good cause, you will also attain the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah will have mercy on you can have love with young Abdi McConnell Abu fionna he Allah will continue to assist a slave for as long as that slave continues to assist others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Bless you all I could only have a masala was Eleanor Baraka, Allah Nabina Muhammad

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