Legacy of a Nation Builder Lessons from the Life of Sh Muhammd Alshareef

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The McLean and discovery team emphasizes the importance of sharing experiences and being a leader, grieving together and finding a brother in a culture. They stress the need to find a way to make friends with people and stay in touch with them, acknowledging the loss of loved ones and expressing emotions. The speakers emphasize the importance of intentionality in learning and development, finding one's own success, and being a woman, and stressing the importance of sharing memories and experiences with others.

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Nazia Rashid. And, you know, again, those of you that are hopping on if you've got friends or family that you know, Pamela, want to take part in the drive together, inshallah for Sheikh Mohammed, like, that's what we're going to be doing today, we're going to have a collective blog with Sheikh Omar Sheikh Omar in our program today. So do invite others, you know, the goal is we want to send as much light as we can, because that is what we can really stand for Sheikh Mohammed. So take that opportunity to spread across and invite others and we're just gonna wait like two more minutes before we start because of what like I said, I want to make sure to give the opportunity for

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everyone to be part of this. I know, so many of you Subhanallah have been messaging and have been sharing obviously the grief that you're feeling the shock

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that you experienced, obviously like all of us, with the sudden loss of our beloved chicken handle Sharif's May Allah be have mercy on him and peace with him. So, you know, we want to have as many of you part of this being able to join so go ahead and do invite others share the link, and hamdulillah there's we're broadcasting on like many, many platforms, and so lots of links that you can share to invite others to take part in Shala come together with us today. Not only to obviously share our memories and a beautiful reminder

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a handler to make dua for our teacher inshallah together.

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so welcome. Those of you that don't know me. My name is Razia maybe I'm part of the discovery you team, which is one of the other incredible organizations and institutions that Sheikh Mohammed established. And today I'm here on behalf of a Muslim and the Discover your team, and today is about grieving together. It's about making God together for our teacher and beloved che OPERS family for sharing and today's about sharing

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The reminders and

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in some of the stories that touched our heart with Che, it's to comfort ourselves each other. And you know the rudeness of death is that brings clarity to the mind. And Inshallah, the goal is that as we're all here grieving together, that we're going to have to use this moment, this jolt that we've all experienced, to only carry on the legacy and the light, that shame have made spread and used to call to Allah subhanaw taala, to push even harder and all of our lives. And so welcome. Today, it's going to be an Hamdulillah. We have Sheikh Omar Suleiman, we have sister Manabe gwala, Shikamaru, Stokely and myself with you. So we're going to kind of go through it together, you're

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active in the chat already, which is wonderful, this is an opportunity for you to also agree, I know that many of you are experiencing that heaviness and you have maybe not had an outlet or you have not had someone to talk to it. So remember that this is going to be an opportunity to do that together.

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I know many of you have been posting in the different incredible communities and groups that we have at discover you, even in the realm of the groups that you know, you you're having a tough time maybe attending certain family gatherings or just kind of taking part right now and things because it's still so fresh, I'm going to tell you what I told students, I'm going to tell myself this, that I'm allowing space to feel the grief. So please forgive me if I have my moments where, you know, like my heart and my stomach or my throat at times.

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But you know, I keep I keep thinking he's going to appear on camera today. And he's going to show up, and he's gonna say, are you ready, and those of you that took visionair and run his programs, you know, Marshall, the energy he would bring with that. So the grief is still happy for so many of us. And Inshallah, you know, give yourself space to have those moments. And I reflect Subhanallah I was at a gathering last night where shuttle Nasser doesn't want to be on McRib instructors, was sharing a reminder on the Prophet twice, and that was passing, and those final moments, and you're the sheer devastation that the Sahaba felt in those moments. And he was the most beloved of the left

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hath Allah know, the greatest calamity that we could experience was that the depth of the pockets of them. And despite the incredible grief that the Sahaba were feeling,

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they pulled it together. And when it was time to do the work, they got together, they did the work that needed to be done. And so I'm here today on behalf of the McLean and the discovery team, who are all grieving with you, the teachers who are so close to Sheikh Mohammed, not only as colleagues, but as students, as you know, him being a mentor to them, and they're still grieving and absorbing that loss. And so we're all here for you. We're all here because we know that all his students felt and handler closeness and connection to him. And so we're here with you in sha Allah. And we pray that by coming together, and in the coming days, but it has hamdulillah allows us to channel or

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grief to call upon unless have data and for Allah for Allah Subhan Allah to give us that strength to Inshallah, like I said, take his legacy and continuing even further. So may Allah have entered him among the righteous, He was truly a nation builder. And may Allah reunite all of us, with him in general, for those I mean,

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I really want to emphasize

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a message to all of you who are here who Alhamdulillah were one of his students gotten to experience the impact of his work, that your connection to what he built doesn't end here. He knew that this was bigger than him. And that's what he called to your connection to the programs to the institutions he built, you're still part of this. So you're still part of discovery, you are still part of a Muslim, you are and you will be part of that global family. So if you're sitting here, and you've been wondering, like, now what, you know, I like that community is broken. It's not, this was always bigger than him. And he made sure to remind us of that. And that is exactly how he designed

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and lived my show his life and the program. So please remember that internalize that, that you are still part of this global community and has enough and death is always a reminder to all of us of what the NEA really is. And she Marshall, I've never held back from talking about the reality of death. You know, he wasn't, it wasn't something he avoided. He actively talked about it in his classes. And dunya is an toxic, intimate distraction. That was something that you know, he regularly reminded us of and Allah reminds us through the death of loved ones, of our teachers, that death escapes, no one

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not even our leaders. So we need to wake up from that and toxic. know for some of us who have been maybe stalling on certain aspects of our growth stagnant and our relationship with the less hot data, recognize and maybe inshallah take this opportunity to wake up from that intoxicated.

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This life and being is about responsibility. Sheikh Mohammed didn't take that responsibility very lightly

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I encourage all of us to ask ourselves, how do we take this responsibility, the responsibility to learn to reflect, to live it and share it.

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Just as Sheikh Mohammed mashallah embodied that in his life and the legacy that he left the force that she, you know, pulled people into, it was a, let's have those words, write the code and the way he would examine it, da, that's what we want to hold on to. That's the force that we want to use. Last year Subhanallah, when I met some of the discovery students, they were so excited after having taken visionair. And they said, you know, we'd love to meet Sheikh Mohammed in person, and we'd love to talk to him. And I just kind of like, had a little laugh. I was like, I'm actually he's quite introverted, and you know, wouldn't be much of a talker if you met him in person. And they were just

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shocked. So shocked by that, because Apollo, you guys know, his energy online was so different, like he showed up fully because he loved his students, he showed up fully, you know, when he taught and mashallah some of the McRib teachers are kind of ensuring this, in some of the

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some of the talks that they've been doing the last day that he had whole system for when he would teach a class like, physically, you know, I'm changing his rhythm for the week, eating lighter, because he took that responsibility so seriously. And so I just want you to like, remember, and Inshallah, you know, like, some of some of the things that were behind the scenes that you didn't realize, like, he didn't just show up to the class Subhanallah he poured his heart into it, and he loved each and every one of you. So when he students who share like, I remember him giving me a shout out, or I remember, he would like comment on this, he was always paying attention behind the

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scenes Subhanallah to each student, like, you know, you think that he didn't notice you, but he did. And I

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I remember Subhan Allah when I had heard the passing of Steve Jobs, and so many people sharing how he was like, voted the worst boss ever. And he felt so sad, but I'm like, This man has passed away yet these people are still so hurt by his actions that they can't let go that I feel like a true testament to Sheikh Mohammed is, Allah have mercy on him is that everyone who worked with him, you guys, like loved working with him? For him. And

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like people, you know, some of the people who are a little bit more acquainted in their life, or just like, wow, like you were, you know, you have such a close relationship. Because it wasn't just about him being my boss, right, or being my mentor, like Subhanallah, the way he nurtured people, the relationships that he developed, he never made you feel inferior, he wouldn't be intimidating, it actually took me time to like, break out of that, because I wouldn't be intimidated. But that was my own, you know, feelings. It wasn't that he caused that in any way. And so I had to adjust because he was constantly a handler, making you feel comfortable being able to contribute. And that was the

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kind of culture he built. And I think a lot of you who are students here can attest to that when he would interact with you on sessions, in the classes and Hamdulillah. So open, and, you know, again, I had the incredible human connection that he had. One of the things you know, Inshallah, I just wanted to share, like, just short stories and experiences I had with him that I want you guys to be able to, like,

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enjoy with me was that he was never about learning. So there was a specific incident last year where he had to take certain direction in in our discovery, you he was going to take this direction. And I didn't fully agree with it, we were having a difference of values. Subhanallah he called me and spent 45 minutes, sincerely listening to me and discussing his point, sharing, you know, his point of view, listening to what I had to say, letting me argue and rebuttal. And, you know, at the end, I agree with his point, I saw his perspective. And he wouldn't, you know, he wouldn't end the call until he made sure I was fully satisfied with like, where the conversation had ended. And I remember

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hanging up and thinking, like, who does that, like what kind of boss Subhanallah does that he, you know, set aside that time gave me the like, he could have easily taken that decision and direction. He did not need my permission to do it. But he was so respectful and genuine and valued everyone's opinion. And that is so rare. That is so rare. And so I share the story because I pray that all of us can, you know, keep our egos in check that we can Inshallah, as we move forward and honor his legacy. It again, it's about, you know, being focused on the mission as he was and being able to put his ego aside. And hamdulillah the incredible work institutions teams community established, I truly

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believe were so impactful because it was never about an eager about her about him. And we know that him the one of the signs of a true leader is that they want their students to exceed them. He was about empowering all those around him and one of the things I've been hearing from some of the automotive show you is that exactly what they felt that he wanted them to do even better than him. He saw that potential and continuously encouraged them to do better. And Hamdulillah you know, he wasn't sticking the spotlight even that just cover you up.

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get shared with some of the students in the past few years. And I kind of wonder now if this was like a less panthella preparing him and us were in the last few years, he said, I want you guys to design programs that don't center around me like you guys serve the people in whatever capacity let's find Inshallah, you know those other people create those programs. And so that was something we've been doing actively at Discovery the last few years. And even with all Muslims, as you guys can see, subhanAllah he had set up the system, he was so confident that handling the way the team run it, the instructors, you know, the content, the classes that were being taught, and he was able

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to handle a set of those systems walk away and continuously focus on building and growing, and I've handled and handled, I hope we take the lessons from that inshallah. And, you know, in terms of his legacy, we can sit here and talk about Inshallah, we're going to with some of the other speakers that we have today, we're not going to remember him just for one thing, I think what's incredible that he's like to see is that there's so many incredible contributions, big and small that he's left many of the community leaders, you guys that across North America that we know Subhanallah their journey started with Muhammad. Some of the some of them have been sharing and Chum in the coming

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days, I hope to actually showcase some more of them, people you would not imagine who were Subhanallah brought know started their knowledge journey started or I will work through a microwave and even some of the mashallah you know, powerhouse. You know, Chris, the CEO of LaunchCode, he's often shared how much is shaping habits, mentorship was crucial for his growth, and him the impact he's having.

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Um, he made so I'm acknowledge accessible, and a part of our practice. And I think that's definitely one of the parts of legacy that many of us are holding on to and someone shared today, you know, for women, many times we're in the 90s, and even late 90s and 2000s, were women did not have access, maybe to that traditional knowledge on hamdullah. He made it accessible Shefali persoon, yesterday was sharing how Sheikh Mohammed, you know, made sure that the way he designed was constantly taught in some structures to make sure that you know, the way the sisters were treated with that respect, given their adequate place, and making sure that they felt included in that process. And

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subhanAllah, I'm sure many women can can share that there's a whole generation of us who identify life before OMA clip, and after Omaka, right, or knowledge journey and Hamdulillah, he made it part of our practice. And so we stand on the shoulder of this giant and handler, the handler that we were here to them can recognize that. So let his passing be a reminder of our destination. Let Sheikh Mohammed's passing get a reminder of our destination, because this will help us to distinguish between the opportunities that we need to seize today. And the ones that we need to resist. It breaks my heart when I'm experiencing some of the messages of students who are saying Subhanallah I

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was planning on taking visionair finally next year, you know, I finally was going to take that class with him. And that opportunity is gone. And so I hope it's a reminder for us to maybe not delay some of the knowledge and access we have to our teachers who are with us now. Right? seize those opportunities. Don't don't think you have tomorrow, don't think and you know, insha Allah like the death in the prophets and said death, the one who remembers death often successful, because it creates that urgency of action and hamdulillah and not what is knowledge without action. And so let this let us inshallah take the reminder from this. And he built communities and him the Nike built

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communities and we remember him for that and we hold on to that community. And so you guys are here right now all of you mashallah like I can't even read the incredible comments that you're all putting in, but you're part of a global community. And regardless of where you are in the world, and handler, you've been able to connect with one another. So hold on to that, hold onto that rope of Allah subhanaw taala because that is what Sheikh Mohammed called to always remember that his message, and the force he used was about, not him, it was bigger than him. And that's what we hold on to insha Allah and to carry on that legacy. So let us rejoice in the Promise of Allah subhanaw

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taala and pray that our dear teachers greeted by Allah, with the promise that Allah makes the righteous where Allah Subhana Allah says, that Allah will say to the righteous, oh tranquil, so returned to your Lord well pleased with him and well pleasing to Him. So join my servants and enter my paradise.

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May Allah hath Allah allow Sheikh Mohammed to be among the righteous, and gratitude net for those in Grant has been really beautiful patients through this loss.

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And so inshallah I'm going to invite Shay Homer Solomon,

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to be here with us and just making sure that he's okay No, he's joining from overseas and our connections to having some challenges selling crochet.

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Thank you so much for being here. I know Subhanallah the time difference is big right now, but hopefully

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Can you hear me inshallah? Yes they can. Are you able to hear me

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Are you able to hear me Sheikh Omar

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just gonna make sure

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I can I can hear you. Okay, great. I'm gonna because I'm a little bit of

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this. So go ahead. Sure, I'll let you go ahead and you appreciate your words.

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So I can run slow to catch everyone. So I'm not 100 denial, but I mean, what I wanted to analyze human activity and what's happening alongside study was about economy and Muhammad, voila, it was like a media drain.

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First of all, I apologize, the best I can do with with the internet that I have in this situation.

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You know, when I lay Roger on to Allah, we belong until Allah we return

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it, you know, today I had to teach a course. And I kind of wrote about

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how surreal it was. Two years ago, I was flying into Malaysia. And Sheikh Mohammed surprised me at the airport the day before my classes and said that, you know, he flew in from

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debate just to attend and just to spend time with me, and I was absolutely blown away by that gesture. And

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subhanAllah that's when I received the news and almost an identical situation.

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You know, that he passed away, it was the weirdest thing ever. I looked at my phone, as I'm sure many of you did, multiple times to see if I was understanding and, you know, really reading what I was reading, you know, if it was someone related to him,

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something else but not himself, you know, it just didn't make sense, seen his picture.

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Not he passed away. So I thought it was a nightmare. I thought it was something that still kind of feels like a bad dream. And today, honestly, just talking about him and seeing him a whole lot in class, it's not clicking. So I think for for myself, and I think for a lot of a lot of you probably it's still not clicking, let's have Hanalei.

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You know seeing him a

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couple of years ago, what a what a person would have rather to fly in from another country, just to be there. He said, he just wanted to attend the classes, is really excited, I was teaching a course on a human race.

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And he loved Subhanallah the story about your body slam, and Sheikh Mohammed loved everything about your art. So it was like, I really wanted to see how you were going to cut, cover the top of your, the video race, and just be with you, you know, and

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what ended up happening is he kind of ended up being like a nurse over the weekend. So you know, Chef, Mohammed was the best person to kind of be around on a journey.

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Guy was always full of life, always wanted to go out, eat and spend time and talk. Instead, he ended up making, you know, 2am runs to pick up crackers and Gatorade and was leaving stuff at my door and checking up on me.

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You know, stepped in and taught a session for the class, I could get a break so I could rest a bit. And

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my, my experience with them, and it's actually

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something I'm incredibly grateful to Allah for

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these last two years are actually the most I had been in touch with him than any previous time because of the intensity of that bonding experience. And so I was reading through all of the messages between myself and him

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over and over and over again, as I'm sure many of those who were close to him were just reading messages.

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And it kind of struck me that

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you know, like what a brother what a person who checks in on you what a person who never fails to reach out.

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He is one of a kind.

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truly one of a kind. You know, when you think about I don't know of anyone like him, I really can't think of anyone that's like him. In many ways, some ways His personality was like a parent.

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Ducks on the stage. And, you know, he was this larger than life figure.

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You know, and someone that had this this level of confidence and energy that you just didn't see anyone else.

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But then when he reached out to you, I mean, he was the most humble person that you could be dealing with.

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So it was almost a paradox. I mean, his personality doesn't actually make sense in terms of how you bring together the multiple dimensions of it, and layers of it. But Subhanallah one thing about him

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as a brother, Dara was clearly very special to him. So if he sees something, you achieve something significant, or something happens, you know, I was reading through our messages, he sends these long, beautiful personal drives

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anything, you know, subhanAllah, I just, I was reading these long, beautiful drives that he sends every single time something happens,

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you know, and you can tell it's, it's significant to him, he's not a copy paste type of guy.

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he'll send something that's very involved. I don't know how he found the time to do it. I don't know how he kept up with so many people the way that he did. It's honestly something I just envy at this point.

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To not be able to do that the way that he did, I have no idea how he did it. I have no idea that Baraka in his time, subhanAllah but he would say something like, you know, this made my day,

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something that happens to you, you know, good, this made my day. And he'll just send you this Do app. And I was like, subhanAllah, you know, it's

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this is This is unreal for a person to be this involved in someone's life.

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I will also say subhanallah, that there are very few people that

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are our brothers like that, that, you know, that just care about people beyond

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beyond what's expected of them and hamdulillah Brahmin, you know, this is a culture that we that he certainly, you know, brought to an mclubbe There are special special special brothers mashallah amongst the Maasai, for most of the fraternity, that's here, certainly has a lot to do with his own personal care. You know, Mashallah. The first few people always hear from, you know, Muhammad,

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Shafi Abraham, Sheikh Mohammed Sufi, it's, it's always these brothers, you know, that will reach out and he kind of created that culture, that it's more than just, it's more than just, you know, salaam, it's more than just saying a few words to each other, but it's brotherhood. And I think the fact that so many people feel like he was almost exclusively theirs, you know, and that they had some sort of exclusive relationship with Him. And so many people can share such a personal involved relationship with Him, especially and all I've been reflecting on.

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Is that when we're talking about his legacy right now, I mean, look, he was someone that wanted to start something good, that wanted to nurture something good, and wanted to kind of fade into the background, and then just be of support, which is, you know, Inshallah, I think just the hallmark of sincerity

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when he first you know, was on the scene, if you will, and I sent him a picture of the CD in the middle of the night,

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which were the night habits of the buffets, ice alum and just Byam. And I sent him a picture of the CD and he was so happy. I was just sending him pictures of CDs and telling we said that CD this lecture changed my life. This lecture changed my life.

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You know, there was a time where Sheikh Muhammad Sharif CDs were the hardest thing, or not the hardest thing to find that they were the greatest thing that was out there, you know, and till now, somehow not so much benefit in those lectures. The passion, he drew you in from the first few words, and he wanted hives to be there, and he didn't necessarily have to be at the helm. He just He loved to initiate and nurture kind of behind the scenes mentor, support, be a brother and he genuinely was happy for people's success. He genuinely, genuinely was happy to see how you extend and continue.

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There's just so much to say about that. I also will say this

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because I think it's very important. When you talk about the secrets of the righteous, Muhammad was not someone that would backbite

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even people that spoke nastily about him,

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and if he saw someone speaking in a nasty way about you

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You know, he'd message and just say, just keep your head up, don't respond to anything, don't say anything. Just keep, keep going, keep going, keep going, he gives you that affirmation always. And he makes the art for you, you know. And when people would come to him and would say to him that, you know, someone's saying this about you, and you just, he had no time for it, he had no time for it. And when he talked about baraka and time, can't think about much that takes away from the bulk of a person's time than backbiting and negativity, and I don't remember. It's really phenomenal. I can't remember

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him speaking about about someone, I can't remember a conversation with him that involved backbiting.

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You know, especially people in the scene of Dawa and that we're trying to do good just may do it for people and help that hoped that they would do good and wish them well, and wanted to support them. So when you just talk about a brother,

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he is special. He is one of a kind. He always always always was just motivated towards height, and was always thinking about new ways to bring about height.

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And I pray that all of us as we're speaking about him and shall and bearing witness to him can take lesson from that not just you know, the name of this is lessons from his life.

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It's not just a person who gave good lectures, Sheikh Mohammed, this Sharif is not being honored the way he is. And this outpouring of love is not just because he had some great lectures on YouTube. The contrary, I think it's if you took away everything, which you cannot take away, you know, of just the pure legacy of dalawa and how we all owe him a great debt and we all owe in motherhood but great debt.

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You know, the debt was a whole method of a great debt and owes him a great debt and we have to continue the southern Nigeria of his if you take away all of that, I just, you know, Nevermind. Nevermind, nevermind. Nirmala what a brother, what a brother, what a brother.

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So it's important, you know, that, that this family of knowledge sort of really takes from this, this experience with him. And subhanAllah the last time I saw him here in Malaysia, because due to COVID. And

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you know, I was I was knocked out in my room.

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kind of all over the place between sweats and, you know, and chills and fevers. And he just, he left like this care package at the door. He didn't wake me up. I told him to wake me up. So I could give him a hug. I said, Whatever I have, I'm gonna cough it all over you for before I leave, you know, I've got a I'm saving this big hug for you. And that's one thing about him. He didn't like the long hugs. I'm a hugger. He wasn't a hugger. Or him Allah

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that wasn't a thing

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you know and unlike how do I told him was like not waking me up

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you know, so I can say bye he didn't wake me up

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he left all the stuff at the door and then he left this long message and said you know I really wanted you to get some sleep I was mad at him for not like waking me up and so our messages are actually

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I would open it right now but I can't

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but to the extent of

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you know, if I wanted you to get some rest and next time

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you know, next time inshallah Tada we'll get together we'll be in full health and good spirits and we can properly hang out. And just the long do you know, once again, so last message in terms of physically meeting was, you know, Inshallah, to add next time we get together, be fully healthy and able to enjoy one another's company. And so now I'm just thinking, you know,

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rather than alcohol, Mohammed and my husband, we learned from believable the longtail and all that, you know, I hope Inshallah, tomorrow I'll meet my Beloved Muhammad sallallahu alayhi. Salam and his companions. There is a life that exists outside of life of this world. And the bonds that are formed in this world, transcend this world. And the greatest bond that transcends the life of this world is the bond that a servant has to Allah subhanaw taala and then after that, that the slaves of Allah have with one another,

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and those ties were formed in their love for Allah subhanho wa taala.

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And I can't wait to hang out with him again within Aitana

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there is no greater host than

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Sheikh Mohammed there is no greater brother to hang out with you

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Got lots and I hope, I hope and show lots out there'll be a lot of time to hang out with him. In the next realm. All this is is Antimo savvy online and sha Allah have become lakukan fit hola hola hola hola como, that you are the Forerunners and in sha Allah, Allah, we're soon to follow, may Allah forgive us and forgive you. And so it's a lot of your eyes for forgiveness, a lot of hope that inshallah to the bonds that were formed in this life will continue into the next life. And that's all I can really say about.

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It's not all I can say I could say a lot more. But I'd be taking up from the beautiful lessons from those that are to come after me and I just want to say subhanallah that all of those machines that have a relationship with Him, may Allah subhanaw taala comfort all of you all of his brothers and sisters, sister, Ozzie all of you that worked with him on a day to day may Allah bless you, comfort you and reward you for your pain, and put, put blessing and patience in your life as you face this. And may Allah subhanaw taala comfort his family. I'll say this, that it's important to make the offers immediate family, that people that were with him every single day.

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We all have this relationship that we can claim with them that there's no one like his family and

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you know, his messages about how he was in you know, in many ways, enjoying the chance to be with his kids and COVID and the lockdown. We talked a lot and the initial lockdown he was talking about this bonding thing that he was having with his children. remind everyone that his youngest, you know is only three years old.

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Please make our first family make dua for him and make Our first family.

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This public tributes often move on inshallah we hope to sadaqa God a little bit. The pain that the family carries is a long, long, long pain. So when you find yourself a week from now, a year from now, two years from now, thinking about him, make dua for his family as well. Don't forget his wife and don't forget his kids. They will need all the dots that come their way as well. And if you're close enough to them and you can check up on them, then please do check up on them in sha Allah Tada.

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We asked the last panel Tada to have mercy on him to give him and loss of Hanoi to Allah. Accept him into a third dose of data without any form of reckoning, not any form of punishment.

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May Allah forgive him for any of his shortcomings. May Allah subhanaw taala join him with the one that he was named after. In the highest level of paradise. So Allah Allahu Allah, he was Allah. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to be with him, and with the prophets and with the martyrs and with the righteous ones, Hassan Allah eCola theta would have beautiful companionship that is May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to go to our graves, without grudges without hatred without malice, without rancor with people who bear witness to our goodness and not people who

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hold burdens from our harm, loss of habitat and make us amongst his sincere servants

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that are better in private than they are in public. And that are connected to him in every situation, whose hearts remain connected to him and connected to all that is beloved to him of people. And of the deeds, loss of handouts, I'll accept all of the Derawan all of the great work of an immigrant and otherwise as a sadaqa jariya for Sheikh Mohammed and his family, their loss of habitat and make it heavy on his skills. May Allah subhanho wa Taala comfort his family may Allah subhanaw taala allow the example that he leaves behind and the goodness of what reaches of their eyes and Allah wishing to surround them and blessing for whatever remains of their journey on this

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earth. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah give him better than what he left behind and give them better than what they have sent forward. May Allah subhanaw taala join us all together, all together under his throne as those who love each other for his sake, llama I mean, I started out almost kind of being

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just a pair che Homer and I just want to say, I know he shared this deal with mentors, but I want to share it with everyone because I think it's so important to just again the memories that we can share together. Sheikh Omar was someone that Sheikh Mohammed look to as a younger brother, and one that like whenever Sheikh Omar was going to when he would come on a program. I don't know if you could feel it, but he would be like gloating, like a big brother who's like showing off his younger brother and he was just so so proud of like the copper

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To mention the impact, and I just I hope that you can install it, you'll feel that and know that that he was always in a corner. He was, you know, he was always cheering for you and your success. And as you share that, that was a brotherhood that's rare in the work that we do and that that will community to really have someone that wants to step away and be like, No, you have another like you hold it down. And so he really loved you such as logical head for being here, just like what kind of for sharing the glass.

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And just the memories that you have with him the last part that a bless you and your family, and may you continue to carry the torch in your, in your area inshallah.

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And Hamdulillah, for all of you that are here and you know, have been able to take part in the glass, we are going to have a closing guide as well with shaycarl Sharpie. And one of the students who's on right now, it could be judges like like, it reminded me, you know, I'm having moments, we're all remember that, like, if Sheikh was here, I know he would he would be like, Okay, let's move on. And he would just kind of like he wasn't as much as you'd get emotional.

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As much as he'd get emotional. He was also mashallah just, again, focused on that work. And I think Sheikh Omar was highlighting that for us as well. But he didn't care. You know what the naysayers were saying? He knew what his mission was envision. And one of the things he had for those of you that are in his classes and experienced was, are you ready to build the boat? And who's going to build the boat? And that was his way. He would reference prophet neusten And story and just like, you've got to build that boat. And that is what hope is that even on dry land, Allah Subhan Allah commanded noisome to build that boat and he did it. And so ask yourself, you know, again, as we move

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forward, in sha Allah is we carry his light and legacy and what he taught us in the missionaries did for us that I'm going to carry that bow. So I want you guys to affirm that for yourself, Sheikh Mohammed loved and I did my affirmation. So I want you guys to type that into the chat, that you're here and you're going to carry you're going to build the boat, you are going to carry this forward, inshallah you are going to continue staying connected and committed to your path and growth because he was about helping Muslims elevate their life and be the best version of themselves at Hamdulillah.

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I have so Inshallah, now we're going to have system and I hope Thank you, Allah, who and Hannah. She, you know, she came in to discover you a few years ago, we got to have her on for some programs. And she's been an amazing addition to our work, she can come with us so proud of having her part of his work and mission. And so I'm so grateful. And I hope that you're here with us. And I wanted my whole and the team, you know, we really thought it would be fitting to have Manal here and talk about just in a shell semester. She's a registered

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a counselor therapist, and we wanted her to talk about just the process of grief. And again, I know that many of you are going through that very real grief that all of us are feeling and so on. She's going to inshallah share some reminders with us, as you know, and handle that strength that our faith gives us and so how we can connect and understand that grief and you know, find find those moments in sha Allah of peace and healing. So I'm gonna hold I'm gonna ask you to come on and share inshallah. The worst is that Clifford said I'm Anakin law, the law he would have had to go, Roger, just to confirm Can you hear me okay?

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Alright, shall we'll go ahead and get started as administrators on our teams to know him or him up, or certainly somebody who is Sydney under you didn't really see any of the whole body.

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So, I've been asked today to talk a little bit about the grieving process and kind of how to cope with the grief as we all collectively mourn the loss of Sheikh Muhammad Sharif.

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And, you know, this is a very unique kind of

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time, because it's not one person is lost, this is really a loss for every single one of us. And, you know, we can see from the people who knew him very intimately to the people who are just touched by his lessons from a distance. It's, you know, every single one of us is feeling the pain of this moment. And the fact is that there's nothing that me or anyone else can say that's going to take away that pain because grief in its nature is difficult. And this is a painful moment for every single one of us. And so more than teaching anyone how to cope with about how to cope with grief. I'm here today to share in the grief with you and I think that's a really, really important

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component of 100 on what's naturally happening. Just because of the legacy that Sheikh Mohammed left behind is that we're all grieving together and taking you know as part of the coping or taking the lessons

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said he left us with.

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And so in the grief and the pain of that, we're also seeing the immense beauty of how she Hamid is being remembered by so many people again, those who knew him very, very closely to those who knew of him just through what He taught. And you know, as I was thinking about this, it reminded me of the Hadith where the prophet slice and um said that when Allah subhanaw, taala, loves one of his slaves, he calls out to delete and says, I love so and so and so love him. And then debris loves him. And then he did real announces to the inhabitants to the people of the heavens that Allah loves so and so. So love him. And then habitants all the angels also then love him and then all the people on the

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earth also love that person. And, you know, this hadith, just, it feels so real when we think about Sheikh Mohammed, you know, he was an is loved by so many people and a testament to that is just how many people are showing up? How many people I mean, my social media newsfeeds are that's all I see on there. And so he not only touched the lives of so many, I think Razi gave the example of you know, Steve Jobs, and he not only touched the lives of many, but he was loved by every single person who knew him. And so this is the irony of the grieving process. This is the irony of loss is that love, and grief are a package deal.

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And we cannot love truly, if we're not willing to grieve, right. And this is the the gist, how this dunya has been built, want to talk a little bit about how

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grieving in and of itself can be a blessing. And it's hard to talk about, because I want to preface actually, anything I say, by acknowledging the pain that's there. Because it's the most important part of the grieving process is to be aware to acknowledge the emotions that are there, all the feelings that are there, all that is coming up, whether you feel paralyzed, or you feel pulled into doing or whether you're confused, whatever it is to acknowledge that right, the pain, the sadness, everything, and also recognize the beauty that's coming from these two things can go together. Right? And so one of the things that comes to mind in doing this is acknowledging the function of

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grief. Right? Allah subhanho data has put emotions within us for a reason.

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Just as love lets us know about the connection that we have with someone that there's a person or a thing that's important to us, in this case, how important Sheikh Mohammed was to every single one of us, right, that we appreciate this person. And maybe some of us are recognizing that appreciation after his departure. But the fact that he had an impact. So just like that, that's what love tells us grief, lets us know that we have lost someone important. It gives us information about how important this person was. To us. It's a confirmation that we had something that we truly cherished and cared about, that this relationship was real that this relationship was so valued by us.

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And it lets us know that this loss

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has now that we're now confronted with it and gives us a way to pause.

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Right, that's what piece does is that it helps us kind of slow down and say, Oh, my goodness. Right. And that testament to that is just how many people even show home on mentioned, you know, it seems to real right, we were looking at the messages were checking and seeing Okay, is this is this? Am I reading this? Right?

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Right, just how slowly it is sinking in, and it's still sinking in. Right, Razia mentioned, I'm just waiting for chef to show up on the screen. That's all part of the grief. Because it helps us slow down to digest what really the value of what it is that we lost. Right? And so, you know, I want to give everyone the analogy of grief.

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Right, that is often given in the mental health world is that it's like the waves of the ocean, right? And when the waves come grief hits you like waves that just keep coming and coming and coming and they knock you off your feet. And they might pull you under and there might be moments where it feels so overwhelming, that you can't breathe, that any thought of a future or move, you know, moving forward can don't feel possible.

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But what I want to point out and I you know, I would imagine that this is where many of us are still in that stage right now. And if any one of you has experienced the loss of a loved one, you may be all too familiar with this feeling. But what I want to point out is that there's a difference between grief and grieving

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Right, grief is that getting hit by the wave, it's that emotional state that just completely, completely knocks you off your feet. Right? It

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is also bound by time. Right? Grieving, however, is the journey.

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It's how we learn over time as the waves become more manageable. As the waves don't feel as intense anymore. We learn to live and adapt to a world in which the person who has such an impact on us that a world where we can carry the legacy of Sheikh Mohammed with us, despite his absence, to feel the presence of everything that he did in his life. And so one of the things that we want to keep in mind as we move from grief into the grieving process, is that our relationship to the grief will change over time.

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Right. And as we digest the news, that he's no longer with us that he's not going to pop onto the screen, that he's not going to give us those words of encouragement that he physically won't be there that we can think I don't want this to be true, but I recognize it. And I know that I can continue moving forward with his teachings. Right. And so

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when we think about coping for us as Muslims, you know, it's it's beautiful, because I was, as I was thinking about what to say, I was, you know, I Razia mentioned, it's almost as though he was preparing us for this. Right? His last message that he put on social media was that doing nothing is not an option. Right. And so, as we cope with the grief, the first thing that we have to remember is that we make space for all of the emotions, all of the feelings that are there. And that our connection to Allah subhanaw taala keeps us grounded enough that those emotions don't become the drivers of our actions and of our words,

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the beautiful example of che, sorry, of Jaco Bali syndrome, comes to mind. He was the embodiment of southern Jimmy, when he lost his son use of hottie Sinha. And then he lost his younger son. And as he remembers them, he cries, all of that emotion is there. And so I want to just kind of point that out that in these moments, the tears are going to flow in these in these moments that grief is going to be there. Right. And for every single one of us, it's going to show up differently, there's no one way to do grief, right? It's unique for every single one of us. But it's going to be there. And the first step is to acknowledge and I'm humble enough for platforms like this, where we have

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opportunities to express what's happening for us, what we're experiencing, sharing memories, that is such a beautiful opportunity that we've been given. Right. And as a reminder, this is this is part of our human experience. But this is also something that we've been taught in the example the proximity center, right, he experienced a full range of emotions, but his emotions never took over. Right. And we know the famous words of the prophets, I sent him on his son passed away, that the eyes weep. And the heart grieves that grief is there. But the tongue only says that which pleases my Lord. And so in this moment, we take the legacy the teachings of Sheikh Mohammed, and we use the

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grief to help connect us with Allah subhanaw taala. Right. As far as you mentioned a few words, okay, let's move on. Let's keep moving. Right. That's what he taught us. He paved the way for people to connect with Allah subhanaw taala.

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And that was that is his legacy.

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Whether it was through his unwavering conviction in the eye and the way that he gave to us, or through the studying of Islamic sciences, in which he, again, created the path. Right. So thinking about this moving forward, not moving on, I think there's a difference to be, you know, a distinction that we have to make, right? That when we think about people that we've lost, people who we love that are no longer with us, we don't necessarily move on. But we do move forward with them with everything that they gave to us in our life. And so what Sheikh Mohammed gave to so many of us through His example or through his teachings, was the connection with Allah subhana wa Tada was the

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empathy that he showed to everyone. You know, there's been, you know, in the many ways that he's being remembered there's a voice note that he left for a young girl who was going through a very difficult life situation and

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And he shared with her the message of the Hadith where the Prophet alayhi salam said

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that the affair of the believer is strange because there's good for the believer in everything, whether it's It's a happy occasion and unbelievers grateful, or a difficult occasion in which the believer shows patience. And so the message that he gave to this little girl was to always ask, How is this good for me?

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And so as we collectively come together to cope with the loss of Sheikh Mohammed, I remind myself and all of you to ask this question, how is this good for us? And not only that, but out of love for him to say, how can we take what he has taught us and make us Sacajawea for him?

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And so as we process the grief, there might be a time where, you know, it's we're still digesting it, right? Where we're still feel surreal. It doesn't hasn't fully sunk in yet. And that's okay. That's okay. That's part of the stages of grief, of really, not being able to fully grasp that he's gone. But in that we ground ourselves in knowing that Allah subhanaw taala is Allah Karim, when he gets and when he takes that Allah subhanaw taala is praiseworthy, in all circumstances, the happy and the difficult. And so in this time, we notice all of the emotions, but we remain grounded in knowing who Allah Spano data is, knowing that there's some good for us in this. And that's not a

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denial, that's not a way to say, well, that's supposed to make me feel better. We hold both, that it hurts, and it's painful, and that there's plenty that can come from it. And so in the stages of grief, you know, we don't, we don't have anger towards Allah, we don't bargain and say, Well, what if this, what if that, that opens the doors to shape lon, we come to a place where we feel the sadness, and you know, and we feel the pain, but we accept. And that's the last stage of the stages of grief, where we accept and it might not happen right away, it might not happen for a while. But acceptance is where we can hold the sadness and the ability to move forward. It doesn't mean the

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absence of sadness, right? Because when someone leaves us as we think about the loss of shall Muhammad

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right now, that grieving of stage of grieving that we're in, there's a lot of pain, a lot of sadness, so much heaviness, you can feel it. Right, you can feel that heaviness in your heart.

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But over time, the grieving process is one and this is the beauty of how it let's find out that it has given us the ability to heal, the ability to move forward, that the grieving will still be there. But it gets to a point where it doesn't have to be with pain, where we can grieve with love. And just from all of the stories that we hear about Sheikh Mohammed about how much love and empathy and genuine care you gave to people

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have no doubt that his legacy will be one that will live on, where we can all collectively grieve his loss with love, but also in a way where we continue to live by what he models for us to live a life of meaning because that's what he taught us. Right? that doing nothing is not an option, that we continue to work. Because ultimately, our connection is with Allah subhanaw taala. That's what he taught us. So as we come together, to remember his legacy, I remind myself and all of you that this is a time for us to remember the lessons that he taught us in terms of our connection with the last panel with God. That's what you know, Razia mission is so many people have mentioned that he it was

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never about him, it was about the bigger picture. Right? And we take this time to remember how he nurtured those around him. Right? And we take those gems and we start to embody those things. A grieving process here

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can be so beautiful and one of growth, and it might not happen right away. It might take time for us to move beyond the feelings of pain and sadness. But ultimately, what Sheikh Mohammed has taught us and what our deen teaches us ultimately, is that there is a path forward, that there is a legacy that we can continue to live by. And so, I pray that Allah Subhanallah Dada grants us all ease during this time, that Allah subhanaw taala grants us wisdom and

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He got grants as grounding as we pass through this grief into the journey of grieving, and that Allah has no doubt grants us the ability to move forward and live a life of meaning in a way that we can be a sadaqa Giada, for Sheikh Mohammed, to live his legacy in a way that is meaningful for us and meaningful for him, Proxima Hawa does that belong

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You know, something, that's the panel, tomorrow was supposed to be a three day challenge that we were going to start with Sheikh Muhammad, and he actually picked the name of this challenge himself, who was rising above the tide. And he said that, you know, a really good thing going on right now he wants to give that message and he wants to speak to people about rising above, you know, whatever tide is coming our way, the believer is one of hope and action. And I have it on my calendar that, you know, we're gonna start tomorrow, and he was so excited for this. He's been planning it for months. And, you know, again, like, I just want people to connect with that some of you were already

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in that challenge in that group. That was one of his final messages, right? That how befitting the panelists were holding on to that. And,

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you know, he was he was constantly about it. So many of you are sharing your experiences, obviously, through the message in class. And then you got to take visionary with us as well, a couple of times, right. And it was, like so many of us are the chapter in our life, probably that we've been in for a while, was one of that one that was crafted by Duaa. I was telling my husband last night, I was like, this, this decade of my life feels like it's my dream life. And it was it was inspired from Sheikh Mohammed Conte challenging us to raise our glass, raise the standard of our life through that and you know, handle that hunger like inshallah is we're grieving for us to constantly hold on to

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so this, this, you know, reflection from Razia so it's so beautiful, you know that one of the things that comes to mind is just how Sheikh Mohammed made the most of everything that he

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really was someone who raised the bar, right. And that's the lesson that we can take from him, that as we as we go through this process of grief, he, you know,

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he was human, just like all of us, right? And just like, we're facing grief, now, he undoubtably also faced it. And we think about, you know, how he really took his ability

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to understand his emotional intelligence was really something profound, right, just the examples that we've been given. And Mom, just just in today's rite of Razi, about how he really spent time with the people who worked with him to make them feel valued and heard. And, you know, how he showed up for sure home or when he wasn't feeling well, right. These are all you know, and so, I think about this and I think about someone who took the best of everything, right? We saw the

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you know, the vision that he had, and now he can't you know, he was bringing this program of rising above the tide. Right. And it's so it's so amazing Subhanallah that you know, this this thought of rising above the tide because you know, it just fits with this idea that grief is like waves and it's almost like he set this foundation to say yes, this wave is gonna hit right this was like from Allah subhanaw taala and that he you know what, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it right?

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That it's like he set the groundwork for us to grieve in the most beautiful way to rise above the tide almost like he let us know like don't worry you can do it

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that you will rise above the tie

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you know, it's just it's it's

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there's so many things that make you know now when we look at them are like this is this was a last time I was giving him inspiring him to prepare all of us to mentor us in how to grieve his death

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was so merciful. How does that look?

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Now hold us was so helpful. So many students were commenting in the chat like how they, like they needed to hear about and the tools that you gave such as Aquafit for being with us, and grieving with us and you know, despite that, being able to pull together and be here because that's, that's the kind of team that Sheikh Muhammad built. So, Michelle, you're such a testament to that to Zach Go ahead.

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Hamza, last, so inshallah we're gonna have a sheikh Omar shortly, come on, and he's going to share Inshallah, some of his memories reminders, and he's going to lead us in a dua as well.

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You guys all know Sheikh Omar he's been mashallah obviously, he's an instructor with all Muslim. He's been part of our discovery programs. And I was letting him know, the other day as well that, you know, Sheikh Mohammed used to speak about Amar like a son, like he was much less so. And he Sheikh Omar has shared kind of his journey with Sheikh Mohammed and I'll let him share that inshallah when he comes on, but,

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you know, Sheikh would always speak about him as again, like a son that he was proud of his achievements, and Hamdulillah he always wanted to push a mark forward to go take the reigns to continue on mashallah, like the impact that he's having through his work through his amazing talent and he was very proud of him and who the last so we're really

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happy that I'm happy that Amar is able to be here with us inshallah share a few of his memories and words around Sheikh Mohammed cycle, Omar.

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We'll just wait for che Kumar to get set up in sha Allah.

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Okay, sounds good to me just going to join back in sha Allah. As he's doing that. One of the things that I also want to highlight, as I was kind of thinking of when Sheikh Omar was speaking about the classes, Sheikh Muhammad was not in the business of just building classes or programs. He was in the business of building people. And that's something that I realized early on. Oh, are you there? Yes.

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hamdulillah so I can

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go ahead and follow him over to

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him the last lesson on how to study law. While that is Cibus, MC MC, Catella, Laila and Allah who's actually going to help shut that door or solo?

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May Allah azza wa jal have mercy on chef Muhammad and grant him Jana and reward us in our calamity and replace us with what's better than it and grant his family beautiful patients and watch over them as he watches over His righteous servants.

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Sheikh Mohammed means a lot to me.

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And mother means a lot to me. And I actually didn't attend a lot of emotive seminars with Sheikh Mohammed because he taught a little bit before I was aware of the wave. And by the time that I became aware of and most of you had already moved to Canada,

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but a few lessons, I was able to come to LA to work closely with him afterwards as a volunteer and as a member of staff and benefit from his mentorship as well as you know, taking trips to Canada to attend his discovery programs. And

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what's special I think are one of the things that's special about Sheikh Hamad is that he didn't really require a lot of time to have impact on people.

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And when you talk about the amount of people who can discuss and feel like they had a closeness to him, it was because he very much.

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Number one, I think after his you know, what we expect his sincerity to a loss of data, it was also that he embodied what He taught.

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And when you embody what you teach, you have a greater effect on people than when you simply teach things that you're reading in books. And so when Sheikh Mohammed is talking to you about the importance of

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you believe it because the

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great lessons

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from his is the incredible, extreme intentionality that he lived life with. I have a whole lot to honor. You know, I Razia I heard her say yesterday that or earlier today she just now in the webinar actually, time is being jumbled in my mind but she she said that he designed his life

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And that's a good word to use design life wasn't something that just happened to him. He very much, you know, the idea of every six months, I'm going to sit down, and I'm going to audit my life. And I'm going to think deeply about where I want my life to go in the next six months, and then I'm going to spend those six months making the app for it. That's incredible intentionality. And that's really, really beautiful. And it's a great lesson for a person to absorb in their life from Chef Mohammed, Chef Mohammed, when I say intentionality.

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Maybe many of you may not know that when he found it on monthly, he found it on mobile live in his 20s. And he found it in Motive at a time when, you know, there wasn't a there wasn't that much of a of an attraction. You know, there were still a lot of gatekeepers, when it comes to when it came to teaching Islam, there was a lot of gatekeepers, and those gatekeepers were, you know, the elderly scholars, and you would need permission to go and walk into somebody's masjid and speak on the microphone, and Sheikh Mohammed in his 20s, in a city like or in a place like Maryland that was filled with scholars way more senior than him and way more knowledgeable than me, even, he still saw

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and had a vision for what Islamic education could be. And he felt like there was a vacuum that he could fill. And he was confident enough

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in his abilities, and with the resources that ALLAH SubhanA data had given him in the blessings that Allah had given him that he would be the one to step in, and to fill that void. He didn't.

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He didn't waste time, trying to feel like you know what, I need to ask everybody's permission, I need to convince other people about my idea, because they're the ones who are more senior to me than they're the ones who, and this is something that he taught whether you took one of his like Nietzsche, Hero programs, and he talks about wild ideas and the fact that you have to be a one man while show and that people won't believe in your idea. It's your idea. You're the one who has to grow it, you're the one who has to work for it, you're the one who has to develop it, you're the one who has to put in the time and effort. And then when your idea manifests, that's when people will

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become attracted to your idea, which is Muhammad Rahim who like to either had that confidence to be able to create and model it and then something as impressive to me as creating a modem and making it successful and teaching seminars and and revolutionising really how Islam was taught to the English speaking audience in the Western world, Sheikh Mohammed steps away from and mobile. And this is just as intentional as intentional gets, that when you are one of the most sought after teachers, and you can travel the world. And you you can teach Islam in a way that everybody does. Everybody does. This is the way that everybody does it. You go and you teach a seminar, and there's 300 people, there are

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500 people there 200 People there. I mean, what's better for that? Yeah, what's better is that Sheikh Mohammed would come home from traveling, and he would find that his daughter had gotten a little bit older, or that she was saying words that he didn't know that she could say before, and he missed out on her development. And so she had Muhammad, you know, and I've heard this from him and visionair and others places. And he would say that that made him incredibly sad. And so he didn't want to travel and leave his family anymore. And he then decided that he was not going to teach seminars anymore. He wanted to spend time with his, with his family. And so because he would pave

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his way with his life, design his life with his daughter then became Oh Allah allow me to teach people without having to leave my family

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and discover you is born and this last decade of his life. You see incredible connection from students

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all over the world that he was able to affect still in profound ways, but from the comfort of his own home, by having all that data, it's almost something like it reminds me of the driver. I'm gonna hop off the line he's asking Allah Subhana Allah to allow him to pass away as a martyr in Medina, and even his daughter house was saying, like, how can you pass away? Like how does that work? Like how do you pass away as a martyr in Medina, Medina is the most safe city in the Muslim world, it's not gonna happen, but he's making dua to Allah subhana data. I'm gonna just I'd love to be able to give a shout out for without having to leave his family. And I mean, for me, one of the lessons is

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that he was always showing him I said that he was a paradox of personality. I think he's also a paradox of lifestyles, like he was able to combine accomplishments that you don't find he's very unique in that he's able to combine accomplishments that you don't find combined as a single person.

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And so, but the reason why he was able to do all of that is because he was never ever dependent on himself. He would always

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Depending on the line, so again, and he would encourage others

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with that,

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always, always making sure that you are spending your time doing the thing that is most beloved to alive. So again, the most beloved to you, even if it's not what people expect from you. And so for me stepping away from marvel at founding discovery, still continuing to get that work at a high level, he didn't just retire into the closet anywhere. He lived his life, fulfilling his passion, he lived his life with one of the things, that's major lesson for me from with also is I think, everybody who's ever worked with him

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his demand of excellence.

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You know, he's, he's, he and he was amazing at creating slogans for culture and things like that. And so you still always see just some deserves better, some deserves better. And so, one story I remember is back in the day, we used to do elmen Rs for

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a webinar, but we put the word LM in front of it. And this was back when webinars were very early thing this is probably like, 2007 2008, I feel like and Jeff Mamod was going to be teaching a course on procedures.

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And so he was invited, we invited him, I mean, the automotive team, and he confirmed and we kind of for whatever reason, whatever reason

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the marketing was just sloppy, wasn't enough, the the

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the marketing the email,

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just didn't it wasn't

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up to par.

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The webinar happens and people live waiting for the webinar and

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is coming.

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People are calling in, people are texting MCF Where are you

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there's all these people

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it's not coming up

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that he demands from everybody was not put in the marketing of one aspect of the event

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I can you guys, so I think Sreekumar just having a connection is issue. So we'll just wait for him to reconnect inshallah. But Hamdulillah, you know, it's so beautiful to hear some of those behind the scenes that you don't expect. One of the things that I learned obviously from Sheikh Mohammed was, you know, Hamdulillah he had the spiritual knowledge and that aspect that he approached things with, but one of the he had a master's in marketing and one of the things that you would see shape come alive in and those of you that took me show was actually in business, he not only lived or taught strategy, or planned his life around law, but he was about strategy, right? He Masha Allah

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will always share that, you know, the Prophet, so I send them how, like, of course, it was from the Grace of Allah subhanaw taala, the power of Alexa, but the profits slowed. So salon was all about strategy. And so Sheikh Mohammed heavily taught that and believed in that and empower people, you know, something that's workable, let's just re strategize. And it was like the knowledge and muscle that I he had for that was incredible. So I think that's one of the things that obviously, on the front, maybe you don't appreciate, but if you've ever taken a mother class discovery program like that is not, you know, the success of an hamdulillah the way things are taught, but the way that you

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connect the experience, you have a student that is all part of the incredible strategy and accent that he approached his work with, and, you know, refuse to let let the bar fall and even yesterday, subhanAllah Imam Suhaib Webb was actually sharing back in the day when he had taught and one month of classroom was first introduced to it. How, you know, kind of the manual for a monk of instructors that Sheikh Mohammed put together, the recommendations was, you know, the night before drink green tea, and, you know, go through a detox so your body is able to handle because, you know, two, two days are really two and a half day is full of teaching, the impact it can have, and so Subhanallah

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immensely, he was like, I was just blown away. He's like, Who is this guy? Like, you know, he's integrating the like, oh,

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holistic practice when it comes to giving people 100, and not just knowledge, but really that experience and that level of exam that you as an instructor you need to have and I thought that was so you know, some highlight incredible that no Sheikh Mohammed didn't just approach it from this channel, he had everything in mind uncovered. And that was part of strategy. So you know, when you're hearing Schollander reflecting on his life, you're connecting with the memories. Just remember that for yourself, like, how do I approach my life with that kind of strategy?

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Is she from our back?

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Yes, they kind of have

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to switch to my phone, I don't know what's happening with my internet, but

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so chef Mohamed Mohamed, he sends this, this email,

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basically saying that it's not that he wouldn't make the event because we all knew that we did not put in the effort. And that would that did, was kind of like a find all of us have the excellence that we're capable of. And so we turn around and you know, get up to all of that type of stuff. And, and

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these amazing lectures came from Hamlet is going to come with excellence. And he's, he's demanding that everybody else me. And I remember, that came out of that series of, you know, these classic lecture,

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the fast thing and the furious pace. And

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you and Jenna, these were all that,

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you know, came out of that demand that Sheikh Mohammed had. And one of the things also that I'm reminded, oh, with regards to Sheikh Mohammed, this is how he, he wanted to make sure that others excelled.

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For me, his imprint on my life is very, very clear. Not just in Malay, but also what I do.

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As far as as as teaching, you know, my first and you know, my first poem that's recorded anywhere was at a chef Hemet event, I don't remember what the event was, it might have been Ichiro. And it was one of those things where I kind of need to be pushed on one of those people who need to be pushed into an uncomfortable situation, you know, and I'm just like, No, you have to write something, and you have to perform it today, done. And I had to write a poem kind of just wrote it, and, and memorize it. And I remember sitting there to the side, kind of memorizing a shift navaids is there. And I'm trying to memorize a poem that I just wrote. And then I go, and I perform it. And

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it's kind of kind of like slithering through it, but I did it. And that was chef Hamid. And, you know, my Facebook page that I created, giving reminders and things like that, I did not see myself qualified in the slightest super imposter syndrome. But it was a shame humbling event where it's like, okay, you're gonna do this, and you there's no way out, you're going to create it, and you're going to move forward. And I'm literally like an ostrich putting my head in the sand. I remember creating the page, when I'm clicking publish, to create this page. I'm like, my, if I could put my head under the desk, I would have,

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and he forces people to grow. And he didn't just do that for me, he did that for everybody that he interacted with. And that's part of the reason why those were. That's why he's called a mentor by so many people. That's why so many people feel that they were that knowing him was so impactful on their lives, not because he necessarily spends a lot of time in their lives, but the time that he spent, he was challenging them. And he was allowing them to be better than who they were before they met him or before they interacted with him. Also something that just really beautiful to me about Sheikh Mohammed, is how comfortable he was being himself.

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It's really hard to kind of contextualize if you weren't there, what shifts looked like, in 2000 coming out of the 90s You know, 2020 or 2002 2003, which has come with arrived on the scene like a shift it's supposed to carry themselves in a certain way. juxtapose that talk in a certain way, a sheriff is supposed to look a certain way. And here he is, you know, pound his chest us an icon, you know what I mean? And talking in the way that he talks, Sheikh Mohammed, and until very recently, I remember commenting on one of his videos because he was looked like he was having the most fun in the world on Tik Tok and you know, all of these other channels on Instagram and I had commented and

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I told him, I said, Jeff, you just look like you're having so much fun with these platforms. And that's what he was he allowed he himself was comfortable in his own skin.

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He didn't shy away from being exactly who he, he is. And what that does is allowed other people to do the same. It allowed people the confidence to be able to be themselves as well. And so, I mean, there's, there's a lot that can be said about his life. But I think just the love they had for the intentionality that he lived his life, the urgency with which he lives, his life, you know, starting a mother in his 20s, that's urgency, leaving in Maghrib. So you can spend time with his family, that's urgency.

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And that demand of excellence that he had for Islam, it wasn't for himself, but he believed that Islam always deserved better Islam deserves the best. And

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you'll be hearing that reverberating from everybody who interacted with him in different forms. And of course, by being his, by being himself being as unique as he is, which is we all have that potential because there's nobody else you can be but you everybody else is taken and so being comfortable in your own skin.

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The last thing that I mentioned is just

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what we should take from or some of what we should take from this, of course, is the urgency of life. Of course, the the shrimp Hamid passing away suddenly, like everybody else, stunned

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and still grieving. But we have to,

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you know, learn the lesson that Allah subhanaw taala calls people back whenever he wishes. That's what the statement means in that in that una de La Jolla, we all belong to Allah, we all belong to Allah, we're all on loan from Allah azza wa jal, and until we are called back to him, so

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and to Him we return and that notion, and I'm so happy that Mina had mentioned that that ALLAH SubhanA diatas could even what he gives them what he takes away. When

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Al Abbas passed away a man a Bedouin came to Ibn Abbas and he gave him condolences. And when he was given when he was giving an ibis, even Abbas condolence he says, it's not going because oddly enough a nama sobre Yeti and the Soviet Alexey

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Pharaoh minute abassi sobre la vida who wala who Hallo Minca, the lab bassy. He says, Be patient. We will be patient with your patients, because the patients have a flock is based on the patient's of its leader. And then he says better than Ibis is your patients after him. Even better than the presence of an ibis is the reward that you get through being patient at this calamity. And Allah is better for an ibis than you. Allah is better for an ibis than you. We love Sheikh Mohammed Rahim Allah, but we all know that he's going to a company that is the highest company, and he's going to a company that is better for him than all of us. And he is going to the company of the most generous,

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the most kind, the most merciful and so we ask Allah azza wa jal to have mercy on his sleep, his servant hammer the city, we ask Allah to expand his grave as far as his eyes can see, that Allah subhanho data makes it about a balcony, his great balcony through which he sees his real estate in Jannah, that Allah azza wa jal beautifies his reception, may Allah azza wa jal grants his family beautiful, beautiful patients and reward them in their calamity and that last panel data watch over them and that alas kind of data raises them a beautiful reason we ask Allah to

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forgive Sheikh Mohammed his sins.

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That Allah subhana data, cleanse them, that Allah subhanaw taala washes them that Allah subhanaw taala rewards him with everything good that he did, and everything that he intended to do, and that Allah subhanaw taala Atomix our collective witness over him and intercession for him that Allah subhanaw taala makes it something that is YG but something that is written, we ask Allah azza wa jal to make the best of Sheikh Mohammed today's the day that he meets Allah Subhana Allah data and that Allah gathering with the prophets in the martyrs in the righteous in the truthful are excellent companions are those and that Allah makes us the best Hunt of the best successors of the best

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predecessors and that Allah allows us to benefit from everything that should come and teach and that he reunites us all with him in gymnastic studios

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I mean, alone I mean, does that go pear shaped Omar, thank you for sharing those memories and letting us you know have that peek into the life and memories you have of him with him that I want to thank all the students who were here with us today just knucklehead for sharing in this you know this very real raw grief that's here for all of us still. Thank you for being with us for the DWIs inshallah tomorrow we also have a program at 12pm Eastern, it's going to be here in Sharla again on the mclubbe page, shaping habits page on the YouTube the same links and we're going to have all the above live instructors inshallah coming to share their memories, a few reminders.