Time is a Precious Gift

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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah all areas of being a Manga Manga Santa Monica, welcome to LA again.

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First I'd like to thank the MSA here, it was pumped out of reward you I'm very honored to be here to learn and Mashallah it's very beautiful to see at the end of like a school year, when you have dinners like this, and you get to step back and say what you're thankful to Allah subhanaw taala for. And it's very beautiful that out of the MSA activities that some of the main things that you're proud of is not necessarily a lecture that you organize or something like that, but it's what you gave back to the community. And indeed, that's how things are measured. It's what benefit Did you bring back to the community. My topic for tonight, inshallah tada is called time the precious gift.

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And, interestingly, before I'm on my way here, I

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can do martial arts.

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I was actually reading a story on the way here, and even though I was busy this morning, I took the time to print out this story. And on the entire right here, I was reading and contemplating the story, and I think it's most important, especially with some of you graduating and others moving towards, for example, like making money, right? unnecessarily education with making money, I think it would be very beneficial for you. It all starts, the story starts with me at a convention. Anybody from Malaysia, Malaysia, Indonesia.

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I was in an ever heard of Mrs. g. I think that the Malaysian Students Association or something like that in the US, now, okay, look them up themselves.

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I was at a conference. And it was in the December, December break, I think 2002 or something like that. And enter conference. I was in disbelief in the morning, I went down to the to the gym and there was like a TV there. Cuz they don't watch TV, but there's a TV there in the gym. And it was good morning, America. Let me speak louder. It was Good Morning America.

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And on TV, there was a guy with a big black cowboy hat that wants $300 million. Just remember that guy, john Whitaker or something like that. You guys remember? No.

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He he wants $300 million. It was the biggest. It was the biggest lottery winner ever. Like one single person winning 300 million. And he took it in a lump sum. I think he took 150 like the government took like half of that or something like that. He took 150 15 million. And he came on TV. And it's interesting because I was watching him. And I was actually I used him as an example in a lecture I think I gave later on in that day, because he said on TV, that he was gonna give 10% of his money to the local church.

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And then I thought that in Islam, gambling is haram. And even if you have a good intention, it's still forbidden in Islam. And that kind of money isn't something that Allah soprano data is happy with, even if you give. What's interesting is that this morning, I actually read his whole story three years later and what happened to him with the money because usually what people go for in life is a loss of karma Tata says

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well in order for Bill Heidi sad that he is intense in his love for and the height here that Allah Spano. Tata is saying, as it says, here, that their love for money, and a lot of people and actually I was being the person just very recently, who said his mother was very intense on him finishing his studies and doing good studies. And then I said is that really the issue is the issue that she needs you to be financially strong? And then when you thought about it, it's just about the money. And so I was also thinking that how many people are like planning to go to med school or in med school or something like that?

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Not too many people were in Canada here, right?

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What is it it or engineering that you guys are doing?

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engineering, engineering people?

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It it.

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arts?

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I was I was asking this question because usually when you go to a lot of places, people typically say that it's

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that they're studying medicine, and their parents are forcing them and they've told them things like, you're not gonna get married unless you're a doctor with money. Right? Have you guys heard that before? You're not gonna get married unless your doctor with money and they're like, become doctor first. And then you get married and stuff like that. And so I always tell the person I said, Are you studying this? And if they say I'm studying medicine, I would always ask them are you studying this because your community forced you because of the money factor.

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Do you really love to study medicine, like you really care for people, because if they care for people, they want to help people, then I'll tell them, then you're in the right field.

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But if you're in it for the money, then you're gonna hate what you're doing, no matter what you do, whether you're doing it, or whether you're doing arts already, if money is your goal, then you're going to hate your job. And you're actually going to be living in pain. And you're going to start saying, it's not worth it. And you might take other means, anyhow.

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This person, john Whitaker, who's in his 60s, and he got $300 million. One shot him on TV said he was going to give it to a church and so on and so forth.

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The lady and I just want to like just explain, basically what happened, it's a little longer, but there's an end to it, that it's all about, I hope that you can extract your own lessons from it. The lady that sold him the ticket, she knew him very well. It's a small town in West Virginia. And she used to make $5 an hour.

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So when he won the lottery ticket, he said on TV that he's going to give a special gift to the lady that he bought the ticket from, and she was all excited. He came in like blue. And he gave her like $50,000, he bought her a house, bought her a car. And she instantly became people thought she won a million dollars herself. But she did. But she became a celebrity. So she went from $5 an hour to her family thinking that she had won a million and then right there, she lost her family in the sense that they thought she was arrogant, they stopped visiting her. Nobody started talking, everybody was either asking her for money, or they thought she was arrogant. So she immediately lost her friends.

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He went on TV saying that he was going to donate his money. But in reality, what he did is he said, Well, I only have 10 years to live, this is my paradise, basically. So I need to live it to the maximum. And so his wife we've been with for many years, when he was broken all of that he stopped going home. And he would spend his evenings at at the bar. And in fact, it was a strip bar, women dressing, undressing themselves and so on and so forth. And he came into the bar that night after being on TV saying is going to give the money to the church, or you can just instead of church put in the local Masjid, right as people say, I'm gonna give my money to local Masjid. And he slapped

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down $60,000 on the table, and he says I can have whatever I want. And they were scared. You don't walk around with $60,000 cash, right? He's like, people get killed for like, $5. You walk out with 50. And he was completely drunk every night he would come in completely drunk. And then he turned to center. It turns adultery.

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And the strip was and he actually this man used to go around this in the Washington Post. He used to go around and and in front of women's husbands, he would offer them. He said, How much would it take for me to sleep with you? In front of their husbands? He said, I'll give you $10,000 I'll give you whatever anybody can be bought by money. And so they said in the beginning you everybody was like Hariri the good do or let's you know, make him the mayor because he has money. And then after a while his clothes start to get on Haggerty, raggedy and all of that stuff. He stopped combing his hair and basically would treat everybody like dirt. And he made a statement to the effect of you

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know, he started going around saying you don't know who I am. I'm john Whitaker is more money than God. And you do what I say.

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And the money basically liked it. Like some people say it was like the Lord of the Rings. You know, that little guy was my precious.

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I know you guys know that.

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That it basically consumes him, and then he became the money. So what happened after that is that he had a daughter. So

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his granddaughter is 16 years old. He's just like, boom, this is a small town. They don't have money overnight. Just she comes in with a Hummer. She comes in with, you know, these 70,000 $80,000 cars, multiple cars. That's just one, many of them and a high school where kids don't even have cars. And she becomes immediately hated by the high school. And for her protection. She actually had to be homeschooled. She was taken out of the school that people who saw her said, we've never seen a more bitter, more angrier, 16 year old girl in her life. And so she started buying friends and actually her grandfather, john Whitaker used to go around paying people

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to just hold the microphone.

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He used to go around paying people to drive around. So she'd go in the morning, pick up a $5,000 cash from her from her grandfather, and then go around spending it. And so and as people would say her car was basically a junk pile of pop bottles, CDs, electronics that are ripped up and so on and so forth, and cocaine and drugs and she basically went into drugs and she's 16 years old.

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So people were divided amongst her anyhow, as it continued. She had I think two boys

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Friends, one of them like Left, left turn. The other one said, No, I'm in it for the money. And he went everywhere with her. He can't come home one day to his father crying, and he's like on drugs. And he says, The little girls named Brandi, she's 16 years old. He says she dumped me.

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And he's crying and the father's like, you don't need her, we'll get you a good job, and so on and so forth. But he has to go from all that money to like $5 an hour, a few months later, he disappears and they find him dead at Randy's house on a drug overdose is a real story. These are real people. And some of you are raised your hands, you know who these people are. He was killed on drug overdose and the police investigate because there was some robbing on that same night, they spent all their money to find out who robbed the house. And he's like, my son died. And they're like the investigations closed. Because I don't know anybody that murders with a drug overdose, you know,

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like there's no murder involved. But they wouldn't invest, investigate, who gave him the money to buy that much cocaine.

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And what's interesting even after that, is that, and there's other parts of the story that different people's lives that will ruin the whole, the whole community and what happened to them. And he initially had started a foundation to donate, but everybody would come up to him and shout at him saying, Give me money on poor and poor until he closed down his foundation, he stopped giving the charity out to people and closed his house down and had security and all of that stuff.

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The church, which was just like a small bench church, where he said, I'm gonna give my money to the church, he built this huge church. And it was fancy had all the gadgets, but it was called, I think the Powerball church, like the law of the lottery church, and no one wanted to go there. And it became abandoned, because they said, this is like the symbol of the evil that's happened to our city. And so the priest in the church is just giving his sermons, and no one's coming to it.

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A couple of people were arrested trying to Robinson you can go and read the story. In the end, his daughter brandy wants to just went missing. And then they found her body dead as well. wrapped up in, in light of bodybag drug overdose, and she was also killed. And so two of these, his own granddaughter was killed. And then his wife, when they actually interviewed her later, she said that I wish the day that

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I wish the day that he had won the lottery that I had immediately ripped up that ticket.

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And that this never happened.

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Because of all the pain and all the destruction that it went through. And the reason that I'm sharing this with you

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is that

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a lot of us when when he asked the question, you know what's time and where are we spending our time because as the topic for the for the lecture is time, the precious gift. The problem is that a lot of people will spend their time but it's in the path of making money.

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And so what I wanted to show you show you the ultimate end because Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us Allah Spano Dada is telling us that if that's your goal, then this is where it's going to end that this is where it's going to end and Allah subhanaw taala in the Quran is this a story of cloud on in our own Academy called Mimosa Valentin it's interesting quote on is a story in the Quran about a man who used to make dua used to pray at the time of Moses today Sam used to pray for money and a lot less than as a lesson for everybody else blessed him with the money but then he took the money and forgot alas Pamela tada forgot everything else. He said it was my education, all my

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knowledge all my business, he has so much money that these people even the keys to the the treasure chest, they had to get like these huge bodybuilder type guys to carry the keys. That's not even the treasure is the keys to the treasures that are so heavy that the people can carry Allah subhana wa tada mentions in the Quran that when he said this, the regular people just like you know, you go down these famous

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I think each city has their special part of the town or the rich and famous live right? Rodeo Drive or something like that. And when people drive down that they're in the wrong area, if you don't get a ticket just for being in the area, because your car's too shabby or something like that. You'll be looking around left and right. And you might be saying to yourself, I wish I had what they had. I wish I had what they had, and this is what Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran about these people. When they saw her on, they said they said to him, yeah later Lana Miss Lama Oto Koran in order to have the NaVi. They would say that we wish along with give us what he gave her on that it's

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such a great like, thing that has been given, but those who were given knowledge and this is the key because I'm actually inshallah tada trying to save you have many years of hardship and hopefully inshallah tada

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There might be someone here beginning their journey in life in, you know, working and making money and so on and so forth, they will start to see that there's a higher priority more than the making of the money and something that will make the money sincere to a lot of panels on the people said in reply, whaler consolable long Highland demon ama, no army decided that the reward of Allah subhanaw taala is better for those who believe in do righteous actions. And so just like you see people just like you've been spending these nights, for example, studying for exams, I know there's one brother here has an exam tomorrow, right? This is the still exams, not all of your actually finished your

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exams, but you'll spend the night away. And if you ever tell yourself and this is a reminder, for me a reminder for you. If you ever tell yourself, I can't get up for fetcher, realize that you're staying awake. In order to get a degree in order to get a job in order to get money. You can do it, but it comes from the inside. And that's what that's where the priority has to be to Allah subhanaw taala first, you can do it getting up for fudger getting all your prayers in line and then success comes from there as Allah Subhana data. So in the India then we see a bus parents are saying, hey, Jada said, Come to success.

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So if

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they can stand up for a second, stand up.

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This is a little exercise, right? Because I notice like lecture after lecture after lecture, right? exercise for you. What I want you to do is

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close your eyes. Close your eyes.

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And imagine yourself at 70 years old.

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Imagine yourself at 70 years old, you took this education, you live your life. You're now seven years old. Whatever you look like I don't know what it looks like.

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You're at 17 years old.

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And now I want you to look at what you're a dad that looks like at that age. You're a better you worship of Allah subhanaw taala What are you doing at that age?

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What do you see?

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Are you sitting at a home? Playing with kids? Are you actually doing some Eva?

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Alright, have a seat. Have a seat?

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Does someone want to share with us what you saw is always interesting part for me. Because I have no idea what you said like a solid is someone want to share? What did you see?

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You want to share?

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You saw yourself

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giving lectures like me?

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Okay, so she was at how many people were in your lecture that she saw.

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You don't remember seeing anybody.

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You're like in front of the mirror practicing your lectures. Okay, that's good talking. Let's get on. actually did this. Like little assignment? I told people close your eyes and imagine dow. And what do you see? And someone said, I see a long empty road. I'm like, that's good doubt. Nobody in your road. to anybody who do nothing that's like with Dallas. Anyhow, someone else want to share? What did you see?

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I need one more person. Come on, you're in university like to talk is

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your stamp? Were you alone? Was it desert? Or was it like a snowy? It was green. So must not have been Canada?

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It was this. There's been stuff in Canada. Okay.

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The reason? Someone else? Yeah, you wasn't, you weren't alive. You had died many years before, then that's good. Because some of you already think you're going to be alive at that time, which might be a delusion right there that you think you're going to be alive at that time. It's interesting that a lot of a lot of us haven't done this experiment too much. And that's why I actually wanted to gather feedback. But my my theory and my just my assumption is you might not have seen yourself doing amazing I bet.

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Most likely, it might have been like you at the masjid once a day, or, you know, doing a lecture here and there. And this is like the end of your life after all these years. And what's scary or happy depending on what you saw, is that what you just saw that image, you're unconsciously moving towards that you're unconsciously moving towards that. So if you didn't see yourself doing great, you're actually in the car driving towards that image. If you saw yourself old and brittle and sitting in a chair, you're moving towards that image and you've unconsciously decided that's where you want to go and

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Allah subhanaw taala says for a minute as a born, where are you going?

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And now, you have to realize that with all of this time, the first priority has to be fixing your connection with the last panel and on fixing your connection with Alonzo again, and that starts with the thought, it starts with the Shahada, and the Salah, and the care, and the sound and the Hajj, all of those things, and then the things underneath that.

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Because Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, that there's going to be two times in our life two times in our life, where we're going to regret when we're going to regret the time that we've wasted. And it's interesting that a lot of people when they come to the end of the university years, it's a time to reflect on how they spent these years. And, and actually look back and say, you know, I wish I had gone to more Holocaust, or I wish I'd gone to less Holocaust or something like that. And or I wish I'd done more of this, I wish I'd spent more time with that person. But there's two times that a person will always remember these things. Number one, is the time when they're about to

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die on Earth. So if they're in a hospital bed, or maybe like a boat's about to sink or something like that, it's a time where a person regrets. And you actually see in a lot of

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in the pop culture, there'll be all these songs and entertainment things. But usually one of these entertainers will have a death happen to them and their family. And then they'll make a song or something like that, or a poem about I wish I had the chance to say goodbye. You know, I wish you know, I had done this, I wish I had done that.

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And the second time that the person will regrets is on the date of resurrection when they meet a loss upon a time where they regret how they had spent their time. And the most saddest thing. If you've ever said to yourself, I wish I had done something different. That's one of the most painful things you can say in your life, where you get 2030 years later, and say I wish I'd spent my youth doing something else. That's a very sad moment to be, because that means you've lost that that time. And it's not coming back.

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In a lot of these lectures, and I'm sure in your use here in the university, you've seen people at the end of the speeches saying out of the shadows in similar manner, he was lost. In senesi. He was a levena

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was sold in half.

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So you've heard this. And the reminder has been said again and again and again. We're less upon OData testifies by time, we're less patata testifies by time. And interestingly, Allah subhanaw taala testifies by the sun and testifies by the moon and testifies by the alteration of the days and nights and you'll see all throughout all the suitors that you are citing our they are well feci, weatherhead and Asha and you know what shampoo Aloha, Allah subhanaw taala is testifying again and again, by these hours and minutes and days that make up your life. Because when it comes down to it, all you are is just hours and minutes.

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So in this

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Allah subhanaw taala, testifies while us and Allah swears that humanity is at loss. And actually another way of saying it is like humanity are losers by default. You're a loser by default. And if you don't, if you doubt what I'm saying there, just imagine that how much you guys pay for your education? Like, what 25,000 or something like that? Yeah. Okay, say about 25,000. If you paid 25,000 at the door, and you never came to class, and he never took any exams, would you get your degree in the end? If you're an arts maybe.

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I know arts people get dissed all the time. I love arts.

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You will not you will not get your degree, you automatically paid the money, you're part of the system, you're automatically failed. Unless you work towards good deeds. Unless you work towards getting that high mark. No one's just going to give you that mark. And so by default, just as a human being just being alive on Earth, you're automatically going downhill unless you're working to grow.

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What else in the insanity office and this is the last panel to testify. And there's only certain things that get you up there that builds you as a human being in the Latino except those who believe why made a solid heart and your righteous works, will also will help and encourage one another with the truth. What's also the sub and encourage one another with patience. And as I'm sure you've heard Amanda chef Kamala said that

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If Allah subhanaw taala only revealed the sutra, just these few words, that it would have been enough that on the Day of Resurrection, that it would have been enough as a proof against human beings that this pseudo was revealed. And you were warned that this is what life is about. And what's interesting is you'll see repeated throughout the Koran again and again, even in the story of cloud on the people who are giving knowledge of the Quran. This is actually just two things, that if you did it, you would have an amazing hereafter an amazing life on earth. And that is Eman. And Alma sada

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is that in Amman, awami losada, except those who believed and do righteous deeds. And with those two things, if you carry that Eman and righteous deeds, Eman and righteous deeds, your belief in the last panel down the messengers of a lot I said, and then you live the life of righteous deeds, you will have success in this dunya and success in the hereafter.

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Now, on the opposite side, with all of this talk, what's actually interesting is that

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a lot of how we spend our lives is spent in things that aren't important aren't urgent, right? It's not important that we're doing it. It's not urgent that we do it. But if you spend your time doing things like that, then your life which is mainly made up of these hours and minutes becomes wasted. So you might come many years later and say I haven't done anything. Why? Because you spent your time or I spent my time on things that weren't important to do, and they weren't urgent to do.

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This doesn't mean that you have to basically do only serious things. That doesn't mean that what's interesting in the story of cloud or cloud story was actually similar to john Whitaker's story, that he was given this money, and then destroyed because of the money.

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The people who had knowledge, they said to him, don't get all like, don't do all this and all this corruption on the earth. But they said it's them. They said what I tend to not see but committed dunya Don't forget your your slice of life basically are your portion of the life. And so when you put your priorities straight, first things first, you put your priority first, that it's to Allah subhanaw taala your worship of Allah as it was. And when I say worship, what typically comes to people's mind is Salah. And that's a key. But worship is everything that Allah loves. Whether it's a statement that you say on your tongue, or it's an action, whether you do it outwardly or inwardly,

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externally or internally, as long as it's something that Allah loves, it's considered a bad. So when the brother up here said, you know, the collecting out the money for the tsunami victims, that was a bad that was worshipping Allah subhanaw taala, the distribution of food to the needy was a band that was the worship of Allah panda. Even as he said it, I was saying to myself, not too many people realize that that really is the true message of Islam. It's to help the people, and that's in the core, that's the essence of what Islam is here for. It's just that not too many people know that. And not that that message doesn't get around too far. It's usually always nice to do a food bank, or

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it's nice to do, but they don't realize that that's why we're here is to take care of the other creations of the last time.

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And so in conclusion, inshallah, I want to give you some tips.

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I want to give you some tips, for those of you who are graduating and for those of you who are still got some time in this in the Institute, and, and moving forward in sha Allah isn't that if you just apply some of these tips, and you don't necessarily have to apply all of them, but just apply some of them. inshallah, tada, you'll be driving in a whole new direction. So from the beginning, as you know that if you ever get in your car and you don't know where you're going, what are the chances of you arriving there? What are the chances someone give me the chances, mathematician?

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If you don't know where you're going, what are the chances of you arriving?

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What are the chances

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2%?

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Obviously, not in math.

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Yes. 100%. Okay. It's as well usually 100% 0%.

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Okay, if you're going nowhere, then you're already there. Right? Basically, as Pamela this interesting when I was in

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grade school, whatever they call it, in winter pay, we had this little student planet. And there was a quote that I never forgot. It says whoever aims for nothing hits it with remarkable success.

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Whoever ensure nothing hits you with remarkable success, meaning you're aiming for nothing, you're going to hit it 100% which is nothing.

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And so and it's actually not true because you are going to hit something and what you're going to hit is what you saw in your unconscious. What you assume this is what a bad It means at seven years old. Or this is what life is like it's in your unconscious and you are driving towards it. It's just because you're new

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Be you are going to drive toward something. And that's just going to be pulled in the direction and you won't choose your direction. So what I'm telling you now is open up your brain MapQuest.

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Right click it, and then it actually forwards to a website called pseudo Tabata preacher covenant,

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to press the map.

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And the amazing thing that I saw in the Quran, right from certain sets, right from the beginning of the Quran, that it tells the person where you are where you stand in life, a lot of us think I'm a believer, right? I'm a believer, I'm a believer. But are we really believers?

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Are we really

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and right from the beginning of sorts of devices that people into three categories, believers movement, one

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disbelievers could fall. And the third one is monasticon, is hypocrites.

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And what's interesting is when you go through the characteristic of the hypocrites, it's very scary.

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And we just assume that we're believers.

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But that might not be the case. And one way to measure that just straight up straight up, is how good are February's

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and that'll tell you right there a little measure of whether we're believers or not. The prophets of the line as Adam said that the hardest law on the monastic point ocelots in federal and salado, Asia.

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And so if there's a problem of size and size, then you need to register for that class in Charlotte.

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Anyhow,

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you have to know where you are. If you go into a mall, and you see like it says where all the stores are, and you're looking for Laura c quarter, you're looking for some other store, right.

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And you find Laura C chord, you'll never make it there. Unless you actually look for one thing before that, which is that little red dots with a line that says you are here. Because the map means nothing. Unless you know where you stand, you have to know where you are on the map first. And then you have to know where you want to go. You want to go down here and where you want to go is gender, right? Take a ride and then take another ride and take another ride until you hit gender right at full force not start not slowing down to just keep going right. And so you hit gender. And that's your destination you know where you are, where you are as taught by the Quran. If you've ever tried

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to find where you are somewhere else, you've got the wrong message. And what's scary is if you don't know the problem, you haven't read the full on or you only know a couple of small suitors, you might not know how to get there or where the destination is or where you stand. And then after that the process, how do you get to gender? Because what's interesting is that a lot of the things we do in life will not get us to gender. And the Koran teaches us the steps on how to get there, you might just assume, and you will be correct that there's basics. But those are fundamentals of which there's details to it. And the plan is full of those details. And in other parts of eliassen showing

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a person where to go. So when I ask people for people, usually someone picks me up from the airport, or someone takes me ask them, where are you driving in life? And they're like, well, I'm trying to finish my degree.

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And then I'm like, okay, after that, what are you planning to do?

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I don't know, get a job.

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And then usually when when someone says that, what's interesting is that, and I'm not talking about anybody specific.

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Usually when when someone says that, what they might find is that when they actually go into the job market,

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they'll find that

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they'll find that the degree that they were studying for isn't the one that they need for the job. Why? Because they didn't prepare for it. So for example, someone studied engineering. And then in the end, they go into it, I'm sure you know, a lot of people like that. And they have to after all those years of studying engineer, maybe masters PhD, and then they have to take some Microsoft special certification course in one week. And then they become like, they get a job. And then after a few months, they get fired.

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You guys know the whole scenario and all these people.

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But if they had known from the beginning, this is what I want to do, then they could have studied the proper thing. They didn't have to waste six 810 years of their life if they knew from the beginning. So similarly, in your life, not just your university time, but go beyond that. Where do you want to be at 40 years of age? Where do you want to be? What vision Do you see when you close your eyes and say, I'm 40 years old? Where are you?

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What are you doing at that time? And be careful when usually, even in classes even probably in the university here, maybe a teacher will do this with you. What do you want at age 40? The problem is human beings when they decide for themselves what they want. They make the wrong choices. Why? Because

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They'll say that at age 40, I want a

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garage, two door garage, I want to live by the beach. I want money I want. And I just told you what happens when you get that. They don't know what's best for them.

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And so what do you know? What do you want? You go back to the client and you actually see and take that guidance of where you should be at four years of age where you should be at 60 years of age. And Allah subhanaw taala mentioned in the Quran, that special moment, I actually remember a brother that came to Medina, and he said, today's my 40th birthday, like I don't know about birthdays, either, you know? And he says, No, no, Allah subhanaw taala says, there's something special about the 40 Allah subhanaw taala. It says in the Quran, he either should

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bury in Asana until he reaches his maturity and he reaches 40 years of age, then he makes a special prayer. All of the hours any score on a

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windy day

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was less than easy to reality.

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A tower in the middle Muslim?

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Do you want me to translate that and just let you go and read it up, translate? No.

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I'm running out of time.

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Five more minutes. So look it up. And so I'll go to one of the client indexes and you actually enjoy the process. Look up the number 40. And you will find stories of Musa going to the mountain for 40 days. And then you'll find this this door. When the person reaches 48. What is he focused on in his prayer to us? It's based on his family. It's based on his children. And it's based on thanking Allah subhanaw taala for all the blessings that he's reached at 14. The next milestone is the age of 16. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the ages of my Omar between 60 and 70, meaning that it's most likely that if a person is going to live a whole life, and they're not going to die

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before that, if they're Muslim, as a result of licensing, it will be between the ages of 60 and 70. And so you're aiming at that age to die. The prophets of Allah hyacinth died when he was 63 years years old, and overthrow the law Han who died two and a half years later, basically at 63 years of age. And I'm one who is actually 13 years younger than the province that ally center had his khilafah for 11 years 11 plus two and a half since the time of the process, and he died at the age of 63. three in a row, they all died at the age of 63. But the other one one was sort of lohani was on.

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And so you're aiming at those two ages, the age of 16, the province of a long audio sentence said

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that Allahu in a million

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dollar house at the center, which basically means that if you reach 60 years of age, and you haven't led a righteous life, there's no excuse after that. Meaning that Allah subhanaw taala gave you 60 years on this earth, you've seen all the reminders, you've been to all the Holocaust, there's no excuse after that, to not lead that righteous life. And if a person doesn't choose that path at age 60, they have no excuse in front of Allah subhanaw taala.

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Secondly, that a person needs to put First things first. And you might have heard this statement, but you might not know what is the first thing first. And the first thing first is putting a last panel without putting a lot of data First, let's say you have an exam. And you know, tomorrow you have an exam, and it's super hard. And if you stay up to a certain point, you're gonna miss federic. And now you have a conference, you can use better or study for the exam. If your priorities are messed up, you're going to continue staying awake and you're going to miss budget.

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If the priorities are messed up, but I'll tell you this, if your priorities are set straight, and you said no, I'm going to sleep now, this may cause me to fail this example, who cares?

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I'm going to put Allah subhanaw taala first guess what will happen? You'll sleep properly, like they say, and you may have forgotten these words of your teacher, but she said, get a good night's rest before the exam. You may have forgotten that. And so you forgot you everybody else told you to cram, cram for the exam, cram for the exam, all of that stuff. But you said no, I'm putting us out first I'm sleeping and then you wake up at surgery and then you're like, I don't feel tired. Let me open up my notebook and start studying. And then you got like another three hours Hey, you studied at night, you would have been drowsy on cocaine, cocaine, Coca Cola

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and you would have been studying all night long with a half brain and then you would have came to the exam your brain would have been frazzled, you would have missed pleasure disobeying Allah spawn tada and you get a horrible mark on the exam. You fail and boom, life is just you know, it sucks.

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But had you woken up for failure? Not only did you correct your connection with the loss of Hannah, Donna, but you also made it nice

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Got that mark on the exam, and you got your shoddy

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you know what's interesting about this, I was once on the computer, and I was I was holding my daughter. And she's a computer screen, you know how all the all the distractions of the internet and the computer. And while I'm looking at the computer, she's looking at me, like, you know, with her eyes, and she's winking her eyes like that. And then, and then I'm like, computer screen or her.

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And then I'm like, you know, how can I waste my time with the computer like this comes first. Right, so when you put Allah subhanaw taala, first, and then your family, put a love first, and then your family, and then everything falls into place. After that, everything becomes good. But switch it around, and try to put your pursuit of money above Allah and above your family. And you're just, you're on that path to Hellfire, if it comes before, because everything is gonna mess up, and it just builds from there. Thirdly, if you've ever tried to start a diet, or something I know you guys are in university, you've tried lots of diets, how many people have read about a diet, read about

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diets, Atkins and all of that stuff.

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As soon as you read the diet, what it tells you is that your whole life up until now you need to trash, you need to throw it all in the garbage, everything you used to love as a child is junk. And your life has changed for now, right? In general, the diets that don't work tell you, you can eat what you want.

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When I'm telling you that with regards to your physical health, with regards to your spiritual health with regards to your time, everything that you might be doing up till now needs to be trashed. If you're not living the life, if you feel fulfilled and satisfied with your life, it might be all the internet time wasting, it might be all the TV, it might be all the driving around might be all the restaurants that you spent a little too long talking to brothers or sisters and sisters about how they need to get married and stuff like that.

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Number four, is delegating, which basically means in the word of this man, it means working in general, that means not trying to be a one man show, but working with other people. And the last thing

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is that have a higher purpose in life, a higher purpose than your basic, you know, I need to make money so I get a house. So I can, you know, do this in that have a higher purpose of serving humanity. And if you get that from now, you have that higher purpose from now. And so that's how you get that fulfillment that puts everything into order. Does that Malala Phantom inshallah Tada, I'm going to be here in Toronto, at the end of this month, the class. And so today I'm going to be teaching to sue Sue Baccarat. And amazingly a lot of MSA is when they do events, they have kind of like these lectures on how to

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purify our intentions and how to you know, purify our souls, those kind of lectures. And what's interesting is that suitable thought is exactly that. It's a purify your soul. It's a it's a detox of your body detox of your mind, detox of your whole system, before you prepare. And the reason I actually this is the poster for the class, you might see it around campus, and so on and so forth.

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The reason I chose to teach this tip here is because when the Muslim conquered different lands, and I taught that class, what I realized is that everywhere they went everywhere they went

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above and around Earth, man it everywhere they went, when they went in countries, they went into cities went into townships, they taught the Quran.

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And so if you're from Damascus, you're from North Africa, your ancestors grew up in Caracas with the companions of the Prophet civilize. And that gave them the power to move forward. And unfortunately, we we haven't talked about on the way needs to be taught. And that's why right after I finished that class, I said, that's it the next class to seriously start teaching a less palletized message. And when you teach full on, you can go wrong, except to hear that message of Allah Spano Tata, and keep going right? finding out where you are, where you need to go and how to get there. Does that mollified and I hope that a lesson that I give myself gives you total fear to reach those higher

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goals so that when we die, there's no regrets. It's kind of glom on to the Alola and stuff today.