Izzah – Episode 06 – Islamic State And The Battle Of Badr

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In this series, Shaykh Muhammad West discusses the Islamic state and the Battle of Badr

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We live in a shade on the rajim Bismillah R Rahman Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Shafiq, mousseline Sina Mohammad Anwar Allah earlier Sophia Germain Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala be upon us, was brought to us here in this place of worship, and the place of remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala made us be a source of Baraka and blessing for us for the coming week, and for the week that has passed, we continue our series on the days of razor and glory. And I know last week we were about to, some of you might be anticipating this in sha Allah, we must apologize that we'll be about to discuss the Battle of butter, and the events of battle of butter. But because of a heritage day that just passed during this week, it's important for us to mention our heritage. Certainly our culture, and our customs here in Cape Town

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is part and parcel of this glorious history of Israel, and honor that we have the history of honor and glory that is with Islam, part of it is the history that we have here in South Africa, and therefore and in particular, in Cape Town. And it's important for us to mention this inshallah, not next week, but the week thereafter, will continue once again, with the Battle of butter.

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As we know, Alhamdulillah when we look at our city, and we look at South Africa, and Cape Town in particular, we know that South, the Muslims in Cape Town, we've been part of the, of the fiber of the city for more than 300 years, and that we have our culture and our religion has shaped and formed the city. And we therefore can look proudly, and look back now at 300 years of what we have achieved our forefathers and our ancestors, what we have achieved, we can look proudly, number one as muslimeen, Camilla, we can be proud of the Islam that we have here in South Africa and would have achieved and we can be proud of what we have contributed as South Africans. And as capetonians we

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have come and lived in made the city our home and hamdulillah we have contributed very well and we have been part of the fabric of the city and inshallah we make dua this, this state of goodness that we're in, continues for the full for many, many centuries in sha Allah.

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But it does give a brief history of how we got here. How is it that we, as Muslims find ourselves in a very unique kind of Islam? Yeah, at the bottom most places in Africa, far and far away from the centers of Islam far away from Mecca and Medina, and Egypt and all the places we Islam, Islam is the homeland of Islam. How is it that Islam came here, I'm sure most of you know even better than me, it is important for us to remind ourselves about this beautiful history so that we might take lessons and learn

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the 16th and 17th century,

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the Europeans were coming out of the dark ages, and Islam unfortunately, was on a decline. The Muslim world, unfortunately, was regressing way as the Europeans were advancing, and that built on the foundation, which was left behind by our great philosophers and thinkers and allameh. They took our works, and they used it during the Renaissance. And if you look at some of the greatest thinkers that they depended on in the Renaissance, many of them were Muslim thinkers.

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And once Of course, they had Asia and power and the countries developed. They then went on a campaign of colonization, they went on a campaign to Colonial eyes, the rest of the world, in particular, two continents, well, they, they colonized most of the continents of the earth, Australia, North America, South America, and of course, dominated in Africa, and in Asia. So country after country was falling under the powers of the European colonial colonialists. South Africa, as we know, came under the rule of the Dutch, and the US, South Africa, in 1652, as a trading post, as a ultra city, if you will, a highway post between the travelers coming from Europe and going to

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India, and a full Cape Town, this place in the middle of nowhere. This place at the end of the world was just the for the ships to stop to dock to get what they need, and to carry on. And, of course, to work this land to develop this country, they required 1000s and 1000s of slaves from all over the world. And if you think about it, put yourself in that time put yourself in that situation. People from all over the world, from Sri Lanka, from India, from Malaysia, from Indonesia, from South America, is B and from other parts of Africa is being taken from their homes, either as slaves, or as laborers forced laborers to come to this country, which many of them never heard of was virtually

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off the map to come and start and build a country.

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from scratch,

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and many of those, and that is how we got here. That is how our ancestors got here, from countries taken from their homes, taken from their families, taken from stripped of the dignity and the identity and the culture. And they are brought here in the middle of the jungle, so to speak, to work as slaves. Also, amongst those that found themselves here, unfortunately, were prisoners and exiles, those who oppose the government, those who stood up against colonial power those who said, we want to live free, we demand that our country remains, you know, on an equal footing as the rest of the world. Those who oppose the powers that may be what did they do? They took them and they

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brought them here as prisoners, long before they were any prisoners on Robben Island. The first prisoners that were they were the Muslim, Indonesian Malaysian political prisoners that fought against injustice and oppression. They were the first people to be prisoners on the night on on Robben Island. And that is way how they found themselves. Yes, if you think you think of

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Cape Town in the 17th century, one academic one of the governors in Cape Town, he writes, and he says that this is the most diverse city in the world, in terms of the culture and the cultures and the colors and the heritage, you have people from all over the world that were just dumped in the city. And it's so difficult to manage and control these people, for Islam, Islam of all these cultures and all the different belief systems that found itself in South Africa Alhamdulillah we know now 300 years later, Islam stood out and remained prominent and how, how is it that in this melting pot of injustice, that Islam stood tall and remain until today we have a vibrant Muslim

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community, of course, Alhamdulillah Allah subhanho wa Taala, we've seen great men to come here, nothing against the world, they didn't realize that it's part of Allah's plan, that they would come here that we may benefit many, many centuries later. And we mentioned in sha Allah, and it's important for us to remember these names, because we can look back and say, these are our forefathers, these are ancestors that we look at with pride, of course, as regarded as the founder or the forefather. Of course Islam was even before that, but the father of Islam in the cape regarded shift uses of Mikasa. And we should use of of Mikasa. Many of this I'm learning for myself,

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most of you may know the history and a biography better than me. But in sha Allah, we remind ourselves of these great individuals.

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Chef Yusuf, he was born 1626 in Indonesia, and he was from a noble family. He was from a royal family, nephew to the king of his Island. So this was a young man that grew up in luxury and comfort, a young man that had the world at his feet. But he had a desire, a keen Desire to Learn Islam. And therefore, in his 20s, he left his home of Indonesia, and took the long journey to go from Indonesia to Makkah, to the home of Islam. And they spent money he spent a few a decade or two studying Islam 20 years studying in Syria studying in Yemen studying in, in Saudi Arabia, learning Islam learning the foundations of his Deen, so many young men giving up his youth, giving up his

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luxuries and his joy for the purpose of learning Islam in the service of a lot as a servant of Allah after he had learned to go back to your country and teach your people he returned to Indonesia, and he comes back to Indonesia after serving Allah subhanho wa Taala for 20 years, he finds his country in chaos. He finds his country at sea besieged by a foreign power, the Dutch powers are ruling are trying to infiltrate and invade his country for a number of years, he is the chief kadhi the key the Chief Judge of Bantam, and an island and area in Indonesia is the chief judge, and he and I Salama, we take examples from this was one of the spearheads of resistance against oppression. He did not

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only teach, he didn't only teach Tafseer but he actively participated in jihad. He fought against the oppressor, he fought against those who look to colonize, colonize this country that would subdue his people enslave these people. And of course with that, to remove Islam from its from from the hearts of the of these people, and he fought along with the other Mujahideen but they lost they failed Allah subhanho wa Taala had not written victory for them, and he lost and he was taken captive. Now you put yourself a man at the age of 5060 years old, you spent your youth in the service of Allah, you come back to teach the deen of Allah and you fight for Allah subhanaw taala

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and then Allah subhanho wa Taala does not right victory for you. You're captured made a prisoner from royalty to the to a prisoner and he was taken from his home and lived in Sri Lanka for 10 years. For us we will be broken when we would have given up by now.

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What would we what would have remained about a man but things will only get worse. 10 years in Sri Lanka continues to teach and preach and people continue to flock around him. And the the Dutch realize that this man is a dangerous man and a threat. So let's let's put him somewhere in the world. We nobody will find him. Let us put him in a place so far away. He can never ever come back. a one way ticket to the middle of nowhere. And where is that place here in Cape Town comes to and they didn't even put him here in Cape Town where the city was they put him out there in Makati, even now to go get to Mikasa. It's a bit of a drive. You know, outside of Cape Town. They put him in the

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middle of the bush. It was a church, a farm, a farm that belonged to a priest. They put in the you stay away from the rest of the world. Again, in the depths. This man is almost 70 years old. He lost his family, he lost his home. He lost his position. He lost basically he lost everything. He's made a prisoner. But this doesn't break him. He's thrust and historical Allah subhanho wa Taala. He believed Allah brought me to this land for a reason. He didn't know what the reason was. He didn't know this place. But he believed I'm here for a reason. And the only thing he came with was what is Islam? And he continued kept Islam writing the Quran from memory, teaching the local people who did

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not come here and say I don't see Indonesians, Malaysians here, I see only Africans or people of the Koi and the sun. No, or slaves. I'm a I'm a I'm a noble man, you people are saved. No. Islam is open for everyone, even the oppressive white men, it's open for everyone. And everyone wants to learn could learn. And for the first time, people from all over Cape Town realize that there is a man out in the middle of the in the middle of nowhere, where you can be treated equally and fairly. And they would run away and escape and they will go to my castle. And for the first time you had a Muslim community in Makassar. Mr. Musa Musa Rahim Allah only stayed here for about five years, only five

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years and then he passed away. And he had such a such a profound impact that his legacy and his teachings remained. And for the first time, you had Islam as a Muslim community being formed, what a great he had not seen the the fruits of his labor. He didn't see what would become these five years in South Africa. We change this country. Maybe he was unable to change his land in Indonesia. But he came here and he changed this country without him even knowing. So she uses passes away. And of course, Rahim Allah, Allah Subhan granting a great place and Baraka high place in Jana. People mentioned that the Baraka of the of the comet remains, who's the graves of the earlier and of the

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MBR no Baraka in terms of benefiting with the Baraka that remains of them is in our actions, our Salah, our reciting of the Quran, that is the Baraka living on in us, the teachings continue to benefit them in the war,

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about 100 years later, so this is the end of the 17th century 1699 of use of passes away, and Islam once again. So yet introduced Islam really in a formal way, and people had become Muslim, and the traditions and the customs and the legacy of Islam was now imprinted in that five years, you managed to build a Muslim community. But of course, they were without a true leader. You had imams here and they, the next great Imam, and the great leader will make a great change in Cape Town in in Islam in South Africa, is Mr. Abdullah Abu Khalid Abu Salah are known as to one guru, to one guru, to one guru means master teacher. This was a man who was a great album, a great album, and with such great

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respect, this was the title they gave him. The master teacher. This was his his title, also from Indonesia, also from a prince in Indonesia. He had spent his life learning Islam and fighting against the Dutch, his country like he's like chef useless country, and the Dutch colonial power, and the purpose of the Dutch to subdue these people, oppressed them make them slaves, like what they did in Africa, they take you from what your land and put you in some country to work as slaves in the fields or in the minds. And of course, alongside the oppression comes the missionary work, to remove you from your Islam to take everything, even your deen away from you. So those are llama are

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under great pressure. Not only were they fighting an enemy with guns, but they were fighting the enemy that was trying to remove Islam. And as once again, young prince, he realizes his duty, not just as a leader, he studied Islam and he becomes fluent in Arabic, memorize the Quran, a deep, deep understanding of fick and he works with these people. And of course, he fights with the jihad, but like Shia Yusuf is captured. After years and years in the service of Allah, he's captured and he's taken as well because the dangerous man is taken and dumped. Not only not even in Cape Town, he's put on Robben Island for 12 years. He sits in Robben Island

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for 12 years. He sits in

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Robben Island on this rock in the middle of nowhere, no family, no friends, no, no company and this there wasn't even a prison really. There wasn't the prison that we see today wasn't even there. So this man, again in the service of Allah finds himself in this, this penal colony. And after 12 years, eventually the the Dutch, the Dutch masters, they allow him to come into Cape Town, almost almost 100 years, almost 7092, almost exactly 100 years after to one of the chef Yusuf came to Cape Town to ungroup into his cape town.

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What does he do an old he's an old man, he comes to a city that's not his country, a prince with lost everything. First thing he does, you know, he finds a wife underlying dope street, and he converts his house into the madrasa, the first madrasa in Cape Town. And this madrasa was so unique, because one of the forms of oppression, one of the the oppressor understands this, the way to keep people oppressed is to deprive him of education, take away, don't let them use this muscle, no matter what other muscles you're using. If you don't have this muscle working, they never going to conquer us. This man realized that, and he opened these doors, he said, all the slaves, Muslim or

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non Muslim, you're welcome to come, we'll teach you how to read and write. We'll teach you how to read and write. And we'll teach you how to read and write in Africa in Arabic, you will read the Quran, and you will write the Quran. Now, the language in Cape Town was Africans, the people spoke of records, but they couldn't read or write. So he taught him to read or write in read and write in Arabic, but you'd find and this is the oldest, the oldest examples of of African sticks is used Arabic letters, you will open the book, it has letters alphabeta, and you read it, it's actually Africans. So they couldn't read Africans, they spoke Africans, but they could read the Quran. They

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could read Arabic. And this was a unifying force. The colonials were right in the pages of history, that in the churches, they would leave a certain space open for slaves, those chains were empty. No slaves were entering the churches. Whereas the masjid although there was no machine at the time, the school of the mohammedans as they called the Muslims, were thriving. Slaves flocked to this new this new religion, which number one, since all of your equal under Allah, that the king and the beggar and the slave is the same and Allah, that power comes from Allah, Allah gives glory to whom he wants, just because of the color of your skin you inferior doesn't work today, you are superior.

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Tomorrow, someone else with a different color will be in charge, gave them knowledge, gave them the tools to to learn, didn't make them actively come to Islam. They naturally turned to Islam. They turned to Islam. So while one Guru is working in dope street teaching his madrasa he's continuously petitioning the government to allow them to have a Masjid. Islam is an outlawed religion until 1805. So for most of these life, Islam is outlawed. You're allowed to be Muslim, but the practicing and working the Islam and Fridays they never Masjid but they would go to Cabrini street there's a quarry over here and they would have Juma Salah. out in the open. They would have Juma Salah outside with

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the rain or shine. We have in Juma we don't have a Masjid. But we'll still have an oma we'll still have unity. Eventually, once the Dutch were overthrown, and the British to control their most sympathetic view to Islam, and the first Masjid was opened into absurdity, oh, well, mostly just around the corner.

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Professor Hama, David says that is the first image in the southern hemisphere might be true, might have been the first monkey to survive in the southern hemisphere. great pride we take as muslimeen but great pride, as mentioned over 200 years old, opened at the 17 1790. In the later part of 1790. The first Masjid opens up for Islam. With one guru passes away, and is buried up here in the tunnel bar. If you go straight up the road, long Market Street, you'd find the crime at the burial site of one guru, the time he passes away. Their mother is all over Cape Town, and your mom's scholars were teaching Islam and now you have a vibrant Muslim community. You have an Islam that is strong, that

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is practicing its religion that is showing it showing the oppressor. It's showing the colonialists that we have an identity of our own. We're not just slaves. We have a power greater than your power we have and we stand against injustice. It is mentioned that the first the first revolt and other other revolt, the first display of civil disobedience. The first people to stand up against oppression in South Africa are the Muslims in Cape Town when they close down the Muslim cemetery, the Tana baru they close it down so you can't bury your people in because you don't use a coffin. They said it's it's it's contagious for diseases. Muslim stood up and said you cannot deprive us of

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burying our dead in a Muslim cemetery. What did they fight for? Not money, not wealth for the for the ability to practice the deen. And for this reason we call them Olia. We call them olien. Without a doubt when we look at what a while

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Really is when we look at what a volley really is. It's a it's someone that is close, when it comes from what it means to be close in close proximity to something. What are the close to the close to Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanaw taala mentioned earlier in the Quran, when Allah says, Allah is the Protector is the one that is close. And is the friend of those who believe all the believers, all of us Gemma muslimeen, to some degree, your earlier all of your earlier but your degree of friendship and closest to Allah is different between depending on your taqwa and anyone can get right to the closest of the close to Allah makara Boone up few in this generation of nurses but they

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are they those who are close to Allah. So Allah says, Allah is the Wali of those who believe and he takes them Allah is the one who takes them out of darkness into the light. As for the disbelievers, they are the earlier of the hood that they are friends and close to everything that is worshipped besides Allah and they take them take Veolia of shaitaan out of light and into the darkness, and those are the people of the fire and they will be in it forever. Allah Subhana Allah says to the to his earlier, indeed, oh my earlier, there is no fear upon the fear of Allah, nor shall they grieve. Those who believe and they are continuously pious in the actions to qualities to be a Walid, believe

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in Allah and be pious in your actions. to them. Allah says if you're a Ye, I give you good glad tidings, the good news in the dunya you'll be successful, and in the accurate you'll be successful, and there's no changing the word of Allah. And that is the great success that Allah promises you.

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Olam continues v. Yo Li is Allah your wellies Allah and His prophets and those who believe and those who establish the pray and paid Zakah and they bow and pray whoever puts his trust with Allah and His Prophet, and those who believe the party of Allah will surely be victorious Allah promises the only year. Remember, we look at these ayat to one guru, effusive. They might not have seen, they could not have imagined that this would happen. 300 years later, they must have felt, maybe I failed yet Allah in my country in Indonesia. Allah subhanaw taala says they try to extinguish the light of Allah they, but Allah puts a new light here in this country, the purpose the duty was to come here

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and to give you slums, Allah Subhan says, Don't worry, you will even be successful in this dunya whether you see it or not. Allah Subhana Allah says in a hadith could see, on the basis of mentioned Allah says, Whoever shows any hatred, or harms any of my family of my wellies, I declare war on them. I declare war on anybody who shows hatred to my Olia how'd you become a valley nothing India's nothing makes a person come closer to Allah except by for him to do what is followed upon him. He does the pharaoh at first when he's supposed to fast. He makes Salam and he's supposed to make Salah it comes to the mosque when he's supposed to come to the masjid. And then he continues to do good

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deeds and come closer and closer to Allah. And when he comes closer, Allah begins to love him. And when Allah says, When I love him, I shall be his yearning with which he yours, I shall be sight with which he sees, I shall be his hands with which he holds and the feet with which he walks, when you in that state of love of Allah. If he asks of me, I will give him whatever he asks. And when he looks for assistance and refuge in me, I will grant him whatever he wants. This is the power of man, not power of color, or race or position or status or money. It is the power of a man, when you get to that level, Allah subhanaw taala gives you and benefits you in ways you don't see. So these

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people through the piety and the hard works and efforts they loved, they struggled, they died, they didn't see really the fruits of the efforts. We can see now 300 years later, the words of Allah, Allah Subhana, Allah promised them, you'll be successful. Maybe they didn't see it in their lifetime. We see today as a Muslim community today. For us now, in this day and age. We have Islamic come through a long journey from being exiles, slaves, under the boot of colonialism. We lived under apartheid. We were taken from our homes in one area and so amazing to think about it out not too long ago, our grandparents taken from their homes in a certain area, which they built, painfully

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built at Masjid spent every sin they had to build that mansion just to be taken from their homes, they jobs they businesses and dumped in another area. They become angry. Of course they were angry. But what did they do? They didn't they didn't give up hope. See what we stuck over will build new masajid will build new schools for our kids will start from the beginning. And Islam would thrive in that new area. No matter how powerful the oppressor was. They could take our homes, they could take us from our areas, but the massages still stand the stick six. All the people are taken out all the buses are gone. But the massages still remain. One thing that could not be touched.

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was beyond the power of, of the oppressor.

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We've contributed Alhamdulillah. So Islam has remained intact Alhamdulillah we're not perfect, we're not the perfect community, many things that are wrong, but hamdulillah many things are right, by the grace of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And not only that, and this is the, the model, Muslim community, if you look at Islam today, in many of the Western countries in Australia, in Britain, in America, the Muslim community and the non Muslim community is a constant struggle, you find yourself in one of two extremes. On the one side, you either assimilate into the society and you lose your Islam completely, Muhammad becomes mo le becomes L. And that's the end of Islam. Islam is only something

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you practice on your janazah. Or when you have a dogma, or when there's any car, other than that nothing of Islam remains, or you find extreme

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extremism. We don't want to speak the language of the people. We don't even want to go to the to be part of the society, we work against the government, we work against the economy, we are totally separate. Some did not come for us to be an island on our own.

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And we are at war with the country we're in to find the other extreme. Again, we are an island separated from the rest of its country Alhamdulillah the balance is to be part of the country to benefit the country to bring the guidance that Allah has blessed us to share with those around us and to keep our Islam and our Eman intact. That is, that is why many, many non many Muslims in minority countries in Milan Muslim countries look at Africa. As an example. I remember a few months ago, a professor from Australia is a Muslim professor. He teaches democracy and Islam and was just there was just after our elections here. And I asked him what advice you know, you're the expert in

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the field. What advice can you give us and he said, you know, brother, I can't really give you advice. We look at South Africa as an example. Whatever you guys are doing, I don't really know what it is. But keep keep up the good work. No Muslim community enjoys, enjoys a position as this Muslim community has. It did not come easy. It's not come cheap. But we are in a hamdulillah in a place of Rama and blessing we have we have we can look and be Muslims proudly in our city. When we look at where we are today, and this is off the backs of of years of centuries, 300 years of hard work, we have over 180 massage Sharla not too long, we'll say 200 and massage even more. cello took us over

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100 years to get the first mastery over 100 years to take the first one hamdullah every day more and more. You'll find masters all over Cape Town being built new communities thriving.

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There are countless income, the number of madrasa how many kids are learning from the first little madrasa in dope street? How many hundreds of 1000s If not, you know hundreds of 1000s of kids have learned the Quran or studying the Quran hoefer going further in terms of the science of looms, Muslim schools starting up here and the the balance between security and Islamic knowledge. In terms of halal certification, we might have our questions here and the but we're lucky in terms of where we are. And if anyone has traveled outside of South Africa to a non Muslim country, or even outside of Cape Town to some of the other areas, you'd be used to hamdulillah we can we can open any shop we

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can look what is halal and not Hello, one of the best networks in terms of Zakah you find the 10s of advert the oldest Muslim soccer institution in the modern world, the oldest, the model for all Muslim minorities, when they want to set up a soccer institution. They look at our sense of feeling awkward. These were not these were not great to Allah in terms of the best or the but they had was was was unity and they had taqwa that is the cause the blessings are handled our radio stations where we can hear, you know, how can Islam being preached openly in the on the air. We have so many Muslim publications, the Muslim views, these are things that shows the honor of Islam. We have our

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Muslim parties, we have a certain political political affairs, I will say counts and our vote counts Alhamdulillah full freedom to practice our religion. So hamdulillah as I said, we live in a lie Don't be Don't be. Don't be surprised when we say perhaps the most fortunate Muslim community on the face of the earth could be the Muslims in Cape Town. Perhaps Muslims, even in Muslim countries, do not enjoy what we enjoy. You're in South Africa and are able to practice Islam. You just need to go outside. I've met people that grew up with me in Medina grew up with me in Jeddah, and they come to South Africa to study me come back more, you know, closer to Islam and so we've not seen Islam

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practices the way it is in your country. Well, I we found Islam cluesive a bit like the footsteps of Mecca. There's something special that was given this place, and why what is the reason after the grace of Allah and these are the lessons we take. These are the lessons we take, what did the our forefathers do, from chef Yousuf to our grandparents who worked on the committees to still our old wounds that are sitting there working

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week in week out, the aunties work in the soup kitchen, what are they doing? How did we get to this blessing? Number one, you'd find a handler, something unique here. Islam is a priority. When you listen, you sit at the table, they'll talk about the rugby, they talk about the sports, about the economy, about politics, but Islam will be spoken in the Muslim community they struggling. This is monkey that's doing that is pot we understand that there is no government that's going to help us. There's no army or neighbors, it's going to assist us. The prot the the success or failure of the Muslim community depends on each and every one of us, or each and every one of us has a role to

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play. Just as you put on your list of priorities. I need to study, I need to earn a living, I need to support my family. You ask yourself, I need to do something for Islam. I find that hamdulillah but you know people I hope this doesn't change. But the young people still and older people, they look at what they can give back to the dean. The Dean is our priority. And while the dean is our priority, ally, success will come our way in the dunya. And in the accurate let this never change. Right? It does never change. Number two, we never ever gave up. hamdulillah spoke about a difficult history, slavery, oppression, apartheid, our parents taken from the home from the businesses they

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never ever gave up. How easy would it have been? And we ask ourselves if we lost everything? Would we still have the mind lift to build a new machine? When our homes were taken to let's start building a mansion? Like these were people who lost everything. The first priority? We need a monster do we find ourselves in this new area? The first thing we need to do is build the monster and a madrasa for our kids. Never ever gave up. The thrush the taco in Allah remain. No matter how much Allah tested them. They remain steadfast, the challenges are coming. We are faced with challenges we're gonna be faced with challenges. Remember, Allah Akbar to remove the pain of us is

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the victory the success. The ultimate result is within within our promises you that? Don't wait, don't ask when and where it will happen. ChildLine.

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Also, what the format of the past did what was successful is they love Islam, more than just taught Islam. They showed Islam in the character and the adapt. They didn't tell you if someone comes to you said, Tell me about Islam didn't have to open it up. It's just look at that man. Look how honest he is. Look at that sister, because she traces look at that person, that trader. When people saw Islam, this every single person, especially in a Muslim minority, you want ambassador, a flag bearer for Islam. You don't have to teach people about Islam, show them Islam. When you do this, you'll find that people flocked to Islam Alhamdulillah one thing we're very, very proud of is we've kept

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the Quran alive. As I mentioned before people could read in their own language before they could even read English or Africans. They read Arabic they read the Quran, people couldn't read their own language they spoke but they could recite the Quran hamdullah this tradition has remained that even across the world, and you'll find many competitions. So Africans compete hope, faith competitions, winning these competitions I saw in the University of Medina, Alhamdulillah South African students, we would go there, most of us wouldn't be able to speak Arabic. But better than most of the other countries, we could recite the Quran, many of us prefer many of those students and colleagues of

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mine for fun. And maybe you know, sometimes we ask why does Allah protect and have such blessing in the city? Maybe it's the hundreds the 1000s of young boys and girls reciting the Quran daily that has brought the Baraka in this place. Maybe it's because of that, with a continue in sha Allah.

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We had unity and hamdulillah. Last week we saw when an event occurred, an issue occurred, the Muslim community stood together, and we fight we have our differences. But when push comes to shove, strong leadership in our llama, and unity within our ranks, is what caused us to prevail, and that should always be remained. We can fight amongst ourselves no problem. But when our oma is challenged externally, and when we all our kids all together, faces a dilemma, then we put our differences aside, no matter how beside our views aside, this becomes the priority This must remain. We also show that Islam is not just a religion. It's not just something you do in the masjid, but we stand

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to bring about change in the society. If slavery is the problem, we speak out against slavery. If oppression is the part of a problem, racism, we the first to tell you that our religion is against this today, the social problems we see outside drugs, poverty, inequality, Islam is the first the first tool to solve these problems if it's implemented properly. Alhamdulillah and we hope this continues. We have always followed a middle path, not extreme, not overly secular, overly westernized and not extreme. We will reject and put out Islam against the rest of the world. And this must continue in sha Allah. The challenge challenges ahead, our time is now and 50 years from

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now someone will stand here and speak about what you and I did what my forefathers do. What did they do to take Islam to the next level? We are being the new challenges of today. We don't have the shackles of slavery. We don't have a party on us, but we have the knifes that is completely free today. Oh

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The chains are gone, and all the limits are gone. You can be whatever you want to be for good or for bad. The challenge now is not outside, but it's inside the battle is with yourself new different kinds of challenge. And you're going to have all kinds of different ideologies coming to South Africa. Unfortunately, Cape Town is become like a dumping ground. any group of view wants to promote the views we saw last week, what happened? They come to South Africa to promote this view. Are we equipped? Are we ready to take on this challenge? Only knowledge is the only cure against these challenges. Whatever happens globally, the world has become smaller. What happens in Palestine? What

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happens in Iraq? What happens in Syria is reflected is what's going to happen in South Africa. We need to ask us, are we ready? And hamdulillah? You find that so many times and so beautiful when our brothers from Gaza come here? And they think as I said, South Africa, Cape Town, we thank you, we make dua for you for what you do for us, let us continue the part of the Muslim Ummah, we are bigger our community here, there's a bigger community and our hamdulillah we continue to work part and parcel that community. And of course, remember, while we preserve and protect our Islam, we need to work in this country. And we need to find solutions to the problems that faced by Muslims or non

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Muslims, drugs and crime, poverty. It's an issue that does not only harm Muslims, it harms none. It doesn't only harm us, it harms everybody. Therefore we work for the betterment of everybody. We are a group of people we are a an all my year in Cape Town, not just for our own blessings Allah came and also Mohsin Rahmatullah alameen as a mercy unto all of creation. We are here to benefit every man and woman and child to benefit the environment to benefit our country. We are proud to say that the proudly Muslim, proudly South African as well. So inshallah we make our time for us easier. We need to take the legacy forward. It's not it did not come easy, but it comes with it from all of us.

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I end up just to remind ourselves in sha Allah were entered. We have entered today the first of the ledger, the holiest today. Not the first of the future.

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The first of the future today?

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No, in Cape Town. Yeah. in Cape Town, the first of the danger.

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We'll talk about that next week. We'll talk about the two E's next week. Don't worry about that inshallah. In Okay, let me reclass it clarify. Yesterday was the first of the ledger in Makkah for the judge. Today in South Africa, the moon was was not cited before the first of the ledger. For us following the lunar calendar was the fall of the lunar calendar. The first of the ledger today, whichever side you you take from yesterday or today. Bottom line is you have entered into the holiest 10 days of the year. These 10 days of the year are as holy as the last 10 nights of Ramadan. And that kind of effort and focus that we need to have in sha Allah Let's all have and put our mind

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to it. Do the most we can a lot of analysis and remember the name of Allah in the appointed days, these appointed days. remember Allah mechtech be to make the holy Nabi saw Salaam sees this beautiful Hadith in Bukhari, there are no deeds, as excellent as those done in these 10 days is harvested. Yasser Allah fasting in these 10 days zaca in these 10 days, Salah in these 10 days better than even Jihad outside of these 10 days, maybe even better than jihad, even better than Jad, except for the Mujahid that goes out and he fights with his wealth and his life and he comes back with nothing for that person. It's better. So on the level of Mujahid, on the level of a Mujahid

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This is what happens in these 10 days. I mean for the best we can do there's no specific abidan abyssal Salah mentioned to do in these 10 days, no specific Sala like tarawih sada but whatever extra you can do do give you a sucker sign up to do the Khubani fast if you can fast in these 10 days if you can't fast so these nine days if you can't fast in these nine days, in the day of arafah, compulsory whatever view you send, everyone agrees otherwise next Friday, the Hajaj the day they stand on offer. That's the day of alpha on that day, next week, inshallah Friday, this will be fasting, the reward. The reward to force on that day is that Allah forgives all your sins the

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previous year, and all the sins of the coming year all the minus and the hajjaj get a lifetime of forgiveness. You get two years of forgiveness. If you fast that day. Don't miss out in sha Allah to do the best you can. In these 10 days, Marla's gonna guide us and protect us and grant us prosperity. I mean in sha Allah, we just a few announcements that it'll add her. Next week we'll discuss evil adhaar we'll discuss each of the divisions that we have in it so we can come on Alhamdulillah a sound understanding of this issue is a beautiful issue. A beautiful thing shows the beauty of Islam. Please send your comments that that comment box unfortunately still empty after two

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