Importance of Youth in Our Communities

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Nouman Ali Khan

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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into the topic of the youth and how when we talk about youth, we talk about the problem segment of our society.

Youth has become synonymous with the problem and it seems like they are the weakest link in our community. But Allah highlights the youth and makes us realize that they are not our weakness. young people are our strength. And they will find their strength in the Word of Allah. When a young generation goes back to the book of Allah, the world changes. The map of the world changes.

There are ‘ulama, scholars, that have spent their entire life worshiping Allah, studying Hadith, Fiqh, Usool, Aqeedah, Tafsir, etc., and have lived a life of learning and teaching. these are some of the most noble-dignified-symbols of Iman in the community, the elders. The older scholars of this Ummah are a treasure of this Ummah. Yet, the scholars of this Ummah, for fourteen centuries are learning about a bunch of young men who knew nothing, except there’s one God. These scholars wrote books, and articles, and papers, and reflections, on the lives of these not knowledgeable, not scholarly, no ijazah in any tajweed category of young men. Pause for a moment and understand the profundity of this! Knowledge is not something that is exclusive to the elders. It is the Iman in the heart of a Muslim that counts.

We paint an extreme picture that the Quran itself doesn’t paint. And our youth suffer because of this misconception. They feel that becoming serious about Islam means that we must let go of our existing life devoid of friends, a personality and much more. But the youth needs to realize that Islam is a beautiful religion that brings color and joy to our life.

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High School the halaqaat women's programs, the youth programs, sports activities, and lies always on continue to put back on all of those things and save you and shelter you from all kinds of disagreements and arguments and ill feelings towards one another and allow you to really serve first and foremost yourselves and your families for the sake of Allah. And then the the extended community here. So the word of a lucky spread. So I wanted to, in this brief conversation with all of you share a couple of ideas, some of them belong to certain Kabuto when I recited in the beginning of this talk, that's the 29th sort of look around. And then I'll take you further down, historically,

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at least to Silicon bacala. And something else I'll share with you from social data. And those two things, essentially, are the the centerpiece of what I want to share with you today. The mic just go off. Okay. All right.

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So when the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam

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was doing his best to deliver the message of Islam. There were different kinds of reactions by people, of course, the minority reaction was that people believed in him. That's the minority reaction, the majority reaction was people did not believe. And of the people that didn't believe they had different kinds of reasons. Not everybody disbelief for the same reason. And the intensity, with which they disbelieve the fervor with which they disagreed with the Prophet, some of it said also, it varied, some people absolutely hated Islam, it couldn't stand upon, some people just didn't know about it. And when they heard about it, they're like, I don't need to pay more attention, I got

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other stuff going on in my life, you know, they don't have to pay attention to it. And they only pay attention I would much, much, much, much later in their life.

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Then there were the people who are hearing about the message of Islam consistently. And they didn't necessarily hate it, but they just, you know, there's a kind of personality that always wants to counter argue, it never wants to accept something, he just wants to come up with a counter argument. In Arabic, there's a saying, in Java, every speech has a counter argument, every everything has a commentary, right? So their idea of and then by the way, there's a certain kind of person, the only time they feel intelligent is when they criticize somebody else.

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And that's a pretty good indication of a lack of intelligence, by the way, and low self esteem on top of that, that the only time you can display the value of your intellect is by putting somebody else down, or by dismantling their idea or criticizing critiquing, right. And interestingly enough, in modern academics, that's essentially, especially in the social sciences. That's how PhDs are done. you present your thesis before a panel of experts. And they all try to one up one another. And trying to criticize your paper, and they're not really interested in criticizing your paper, they're interested in proving to the next guy sitting next to them, that they know more than them. So

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they'll try to ask a harder question. And you're caught in the middle of all of that politics presenting your paper. Right. But this is this is a modern mind. But this is this mentality has always been there. And one of the ways in which people tried to say that they're smarter than the message of Islam or the Koran and sounds like it's some beautiful things, but here, but here's some questions I have for you. And the question that basically was by the end of the Macan period, so the prophets been delivering the message Salalah audience alone for a little over a decade, already, almost a decade. And by the end of it, all these different kinds of questions. Is he insane? Is he

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stealing these words from somebody else? These kinds of questions started started watering down withering away. And there was one main criticism that remain, that they will not want to let go. And this is the criticism you'll find in later McKinsey. It's repeated over and over and over again, this one criticism that they kept coming up with. What we're going to learn in this slot is not only just quotes that criticism, he cites that criticism, but he responds to that criticism too. And I'll try to explain to you a couple of the reasons for which Allah azza wa jal responds to that criticism. So let's read this criticism. First and foremost, well, not contented, lumen cuddly human

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keytab. The Prophet the Prophet is told by Allah Himself, I don't want either La Quinta Tacloban call leaving if you were not someone who were reading any kind of a book whatsoever.

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The Arabic word ma is used not just enough, he they'll have they say, for refutation.

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There's one thing to say I didn't go to work. It's a little to say no, I didn't go to work.

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When you say I didn't go to work or answering the question, did you go to work? And your answer is, I didn't go to somebody says, Hey, you went to work, didn't you? And you said no, no, no, I didn't.

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Now you're not just negating you are what? refuting you refuting in Arabic When you negate you say love

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or love, when you refute you c'est la.

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vie for refutation. So when you read mine the Quran for negation what it means is somebody said something incorrect and apply it correctly.

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So my saying here in the negative, they've said something in the positive before so let's see what Allah says. Allah says you did not write anything with your you didn't read anything with your, with your spider self of any book whatsoever before this. You did not at all ever meet making a profit is being told you're incapable you have been incapable of reading your anatomy and only as you are when you come out of your mother, as you know, unlettered as you would, as you would be when you come out of your mother. In other words, one of the allegations is this book has too much history. It's got too much wisdom, it's got too much knowledge. It's got too much style, it's got too much elephants.

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It's got too much majesty, how did this man who didn't speak like this around yesterday, and all of a sudden, he's talking like this, we never heard anything like this, he must be getting it from somewhere, he must be reading some secret books, or something of us has no, you know, Mark wanted to drink coffee when you weren't reading any book whatsoever. And then will not have to be immediate, maybe he sat home, and hours and hours he spent writing this stuff down. And you know, when you write the first draft, then you go back and you edit it, and you fix them, you say maybe this draft is better. And then you put it take some words out at some words in and you, you work on it, etc.

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You know, my one of my eldest daughter was recently in a poetry competition. And she's scratching away and writing this poem, writing this poem, writing this poem, and she's taking this word out, adding that word and taking this word out adding that word, and it's a process, especially in creative writing. It's a process and humbleness you want. But anyway,

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but I mean, I know the ugly drafts that she went through to get, you know, the ones that

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give me an allergic reaction, you know, but, you know, there is a process involved. So the other allegation was maybe the Prophet, this man, they don't say some a lot more than what we do, maybe just when he went through multiple drafts and wrote this down, and then he's presenting it as the perfect version. That's why it's so good. Because when somebody just speaks, they're bound to make mistakes, there. But I mean, we mistakes will prove this to you, as I am speaking to you now, I can't even count how many grammatical mistakes I probably have already made, as I'm speaking to you. How many redundancies I've already had, how many times I've repeated myself, or are engaged in, you

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know, run on sentences. You know, it's it's inevitable for human beings. But when you're speaking, and it's just coming up perfect. You know, what the first reaction of anybody listening is, if I was speaking to you, and like absolutely perfect English, you would say that is a natural. Nobody talks like that. He memorized it. He wrote this ahead of time he rehearsed. So that's the allegation against the Prophet. Some of us know how to be a mimic, you didn't write it with your head? Why? Because why did you didn't make it capable of writing with his hand? Some of our audience,

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even though we don't, if, in fact, those who want to make prove that this is a lie, and Nope. And Nope, this is the one who doesn't just lie. But he tries to prove something to be a lie, the ones who want to dismantle, invalidate this message, that's all they want to prove it somehow you plagiarize this message, you took it yourself, you learn it from some other source, you know, when you're presenting the drafted version, in case you're falling into doubt, you already know and they already know that you have no such background. By the way, till this day, this day, when you go to universities to study Islamic Studies, which should be really called an Islamic Studies in many of

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these universities, and they try to, you know, you do a PhD in you know, Islamic civilization or the Koran or something like that, what's the primary thesis, this has to be from, he must have plagiarized it from Christian sources, Jewish sources, he must have taken it from this place, or that place entire theses are written on this stuff. When you go to the library at NYU, and you put in for iron ore you put in Mohammed to do a search on articles, papers, etc, etc, you're gonna find all these papers written by non Muslims, you know, or people that have Muslim Muslim names, but not much more, that are entirely dedicated to showing how, you know, this is all a myth. This is all

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just take an excerpt, stolen excerpt from different parts of the Bible or the Torah, etc, etc. That's all this. So this allegation that's found in academia now isn't new, it was already there at the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. But this isn't even the last allegation. The last allegation is coming. Listen to this. While Lola, we did it.

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And they said, How come? How come no miracle

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If miraculous signs How come no miracles come down upon him from his master, after all, Jesus had his miracles. Moses had his miracles. You talk about Sonic and the sheep cattle. That was a pretty awesome miracle. Abraham had his miracles. How can this prophet doesn't have any miracles? How come nothing, nothing for us to see no special effects? Nothing? No, no dirt turning into a bird. No stick turning into a snake, no water party? No, like chopped up, you know, bowties of chicken and then they come back together and become a chicken again, referred again? Nothing. Once you got all these words. I mean, if you really are a prophet, show us something. Show us something, at least at

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least show us some kind of a miracle that happens in it.

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Have you ever heard the phrase? I'll believe it when I see it? Have you ever heard that before? That was their final attitude? Listen to what you have to say. Sounds pretty cool. doesn't even sound like it's yours. Actually, I think it's another source. By the way, when you say it's not the prophets words, incidentally, think about this logically, if the disbelievers say these words are not yours, you probably got them from somewhere else. Is that true?

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It is true.

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That is true. It's already half of faith. You've already told us these words are not his own.

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So even in the navigation of disbelief happen, that's true. Now, where did he get it from a lot and where they're saying he gets it from the People of the Book. The other half is the false but first half, they already understood this can't be his own, even that much later. So

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despite that, they say it's not enough for us. You got to show us stuff you got to show us you know, like, you know, the Arabian Peninsula is kind of dry. If you could just create some farmland automatically ask God to create some farmland that would work. That'd be pretty impressive, actually. I mean, I'm ready to become anything you want. If you can do that. Or how about this? What kind of poor you know, the Romans did pretty doing pretty well for themselves. And these Persians they got they got it, they got hooked up. How about you produce some? Some some not oil yet, but

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some gold from the ground? How about some just gold to just pop out of the ground?

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or water springs everywhere? How about that? If you could do that? I mean,

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we're willing to listen. Oh, how about this, we used to trust our elders, our elders were people have a lot of wisdom and some of them died. So if you can ask your God to bring them back to life, so they can hold a community hall meeting, and then tell us listen, this guy's truly a messenger. Look at me, I just came back from the dead just to tell you that, if you could do that, I mean, you got yourself a deal.

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On top of that, that later on the Jewish tribes, when the Prophet came into contact with certain Jewish tribes, they came up with different requests, even before that, some some of the outcome of the request. So who gives you the message? who delivers the message to you God Himself, He says, no way the angels up? The angel comes and delivers the message. Okay, let's see. Can we have a chat with him? I mean, he talks to you Why can you talk to us right here, we're available. Only you can see him? Oh, how convenient. Only you can see, you know, it say that, let's see leave. The Jewish tribes would come and say you know what, back in the day and in many slaves tradition, we learned

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that when Allah would accept a sacrifice when you would sacrifice an animal, you don't know if the sacrifice you made is good or not. It's acceptable with a law or not, they'll accept that sacrifice or no. So the old historical tradition is Allah would miraculously send a fire from the sky and it would consume the sacrifice and that's how you would know that Allah has accepted the sacrifice. That's actually what we learned in the details of the story of javita. Bobby, but to be Lamanna, Hema. Well, let me back up a minute. For one of them the sacrifice was accepted by above the other it wasn't accepted. How would you know? When you and I go to a house when we come back from a job?

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We know this one this one got accepted? This one didn't we don't know. But back in the day, what would send a fire so members have any final say How come you know that if you do a sacrifice right now and fire comes in, eats it from the sky, ready to go. We're ready to accept all of these demands had one thing in common. We will believe when we watch.

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We see. These words are not enough.

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words are not enough. That's the common theme among all of these. I talked about this at least when I teach.

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And what I'll share one piece of that with you

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100 alive This is a beautiful building.

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If there was an announcement made, brothers and sisters, please exit the building.

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There's some wood This is a fire drill or something, please exit the building. Of course you're Muslim, so you take your time.

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But eventually,

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you'd like instability. And of course if we said exit the building in a straight line, that would must that must be a message to the country.

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Because we don't hear those things, straight line parkwood in the line, like almost against the sun or something for us, we can't do it. But in capable, okay.

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Or you know, that imagine this if there's a cat in the building,

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if there's a small bird in the building?

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And also, here's the announcement, isn't it?

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Does it exit the building when it hears the announcement? No.

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When you're driving on the highway, and you're listening to the traffic radio, you do have some time to get I mean, I don't know if you get traffic out here, but

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I'm just saying.

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I used to be in New York. I listen to traffic radio all the time. Yes, the constant source traffic radio. And they will tell me back up on the lie three miles ahead, there is an accident, take the ads. And if you're going eastbound, they can exit. I didn't say man, these cars this profile tried to trick me. I'm only gonna take you

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on a chrome source comes to you will use and verified until my mom tells me to take the exit I have not.

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I'm going to take the exit. Okay. Did I see the traffic?

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No. No. Since information came to me from a reliable source, and the radio is not a video is not TV, I don't see the Doppler radio or whatever.

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Video the helicopter footage of the Act, I don't see anything. I just see a reporter telling you don't take the exit. And I said no.

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The point I'm trying to make is human beings, when they listen to a message. And it makes sense. And it's coming from a reliable source. We take it,

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we take it, you know what kind of creature is not able to take it. What kind of creature only believes when he or she sees

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when the creator saying we will only believe when we see

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when we will only believe when we see that's the only way you will convince me until you until you show me I'm not I'm not moving from my place. What have they already claimed about themselves, I behave like what behaves an animal. And a human being is clearly distinct from animals, because human beings can be convinced through words.

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They don't have to smell the smoke. They don't have to feel the heat of a fire to move. They can just be told there's a fire, they can move. It just has to come from a reliable source. And it has to make sense. These are the criteria. You know. So one thing already, when they made this criticism, it was actually already an insult against their own selves. Reason itself is not enough, we are convinced the way animals get killed.

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It's no surprise that it's no surprise how they're treated in judge's judgment. When you read their, their their examples, especially the sort of plan, we're about to talk about the gift of language in the beginning of the school. Why? Because you're human beings, you should use your language to get to the truth. What do you have to believe? See, believe in me, when you see a lot of talks about being grabbed by their head and their feet and be thrown into the fire? You know, back in the old days, the Arabs used to roast animals and they didn't chop it up into small pieces and put them in plastic bags and put them in the meat store. How would they roast the animal, they'd skin the

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animal. And some people would grab the head and other people will grab the seat and they tie to a huge lager board and then put it on top of a flame and roasted like that you can imagine this See? Of course you can't because you've never seen a movie or too religious. But, you know, you can imagine the animal when it's roasted. It's grabbed by the head of the sea.

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When

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he was up there on the criminal on Judgment is being thrown into Hellfire and how is he being grabbed by the heads and he he's being treated like

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an animal and basically a wild thing in between the lines and then the be permitted to harm the smart one can understand from the hints that he was dropping. And we'll do this here. Calvin Coolidge raffia. Right? There is a law saying Allah saying, look, you want it to only believe when you see like animals, there's no surprise you should be treated like an animal.

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That's what you wanted. That's what you want. Now come back to this is the one I want to share with you. Our nominee, Athena, they said to the Prophet, how can the miracles come there?

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How could you make miraculous signs? What's the last response? Oh, no, yes.

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Isn't it enough for the

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UN's Allah Allah

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that we have sent upon you.

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We have sent upon you to bow

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that's to be read upon them.

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The fact that the Quran is being read upon them according to a bar should be enough. You don't need anymore.

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This is enough for you. So how Allah, Allah is saying you should be as convinced, as amazed

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by revelation as you would be if you saw longer party

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If you saw a stick turned into a snake,

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I mean, I want to create chaos here. But if I had a steak

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and it just automatically just out of nowhere turned into a giant snake out of nowhere, it's not even small snake, it's moving a lot for God. It's huge. Two different aspects of it are highlighted.

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So it's a giant is one of those Discovery Channel Python. The ones that eat baby lamb

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thing shows up up here on the member. What's gonna happen next in the machine?

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Will there be a reaction? Will there be fear?

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And some of you really psychotic ones will pull out your webcam and like

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I forgot the

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last thing you see on the camera is this.

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Right? But there'll be a reaction right? There'll be amazement shot fear alone, seeing if that's the reaction to us stick turning into a snake. Can you imagine the people that were following Mousavi serve in the water party? Just looking at that.

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Man, the feeling you must have had and allies saying

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that killing is possible for you by what means?

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are on being read on?

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That is enough. That is the substitute for all of those things.

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That isn't sufficient for all of us. This is a this the reason I brought this up is because this is one of the passages in the Quran, in which Allah azza wa jal says a very bold thing. A very powerful thing. If somebody really wants to be convinced, really, really wants to be convinced that Islam is the truth. All they really have to genuinely experience is the Koran

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if they experience no for and there will be no doubt left in their hearts.

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But if you have the attitude that you just want to keep on criticizing, you don't genuinely come to the forum. You don't genuinely you came before you even came you said I'm gonna find some way of criticizing it. Some counter argument I'll dig up. You came with an ego problem. Agree problem, a selfishness problem, a laziness problem. You came with a problem intent to the poor guy. And you'll get nothing out of it.

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You get nothing out. Carolyn also saw the staff turning into a snake kidney.

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Also to the magician saw to the people saw to everybody. So did everybody have the same reaction? No. You could see a miracle and still not have the same reaction.

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Are the people who cross the water with musante is that later on gave Mousavi some the hardest time.

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And you imagine they just saw the greatest miracle possible in their life. They went through a body of water, with water on both sides standing up like a dam without walls. And they walk right through and they saw the fish who claimed to be God get crushed before their own eyes, that same feel nobody would make eye contact with it. That same phone is crushed in front of their own eyes. And they get on the other end and they become skeptical level Saudi ceramica I'm not so sure if he's a prophet.

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I don't know about that, Oh, my God. When you have a problem in here,

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then this stops working really well.

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And there's a problem in the heart and the mind kind of gets fuzzy.

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That time gets fuzzy.

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Now I want to come to the next part of this conversation. The Koran to us. It when the words of Allah azza wa jal are heard, they attack two things in us they attack our mind the words of Allah and they also attack our hearts our minds are submitted before a loved one.

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And our hearts are submitted before but

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when we deeply reflect on the Quran, Allah talks about reflection on the Koran in two dimensions and intellectual dimension and other youth here so I don't want to get too abstract but it intellectual dimension and a spiritual dimension. There's the number in the article and there's the number in the column there's reflection on the Quran in your mind, and there's reflection in the heart. Now, let me explain in simple language what the differences are two places

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one time of dimensions, reflection in the mind. Other time you mentioned the reflection in the heart

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that is

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a really psychedelic screensaver. Okay, cool. All right. So,

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what kind of reflection are there? Let me see if you were listening or alive.

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What are they?

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What does it mean reflection in the mind, it means the more you study the core and genuinely The more you will become intellectually rationally convinced that this can only be God's word.

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Your intellectual fortitude in the upper arm gets stronger and stronger and stronger.

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Unless

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they don't they reflect on the Koran. Had it been from anyone other than a lie, they would have found a lot of contradiction in it. In other words, the more you study it, you will find there is no contradiction. And the only thing that's in your mind that will get solidified is this can only be from Allah. That's intellectual to the

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issue of Mohammed he mentions the other one he says, a fella

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khudobin, a foreigner.

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So to reflect on the fraud, or is it the problem that the hearts have been placed locks have been placed on the hearts, the hearts are locked up, they don't care for it to reflect on the facade, reflecting on the Quran in the heart doesn't mean that you become convinced it's a last word. You become convinced that it's talking to you that no one is talking to you personally. You are engaged in a private meeting with a lion salaat

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you have a private meeting with a lot when you're deciding for odd. That's the devil in the heart. Oh, that's an experience. There's no highlight that one. There's none. There's no feeling like that one. It doesn't come all the time. By the way. It's a gift to come Safa sometimes, you know, if we can have that all the time, we'd be different kinds of people would be a different person.

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So now I want to share with you the importance of appreciating the Koran as a miracle for our hearts and the miracle for our minds. What's the importance of this is why I want to take you to Silicon Valley. And want to take you to a story that's very famous. It's a Sunday school story. So the kids here they go to Sunday school and are awake at least 25% of that time, which is difficult. probably know the story.

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He says, oh, tell us about Ibrahim Alayhi. Salam, when Connor

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whenever he

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talks to about a lot,

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when you talk to about a lot and you talk to him once kids, he talks to him about the future. He talks to him about himself, he talks to him about moving to MK guys a lot of conversation between a lion and lamb. So if you want to learn beautiful conversation between between a slave of Allah and Allah Himself, there's two, there's Mu sinoma. Beautiful conversation. And there's about him and a seminar. Just two beautiful sets of conversations. And

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so in one of these conversations about an email they sent out turns to a lion says what my master Edie shown

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came out of your mouth.

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How do you bring? How do you bring light to the day?

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How do you bring the dead back to life? How do you do it? He showed me.

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That kind of music now.

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You know how a child might be curious how a car works. It sounds to me that you take me to a factory, I want to see how they make cars.

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I want to go behind the scenes. That's a beautiful website. Let me see the source code.

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Those of you that steal source code. Have you seen the source code?

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That's a beautiful building. Let me see the blueprints?

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Let me see that. What's behind the scenes? Oh, my God. He asks a lot as I would just not, do you give life to death to death? Because he knows that.

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He doesn't say, you know, can you show me what it is? Can you bring life to the dead? Because he already has the extra that he wants to see how it happened?

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How does it work? How do you do it? I want to see

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a lot of us the calendar question. Beautiful conversation caller our them told me.

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You haven't already believed?

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You don't already believe that? I could do that.

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Hmm.

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Allah is asking who the man

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is around, by the way is the

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the role model of what a man should look like?

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You want to know what it feels like one solid image that keeps a lot of people talking about as a case study is the amount of money who of us would be in a position that a sharp knife is in your head and you're putting it on your child's neck?

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That takes him on? That's not that's not you don't question that you mind.

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That's pretty incredible. Who's gonna see a gigantic flame? A gigantic flame. They say in some historic narrations. The flame was so big that birds from the sky would fall into it.

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And he's about to be catapulted into that flame. And he says, Oh

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my God. That's the one and the wildest example of edema that comes to my mind.

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And I've shared this in some talks before nothing you have to leave his family muck up.

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That's hard enough. Have you ever left your family somewhere

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Let your family at the airport for too long. Too late to pick them up from the mall late to pick your kid up from the school. You know, you're there. You're calling them you're calling the wife. You're calling the child and they're going to voicemail does your mind go crazy?

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I've been calling you for 10 minutes. What are you when?

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What's wrong with you?

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You know,

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though it wasn't just my mom.

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You know, she doesn't stop.

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When you get caught

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dead.

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Leaving your family in an uncertain place would drive you crazy.

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Not knowing what's going to happen could drive you crazy.

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You know what I used to when we used to live in Maryland. I used to pick up my kids from school.

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on time, I overslept.

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And it's already three o'clock and we'll be there at school at three o'clock, wake up at three o'clock and out at the house. And I get a text message from the wife. How are the kids doing?

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And I wrote back

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and dash. And somehow, you know, her spider sense was reserved. And she said, You overslept. Didn't you the next time?

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She called me I picked up. How could you do this much when we're babies? They can be so scared and lonely. They're going to be so terrified. You know, you're going to be late. Oh, I can only imagine what they're going through. Yes. So for these children, they're going to be behind the gate inside an air conditioned room with the fan running and a teacher in front of them doing artwork. I'm so sorry.

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You know,

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terrified.

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What is about as he's walking away?

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What's he leaving them?

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If you guys have ever done on the road trip I have I just came back from a plane trip with my family. I went to the exact convention with six kids.

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And he refused to tell you traveling with children. When you're traveling in the car every five minutes. I'm too hot. I'm too cold.

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Can I move for my chicken that's in the front? Can I sit in the back? How come she gets to the window? I don't get the window. God.

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What kind of air conditioning does a Himalayan syrup have as he's walking, walking, not as up

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to the desert.

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Man.

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I even wonder about the road trip.

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Traveling is hard traveling with wife and kids. Whoa, man. That's tough. And the baby attack babies have so much in the sky that you're worried about them dehydration, and then he has to leave them there in the middle of nowhere. or walk away. That takes him on

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that semen and that same man that same will be returned to alive says Allah after all of that. Yeah, what can you show me? How do you do this?

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Allah says once you have the monitoring.

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He's the man is here. And his semen is here. But you know, and let me tell you something about these two things are intellectually minded. Only girls, it doesn't go back. It only goes spiritually man. Like the heart. It has good days and it has bad days. Spiritually, man can always use help.

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None of us ever will reach a state of mind where we can say I don't even worry about it. I'm good.

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It's it's a few tags that you always have to keep refilling. So when you go here, Sarah wants to experience a miracle. Is it the heart or the mind that he wants to keep filling up? Are the minds already filled? he's convinced. He's absolutely convinced. So what's his answer? He says, Bala wanna kill the Optima in our country?

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No, no, of course I believe.

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When he says burner to me, Allahu Allah. He's talking about this intellectually.

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intellectually, I have no doubts whatsoever. I have no doubt that you give life to the dead.

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I know that's what you're capable of doing. But I'm only asking because I want to satisfy and put my heart at ease. Even Ibrahim alayhis salam has the has the fields that need to satisfy his heart. This is different from the kuffar we write about the kuffaar had doubts were

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here.

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That's why I made this distinction. They had doubts over here. It wasn't for armies enough for them,

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or is enough for them for a year up here. And also for

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you.

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Now we already believe what

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we already believe.

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But you know, what do our hearts still need some reinforcements on time?

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Do all of our friends and allies saying what is enough for that?

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I want you to think about what I just said. Our hearts need reinforcement and a loss claim is not my claim a loss claim is for on is enough for that purpose. What are is enough?

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We have a big problem.

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Ramadan is around the corner.

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It's a blessing. But the vast majority of the Muslims that walk on this earth are going to stand it's a lot, and they will have no idea what's being recycled.

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They will experience the four iron without experiencing the Quran.

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It's surprising to me it's a state of emergency.

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It really is that we're going to stand and listen to the word of Allah. And we're not going to know anything.

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And even if we have some idea of what he's saying, we're not going to be standing at the edge of a water washing waterpark, we're not going to be experiencing a miracle or we were so amazed by that. We're so overwhelmed by that that as we are standing there it is completely reinforcing in our hearts and in our minds. Word of God.

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This can only be a buzzword caffeine.

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So how long

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can you imagine how powerless that when he saw he felt with a lot of reason a mountain above them.

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Imagine a mounting mountain hanging above and then the law says take my book series

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okay

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that's how we're supposed to feel what what's being recited

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the same for under the bus as if that for on came on a mountain

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or a Takahashi? And what do

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you want watch it full of fear, it'll become numb and it will become for sure it literally views our muscles to become soft. So it says normalizing the mountain will first start melting,

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then it'll explode from the fear. It can take it can take and how much harder than that you all does a heart have to be that it listens to the entire foot on and not a tear comes down.

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How much harder than that rock that looked at Boulder that mountain doesn't have to be another tragedy.

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So that's a pretty satisfied. And so we all make attempts. And I'm not blaming you for not knowing Arabic or not doing. And I'm saying there's a problem. Let's first recognize the problem. And let's try to do something to fix the problem. Let's try to get there and what why he if we make the intention to come to the word of Allah, to clean up our hearts to clean up our minds, Allah will open those roads, that's almost guaranteed. That's not up to me or you. Allah guarantees that you just you and I just have to make the intention. I want the last book to be a part of my life. I want it to be something that I can do reflect upon to clean my heart and clean my mind. And Allah will

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open those doors for you will light in ways you could never imagine.

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So in this, you know in this context, I want to share a few bits of advice with a

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few bits of advice that will help you and me get closer to the word of Allah.

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First things first.

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All of us there is no exception to this rule. All of us should be memorizing the product.

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All of us whether it's one IoT tour today, one way I don't care, you should be memorizing.

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How much should I memorize? Don't ask that question. Let it lead to that question. How much did your heart

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you know Well, a lot you don't let the told us? Where does the Quran rest when you memorize something else? When you memorize a medical textbook? When you memorize your physics course you memorize your answers for the exam, you memorize this or that or the other historical facts for your SAP, or whatever. When you memorize things. Where does that memory sit?

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Unless isn't the same slot uncovered. He says he doesn't wear the process inside a person. But who I add to the inaccuracy pseudo.

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These are clear miraculous signs in the chests of those who've been given

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the best possible healing the healing that was given to the world we want it to rest inside are

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memorize, memorize, memorize an ayah but do it every single day. Whether I don't know Arabic, it doesn't matter. just memorize.

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just memorize. have the intention that you want to learn you want to understand. And I'm telling you that people who memorize the Quran Arabic have seen understanding becomes 100 times easier for them

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than the people who don't memorize.

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That's number one. memorize the Quran. Second, whatever explanations of the Koran you find easy to understand. I personally I'll tell you what my personal problem is. Maybe you don't have this problem. I'm not a good reader at all.

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I have very low attention span. When I read something, I only read it because I'm having problems with it.

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two pages in I No, no no sleeping pill will do for me what reading will do for me Mashallah.

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Okay. And this is especially true by the way for some of you when you recite for

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all the an army of shotgun comes to you and says,

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you know you want it

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you will have the best sleep of your life, the moment you open the Muslim

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will come put you to sleep. It's pretty awesome. I've tried it. I've tried it when I you know, especially on planes when I need read or reciting. before takeoff, I'm out, wake up after landing.

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So for me personally to learn the feed and learn certain things I just had to learn to become a good listener.

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And to me, personally, the hotbar I've listened to that I've seen I've listened to the talks and lectures I've listened to in Arabic or or do or whatever else, they're still in my head. I was just listening to a talk I heard 12 years ago, and I still remember it. While I still remember that he said that it stuck in my head. You know, I didn't know where it came from. And I heard that talking. I was like, wow, that's where it was. That's, that's how I entered my everything. So listening to gurus of listening to explanation is a really easy way to start building a relationship, especially the rules of lectures of the Sooners, you've already memorized

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lectures of the students you've already met. My intention for coming here was two things. I want to first of all, I wanted to experience meeting this community and public dialogue with each other future as time permits and family obligations allow and work obligations allow, I'd like to come visit you again in Chinatown, and hopefully we will see each other again. But this particular trip, I wanted to take the opportunity because I want to extend each and every one of you that are here, and the community that's not here through you because you'll be ambassadors of this message for me. I wanted to invite you to a conference that I've put together with some friends in Dallas. And it's

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on the 30th of June.

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It's on the 30th of June. It's called no surprise, amazed by Brian.

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That's what the conference is called.

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And myself, my colleague, Sheldon Nasr, some of you know who that is, and Imam suhaib Webb from Boston, the three of us are going to be together at that conference. And he's really excited to come I was just hanging out with him at the convention in Connecticut, you know, two days ago, and he's super excited to come to Panama. So it's just a one day program. And the point of it is for us as a community to come back and experience why we are so amazed by

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this, I want to be amused by by myself, I want to listen to those two. And even as I talk about it with money, it's a review for me. I tell you when I was studying for on certain soils when I was studying them from a one particular angle, beauty and to true story, I was sitting there for hours still remember sitting there in my living room and listening to subject see it and I'm hitting some notes on an ayah. And I get to a point and I was so overwhelmed. I have to put the pen down and leave and just go make face because I felt like man, a mountain as a phone. How can anyone this belief

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is so powerful. It's so heavy. So so beautiful. It's so beautiful.

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You guys think the Avengers was awesome?

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was

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nothing garbage?

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You want to know how the story is told? The poor are knows how to tell the story. A lot of those how to tell a story.

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You haven't experienced you don't know. It's been it's been undersold tea has been given to you in a translation that's archaic. Has thou not seen this?

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You know?

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You don't know. You know, you really don't know. I didn't know. I studied some of the stuff I studied the story of use of Alex Robin translation A long time ago. But what's the big deal? I got it. When I read it. When I studied it studied the language of this law. And I was blown away by what was going on in Europe. It's incredible.

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It really isn't.

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Anything you will experience, especially stories, especially stories, the way Allah tells them is remarkable. And the way we tell them is frankly, it's depressing.

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It's depressing. The way we tell our children's stories from the fraud is just sad. We do such an injustice.

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Such as the typical Sunday school story, right? His kids are seeing these 12 year olds that are like

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well don't have watching.

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That one's doing that right now.

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I'm kidding. I'm kidding. I

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feel bad.

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You know, they're so hard to entertain. They're looking to be impressed and the teacher is on fire.

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The teachers depress

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you suffer they said I was

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a well and left hand there, please put me in a

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monotone the story we have to even the elders appearance here. We have to be inspired by this book so we can instill inspiration.

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The Prophet is I was I was describing this last thing of the viewer. It's not just what the court has to say it's how it says.

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Allah chose the best words.

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You chose the best style. And you chose the most, you know, a powerful teacher on earth to teach this lesson.

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You are alone, you've sat in a class, how much of education depends on the teacher

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a lot. It could be the same curriculum, it could be the same lesson it could be the same students, but the teacher makes all the difference.

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This teacher will make you remember it for life, because you know how to teach. He knows what he's doing. Allah says yo sola alaikum iottie my prophets they narrate my eye onto you. They don't just tell you up Luna Beco

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inform you of my miraculous signs. No, no, no. They narrate. They animate themselves. They tell them they make it alive, when they present

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will captivate you. That's what my prophets that in and of itself is

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to tell the message of Islam in a way that is captured me in a way that captures and I don't, you know, I try to do that as much as I can for my own children. You know what I do for my kids? We like on a weekly basis, we have a HELOC. Our kids had a couple of the neighbors we get together and we have a good program. And I'm doing the story of who Sorry, sir, I'm with them. And what I do is I do in an episode, Episode One.

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Dark Knight

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not the movie. The Dark Knight

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is trapped as a man traveling with his family.

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It's got a kid with a little kid with him. He's got his wife with him. And they get like it gets darker and darker and darker and they don't know where to go. And all of a sudden,

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these kids their eyes are bulging out.

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There is a fire on top of a mountain

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who think the fire

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don't say

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this gets really crazy. Really? That?

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You know what? Nobody could see the fire.

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Only this one man father. I didn't even tell him his name.

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The father. He saw the fire and told us Can you see that? said no, we don't see anything. They said okay, just wait here in the middle of the dark. Just wait here. I'll go.

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And he started climbing up the mountain in the middle of the dock. Can you imagine how scary that must be? climbing up a mountain in the middle of the dark? Dude is crazy. One time I was in my room and the lights were off.

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I love those those interjections they're so awesome.

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Yeah, I was like, that

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isn't like going up the stairs? No, it's worse.

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And as he got up there, he heard Musab.

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What's that? That's his name. That's his name.

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Who said it? I don't know. He doesn't know either.

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He didn't know I don't even know what to do.

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No, sir. Oh, my God. You're going to meet a stranger. You don't even know who's gonna be up there. And you hear what?

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Your own name? Not even Hey, man. Are you over there?

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God knows his name. In the dark in the dark. You can even see whoever's talking and seeing the dark.

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Whoever's talking can already seen the dark.

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And waters talking even knows he knows people that are strangers to everyone.

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For him, no one's a stranger.

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Because he went to a strange place. He's never been there before. Right? So whoever now you guys think? Who can see in the dark? everyone and everything. And who is someone that no one is a stranger to these kids.

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Who knows everything?

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You mean like everyone? Yep.

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I thought that was a buck. Bingo.

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Yeah.

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Then what happened? I'll tell you next episode.

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That's what you're supposed to do.

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You know, really, when I when I get to the part of the snake, I actually literally pick a rope and start

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and put on a YouTube video.

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China Hong Kong.

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This guy.

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Can you imagine that? Scary? Yeah, it was pretty scary. That was pretty scary. And then you

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grab it.

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So if you bring a toy snake, and you ask a child to grab it, will they? If it's moving around? No, isn't that scary grabbing it? Can you imagine a legit say, Don't be afraid, just grab

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people

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who saw this I was thinking of running off the mountain.

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By the way, running off of a mountain in the dark by running it all down the mountain is a bad idea.

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It's a pretty scary idea. So he's weighing what's scarier running down the mountain in the dead of the night or facing the snake. So clearly, the snake is really terrifying. And Omar says to him, No, do what you don't want to do.

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With your head.

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Don't be afraid. Don't worry about

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10 What happened was I got closer and closer to the snake. And he grabbed it.

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Then all of a sudden,

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I'll tell you tomorrow.

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You're supposed to do this.

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So my child never forgets.

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So I'm driving home from school, but my kids are saying to me, what do you know what that happened was with the snake that was crazy.

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They're not telling me you know, what happened is, you know, whatever, Jimmy Neutron or Dora the Explorer, the Avengers.

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That was crazy.

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That sneak thing. That was amazing.

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That was amazing what happened next, I can't tell you until later. Sorry, guys. next season to

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come out here.

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That's what we're supposed to. So the intent that day is to do that for the adults advocates is to take a passenger on and to share with myself and all of you and my family and your family. What makes it all the registration is actually online. And I'm expecting an audience from all across the country. And I'm hoping we have the strongest showing from Texas itself. And that's part of the reason I've made this road trip here to let you guys know, I wanted to share this with you guys and also make the announcement for that program. The website again is amazed by the hood on.com. So if you can do me the favor of registering as soon as possible. And also please, please, please, please,

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the most important kind of, you know, advertising is word of mouth. It's not Facebook, it's not flyers without announcements. It's what you guys talk about something with your friends and family so do me the favor of talking about it with friends and family channel data and allows them to put barakah in that program and help us make that a tradition every year that we come back and we can rejuvenate our spirits with the Quran year after year after year. So thank you so very much for listening on a weeknight and all of you are going back to work I'm going back to conduct an exam for my students in the end in the morning tomorrow so I gotta get out of here to inshallah God, but it's

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been an absolute absolute pleasure coming here. I pray that we get to get a lot of time with each other in the future.

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And that we're able to get to know each other better, but I hope to see all of you and your families in the conference and if not here, and if not, then inshallah we'll meet in a much better place. barakallahu li walakum wa salam aleikum wa