Striking Examples From The Quran #07 Barren Lands & Fertile Fields

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The speakers discuss the importance of learning and sharing the Quran in regards to various situations. They emphasize the need for a unique answer and the importance of giving guidance to family members. The speakers also touch on the history and meaning of the concept of "has been made" and "has been made." They stress the importance of protecting investments and avoiding giving things at all, and provide examples of how heavy rain can affect people's plans and create damage to their investments. The concept of "IT" is also mentioned, and the speakers stress the importance of planting seeds and protecting them from damage.

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Salam Alaikum before you begin this video, just quickly wanted to let you know that so much of the work on the Quran has been completed on being a TV, I want you to enjoy systematically studying the Quran from the beginning all the way to the end, in brief, and then in great detail. And to do that, I'd like for you to sign up on beta And once you appreciate what's going on and buy in a TV, I want you to become an ambassador for it and share that subscription with friends and family and give it as a gift also, thank you

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is the ideal model for all the Muslims, you can seek all the guidance from Him, but can we see his life

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he was an orphan. So he never had the challenge is how to deal with the Father and how to deal with the mother. Especially when he got married. So there was no mother in law and Mother conflict in our face.

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So I feel your pain, bro.

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Yeah, okay. Good question. Also, also Saddam

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did know how to did not have to deal with the corporate company or traffic jams or,

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you know, grocery stores. And the point I'm trying to make his life situations don't have to find an equivalent in the life of the prophet saw them. Right? So somebody who's having challenges in a very old age can say the prophets, I've never lived up to an old age. So how am I supposed to find inspiration in the resource center? We're looking at this the wrong way. So let's fix that. First. The role of the messenger Elisa to Salam is to deliver Allah's guidance, their wisdom, the principles, the principles by which we're supposed to lead our lives. And those principles are, you can think of them as they're flexible. They're, they're elastic, so they can fit in, you know,

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seventh century Arabia, they can fit in 11th century Spain, they can fit in 2024 in England, or any any culture, any society, any personal situation. And there are certain principles they apply to any life situation. So for example, you're asking about, let's say, a mother and a mother in law or father and a father in law and all of that, right at the end of the day, what does that amount to? What rights does somebody have? And Allah gave clear instructions on what are the rights of a mother? But that also teaches you what are not the rights of a mother? Not just what are her rights? What are not her rights? You know, human being has the right to take away any other human beings

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So as much as you love your mom, she cannot take away the rights of your wife. She can't It's not her place. As much as you love your wife, she can't take away any of the rights of your mom

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doesn't work that way.

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And if somebody's not a direct relative like even if they're not a blood relative, you're related to somebody through marriage like your mother in law, your father in law, your brother in law except or your in laws, right? At the very least, what do Muslims owe each other? dignity, respect kind treatment? That's not even something special to in law, that's you just owe that to every Muslim. So if you just even apply, what happens often is you have a lot of drama in the family. And you go to somebody's house and as soon as you go to their house, a salary come how are you mashallah, so happy to see, you're so nice to everybody else. And you understand how Muslims are supposed to be with

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each other, only when they're a little bit different, distant. But as soon as we're talking about people inside our family, all these principles disappear. The problem isn't we didn't get proper guidance on these situations. We have the guidance, we just apply it selectively. We apply it at work applied with strangers we applied with others. We don't apply with people we have drama with.

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And that's the it's the double standard we create not not in the dean. Right. So that's a it's an interesting question. But and that's why a lot of people like how do you can you give us some guidance on in laws? No, no, the law doesn't need to give you guidance on in law, just like he doesn't need to give you guidance on classmates, or does it need to give you guidance on it? It's, it's the, the religion isn't catered to you, you have to understand its principles and then understand how those principles apply in every situation. Right? Instead of saying, I need a unique answer for this situation that I need a unique answer for this situation. And I need a unique answer

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for that situation. Now once you understand the principles, then every person situation is unique anyway, you know how to apply it. And that's what Allah expects from every one of us is to apply, just apply justice apply Dakwah in every situation, we'll call you Colin Salida. Speak straightforward. Don't do

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double speak, don't say something but you mean something else, which we do in families all the time? Do you want me to come with you? No, no, I don't want no, of course I do. No, I don't think it's a good idea. But I'm not going to say that because there's going to be a lot of drama. So I'll say, of course, I want you to come with me know if you want me to come. And you mean it. Say I want you to come if you don't want me to come, I don't want you to come in. Here's why.

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And I think when I say that, you might question my intentions. And that's why it wasn't what wasn't going to say before. But since Allah says, Speak, straightforward, I'm going to speak straightforward and deal with this head on. Oh, look, Colin sadita Straight up, right. So there is a lot of you we have developed a culture among Muslims that we need a unique, such unique answer for every unique situation that somebody else will give us. We have to outsource the solution. The book of Allah and the principles in the Sunnah of His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are enough of a solution to any situation, to any situation. And it doesn't take scholarship to figure that

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out. It just takes a good conscience and Taqwa of Allah and you can figure it out. It's pretty easy. Like if, if you and your family people are doing libre,

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then you don't need a scholar to come and tell you by the way, that's not okay.

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If there are people that are stopping you from doing sadaqa, because it's on your dad's side of the family, and your mom's side of the family doesn't like the dad's side of the family, and they're stopping you from doing so. Well, you know, what, why should you stop? Nothing should stop you from doing something good.

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Right? Well, I hope so. Well, I actually meant the commissioner Coleman addolorata de luces. Straightforward, it's simple stuff. It's not complicated stuff and every Muslim should become mindful of that. May Allah make us mindful Muslims in our personal situations, okay, let's begin today's parable.

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Alhamdulillah hillbillies Alameen wa salatu salam ala seydel MBL it will mousseline rather early he was here Jemaine my bad for our other bIllahi min ash shaytani. R rajim.

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Yeah, are you here Latina Amendola, tabula rasa Ducati Campbell Manuel other color the unifocal mela Huria and nursery whether you're a new Biller, he will your mill

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for master who who can master the software and in other heat rub for Asaba who will be known for Taraka who Salda lyac The Runa Allah Shamima Casa boo Allahu La Jolla del Carmen caffeine. Rubbish actually Saudi with a silly MD, Dr. Melissa Ania. Callie.

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I'm going to start in sha Allah with Ira number 264. I'll roughly translate it for you. It's not that far from the IRA, we discussed yesterday about the single seed turning into seven stocks, and each one of them producing 100 more seeds and Allah multiplying even above that. It's sooner that was 261. This is 264. So they're very close to each other. But I'll read this IOU first. And we'll actually fill in the gaps, the ayat in between, we're gonna go through them because it's better for you to understand the entire context. Allah says, Yeah, you have Latina Amanu, those of you who claim to have Amandla, totally lose for the catacomb do not cancel out, do not nullify your

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immobile, easy way you can think about the meaning of empires multiplied by zero. To turn something into nothing

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to lay something to waste is if

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so don't let your charities be multiplied by zero, turn them into nothing. By two mistakes, Bill money while other and they're related to each other, by the literal word meaning of the word men is favor by reminding people that you've done them a favor, by expecting a favor by thinking that you've done someone a favor, by expecting favors in return.

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No Strings Attached basically. Right, no strings attached. And there's not going to be any commentary from you afterwards to remind so sometimes people give somebody you give somebody something, or they give you something, and all of a sudden you notice they keep asking you for different kinds of help. All of a sudden, hey, can you help me? There's a little work needs to be done in my garden. Can you come help with that? Hey, what are you doing? Can you there's a picture I'm trying to put up on the wall, but I need some help. Can you come over? I have my friend has a flat tire, can you go to his house and he just gave you a he's let you you know, give you $1,000 Or

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let you borrow some money or give you some help. And all of a sudden you became their personal assistant. And they're calling you for everything every favor. All of a sudden you're like what's going on here? And you thought it was a favor, but now they're starting to act like they own you.

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Right? And so you feel bad saying no, you don't say Hey, I can't right now I'm busy. I'm taking care of my mother, or I'm with my child or the doctor's office. You say okay, okay, okay. Yes, of course. Of course, of course and you keep doing it. And then the moment you stop doing it, you say excuse me, uh, hey, so

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I know you need my help. I'd love to help but actually, I'm not able to right now because I'm busy. And I'm going to be busy this entire week. I'm really sorry. And the guy

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difference. I mean, you know, people nowadays you do so much for them and they don't.

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They just forget so quickly, you know, subhanAllah No, it's okay. It's okay, I'll find somebody else.

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That little comment, that's called men. You use you leverage the favor you did for them, you remind them have it either by words or by unspoken even just kind of putting pressure on somebody because they're under your thumb now, because you help them in some way. Allah says if you gave, and then that giving came with a certain kind of expectation.

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Right? This applies in families, friends, this applies even in Islamic institutions, somebody decides to write a huge check for the masjid erode 100,000 pounds, and they give it to the masjid for the sake of Allah. And after the you know, all the tech leaders have done the fundraising this and they come afterwards. So I was thinking next year, who do you have leading the tarawih? I have a suggestion.

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Oh, well, thank you for we have someone Yeah, but I have a suggestion though. So it's a pretty good suggestion. Now that suggestion is about 100,000 pounds heavy.

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Right? Because if you gave that now it came with a bit of you're expecting some influence. You're using it that favor total leverage, that's Minh and then easily that steps into other other could be an extension of money could be an independent thing also, other is to cause pain or pain. Don't follow don't ruin your charities by seeing anything or doing doing anything that causes pain. What is pain you could tell somebody else you know, this person needed my help I help them

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you know or even if you don't even say against the you say mashallah is a good brother? Yeah, I helped him last year. Why you gotta tell people that because you want to put that person down. You want to remind people how charitable you are and how poor and miski Mashallah, they're very successful. I remember when they were needing money. They're doing pretty good now, but I remember this time when they were not doing so good. They used to stay in my basement. You know, I used to give them a room in my basement. Stay right there. Yeah, this this right. That's where they went, Yeah.

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Somebody became successful. Yeah, you know, when he was younger, I gave him a job. Again, this what is that this is money and other, you're trying to put somebody down, put them in their place, reminder, or, or just, you know,

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release words into the world that cause others pain.

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Allah says this is no good. Don't this will take all of your sadaqa and it will mean nothing in front of Allah. Now don't do so the catacomb will manual Allah. Then he says something even scarier, he says, can lead the unifocal mela Huria, a nurse, just like the person who spends his money to show off to people.

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So now we know in this everybody, every man, woman and child that's Muslim knows that when you do something for the sake of showing off, that means your intention is corrupt. And if your intention is corrupt, and Tamela, Mann orbignya, all of our actions are based on what intention so you do something to show people, it has no value with Allah. It has no value with Allah. But here's the fundamental intention comes before the action. Yes, intention comes before the action. But reminding people that you've done them a favor, and using hurtful words and putting pressure later on or leveraging your favor, that doesn't come before the action, it comes after the action. Now Allah has

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given us two things that are equal to Allah, equally problematic. One of them is if your intention was bad to begin with, you just wanted to give to show off to people, then it means nothing to Allah. And even if your intention was good, and you gave, but afterwards, you started using these kinds of words, these kinds of are imposing this kind of favor, then even if you messed it up afterwards, either you can start from zero and it stays zero, or you gotta to 100 and you multiply that by zero afterwards. And these are equally bad to Allah Kela Yun Kumala Huria nurse is like a test we are by nahama. It's making them equal. They're the same. So it says if Allah is saying, even

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if your intention was good, this behavior is just as bad as the corrupt intention.

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In some sense, it's actually also a diagnosis from Allah, that someone who gives for the right reasons, someone who gives for the right reasons, and the reasons are truly pure for Allah sake, then never again will they bring it up? Because that was between them and Allah. It's as silly as if you prayed to raka for the sake of Allah, you will never bring it up to anybody else and say, by the way, last year, I pray to the girl

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because you didn't do it for anybody else that was between you and Allah, that's it is not a conversation to bring up. Nothing out of your mouth will come up because it wasn't for anyone else. It was between you and Allah. If you gave for Allah

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And it was pure, then nowhere later in the future a year from now 10 years from now 20 years from now, will you ever remind someone how much you gave to a masjid? Or how much you give to a charity? Or how much you give to your younger brother? Or how much you gave to your in laws or how much you give? It's not going to come up because you did it expecting from Allah. And that's done with that transaction wasn't actually between you and someone else. It was between you and your Rob. That's it.

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But this is this is actually almost demonstrating that even though it seemed you even lie to yourself that you're doing it for the right reasons. This later behavior exposed that there was a component of React, which showed up later on it didn't show up at first it it was like a bad seed that didn't show up first, but later on it sprouted. Where's this coming from? It's coming from that hidden corruption that was there all along. So collezione Kumala Huria Anna's?

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But then Allah adds something really terrifying in this ayah he says, Well are you know Billahi WM Allah?

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Neither does this person believe in Allah nor the Last Day.

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What? This act of sadaqa and now Allah says this becomes an indication that this person doesn't believe in Allah. He doesn't believe in the last day.

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Why is that? Because sadaqa is an act of Ibadah and ibadah. Allah expects to be exclusively for him.

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Just like salah is a bada and it should be done exclusively for Allah, just like Hajj is a bother, it should be done exclusively for Allah sadaqa is also a bother it should be done exclusively for Allah and nama notary more commonly what Allah has said is done for Allah. Anything that gets in the way, is basically now you put someone with Allah,

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you put someone with Allah, this is an my, what does it mean that I gave it for Allah I expect it from Allah. Allah will give Well not if you have been hiding you are Firelake one toilet of the moon, whatever good you gave will be given back to you, you will not be wronged in any way everything will come back to you. So my expectations are from Allah on the last day.

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But the person who doesn't see that, for a person who saw that one seed will turn turn into seven will turn into 700 We'll keep multiplying by 700 endlessly. That's not enough, I need to talk about her to feel better in this world, then you don't really have an incentive in the afterlife that wasn't enough, then you don't really see its value, you see more value in making someone feel put down now make using your leverage. Now you see more value in that than the multiplication Allah offered. So now you've been a villa he will your villa. This becomes an evidence against this person. What a terrible reality to be mindful of when it comes to our sockliner charity. Now to do

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so Ducati can build manual other colonial Comala Huria. And as well, are you going to Villa he will yo Mila the last thing I'll say about this, for all of our benefit is that

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you know, investments can be dangerous, because you can make an investment and you don't get your money back as possible, right. And the language Allah uses for spending in the path of Allah sometimes uses the language of God of taking a loan, sometimes uses the language of business to Jarrah, right. And if you look at the language here carefully, it's actually similar to the language of the genre. Why? Because putting a seed in the ground is an investment. It's actually an investment, and you're expecting a return on investment. So it's, it's that language that's being used. Now, the thing is, there are some things you have to do to protect your investment.

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There are things you have to do, because you can't just make the investment and guaranteed the money will come you have to put the investment then you have to protect the investment. And Allah is saying in these ayat, now that you've made this investment with Allah protected from two things. First of all, even before you make the investment, make sure your intentions are clear. And after you make the investment don't multiplied by zero, just make sure you keep your investment safe, then it will be a true investment. And if you cannot make this a real, if it's not true, if it's not a real investment, then the falsehood of it will come out. Interestingly, the two words of truth and

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falsehood are also sick and battle.

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taboo to Sadhak article.

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This, join us in the words here, don't turn your sadaqat which are supposed to be true into battle.

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Bill manual other. So then he says this is the same as someone who spends money to show off and then he gives us the example that I want to come to. He says For Matthew who cannot at least have one.

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The example of a person like that now that who's that person, that person may have one or two or both problems. What's problem number one he did it for the wrong intention was problem number two, he messed it up after giving us a duck or he has both of those problems.

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All of them are now included. And what is the exact

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ample commercially soft one soft one means it comes from the word suffer. Soft means purity. And soft one means a pure, smooth, large, bolder like a rock. That smooth surface. Okay? I'm less stubborn. I'm less so it's bald and it's smooth and sleek.

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So Ahsoka Safwan Allah He tore up on it, there is some dirt. So there's there's the boulder and there's dirt on it. This is actually almost taking us to the imagery we saw already. Allah says what enamel haidara Right. Llama llama? Yeah, bitumen Shatila. So you imagine there was a rock on top of a mountain somewhere a large boulder and it rained so much that it got dislodged, and it rolled down the hill. Now it's at the bottom of the hill. But when it keeps on raining, it's not just the rocks that are sliding down. There's a mudslide. There's a landslide that comes right. So Land, land starts shifting from the mountain. And it it kind of starts covering the rock. So it's a large

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boulder. And now it's covered in dirt. So you don't even see the boulder anymore. All you see is dirt. Right.

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So this is the painting that Allah is painting here. For our Saba who have been then extremely heavy rain starts falling on this rock. So now the word wobble is described for very extreme rain. That's why actually associated with the word wobble is the word wobble. Which is a calamity. Because that kind of almost a flooding kind of arraign definitely kind of arraign which again, is continuation of the imagery of one of the first parables examples and subtle Bacara where a person's walking in very heavy rain, right? So it's almost like there's a the that same scene is being continued to the next episode. It's like that, that Allah creates this continuity of images in the sutras that he that he

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reveals so there's this continuity anyway, so for a Saba bill, then or for Saba Saba, who are bill, heavy rain flooding, rain starts falling on it, Fatah Raka, who Salda and it leaves it bald again. So there was a rock got covered in dirt, and then rain came and the dirt just wipe right off right? Now. Yokozuna, Allah che Mikasa Buddha stage read now meaning ALLAH is now coming out of the parable and saying, and they will not have any control over anything that they had worked on that they had earned. So let's understand this image, take a step back and understand this image, there was a rock it was covered in dirt, somebody passed by and said this is pretty good land look at this, it's at

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the foot of a mountain, you got got plenty of shade, this is fresh soil, this is a great place to grow entire garden. So they start planting there, they start putting seeds inside, because the the idea of planting a seed has already been given to us in 261. So the imagery is continuing, the person starts planting seeds, now they start seeing the seed grow, and the plant the garden grow on top. So they're really happy, and they have no idea what's underneath. They have no idea there's a boulder underneath, right. And so they're getting really impressed with this garden that they made. And all of a sudden there's a rain one day. And by the way, the garden that they made, there's

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another garden on top of the same mountain. Right, there's the garden up there. So it looks like it's the same kind of plants same kind of greenery, that's somebody else's garden, this, this guy's garden is at the bottom of the hill, when it starts raining on the top of the hill, the excess water, the extra water, where does it go,

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it goes to the bottom, the top of the hill, the garden on top of the hill, it doesn't get flooded. Every time, it just gets all the water that it needs for the plants to grow, to have the best moisture and all the excess water comes down. Those of you that have bought a home or have you know any real estate concerns or anything, when you're buying a property, you have to look at look at the elevation of the land. And you have to look at is your neighbor and a higher property than you or not, because when it's going to rain, what's going to happen, all their water is going to come into your property. So you'd rather flood somebody else's house than your house get flooded. So

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or if your house is and you'll notice that the homes that are at a higher elevation have a higher price. And the lower they are the lower the price and some of the cheapest real estate in some countries is the flood zone. Because it's the lowest right, it's lower. So when it rains, the water is even illegal to come and damage these properties. So they have lower real estate value. This is what they did in in Cape Town in South Africa. You know, the whites when after apartheid and everything, basically they set it up so that all the higher elevation land goes to the whites and all the Africans and Indians everybody else they get the lower elevation land. So every time it

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floods, who get who dies and whose homes gets destroyed the local populations and you know, they get to be on top of the you know, on top of the hill, you know, so there is this reality in the world, right. So when when the flood comes, the top garden survives and the bottom garden

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It's washed off like it wasn't even there. And the guy put so much work into this garden and it was so impressed with his guard. He comes back and he sees a rock. They're sleek ball looking straight at him. And Allah says layup DeLuna Allah che Makka Cebu. What is this analogy teaching us? It's teaching us first of all, that the work was done first. The work was done first, and the rain came afterwards, just like sadaqa was done first. And the man and other came afterwards. Yeah. So if you did sadaqa first, and then you messed up afterwards, here's what it's gonna look like.

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Or what was the other intention? Even before the work was done, what was missing? The right intention? The right Iman and Allah was missing, which was compared to a rock that is sleek, that water cannot get inside

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that rejects the water and rejects the water so that it was corrupt to begin with. Even if you dress it up pretty on the outside, eventually what's ugly on the inside will be exposed. And none of the investments you made on top are going to be any good. They're not going to look any pretty.

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On the other side. Now, this is like the Luna Allah shaman Mikasa whoo, whoo, Allahu La Jolla del Carmen caffine. Allah, Allah does not guide the disbelieving people is really interesting language. Allah doesn't guide the disbelieving people. What's the point of that conclusion of this ayah. first of all, Cofer, interestingly, also has to do with planting the seed a cafe is actually a farmer who plants the seed. Right? And Allah is almost saying that even though Allah has given this analogy, there are people who will not understand this, and they will give to show off anyway. And they will keep doing Cofer of this wisdom.

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I the way I read so far, what I've what I've become more and more convinced of over time is that there are coveted qualia in the Quran. They are universal principles in the Quran. But also, there are sometimes universal words being used in particular contexts. So caffeine is caffeine everywhere in the Quran. But then caffeine in a particular set of ayat is referring to a particular kind of gopher is not talking about gopher in general, it's talking about gopher in a very specific way. So the gopher in this general way we understand the gopher in this specific way here is here's Allah teaching you what will put all of your spending to waste. And there are some people who will do

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golfer of this teaching, they will deny this teaching, they will not understand this teaching, and Allah will not allow them to be guided because they reject it and they will keep making the wrong kinds of investments. They'll keep spending and spending on the wrong thing.

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Wala hula deal, common caffeine. It's also scary that Allah in this remarkable Ira has made them he could have said Hola Hola, como el Manasa teen because he's talking to believers. Yeah, you and Latina Ahmed, who is how it began. It began with those of you who believe why is the ayah ending with Hola Hola, tal como el caffeine. Right. And in the middle of an IRA that started with a U haul Athena Amanu. Those of you who believe in the middle of that Allah said, don't be like the one who doesn't believe in Allah and the Last Day and ends with caffeine. Scary stuff, huh? What that tells you is the believer is not safe from Gopher. And Cofer is not just I left Islam, that's that's not

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the only kind of golfer on judgment day a different kind of golfer will emerge. In fact, on Judgement Day, in the fog, hypocrisy will not be called the fog, it will actually be called gopher. On that day, the hypocrite will also be deemed the same as the cafe. May Allah protect us from hypocrisy. So this this is actually a pretty strong warning in the Quran about this kind of spending. Now, let's fill in the gaps a little bit.

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In the previous IRA, we saw the one who spends for the sake of Allah their investments get multiplied. The very next ayah says Let me tell you more about these people who spend for the sake of Allah, Who are these people? What did what it means what made their investment Correct? He says Alladhina Yun, hakuna and wallah Humphrey sebelah from Allah you to be your own AMA and for Coleman well other than those who spend their monies in the path of Allah, then do not follow up whatever they spent with no favors with no reminding of the favor, no imposing of pressure, no favors expected, nor do they follow it up with any painful words, the home urged rowhome Andara be him they

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will have their agenda reward exclusively with Arab.

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Now here's the concept that Muslims need to really internalize. There's on the one hand there's a Hadith of the Prophet social and Monica some elements or the cotton, right there's wealth does not get decreased when you give sadaqa and many people here will testify that when they start giving sadaqa Allah puts more Baraka in their risk. Allah gives more Allah solves your tax problem Allah helps you open up a second restaurant Allah you know, it takes a you know, you had a you were a mechanic now you want a mechanic shop because every time there's a problem, you give a little bit of sadaqa it keeps coming back to you. Allah keeps putting more

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or more blessings in your risk, understand something that even though if that might be the case for many, many, many people understand something that doesn't mean it happens with everyone. But one thing is for sure, it does happen for every single one with Allah.

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Right. So it does happen in this world in some way or the other. Because it could be that you gave money, but what you got in return was health. It could be that you gave money, what you got in return was peace in your family, because it is not just money. It's not I gave 10 I gave 10, I should get 10 back, or I gave 10 I should get 50 back. It's not just about money. Some people will have a lot of money, but no peace of mind. And some people will have very little money and have better peace of mind than the people that are spending hundreds of 1000s of dollars on therapy.

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Right that because Allah pays you back in this world, but he doesn't pay you back in the currency that you're expecting. It could be in his old age, there's different kinds of risk, he'll give you in different kinds of risk, right? But Allah says Lahoma, you know him and him they will have their, their compensation exclusively with Rob, even the risk Allah gives us in this world is not actually your return on investment. That's just some follow from Allah, the real agenda for what you gave, is with Allah waiting,

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we didn't actually do this for return here. What came here is a byproduct, like some extras, the real reward is actually with Allah. So this is our concept. And this is different from, let's say, you know, the prosperity gospel in Protestant Christianity and evangelical Christianity that's become very popular in America, you guys don't have much of that here in Europe, because you had an allergic reaction to Christianity after Catholicism. So you're gonna get much too much religiosity here. But in America, we were a different kind of breed.

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So they have like, you know, the Lord's happy with me. That's why I got myself a Rolex. That's why I got about my second second helicopter, Jesus is good. And then.

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So their idea is, even if you give charity or you're doing good, you're doing the Lord's work, The Lord will make you rich over here, and the incentive for people is over here, over here and over here. But Allah made the incentive clear for believers, Lahoma, Jerome, and Darby him, their reward lies exclusively with Allah when Allah hiwula, whom we are known, and they have nothing to fear, meaning they will know if they protected their investment, they will have nothing to fear that investment won't count, we shouldn't, we shouldn't become hopeless, or we shouldn't become anxious that Allah will not accept our sadaqa Allah says, here's the two things you keep make sure, take

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make sure you protect your sadaqa with these two things, and then you have nothing to worry about, then you're good. Oh, Luma rufen Hi, Roman sadaqa tin yet battle ha Allah gives advice to believers, he says any decent word would be better than sadaqa that you give and after that, you say hurtful things.

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Now, this is complex, I've given long lectures on this before, but I'll give you a brief piece of that for this idea too. Because I want to do two analogies with you today. This this concept of saying something decent, what happens sometimes is I know many of you here are from you know, originally from another country, like maybe from Pakistan, for example in front of my audience. And some some people may be from Morocco or Tunisia or wherever else right? So whenever Muslims have family that lives in a different country, and that country happens to be doing somewhat better than the home country. Like if you're from Bangladesh, and you're you have family in Dhaka or somewhere

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else but you're here and you're doing a little bit better or you're living in America you're doing a little bit better then the family back home starts believing that you have walked through the gates of Jannah already and

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you just you know you know for for napkin you use like dollar bills and

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you know will Daniel McCullough dune and all of it you already set, you already set so whenever and then you guys even if you're working at like, you know cash and carry or you're working at like, you know, a Tesco as a cashier, you don't want to tell your family or a cashier you tell ya to so good. And then you will find an expensive car take a selfie next to the expensive car send it back home. So now they're like, Wow, oh, and then then you gotta go back home. Well, you gotta go back home you gotta make everybody feel like you know, you came you came from the land of riches rich soils, right? So you take four suitcases of gifts. So you, you know, you you get a you get a Chinese

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product and you get a Chinese product.

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And the whole family got Mashallah. Mashallah. They've come you know, so we have this culture of showing how generous we are to our families. And this is also showing off actually, but that sometimes it comes back to bite you. Then Then somebody calls Hey, your, your younger brother. Yeah, he borrowed some money. He can't pay back. Can you help with that?

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Can you and you start getting calls about money.

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And then when you start getting calls about money, they're not nice calls. Sometimes it's nice if you just give them money. If you say, I'll get back to you, then they're not nice calls. They're like, Oh, okay, I'll just because you have a little bit of money, you think you're better than us.

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These people, you know, you remember when you used to sit over here and you like, then you get those calls?

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And how easily you forget? And this and that. And then yeah, money changes, people I know. And you start hearing all this guilt tripping, and all this, like, you know, shaming, send the money, send the money, send the money, don't you want your family's dollars, you don't want you don't have to, as you know, and you start feeling and then you're like, Okay, well, I was I was saving this money. So I can put it towards my child's medical expenses, or towards this or some something you were doing with it. But now they're saying you'll send this money to us, give it to us, give it to us. And now you're in a difficult situation. In other words, maybe you're not able to give what they're

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wanting, they want 5000 You're able to get 500 Let's say

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and they get 500. And they look at that 500

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This is what you this is this is you call this help. This is what you call HELP.

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And then you hear it from them over. Now the fact that you're trying to help you did whatever you could, and you're getting these lines these zingers right they in order to call them Danny, right? You got you got these sarcastic lines that pierce through your soul and get you right in the liver. And they know exactly what to say over and over again over and over again. Eventually, you know, your your your your, your transmission starts going bad, what they say no do meter Kenyatta, right, and then you lose it and you say, you know I try to help and you people don't me crazy.

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Doesn't matter how much I do you don't care?

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Forget it. I'm not gonna give any more. You should be grateful I give you this much. You keep begging and begging and begging. I'm tired of it. I've had enough, hang up.

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And it could be that the person on the other line was really annoying for a really long time. And they got to you and eventually

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the one actually write you in crazy.

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So now the problem with that is that even the person that's annoying,

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even the person that's annoying.

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Allah says you have rules. They don't have to obey the rules that's on them. You still have to obey the rules. If you're not able to give if I'm not able to give coal on Maduro phone Hi Roman sadaqa 10 yet

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dignified speech and asking for an apology. Asking them for an apology is better than you give them something and then you follow it up with eight hurtful words.

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Allah is more concerned with hurtful words not coming out of you.

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And he says that's so important that if you had to choose between hurtful words and not giving at all Allah says I'd rather you use kind words and not give it all.

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This is the warning from ALLAH. So he says, Oh Nurofen Hiram, and so the cuttin yet bajada and he says Hola Hola, noon. Helene really beautiful ending. Allah is Allah gives two names. Allah is Rani Haleem. Rani means Allah is has no need.

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Allah has no need. Allah is teaching you that even though you have money and somebody needs your money. You're also in need, even though it looks on the phone call like they're the needy one. Allah is reminding you actually the only reason you're able to give them is because Allah is ready with you. That's the only reason. So don't forget that even on that phone call. And Allah is Haleem Helene is complicated, but a simple translation of Hadith will be through a picture. When there's a child, they're crying and they're screaming, and their mother is still hugging them. They're scratching their mother's face, and she's still trying to put the baby to sleep. The child is

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kicking, kicking, screaming and she's still trying to feed him. She's still trying to love him. She's trying to hold him so he's still trying to sing to him. She's not saying Oh, you got this kind of attitude. You know what, go feed yourself. Put them outside, let him enjoy the cold a little bit download, understand, Oh, you don't want the medicine. Okay, cough do it.

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I know some moms are like that.

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But generally, a mother puts up with the child's attitude and keeps giving the child her love. keeps taking care of the child wakes up in the middle of the night and said can you just let me sleep if you are not at all? Oh my baby, my baby, my baby. Right? Anybody else wakes you in the middle of your sleep? Allah Allah protect them. But your baby wakes you up in the middle of your sleep. You get they get him. They get love.

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You forget your own needs. You remember their needs.

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Allah says he himself is heavy. There are people on this earth that curse Allah. They'd like to pretend Allah doesn't exist, then make fun of his prophet.

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People that do that worship shaytaan there are people that mark his deen

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and Allah is Helene even with them.

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Allah has had him with that Allah does not kill them. Allah does not destroy them. Allah does not take give them lung cancer, all of them so they can't breathe. Allah does not cause them sores on their tongue because they're saying words of gopher, their tongues function just fine.

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Allah doesn't stop there hands.

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Nothing. There's no There's no consequences you could see there, Allah is still merciful with them, Allah is still putting up with them

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and dealing with them. And Allah is teaching me something by using the name Helene here. There may be people that are getting on my nerves, but they're needy.

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And if Allah is Ronnie Helene, and Allah made me a little bit of money, then I also need to be Helene, I need to be, so I need to watch my tongue. And in that context, Allah gave the example of the builder and the parable, even if you did good, and eventually you're losing your cool, you're gonna mess up all the good that you did. Don't do that to yourself. Don't do that to yourself. And so finally, I'll share with you in Sharla. One more example, while Matthew Lavina you and Fiona and wallah Ha, ha, ha, Mr. Mattila. And the example of those who spend their money in pursuit of making Allah truly happy, truly content, I don't care if people are content with me or not, I just want to

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know if Allah is content, you know, sometimes you help someone, this is a this is an experience, many of you that are older than I am, or even as old as I am, I'm fairly old, have had enough life experience with different kinds of people. Right? Sometimes you help someone, they're very grateful.

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Sometimes you help someone, and in the beginning, they're grateful, then you keep helping them, then they start expecting it.

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Even though it's a favor, they start expecting it and you stop and they're like, Hey, what happened

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was this month

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color collection.

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So they went from, you know, being someone you're helping to becoming the mafia that you better pay the money back to. And eventually, eventually, those same people that you were help, they were very grateful, then they started expecting it, then they start getting angry with you,

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though, like, why does he have this key, he thinks he has this much money,

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I should have this much money.

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I'm going to show him what and then these might be the people that steal from you. These might be the people that cheat you in the business. These might be the people that tried to sabotage you that tried to ruin your name, and you're the person I was helping. How did you turn into this? They start with being grateful and turn into something else. And you know what? That's a fact of life. It happens many times. Not everybody does that. But lots of people do that. And even if they even if they do that, what's the cure from all of it?

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Allah says, well, masala, Dena, Kona and wallah home, empty amatola the example of those who want to spend their monies in pursuit of making Allah happy, you know what that means? I have no expectations from anybody.

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I have no expectations from anybody there. Arabs have a famous saying, you know, hydro Halaby ketone tahina,

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the Arabs have the same because you know, there was a, there was a cow. And they're milking the cow. And everybody who looks the cow just yanks the others hurts the cow. So the cow became aggressive, like, you know, these people, they don't know how to milk properly. So the only one guy comes to the cow and gently takes care of the milk and takes care of the cow. And one day, he comes to gently take care of the cow, and it headbutts him.

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And he goes, I'm the only one who's good to you hitting me.

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Right. And by the way, people are sometimes like that people are. So maybe they're abused by other people. They were treated badly by other people. And the one person who treats them well, they see an opportunity to take some revenge, this guy is not going to hurt me. So at least all the other anger from all those other people, I will let out on this person. And the person on the receiving end is like I'm the one doing good to you. Why are you hurting me?

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Why did I win this lottery? You're not like this with anybody else? Well, I don't know, maybe you'll become mean later. So I just want to pay my advance.

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So highly, highly. And then there are people who, in life, this is true, we give benefit of the doubt, but there are people that you will help. But they had a bad intention with you to begin with. Even if they showed you they're appreciating, they are grateful. But there was a either there was a hazard or there was a there was a jealousy, there was an anger, there was a rage, there was a resentment, they felt like you don't deserve anything. They felt like you're, you know, they should be in your position, etc, etc. And then that comes out later on. That comes out later on. The ugliness comes out later on. And it didn't come out when they were in a position of weakness. They

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get in a position of power, and all of a sudden they become something else. Right? The Arabs have this old saying I'll call Bukal been allowed to work the Houda haven't. Right? A dog will be a dog even if you put gold necklaces on it.

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Right so that's the ID

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You're right, but what is this is teaching us if I help someone, I'm not looking at their personality disorder first. I'm not looking at is this person gonna bite me later on? Or not? Can I trust this person trusting this person making this person your best friend, I help them now they're on my side nananananana No, I didn't give them with I gave them with zero expectations from them.

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My relationship with them before giving, and my relationship with them after giving is exactly the same. Because my expectations when it came to giving were entirely related to Allah, they have nothing to do with this person. If they're Amaravati Allah, what a theta min and fusi him and they do this, they spend money to make themselves firm. That beat actually the imagery literally after three days to make something firm, like imagine somebody putting the seed in the ground and then patting the soil down. So it's firmly settled in. Right this is also definitely it is the this is the surah for Nia and the is really beautiful image that's been painted in the IRA, about a person

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who's giving but they're giving also because they want to make themselves firm. What this also means is you want to make secure investments and they know when you give for the sake of Allah that is the best use of your money.

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You know, as you get older, many of you you think about retirement planning or investing your money it's sitting in the bank, it's not doing anything I need to do something with that money that brings return on investment. Right? Because it's stupid to LIS let money sit there and lose value and all of that right so you're thinking about where to put your where to park your money and all of that Allah is describing this concept of death beat

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of yourselves the best security you can have for yourself is keep depositing and Allah's bank just keep putting money there it's say it's saved for you is it can't be hurt it can't be the only one who can hurt that investment is you nobody else can hurt that investment and if you can keep doing that then you are securing your future for sure. So to theta min and foresee him now their example and we wrap it up gamma 30 Jannette in there the example of a garden and even the use of the word Jana is kind of sweet because we know Jana has a certain meaning in the Quran and Allah no use the words and he couldn't use Hadith he couldn't use that you know you could use out of the when we

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would have got it but he used Jana particularly to give us their example is like a garden then he says be a bulletin on a high place like a garden on a hill. So remember the boulder was at the bottom and this gardens on the top it's on an elevation Bill Robertson okay. He says a Saba Bill Akula hell, they're fine, heavy rain came on it and it produced double what it was going to produce.

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Heavy rain came and it produced double and people have different facets of what the heavy rain could mean one of the ways you can think of heavy rain in both of these examples is also trials difficulties that somebody gave for the sake of Allah and then like for example they spent on offered some some people that are on the private side have spent money to go fight in a hood and we learn when or losing offered for the most part we lost in another layer all the investment has gone. What are we spent for all of our money's gone, all these people got killed.

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Like they could do that.

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And those people their true intentions got exposed just like the previous example. But that same person who spent even on a hood, and they were they you know, they spent their money and they died. They spent their money and guess what, they got double the reward.

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They got in fact called man and they got jihad. They got they got both of them. They're not expecting return in this world there were just expecting from Allah so Allah doubled it. This is similar to what Allah says in surah. Toba, he says, has done a bassoon abena Illa ain are you waiting for us? Except one of two great things will happen to us either. Either the enemy will kill us, or we're going to win? Well, those are those are both great things. So double the investment. Then he says, For LM usyd How are Bill Papa.

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And even if heavy rain doesn't fall, even if there's no catastrophe or disaster or difficult trial from Allah, etc. Even if none of that happens, there is still enough mist in the air because it's at a high elevation, there's still enough doing the air and moisture in the air that these plants never become dry. There's always enough irrigation for them even in the air. And that's the sweetness of demand for them. Fertile wala Hobbema dama de novo seed and Allah is in full view of what you're up to. Allah is watching everything that you're doing. So now Lessing at a very and some even looked at this and said that the analogy is, if you make very heavy investments for the sake of Allah, and you

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do everything you can to protect those investments. Then you will see the more you give, the more it will give you back double. But even if you gave the minimum even if you give the minimum like golden roof

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for fertile, it's still good. Let's do something good. It's even less isn't less actually. It's still good enough for you to survive. It's still good enough for you to have a garden. So the

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imagery of gardening has been now kind of we've moved from the imagery of light and darkness, which is interesting because the seed is in the beginning in the darkness and then it comes out until the light we had the imagery of rain which is related to the earth. Now we're talking literally about the Earth and planting a seed and plants coming out and water coming and washing it out. And what's really beautiful about all of this is it's tied to a later image in the Quran or Martha Luca limit into Eva 10 Coushatta into you, but in Oslo has habit of Aroha for summer, right this, this one keeps giving its fruits, this garden keeps giving its fruits. And when we get to that analogy, we'll

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see that Allah will describe a tree, the roots of it are very deep. The roots are very deep. Notice in the previous example, if you try to make deep roots, what's going to get in the way, the rock, you can't have deep roots, right and some of the tallest trees in the world are actually on hills. And they have tall the tallest trees you have to have the deepest wide roots, right? So a slow habit or federal efforts and fifth semester just they're super high anyway. And what's higher than even being on a tall tree on top of a mountain. That's the highest you can get right? So the images are kind of starting to come come together in the Quran and build this this really beautiful painting

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that helps us appreciate the guidance of Allah and this visual way. So with that I'll conclude for today BarakAllahu li Walakum filco Daniel Hakeem. Whenever anywhere er can be it will take lacunae cinematic will have to live cattle