Striking Examples From the Quran #21

Nouman Ali Khan

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The speaker discusses the negative impact of betting on mental health and the belief in Allah. They also talk about the deeds of the rich Arabs, including their desire for success and their own morality. The "hasn't been revealed" concept is discussed, and the "has been burned" feeling is highlighted as a temporary feeling. The speaker emphasizes the importance of avoiding "has been" meaning "has been" and the need for a way to avoid losing everything. They also mention the impact of recent accidents on Islam and encourage sponsor students to visit their sponsorship page.

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Today, inshallah,

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we've moved on to Surat Ibrahim, which has

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a number of very beautiful parables.

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And today's parable,

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seems rather brief. It has some of the

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elements that we've touched on before, but some

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very new things,

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that Allah is going to talk about. Let

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me start again as usual by translating the

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ayah briefly for you.

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The example of those who disbelieved in their

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master.

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Their deeds are

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their deeds are like ash

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that,

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strong wind

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attacks.

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On a day that is full of relentless

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violent wind.

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They are not in control

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over anything that they earned in the least

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bit.

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That is the ultimate loss or that's the

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most impossible loss to regain from.

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Sometimes they translate

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as a far off misguidance. We'll revisit that

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when we get to the end, Insha'Allah.

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So as you may have maybe,

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surmised, this ayah is going to talk about

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a comparison of the deeds of disbelievers.

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And you can guess that later on in

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the same surah, we're gonna see a comparison

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of the deeds of the believers.

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So, it's the 2 world views of deeds

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that are being compared.

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The first question that I wanna put before

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you,

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that Mufasa Rouna also asked themselves is, which

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deeds is this referring to?

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Right?

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And

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to to understand the answer to that question,

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one

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way to think about that is that they

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are working hard to undo

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Islam.

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Islam is spreading, and the the kuffar are

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getting worried about that. And I told you

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the Maqan Quran is particularly targeting

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the enemy forces, the elite of Quraish who

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saw Islam as a threat.

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So they are working really hard to undermine

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Islam any way that they can,

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and that's those are their deeds that is

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being talked about, their work, their project of

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destroying Islam.

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Another way to think about that is, you

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know, we have, in Islam, a concept of

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good deeds. And generally, when you see when

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you see,

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then it's generally a reference to good things.

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Unless you qualify it, you can assume that

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is a reference,

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not just Amal Salih, but Amal itself,

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is a reference to good things.

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So we have a concept like charity. We

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have a concept like helping each other. We

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have a concept like honesty, and, you know,

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truthfulness in dealings, or kindness.

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These are all

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good deeds that aren't that are Muslim, but

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also they're universal.

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And you might find that non Muslims

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also do those things. The kuffar, the Abu

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Jahal might also be kind to a child

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sometimes.

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And, you know, the kuffar might also give

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an act of charity sometimes. And, of course,

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they took they took care of people that

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were coming from for Hajj, and they were

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also taking care of the Kaaba, and the

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cleaning up, and the maintenance of the facility.

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They were also, you know, providing for the

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poor quite a bit, and they were sacrificing

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animals and giving away quite a bit. In

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fact, even when they gambled, which is a

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bad thing, but some of the winnings that

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they got from gambling, they would give away

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in charity. That was part of their thing.

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So it wasn't all bad. It's all it

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actually reminds me of the one time or

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a few years ago when I used to

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frequent, Las Vegas for Islamic reasons.

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The whole the whole Muslim community, okay? I

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don't get I have to say that every

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time I bring up Vegas.

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But,

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you know, in in Las unlike most of

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the United States, in Las Vegas, there's actually

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quite a bit of free health care.

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There's, you know,

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relatively more free college education. There's all these

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other benefit, and all those benefits are coming

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from the casinos.

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Right? So the casinos make so much money

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that they kinda pour some money over to

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the state and to colleges and universities, and,

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you know, so good comes from it, you

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know, in that sense.

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Also a fun place, because it has the

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highest concentration

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of

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psychiatric

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specialists

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and heart specialists.

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Makes sense. You know, lots of heart attacks.

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Lots of you know?

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But, anyway,

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they it's the point I'm trying to make

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is even disbelievers, the worst of them, did

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some good things.

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Even good things that by our standard are

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good things.

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Helping the poor is a good thing even

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by a Muslim standard. Right? But then there's

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a I'll add a third dimension to this.

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And that is

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sometimes,

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you know, people who don't have the concept

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of Allah, and they don't have a concept

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of meeting their and

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a concept of gratitude or then, you know,

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their entire worldview changes. Because then if you

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don't have a concept of god, then whatever

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you have is actually yours.

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It wasn't given to you. It's yours. You

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deserve it.

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And whatever you give to someone else is

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out of your grace and generosity.

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And if you're your own master, because you

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don't have a concept of above you, you're

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your own master,

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then you decide what's right and wrong

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because there's no higher authority telling you what

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is right and what is wrong. And if

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you're the you belong to the highest class

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of society,

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then in that sense, not only do you

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not have somebody else higher than you that

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you answer to, you decide, and you set

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a standard for what is right and wrong

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for the rest of society. In a sense,

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you become a kind of a god

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for that society. So it only makes sense

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that Firaun used to call himself a

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and you go up the pyramid quite literally,

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right, then eventually, you're going to be in

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a position where you're dictating

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morality. You're dictating,

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you know, all and and you're the all

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entitled.

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So so it's STEMI your your worldview revolves

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around you. You become the god of your

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universe because you don't have a Rab in

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place. Right? So if you notice the beginning

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of this ayah, Allah says,

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The example of those who've disbelieved in their

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rab. So there's a denial, not just they

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don't believe in Allah, interestingly they did have

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a concept of Allah, and in places like

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Surat Al An Kabut, Allah even explicitly tells

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the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam to ask the

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question,

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If you were to ask them who created

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the skies and the earth,

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this is a late

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Maqan Surah.

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These are the mushrikoon,

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and you're asking them who created the skies

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and the earth, and Allah says, I guarantee,

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I swear by it, they will absolutely say

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it is Allah.

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They will say Allah. So it's they don't

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have a problem with the concept of God.

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They

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have a problem of which

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can be you know, could be an association

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of idols, but there's another dimension of that

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too, and that's actually encapsulated in the word

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Rab.

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So it's not

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It's

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There's a difference. Not those who disbelieve in

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Allah, but those who disbelieve in their Master.

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Because when you say the word Rab, and

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you acknowledge Allah as you've accepted him in

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the higher position of authority. He's not just

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someone who made you

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and then

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lets you go. Like, you know, the car

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manufacturer

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makes the car, but the manufacturer is not

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the one controlling or driving the car. The

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owner there's a new owner, and they could

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do with the car whatever they want. The

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factory that made the pen is not the

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one writing with it. They just made it

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and they let it go. So God made

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the universe. Fine. God made me. God made

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you. But then he's busy doing other things.

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Now, we're free. He did his part. Now,

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we're doing our part. He has no control

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or authority over how we operate. So there's

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a concept of belief in Allah without Allah

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being a rab.

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So there's no of Allah. But Allah is

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saying that's actually one of the core problems

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of the Arabs that that were rejecting Islam,

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is they were refusing to accept Allah's place

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as and therefore their place

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as

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Now, the the additional comment that I'm making

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to you, in the most simple terms is

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if you don't accept Allah as rub,

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someone or something will take

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the place of Allah as rub in your

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life. Something will take its place. And if

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you find nothing else outside, it'll be yourself.

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You'll become the rub for yourself.

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Have you seen somebody who takes their own

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own whims, own feelings, and turns them into

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their god? Right? That's that's the concept that

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Allah even describes in the Quran. So it's

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almost as if it's that kind of people

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that is being talked about in this ayah

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when Allah says,

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Now Allah is gonna talk about their deeds.

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And like I said, there's 3 implications. There's

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either the deeds they're doing to destroy Islam,

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one way to look at it. Another way

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to look at it is the deeds they

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do that are good even by our standards.

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But then there's a third, the deeds they

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do that are good by their own created

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standard.

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Right? They come up with their own morality,

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so they have their own standard for what's

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what's good and what's bad. And that's where

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I'm going to start. The other 2 are

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easy for you to think about. But the

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third one is where I'm going to begin.

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They have, in their culture, a disbelieving culture,

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they'll have things that they celebrate.

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Right? Things that are considered good, like a

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beautiful wedding, or a grand sporting event, or

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an inauguration

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ceremony,

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or a very expensive

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gala event, and a catering of this or

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that or the other, or a celebration, a

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national holiday. These are events, deeds, right, that

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they look forward to.

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And just go back to ancient Arabia,

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the rich Arabs, one of the things that

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they were known for

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was throwing big parties. They would invite all

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bunch of people. Everybody come. I'm slaughtering 10

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camels and 8 18 goats and, you know,

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20 cows. It's gonna be, you know, barbecue

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all night, and they'd set up a bunch

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of fires, and there's dancing going on, music

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going on,

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food going on, you know, people just having

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fun, and the rich guy is throwing the

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party, right? He's just throwing the party right

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at the foot of the mountain, everybody's having

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a good old time. They're drinking alcohol, they're

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having all this food, and a big toast

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to our patron, you know, who slaughtered the

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camels or did this, and everybody's like celebrating,

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he's like,

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I love you guys. It's okay. You know?

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And he This is their good deed.

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They did something good because people had a

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great time and it was a great celebration

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and you know And people like that in

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Arabic, you know what they call them?

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The the rich people, they would say, Those

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people have a lot of ash.

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Literally, they said they have a lot of

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ash. You know why? Because the idea was,

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man, when that guy throws a party, there's

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a bunch of fires, there's a bunch of

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meat being cooked, there's a bunch of alcohol,

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and when it's all done, the entire valley

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looks like it's covered in what?

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It's ash from the fire from the night

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before.

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That that's ash man right there,

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you know. So that guy, man, he's he's

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he's got serious ash,

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and that means he know he throws some

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big parties. He's super generous.

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You know, everybody has a great time because

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he's in the he's in our town you

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know, and he he supports these. Now, who

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are the Kathir al Rahmad in our times?

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It could be some billionaire who comes into

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a small town and builds them a football

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stadium.

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Right? And he's like, Oh, I'm gonna You

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know, they're gonna bring jobs in that neighborhood

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because the stadium's being built. Construction came to

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the area. A new highway started getting built.

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A bunch of pubs saw an opportunity, Hey,

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there's football, there's alcohol. So a bunch of

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pubs started opening up, a bunch of restaurants

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started opening up, night clubs started opening up,

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and we're all really grateful to this guy

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who helped build the stadium or get the

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deal here, or this football club that moved

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to our area or whatever. They're the Cathedral

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Ramad of our time, an example, right? And

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everybody's really happy that they came. Everybody's really

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happy that they made that move, and everything

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else good started happening.

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This is good And and by the way,

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this is the same thing as, the opening

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up of casinos

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in the United States. Right? So, in many

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states in the United States, because they're Christian

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background, right? Many of the Especially the Midwest

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of the country is very Christian in its

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indoctrination.

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So, they don't like gambling because the Bible

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is pretty strong against gambling. So, like no

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no casinos will exist on

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state land. So what they do is they

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get these giant cruise ship type

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vessels

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and they park them right at the dock

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and that's the casino. It's not on the

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land.

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Right?

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And so but then they'll give lots of

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state incentives and they'll fund the local school,

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and they'll open up a clinic,

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and they'll open up like a drug rehabilitation

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center. Well, why did the drugs come to

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the neighborhood anyway? And they'll open up

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a facility to help battered women.

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Why were the women being battered? Because there's

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an excess of alcohol. Where did the excess

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of alcohol came from? The casino.

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You know, because the guy gambled,

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lost all his savings, now he's drinking himself

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to death.

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And then he's beating people around him, right?

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So these things,

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they they they feed each other but then

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we're so so proud and so happy about

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them. You know, when I went to Ireland,

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it was interesting, I get at the cabin

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in Dublin, and the guy says, Which pub

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you want to go to first? Like that's

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like the you know, like if you go

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to if you go if you land in

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jada,

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right, they're like, okay, so you wanna go

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to the hotel first? You wanna go to

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haram first? Like, what's the haram? You know,

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you gotta go go go. Right? That's their

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haram. Like, so which,

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which masjid do you wanna do

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first? Right? Which house built by shaitan? You

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wanna go first. You wanna go to McGinnis?

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You wanna go to this one? You wanna

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go make this and make that?

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Right?

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And I'm like, no, no, no. Just the

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hotel. He goes, really? What are you what

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are you doing to Dublin? And I was

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like Right?

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But, you know, and the economy runs on

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it. The economy runs on that alcohol. And

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I asked the guy, we started talking, and

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he's like, yeah. I gave up alcohol 20

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years ago. I was like, really? What do

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you do in Dublin?

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He goes, I, you know, I just woke

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up one night and my fists were full

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of blood, and I didn't know whose blood

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it was,

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and I didn't know how it got there.

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And I know from then on, whenever I

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would walk down the street in the park

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or I'd go take my kids to school

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or anything,

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I don't know who's gonna shoot me because

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I don't know who I beat up.

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So I was living in fear for many

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years.

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And I I did 1st, when I first

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saw the blood, I didn't know if it

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was my wife's blood or one of my

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kids' blood. I didn't know.

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And it terrified me, and so I stopped.

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Right? That's that's what that's the story he

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told me. Now the thing is, what I'm

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trying to tell you is, in their mind,

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drinking is a good thing.

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And these pubs, they generate money.

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And they bring a nightlife to the neighborhood.

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And other businesses pop up. But the evil

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they create,

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you kind of sweep it under the rug.

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Right? So you have societies

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that develop their own concept of what is

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good,

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their own shiny glittery concept of what is

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good.

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And that is the good that Allah is

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now going to comment on.

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And some of the good that they do

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as a result of that

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is actually even by our definitions good. So

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if the if the casino

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helped open up a hospital where cancer is

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being treated, well, cancer treatment is a good

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thing,

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and, you know, patient service is a good

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thing. Those are good services,

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but the root of it is something evil.

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Right? So then you then then people look

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at that and say, well, okay. It's bad,

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but look at all the good that's coming

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from it too. Look at the good side

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of it too. Now Allah is going to

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talk about things that are twisted in their

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definition of good and even the actual good

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that sometimes comes out of it, but the

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root of it is evil.

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The root of it is something bad. Right?

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All of it's being talked about comprehensively

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in this ayah. And what does Allah compare

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it to? He said,

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their deeds, all of them.

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They're like ash.

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And we have to take pause and understand

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something about ash. One

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hint towards ash I already gave you. Allah

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is taking a pretty good shot

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and a pretty good dig at the elite

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of Makkah, who used to the best of

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them used to be called people of what?

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People of ash. And Allah says, Their deeds

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are not they're they're much like ash.

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Right? And so in the beginning, if they

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just heard their deeds are like ash,

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that doesn't sound that bad yet.

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What? That's yeah. Yeah. Okay.

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So this is this is good because ash

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was usually a compliment

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up until then.

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But now let's think a little bit about

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what ash is. Where where does it come

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from? Ash is the result of something being

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burned.

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The wood that has been burned or whatever

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substance has been burned can no longer be

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recovered. It's completely destroyed, and what you have

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left is an utterly useless substance, ash.

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That's what you have left.

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Why when is when ash is burned, it's

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a temporary experience.

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It's not a permanent long term thing. Whatever

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it was, it no longer

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exists. So if somebody started a fire to

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get heat, they got the heat temporarily, and

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then it's gone.

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Now it's reduced to ash. If they wanted

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to cook something, whatever had to be cooked

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got cooked and then got eaten, and it's

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gone.

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And now all you have left is ash.

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It's as if Allah is describing that these

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people's deeds are very glorious like a fire

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at first,

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And they're very tasty like the meal sitting

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in front of that fire. And they're very,

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you know, beautiful even as an experience as

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people, you know, gather around the fire and

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celebrate it and there's this there's

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the the pyrotechnics

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of it all. Right? And there's the the

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the glory and the glitz and glamour of

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it all like a massive football game

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or like a huge,

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you know, election, inauguration

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ceremony or something like that. Right? These are

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massive events.

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They have a huge fire to them, but

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then these are temporary events. These are temporary

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deeds that look like they're amazing, but then

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all you have left at the end of

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them is ash. And Allah is comparing the

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memory

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or the long term effects of those

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major events

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to ash.

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That's actually all that's left is just this

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memory.

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And all you want to talk about is,

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you know, why did these billionaires throw these

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giant parties Because they say, my grandfather threw

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the first you know, started the first bonfire

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and killed the first camel here, and then

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my father killed 2 camels. And today, I'm

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killing 80 camels.

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And we're like,

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you know, and he wants to remember the

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legacy of the ash and the the parties

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and all of that. Right? He wants to

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bring all of that up because that's their

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that's their their their treasure, is the is

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the heirlooms of the previous generations and the,

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basically, the ash that they've collected from all

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those fires of the past.

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But if you actually

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contemplate

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somebody who goes around collecting ash,

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what are they collecting?

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They're collecting something that's utterly useless.

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They're collecting something that's a memory of something

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that burnt out a long time ago.

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Right? They're living in the past.

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They're glorifying something that happened, even though the

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reality now of it is worthless, and it

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has no reality to it. So what happens

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with these people? They celebrate these moments, and

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then they want to keep on reliving these

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moments. They'll put a poster of it and

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a framed

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picture of it or, you know? Because keep

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keep the memory alive. And that's being compared

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to someone who gathers a pile of ash

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and just is is holding on to it.

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Their deeds, they're they're they don't look at

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their deeds and say, this did something for

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me in the future.

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They look at their deeds and say, this

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was so amazing in the past.

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Because all they have left now is the

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ash from the fire that was once burning.

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You see?

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The believer, when they do a deed, a

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meaningful deed, they're not thinking about the past,

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they're thinking about the

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future. Yahala, accept this deed.

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Accept it from us. We're we're our concept

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of deeds is actually one that pushes us

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into the future,

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not the past.

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Another

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kind of side note on this, because you

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know, I'm involved in the world of business

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to some extent, and there are some people

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I look at as mentors, seniors that are

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that have accomplished amazing things in business. And

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one of them,

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was

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very, very successful, told me something about his

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hiring practices.

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His business is worth $7,800,000,000

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He's doing okay.

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You know? Doing alright. So he and he

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and he says, how do I hire people?

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He says, when I hire somebody and he

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has a tech firm. When he hires, like,

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somebody who graduated from some elite school, Harvard

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or

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MIT or somewhere, you know, And they come,

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and they start talking about, yeah, I graduated

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here. I got this degree. Then I did

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this. Then I did this. Then I did

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this. I was like, the interview's over before

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it even started.

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Why? Because this person, all they wanna talk

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about is what they did.

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They wanna look back. And when I find

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someone who doesn't even have that much experience

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and says, this is what I want to

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be able to accomplish, this is what I

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know I can do, this is what I

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wanna push myself to do, give me this

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opportunity so I can try this, this, and

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They're not looking back, they're looking where?

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They're looking ahead.

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And even when you ask them about their

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past, they say, I did that, and that

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was challenging, but I think I'm ready for

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much bigger challenges. They're not living in their

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past.

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They're not constantly reminding of their past. They're

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looking ahead. These are people that are not

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collecting ash,

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right?

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Their their deeds are like just piles of

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ash.

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Now the thing with ash, not only is

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it a memory of the past, not only

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is it utterly useless now,

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it's also something very frail.

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It's something you'd have to put in a

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jar,

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or some kind of urn, or something to

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protect.

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You can't take ash that you want to

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preserve

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and pour it on top of your dining

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table,

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or pour it on your coffee table and

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turn the fan on.

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You can't do that. You can't have it

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there and have the kids nearby, and a

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kid even comes near and goes

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or

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and what's gonna happen?

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It's gonna start disappearing. It's gonna start flying

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away. If this is your precious collection,

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then it's very, very delicate.

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First of all, it's not precious. It's it's

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worthless.

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And second of all, it's really hard to

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preserve.

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Now what does Allah do with this collection

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of ash?

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He says,

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Like ash,

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that very strong wind attacked.

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The the the ring was very strong against

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it.

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Now how much wind or how much air

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does it take to get rid of ash?

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A single breath.

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You could just take a piece of paper

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and just go like that. It's gone. But

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Allah says, No, no, no. That's not what

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I want.

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I want a wind

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to come.

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Now if a strong wind comes and hits

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it let's say it hit it for one

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second,

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just one second.

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Is that person who was preserving this ash

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This is my great legacy

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and the legacy of my ancestors. This is

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our family legacy.

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And they're trying to hold on to it.

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After one second of the wind, are they

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able to

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restore what was taken away?

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No. But Allah adds

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on a day that is ruthless.

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And actually,

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we saw before as a description of wind.

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This is

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as if the entire day, the 24 hour

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period,

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not a second of it went by without

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the wind attacking.

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The thing itself is so weak that you

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didn't need a strong wind and a storm

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and a constant,

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you know,

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but Allah sends something that sounds like overkill.

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It sounds like way too much response for

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something so weak to begin with. This kind

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of wind would be enough to take out

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entire trees.

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It would be enough to take out entire

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buildings.

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And here Allah is taking out just a

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pile of ash

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with it.

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Just And and then on top of that,

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imagine the ancient Arabs sitting in the desert

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with a pile of ash.

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And once it flies, it mixes in with

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the sand and goes into the rock, and

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if this wind came with such strength,

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the the image that Allah is creating is

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so it's so strange. He says,

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would have been enough. He says, they have

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no control over everything that they had earned.

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All this past history that they collected, They

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have no control over it. It's all gone,

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not even in the least bit. It's not

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even some

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ash remains, some tips of it on their

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fingers. Nothing.

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The wind came and just took it far

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and wide.

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You know, one of the things that I

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was studying a while ago from in the

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context of another Surah was volcanic ash.

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And volcanic ash is interesting.

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Sometimes there's volcanic ash in places like Greenland,

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you know, and parts of Europe. And the

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wind Allah has created in this world, sometimes

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that ash

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very regularly travels

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across the oceans

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and ends up in Sub Saharan Africa.

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You know? And it it's it's incredible that

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the the way because it's so light and

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it's so weightless

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that it actually travels 1,000 and thousands of

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miles.

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Forget

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bringing all of it back, you won't even

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be able to bring one speck

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of that back. Not even one speck of

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it back.

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The mindset that Allah is creating about deeds,

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and the way he wants the believer to

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learn from this parable about deeds. One of

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them, I believe, it has to do with

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you know, in in in in the business

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world, we talk about, you know,

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perishable expenses

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and nonperishable

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expenses. What are the ways you can think

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about that? If you, you know, if you

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buy a candy bar, or you buy a

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pair of socks, or you buy a toothbrush,

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or toothpaste, or something. These are things you're

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going to use up.

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You you use them up, and you go

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you have to buy them again, use them

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up again, buy them, and use them up

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again. But when you get something like a

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car,

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right,

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it's not just something you're using up. You're

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actually utilizing it, and you're using it to

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maybe even generate income.

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You're doing something more with it. When you're

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buying real estate, you're doing something more with

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it. So the same money that you have,

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some of it is used on things that

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will not produce any future benefit. It's gonna

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get consumed right away the way the way

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that fire consumes right away and reduces something

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to ash.

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That money and the same thing is true

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of time. You have, for example, I keep

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giving the example of, you know, young men

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that are preparing for a sports team or

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something. When they wake up in the morning

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and they're gonna, you know, between 5 AM

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and 6 AM, they're gonna go for a

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run or something. Or they could wake up

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at 5 AM and until 6 AM, they

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can watch stupid videos on YouTube.

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They could do that.

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It's the same hour, it's the same 60

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minutes,

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but the way you spent that time either

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invested something into the future,

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or you burnt it and reduced that opportunity

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to ash. You understand what I'm saying?

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So our deeds, the believer starts thinking, what

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of my deed what of my deeds, what

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of my time am I reducing to ash?

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And what of it am I planting for

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the future?

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Allah is saying the people of the false

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world view,

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everything they do reduces to ash.

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Nothing actually goes into the future, even when

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they think it does.

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Even when

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they think it's long term planning, it's. I

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don't think it's too far fetched. Yes, of

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course, this is also an imagery of judgment

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day.

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Don't think it's too far fetched. Yes. Of

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course, this is also an imagery of judgment

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day

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because on judgment day, Allah says,

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we will approach whatever deeds they had done

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and turn them into scattered dust, which is

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a similar image to ash being blown away.

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But there's another possible application of this ayah,

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and that is that when the Quraysh were

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hearing this, these people of the all their

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deeds are gonna get scattered away like ash,

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meaning their memory will be destroyed. The thing

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that they used to be proud of is

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now the thing that they're being humiliated with.

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Right? It's being flipped on its head.

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It's interesting that they're going to show up

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with

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a lot of fire and flame on the

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battle of Uhud.

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And many of them, when the battle is

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done, near 70 of the elites of Quraish,

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they're gonna be lying there dead on the

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battlefield.

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And all of their memory and all of

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that investment and all of that

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pride and all of that social status,

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everything that they represented

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reduced to ash.

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Nothing left.

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You know? And that's gonna be a day

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that's very tough against them. It's almost as

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if you can call it Yomun Asif.

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And all the investments they did to destroy

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Islam up until then, which was culminating on

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the battle of Badr,

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They have no control over anything that they

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earned in the least bit

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in the least bit.

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And then Allah even the the conclusion of

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this ayah,

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It's so interesting.

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You know, the word in Arabic means waste.

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The word also means to be lost.

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I know commonly we translate it as misguidance,

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that's the spiritual meaning, but the literal meaning

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of

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is actually someone lost. So someone lost in

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the desert is

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That's actually what it means.

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The ash being flown away,

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scattered around the desert,

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what more powerful an image of something being

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forever lost?

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That is the ultimate thing that gets lost.

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Like as if Allah is saying, if there's

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something that's lost so badly, it can never

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be brought back again, it would be the

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deeds of the disbeliever.

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And he adds the qualifier,

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the the which

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is

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Now in Arabic means far. Some of you

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are familiar with the word,

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but in Arabic also means impossible.

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So the many figures of speech in Arabic

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that use the word,

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describe more

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for example.

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They'll say,

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it's more impossible than grabbing a falcon with

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your arm, just the falcon flying in the

00:31:40--> 00:31:43

sky, you're gonna grab it like that, more

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impossible.

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The word actually gets used for example,

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is that's a return that is not far

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it's actually far fetched. It's impossible.

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That's actually what it's saying.

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So now in this ayah, Allah says, that

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is a kind of loss, and that's a

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kind of disappearance and gone to waste that

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is impossible to retrieve.

00:32:04--> 00:32:07

It's impossible to come back from. What

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an incredibly terrible loss. You know, this was

00:32:12--> 00:32:15

this is again another fine finally, I'll say

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this is the reversal of another concept in

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in a dominant society. In the dominant society,

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when Islam emerged and a young man became

00:32:22--> 00:32:25

Muslim, his family told him, think about the

00:32:25--> 00:32:27

future. You're ruining your future.

00:32:28--> 00:32:30

Think about what your family is thinking. You

00:32:30--> 00:32:32

know, we have a history. You're part of

00:32:32--> 00:32:34

that history. We have lots of hopes for

00:32:34--> 00:32:36

you in our future.

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Like they told a prophet of Allah,

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And we have lots of hopes in how

00:32:41--> 00:32:42

you're going to be in the future.

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You're ruining our hopes.

00:32:44--> 00:32:47

This Islam, you're not thinking straight. What's going

00:32:47--> 00:32:49

to happen tomorrow? What's going to happen 5

00:32:49--> 00:32:49

years from now?

00:32:50--> 00:32:50

You know,

00:32:51--> 00:32:52

your dad was going to hand you the

00:32:52--> 00:32:54

entire inheritance,

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now he can't do that because you've become

00:32:56--> 00:32:57

Muslim. Think about that.

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And now Allah is saying, the only people

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who aren't thinking about the future are the

00:33:01--> 00:33:04

people who are on kufr, And the only

00:33:04--> 00:33:05

one who's thinking about the future is the

00:33:05--> 00:33:07

young man who accepted Islam.

00:33:08--> 00:33:11

He's the only one. Everybody else is actually

00:33:11--> 00:33:14

openly just falling into impossible loss to recover

00:33:14--> 00:33:16

from. May Allah give us the clarity of,

00:33:17--> 00:33:19

you know, in terms of our actions, what

00:33:19--> 00:33:21

of our actions are going to last forever

00:33:21--> 00:33:23

and are are going to continue to produce

00:33:23--> 00:33:26

good? So after giving us this this incredible

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parable I'll give you one more thing about

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this ayah. Look at just even the next

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ayah.

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He says

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He says, didn't you see that Allah created

00:33:42--> 00:33:44

the skies and the earth purposefully?

00:33:45--> 00:33:47

You know, ash lost its purpose, but Allah

00:33:47--> 00:33:50

said, Allah meant Allah created everything with purpose,

00:33:50--> 00:33:52

and if he wants, he could remove you.

00:33:53--> 00:33:55

So in the previous, he was removing the

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ash,

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And he says, if Allah wants what's what's

00:33:58--> 00:33:59

ash? I can also remove

00:34:00--> 00:34:02

all of you. You can be if you

00:34:02--> 00:34:05

are nothing but useless deeds, then you are

00:34:05--> 00:34:07

worthy of being removed yourself.

00:34:08--> 00:34:08

And he says,

00:34:10--> 00:34:11

and he can bring forward

00:34:12--> 00:34:15

or he'll bring forward a new creation creation,

00:34:15--> 00:34:17

meaning a creation that will fulfill its purpose.

00:34:18--> 00:34:20

That won't be like ash that deserves to

00:34:20--> 00:34:21

be just scattered away.

00:34:22--> 00:34:25

You know? It's as if now Allah is

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telling us, we are

00:34:26--> 00:34:27

we cannot disassociate

00:34:28--> 00:34:28

ourselves

00:34:29--> 00:34:30

from our deeds.

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We cannot disassociate ourselves from our deeds. We

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are a collection of our deeds. May

00:34:37--> 00:34:38

Allah make our deeds

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weighty before him and acceptable before him, and

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may Allah not allow all any of our

00:34:43--> 00:34:45

deeds to be turned into scattered ash.

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