Surah An-Najm #14 – Temporary Happiness

Nouman Ali Khan


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spiritual meaning is captured alongside the physical meaning this is the world where the spiritual and the physical meet together so the wording used combines the spiritual and the physical it's incredible

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rubbish actually somebody were certainly somebody who looked at me this time, Kohli hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah. Early he was a huge Marine. And once again, everyone said don't worry compartment Allah He died over Academy. I'm going to go back to her into her agenda and share some more things with you. Jana could be described as Janet will hold the Gardens of Eternity. It could just be described as either Jana the garden. We know what it is. But the attribution made to Jana here was Janet will Magua the Jannah of ultimate refuge. And we didn't really spend time thinking about what that could mean. There's a contrast being made here. This life that you and I

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live right now can have lots of Janas Allah describes a certain kind of people that are guided own to Janice Jana tain.

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Kinsa Jana Taney atta to Kula right. So, are you Hello? Hello. Hello, come on. takuna Allahu Jana told me nothin were in a sense even tactical and how the houfy have been cool Alyssa Marathi and SOTL Bacara. Wouldn't any of you like to have a garden that has these these these qualities? Those of you that have extra money in in COVID times there was a rise in construction prices in Texas, especially in backyard reconstruction because people were upgrading their Janas in the backyard. Right? They're just they're spending time building their garden. Some of the you know when I when I travel, sometimes there are people that are like high rollers, they want to meet with me and stuff.

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Or Okay, I'll have lunch in your fancy place. And you'll go to their house and it's like gated and security guards and all that and you drive through and they have this house but it's not the house. That is the amazing feature. You're gonna have a nice house anywhere. It's this huge garden and walls and the privacy and you know, their grandkids running around and the water fountain you know the Jana this the Janna and this is something that human beings deeply desire. We go we go to vacation, in places that look like agenda, we kind of create the agenda kind of atmosphere in our backyards. We if we can have a whole Jana in our office cubicle, which is depressing, you'll put a

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little Jannat plant there. You know, your your your mother, if she's from where I'm from. If they can't have too many bugs in the house because of the plants, they'll put plastic Jana in the house, plastic flowers, plastic leaves, you know, at least living it look like there's greenery, human beings haven't. And by the way, Jana means to cover greenery, lush greenery that covers. The jinn are called the jinn because they're covered from our eyes. The baby in the belly of a mother is called Janine because it's hidden, it's covered. So the land where the dirt is covered with greenery and flowers and beauty. That's why it's called Jana. Anyway, the point I was making was this life,

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you can have Janna, but it's never going to be a refuge.

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You can have beautiful things in this world. You can have money, you can have a nice house, you can have beautiful family, you can have all of those things. It's never secure.

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It's never permanently safe.

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And the more you find security in anything in this world, the more you are set up for misery.

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There's just you're set up for misery. People say things like I don't know what I would do if you weren't there.

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Without you. I don't know if I can live. Yeah, you live. You live. The Sahaba lived after the Prophet SAW Selim passed away you're gonna be fine. You're not your love isn't not that dramatic. I can't breathe. Yes, you can. There's still oxygen. Your nose still inhales the your lungs still expand. These are just dramatic things to say. But the point

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Is there are people who create a dependency dependency on money dependency on beauty? You know, there are people that used to look beautiful and they were famous because of their beauty. And then they got older and, you know, their beauty went away, and now they're depressed or even suicidal and all of it because their refuge was there beauty. Somebody's refuge, was there a garden, somebody's refuge Was there money, somebody's refuge was there fame, we have all these different refuges that make us feel safe. One of the most interesting things that I've studied in psychology is the human need for safety.

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The human need for safety. And this is a need that people in war zones have. And people that are billionaires have to, you know, famous people are some of the loneliest people in the world. You think people are always around them, but they can't trust anybody. Are these people close to me? Because I'm famous? Are they do they see me as someone that they know only by my fame? But if they knew the real me, would I still be safe with them? Are they going to share with the world? Here's what I know about this famous person. Right? There, they're unsafe. And one of the most, the most difficult thing for them is to find someone they can be worked with, that can be safe with, they

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have no matla they can have the most beautiful house and security guards and all of it, but they have no one that can have an honest conversation with them.

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They don't have a president of a country, trust his best friend. Next thing you know, his best friend released a press release or leak some information in the media and destroyed the President's campaign or whatever. Does that happen? Yeah, because even the most the guy that looks like he has all the security actually doesn't have security at all. He's living in insecurity. That's what he's living with. One of the most powerful human beings described in the Quran is around you guys know that right? Extremely powerful. You know what Allah says, when you do that? I wouldn't want him either. But you know, the home I mean, how can we the rune had the habit of Pharaoh?

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Pharaoh, Allah says, We were going to show the Pharaoh and his military, what they were afraid of, wait, you live in the biggest castle on Earth. Your monuments are still around on the planet today. And you're not you're afraid. Human beings don't have ultimate safety in this world, other than Allah. And Allah says that there's what human beings are looking for safety and security. People are working hard working hard. The I know people that like they live in really small apartments live very uncomfortable lives, because they're saving, saving, saving, saving, saving, because they have this ultimate goal for financial security. 10 years down the line. And they're working on it even

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from now, right long term thinking. All of that is what the pursuit of Mattawa the pursuit of a refuge. That's what you want. They call it a safety nets, the golden parachutes. Isn't that what they call it? That's all terminology in this modern world health terminology. For as much as

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the people go to a therapist, I feel anxiety, I feel insecure, I feel nervous. I feel I can't trust anyone I have not like issues is what that is.

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And Allah says, in da Jan natural mouthwash. I didn't mention from an ethical point of view. Genital mouthwash is more Arabs. it because it's a buff. I'm not getting technical. What that means in basic English is there's an extra sauce here. What would that would mean is only there is the garden of refuge. In other words, ultimate refuge, it cannot be found in any other garden.

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In any other thing that's beautiful. It can be beautiful, but it can't be safe. You know, one of the most shocking things that happened in one of my trips recently, I met this young lady. I was talking to some TV producer, about something we are old friends in a country that shall not be named, and people shall not be named. Right. So and she was an actress or something very famous in her country. And she's like, Oh, I see so many of your videos. I was like, Cool. Because she walked into the studio. We started talking. And when a little bit after the conversation, she she told me her show took off. You know, she got new contracts. He's more famous than she's ever been. The career is like

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going like this. And her her movie got so many awards and bla bla bla bla bla, and then she started saying, Can I ask you something? I was like, What? What if you feel like you don't belong anywhere and you're not safe anywhere. You just want to end your life.

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What do you do? I was like, there are millions and millions of young women that look at you and say I wish I was you.

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And here you are, you poor creature. I wish I was dead.

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She's not safe.

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She's not safe.

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From millions of fans.

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Hands. They wish they could be that

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she doesn't have metal.

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When Allah says and Aha, Jana told Matt Well, He's given us a profound truth.

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We can't look for safety anywhere else. It's only with Allah.

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And the other thing about why refuge you don't like fat whoo Elon caffeine take refuge in the cave and silicon caps. Right? We illegible Dr. Simoni Minella, the son of new honey Salam said, I'm going to take refuge in the mountain that will protect me from the water. This is about refuge.

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Refuge is when you're getting away from something negative, isn't it?

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You're getting away from something negative. Jana is the first time we're truly going to be away from all negative things, ultimate refuge. But just because you mentioned getting away from the negative, that still doesn't mean you mentioned anything positive.

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Okay, the problems are gone. We're safe, genital matla.

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But is there something greater? Okay, well in Jana, by the word Jana, it means trees, shade, fruits, beauty, all of that is captured inside the word Jana. But then Allah says he or she has said that and I have shot that tree and all of it gets covered by something more, and that more is going to be a river of Allah for us the pleasure of Allah. Even in Jannah. In the beginning, we're going to have food and drinks and company and all of that. But that's not the ultimate prize of Jana. It's Salam. o la mer Abdur Rahim, the meeting with God, Allah himself saying Salam to you.

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That's the ultimate would you win Yama, even now there are a lot of behind Nadira

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faces that are lit staring at the Arab as the ultimate prize. You know? Now think about that. Not in the general sense. Let's think about this in the dunya sense in this world.

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When we commit sin, and we all commit sin, when we commit sin, we're in the beginning we're afraid of punishment. Right? Because as soon as punishable, we'd want to be questioned on Judgement Day. It's written against us and the punishment of the Hellfire.

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But you know what, something else that the sin does that is much more expensive, much more damaging than even the punishment. The same makes my heart hard. And I cannot feel the presence of Allah as strongly as I used to feel it in my heart.

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The sin is making me

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like, insensitive.

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It's like you know, you when you take the anesthesia and you can't feel anything. Now I'm sinning, and I can't feel anything when I pray. Now I'm sinning. I'm saying the DUA but I don't feel anything. Now I'm sinning, and I'm reciting Quran and I can't feel anything. And that is distance from Allah Himself.

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This is from Allah Himself. And that's actually a few if you internalize that, then your relationship with sin will change. Like, I can't lose that.

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If you felt it, if you feel it one time, there are moments in your life where you felt a closeness to Allah like you never felt it before. You can probably even remember that moment right now. Where you were, where your eyes were, what tears you felt, that moment is ingrained in your heart. In fact, the moment where you fell in love with someone or you saw your baby for the first time or your wedding, those memories are fuzzy.

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And I remember how we felt not really

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remember when I was born, okay? Yeah, I remember the hospital.

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You can't remember the feeling but the feeling of being close to Allah. Oh, maybe you felt it last Ramadan. Maybe you felt it when you did? Or maybe you felt it during a football somewhere. You know, when it was that feeling? That's the ultimate closeness to Allah. It even overshadows the desire for Jana. Because there's a reward. There's a Nina in it. There's a calmness in it that cannot be compared to anything.

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If the actual Sidra type Ayesha

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Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is now

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you know, actually I'll read ferula IRBs commentary before I go on, on this is when the the thing that covers coverage? We're talking about that I Yeah. Because the current facility was we had a one to describe this thing that covered amorphous rooms and lots of things. They tried to come up with what could it be that covered what he had to kind of fulfill it and all of that is just overkill. They're trying too hard. They're gonna look means they're trying too hard. It's not authentic. They're not either, because Allah himself made it a mystery. Allah will give

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You want her to tell us what covered he would have told us himself? Well home you didn't tell her who but they want an explanation.

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He says what are in some Allahu Allah He was. But the prophets like Selim already said, for last year her Anwar known that he might hear

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the prophecies one description, we don't know the authenticity of this report entirely. But if we take this report, he says

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it was covered by colors. I don't know what they are.

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It was covered by colors. I don't know what they are. Now. It's interesting that the word colors was used because colors are a refraction of lights. Right. So the spectrum of color we have is refracted from light.

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But newer, in the unseen world, is much more advanced than the newer of this world. So when that refracts the colors that it produces,

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we don't even know what they are, is beyond our description. And that's the closest we get to a description of what was covering the low tree when it covered, but one thing is for sure, if he's mentioned in colors that it has to do with lights, that's for sure. So whatever took over was some kind of brilliant lights. Right? Because otherwise you wouldn't have colors. Okay.

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Now we get to the incredible statement from Allah, about the Prophet site, Salamis experience, he's looking at this takeover of this new kind of light.

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And he says, mazagan bizarre. The I did not turn away or deviate. Let me tell you a little bit about deviate. There's a tomato Phyllis nanny one remark when teeth are crooked like British people.

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Or spears are bent. That's called physios and inherence will be shut down when something is bent and it doesn't want to come back like the teeth being crooked. You need kind of braces or something to set them straight. They don't want to come back on their own. From this woman in Hara for many years it remain home and Amina further Mirza who was Allahu Kaluga home. Or

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these expressions in the Quran mean when someone deviated from the right paths when they deviated from the right path? So what does it mean Mazda versa. Another expression in slope Eliza is exact rattle of Tsar when the eyes deviated meaning the enemy was coming and sort of as the enemy was coming and the Muslims were terrified because there were civilians inside the city. And there was an overwhelming force coming to invade the city. So we were even the some people were even having a hard time making eye contact with the enemy. They will look away and not look directly at the enemy because it was too terrifying. Some of you have Zabel Bassam, when you're watching a horror movie,

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it starts with Allah. I can't watch. That's Zaha Taleb Sarge. Now, if you try to stare at the sun,

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your eyes are going to squint. And you're going to want to look away.

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The light of this tree is much more intense than the light of the sun, isn't it?

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So the Prophet saw them when he's about to look, what should naturally happen to his sight. He should want to turn away. But he says I didn't deviate.

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His I didn't turn away. Now, you may have done this as a kid because you're stupid and I was stupid. We don't do this as adults. Sometimes. Your friend says, Let's stare at the sun for 10 seconds. Like okay, let's do it.

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And when you do it for 10 seconds and what happens after 10 seconds. Now you see these yellow, purple flashes everywhere? Like what's on your face? That's No bro, that's new for

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your art your vision becomes corrupted. Because you stared at the sun too long. One of the meanings of one hour Baja

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is he stared at what he stared at the lights to have the newer overarching, you know, phenomenon. He stared at it. And he's I didn't turn away. And by turning away, his eyesight didn't go bad. He didn't start seeing things that aren't there. Well, Matanga that's one of its meanings. So he was able to withstand seeing this, this vision.

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This is actually the meaning of Baja lots of lots and lots of meanings, but I don't think I'm gonna go into that today. But I will tell you that it means exceeding the limit going too far. You know what that means? You look at something but if you look for too long, it'll do damage to you. Right? So he says he saw it and it still didn't do damage to him. It still didn't damage him. Might as well matter ha. But then there are scholars who had reflections on this experience of the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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Martha was at HUD Illa, Malamute. And the whole motto here means he looked at what he was supposed to look at. But he was, you know, my analytical items or even and many others amazing commentary by Al Bukhari Rahim Allah. He says, the profit isn't a new universe. No human being has ever seen this place.

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When you're in a new place you've never seen where does your eye go? Everywhere.

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Everywhere. But when the thing covered the tree, the prophet looked at it, and didn't look anywhere else. And didn't like, Okay, I've seen enough of that. Look here, here. But what else is here? What else is here? No, the I didn't violate that the I didn't exceed this view. It says if this was so captivating, that it didn't allow for him to look even anywhere else. Something took over the tree. That was so empowering that even though he's in this incredibly new, shocking world, he doesn't want to look at anything else.

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He doesn't he can't. Not only this is I able to tolerate it with standard that's mazagan Bussan. His eye doesn't want to go anywhere else when I thought

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he was just like He's just staring and staring and staring.

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Another meeting that's been taken from this.

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Okay, I'll tell you tell you that raazi thing a little later. It's really beautiful to

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you know, when you're staring at something.

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It could look respectful or disrespectful.

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You know that right? Sometimes when I'm at an airport,

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I'm dressed in civilian clothing.

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And people think they know me. But they're not sure yet.

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So you know what they do? They look at me like this.

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And I honestly think they're mad because I exist. I've offended this person somehow. Or he thinks that I'm somehow like, the, the spawn of the devil. I don't know what. But he's staring at me. Like, you know, the bad guy stares at you in a movie, you're stuck for a while.

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And then they keep getting closer. And I keep getting more nervous because the look is still and then they get closer. Are you now only Hi.

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There face changes after that. And then we're like, yeah, yeah. Half of me wants to say no, that's my cousin knows that. He got the wrong guy.

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But you know, the look can actually be kind of disrespectful to

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kind of offensive to sometimes you're staring at your mom, some kids have this weird staring problem. And they would kids that are weird. They stare and they have their mouth open.

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You're staring just and your mom says Dad, what are you looking at?

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Because you're staring in a way that is that is not respectful. Then you're staring at something with all the way we stare at the Kaaba. It's not like this.

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We don't do that. We don't do this.

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There's a love in our eyes. There's a humility in our eyes. The eyes effect the entire face. You know that right? The eyes affect the entire face.

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He says the eye didn't turn away. But he looked in a way that isn't rebellious or matassa. He looked with humility and love. And ah, so the one that adds yet another dimension. Because just because you're constantly staring at something it can actually be offensive to but he tooks he took that meeting off the table when he said well Matata, you see that?

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Similarly, another flex in the Quran? The Quraysh the kuffaar stare at the Prophet salon.

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But the way they stare at him, they usually Hakuna kabhi I'm sorry, Lama semiotica

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when cada Latina kappa will use the hola can be I'm sorry. They stare at you. Like they want you to fall off like they're shooting laser beams at you.

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Like that. You know?

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Like some of you we don't have really much public transportation in Dallas, but I'll give you a New York reference when you're on the subway in New York. On a bus in New York. Some people just like

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awkward. Just gotta change trains. Go the other way. Get off the next stop even if it's not your home because this guy's like

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this is my Zazzle buzzer Obatala now let's get to him amorous He's beautiful insight.

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The I didn't deviate and it didn't cross the limits. That's the basic meaning deviate and cross limits. Zakah is deviate the highest cross limits but in Arabic for deviate. You can say Mala

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my manners, gossip

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The I didn't deviate and cross limits could be the Java. So the word it could have been my island bizarro one iota Java. What's the point of saying Zara as opposed to mana and saying Baja as opposed to Java because both Zaha and Taha have spiritual meanings to Mother integer was adorns Zaha Zaha Allahu dooba home Robina LA to ZIL Hulu, Varga it had Atana his I didn't deviate but the spiritual meaning is he his heart never deviated well my Baja his I didn't go anywhere else his I remain humbled but his heart never would never rebel either. The spiritual meaning is captured alongside the physical meaning. This is the world where the spiritual and the physical meet together so the

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wording used combines the spiritual in the physical it's incredible perfection of words Mazatlan, bustle, Walmart Baja.

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final idea of this passage. Now we get to the

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oh, by the way, one other meeting of Sidra Imam Razi, before I get to the last part. Sidra actually also means the climax of something

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and then by adding a monta how to it. It's the ultimate climax of climax is to go from one to Ha, he says Enya, Guna Danica Brianne, and he will surely Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam in a Sidra team your team Yanni La Mancha Alia team, let's head to the Philippine Hola, yo Tina poco. It says if Allah is describing when his eyes didn't deviate, and he didn't rebel, that he reached a level of conviction, there is no conviction above that.

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Physically the Prophet was higher than any other creation, and spiritually the Prophet hasn't emaan more than no other more than any other creation. Hala and this is inside Mazagon pasa la Mata ha

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