Surah Yusuf #10

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Nouman Ali Khan

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A Vision of the Future, A Sense of the Past

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in Dhaka de mon Hakim. Rubbish, silly Emery. Dr. Tommy lasagna Khalifa hamdulillah salat wa salam O Allah, Allah Allah Allah He was about. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa Taala. With regard to everybody, today, we're going to try to contemplate some of the teachings and wisdom captured inside Ayah number six of sola Yusuf. This is the second part of what uses father young old said to him, the first ayah that where he talked to him and told him, his reaction to the dream was an ayah. Number five, I talked to you guys about that yesterday. And today, we're going to take the second item that he said to him, which Allah separated in Aisle number six, and clearly, you can see why

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because it's almost a completely different subject matter. The first thing I'm going to do is translate this IR phrase by phrase. So you have an idea of what's compiled in it, what are the comments that you made to yourself, when Jacob made to Joseph and then we're going to try to deconstruct and understand the some of the logic and wisdom behind each of those phrases and what that means for us. So let's get started with our Delica HDB kalambaka and that is how your master has selected you or has chosen you, when you will come into wheeling ahaadeeth and is teaching you and will continue to teach you from all kinds of from interpretation and what lies behind all kinds

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of speech and events where you didn't really matter who alika and he is going to be completing his favor on you. were either Alia CUDA and he will be completing his favor on the lineage of Jacob. So Jacob is talking, Jacobi is talking and he's saying he'll be completing a level be completing his favor on you. And on the lineage of Yaqoob Kamata Maha Allah Baraka, just as he completed that favor his favor on both of your father's men doubleu from from not so long ago, Ibrahima was Huck Ibrahim and Abraham and Isaac ebrahimian in his heart, which means he's referring to his great grandfather Abraham, that his grandfather is Huck and then his own father is Yaqoob. So father, grandfather and

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great grandfather all got mentioned. Okay, so Allah will complete his favor on you meaning Yusuf, and on you on the family of Jacob meaning himself, just as he did on on you both have your father's Ibrahim great grandfather and his heart, your grandfather, in North Africa, Hollywood, Hakeem, certainly your master is knowledgeable wise. So that's the that's what he says. Clearly, you can tell in this ayah there are two parts. One part Allah is talking about the future of use of he has chosen you and will be teaching you and he'll be completing his favor. This is not stuff that has happened yet, he's anticipating that this will happen. And that favor will actually continue not

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only to you, but to the family of Jacob. So we'll deconstruct all of that. But that's stuff to come right. But then he switches over and starts talking about the past. And he just as he completed this fever on your father's ebrahimian is hot, now he's taking him to the past. So one part of this ayah is going into the future. And the other part of this is going into the past, but all of it is about alas blessing Allah Namah and Allah selecting, and Allah choosing, and Allah then on top of that, you know, giving them not giving, giving preference, giving comfort, giving relaxation, also giving his blessings. So these things are all very positive, which is a complete difference from the

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previous ayah. Don't tell your dream, to your don't tell this, you know what you've seen your dream of yours, this dream of yours to your brothers, there's going to scheme against you The devil is a real enemy. That's what we talked about yesterday, right? So it was so negative and warning and then all of a sudden, we're in this really positive happy world where things are gonna work out, you have a great future just like you come from a great past. That's kind of like what's being said here. So the first thing to notice why this this stark contrast, and why did he start with the negative and come into the positive? This is the first kind of observation, you would think for a child First you

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want to give them constellation you want to give them you know, the positive and then, you know, you see sometimes you say to somebody, you want the good news or the bad news kind of thing, right? So he did he did the bad news first, didn't he? And then he said the good news. The good news is always easy to share with family. And the good news makes you optimistic and hopeful and it makes you positive. Obviously all of this is going to be positive reinforcement as we will see.

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But before you become unrealistically positive, because the Islam doesn't teach us to be positive without an eye on reality. And once you have a good grasp of the reality on the ground where your brothers are an immediate threat, and unfortunately they're stiff succumb to the constant whisper of the day.

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When when you're saying things like that, that's a pretty dark reality. And if you only talk about a dark reality, you can become pessimistic and hopeless and only think about the negatives in your life, right? And even as a child, you might develop a kind of anxiety, what are my brothers going to do to me next? How should I'm going to come at me next, there's going to be this negative kind of shutdowns everywhere, he's gonna get me somehow outlook on the world. And it's not just about this child, we can develop that kind of a worldview, we can just look at the dark realities around us. And the people that are giving us a difficult time in our families, sometimes close ones, outsiders,

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whoever, and we can just consume ourselves, our minds and our hearts with what they do and what they might do, and how else the devil will come at us. Maybe it's people on the outside, maybe it's your own thoughts on the inside, and that can become an all consuming thing. So on the one hand, if you only talk about the problem, then you become this paranoid, you know, pessimistic, hopeless, you know, constantly scared and anxious kind of person. On the other hand, if you only talk about or you start off talking only about the positives, then you become so alone will take care of it. Yeah, but your brothers, no, no, Allah will take care of it. It's okay, no problem. That's not realistic

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either. So what Quran teaches is this pragmatic, this practical optimism that is rooted in reality First of all, you take precaution of what dangers lie in front of you. But even though you're taking precaution and the devil is real, you have on the one hand, the devil and look at the the contrast, as soon as the I ended the previous lesson, in a tunnel in sunny I do movie, The devil is definitely an enemy to the, to the human being. And right as soon as his animosity, the devil's animosity was ended. Now Allah said, Well, if that's your enemy, who's your support, your rub, your Rob has chosen you. Right. So it's almost like the devil versus God immediately next to each other. And that's

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really the struggle every human being has, since the time of Adam alayhis salam, there's a, there's a constant effort by the devil to pull you away. And there's a call from Allah who has selected you. Right? So he's making his son aware of that. And he's making him aware that yes, there is this negative reality, or this, this negative, you know, environment that you're in, but there is hope into the future. This is a pretty powerful outlook for in as a worldview. Even as a child, yes, there's going to be really harsh things and difficult things that are going to happen. But I'm never going to become hopeless. Because Allah has selected me I have a higher purpose. So that's kind of

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the the transition, it also teaches us that we there is a danger in questioning and, you know, keeping our children from, from from, you know, or making our children unprepared for real life. If we deprive them from either one of these, we should make them aware of difficult situations and difficult realities, we should also instill hope and confidence in them. Because if any one of those is missing, then they're not going to be able to have a balanced life, they're not going to be able to deal with life in the way that they should be able to deal and that can affect their adult life, actually, not just their childhood, it will actually affect and impact their adult life. So May

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Allah give us the ability to raise our children, and instill in them these kinds of values and feelings at the right time, and continue to nurture them. So they grew up to be much better adults than we are and much more balanced than we are ourselves. Anyhow. Now let's get into the AI itself what gallica now I'm gonna go phrase by phrase, the first wording of this AI is what karateka? And that is how, and that is how, then he says the HDB Cara buka, your master has chosen you. The first question arises, what do you mean, that is how? So that's been answered by the following. When I read this far, and what I've discussed thus far is, it's it means by showing you the stream clearly

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alleged This is how Allah has chosen you listen to this, it seems as if Yahoo, who has these 12 sons has been keeping an eye on this boy, and he's noticing that this boy has some special qualities that he hasn't seen anywhere. And you know, you can tell hindsight is 2020 we know the entire story. Later on, you'll find when the when he sold into slavery, from the right to be sold as a slave to the time he brought the minister brought him to the house. Already, he's so impressed with him that he's ready to adopt him. Right. So use of carries himself a certain way that special, and even a stranger can see that he didn't just purchase a slave. He purchased someone highly intelligent, with

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great character. He's very impressed with him to the point where he wants to keep him as his own. Right. And he tells me who buys a servant or hires a servant and the first thing he says to the lady of the houses are creamy Martha who honor his housing, treat him with respect and honor the place you give him a don't just give him a corner shed. Basically, that's the first thing he says to her. And then he says he can be benefit beneficial to us or we could take him as our own child, we should be able to adopt him to that that's the option he's considering for a sleeve he just bought. So he sees something special in it. What I'm saying is, if that minister is not observant in a couple of

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hours, I would argue that Yahuwah Islam as I've tried to portray is an extremely observant father. So he's noticing things in Yusuf Ali Salaam that are kind of signs of prophethood and he

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Hasn't yussuf hasn't told him a dream yet. But from early age, you can kind of see this kid is not like other kids, the way he carries himself, the way he his manners has respectfulness, his eagerness towards worship. He has these qualities that are just unusual for a child. And by the way, if a child were to see in a dream that he's better than everybody else, or overpowering everybody else, or he's got some miraculous gift, and the sun and the moon are falling before him, kids can easily become spoiled. And say I am special. And if dad is treating him special, then you know when a kid gets treated special and they know it.

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That's like, the best ingredients to get spoiled rotten. And then throw it in the other siblings face. Yeah, that's not going to get yell at me. No, he's gonna yell at you. Watch. Right? That's, that's the mentality, they're gonna develop. And yet, Yusuf Ali Salaam is so you know. so down to earth, even as a kid, he doesn't let anything get in his head to the point where you can also go back and say, when the father said, don't tell your brothers this dream. Right? Don't narrate this to them. You know what that's even suggest? It suggests that clearly, they're mean to him all the time. But he still doesn't respond by being mean back to them. He still wants to go and talk to

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them. Like maybe, maybe if I talk to them this way, they'll open up, maybe I talk to them that way, they'll open up, maybe if I'm kind to them, maybe if I break some conversation with them, okay, they don't want to talk to me, I'll still want to go talk to them. He's actually going out of his way. And this annoys them even more, because they're not good to him. And so if he could just lose his cool ones, or get in trouble or break something, then they can say, Aha, gotcha. But he's just too perfect. And it's just bothering them. Like it's eating away at them that he's so good. And then dad sees it too. And now he's got these signs of prophecy. And, and if, you know, he could, and he they

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know, because they're children of Yaqoob. And then it's Hawk and then Ibrahim, that Allah has promised prophecy in this family Prophethood will continue. Right? And they kind of see it too. Like, that's kind of really impressed with the kind of the way he carries himself. So maybe he's going to be the prophet and Yahoo, but it's almost it's like waiting for a confirmation from Allah that he's hunches. Right. And so when he tells him his dream, now, Jacobo is something and that's how your master has chosen you. I see. It's like, almost as if he's saying, I've been waiting for this day, I was wondering how he's gonna choose you. What was the first revelation to you gonna be?

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Like, when was that? When was that? How was? How was he going to let you know that you have been chosen for prophecy. And I see that a lot chose this dream to be that way. So this is jacobellis Trump's way of confirming that that dream is in fact revelation. And he has a prophet knows that to write the dream he heard isn't just some convoluted thought he had in asleep, but it's actually revelation. And this is the first bit of revelation that Yusuf Ali Sam has given and Prophethood has begun. So he now is, is kind of relieved that okay, this is the heir to the this legacy of prophecy, that Prophet has come now to this family by way of use of it. So so that's inside gallica. But, you

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know, the dream was mentioned in IRA number four. We're in iron number six, right? So when I say and by showing you this dream, that's how Allah has chosen you. Then we're going back to iron number four. But Father, after iron number 49. Number five said, don't tell your brothers, they're going to scheme against you meaning the moment the dad heard the dream, he knew trouble is coming. Yes. So the father, Upon hearing this dream, didn't just recognize that this boy is special. He recognized that this dream contains in it ingredients for a conflict that is going to happen between Yusef and his brothers. This dream is telling him that there's going to be a clash and in that clash,

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eventually use of will be on top. Eventually, there'll be humbled by the plan of Allah, eventually, they'll fall into such that, but they wouldn't have to be in that they're clearly not this way. They're bullies to him now. So there's a clash coming, right. And so in that catolica, there's something else in whatever difficult situations are about to come. And they will come in all of that you should know Allah has chosen you because you could have handled them nobody else could have. It's not just a dream. That's the reason alleged chosen you. It's actually also the events that are to transpire. That's just know that those adventures that you're going to go through the trauma that

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you're going to go through the the you know, eventually the relief that you're going to experience. All of that is part of the plan. All of that is something that has prepared you for so that's inside the word cattolica but then, also inside the word cattolica. I told you before Yusuf Ali Salaam with the way he's told his father the dream The father could tell this kids figured it out. This kids pretty smart the way he spoke, but there are a few things I want to capture in the way use of spoke. First of all, you can tell us if as analytical Elisa Lam, he figured out what the dream means. Second of all, you could tell the way he was speaking, the way you suffer speaking, that he has a

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lot of manners in his speech. Like he was hesitant

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To put the such that thing too close to the wording, and he was reluctant to put himself in this aggrandized position. So there's a character and mannerism in his speech, what jacoba saying is because of the way you carry yourself, because of the humility, you demonstrate, and because of this analytical skill, these things Allah has given you. And these skills are such that I know this is why Allah has chosen you of this family, to have the gift of prophecy. And that's when we get to the words the hw Cora buka your master has selected you. And you know, the Arabic language has several words for selection. And three of them that I'd like you to just kind of be introduced to are FDR is

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default and htb. So FDR comes from height. Height means good. FDR, like we come from it comes the word istikhara. Like the istikhara prayer, right? So it's the hora means to pray for the better choice is to hora has the word hate and hate means what is good, right? So to try to choose something that is good, or something better, when you choose something because of the good in it. That's called FDR. That's the word Allah used for Musa alayhis salam when he came to the mountain, and God told him I have chosen you. He said, Dr. Toka, I have made a choice of you because of the good I see in you. That's basically what he's telling him. Why? Because musallam carried the guilt

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of having killed somebody. Right? So he doesn't he feels like maybe he's not good enough for this. So this is no, no, I see good in you. You don't have to see it in yourself. I see it in you. So

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that's another word is different. It's defies two things. And I'll speak in kind of difficult English and l simplified if the art is the selector. And the selected, right. So if I'm, if I'm picking a shirt in the store, I'm the selector and the shirt is the selected. If I choose something, because of how pure it is, because of how pure it is, then that is differ. It also means it's purely my choice. Nobody can question where that choice came from, because it's default comes from software purity. In other words, when I make a choice, why did you get the blue one? Why didn't you get the red one? Why will I like the blue one? that's purely my discretion? I don't have to give you a

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logical explanation. I just have to say I like blue. That's all I have to say. That's called istighfar. Allah uses that for when he chose which angels shall deliver revelation, and which men should become messengers. Because nobody gets to say why Mohammed, why not some millionaire in Makkah? Why not one of the Israelites, you don't get to say that a La Jolla, stuffy Milan melodica, to Sudan. meanness, Allah is the one who selects, and he selects, and he owes you no explanation. Because it's purely his choice. He doesn't have, he doesn't owe you an explanation. He doesn't need your input. And there is nobody else influencing his decision. It's purely him. That's why it's

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different. But this word for choosing so that one was when you choose something because of the good in it. The other is when the choice is purely your own. And you don't owe anybody an explanation. But here, he could have said workers alika stuffy caravaca, that would have meant that's how Alliance chosen you for reasons only he knows that's not what he said. He said, Well, because Alec ahdb, Cora buka. And yes, the because the third word for choice, it comes from Java. Java was used in ancient Arabic for people, you know, in some kingdoms when they collect tax, like nowadays also we collect tax, not everybody can pay tax. So you have to have a certain income level where you're

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qualified to pay tax, and you have that responsibility on you. It developed as a term for when you make a selection based on a purpose. Like some families are selected to pay taxes, because for the purpose of tax deduction, because they can, right. So let me bring it closer to home.

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If you're drilling a hole in the wall, and you need a screwdriver, depending on the kind of screw you're going to pick a specific kind of screwdriver. the wrong kind won't do a spoon won't do here. Right? You know, a napkin won't do he needed a screwdriver when you pick the right tool for the right job. That's called HD bot, because this tool will serve that purpose. So the point is, when a selection is made based based on a purpose for I have a mission, I need someone for that mission. This is why HTML would be actually closer to hiring. You know, when somebody hires somebody in a company, they interviewed different people, and they said this person is the best fit for the job.

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So that's kind of an HD bar. Okay, because they've been selected for a purpose. Now, that word yet, because buka suggests what it suggested jacobellis Ramses that you have demonstrated certain skills, and you have demonstrated certain manners, which Allah will use to put you in all kinds of situations. And that's why he selected you to be a prophet, your analytical skills, your ability, the way you the way you describe this dream to me and what is going to be happening to you. It's clear a love doesn't just mean for you to go through triumph. He's collected you because you're gonna go through some serious trials too. And that's how allies done it by way of this dream. It's

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not just a blessing of that dream. But that dream entails in it quite a saga and he can tell

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Hell and all of that is a love choosing that for you. This is profound because for us our the story of our lives is basically in number three Yusra difficulty than ease and difficulty than ease and difficulty. And that is that all of our lives when the moment you start thinking, I have hit ease, and there's no more difficulty to come, you're delusional. There's another difficulty coming, it'll be a different shape, it'll be different size. And after that difficulty alone will bring you another ease. And then another difficulty and another ease. That's that's life. That's just how I created life. Like catalana in Santa Fe cupboard. Allah created the human being in labor, some toil,

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that's just how he made us right. Now the thing is, the difficulties that you had to face, Allah chose those for you. And he chose you for them. Listen to the be here. The first part before Yes, Allah chose my trials. For me a lot wrote my the story of my life. But a lot chose me because I have certain qualities to go through those tests successfully.

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Like he picked me for this story, anybody else could have had my life story, but he picked me for it. Because he knew I am the right person for this adventure, you understand? That's what he's his father is telling you so friendly, Sam, He alone is chosen you and when a lot, especially selects a profit for that purpose alone, never select someone like that, without them having monumental challenges in front of them. You know, you don't get an important job without having a difficult mission. You know, the highest paying jobs have the most complicated tasks, right? If it's a simple task, anybody could do it. So you have to demonstrate a very high aptitude of some kind to qualify

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for a very high caliber job. The higher the job, the more you have to be qualified. And when a lion is choosing you, then you've clearly demonstrated some very high caliber, and that's what he's capturing inside work as a college speaker. He's telling his son, you aren't just a kid, don't just think you just saw a dream, this skill that you have of all this talent that you have to be so analytical and thoughtful. It's not just some trivial thing. This is your master choosing you. Now that's amazing, because usually when when somebody has a talent nowadays, right, when kids have a talent, like this kid is good at baseball, or that code is good, that kid is gonna athletics, or

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this kid's gonna robotics, or some other kid is good at programming, or some kids good at art, we say you're so good at it. Let me put you in a competition. Let me get you some prizes. And we want to hone their skill. And the more they're honing their skill, the more arrogant they're becoming, they're hanging medals on their wall, or awards or certificates, right? And then the parents are showcasing them, my kid one this or that, or the other. And the more our our children accomplish, the more we think of them as like feather in our proverbial head like accomplishment for ourselves, right? Oh, my kid goes to this school. And they're on this scholarship. And they got this program,

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and they won this championship around this. They're on the soccer team. They're on this team. They're on that team, this kind of an accomplishment thing for our children. But what does he do when he sees his child having a remarkable ability? He says, Your master has selected you when he calls him your Master, what does that make you? slave. In other words, you have profound talents so profound that Allah has chosen you. He didn't just say a lot shows you, your master chose you, he chose you to be a really good slave and slave, by definition is the most humble label you can have, isn't it? So hon Allah a child is being told you've got remarkable talent. And because of it, you

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should be humble. Because there's someone over you that gave that to you. It's not yours, you're not special he is. He made you special. He chose you for a special task. And then also means this ability I have doesn't make me special. What makes me special is I fulfill the purpose for which I was given this ability,

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the talent and the skill, and the gift doesn't make me special. It's the fact that I'm going to put that gift to use for the service of my master. That's what makes me special, you get it. So you can have a gift. But that's you get a million people to have a gift. I can tell you a story for myself. Now. I won't put anybody down individually. But I can tell you something I learned being an employer. I've been an employee, and I've been an employer. And when I've been an employer, I've met some very talented people, extremely talented. Some of these young men and women that when they when I hired them as teachers, I said, Man, they are way better teachers than I will I will ever be. I

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won't even come close. They're rockstars they're unbelievable. Like I saw them and I would look at them young, you know, young guy, 20 years old. And he's teaching like he's been teaching for 30 years and I'm just an absolute awe.

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Like, this is incredible. Allah has given to this young man again, but can't show up on time can't respond to emails can greet students exams properly. He can't take care of any responsibilities. Can't say when he says yes doesn't mean yes. But he says in Sharla means most likely not. can show up to any meetings can no punctuality no discipline, no professionalism, no keeping up with the word. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no what talent unbelievable.

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Unbelievable talent, what am I going to do with that talent if you can't put it to work.

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And I'd literally say you have such an amazing talent, but you're wasting it away, because you think your talent is enough for you to get a free ride from all the other responsibilities you have to carry. You can't live life like that. You can't survive like that. You know, this is what happens, unfortunately to people that when they have a talent, and they're put on a pedestal, because they think their talent is enough for them to be appreciated constantly. So they don't have to carry other burdens, and they don't have to carry a character with them. Right. And that's because they start thinking, I am so special, I can get away with anything, and I can be a brat. And that's why

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you find in modern culture, let's leave Islam for a second, when young kids become celebrity musicians, actors, you see how horribly rotten and spoiled they are? Like what terrible examples of actual human beings they become, because they've been put on this pedestal, with no ounce of humility coming from anywhere. Like there's no access to this creature called humility, that if that wasn't bacteria, it's been pulled out of their system. But what is this this Father doing when he sees this remarkable talent of profit. And by the way, I mean, you hardly get a higher position than being the Minister of Egypt, in charge of feeding the entire nation. That's a pretty high position,

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and you're just a beaker of buka, your master has selected you. It's amazing that on the one hand, you've been, you've been validated. And at the on the other hand, you've also been humbled. But the most beautiful part of this is the father didn't humble him. He's telling him the one too humble, you will be who you are, Rob.

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Because for some people, they say I have to humble my children. By putting them down like you're acting in the place of love. You cannot humble anyone. If they don't recognize that they are up is the one humbling them, you have failed because of time will come when this I don't need to be humbled to you, you're old, you're retired, you have arthritis, you can't beat me with that belt anymore. You can't yell at me anymore. You live off of my paycheck, they'll talk back to you

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that that they can come. But the amazing thing here is jacoba salam is giving him a life lesson, whether Yaqoob is around or not. Look, I may not be there to talk to humble you to keep you in check. But your job will always be there. Well, because Allah used to be called a Buddha. What a profound teaching and you have to understand use of Elisa Lam story is so important for parents. Because here's a child who is going to be in a non Muslim environment, with no parental supervision for most of his youth. No for all of his youth, sorry, no parental supervision. And he these few words that you could be saying him is the last bit of advice, we're gonna see him here.

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I mean, a lot chose to tell us in his Quran that the Father told him the few things that are in this ayah. And then there's no other conversation. There must have been many other conversations. But the one that I wanted for us to keep until judgment is this one, this iron, this iron, iron, number six, and iron number 600 has in it ingredients for a young man to end up in a foreign country as a slave where he has, you know, slaves can do whatever they want in their free time, right? They can be among there's no buddy telling them what's right and wrong. They so long as they do the Masters groceries and cleaned the lawn or whatever, then they got to do whatever they got to do, like kids

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in recess, and there's no my dad's gonna get me in trouble. Or I'm gonna get nothing. You can use whatever language you want. You can eat whatever you want, you can be friends with the wild, whatever you might, you can engage in whatever behavior you want, you've got a kind of crazy freedom. And on top of that, is he living in a Muslim family? Is he living in a righteous household, he's living in a politician's house

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in Egypt.

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So it's not exactly that he's surrounded by this like righteous environment, and he has every reason to be messed up. every reason to be messed up, and the words that he's been given, are going to shield him from it. Why? Because he won't forget what's being said here. This is gonna get drilled in his head. My master has selected me for a purpose. I wasn't just selected. And it's amazing because somebody else getting kidnapped and thrown into jail and sold into slavery and falsely imprisoned would say, Why me? Why me Why me. And here you have use of thinking, I have a purpose. This is also for a purpose. This is all my father told me this is for a purpose. There's a reason

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behind this. And nobody else could have been put in this trial except me. It had to be me.

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He's got this positive outlook, even in the middle of the worst negativity, even in the terror of being thrown into a well, there's a purpose to this. There's a reason this is happening. So what can I just say because now we come to the next phase, where you will come into we're in a hurry.

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they translate this as saying and he's teaching you of interpretation of dreams. I strongly disagree.

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Let's break this up. He has I will translate this or interpret this rather as he has commenced your teaching.

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Your teaching from Allah has now begun aleist I can see that Allah has started the lessons. Lesson One, you can tell this dream isn't just about the stars in the sun and the moon, it's about your own family, you can tell what exactly this means you don't know yet.

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But you can tell that this is something coming. And it has to do with the family. So the fact that you can see even that much means your teaching from Allah has already begun. If he knew everything to know about this dream, he wouldn't even come to the dead.

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But the fact that he came to the dead, he does need some counsel. Right. Now jacobellis is telling him that his teaching has started, but it's not ended. It's it's an ongoing thing. And teaching is opposed to informing is very different. When you say, you know, Bianca informs you, you'll be okay. You'll be Luca, he informs you, you need to go he informs you Those are words for immediate if I inform you of something right now is done. But teaching you takes time teaching you takes practice and exercise and rigor, doesn't it? So lies teaching allies telling, you know, through the tongue of jacobellis lamb, he's telling you certainly some, Allah has a plan to teach you a lot.

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And teaching means you're going to be in different learning environments. And eventually, He will teach you even what this dream means and hope that's at the end of the story, isn't it. But a lot of people assume when they read this ayah, Allah has chosen you for this dream. And he'll teach you eventually what it means. Meaning when it when it comes to pass at the end, but he didn't say, here, alarm or Aurora, he said, when you come into will ahaadeeth. Listen to this carefully. Now he will teach you from the interpretation of all kinds of speech.

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All kinds of speech, I thought the conversation wasn't about speech, it was about what a dream. But the word dream has gone now. But the word dream has been left behind. A Hadith has taken its place. And a hadith in Arabic means conversations communications. Actually, Hadith comes from headaches, which means an event.

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And it can mean an event, which leads to conversations have also means new or modern, meaning new things that are said that were not said before, new things, new events that are experienced that were not experienced before. So this is a loaded term. What Yakov alayhis salaam is telling us of is that I can see that Allah has a plan for you to be able to interpret all kinds of different kinds of speech, you're going to be put in very different kinds of environments, where you're going to hear very, very different kinds of speech, you're going to be exposed to very different worlds. And each one of those worlds will have their own new kind of speech. And you'll be able to figure out how

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people work and how they communicate and what they mean, and what is behind. There's something they say, but you will be able to tell what is behind it. And that's the word that we that we means not just what someone's saying, what is behind it yet. What does it result in? Or what does it come from originally? What's the original thought process behind what you're saying? You're saying one thing, but I could see where your mind was working 10 steps behind this that led you to say these words, you have that talent, you don't just hear words, you hear what is behind that. And behind that and behind that and where it all started. You don't just see the tree you see the root deep inside the

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ground. That's your talent when you are a limo come into it. Now I'm going to jump ahead because again, hindsight, you know, hindsight is 2020 we know the whole story. You know, when he came into the, the Masters house in Egypt.

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And the husband said take care of him give him good housing. Remember that part? I refer to it today. Immediately after that, you know what Allah said? Cavalli comma canali usofa wehlener Lima home into vilella Hadees.

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That is how we settle Yusef in the land. So we could teach him all kinds of interpretation of all kinds of speech. that exact phrase that the Father told him, Allah said, and that's how we made that happen for him, the moment he got settled in the house of the Egyptian minister. Now think about this. When he's in the house of Egyptian minister, what role does he play? servant, right? Serve and the Bible tells us that he became the most trusted servant, the master will leave the keys to the house with him. Okay, now, if he's in that house, he's in the house dude cleaning the kitchen. He can hear the politician, lady, politicians, wife, lady and her friends come over and he knows what

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rich wealthy women talk about, and what kind of character they have, and what kind of life they live and what kinds of things are important to them. He knows that world. Does the farmer know that world? Does the outside market person know that world? He knows that world. On the inside, though. We hear about the politicians in the news. He doesn't hear about them in the news. He sees what they're like and their families are like when the cameras are off. He doesn't know the press conference. He knows what's happening behind the press conference. And then when he hears the press conference, oh, this is what they're saying. But this is what's behind it. And when his his

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politician, Master comes home and he brings some of his friends from his

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Party, or they talk about the king, or they talk about this, or they talk about the police or they talk about whatever. He's mopping the floor, hearing all those conversations, isn't he? And he sees what they're like in private, how they plan, how they design, how they think about the economy, what they think about the poor, what they think about the rich, what they think about the government, what you think about foreign countries, he's hearing international relations, he's hearing politics, economics, sociology, psychology, he's hearing all of this from this world that nobody has access to. And he's hearing it. And he's so analytical, because he's a son of Yaqoob. He's taking it all

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in, and then this, his master sends him go outside to the groceries, right. And when he goes to the groceries, he hears what the farmer talks about, he hears what the poor servants talk about, he hears what those people talk about outside in the street, the everyday workers. And then when he has to go to lunch, he's having lunch with the rest of the slaves Isn't he and the slaves are their own world. And they talk their own certain way. And eventually, he's gonna get thrown in jail. And criminals are their own world, they have their own reality, they talk about the sea life very differently than a politician does, then what a farmer does, that a laborer does, then the servants,

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oh, my God, one man, having access inside access to all of these worlds, and how different people talk and how they communicate, and what emotions and thought processes and life experiences are behind them. jacoba is on in one phrase dropped on him. Allah has chosen you with this special talent he's about to teach you the interpretation of all kinds of speech. And not just dreams. Whoa, whoa, that's called embedded journalism. You know, that. And embedded journal and even embedded journalists, when they go in, the people know, it's a journalist, so they act different. And here you have use of completely immersed not like a journalist, he's a, literally a fly on the wall, in

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all of these worlds, and he has first hand access to how, you know, people work, how psychology works, how thought processes work from all these different worlds that, you know, I come from a certain background, I can't relate to somebody else from a different background, or a different economic class, or a different kind of level of hardship. But use of an A Salaam can, when he is going to become a politician. He'll understand how the politicians think how the ministers thinks, how the military thinks, how their families think, how the peasants think, how the middle class thinks, how the business class thinks, how the merchants think how the criminals think he has a

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sensitivity to all of them.

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It's amazing. And that's all just, that's just one part of it. That's the part what he that he's being exposed to there. But even before even in the things that Allah shows him from the unseen, like a dream, he can figure those out. So he's got this spiritual talent of interpretation. And he's got this worldly talent of interpretation. It's not just about dreams. And so the world is the word has changed to where you are limoux come into really Latif. Allah is going to teach you interpretation of all kinds of speech. When you Timonium, Metallica, then he says, and he will complete his favor on you. A level complete his favor on you. Now, scholars started debating Well,

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he's already chosen him, which is a less favor on him. So what's this completing favor on him? Right? So it kind of became a dichotomy, my reading of it, I will share with you You are free to do your own reading on the subject. And she actually was rather in agreement with this also, the Quran uses the words completing the favor on you for our messenger to sallallahu Sallam What do you think man matter who la cabeza de casa lotta Mr. keema or in certain Maya Atman to la comunidad Mati you know, what are the two lokman Islam Medina when the revelation was completed, Quran was completed, unless I have completed my favor upon you. When would they be I happen unless so that I can complete

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this favor upon you? Well, you Tim won't matter who Allah, Allah, Allah to do, he sent you a messenger so he can complete his favor upon you. He told the oma, what does that mean? That means that this, this is a little bit of a loaded concept. So I need you to refresh your brains. So you really understand what I'm getting at here. When Allah talks about favor or blessings, there are two kinds. So think of them as two, two cups. Okay, two kinds of blessings. One kind of blessing is the spiritual blessing of your faith. Yes, you can have a good situation or a bad situation, you still have the blessing of your faith. That's one. So even if he's if he's in jail, he still has that

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blessing. When he's in a well, he still has that blessing. When he's being schemed against, he still has that blessing. When he's being falsely accused, he still has that blessing, right, that blessing will never go away. So that's the spiritual blessing. That's the blessing of faith. The other blessing is the blessing of having an easier life where your faith has not been put to the test. Okay, so when comfort comes, that's also a blessing. When sickness goes away, that's also a blessing. When you find a job, that's also a blessing. When you reunite with your family. That's also a blessing. So there, there's the worldly blessings and there are spiritual blessings. Yes. And

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we want both. We want the best of this world we want the best of the next world. Now. When Allah uses his blessing when he used the phrase

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His blessing, he's referring to the spiritual and combined with the worldly. When he tells his prophet sallallahu, I have completed my favor on you, you know what that means. The spiritual blessing is completed, the Quran is going to be completed now in Revelation and all the obstacles you had all the enemies you had have all been defeated. All the challenges that were hurting, you are defeat, the state of fear is gone, the anxiety is gone, the scheming is gone. All of that's done now. Because Allah has now done what completed his favor. Now, what's interesting, here's what's really beautiful, and we come back to sort of use it for this. When Allah told his prophet that he

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has completed his favor, or that he will complete his favor. That was all in Medina.

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The phrase, total civil law so he's alone, then Allah will complete his favor. Now what favor spiritual and worldly? Yes.

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When did you tell him this in what city, Medina, but sooner Yusuf was given to the prophets lay solo in when Mecca. So when the Muslims, including the prophet SAW Selim heard, and he will complete his favor upon you, that wasn't the first time they were hearing those words, they had already heard those words on the tongue of Yaqoob. And so that use of an insult use of how did that play out if he held on to the spiritual blessing through all the trials. And eventually, a lot also gave him the material, the worldly blessing of the reunification of his family, the exoneration of his name, and now the kingdom and dominion light under him.

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So it's almost as though when Allah And if you think about what happened with us last time, after through all those trials he held holds on to the spiritual blessing. But at the end of his career, he is reunited with his brethren who make Toba and accept Islam, and the state of fear is gone. And dominion is under him much like Yusuf Ali Salaam, isn't it? So actually, even in the phrase, eudaemonia, Metallica in the story of use of it was almost a foreshadowing deliberately for what's coming for a soul asylum, because that exact phrase got used for the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And that helps us understand what was meant by what was meant by it, eventually, you will

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have triumph, not just have the spiritual kind, but also have the worldly kind. And that's how Allah will complete his favor on you. But in order to get to that tribe, you have to go through a lot of trials, and a lot doesn't just give you triumph without going through a lot of difficulty. Right? So what you do, you know, and by the way, just you having to interpret all kinds of speech and what's behind it, you can't be in a sheltered environment to do that. Right? You'd have to be in difficult environments, to hear all kinds of speech, and then comes the triumph. Right. So your life a lot put you in some real weird situations, some real crazy situations, and you were able to understand

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things about life that you didn't understand before. They made you connect to align ways you didn't connect before. And those experiences taught you, Toba, they taught you sober, they taught you reliance on Allah, they taught you what this means they taught you what it means to be grateful. They taught you what pain really means. So next time you feel pain, you're like, no, this isn't pain. That was pain. I know what pain is. It teaches you grit, it builds you. And all of that will go towards Allah completing his blessing. This is these trials are just steps along the way. You know, it's kind of like when we you know, there's this place in in Malaysia, you know, seven falls

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in this island. In Langkawi at the top, they've got this gorgeous waterfall, right. But it's like a, I think it's like a four mile steps.

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So the steps you take every step you're taking.

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And we have benches every few 100 or you know, a few dozen steps. So you can feel like an old person and just kind of like,

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you know, when I went up there, I saw like this old guy, just keep going. And I sit down and he's buzzes by me and I get embarrassed, I think, Oh, yeah. And then I go up a few. And then they're like, No, no, okay, you win.

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And then you get all the way up. And then you see this remarkable waterfall, and you see other valleys and you're like, up in the cloud, it's crazy. But you to get there, you got to go through the steps. You see what I'm saying you, you can't get to that beautiful place without the struggle. You know, there's no easy way to get there. That's the only way you can get there, you know. So that's kind of the imagery here, you will go through this journey. And eventually Allah will complete his favor on you. Now had if another thing about Hadith is not just speech, had I told you it's related to her or her data, which means an event or a situation also means an accident or a

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catastrophe. Allah will teach you what is behind different kinds of catastrophes. A lot will teach you what is actually behind different kinds of events. People will see the event for what it is and become reactive and become impulsive and say, I can't believe this is happening. And you'll be able to take a step back and say, No, no, no, there's a larger, there's a larger chessboard here. There's a larger map. This is just one obstacle. But there's something behind this obstacle. There's a larger purpose. You won't become jumpy like others.

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You won't be like that you'll just you'll chill and you'll be able to calmly coolly, you know, engage in a situation and be able to deal with it without becoming impulsive and jittery. You know, nervous, because when people face a new situation they get they get rattled, you're not going to be like that, because you'll know what's behind it. You'll know what's coming after it. You know. So when you will come into Hades, or you Timonium Metallica, then he says rather earlier, now things get really beautiful. And just as he completed his favor on, I don't know he will complete his favor on you and on the family of Jacob. And on the family of Jacob. Now, here's the thing he could have

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said and on my family, because he was talking, Jacob is talking. So how is he saying his name in the third person? And it means children. Now I'm jumping ahead. There is an opinion I mentioned yesterday that some scholars believe that the sons of yaku the other 11 also became prophets after they repented, okay? Even concede a poverty equal to b, etc, are not of that view. And I would agree with them. I'm not of that view that they became prophets. their reasons for seeing that their profits one of them is this this because Allah says he will complete his favor on you. And on the children of Yahoo. Another reason they say Allah called them stars and the stars are a means by

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which people are guided. Right? I would argue, no, it's particular stars that guide people, not all stars guide people. First of all will be nudged me not know Do me home yet. I don't like the North Star guides people, for example. So that's why Lucy responds to that too, and gives these counter arguments, Rahim Allah. But here let's talk about the favor given to the children of Yaqoob. What did I say is the favor of Allah spiritual and material right? Yusuf Alayhi Salam holds on to the spiritual favor while constantly losing which kind of favor the material one, and eventually both come together. Use of brothers hold on to material favor, and lose which one, the spiritual one and

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eventually they'll regain their spiritual favor by making Toba. And it's so now and iacobelli salaam knows that this lineage by the promise given by a lot Abraham Ellison, this lineage is blessed with prophecy.

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And iacobelli salaam also knows that even if my immediate children, the other 11 are not the best, it could be that profits will come from their children. Right? So he's not saying I have 11 children, but profits will only come from the line of who you serve. It could be from the line of my other children profits will come to you and by the way, if you study Jewish genealogy than the other many Israelite prophets they don't come from the line of use of they come from the other lines, actually. So he takes a step back and says, Allah will not just bless you he'll bless my entire family. He didn't say children he said I'll which means future generations now, but why include his

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brothers because he just in the previous I said, brothers are falling into the trap of the devil for hours. How's he going to complete his favorite of them? It seems jacoba, asylums, foresight and genius. What was the dream? What will the brothers be doing? such that, which means they'll learn from their mistake, and they will be humbled. And he knows that. So maybe through you, they will learn humility. Maybe they're not able to find humility right now and they're falling into the trap of the devil. But Allah has created a plan for them to come back to Allah and humble themselves. And it is only after you humble yourself that the doors of blessings open that so Allah will complete

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the way he completed his favor on us by messenger ship by prophet Prophethood. And he will complete his favor on them, because they're making Toba and by the way, this is also substantiated in the Quran. Allah didn't just tell the prophet SAW Salem he was he will complete his favor upon you. He told the oma you Timonium matter who Allah come when Allah contacted him. And he will so that he completes his favor upon all of you. So just saying the completing of the favor on the family of Yahoo doesn't make them profits, just like a law telling us he will complete his favor on all of you doesn't make us what profits. But in the case of Jaco and use of his very specific, because he's

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teaching you the interpretation of speech. He's teaching you he selected you especially he didn't say that about his brothers. So everything is use of specific until when this favorite is given, it seems because they will be making such law. And I will be there. So my my entire family is going to get blessed. And this is how a lot of plans to continue and give us both those blessings worldly and spiritual. And guess what happens? They make Toba, they settle into Egypt. Now they have a good economic life, and they prosper in Egypt. So that that favor did get completed. You see. So this is yaku Bala Salaam. Looking ahead. Now he's given this this remarkable vision to his son about looking

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ahead to a bright future.

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Looking ahead to a bright future. This way, keeping an eye on reality at the same time because your brothers still are in trouble. That will come eventually. But don't become blind to what's in front of you. Right? So it's not blind optimism. It's cautious optimism. It's pragmatic

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Practical optimism, proc practical positivity. Now check this out what's coming next? Kumar atta Maha Allah awake. And by the way, one thing I didn't say on the family of Jaco. Why did he say Jaco by name? It's almost as though I have the feeling this this wording gives is that his future generations, the future generations of the children of Israel will look back and say look at how Allah favored our father Yusuf and his father Yaakov and look at how he blessed that family. And they will be calling that calling him the family of yaku Uri suniva littleman. Alia COVID Allah hora below the Zakaria so many generations later and around the time of Jesus right this is like way at

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the tail end of the Israelite legacy. He says, Yeah, love Give me someone to inherit my legacy, who will inherit me and inherit from the from the children of Yahoo. You same exact words Alia, like Yahoo was wishing his children will one day say Alia, the blessing and zecharia and the Quran from that lineage refers back to his father's lineage is Greg, Greg, Greg, Greg, Greg, Greg grandfather's lineage and says Ali aku. So it's actually kind of this this echoing of this wish that this family be blessed. Also, it's telling you know, your use of any Salaam that we have a great future ahead of us. This is a love fulfilling his favor on us and our future generations will get this favor to our

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Prophet socialism would tell us from the children of Israel, Kula mahalo gonna be one hell of an abuse, every time a Prophet would dry and die, another would be born. Like there was no generation that didn't have a prophet, actually. So they continued to have profits after profits after profits. Anyway. So now, come on, Adama wake up in COVID, just as he completed his favor upon both of your father's just before Ibrahim and his hack, so he's reminding us of a solemn of his two, two great two, grandfather's Abraham, the great grandfather and his heart. Now Abraham is absolutely critical. You would, you would, if he just mentioned Yaqoob, you will actually mention Yahoo. Then go on back

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as Hark, then go on back, Ibrahim. But he says Yahoo. And then Ibrahim in his heart. He breaks the the chronological order and go straight to who, Ibrahim al Islam. And this is because of the importance and the centrality of Ibrahim Ali Salaam, what is Ibrahim Elisa Lam's legacy, Ibrahim Allison's legacy in a nutshell is I'm going to hold on to the truth No matter who loves me, and how much However, they love me if they hate that I hold on to the truth, I'm still going to hold on to the truth, whether it's the father who raised me or the uncle who raised me or a nation that wants to throw me into a fire, I'm going to hold on to the truth and if the truth commands that I love my

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son more than anything else, because I've had him in such an old age, and the law commands me to slaughter him while I shall slaughter him.

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Like, my loyalty to Allah will not be pushed aside by my love of anything else.

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By my fear of anything else, that's Ibrahim Ali Salaam, right? It's a pretty remarkable thing to say to even mentioned Ibrahim Ali Salaam, listen, you come from the line of Ibraheem alehissalaam and Allah completed his favor on Ibraheem alehissalaam when he blessed his lineage, but he blessed his lineage after putting him through what the most difficult trials isn't it. And at the end, we at the end of those trials, the last blessing, the completion of blessing of Abraham Isola The last thing that was given to him was his son is Huck is the youngest son, it was given all the way at the end. So what was and that's where the Israelite legacy begins. So what we're learning is Ibrahim Ali Sam

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didn't get his blessings until the very end of all those difficult trials. So and you come from that family, so be ready for trials.

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Congratulations, you're on the Ibrahim train.

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That's that's what he's basically telling him. But take a step back and learn something so powerful about this message.

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This young boy is going to live in a very toxic environment, his entire life

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is right after this is this the positive light, the spiritual light influence that he had of his father is going to be gone. He's not going to see his father until way later in his life, then it's going to be a toxic brothers. That terribly scary depths of an unfinished well, which could have snakes inside. Then overnight, stay in that well until some caravan comes by and pulls them out. They treat him like a commodity, yanking on his shirtless body because the shirt has been taken. Right? There's just throwing this kid around, and they want it they're scared that somebody's gonna find him that he must have fallen in here. His family's gonna come looking for him. Nobody leaves a

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kid like this here. Right? So they sold him off quickly. And they sold them on a discount price. Now he's coming. He doesn't know where he's gonna end up. He doesn't know when he's ever gonna see his father again. He's in this life.

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of uncertainty. And in the middle of all of that, into all of that negative environment, an environment of fear and environment of lack of supervision, a lack of support. There's a, there's a constant negativity in his life. But there's something, there's two things that are his strength according to this higher. He's got an eye on the future that allies promised him.

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Allah will put you through tests because he sees something in you.

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But then somebody could tell me something, man, that's nice, but he was a prophet Allah chosen. Right? That's not about me. That's a prophet. Allah chose him for greatness. And he was going to have redemption in the end and all of that. Well, how's that about me?

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Sort of hedge

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number 22. At the end, guess what allows us to every Muslim, every Muslim, who vegetable comb.

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He, same word, he said Vika selected you because of a purpose in you. He selected all y'all.

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Well, marjana are they confer demon heritage and in the religion, he didn't put any discomfort for you? Can he said, Allah said to you, me to you not to use it to you and me. He said meloetta vehicle me Brahim. You are the religion of your father Ibrahim. What did he say to you sir? What do you consider yourself? Allah has selected you. And then what did he say? That just like he completed his favor on Who? Your father, Ibrahim. And now Allah Himself, not yaku Allah Himself is telling Who? You and me. He selected all of you.

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And you are the religion of your father, Ibrahim. He's the one who named you Muslims. He's the one who named you Muslims now who has a Mako Muslim. He named you Muslims. It's interesting when Jaco was dying, when same father Jaco when he was dying.

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He said to his children metabolism and body what are you going to worship after I'm dead? They said call una de la caja de la vie Capra. Hema was my last hug a la vida wanna know Muslim on the children of Israel told his father, we're only going to be Muslim to Allah. We're only going to worship the Father, your, your, your, with the you know, the, the God, the God of you and the God of your fathers Abraham is married his house, and we're only Muslim. And Allah said that if he chose you, and he named you what Muslim, you see a parallel.

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Allah has chosen, Allah has given you something he wouldn't have, he would not have brought you to the blessing of Islam, if he didn't see something in you.

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He would not have brought Yusuf Alayhi Salaam in through all these trials if he did not see something in him. That brings him to Allah service. And so he says to him, he said one thing, I said, two things are going to anchor you in any difficulty. Number one, Allah has chosen me for a higher purpose, no matter what I'm going through, it's like this, I'm going to give you an analogy. So you don't forget this, you're climbing a mountain, and you've got a rope, right? You can only climb as high as you through your rope. If your rope went up two feet, or you're gonna climb is what, two feet because you can't go anymore. If your rope is 100 feet, you're gonna climb up 100

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feet. Now this rope is all the way tethered to a law.

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And we're climbing.

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And wherever we're stuck, we can't say we can't go anymore because the rope is there still more rope. There's still more rope, there's still more rope and you hold on to this rope and you're gonna keep on what ascending, you're gonna keep on climbing, the where you set your rope is gonna determine where your eyes are. Eyes on the Prize. If your rope was said, just I just want to get over this problem. That's all I want. I just want to be happy. You could get to the next rock and sit down and be happy for five minutes.

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Then what,

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then what? But this is a constant life of struggle, because you got to keep ascending up. That's one thing that's going to keep him going. What am I telling you, every young man and woman that is going to live in a hostile environment to their faith. First of all, the world is hostile to your worldly experience anyway, whether you're Muslim or non Muslim, you're gonna have money problems, health problems, family problems, social problems, anxiety, self confidence issues, you name it, you're gonna have it, congratulations, that's planet Earth. You don't have to be Muslim for that.

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But alongside of all of that, there are going to be things that are going to pull away at your faith, aren't they.

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But if you have a vision that Allah has chosen you and despite all of your weaknesses, and all of your shortcomings, and all the things people tell you you're not good at, there's something in you that is so good that Allah decided to give you La ilaha illa Allah because that's not a cheap gift to give somebody. The fact that he gave you that means you have a purpose. And through all of these hurdles inside your head, inside your heart or outside in your life. You're going to climb over them and keep on climbing and climbing and climbing. That's one thing that keeps someone going in their faith, no matter what they're surrounded by, no matter what they're so and I've experienced some of

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this. I've experienced some of this when I was in college

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I found my religion. When I was in college, my parents had left, my parents moved back to Boston. I was living on my own. I could do whatever I want with my time. Whatever I want in New York City, you can do whatever you want. But think a life found Islam and it's the first thing I found in Islam was purpose. So if I had a weekend, it was going to study Arabic, I was going to go study Quran, or maybe basketball but other than that, nothing.

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Just put yourself to because the moment I don't have a purpose, or Chapin's waiting for you to check, Take a chill and take let go of this rope a little bit, because he's got plenty of places for you to fall. You understand? He loves it when you let go a little bit because when you when you're climbing a rope and you loosen your grip, what happens?

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He loves that slide.

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And the moment he loves that slide, he doesn't want you looking up he actually wants you looking. Now look at that. Look at that in the world. Look at this in the world. Look at that. Look at this. Look at this. And you keep sliding down. When you look up. You're walking away from things in this world. You're struggling away from that even though gravity will never stop pulling is it and the devil will keep coming you're getting tired, relax, just take a break. Slide you know that's that's what that's his job. That's that's what he's there to do. So here here what I'm trying to tell you is one thing I on the future. I on purpose. But what's the second thing? What's the second thing

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this hit me? It didn't hit me with use of La salon first. It hit me because I'm from Pakistani origin. First, I'll tell you that and then I'll show you why it hit me with Ibrahim Ali some leader though I didn't have the Quranic view first. I had an ethnic view first. So what happened one time was you know India and Pakistan separated 1947 whatever. You understand that that history if you're watching and you're Indian assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah were Muslim before anything else. But you know what the slogan was that this country is going to be formed based on we're going to establish like lala land Pakistan, Pakistan combat North Carolina, Muslims were praying throughout the night.

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Yeah, like, give us a land where we can worship only you where we can live by your laws, that that was the struggle for the Muslims to have a country of their own, so they can live under Islam.

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And they were afraid of the as the British colonizers were leaving, they're afraid of the tyrannical Hindu threat of like genocide, and we're gonna get massacred and all of this kind of stuff, right. So people were being huddled in kiama Lane and they were like, dying and you know, crying all night for the safety of their future generations breaking the law, your life, you don't give us this free land, who's going to worship you? Who are our children are not going to be able to say Laila. Hi, Lola, they will, they will be turned into different religions. Well, we're going to forget about your teachings, except these were the things people were begging and screaming about in the 30s. And

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the 40s, before Pakistan became formed. Yeah, fast forward. There's a box out in India shutter border, right. And on the other side of the border, there are Muslims too. But there are Sikhs and Hindus and people of other religions. And just across the border, there is a wedding happening in some Hindu family, right, there's a wedding happening, and they've got a party, and there's a Sikh family and there have a wedding happening. And on this side of the border, in a box, anti muslim family, there's a wedding happening of a Muslim family. But if you saw video footage today, of the celebration of the Muslim family having their wedding party, and what they're doing to celebrate the

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wedding, and then you switched over to the Hindu family, and you saw footage on Instagram or on Snapchat of the the wedding party that's being held by the Hindu family or the Sikh family. And what's going on, I don't have to describe to you what's going on y'all, you know, you know, you tell me if you can tell the difference.

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And then you tell me these people that are acting the way they are. their father's father's father's father was on the other side of that border begging allow my children will c'est la ilaha illallah wa, and they we don't want to be like them? Yes or no?

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Yes or no. They were they were dying. For you to be able to say that in a high Lola, isn't it?

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Doesn't it put you're ashamed to think that just two generations ago, three generations ago, people were in tears before their rub. So you could pray you could have the freedom to pray and not worry that somebody will come with a machete behind your head. So you can just pray? And now you go to this country, and you walk into a machine after the event.

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And what do you find?

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And what who does that put you know what, when I heard that the first time Dr. sarin would used to say things like this, when I heard that the first time I had this sense of like,

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I belong to a heritage. I belong to people that prayed that I would be Muslim, that I would hold on to this identity. They give their lives for it. They bled for they got burned alive for it. And I'm just gonna think that prayer is a burden or, like if it wasn't even my sense of loyalty, there's when you look ahead, you're looking at Allah. He's the one who's chosen you, when you're looking back. When you're looking down. You're not looking at the world. You're looking at the past and the future.

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Behind you who sacrifices brought you here

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and you should be ashamed that you're not or I should be ashamed, forget you, you don't have to be ashamed, I'll be ashamed. I have to be ashamed that I'm spitting out their legacy, that I don't care that they went through that. So one day I could be a person of Laila heilala.

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But this is from an ethnic point of view.

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Then I became a student of the Quran. And when I started studying the Quran, my f my blood ethnicity is less important. And my spiritual ethnicity is my father is Ibrahim.

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My father, Allah calls him my father, the religion of your father, Ibrahim and Ibrahim alayhis. Salam, his legacy gives me an identity. This religion is the religion of Ibrahim A man, it doesn't matter if anybody's supporting my religion or not. It doesn't matter if people like what I believe or not. It doesn't matter if they're willing to burn me alive for what I believe or not. I'm not letting go of this because my father didn't let go of it. I have to be loyal to my father.

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That's what I'm going to do. Our entire Prophet's life sallallahu alayhi Salaam is restoring the house built by his father, the Kaaba.

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What is the use of honey some being given as an anchor to his identity? You know, if you you know the say nowadays, you don't know where you're going if you don't know where you came from. Right? You got to know your roots. You got to have deep roots. What are our deep roots are deep roots are Ebrahim.

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Our roots are Ibrahim alayhi salam.

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He has given his son two things.

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Look ahead to We're your purpose set by Allah and look back to the one who fulfilled that purpose, whose legacy you are to be loyal to, which is who your own father, Ibrahim alayhis salam, Ibrahim Allah