Surah Yusuf #33 – Part 43-44

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The King Sees A Strange Dream

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Are all the la mina shaytani Raji

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wacol al Maliki in the Alsace Abba Abba karate, Sima Annie kulu han

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wasabi arson bullet in

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hora bc

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you have melaku F tuni fi you yeah in tomio Yeah, boo

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Nobita we live

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once again everybody.

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So today after a little bit of a break and some thinking that I had to do on my own and with the help of a few people a doctor recommended me especially and also my dear

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said, I am ready to discuss some things from is number four, three and four for you. And that is now we have to see a prison so the inmates are out and or one of them is out rather one of them has been executed. And he's got his job and allies already mentioned the devil made him forget to mention use Ali Salaam and all of that done. And basically Fast Forward several years the next king has and he's in his dream enough times that it's bothering him to the point where he now makes mention of it to his core tears. So a couple of things to note about that before I translate the ayah

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because, you know the the the contents of the AI are pretty straightforward. So actually, before I discuss the the side note, let me just translate the ayah for you. So all of you are on the same page. You know as to what I'm talking about. My colleague Maluku, the king said in Niala said other carotid semen that I see seven fat cows. Yeah, cool. ohana sobre, la Jeff, that, you know, seven skinny ones, scrawny cows are eating them.

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And then he says for several hours from Latin hublin. And I saw seven stocks. Meaning you know, like when you have years of grain, like corn, and you peel it and there's grain inside or there's corn inside, it can be any kind of crop, but they're called some bullet. I see seven stock of grain that are been well, Ohio besar and others that are right up in there. So there's no good inside. Yeah, you have my law,

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meaning my advisors, mela, from the Arabic word, the verb to fill. And the king usually has his closest advisors filling the inner courtroom, right, the Oval Office, if you will, or the conference center, the command center, only only the most VIP people can fill that room. So that's al-mulla. Right? So the transition is generals, chiefs, commanders, advisors, etc. of Tony Fadell.

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Give me a verdict. Tell me about this. This dream of mine. Give me the fatwa about it. This is actually the same word that the prisoners used for use of holism aptina. Could you tell us what it means give us your verdict on it. In quantum law, yeah, taboo. If in fact you are those that interpret dreams, when it comes to dreams, you're the ones that interpret it, if that is the case, that helped me out here. What this tells us is that ancient Egypt in this era was actually a pretty superstitious place. And they did have a lot of people that claimed to have knowledge of these mystical things like what a dream could mean. And there were people in his court that in fact claims

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such knowledge, sorcerers or priests or whatever they were. And so when he sees this dream, he knows that they make this claim. That's why at the end of this ayah, in quantum, your guru, if, in fact, you are the kind that can interpret such things, go ahead and do it for me. So he's actually putting a challenge to them when he's saying that, that tells us that that was kind of a dominant, you know, cultural thing, it also, we already get a hint of that in the prison. When prisoners see a dream and they need somebody to look at it. There's no one there to interpret it for them. And they come to use of Elisa Lam. Because it's kind of a common practice. When you have a problem and you see a

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dream, you need to find somebody who can help you figure out what it is, it's kind of like nowadays, when we have physical symptoms, and we have, you know, whatever, we go to a pharmacy or we go to a doctor, and somebody needs to prescribe something to us figure out what's going on with us. Well, back in the day, this was almost like that. And this is the kind of society they were in, that's where they had come to use of a serum. So you can guess that by the end of this lecture, we'll have to deal with how Islam looks at dreams and what its significance are. The significance of dreams isn't all of that we'll get to that portion when the time comes. But the first thing that I want to

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talk to you guys about is, again, a very important, I think a significant side note, and that's about the Korans use of Al Malik. The king said I translated this as the King said, and we know that he is

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Kings everywhere in the Quran, Allah calls them the pharaohs. Ali founded the dynasty of the Pharaoh, right? And with musala sermons constantly fit around. And in the Bible, when we study Genesis, this same story, you find that the king is being referred to sometimes as the King and other times as the Pharaoh. So they're both terms are used for the king at the time of Masada. Islam is called down the Pharaoh. And the king at the time of Joseph of Yusuf Islam is also called the pharaoh in the Bible. But in the Quran, there's a separation, the separation is this King from use of time is never called found. He's only called the king. And that King for Moses time is never

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called the king, he's always called for down. So the Quran has made a very specific distinction between that Pharaoh meaning that dynasty and this dynasty, there seems to be a difference between them, which is peculiar, because at the time when the Quran was revealed, if you called him fit our own, or you called him the king, it wouldn't make a difference, nobody would notice. Because the only people who knew this story were the Jewish people, or the Christian people who had this under scripture. And in their scripture, King and Pharaoh are interchangeable, right? I already told you that in Genesis, they both they're both used for the same King, right? So there's no difference

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made. But the Quran made it a point that every time this king comes up, even though he's the king of Egypt, never is the word that I would use for him, only the word The king is used for him. So one of my dear students and colleagues,

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Sharif rondalla, who wrote the book along with me, and actually did a lot of the heavy lifting for the writing of the book, divine speech, who's one of his areas of expertise is actually biblical traditions and Jewish Studies and, you know, scholarship, Jewish scholarship and things like that. He wrote about this some time ago. And I, you know, I posed a question to our study group, because I wanted to go back, our Mufasa would have talked about this subject, too, but I wanted to look at it from a Western academic point of view. And he wrote about this in back in 2015. And I think that his, his piece on the exodus in the Quran, the Bible, and history, one of the parts he wrote is the

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king versus the Pharaoh, which is exactly what I'm talking about here. Why is the queen I'm calling him the king. So he wrote a little article on it, and I'm going to quickly read that off to you because I think it's important, and it's one of the things we'll appreciate about the Quran. So in English Pharaoh is used as a generic term for any king or queen of ancient Egypt without distinguishing between different periods or dynasties. This is how the term is used in the Bible as well. In the stories of Abraham and Joseph, which are almost universally located in the Middle Kingdom period, that is 2055 to 1650 BCE, the ruler of Egypt is called Pharaoh over 90 times.

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Likewise, in the story of Moses, which is almost universally located located in the new kingdom, period 1550 to 1069 BCE. The Egyptian ruler is called Pharaoh 128 times, the term king of Egypt is also used in both the stories of Joseph Yusuf Islam in Exodus and Moses. Therefore, in the Bible, the term Pharaoh and king of Egypt are both used for both periods, time periods without distinction. So the either whether it's the new kingdom, or it's the Middle Kingdom, you see Pharaoh or you see king of Egypt, both of them right. The Quran is therefore peculiar in that it does not follow the biblical pattern. It uses both terms Pharaoh and King, but without mixing between them. In the story

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of Joseph the Quran consistently refers to the Egyptian ruler as Al Malik, which we just read today, the first time animalic the king, yeah, and never as Pharaoh Pharaoh. So and that happens a couple of times in this what I and I have 43, which we're reading now, in 5054 72, and 76, over and over again. So there's five references here, each time never fit around, always King. Further. On the other hand, in the various retellings of the story of Musa in the Quran, Moses in the Quran, the Egyptian ruler is consistently referred to as fit on over 70 times, never as Al Malik, never as the King always as finance. So there is a clear distinction. What is surprising about the Quran usage is

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that it accords precisely with the way the term Pharaoh was historically used in ancient Egyptian history. Now, this is important. Let's pause here for a second. He's no longer talking about biblical history, or history as recorded by the Jewish and Christian tradition. He's talking about history as recorded by the ancient Egyptians themselves. Okay, so there's no difference. Now, the term comes from the Egyptian meaning great house, Sophiatown originally means great house, this is important now, they don't originally was not a word for a person. It was a word for big house or great house, okay. Obviously, the palace is what it's referred to. Prior to the new kingdom period,

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the term was used to refer to the royal palaces as a whole. So again, finneran was not used for people it was used for the palaces

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and specifically the 18th dynasty. So

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16th to 14th centuries BCE, that the term came especially to designate for the Egyptian ruler. So in the new kingdom, not the Middle Kingdom, the new kingdom, the word Pharaoh and started getting used not just for the royal palaces but also for the Kings themselves. They started getting but before then they were never called film. Okay.

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As we saw in Part Six, this is exactly the same time the exodus is dated the Koran selectively. So the Quran selective usage of the term Pharaoh and King is therefore striking and its precision the Quran could have could employ any of the possibilities number one, but have you both terms for both time periods, just the Bible says, and then in modern English with any distinction number two, it will exclusively use the term Pharaoh for both time periods. Number three could have exclusive use the term King for both time periods. Number four, it could have used the term Pharaoh for the for the period of Joseph and king or the period of Moses. Number five instead of the Quran using the

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term King exclusively for the period of Joseph and the term Pharaoh exclusively for endocrine in number five is instead the Quran uses the term King exclusively for Joseph and Pharaoh exclusively for Moses. This is the last part from the perspective of a seventh century Arab, Jew or Christian, any of these possibilities would be acceptable, and there would be little to little to favor one over the other. The historical distinction between the two epithets has only come to light with the advent of modern Egyptology following the translation of hieroglyphics in the 19th century. So until the 18 hundred's we didn't know that there was actually a difference in the way the ancient

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Egyptians used to use the word fit around that the ones in the Middle Kingdom, which is the time of use of they didn't use it for kings, they used it for palaces. And in the time of Moosa, they used it for people. For the Kings themselves. We didn't know that we didn't have that knowledge, the Christian tradition, the Jewish tradition did not record that knowledge. That knowledge was preserved in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that only got translated in the 19th century.

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And the Quran made a distinction between calling the kingdom of Egypt at a time when the word found was not relevant for them at that time, historically accurate term using the word King here for them. So that's actually one of the interesting aspects, the Quran is an impressive example of one of its most remarkable features. It's stunningly precise with choice. Okay, so that's, that's a side note that I wanted to make about King. And it's used in the Quran, that nothing, no small detail is arbitrary. And this goes back to a point that I can't say enough for myself. And for any of you. The Koran is not only extremely precise, so that it illustrates to us that it can only be the word of

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Allah. But if precision is there, let us know that nothing in the Quran is an extra detail that we can do without, like, it's just there, because just because let's just move on from it. Everything has a purpose, even the use of saying that mentioning him as the King, of course, it helps us move along in the story. But it has other purposes, you know. So now let's get to this king and his incredible dream.

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The first thing we note is the king openly says any Eros of avocado and semen.

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He announced in the court that he's sitting up on the throne and he announced in a court and everybody the mother around, apparently the servants are also around because the guy who the cub bearer, right is also around and it can be argued that cub bears are usually like the personal assistance. And in some accounts, ancient Egyptian history in ancient history in general, these, these men that poured the drink for the king, were also there to tell them interesting stories of them, just make conversation, be company for them, etc, etc. It's kind of like the ancient bartender, personal bartender for them that just wants to make conversation with them. And that's

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because the kings are always dealing with heavy things. And they're dealing with, you know, legislative matters or executive matters. And sometimes they have the opportunity to discuss or they have an opportunity to discuss something casually. Okay. So, now, having said that, this, the copier is there in this conversation also, the king says I see seven cows that are fat, that seven skinny ones are eating away and then he sees that he says that I saw seven full stocks, meaning like you can think of crop but sevens tall stocks are standing there that can have corn or grain inside them and that are green, and others that are dry. So it's a weird dream. First of all, the first part is

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extremely weird, because he sees seven fat cows getting eaten by seven skinny cows, right? You guys hear that alarm?

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And what it was I'm giving you guys a lecture. And the boys are sitting here, my boys are sitting here and then these weird face because the Eagles silent alarm they're a little beeping sound and they're like

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and I'm trying to concentrate and telling you about sort of yourself and their faces are going like a squirrel. So I had to stop because I keep my brain cell stopped functioning and I had to, but we're all Okay, take a deep breath, everything's fine. We can go back to Quran study, okay? So the king sees this weird dream of seven fat cows, as they come in the Bible says that as they come out of a lake, and behind them seven skinny cows come out dokolo doesn't mention a lake. But seven skinny cows end up eating the seven fat cows. And the entire court is listening. I mean, what sounds like something presidents nowadays would say, you know, the kind of presidents we have now. But you

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but like, it's not something you expect from the head of a nation to come out and say, Man, I had this weird dream. What do you guys think about that? It was a cultural thing for them, they would if a dream was recurring, and it was bothering them. And that may be suggested by the way that I see an image or the the language in the beginning might even suggest that this is something you keep seeing over and over again. And it's something that's bothering him enough that he brought it up in front of everybody. I'm trying to figure this out on my own, but I can't. So it's open floor. Anybody want to help me with this? I keep seeing seeing these seven fat cows getting eaten by seven skinny ones.

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And I see the seven stocks and then you know, seven dry ones. Are you how much the general tune? give me give me a verdict feel this news in gunden? Literally,

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if it's the case that for visions, you're the people that can interpret them. You're the ones that do that interpretation I brought up interesting word about not in ancient Arabic means to cross into a into a column in shelter, a shelter, when you go from one end of river to the other end of the river. That's true. You crossed it over. Yeah, well, I mean, hula, hula de boomin. And when you hear a lesson, or a story that moves you to tears and the tear moves out of the border of your eye and trickles down. It's actually called appa. Not ever, ever would be the lesson. But algebra is the, you know, dropping of a tear. And I don't even know how lll Attica. from it, you get the idea of

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interpretation, or you take something abstract or something imaginary, and you have a transfer over like crossing the river transfer over to real what does it really mean? Right, so that journey from concept, which could be weird, let this image that they saw that the king's father that was weird, from there to what it actually means is a journey, right? So get me across and tell me what it means. And that's why the work that we're doing, or Abra is use, he says, If you people interpret these kinds of things helped me out here. Now,

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obviously, we know, I'll get to that commentary at the very end. You know, the first part of my lecture today, I just want to help you connect the dots in the story. And then ask the larger question. And the larger question is, do we learn from this? Because Allah is purpose is never just to tell us a story. Or tell us a part of the story to help move the story along. There's always a deeper purpose. So okay, first, we're going to understand how the story moves forward. But then we're going to take a step back and say, Well, how does that help me right now, as a believer who comes to the prom and seeking guidance, right? How does this part of the story where a king see

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seven fat cows and seven skinny ones, and then he sees the stalks, you know, green and dry? They're seven and number. How does that help me today? And some people can ask the obnoxious question, how is this relevant to my life? Well, let's explore that. And that's actually what I needed a couple of days doing, seeing what this means and what what has been said about it. And, you know, all of that is the easy part. But the larger question, if this is guidance, and this is counsel for me, and I'm supposed to walk away with something timeless, and every believer should come to Allah's word, and extract something timeless, every ayah in every lesson, and especially when it comes to stories,

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alesso selective, right? He doesn't tell us all the details. he skips a lot. I mean, look at it, he was just coming out of prison. And now it's been several years and he sees this dream. How many years did the law skip?

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How many conversations that most of us have Allison, I'm having that time. How much happened in Egypt that time? How much happened with yahoo.com? In that time, lots of stuff happened. It's not there. So what he does decide to mention must be relevant for our guidance. Right? So we'll get to that question. But for now, what I want you to appreciate

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is he's asked to stream and you can we know the story and we know that use of Islam numerous times because of revelation from Allah. What that means is there is no hard and fast scientific way to know exactly what a dream means. The only way you can absolutely know what a dream means is by revelation. Maybe you can get some pieces. Sometimes the dream is obvious man, I saw a dream that I was eating, eating too much pizza. Have you been eating too much pizza? Yeah. Well, I think I can figure out your dream. I think you're eating too much pizza.

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And it's not that complicated. But sometimes you may see a dream, you can't figure out what it means, right? And this person sees a dream. Clearly we know now even though he believed his dream from Allah,

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because his dream is going to be the reason why its interpretation is going to be the reason why all of Egypt is saved from starvation. So he's a disbeliever. He's a non believer who has no knowledge of Allah or revelation or anything else. And yet Allah shows him a true dream is definitely that's a curious reality, isn't it? I like him and basically, you can say, dreams are a form of revelation from Allah Himself. They can be true dreams can be directly sent by the angels from from Allah, through the angels to a person in their sleep, they can get through dreams. So true dreams are a concept as a spiritually true dream sent from Allah Himself is a reality and is not limited to a

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believer, anybody can see it. Even the king can do it. You are king who has and by the way, what does the law say? What it allows profit meeting use of Islam say about this nation, all of them. He said in intellectual Mendota common law, you know, Nabila, I left a religion of a nation who don't believe in Allah. Well, humble, are you hungry, gaff your own. And when it comes to the afterlife, they are in complete denial of it. But is he a believer or No, he's not. And yet still, he sees the true dream, right. But the point that I'm trying to get at is, nobody can actually tell him what it means. Even if they claim they know what it means. Or they can figure out some parts of it. But by

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the way, speaking of dreams, it is possible nowadays that you're seeing a dream, you might go see a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a counselor or somebody, and they might dig into your life and what's been going on and what anxieties Have you been having, and what past experiences have unearth maybe some trauma in your early life, and that same person resurfaced. And now you're getting nightmares or you're getting some kind of recurring images, they may help you decipher the connection between what you saw in your dreams and what's been happening in your life. That's possible, right?

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But that means that those kinds of dreams are tied to your past or your present, isn't it?

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But this person's dream isn't tied to their past. And it's not tied to their present, what is it tied to their future. And no one knows the future except alasa widget. Right? So you have this this strange, current node. Dreams are ominous readings of what's coming in the future. Now, there are other kinds of dream you and I see that are very well connected to our past. Even if you see a dream in the future about somebody yelling at you or harming you in some way. Maybe that's the person who harmed you before. And you're having nightmares about them, you understand. So you may not be news of something that's coming, but a feeling that you have let go. Some of you are still holding on to

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it. So they can be the psychological readings of the dream. But the interesting thing is his his chiefs, this is their response when he told them the stream. And he did say that you are the people that are able to interpret it. They look at each other and they basically respond to him. Are you a boss who are those who are husband don't mean handle hotshot.

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Meaning if you take sticks, pebbles, dried up leaves, different kinds of twigs, and you mash them together and put them in a sack. And you can't find one item. It's all a mishmash of different kinds of things. That's actually called Douglas laws, they say jumbled up compilations of beat of dreams that you've had a blah, blah, blah. And this is Lofa what is suggesting is cows, skinny cows fat cows eating each other cow cannibal cows with? What is this? The cows that like like burgers, are you we don't get it. This is this is just, it doesn't make any sense. There's no, you know, we'll do the same as sultanabad. You know, there's no there's no heads or tails to this thing. There's no, it

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doesn't make any sense. It's upside. It's topsy turvy. It's it's complete nonsense. And why am I not Nobita alami. Halloween, we eliminate and when they say that when it comes to interpreting senseless dreams, or dreams that you have that are convoluted images, we're not the ones who know that kind of thing. In other words, they could just say we don't know. Right? When you when somebody tells asked you to give you an answer, you say I don't know. But these guys, a lot have recorded their response as something more complex than we simply don't know. You can gather easily at the surface reading that they dismissed.

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King's dream and they said we don't know, fine.

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But the thing is, sometimes you have people in very important positions. And the only reason they're in that position is they're able to answer questions.

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Yes, your job, job is a present problem. Give me a solution. Oh, if I keep telling you don't know the answer, what's going to happen to my job?

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I come to you with a question. I don't know, I come to you a little question.

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I can't do that. Because then why am I being you on payroll? I think you need to go find a job where you do no. Right? Because you're no good at this. So you're out of here. These guys need to keep their job job security is important. You know, where are they going to go? So you know what they do? They say, Well, if I don't know the answer, maybe I can make my question or feel like the answer. The question itself is ridiculous.

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That way, I don't have to feel like I need to answer to prove my qualifications. Because the question itself is ridiculous. You understand? So the best defense is what? often so that you turn the tables and that way your own incompetence? You can't just come out and admit I'm Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn't. But I don't know. I honestly don't know. For some people saying I don't know is hard, I'm qualified is really hard. And when they get put in a corner enough, or they have to admit they're not qualified, they turn around and say, actually, what you asked of me is irrelevant.

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So the project itself is false faulty, not my inability to do it. You know what I'm saying? So this is a very political maneuver. And it's no surprise that these are politicians that take this course, and in it allies teaching us perhaps embedded inside of it, a kind of response certain people have, they didn't just we don't know what it means. They said what my neck can be that will lie alarm can actually mean you know, dreams with provocative images in them. dreams that are nightmares can be called, hopefully literally the word dream. There are two words for dreaming Arabic, Roja, and home and home can be used for any dream and it can be used for nightmares and provocative dreams. Oh

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yeah, however, is a shared word between dreams and also vision. or seeing if I see something that's also real.

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And seeing a dream is also

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one of the ways that the Quran has done something interesting. That doesn't happen in Arabic and Arabic. If you say, if you use a lamb, or you use Roja, both of them me dream. Like an Arab even in ancient times, they wouldn't make any separation between Islam and Roja. But the Quran makes a distinction for alarmists never use dreams of prophets true dreams.

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And although he has always used for true dreams,

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and that's interesting because he has also related to actually seeing so the word that's closer to reality is the one the one that's using the Quran for actual precise dreams or dreams that have a real interpretation behind them. But this dream they look at it and they respond immediately we can help you with that there's we don't know anything about these senseless dreams we're not gonna read that will allow me Halimi, we can interpret dreams that are just a mix mishmash of different things. I don't know what you ate like King who had too much masala and and that's why you just had nightmares and they wouldn't dismiss the question itself. Now.

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This this part of the story I know, I'm not discussing any further what happens next because that's a that's a story by itself. What I want to take the rest of my time discussing with you is what I thought about it came to these two I had, what should I as a believer before I give you a talk about it, or share thoughts with you? What should I as a believer take away from these two IOD for myself? And I posed that question early on. Yeah. So here's a few things that came to my mind a loudhailer.

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The first of them is that human beings can never, ever calculate or foresee or make projections about a lesson plans. That's not possible for us. How does a love plan save Egypt from a famine that is coming seven years later,

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claim to save them by showing their king a dream, which he will mention in public, which will happen to be heard by the cupbearer. Which will then happen to know or remember being someone I know who knows beams, and so on and so forth. And that's a less plan for saving hundreds of 1000s of people first from starvation from a dream. There's no way a human being can we can make you know countries make economic projections, right?

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People make career projections. This is what I plan to do. This is the degree I plan to get this is how much I plan to say people make plans for saving a house or building a nation or we have projections and plans. For example, different countries have different approaches to deal with the COVID-19 crisis right now.

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They have projections and plans for how to roll out or how to, you know, you know, reopen society and all of that stuff. And no matter what projections and plans we make, sometimes our projections and our plans are in line with the plan Allah has also

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has his own plan and a loss plan. So unpredictable. And there's no way you could logically imagine that that would be planned that human being could ever even come close to, there's no way a human could say here, you know, what, if we really want Egypt to be saved, I think we should make sure the king gets plenty of sleep, as sooner or later, he might see a dream

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that came out of you calculate. So the first thing that we should take away from this is that a lot of plans cannot be known to us. They cannot be known to us, we can only think about our own plans. And you know what this is important. Because sometimes we have our own plans. And we are so set on our expectations for our plans coming through. Right? Before COVID-19 happened. We mean, a bunch of the kids here, we were planning a trip to New York, a road trip to New York, of all places, New York, the epicenter of the virus. Can you imagine, and Allah had his own plan, right on time, because we're like, oh,

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look at how a lot of plans, we can make our little plans and projections and budgets and the kind of Van we can get these stops, we'll make these machines we'll pray addict cetera, et cetera. Allah has his own plan.

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And we can see how Allah's plan makes any sense to us.

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And that's actually the point.

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Let's plan at face value. guys seeing fat cows and skinny cows makes no sense, does it? It makes no logical sense. And actually, at one level, has advisors saying, that's just a crazy weird dream you saw boss

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can help you there.

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That's actually logical to at one level, it's understandable because it sounds crazy. But this what what seems crazy to me, is often a very elaborate, precise part of Allah's plan that you and I couldn't even begin to understand what the pieces of this puzzle are. You see, so for us, I think for us, our plans are on one chessboard. And a lot on the way beyond this board, way beyond this board that we can see are pieces of the puzzle that are like controls that when he makes his plans, that's the first takeaway. And that gives us a relief. In the just because I don't see LS plan acting out, doesn't mean there isn't a plan.

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I don't see it turning, turning out the way I expected to doesn't mean nothing's happening. Something's always happening. And something doesn't have to be happening. Where you can see it. Use of is in prison, you're always at home crying. And a king is talking to a bunch of advisors about fat cows, but it's all related.

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This is not an Islamic halaqaat. Guys, they this guy is just talking about cows eating cows.

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Before the crime. That's what that's what it's talking he's talking about. And he at one level, you wouldn't think it has any significance at all. That's the first takeaway. The second takeaway to me is remarkable.

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Think about use of an A Salaam and what his long shot was with a bear. He was hoping that the Kabir will go and somehow remind the king, right? make mention and somehow it will come into the consciousness of King. And a last plan was exactly the opposite. A lot of plan was the king will express his dream, which will end up reminding the tub bear. It's not the copier, who reminded the king it was the king who reminded the copier of us of a salon.

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To me that's incredible. It's actually in a way of Allah honored use of honey salon, that you don't need a servant to mention you to some King, I will put the king's sleep to your to your service. He put the king at the king can't even control this dream. He's bothered by it. And he brings it up. It says if I use the vision to the service of use of a salon and flip that script, sometimes we ask for something and you will think that you know this is important to mention as part of this reversal right that I'm talking about this reversal it's not the bear who reminded the king who reminded

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Lowe's very strategic in reminding us that when the when the Kabir left. What did he say, for unsub shape the devil made him forget Remember, the devil made them forget? The devil isn't just your enemy because he whispers to you.

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The devil is also your enemy because he wants to harm you from other people too. And other people

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organist do some good towards you, then he'll go and make them forget.

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And if other people didn't mean harm towards you, he'll keep inciting them until they're motivated to do harm towards you. The devil isn't just your enemy because he wants you to be wrong. If he can get you to do wrong, he'll try to turn everybody around you, anybody who has a touch with you to do some harm to you in some way, or to block path of the pathways to any good towards you, you understand. So the devil played his game he said, Man, use of ain't getting out until the word gets out. So devils mind, if I can just distract the cup bearer use it's gonna rot in jail, right?

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But what we're learning is the devil has his plan. And he plays his card, and he successfully played his card, because the Kabir forgot, right? But a loss plan is much bigger than the devil can ever come up with. Because Allah wanted that this reminder shouldn't come from the Kabir it should come from the king. And it should come at the hour of the kings need, and now has a bad it's not us that was released from prison is delayed. But it's going to come at a time where he will be put in a position to do more good than he ever could have done. If he came out came out the same week. If he came out the same day, if the Kabir remembered and the king somehow pardoned him or whatever, if all

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of that happened, we wouldn't find Yusuf Ali Salaam, being the minister of the land of the finances of all of Egypt, and in charge and bringing up bringing back all of this family together the Israelites, who will then have offsprings among whom is going to be Musa al Islam, who is going to be the most mentioned prophet in the Quran. None of that would happen. And none of that legacy of good would take place. If use of Halle Salaam did not wait until the king, Allah decides we'll see the dream. In other words, the devil has his plan. Allah has his plan. And sometimes you can see the devil's plan. But you cannot see, alas plan. And because you see the devil's plan, you say, where's

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the last plan?

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So they will look at, look at what the devil did here. Look at what the devil made these will do here, look at what

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they're doing so much. They're following the devil and they're doing so much evil. Where's his response? Hold on.

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Maybe it's not time yet. And maybe a lesser response is such a sweeping response, and takes all of the efforts of the schemes of the devil and washes them away like froth that comes like a giant wave, which is Washington, Washington all the way. And we get overwhelmed by those petty schemes of the devil in leadership on Canada, unless as the scheme of the devil has always been weak. We need to understand that from the story, then, perfect this, this is the third takeaway that I think we should we should think about when it comes to this portion of the story, him telling the dream

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that we think of religious knowledge, we think of knowledge that came from profits, as something that benefits you spiritually, pray, give sadaqa you know, be honest, behind a level reward you win. In the next slide, right? When we think of following the religion or being closer to Allah, we're not thinking of promotion at work, we're not thinking of healthier, you know, more being more fit or having better finances or whatever we're thinking about, you know, you'll have more peace of heart, you're going to have calm, you're going to have Baraka in your ears, etc, etc. Your spiritual benefits, right? people associate following Allah's plan, or less commandments with spiritual

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benefit. The thing is, a laws guidance is for human benefit.

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And human benefit includes spiritual benefit. It includes emotional benefit. It includes psychological benefit, it includes financial benefit, it includes health benefit, it includes political benefits, social benefit, economic, you name it, human benefit, is incorporated inside a loss teachings. Where am I getting this from?

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These people have a problem that coming. Right? The problem that's coming is a famine that will starve the nation to death. No one has the answer to save the nation from famine except for knowledge given to a prophet yes or no.

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And the knowledge that is given to a prophet is going to save this nation from an economic crisis. And you know, when there's an economic crisis, a political crisis is right behind it.

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And when there's a political crisis, social unrest comes with it. And when social unrest comes with it comes great turmoil for individuals and families in that society.

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Prime's increase, and when crimes increase and starvation increases in fighting increases, families get broken, emotional distress, psychological stress, health, distress, economic distress, political distress, social distress, everything starts falling.

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apart, because it's all Domino effects. It's all related, isn't it?

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And the only one who could keep this entire system is the collapse of society, and therefore the collapse the family, for the collapse of the individual, the collapse of government, all of that collapse that was coming the way of Egypt. The only thing that put a stop to that is knowledge that was given to a prophet.

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What do we learn here about knowledge, given the prophets,

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prophetic knowledge isn't just there to help you spiritually. It's not just there to help me, be more be closer to Allah in the arcade, and that is its ultimate goal. Allah says about the people before us that people have taught art and in jail, he says, well, Torah linji kalamalka. Him and Julian Listen to this. He said, if they only established meaning lived by the Torah, and the NGO, if they actually lived by it, they would have eaten from above their heads and from beneath their feet. In other words, they would have lived it up, they would have had a good life, if they lived by Allah's word,

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if they live by it. So in other words, he's not just talking about spiritual benefit. He's talking about very worldly benefit, you know, that famous da, da, da, da, da, da Asana or filati, Asana, joaquina, Ravana. Give us the best of this life and the rest of the next life. Give us good at this life and give, give us put in the next life. The purpose of revolution is not just to secure your next life and harm you in this life. Actually, the purpose of revolution equally, is to take harm away from you also in this life, and only revelation can do that.

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In ways nothing, no other projections, no other plans can. And the problem is the problem is it takes faith. Believe revelation has it right. Because in typically, if you have a psychologist from today, three PhDs back in the time of use of a slump. And this man Joseph is saying there's going to be seven good years followed by seven bad years. What's he going to say? This is some form of dementia, this is perhaps this man has been severely traumatized and feels that they get news from the unseen, etc, etc. They would dismiss revelation as something that doesn't make any sense. First of all, before even the interpretation, he would dismiss the King's dream, isn't it?

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That's that's what would happen if a modern secular mind was at the time one of the advisors to the king. It's a no this, there's no such thing as interpretation of this stuff. And even if somebody offered the interpretation, this is crazy. We can't follow this. Why not? Because it claims to be Revelation. Revelation is absurd. We should follow projections, we should follow science, we should follow data, that's going to lead to a better life. Yes, it will. But when it is in line wave revolution. And that's actually one of the goals of revolution is to and what you ask them to do is such profound advice. And we get to that, that it actually combines Deen and dunya together and

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combines them together. And that's yet another takeaway from these two are now

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it's also important that people, you know, think of the ministers that are in the court of the king, these are people that moved up in the ranks are from high elite families. These are people that are the highest educated in that society. These are the, you know, in a sense, they are the most influential people, right, and these are the brightest minds of the time. That's why they made it to the position that they are, you don't get by being done, you have to be something to get to that position. Right. Now that they're in that position, they hear something and they place no value on it. Right.

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And then that same statement is heard by the profit use of any places profound value on it.

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They called it a jumbled up set of images that are, it's a convoluted dream, really a nightmare. Don't think about it. And on the flip side, Yusuf Ali Salam sees the future of an entire nation from the same exact statement, isn't it?

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I think universal that can draw on this for you. And I know that sometimes in the world in the second world, in the in the outside of the Quranic worldview world, there are things that have no value,

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things that are trivial, insignificant, they are not a big deal at all.

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And from the point of view of Revelation, they may be extremely significant.

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In other words, people that see things from the lens of revelation will place value on things that people that don't see from the lens of revelation will not see any value to the same things. The way we place value on something is this decides how much we how much time we spend on it, how much potential it gets from us what kind of time commitment, effort, focus attention, all of it is this by the value of something, right? So people value their job so they'll get up early and go to work. Right you value exercise you value eating

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Well, you value your prayers, etc, etc. When you value something, you'll put time, effort, energy behind it.

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What I'm saying is the lens of Revelation, the lens of a last word makes you put value on different things. But if you don't have that lens, you may see the same thing and see absolutely no value. Isn't that the only difference between how YouTube sees this and how they see it? He has revelation from Allah. He has revelation from Allah so he can see something they can't see, isn't it? They only come after one minute. That is the extent of their knowledge that all they know is this world. Well, I muted lol, Hayato, dunya likoma black woman, he didn't want anything but worldly life, that's the extent of what they know, extensive knowledge. For us. Before we place a value or consider something

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significant or insignificant, we have to learn to look at it under the proper light. And that's a really good analogy. I like that analogy a lot. The analogy of light, if you look, if you turn a red light on, whatever's around, you will look red, you turn a green light on, everything will be tinted green, turn a light on everything will be tinted blue. In other words, the light with which you look at something has an effect how it looks yes or no. The Quran itself is called light, isn't it? When you look at something from Quran,

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you look at something from Qurans lens, then it looks different than when you don't look at it from the lens. It's a different kind of light, it highlights something else. In certain textures of light, you won't see something in other textures, you'll see it like oh, whoa, that's what it looks like. It's a completely different kind of view. So that's another yet another takeaway from here. I actually wrote this separately, but

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I should mention it again, the chiffon thing, because it's just that important. I'll just highlight it briefly. shaitaan doesn't just want to harm you coming at you. If you feel that cup feels to come at you, or you figured out a way to defend yourself against the devil, what's his next move? He's going to try to come at you from people around you. And he's going to try to do one of two things. Either turn people convince people to do harm to you, or people that were out to do good to you convinced them to turn the other way. And in his mind, he's thinking by doing so he is going to change your fate. That bad will happen to you that otherwise would not have happened. And he says he

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did somehow. But his plan is like I said Allah has his own plan that subverts his plan. Right? Forget use of Ansel, I'm wondering, I wonder if that servant mentioned me, Allah basically without telling him told him, forget the servant mentioning you, the king is gonna mention you. Don't you worry.

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I will. You don't need a servant to get to the king, I'll go directly to the king output, put it in his dream that he'll be in need of you. He flipped it so beautifully. Right? And this is the final takeaway from these two, if

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you see the most, it seems one of the most profound, or value given areas of knowledge in ancient Egypt was dream interpretation. It seems like it was a big deal. Right? We can tell that from the the inmates in prison and now even up to the king, that dreams are important. And figuring out what a dream means they must have an entire industry behind it or whatever, they have these soothsayers and you know, mistakes or whatever that figure out dreams.

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What a lot did in the case of use of La Salaam, is he gave him a knowledge that was already looked up to in his time. Even the king is looking for someone to interpret his dream, right? He's not looking for a prophet. He's looking for a dream interpreter. He's not looking for someone to give him data to Allah is looking for a problem that he has to be solved. And in that culture in that society, one of the highest kinds of problems you can solve is you can interpret somebody's dream. Right? And interpreting somebody's dream doesn't mean that you brought them to a farm. It just means you help them with a problem that they had. Right?

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What we learned about the use of Yusuf Ali Salaam is that Allah says we can allocate and sell mercy in that Allah. He was from the mercy in those who excel and one of his areas of excellence in fact, his interpretation, isn't it?

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If one this is the takeaway, now, if Allah gives one of his slaves, men or women, something that they are excellent at something that they are excellent at. And they apply themselves and being excellent at that to help people in any way that they can. They do so for me some help people and need opportunity God. He did.

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When it came to him asking, he helped them, right. The owner of the house has kept him he's been good to him. He's gonna stay loyal to him. He's not gonna cross that line. He's gonna stay from the more senior no matter what situation he finds himself

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because he does his best to do good by whatever talents Allah has given

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By doing good by whatever talents, Ally's giving him, Allah Himself opens the doors for you to put your talent work.

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If you're going to do good, and you're going to do your very best with the gifts I gave you, then you don't have to go knocking on doors, allow open the doors, and the ones who want your services and need your services will come knocking on your door, he will do them to you, even if you're in prison, and they're on throne.

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You see people that are in jail, even when they get out of jail and get a job.

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Right? Here you have Yusuf Ali Salaam in jail, and the one looking to hire him is going to be the king of the land.

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And he's gonna come and say no, no, come to jail, and also work exclusively for me. Why? Because he's from the masini. He's from those who excel.

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Another important takeaway here, that's, that's really powerful, is eliminate him good at interpretation, right? A lot of interpretation. And when you have those two young men interpret their dream, you know what he said that he can eliminate or be this is from what my master taught me. I'm good at I'll be good at this I can help you with this is not what he said.

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When you are in a society, when you're around people, and you're good at something, first of all, acknowledge that Elon made you good at it. Second of all, there's no shame in acknowledging that you're good at something

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that you've been taught something that you've been given a talent, let your talent be known. If he didn't let his talent be known, the story wouldn't have moved forward, would it?

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No, no. How can I interpret a dream? Stop rely on nothing, I'm just a humble slave I inshallah, you'll find someone more knowledgeable. No, he said, This is what Allah taught me. I can help you out for lunch gets here, I'll help you out. There's a lot given me the special knowledge sometimes allows giving you an ability, a talent, something that other people don't believe in you, but you know yourself you have it. Allah has given it to you Don't be in denial of that talent, declare it, do good with it. And when you do good with it, you won't have to look for opportunity, a level make opportunity come looking for you.

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The lesson here in a completely different world than us have had no access to the king himself. His own mind, is where Allah azza wa jal opened the door for Yusuf Ali Salaam and look at all around him. There are plenty of people who can answer that question. But all of them are just we can't help you. This is ridiculous. This has no value whatsoever. Because the last plan was when you do good, then Allah will demonstrate but by your faith, that there are those who don't believe who can even come close to the good that you're doing.

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And even those who don't believe will come to you.

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They'll come to you because you're from the machining allows us and make us from the machine and overlook our past mistakes. barakallahu li can feel lucky. Anyway, yeah. Camila Lackey, Muslim Allah. Allah ricotta.

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