Surah Yusuf #40 – Part 58-61

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salamati to my Ricardo

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Allah we learn him in a show, you know, but he was he What are you sufa de la Rafa Houma home labu mukuru What am magia has a home VG has he visa has he him visa has he him to come in Abby come Allah tala and the orphan Kayla Allah Hi y'all mu z

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for inlanta Tony B he Fela Kayla como de taco boo Boone Paulo Sonora with one who were in

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Sanya Kohli al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam

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ala alihi wa sahbihi Ashbury once again, everybody Somali como de la hora canto. So today, my agenda is to try to share with you some things that I've learned about is number 5859 60. And 61. of sort of use of so let me kind of set the scene it's been a few days since we continued the story. So I want to kind of get you back up to speed of what we've talked about so far, before we carry forward. So use of honey, Sam has come out of prison, his innocence has been proven. He has now been made the minister of the country and from the language of the Quran, and then from the details found in the Bible, but really very enough, really from the language of the Quran, it's clear that Yusuf Ali

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Salam is the primary authority in the country and there's a ceremonial King, that's there, but really, he's running the country now. And he has absolute authority wherever he goes, and he can set whatever rules you want change whatever rules he wants. He's the most powerful man in Egypt. Okay, so he's, for all practical purposes, running the entire nation. That's the last thing that's happened. Allah made a couple of comments in the previous IOD. So, the IRS, the IRS before 56 and 57 were comments from Allah we talked about that before. So the story didn't continue in 56 and 57. That was an introduction from a lot and now we're back into the story. Now I'm going to translate

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you know, you guys know that I usually don't do for I often one lecture usually it's one or two I art and we take quite a bit of time to cover the span of those that subject matter. But these are really our one piece of information. So it's kind of more coherent to talk about them together. When I translate all of it first, I'm going to go phrase by phrase and translated and I'll kind of summarize what's going on in this scene and then we'll go into it in some detail. So let's get started. Which is what we'll use so far and the brothers have use of came for the holiday and they entered upon him meaning they came into his court for out of our home. Then he recognized them while

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home the home on your own and they were completely oblivious of him they didn't recognize him you recognize them

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when a mother has a home ijazah him and when he finally loaded them on with their supplies to travel back with so they came clearly for food supplies and he loaded those on for him for them called Tony be calm he said meaning use of said Bring me a brother that you have Bring me a brother that you have mean a B come from your father. What's weird sounds weird in English we'll have to explain that. Bring me a brother that you have from your father. And that's Alona and neovi orphan Kayla well enough hi Rosaline Don't you see that I fulfill the weight completely I'm I give complete weight meaning I give you exactly what you paid for. I don't shortchange you even one grain of rice

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or you know wheat or anything else well and the halal ones in and I am the best of any you'll ever find to show hospitality I'm the most hospitable of all people. I love that Tony be here and if you didn't if you don't bring him to me that brother that you have falaqa della comandi then you are not going to find any weight with me which means you're not going to be able to purchase any more food from me ever again. Well not taco Boone and don't even come near me this can be translated in two ways Don't come near me or you will not be coming near me. Those are the two ways you can look at one another common loosen Robbie do and who about who were in Nevada doing they responded now the

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brothers are saying this back to him. They say we will pull him away from we will get our father to give him up to us. We will have our Father give him to us and we will absolutely get this done. What in nullifier You okay? So that's the piece that we're going to talk about today. These I have it seem fairly straightforward, but let's get into the you know what's behind the scenes here. And you know the things that are emitted in the Quran deliberately Viola xojo from first and foremost, if you study the biblical version of this you're gonna find that Yusuf Ali Salaam did interpret the same as the Quran seven years ago, seven years bad yeah.

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And he's working hard in those seven and seven years. And when the the eighth year starts, meaning the bad years have now started where food has run out, the rivers have run dry and you know, the nation's going start is starting to start starve. The Bible describes that the starvation didn't just get limited to Egypt, it actually spread into further lands. The Quran says nothing about this. But the Quran squeezes all of that and says, The brothers of use of cane. Now I want you to use your imagination a little bit. People who heard the Quran for the first time did not know the Bible. Most of them did not know the story of use of in the Bible, and including the Prophet sallallahu alayhi

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wasallam, when he hears the story for the first time, and Allah says, and the brothers of use of came, he does not also know they came for food they came several years later, none of that's clear at the moment, all the Quran is saying is that the brothers of use of came, what will become clear, as you read the story is you'll start to connect the dots. And this is very important because the Quran expects its readers to not just read something, but to read what has been between the lines, how to connect the dots, how to make sense of things. Allah expects us not just to understand what he's saying, I find out that you don't, why don't they think you have to analyze and think about

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what's being said, on its own brothers of use of came here, like, first question will arrive in your head arise in your head is cooking From where do they come there? And for the holiday and they came into his court? Why are they coming into this court what's going on, you could just read that and go on and look them up as soon early. But as soon are going to find several narrations that fill in the gaps. The years became difficult, the famine spread even to the land of cannon, the cannon which is where you know, Jacob was where jacoba Lisa was and his family was, now they've run out of food, they've heard that there's a king who's selling food, food at a very reasonable price. Here's the

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important thing, when food runs out when any when any commodity runs short. When for example, toilet paper runs short, then some people will start selling it on a you know online for $100 a role. Because when you have short supply, then prices go up supply and demand basic economics, right? That's not the current picture of what economics is supposed to be. In fact, if some if food is in short supply, and as a result, you raise the prices. Everything you made above and beyond the fair market value, because they're short supply is considered a drama. That's actually considered a form of Riba, meaning you took advantage of the desperation of people, people, are we going to need that

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food no matter what. So now, you know, they don't have a choice. So they'll pay whatever you want them to pay. And so you jack up the prices, because where are they going to go? What are they going to do, they're going to starve. So in that context, use of insulin storage so much that he didn't allow for the prices to be raised. And we understand also that user friendly Salaam is not only regulating the the crop and the harvest, he's regulating the economy and the prices, you know, and the expenses of the nation too, right. And in today's world, you find that, you know, we don't experience this as much in countries like the United States. But if you go to you know, where I come

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from, originally from Pakistan, or other nations struggling economically struggling or developing nations in the world, you will find that milk one day gets to a point where you have to either choose between the electricity or milk, it gets overnight, overnight, the rice prices will go insane. Or you can't get chicken this month, because the prices have shot up. Right. And it's ridiculous that something we take for granted. And in the more developed world, we take these price standards for granted. But actually, in many parts of the world, price gouging like that is a very common thing. Especially where the economy is tough, where people know where those who are making

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the money off of it know that these poor where they're going to do

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where they're gonna get their food from anyway, they have to come no matter what everybody's got to eat. Right? So in that context, what's you know, what, how are you filling these gaps? These people in cannon realize that even people around them that might be selling food will be selling it at exorbitant prices, and then foods running short everywhere anyway. But we've heard of a king in neighboring Egypt, who's actually key or a, you know, Minister and their administration that's giving food at fair prices Still, we can actually afford to get food there and survive the storm. So the brothers of use have come looking for that food. Now that how do you fill in those blanks just

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reading this, you don't you have to read on. You have to read on and later on. You'll see you know when he boarded them when he loaded them with their supplies. And he said kale kale means Wait, hopefully, Kayla is a kilt on the scale. That one side of the scale is weights, the ancient scales, you know, they had like, you know, weights on one side and the whatever thing you're buying on the other side, and it has to be completely straight for those two things.

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So even though that means this is worth two kilos or two pounds or whatever the the unit is, right, that's that the side that you're getting the food, the item you're buying that's called the kale. Right? And it's usually for food items. Typically it's for food items, it can be used for jewelry and other things too. But typically kale is used in the sense of food when people are buying every day, right? And what they do sometimes less has was, you know, built this fossil muster team often, Khaleda kildow was, you know, like a saucer muster to fulfill the scale and, you know, when you when you weigh, make sure the scale is standing straight. Why because the shopkeeper could tilted just a

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little bit, just a little bit, and he can make, he can give you 2% less than what you paid for, or three or 4% less than what you pay for margin of error. And you say that's not straight, no one's perfectly straight, you're crooked, your neck is like that. Just straighten yourself. You know, so people can do that. Right? They can cheat you just a little bit. Not up hustle natashia home. This is a concept in the Quran. So here he says, You surprised I was gonna say, I there's a brother of yours I want you to bring which I haven't explained where that's coming from. But I will. And don't you know that I give this skillfully.

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And so there's a lot lots of pieces here that don't become very obvious without analysis. Yeah, you're forced to think about this. And that's one of the things I love about the Quran. Allah expects from his believers from his faithful that study in Scripture that read and try to understand that they should become people, people of thought and analysis, they should become that way. Because the Quran deliberately if Allah wanted, he could have spelled out, it's been eight years, they're starving. Therefore, the father sent them. And they came, and they came looking for food for a reasonable pricing. And all he didn't smell any of that out. Why? Because he expects his believers

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to be thinkers, to understand things to fill in the duck fill in the gaps. He expects this from us. This is part of Aachen. That's why we don't just take take things at surface value, we analyze them, we think about them. And this is a tradition if you study early on the opinions that came that range, because you know, not everybody has access to the biblical background. This is a very famous biblical story. But that doesn't mean the Muslim world knows about it as well. And even the the Christians and Jews in Arabia were a strand of Judaism and Christianity, who had their own variations of this story. So it's not like if you can open up the King James Bible now, or the Old

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Testament now and you read a version of the story is what they had back then. It's not that. So there's all kinds of things if it is circulating and circulating in varieties, and the Quran is actually making it clear that the story isn't very well known either. So what's going on then doing by not giving all those details making us thinkers? having us wonder, and this is why I auto Lisa lane. These are IOD earlier on the surah and Youssef and his brothers, there are a lot for people who ask questions. Right? He's forcing us to ask these questions. That's literally what he's done. So instead of this being a criticism of the Quran, the Quran didn't spell things out, is actually

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one of the remarkable features of the Quran that it makes us question and makes us fill in those, those blanks that allows the agent wants us to ponder over to make sense of things and he'll give us enough to he he'll give us the pillars and we can build a building ourselves. That's, that's what he does, often. Okay, so the other interesting thing is, several years have gone by, and all you see in the Quran is watch what the use of end use of brothers finally came, or just came the word and in the in English, means I had lunch, and then I had a nap. And then I had dinner, and then I had another nap. And then I eat a cake. And then I and mean soon after. And, and and learn the language

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and can be eight years ago, and eight years later, you understand. So a lot of times when you guys read and first of all you're told in school, when you see and in the beginning of a sentence is bad English, you shouldn't use and in the beginning of a sentence, but when you read a translation of the Quran, a literal one anyway, you'll find and in the beginning of a sentence right over and over again. That's because the Quran was not revealed by the standards of your fifth grade English teacher. Right? English has its own standards. Ancient Arabic, classical literature has its own standard. And in that standard, the word and was used for several sophisticated purposes. And one of

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its purposes is to switch a scene from another scene.

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And so it happened after several years. You know, you know, if this was, you know, the screenplay of a film, then what would happen is he's become the, you know, the the minister, and then the screen turns black, eight years later, and then it fades in, and the brothers are coming into town. But all the crowds gonna do instead of the fade in and fade out. It's all just gonna say is and

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and, or you can say if you want to really translate it like that, and then

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and then sometime later, some years later, it's like that. Okay? No,

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The scene that we are to kind of extrapolate from what's going on here.

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Java is used, they translate this as they came, the brother uses brothers came, right. But Atari is used for coming. And Java is also used for coming. Java is used when something comes from a long distance, or something big comes here, it suggests that they came a long distance. Egypt is an alien land to them. They're not from Egypt. And I need you to understand the setting. Now, the economy is bad. Food is in short supply, which means business businesses have been affected. People are not doing so wealthy, everybody's trying to save up. And when that kind of thing happens in a country, or even bordering countries, as we can tell, then travel becomes dangerous. Because economy's bad

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robberies go up. When jobs go down, when jobs start disappearing, and economy starts collapsing, then crime rates go up, right. So now they've come into a hostile situation, even though Egypt is still stable, it's not an easy journey, you understand. And then you can assume that it's a safe journey, they will be this is a theme that I'll come back to that they that journey was not an easy or a safe thing. But they had to take this journey, because you have to survive without food, you're not going to have survival. So they take this risky journey, and now they're finally in a stable country inside of Egypt. But just because they came to Egypt doesn't mean they can meet use of

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because you serve as the Prime Minister, you serve as the high minister of the land, you can't just walk up to me and say, Hey, how about some rice? How about some flour? It doesn't work that way. There's a long line of applicants, and they can't sell you know how they have quota. Nowadays, we know what quota means. A lot of people don't know, quote, you can't just get all the eggs. You can't just you have to get per family one carton of eggs or something like that, because there's not enough, right? So and what do people do, they come they come back with a fake mustache and say, I'd like one, two, and then somebody else comes back with glasses on and like, I want one Why? Because

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they want to hoard it for themselves, or they want to sell it at a higher price in the black market somewhere, they see a business opportunity. So when you have a quota, some people are going to try to take advantage of it. But in order to keep the country from taking advantage of these kinds of situations, by the way, is user friendly, salon savvy enough street smart enough to know that there are going to be people that will take advantage of this and try to cheat the system. Yeah, cuz he's from the street. He's seen the prison, you've seen the criminals, he seen the how the slaves are. And he's seen how the politicians are, he knows that there are scammers out there. He might even

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know some savvy politicians that will send a different servants to get food to stockpile on the side. So he can he knows this game. He knows how it's played. So he's put an elaborate system in place you would imagine where people have to give their background check. And they have to give their full information, like a census, right? If the government is giving you food, and if the government has sold something to you, or giving you a bond or whatever it is, and there has to be a record of it. So when they come in, they have to go through that bureaucracy. That's what I'm trying to say. And how does the Quran captures that they came into a bureaucracy, the Quran didn't say and

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and use his brothers came to him. That's not what it says. They came. They all it says they came. And then Allah says, then they entered upon him.

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But why say the brother uses brothers came? And then they entered upon it? It's two steps, right? And I suggest something, you can't just enter upon him. You have to go give your name. Give your family information, how many members in your family tell us all their names? Where do you live? Where do you come from? What village do you come from? Okay, so how and what are the ages are their children, etc, etc. Because that will determine how much we can sell to you. Right? So they have to give all of this information. And who gets all this information in the end? Who's collecting all that data? That's Yusuf Alayhi. Salam. So even before they come into him, they enter him, you can

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even imagine that it's not a surprise that they walked in. Who's next? And these are the names that sir, because they can't just walk in and then introduce themselves before they walk into security guard or the administration says, sir, the next cases, these people, these are their names. They say this is their father's name. He's at home, they have this this this is this. And they they're asking for now the thing is that the idea is they should get 10 bags, right one or 10 camera loads, whatever it is, right? But they're asking for 12.

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And so we asked, Why are you asking for 12? There's only 10 of you here? Well, we have you know two more because we have a father, but the father is one who else. Oh, we also have a brother, so half brother.

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He's there too. So they want even though there's 10 of them, they want 12 Well, if you have 12, then you have to, I mean, this is gonna have to speak to management.

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You have to present your case, and who's gonna look at that case, use it for themselves. So then they enter upon it. So that's it.

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could be one plausible way. I'm not saying this is exactly what happened. But that's one plausible reading of what's going on here before they come into the court, and they stand in front of you. So funny, Sam. And he's already when he sees these names, obviously, he recognizes these names, right? And even if you skip all of that, and say, No, he didn't see the names, no, there was no record, there was no census, there was nothing else, I'll tell you why I'm kind of coming to the census. And this data collection and this investigative process theory. First of all, it only makes sense for a smart administration to do that. He can't just be handing out food to anybody who comes in us,

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especially in a corrupt society. And nobody knows Egypt has corruption better than use of honey Salam. So he knows that. And he also knows neighbors are corrupt, because he came from a family that had brothers that were corrupt. And then there were people that were selling human beings as slaves. And he's experienced that. So he knows people want to make a quick buck. He knows all that stuff. So he would put things in place. And when he said, Give me the treasury of the land, I will guard it, you would imagine he would put safeguards in place, he wouldn't know what he's doing. So which is why it leads me to this sort of analysis, this is not so much discussed in classical diversity. But

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I am confident in this in this view of things.

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Also, because I discussed it with my great friend, so Haven, he seems to see reason in it too. It makes logical sense, this kind of a reading anyway. So now, the thing is, they come into the court.

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And they're nervous, because they're, if you're caught, if you're if you're not able to prove that there's 12 of you, and you asked for 12 bags, that not only do you not get 12, there may be a criminal case against you, because you tried to misrepresent to the government, you know, when you fill out government forms, there's a check mark and a waiver, you have to sign with very small print. And part of that is if you're lying to us, we're gonna throw you in jail sign here. Right perjury, and under, under, under, you know, the threat of prosecution or perjury, if you are perjuring, yourself, if you're lying, and you may be thrown into jail, you may have criminal

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proceedings against you, or fines or whatever else. So now they're nervous, as they're walking in, they're scared as they're walking in, that's from from their point of view. So I'm going to try to, as I discuss this idea with you, I'm going to try to share kind of the human element of what's going on, I want you to kind of be in the room with me, when they're when they're coming in. So they're like, really in trouble, are you gonna have to, and then they walk in, and he sees their faces one by one. And he's sitting up on the administrative throne. And they're walking in, and they're probably avoiding even eye contact. Right? They're not like, or they're looking up their highness,

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and they're kind of half record, kind of just walking in. And as they're there to present their case, because, you know, nobody goes to court and stands in front of a judge. not nervous. that's a that's a nerve racking type of situation, right. And it could also be that even if they're not being brought in for trial, that the final phases before we hand you your food, there is an exit interview with the the administrator, he likes to meet with everybody that he serves, he likes to have a conversation with them, he's a man of the people, right. And then they've already made their payment elsewhere. They've deposit their payment, they get a voucher, now they come to the, you know, the

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the minister, and the minister speaks with them, and says and makes sure himself that they got exactly what they paid for. And this is to make sure that they did their part. And he also makes sure that his administration did their part because if the if the food is being given to them in some warehouse, and Yousuf isn't there, at least,

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then it could be that the people in the warehouse are giving them half of what they paid for, and keeping the other half for themselves. Is that possible? Sure. It could also be that the people that came in could, you know, pull a fast one on the workers and get more than they actually got. So he wants to make sure everybody learns, you know, it's kind of it's the right balance between micromanaging but also keeping an eye on things in the macro sense, right? So they go through the process, they make the payment, but the final delivery of goods happens on use of swatch, which is weird, because he's the minister, that every person coming in buying food, he's gonna put the food,

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he's gonna have the, the load placed, because that's what the I'd say, is because he wants to keep watch on everything that's happening. It's kind of like Sulaiman alehissalaam checking on every member of his army. And when one bird is missing, he says, Malila hood, what's wrong? I don't see hold on here. And he knows a bird by name. Right? So allies describing profits when they're in a position of Kingdom, that they watch things like the like, it's a house now, like it's 1000s of people, but like a household. Where's this kid? Did you have lunch? Did you look there? They're keeping track of every little detail. It's remarkable. So that's what he's gonna do. Anyway. So he

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comes and based on the theory that I'm presenting, perhaps they have given the census because they made you know, claim for 12 bags. So the record says that you have another brother

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You're saying he's a half brother kinnikuman abiko

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I need you to bring that brother, a brother you have from your father's side, because you made claim of this many this much food. So I'd like you to bring him to me.

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Now all of a sudden have given different explanations of this. One explanation, for example, is he spoke to them and said, Wow, you are such in the shade. In the words of sohaib as European English, he said, You're such strapping lads.

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And but there's supposed to be 11 of you. Well, the 11th one, our dad likes to keep him he loves him a lot. He must be more beloved to your father than you are. That's why he kept them, which means I really like to meet him. That's kind of long and short of it. And to see one opinion is that he basically said, I'd love to meet this son of yours, that's or this this brother of yours that is so dear to the father that he loves him more than you guys. He let you go. He didn't let him go. Why is that interesting? Because it seems like a dig like, Oh, you thought that dad loves me more right now. He's still got him. And so, but there's no evidence for that. And the reason I'm not as sold on

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that version, because it's a theory. The reason I'm not sold on that theory is because user friendly, Islam is not in a position to make small talk with everybody who comes in and have, you know, these kinds of conversations, and I'd like to meet with someone for because they sound like a really impressive person or your dad loves them, I'd love to meet them. That kind of is kind of a giveaway. Another theory, however, that is possible. So one theory is because of the census information you think, I need to verify, I'm not so sure that you have a brother or not. But since you're saying it, I'm willing to believe you. So I'll let you go. And I can understand that the

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travel is difficult. So your father may not be able to make the journey I'm filling this in myself does not interfere? Because somebody might ask why didn't he say bring Binyamin and bring Yahoo, right. But the road is long, it's a difficult journey. They're not doing well. So they're not it's not like they're gonna travel first class, you understand? So it may be too much for dad to make this trip. And he knows how they are with dad. And if they're with dad like that, and make his life miserable at home, how are they going to be with him on the road? So he's not going to put that in that position. So he but he does want the brother to come? Then somebody would ask but later on, he

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called for the dead. What was the travel Okay, then well, that makes sense. because later on the cats out of the bag, he let everybody know, he let them know, by the way, I'm useless. And now you're going to bring that to me. But when he sends for dad, now, he's going to send an official convoy, he's going to send a motorcade. He's the minister, and that's the minister's father. So he's not going to travel on the donkey back to Egypt, you understand that he's going to come on an official, you know, journal ride is going to be comfortable, and he's going to be taken care of. And that's, that's the setup for the father to come. But that's later on. And obviously you don't

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imagine, as I'm getting ahead of myself, but later in the story jacoba later on, finally came back to Egypt. while I'm away, he allowed he put his parents on the throne. They didn't get off a mule and get on a throne.

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Right, they were given a royal welcome, and then got on the throne that that makes far more sense for the Prime Minister of Egypt. Right. So that's the that's the reading of it. But anyway, coming back to this, he says to them, bring me a brother that you have from your father, from your father means from lineage. He because he and Youssef and Binyamin are from the same mom, but they are from different moms, the other brothers, and they're not all from one mom, they are from different moms too. But the mom that he shares is with Binyamin with the youngest brother. And maybe through census they said, yeah, we have a half brother, Oh, so you use your brother, but only through your father.

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Right? So bring me that brother you have through your father may not be equal from your father's side, from your father can also mean they may be the brother from your father, meaning he's with your father, so get him from your dad and bring him to me?

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Or because they may have said, well, that's not going to let him go. We couldn't bring him because my father doesn't trust us with him. which kind of makes sense, right?

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So he said, Well, if you want this case to be resolved, you're gonna bring him from your father to me. I mean, a be calm.

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Now, the other reading of this if you don't accept this theory of the census, and they gave the name and information to get the bags, which is to me the most plausible, but if you don't accept that, one way to read this also is they came in and Yusuf Ali, Sam said, Don't you have a brother?

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From your father side? You want to bring him? And they must have been a

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What do you say? How does he know what our family? How does he have this intelligence and they would get so intimidated that the Prime Minister of Egypt has some kind of CIA reach, where he even knows about who's in our family and what if they're half brother or full brother? And that's a way of intimidating them, isn't it? Because they would be they would hear that I wonder where did that come from? Either they told him and now

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He's repeating it. Right, or they told the administration he's repeating it, or he's saying it without being told. Those are the only two ways to read it. Okay, I prefer the first, the rationale behind it is not that small talk happened and they started talking about their family. To me a more plausible rationale is they have to justify why they want to spend the bags. So they have to see the number of members of the family and their identities. Because you can't just say we have 15. Well, what are their names? How are they related to you? Who else is there? Oh, well, these are, you know, because Jacobi son has more than one wife. So they have to give their mom's names, right. So they

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have to do or she was there she was there she was there. They have to give on who passed away and who still alive, they have to give that information in order to get the food that they want. One bag doesn't mean one person, one bag is per family unit, possibly. Or maybe even per person. So now, he says, a new film came? Don't you see that? I am absolutely fair. In other words, if you are telling the truth, I will give you an extra bag. Don't you see that I gave you exactly the measure. I did it myself, I made sure that you get exactly what you deserve what you paid for. And I did not raise the prices on you. You guys know the prices in your own country? And that's why you're here. Do you not

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see that? Well, I'm letting you know that this is not me trying to intimidate you. This is what justice demands? And then he says What do you mean, and I am the best of all those who show hospitality, meaning the road to here was dangerous. Remember, I refer to that. But when you came here, I provided safe housing for all the guests that have come from abroad to purchase food, I made sure that they're safe, I made sure that they provided breakfast and lunch and dinner, and their meetings are held in you know, with respect, they're not treated like immigrants that are dirty, or getting this line or whatever, he knows what it's, it's, it feels like to be a foreigner and be

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treated like dirt.

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He knows what it's like to be treated like a slave, like a nobody, because you don't have money, or because you're in need. He knows that. So what does he do? In this ayah he's describing, I have made sure that when people come here looking for food, I provide them the Hilton executive suite, I made sure that they're treated with respect. He's treating them as you know, like, like, I shall be lavon has said that when when she gives her the car, she puts perfume on it.

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Right? He sees people that come in, even though they're gonna buy, they're gonna buy but this buying is actually even charity, because nobody else is selling to them. And he doesn't he doesn't have to cut sell them to them, you can keep it for his own country. He could keep it for his own people. But he's giving it to these people at fair prices. And he's doing that as a remarkable gesture of how he wants to honor those in need, because those who need our guests have Allah.

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Right. So don't you see that I take care of people have I not been good to you? So it's incredible that a government, the highest governmental figure, is not telling you, you better do this. Do you know who I am?

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You know who you're talking to?

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You I have to repeat myself.

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He's not using his position, his power, his ability to destroy them as the leverage to get them to do what they should do. Instead, he's using, don't you see how fair I am? Don't you see what kind of hospitality I provide? Do you see that or no? Well, I'm good to you. Right? I need you to be good to me. Can I can I trust you with that?

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He's going on trust. as smart as he is as savvy as he is. He's appealing to their better senses. And what kind of precedent is that sending for the people that are watching this administration? Our Prime Minister, what is he used as the basis for making a demand? Not his position?

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Not his status, but the justice that he serves? And he says, I'm not claiming that I'm just Do you not see it? Have I not shown it to you my years? Have you seen it with your own eyes? Have you experienced my hospitality and my care? When you came here? Is it like how other countries treated you? Is it how the roads were? When you were elsewhere? Did I allow you to be treated like an inferior because you're a foreigner and my one on my watch? That did not happen? Was anybody able to discriminate against you? Because you're a foreigner, and you don't speak the same language? Or you're a different skin color? Because you're a Hebrew? Did that happen in this country? Or were you

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treated with respect? Well, I need some respect back from you. You need to bring me a brother. You see how this case is being made? It's incredible. And there's the undertone of how a government is supposed to take care of its citizens and the foreigners that come from business. Foreigners that come for work, foreigners that come looking for eight

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outsiders, how is it supposed to treat them is all embedded in here? It's incredible. It's just just you would think, oh, the story is just moving forward? No, no, no. There's so much here that I'm intimidated by these four ions. There's not much here.

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The other thing that I before actually all

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I'll go further and then I'll come back and tell you, for England. And by the way, just because I'm nice and hospitable, don't think that I don't have authority also, Speak softly, but carry a big stick

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to Navy. And if you don't bring him to me, you may get away with this time, you might get away with because this would be recorded as a crime you lied, right. But if you don't bring him to me falaqa de la comunidad de, then from from here on, there is no scale that will go in your favor with me. In other words, you will never get to put any food on the scale in this market. Again,

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you will not have anything to buy from here again, as far as I'm concerned, you will be banned from this country from doing this business. What are the comboni and you won't ever come near me again, also means and then don't come near me. Dr. Boone could be job shop with a shelter my roof or it could be nothing. So now if you're not here, either, we can be read. And that's why the noon is missing. That's where the grammar geeks, but the bottom line is the same. Don't come near me again.

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So he knows, I don't have to threaten them with punishment, you know what the biggest punishment will be, you won't have access to a fair ruler,

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I will deny you access to myself, I will not go find your justice elsewhere. Because I know you can't find what I give you.

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That's confidence, man, that's not I will come after you I will hunt you down, I will take you you don't know the reach of the Egyptian Empire, you don't know who you're messing with. Instead, he says your loss, you won't have the access to my resources, my justice, and you won't get this kind of treatment from me again, you'll be banned? Well,

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when you stand on principle, then the biggest loss to people isn't the damage you can do to them.

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The biggest loss to them is they don't have access to you anymore.

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That's the biggest loss to them. Some people do this or else. But if you stand on right, do this, or you don't have to do do the right thing. Or I don't have to deal with you anymore.

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Just you won't deal with me. That's it. I just that that's I don't have to serve revenge to you. I don't have to raise my voice. I don't know, I just you don't exist anymore.

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You know, because you did this, do the right thing. And you will know, if you don't do it, then here's my revenge, you no longer exist. I no longer do business with you.

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I actually had this as a business policy. In my, in my career, I would, you know, get contractors to do different kinds of work. You know, technology, work, design, work, website development, whatever kind of work, right, and deadlines and prices and things are agreed on, right. And I would say from the get go, you need to tell me what this project is going to cost you need to tell me when it's going to end up needs to be stipulated in contract. If you're not able to meet that deadline, here are the clauses, the penalties or you know, discounts or whatever, we need to agree to that ahead of time. And if you fail to communicate and break these clauses, I'll still pay you whatever. But we're

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never going to do business again.

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I won't do it, you won't deal with me again, that's not gonna happen again. And there are people who are Muslim, I've dealt with many Muslims who didn't meet their contractual obligations, right. And after they did meet their contractual obligations, I spelled it out to them. And here's why we're not going to work again. I tried to spell this out to you. I tried to make this clear to you. No, but I'm your brother. You give all these lectures about law, and your use of religion and those last two. He knows mercy knows brotherhood. He knows forgiveness. But he's saying if you're going to scam me, Don't come near me again. In other words, forgiveness, mercy, brotherhood, courtesy, love, all

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great. But a line for fairness is a line for fairness, businesses business, you've got to draw the line, you're still my brother we just won't do business together is still my brother, but you can't work for me anymore.

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You're still you're still great. I still have big draw for you and your family. But we're no longer business partners. You understand? You have to learn where to draw Work is work. Nothing personal. Like there's still his brothers.

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But he says if you if you cheat me in this way, don't go Don't come near me. The irony of this. They couldn't be to get use of as far away from him as then as possible. These said or done, take him to some faraway land.

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And now use of says Don't come near me. They want to be close to him.

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It's flipped.

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He they're begging to be close to him. And he's saying you mess with me. You're never gonna come near me again. You see how it was flipped it completely changed the tide. Now for in London tuning for, you know, for da da da, da da da capo kalu. This is the last of the IOD and then I'll go back to the most important thing that I did not share with you. I held back from that but that was

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Let me share this with you. They said, what do they say? It seems from the conversation we can extrapolate. They already told him that dad will not let him go. Right now may not be calm could be for lineage maybe come as a subtext can also mean. He's getting from your father. Right. So what did they say? This is Sonora? We do and who about rajwada? Was the word used earlier on in this sort of for seduction?

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minister's wife, wow, that

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era with at the NFC. And what does that mean? Let me remind you, it means to get someone to give you have something valuable, something valuable, they have to get them to give it to you.

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She wanted to have him give himself to her.

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to have her give himself what's the most valuable thing to him herself. She wants that that's what the NFC now they're using the same language and say, we will get our dad to give him meaning or rather to us. In other words, we're going to find a way to wiggle our brother away from our dad and convince him to let him come with us. Okay.

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They know what they've done to their dad. Yes. They know the kind of trauma they've cost their father.

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And now, because this is about money, and this is about food.

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They say we don't care about your dad's feelings. We'll get them for you. No, no, sir. No need to get so so harsh. When he says Don't come near me again. No, no. Well, we'll get it from my dad. It's no big deal. We got we got this wait another fire? No, guaranteed? Absolutely, we shall do it. We will get this done. Don't you worry. That's not gonna be a problem. We know how to handle that. We've done it before.

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And even though in their minds, like oh my god, we've done this before, how are we going to pull this off again?

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Because they know it's gonna be 100 times harder, because they can't pull the same stunt twice, twice. Let our brother come travel with us. Because there's food to be gotten. How are they going to make that case after their track record. And clearly, by the way, later on, we'll learn they're not good to use his brother either. They hate on him too. They abused him too.

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So they're gonna have a real hard time making this case to their dad. But right now they're so scared of use of a Sunday, we'll get it done, we will absolutely pull him away from the from the pull him away from his father, we will get our father to give him to us to let him go. And will absolutely get this done. Don't you worry, sir, we'll be back with him. Because now they're on the hook. They don't know how long this family is gonna last. But the word on the street is it's gonna last seven years, right. And if we mess this up, the next six years, we're gonna die. So we better not make this king angry. We need to come back and make sure that he we are on his right on his good

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side. It's almost like useless unless I'm sad. When I'm nice. I'm really nice.

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But when I'm mad, well, then it's ice cold, you don't get to see me. You don't want to make me mad to you. That's basically what you see, for me, someone's done. But the part that I skipped that I'm going to conclude with you guys, which to me is probably the most powerful of all of this. Go to the first item of today's discussion.

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Useless brothers came.

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I want you to put yourself in Yusufzai some shoes.

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When he looks at a piece of paper and he reads these names. What does he feel?

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What images come in his mind? What memories come in his mind of being smacked across the face of being pushed, of being thrown into a well of them spitting at him?

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Have them horribly treating him in that and then every terrible memory that followed, being sold, being pushed around in a market being looked at as an animal, not having a shirt on himself? Have all those memories disappeared? No, and all that chain of terrible events. And everything bad that happens that fall difficulty that he had in his life that followed? Yes, it's the color of Allah. But whose crime was it? At the end of the day, who's that chain of events, I've tried the chain of tragedies, who initiated that chain of tragedies in the life of use of these people, and he sees their names. Now I want you to take a step back. There are people that have been abused in this life

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was he abused by his brothers. There are people that have been abused in this life. And you know what, sometimes you're abused and you're broken, and you're even sometimes people even suicidal. There are people that are so broken. And then Allah gives them the strength and opens doors for them and they're able to recover to the point where they're able to get some form of a life back together. They're able to get a job or finished school or they're able to start a family or they're able to move on and to the outside world. They look okay. They look like everybody else. They're normal. In fact, they even look successful, as successful as usual.

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Like everybody looks at him as successful, right? Was there is there a part of him that was cracked

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By his own family, a part of him that was broken by his own family that nobody will ever see that wound that he carries, even though he redeemed himself on the outside, the scar of my own family did this to me. Man, if they were in front of me, what would I say to them, sometimes you think about your abuser, you have dreams about them. And you see if they were in front of me right now, or what I do, or what I say to them. Man, I wish I could tell them this, this and people write entire letters to their abuser, and never send them right. And keep them in their notes. Keep them in their journal, keep them on their phone and read it. This is what I would say to you. This is what you did

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to me, I just need you to know. And sometimes even though you're past them, and they're no longer in a position to abuse you, when they come in front of you, you say I just felt that I had to let you know what you did. I needed to tell you what you put me through. I just needed you to know that I do you even feel anything? Do you even acknowledge what you did?

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You have any remorse at all? Wouldn't those be the feelings? And he's like, Yes, he's the Prime Minister of Egypt. Yes, he's out of jail. Yes, he's in a great position now. But when those faces come in front of him, isn't he back to being 10 years old?

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Isn't he isn't that trauma, just hitting him all over again. You know, what kind of a shock experience emotionally that would be for, you know, for anyone that doesn't matter the age, because that happened to you when you were a child.

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And that that person's in front of you. Now, if somebody has hurt you in the most terrible way, just seeing them can give you a panic attack. Just seeing them. Just seeing a picture of them on social media can do that.

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Just they happen to walk by in a store. And you saw them from a distance, and you need somebody who resembled them. And that can break you. It can just completely shatter you.

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you'd start shaking and you know, you're nervous and overwhelmed, really overwhelmed emotionally. And all user friendly. Simon's human.

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He sees those people. Doesn't he want to just cry?

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You? Do you know who I am? Do you know what you did to me?

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And now you're coming to me? And he did he recognize them? Right? Well, hula homochiral. And they're oblivious of him that first off. They're oblivious of him. They don't know who he is.

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Can you imagine? You don't even recognize me to you.

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It's not even funny to him, or a joke. It's adding insult to injury, you threw me away. And now you don't even know who I am.

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From a personal point of view, this should be when he just bursts open.

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He just lets it out.

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And he could see everything that's been he's been containing inside for all those years. But what does he do? provides them hospitality. lets them come. And then he knows that there's a brother he has that is from the same mom. And he's smart enough to know if they abused me in this way. What have they been doing to him?

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What has he been going? Why isn't he here? Oh my god. He's not here.

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What is it what he must? What must he be going through?

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I'm not gonna let them continue to do to him, to me to him what they did to me.

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You have a brother of yours, right? Bring him to me.

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You better bring him. And if you don't bring him there's no food for you.

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Do you understand there's an emotional backdrop to there's a family backdrop to he's trying to protect Who? His brother,

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the brother, you don't you don't know what stunt they can pull. They can go back and say well, they said that we couldn't prove it. We could just say he died.

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Right? You see what you did? Because you exist we got in trouble. Can't they flip anything? If they can flip it on you so he's on he needs to protect his brother even though he has his baby brother even though he hasn't seen him forever. So he puts this in place to get his brother back. But the remarkable thing about all of this is and one thing May Allah grant all of agenda by his love and mercy. One thing I want to go ask you so Holly salami. Jana is how did you hold it in?

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How did you see that and keep your composure, because he's in this position where he has to keep his composure right.

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And he's, he has to hold keep it together. Because Because of him that the country is keeping it together.

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If he breaks down emotionally, the country collapses you understand that? There's so much riding on him, that he has to maintain his composure and a love Give him the strength to do that because he understood he internalized something. My emotions, my feelings and my needs to find redemption are

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Bigger, are not bigger than the needs of that many people.

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And as bad as they were to me, they don't deserve to starve to death, even though they believed I deserve to starve and die inside of a well,

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they I don't believe that about them, not your turn,

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have not been good to you have an iPad. Now with that background in mind read these ions again.

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And when you hear the words, we're gonna try to get our brother from him from our dad, wouldn't that trigger him? Because they tried to get him from that. Right? I asked her to literally hold tears in when he's seeing them what he must have felt that moment, what he must have felt when he was loading their bags and watching them leave. What do you have to keep inside the Quran is teaching us a profound lesson in empathy. That people that have gone through traumatic experiences, don't just forget,

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listen to this. So out of a home, he recognized them as the last thing I'll share with you today. on our phone, he recognized them. Obviously, he recognized them. They're my brothers. But there's a deeper layer. He recognized them to be the same as they always were.

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He doesn't see remorse on their face. He sees them still trying to he can see he has he has the intelligence to read people, isn't he?

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And you know what? A lot told him so many years ago when they were beating him and throwing him in a well, ally intervened. And Allah said, that will not be unknown via video.

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You will tell them about this thing you they did to you, you will be telling them and they have no idea. So they're throwing him in the well. And Ally's talking to him at the same time. And they have no idea. And so many years later, Allah has fulfilled his promise, it's starting to happen. And they still have no idea while home law hormone ketone, and they're still oblivious, okay. Then there was, well, who am I alone. And here it is, Well, hello. When Kiran, they have no idea who he is, they have no clue what's going on. They have no clue the word of Allah that was said so many years ago, is starting to get fulfilled right before their eyes. We don't know, sometimes the what's going on

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inside of a person.

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We don't know what's happening inside of them. We don't know. Sometimes we don't realize the hurt, we've caused somebody else.

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And we don't know a loss plan to redeem that hurt.

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To redeem that hurt, we're oblivious of it, they're oblivious of it.

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So it's not just about our feelings, maybe we've heard somebody else's feelings. And they're traumatized by seeing us.

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There, they're shaking, because we did something wrong to them. And we're oblivious. This is about looking in the mirror.

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There's this this IDs out there about ourselves or, you know, once we resource or he's like this, we want to put ourselves in useless place.

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It's kind of because they're the villains, right? We don't want to put ourselves in there. But you know, not good kind of use of what he

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told us, Eileen, maybe we're not in use of space. Maybe we're in the brother's place. Maybe we're not in use of space. Maybe we're in the minister of the ministers place. Maybe we're acting like the minister. Maybe we're acting like the minister's wife.

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Maybe we're acting like the you know, the the people who sold him? We don't, you have to be honest with yourself. And not just, you know, if you project yourself as the victim, then everybody else is the wrongdoer. And you say, Man, that uncle of mine, that's totally the Minister of Egypt. And that one, that it of mine, that's the wife of the minister. And this one is the brothers of use of this. You know, everybody, I'm using everybody else's all the bad people, you understand that? But the mirror, when you look at the Quran is something that shines light on you and myself is one of my behavior is like, like those brothers. How oblivious? And the way they talked about their dad? Oh,

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we'll just get him away from our dad, no big deal. Like they still don't care about his feelings. Where did this all start? Our dad doesn't love us enough. Yeah, clearly you don't love him.

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If you loved him, this is not how you would talk.

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You would say you can send the authorities and check but we can't put our dad through that we can put our father that there will be a different kind of conversation. So from from a human point of view, from an emotional point of view, this is a very, like transformative experience in the life of use of money. So it's not just he recognized them. They didn't recognize him. There's a world of emotion behind this that is going to unlock for us what's coming further on and now we it helps us better understand why he's so adamant about asking for his brother.

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Now we understand because when you've gone through trauma and you've gone through abuse, then and you love somebody you want to make sure in every way you can. They don't go through the abuse that you went through, right.

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Last question that somebody legitimately asked and I'll end it

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That is that people said, well, you survived almost free from prison. He's the prime minister of the country, why didn't you just go back home and, you know, reunite with his family. He has the intelligence he has the resources, he has the freedom to. So why not just go back?

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At least bring them back immediately? Why? Eight years have gone by right? Seven good years, and then the bad ones. understand something. Yusuf Ali Salam understands his place in the world.

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He understands that his role is to save hundreds of 1000s of lives, and to bring them towards a better life in a better man in this life and in the next, by giving his hit by him being the role model of justice and steering the country in the right direction. He's making people wonder, where does his sense of justice come from? Why is he like this? Why is another politician like that? What's different about him? The only thing different about him is his facing allies in

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his, his administration is

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not his speeches. his administration is dollar. And he understands that if he takes a three week break, or a one month break, and goes on Camelback, or a horse or whatever, over to kind of run and meet with his family and come back in those four months, can there be mishaps and corruption? And can that happen? There is not a date a waste of time, you're going to work night and day, and I'm going to make sure this gets done. And he said, I'm going to guard over this. You know what that means? He put his personal needs aside

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for the greater good. That's why he didn't leave Egypt. He didn't leave Egypt because he has a much bigger responsibility than his personal needs.

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So he didn't jeopardize that. You know, some say that he Edelman's Elohim. And he says, I'm so hospitable, that he provided them better hospitality, like the brothers especially he took extra care of them. I would argue that he's hydrophones alien here actually means Don't you see that I fulfill the scale for everybody. And I'm hospitable to everybody. Because part of what I what I sense about Yusuf Ali Salaam is, is in his position of governance. Nowadays, he has governmental power. Corruption means not only do you oppress people that don't deserve to be oppressed, but also you give favors to people just because their family. So I don't attribute that to you so funny, Sam,

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that he provided some extra hospitality to them, because he could now because I feel that every honor that he's been given better housing, money, whatever he has, he sees all of that as a public trust. He doesn't see any of that as a personal privilege. Right, all of it he's using for the for the greater good. So he's providing hospitality for everybody and that's, that's really, you know, my reading of that portion of it. So I pray you benefited from our, you know, look at these four, if I'm really loving this series of Allah, and inshallah Allah will continue from 62 onwards next week on Monday. barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah.