The Real Task Ahead

Nouman Ali Khan


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First of all for requests,

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I can see.

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Yeah, so my way of gauging attention span is by making sure I can pinpoint exactly who is sleeping.

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You can example out of them. So I can't do that in a scenario that's a little bit more romantic.

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quite early

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on about the company that I have made it from the ark, don't worry me.

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So I was actually in New York, because I had the honor of being invited to meet with the President of Turkey as a small group of Muslim community leaders that were invited. And I don't know why they followed me. But they did. And I went and attended a small gathering where he wanted to share some thoughts and wanted to hear from us. And I'm actually very appreciative that he's an attentive listener, and actually listened to quite a bit of what we have to say. And had some pretty interesting interaction. But what the thing that struck me that is on everyone's mind, you know, there's the United Nations summit happening in New York City, their delegates from all over the

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world, they're currently and the city is on lockdown everywhere in return, even though the teller was staying at I met several delegates just right there. And humbled. I also had an opportunity to speak with some people in leadership in Malaysia, among other places. And one of the biggest things on everybody's mind is the spread of extremism within Muslim or within the Muslim ban, but I know you guys are keeping up with the news. And even if you're not keeping up with the news, you already hear things all the time anyway. And I would expect the university students you're probably more aware than the average citizen anyway. So in context of all of that, when we talk about the

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renaissance of Islam, it becomes very difficult. And I chose this topic consciously, the renaissance of Islam or an Islamic Renaissance.

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Actually, the more common term used in the last century has been revival. Like we need to revive the oma, I'm sure you've heard that terminology a number of times, right. And the problem, as far as I see it, and you're completely free to disagree, the problem as far as I see is that that discussion is actually had only in the context of politics. In other words, when we talk about reviving the oma, we are somehow talking about some kind of political resistance movement type thing, in one way or another. And so this term, and this idea of the concern of the oma has overwhelmingly in the last century, a century and a half been politicized. And there's a reason for that. But that's not what

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I'm going to be talking to you about today. That is a much longer and much more complicated conversation. What I want to talk to you about today in Shambala, Gaga is my own observations of the in terms of my own study of the Quran, which is very much continuing, and a need that I see that has been overlooked. And recently, two things happen in my life that I was looking for for a long time. I think those of you that are familiar with my work, know that I focus on a great deal on the Quran, and spreading an awareness of the message of the prime but it's a little, a little more nuanced than that. So I wanted to share some of that with you. Not too long ago, I had the honor of being in the

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company of Dr. acromegaly. Those of you who don't know Dr. Levy is a leading professor of Islamic Studies at Oxford University, he started his own Cambridge Islamic college. He is he has a job in the Mojave, from several places in the world, from Morocco, from Syria, from India from network of Adama, and he is actually one of the leading researchers in the world. Just to give you an idea of the kind of work he does. His recent publication was a 52 volume work on female cadet scholars in Islamic history. Yeah, over 9000 women, and he wrote about their lives, and what kind of lives that they lead? How do they interact with their students? Who were their students. And I want to share

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just one of those many, many stories with you, just to give you an idea of the kind of thing we're missing. Just to give you an idea, okay. So he talks about this people scholar by the name of Fatima, who lived in Syria, and around the time of him, in contrast to the move in Hinduism and the writer of the body, the most popular and the most recognized explanation of the body of the body. When somebody on a scholar says I want to look up this study, and I want to understand what it says. They grow purple body by mackaninee. And she's a contemporary of human culture. And it says right there multiple letters and says, I need you to teach Google Hobie

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which is an easy Medina and he says, I can't come to the end. I can't, I can't travel. I don't want to travel. So she turns him down several times. Eventually, she comes

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For hij and when she comes for hij, there are about a congregation of 400 scholars from Athena and other places in the region that force her to come to Medina and teach at intensive. You can call it a Bahati intensive in the number of weeks for about two months. So this woman is teaching Makati to 400 scholars, about 300 300 of them are men. 100 of them are women.

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She's teaching this to them in a Muslim family, and she's sitting back then they didn't have the kind of construction obviously, that we have now in another week. So the game of the prophets lifetime is exposed. Right? It's out. And she's sitting at his head with the book right there. And then these nurses are debating that when she would get fired, she would lean on the head, you know, and then she would teach like this. And they were like, I'm listening to Dr. After explain this. And I, I asked him so when was the partition?

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As far as to see what he said it was actually

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what about the barrier between the men and the women in the movie? It was no actually that there was no barrier. As a matter of fact, she used to get hired and her son used to actually walk into the women's area, which women's area men three feet over there are women sitting there studying for the exam.

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And I said Really? Yeah, really. And I'm sitting there going, is that like the

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comments that this was the best Buhari learning experience of his life.

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Now, I'm sharing one snippet with you, I spent a week with this band about six, seven hours a day of studying with him and then hanging out with him afterwards and picking his brain about a bunch of stuff. And I tell you after a week, you know what I felt like? I felt like I'm a new Muslim.

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I'm trying to study and this happened three months ago. Okay, I've been trying to study Islam,

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for the better part of my adult life. And I felt like I just just recently became Muslim. I'm just learning things. You know why? Because I realized how blind and oblivious to history I am. I have no idea about your history, I have no idea how people used to live how people used to interact, I have no idea that I

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used to have a hammer either as much. And as much they only had one entrance. And when he had plenty

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of crowded lectures, this is slick Stampede, and it was overflowing. And what his lectures would be over there would be a bunch together of men and women right outside the budget. So a bunch of people came down and said this is fitna. We need to stop doing these tell these women to stay home, don't have them come and learn. And he said, Actually, the fitness of them being outside and have briefly intermingling or that being in a tighter space is much greater, much lesser than the fitness of having ignorant women.

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If that happened right now at some liberal arts program, or is this classical, classical Islam, this is classical Islam. In other words, we have a picture of what it means to be a strict Muslim. All of you have been there, those of you that have been raised in a Muslim family, even if you're not observing strict, quote unquote, Islam yourself, you have a picture of what that means. And you have a picture of what Sharia implementation of Sharia actually means. Forget the non Muslims having a skewed vision of what Islam looks like, we have a really twisted picture of what this lesson looks like. It's far from what was implemented across our history, it is far more normal and far cooler

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than anything that's been presented in contemporary times. It is actually in contemporary expression, the expression of bunch of Islam is actually a result of a lot of pent up frustration and anger. So there's this angry picture of Islam the Muslims themselves are painting there's a big fire and brimstone kind of picture of this D, which is so unhealthy. So when we say we want to bring it back to stuff, I my first problem is we don't even know that we're bringing back.

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We don't even know if we're bringing back this thing in our head, we have this idea in our head of what's gonna, what its gonna look like, you know, other than all the restaurants are going to be alone.

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We don't know what that looks like, what's our introduction in society, even if we like how, what's the role of women in that society? I asked that question all the time. You know why cuz I have four daughters

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and four daughters. I need to know about how are they going to interact and in Islamic societies? You know, when when I went to Malaysia, I tell you, I tell you, when I went to Malaysia, the first realization I had is Muslims in America are backwards.

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The first realization I had I know sounds bad. I know. But I felt that I'll tell you why.

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I felt it because when I went there,

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the CEO

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have maybe four or five multi million dollar corporations and I met the CEOs role in it. Two thirds of the faculty at the Islamic University of Malaysia International Islamic University is living in the shediac program.

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The when we were at a convention center, this was a some trade show for garments or something. It wasn't an Islamic convention, it was like a business convention thing. And we happen to be staying in that hotel on a Wednesday night, Missouri. But this is a weekday, this is like 6:30pm, the alarm for a moment goes off, that they have a kind of a makeshift masala inside the parking lot of that building. So we go towards it. And there's a crowd just wandering into this Muslim prayer. Like, you know, you don't even see that kind of counter Islamic convention because most people aren't praying because they're like, an other way around. But they're shopping for like Islamic art that says a

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level of club, but they don't want to actually do a lot more.

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So would you have this crowd of people just flooding the machine and half of the men and half of the women, if not more women.

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And I've never seen like, that huge crowd of people flood into prayer. Other than the home, I haven't seen it. And there's no law that says you have to pray. There's no law

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that goes around and says, shut your store down or you know, if you don't pray to God, and then you're done.

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There's nothing and they're doing this on their own. And the way that they these are women in HR, these are observing religiously knowledgeable women, a bunch of them have degrees from Amazon and all over the place. And they did like the I went to the small Sunday school, literally a Sunday school, and they said we'd like you to meet our staff. That would be a little tiny place, maybe 1500 square feet. Okay, so I go there, I leave the staff, the staff is this is a stand up argument. This is a Santa Maria.

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Oh, yeah, she's a she's got it memorized the parameters seven. This one has a gender leave this was this position.

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Oh, we are back.

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We have this idea that we somehow because we live in, you know, one of the most, you know, advanced societies in the world in some ways, economically advanced, perhaps maybe even infrastructure advanced, that we are advanced socially, the Muslims aren't I can tell you that. We're not we haven't even figured out what to do with living in a normal state in Michigan, in Texas, in New York, they figured out how to Maria, you understand what I'm saying? So we have a lot to learn. When we say we want to revive is done, we have to learn from this. And it's best practices. So actually one of the one of the things I encourage you to do as students is to is to actually visit these

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countries. In my opinion, Malaysia and Turkey are worth a visit just to see what a modern Islamic Society looks like. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it's way better than anything I've ever seen. When I went to their Twin Towers, the Petronas Towers and the Petronas Towers are not only are they the tallest twin towers in the world, they are they're the oil inside all the oil and gas giants of the region. So they like the equivalent of mobile or shell or whatever. Right. And I had a lecture there in the company headquarters. So I forget it's like the 30th floor or something they took the entire floor and they turned it into a masala and all the

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employees of the entire tower employees have this synchronized lunch break all voluntary they all come with their badges and I use all of that and they flood this place and they make slightly go back to work and I'm doing this is a corporate headquarters

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you know

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there are some amazing things to learn from so that's one thing I wanted to bring to your attention is one we are oblivious to history and we need to become if we're going to bring Islam back in any real way we have to bring a consciousness of history back one of my dear friends with the name of a lady said this very intelligently i think is one of the most intelligent like observations about Muslim you know are oblivious to how oblivious We are the history how he commented on it was very profound. You know, this is famous Hadith of the profits of a lot more either us or them with this oma is like I just said, it's like one body, but the entire mind is like one body which means the

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entire organization compared to one person. Yes. So if one part of it hurts, the whole thing hurts the whole thing is uncomfortable. Okay? Now think about this. All of us imagine all of us are just one person and this person wakes up one day and has no idea who they were yesterday, what they look like what their families like, what language they speak, what was their favorite food, what are their what their career they have no recollection of what happened more than one day. They just remember like the last day can this candidate can be said about this person, this person has a clear sense of identity. It cannot that's it's absurd to think this person who has amnesia, amnesia beyond

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one day has a clear sense of identity. If we don't even know what

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happened in the Muslim world? What was happening in the Muslim world? In the last century? Forget the entire history. We don't even know the last century of history, most of us, we have no picture, then how can we have a clear sense of identity? How can you know who you are, if you don't know your own background, you understand so that there is this disconnect, that we really, really need to focus on, you know, and scholars and academics that are focusing in this area, we need to, you know, take advantage of them. I think you guys should take advantage of as much of as podcasts and downloads and stuff as you can, it'll really be impactful. He has a very thick Indian accent.

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He loves to say, just think really, simply, and when it's a really complicated problem, he begins with it simply.

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But he's one of the most brilliant scholars, honestly, I've ever come to me. And there's a second problem, I want to introduce you in this first, this first hour is a rant. The second hour is of course on Oberon. Okay, that's how it's organized. Alright. So the second thing I want to introduce you to is actually a great scholar in India, who passed away in 1998. I mean, I was lucky enough to rotate the seat of the nine volumes, called the Doku for art. And he has the he was inspired by the idea that the art is a unified whole. In other words, the prod is not a disjointed book. It's actually a connected Well, we together text, and he wanted to demonstrate how everything flows into

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everything, the level of the Quran, he wanted to focus on that idea in his nine volumes of See, unfortunately, it's an old too, for those of you who don't know, that's unfortunate.

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I can read that. But the first volume, I think two volumes not have been translated, it's called pondering over the prime. And as awesome as that book is, and I'm benefited tremendously from that work.

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I'd actually recently got introduced to his teacher, he took these ideas actually from his teacher coming up in palani. And Nicola is just an absolutely incredible, incredible scholar, he passed away, of course, a long time ago. And this is a scholar at least a century, maybe a century and a quarter old. And his work, I'll show him one of his works with you, just to give you an idea of the kind of scholarship we've had in our own history. All of his books are in Arabic. All of his books were handwritten. They were only recently brought into publication four years ago, 2010 was the first time for writing books started getting published. And I got my hands on a few. But otherwise,

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they were written handwritten manuscripts, all of which were narrated, this is an Indian scholar. This is an uncle only wrote in Arabic, and his Arabic is off the hook. You read this man's Arabic in your life.

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You know, I actually, you know, in the beginning of every one of his books, he writes the unique praise of Allah.

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And the praise of a lot that corresponds to the subject of the book. Right, so he'll talk about the beauty of the Quran, and we'll talk about the creativity of allies His praise of a month, when he before he talks about the beauty of the crown, you know, so anyway, so he gave these unique praises. And one of them was so beautiful, I actually use it in my football all the time.

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And I was sharing that one time after a quote by somebody comes to me with an energy study have an

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I brought him on, not only because to me, he's an inspiration, because that actually is a demonstration of how, you know this language is not owned by an ethnicity. This language is owned by it's founded by a lot of women. And people have come and take ownership of this language, the vast majority of whom are not Arabs. And that's not ancient history. That's even in contemporary history. But one reason I wanted to bring him up is his his discussions in his Messiah, and he wrote about the Quran. And he said some things about the Quran that I want to share with you that are his rent. These are this is a man's rent from 120 years ago, and when I heard them, it was echoing what I've

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been feeling for a decade, but I was too scared to say it. Because I didn't have a scholar that I can validate this way. And then I found it to be funny, and I have the book. I said, somebody thinks like this. And then I found a doctor, who's his student, by the way, who's a student student after student

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also thinks this way. So he here's here's what he literally says. I won't quote the Arabic but this is English. What he says he says, Some people say that we don't need to focus so much on the beauty of the neuron and how it's either intertwined together, or how the every word of the bride deserves reflection.

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Attention, and how you have to think and ponder and stuff and every single angle or every single word like it's a treasure from Allah. And you have to wonder why he took all of these ions and put them into one solar, why didn't he take some of these ions and put them in some others? Who are? Why is this sooner the way it is? Some people say, what's the point of all this? This is all extra. What really matters in Islam is What is wrong? And what is the what is logic that has already been extracted? The scholars, the great scholars of Islam have already analyzed and have already pulled out what do you How many times do you have to pray? And how many records? Do you have to pray? And

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how do you perform Hajj? And what are you supposed to believe? And what are you not supposed to believe the bullet point of our books have been filled, the bullet points of 50 books have been filled, the bullet points of which it is has been filled. Everything that has to be thought about has already been thought about what are you wasting your time with this extra support? And why are you making people focus on focus on this extra stuff in the mind that isn't necessarily the fundamental of Islam, it's all a secondary thing. And he quotes this very eloquently. And at the end of it all says, Now shut up and listen.

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Is that the end of it all? You literally like,

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it's mine.

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And then begins. And he says that the world is in its greatest moral crisis. The world has seen a world crisis that has never seen in the entirety of human history. And we'll talk about that crisis in a little bit. And you're saying that the endless treasure of God's wisdom that he sent down to humanity has already been dried up by people that have limited lines to write.

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But the word of Allah whose wisdom will never be depleted those the same word of Allah, that he complains about Allah complains about themselves?

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Don't they reflect deeply on the Quran and ponder over the Quran? Or is it the case that our hearts are locked up suggesting that our hearts will not be healed? If we don't reflect on the Koran, you're saying that our hearts being locked up is not a state of emergency, it's a secondary thing. And you're saying that other than instead of finding the solution to the humanity's problems in problems in this book, you're gonna find them?

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You're gonna find them in some secondary text? That's where you're gonna find the solutions to humanity's problems. Is this what you're saying? What have you believed about the Quran being the gift of Allah? What Why do you say?

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Why do you say it?

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Why do you recite that? Why do you say the timeless praise and gratitude to a lot that center looked down upon the slave and didn't leave any room for a deviation? Any forgiveness? Any, you know, any inclination towards the wrong image?

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Why do you say it? In other words, we now when we put this in my language now, as a people, what would we say I want to learn this now, we put a few subjects and we put them on equal footing. We say I want to learn physics, then I want to learn how to keep the archaea first and then I want to study see all that I want to do? You know, these are the early studies and this scene. We have a list of stuff. This is all this information about Islam I want to get. That's awesome. That's great, because that's academics. That's academics. But let me tell you, and if you have studied fifth, you know, it's not a spiritual experience.

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Let me tell you, if you've studied at NIDA for 234 years, and you've read through several nakida books, it does not increase your mind. It'll even mess you up on some chapters. I have met you, you may not have met them, I've met them, they come to me quietly crying after a convention. You know, they come to me and say I started studying. A year ago, I started having doubts, pretty much since I started studying.

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Because this author is quoting, you know, Greek philosophers and their arguments, and then he's countering them. But I, I'm still lost in the Greek arguments. And I don't understand this counter arguments. Why are you introducing people in this, this is Islam, this is not rocket style. This was

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this is our obsession. This is our obsession, we replace certain things that a legate invest with certain of our own priorities. That's what we did. I'm not saying that isn't important or not important people who want to quote me saying that all the best to you, I don't care anyway. But what this is trying to listen to what I'm saying, I am saying Allah gave us this, like, original treasure, this original treasure. And of course, people come and take from it what they can. And we became obsessed with what people have taken, not what a lie is giving you. We all have to come to the book ourselves. We have to we have to democratize the study and the the reflection on the

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product. And we'll talk about that in a little in this rant. Because the next one's about it. Does that provide

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How do we democratize how we give the Oman access to

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the internet.

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Because if we don't have access to the forum, we do not, we do not have access to the forum that is my like, observation at the end. That's all I can say we, you know, we think we have access to the forum we do now. And let me tell you how. First, I'm going to highlight some problems in my own observation when it comes to access to the Quran. And what that would mean.

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The first problem is the problem of authority. I'll put it in easy terms, you shouldn't read the Quran, you're not a scholar,

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you shouldn't be this translation, you shouldn't be Who are you, you might come to the wrong conclusion, you might misinterpret something you might not understand. You have to learn the Quran from the proper authority, you have to sit at the feet of iron. And he will tell you what the frog means. And then you will know what the Quran means.

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That's the idea of karate only be disseminated to people through the proper wide authority. That's on the one extreme, what's on the other extreme authority. This is the last book, he said he made it easy, I should be able to figure it out myself, I'm going to buy a copy of English translation of the bribe, I'm going to read it and I pretty much know what he says, I know what the Quran says. You know. So on the one hand, somebody says, unless you study with a scholar, you have no idea what you're talking about. And on the other hand, somebody does bleed scholars, I can do it myself. By the way, this isn't just us. This already happened in the Christian world. The Catholics said, you

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cannot read the Bible on your own.

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The Protestants came along and said, what we can figure it out all out ourselves to extremes, we're born to extreme one extreme, they rise to the other extreme. And that's what we live in. People come up to me, you know, brother comes up to me just took Shahada. And he's got his copy of the translation of the Quran. And he's got put notes on it everywhere he goes, you know, this is this over here. Here's what I think.

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Yeah, well, I think it means that,

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you know, that's not what it says. What it says to me

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for the test to argue that, you know, how do we properly disseminate on first of all, we have to give respect to academics to study, we have to study the first year, absolutely, we have to understand the Arabic language, we have to give access to understand the Arabic language and democratize that every man, woman and child in the Muslim world should know the Arabic language well enough to understand the Koran directly. Even if at a one on one level. It's not difficult, you don't have to give up your career for this. You don't have to like, go sit under a tree in some exotic desert, you can do this in Michigan, you can do this in New York, you can do this in London,

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it's not hard. And everybody has to be given that access. That's first, then after that access, the ability to access and engage in intelligent conversation with scholars, we have a culture where scholars cannot be questioned, scholars cannot be asked an intelligent question. Scholars cannot be told you drew this conclusion from this ayah. On what basis? Where did you get this conclusion from? Until we develop a culture of transparent conversation between scholarship and Muslims, then you're going to either have too much power in the hands of scholarship, even if it's not their fault, they're not going to explain things to you because you're too dumb to get it. You know, and they're

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just used to that. You're like what happened in Pakistan? I'll give you an example. You ready for this one?

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So what happened in Pakistan was a lot of Muslims, they stopped caring about religion.

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Okay, just just just tell me like, how many ghosts are supposed to slaughter for our people

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are like, you know, how do you call them? Well, we sell for like a nickel or something. But other than just let me live my life. So when you hold it longer, when you need some ritual done, you know what I'm saying? When somebody dies, you call the guy with a beard.

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You know, otherwise, you just do your thing. That's how you live your life. So you know what the guy on the other side of this picture is used to being called in for those things? And does he get quiet when he says, here's the you have to read this about this many times? Or you have to do this or you have to do that? Does he get that record he ever gets question? No, because he's like a pharmaceutical you know, surface at this point. People come to him and say tell me what to do. He says this is what you do in this okay? See ya. You know, and he just issues prescription. Now when he comes to America the same amount I would never got asked then see is getting into machines giving

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adoption, somebody comes in

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with the view.

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You can't be asking me questions on my machine. like they've now they've gotten used to not being asked. They don't use them as being as that's a problem. And on the other hand, we have people that have no respect for scholarship at all.

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So they're going to ask them like, like almost incriminating them. We've had these imbalances in the oma. So we I say we have to democratize a base minimum length, your appreciation of the Arabic language, education if things are going to get any better. And actually I'm talking about the political, social, economic education, all of it, the Muslim world will not get better, our situation will not get better until we raise the level of religious education. This is a logical argument, let me tell you why. You will you go to a car mechanic and you have no idea what cars are like?

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Can you take advantage of it?

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Is it possible? Is it possible he can say that, you know, you just needed an oil change? And he says you need a new transmission? take you for a ride? Yes, yes. Let me tell you something, Muslim scholars, some amazing people, among Muslim scholars, but also overwhelmingly we cannot be blind to the reality that for a lot of places in the world, Islamic Studies has turned into an industry that has turned into a horrible capitalist capitalist market with a market share. So people want you to come to them for answers, and they will take advantage of people in the name of religion is this happening? It is a fact. It is a reality that is happening, people are being taken advantage of in

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the name of Islam. And the only reason you can easily take advantage of them is because they don't even have a minimal education of this religion. So they're easy, it's easy to take them for a ride. It's easy to take young people in England for a ride and tell them Canada is here. It's easy, because they have no idea. They have no food, they hear a couple of my other videos go.

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It's on the Hadith of the silence, their judgment has been fulfilled and ready to go. They have no clue. Because a minimal education hasn't been provided. And the people who are supposed to provided or too busy protecting their turf. Everybody just wants to unit swear they're labeled. You know, they don't just you're not just Muslim, you have to put your sticker on. You can't just walk into a machine and be Muslim anymore. You have to be Yo what's

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up with apology wearing

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by this by the size of your beard. You know, some of you in the audience are already thinking why did I come to this lecture you

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should get my question answered. I should I should I should ask him. This is a crucifix. Why are you wearing it? You know, it's just one of the you can have you help you just we've been we've been taught to think like this. And we have to unshackle ourselves, if the unshackle ourselves. And we have to give the old man direct access to this beautiful grind and revive and re instill the culture of reflection and the Muslim reflection in his book based on proper studies. Yes, based on proper study, it's okay. Our religion is beautiful, we reserve the right to benefit from our scholars from classical difficulties. And we also reserve the right to disagree with our classical scholars. You

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cannot province we will just put in my study group in my in my campus in Dallas, we have a put on study group and you were just studying we're just about to get started on the circle graph and we're talking about the dog walk and boom that people are at the mercy. Right. So some of our classical scholars were so like they hate dogs so much.

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That when we saw that there's a dog mentioned in the bond, he couldn't take it. So they said no dog was the sermon.

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Here's the name of the sermon.

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It says he stretched out his paws.

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Sir, gentlemen, I'll be right here.

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You like that? That's okay.

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You understand? And then there's like a two page

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two page debate about whether it was a gray dog, a spotted dog, a black dog or a white dog? And there's little

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you know,

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I'm really good. Well, that's awesome that they discussed it, I guess. But I would have to see value. I mean, it's, that's I guess somebody will see value in it.

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And that's okay. And that you know what, that doesn't mean that I will dismiss that Professor either. He might have some brilliant insight somewhere else.

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We have a little, you know, a little bit of a gap over here, but that's okay. Because they're human. We don't we don't have to accept someone all the way or reject someone all the way. The only one we have to take all the way is the messenger.

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We have to accept everything he says all the way. The word overload with everything else is subject to criticism. It's fine. It's subject to discussion. And that has to be the case we have to allow for conversation to flourish for different

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To be able to talk, we should be able to talk about our differences without killing each other.

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without, you know, like losing our temporaries without calling each other down for the hellfire. You know, there are people who repeat their prayers now because they know you prayed, you have cotton socks. So you probably, you know, you probably wouldn't muscle over them. And according to them, that's not proper. So since you lead the prayer, they'll repeat that

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they will even just based on that assumption, they'll just repeat the prayer. I want to tell you a little story I learned from Dr. Ackerman about that. Just differences of opinion.

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He tells a story of probably will use of the abusive This is basically the person the student taught him a lot. We took over the school, right, and he was the leading scholar of the school and really helped fortify the school, the Hanafi school to what it is. And the Hanafi school is no joke. It is the school that was implemented, that school of thought was implemented in Empire. He was just again, a small lesson from history. I'll tell you this epic story. So cool. So was the more if you know what a margin is for hedge was

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the guy who leads the hedge. So he was the more admin for Haruna Rashid Rashid was the Emperor, the leader of the Muslims at the time, and his margin was, I will use them and I will use him like I told you as the head of which school of the Hanafi School of Law, okay, so now because you take your violin with you, so you can tell you, this is the time to make these laws. This is how you perform this ritual. This is how you do this. This is how you do can you make sure you do your rituals correctly, you have your mind in with you. So now, because he's the

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leader of the believers, he's gonna lead to our prayer,

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our prayer,

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but right before the Lord prayer, he has copied them that

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he had coming up. Now according to the head of the school, when you believe your little bricks

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and hollow regime itself is pretty educated in Islam, he knows that according to hierarchies, when you leave your will to Britain, right before prayer, you have to be done. Which means if he's 100, what does he have to do? He has to go Repeat as well.

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But you know, he's a college, so you can't just go to the loo station. There's like 1000 lines behind you. And you're the real mobilise, everybody's gonna want your autograph or something. So if he goes to me,

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you understand the stuff. So now he's abusive is looking right? Everything that he's about to ask him

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to show me. But instead, Amanda, was standing right next to them. So he asked him on purpose instead.

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Because according to the molecules, Yahoo doesn't break, and he knew that, even though he brought his own teacher with him to ask questions about whether the ritual is correct or not, he deliberately asked about Malik instead.

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Use of praise behind him.

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And when you praise behind him when

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his students, his top students, how do you how did you let him lead the prayer? He led prayer at the gala at Hajj, without Voodoo, according to you. How would you let this happen? Do we have to repeat our prayer? And what is commonly we used to say? He says anyone who doubts that this prayer was valid, and anyone who repeats their prayer is from the hot edge.

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That's the Hanafi school.

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That's the original school of thought, how did they have their thought process? This is what I'm going to leave you with just to think, how did they develop that thought process? Please, if you if you're taking notes, this is the only thing I need you to write down.

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Islam is a set of principles.

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Islam is a set of core principles you call them will soon.

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Where do you get those principles from? You get those principles from the Quran.

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What are those principles? It's very simple.

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What those principles are is what does the Koran want you to bring into your life? Simple.

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Tell me some qualities are most likely to happen according to the problem. anybody, any qualities are most likely to have in you and your personality.

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Mercy or compassion. What else?

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Patience, very good. humility,

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love to support the remembrance, consciousness, courtesy, brotherhood, truthfulness, justice, honestly. Yes. These are the people of Islam.

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The Vicar of Allah.

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who follows these are the rules of Islam. How do you know what is the essence of Islam? Look at all of the items that say will love what you can do and whenever he says Allah loves whatever, look closer

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slavery, Luther King, movie, whatever he wants. And he says,

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a lot is within the law, then you know, these are those who love Islam and information, so that you so that you have dupois. So you can think so you can remember so you can ponder. That's what the essence of Islam is. And once you become a person of remembrance of gratitude and patience, you will be, this is the essence of the Quran what I was telling you, this is what you want to bring into your life. Now.

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These are ideals, aren't they? Aren't they? ideals are abstract. How do you take an abstract idea and bring it into your life? That is why Allah gave us the major commandments of Islam. So every major commandment of Islam actually reinforces an ideal. So give me a major commandment of Islam.

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Pray, Allah, Allah says, Allah, the pre established prayers, so you can remember me is remembrance of Allah fundamental. It is. So if you want to reach that fundamental that ideal, then the ideal way to reach it is what Salah is. Fundamental is that

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it is Allah says, COO, COO, COO, COO,

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COO, COO, COO, COO, coo fasting so you can have, in other words, this abstract thing, how can I practically implement software in my life, here's an exercise from God that will help you bring it into your life. It's called fasting, you understand? So our practices in the religion are supposed to reinforce the values of the religion, I'll say that again, in easy English, no Arabic, the practices of our faith, the purpose of them is one to reinforce

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minutes, okay? Okay. The practices are, they are there to reinforce what

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the values of our faith, that is the essence of our religion, that is the essence of our religion.

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Everything else there are other tears, which we won't talk about today. But you know, the crisis of our oma today, we have the practices left.

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The practices of religion are alive and well, in many cases, but they are completely disconnected and divorced from the values that they're supposed to bring into your life. You with me?

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And that therein lies the problem. What is the book of fix telling you?

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What does the book have tell you? The practices? What does the book have? Not telling you?

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The values that is connected to where do you get that?

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You get that?

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You know, people when they look at the Koran only to derive a legal ruling. And that's it. And that's all you're gonna get, you're gonna get a religion that's made up of just a bunch of rules. But these aren't empty rules. These are rules for a reason they're supposed to reinforce something in you brings something into your character. And if you're not even aware of why you're praying, that it's okay for a teenager to come up to me and ask my mom keep something you don't know why we're supposed to break

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this, except in my head.

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Don't say you don't mind because it's not his fault. He wasn't he was never told that these practices are actually tied directly to what the Lord wants him to become. And he if I tell him that it's not as convincing, but if he learns that himself from whom, from a law, local law, tell him not to tell him that you'll be okay. You'll be alright.

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he'll survive. You know, we have to bring people back to the zoo. We will redefine those who

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are these technicalities in this book?

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Okay, who decided that, you know,

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you know better than others, you know better than others. So, I know, I have less than seven minutes, but these seven minutes, some of my rant as follows. We need to be aware of our history. Number one, we need to be aware, aware of the good things happening in the Muslim world around us. Number two,

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we need to be aware of the essence of the

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facilitator. Number three, we need to connect again with Dr. Oz and we're going to talk about reviving these us as a people we cannot become a civilization again until that book that turned a bunch of Bedouin Arabs that were ready to kill each other over a goat. That guy 10 years ago

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turned into the greatest civilization in human history. Until that book does not become the center of our thinking. We will not become a civilization again. When you travel to so the or the vein or Qatar or Pakistan or Bangladesh or

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Egypt, you travel anywhere, it is hard to call us a civilization. Honestly, it hurts me to say this, but it's hard. It's really, really difficult. Actually, the only time you see us uncivilized in the United States is in the parking lot, where we can be ourselves.

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Hi, friends, welcome back to civil society.

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Thank you.

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Okay. So if we don't bring a value based appreciation of the brand, that we're going to have left an empty shell of the religion that looks like Islam, but it's not Islam at all. So it's going to be perfectly fine for you to, for you to go to Hajj. And you're going to find people that are that look very religious, because of the way they appear physically. And they're going to be reciting glass out loud. And they're going to be chugging a water bottle, and then tossing it right into Metallica.

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Right into sacred land. So when you wake up in the morning, or you look around, you can tell whether you're in sacred land or in a landfill, you cannot tell that happens. And this is true if you've got too much. And that can only happen when people have kept the practices but have lost the values. That can only happen then. And you look at them, you look at the physical appearance and everything looks like the ultimately is this guy's the ultimate Islamic guide.

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And this is same dude in order to kiss, elbow, an old lady in the face and then go like,

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do you want to get forgiveness? That's why you got to ask. Now you have to ask forgiveness for what you just did.

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What do you think we're so disconnected? We're so disconnected. And you know what's happened. This is my, my other another reaction I didn't get to talk to you about as a result of this. For a huge population of Muslims. They see this disconnected practice of Islam that has nothing to do with a system of values. And they say I don't want anything to do with it. These people are all fake. He's these weirdos and these are junkies. They're all just fake praise, but they are grinding. They are jealous. They lie. They backstab, they cheat. They are unethical, they're immoral. They're jealous. They you know, they look down on you. They're arrogant, they're judgmental, they're full of

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themselves. They have all these bad values. And then why would I want to be anything like them? And they're writing in many cases? They're right, because we have become that we do pass judgment quickly. And some girl came up to me in New York after an MSA talk. And she was dressed very provocatively, I was surprised she was even there. And she came up to me and said, You know, I have a question, which I know you're gonna think I'm a bad person. I was like, I'm the one to judge.

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I'm looking down because he's dressed, you know, inappropriately. When I was like, What do you have inside? I don't know. He says, You know, I pray some times, and I'm trying and this and that. And she's talking. Okay, good. Keep it up. You know,

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I connected with some sisters. And

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you never know. You never know.

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When we were in back in Texas is one of these nights, I had an urge to eat a burger. So he went to the only restaurant that's openly you know, and we're getting a bunch of guys after we're eating a burger late at night. And there's a two girls sitting next to our table in the restaurant. And they're both very mathematically telling they came from a club or something. And they're talking to each other and wasn't just talking to you. We're not listening to them. And we're just over here on your own. Yeah. I feel like praying and yelling goes yeah.

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I have a job.

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You never know. You never know when

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you know. You can what happens to you.

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You do this at home.

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Like randomly like

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So what I'm saying is one of the fundamental values of Islam is that when someone says Salaam to you that you cannot judge their faith

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Salaam desta will be not even Muslim and you're not a true believer you cannot say so whatever they look like if he's got tattoos all over his body or she's dressed appropriately or they got green hair or something. And this is just what I'm concerned they are a believer, that is a fundamental value of Islam. It's a fundamental value of Islam. I get tested with this all the time. I just might my one of my daughters, he'll need like, you know, dairy free products. So there's one restaurant in Fort Worth. I drive all the way out to get

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Some stuff and I go there one time and dude's got a nose ring right here. No tattoos big muscular bald guy.

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And he pulls up to for legal someone, even brother no one I've seen so many of your videos I just became some two weeks ago.

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You don't know.

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But we've become judgmental, because that is it. That is actually pride passing judgment is not enough. It's not my domain. So you can pray five times. But that if that prayer does not bring you humility, what does that prayer

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because a point of prayer, one of the fundamental functions of prayer is to make you humble, you put your head on the ground, man,

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you know. So that's the this is the crisis that we have to fix in charlotte, charlotte in the next session, which is not around, it's no surprise, I cannot travel all the way and come to you. And it was a surprise. So we'll have that after a lot of family political thank you for being so patient.

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Sophy will see the every one of them in the semi me,

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once again, is sort of

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the messenger of the loss of a lot more, I think just repeated on a number of occasions on dozens and dozens of occasions, the difficulty of the amount of business see the job, he talks about it on a number of occasions are very seriously, actually if you took a survey of the hours that the Prophet teaches, according to the salon, in which he tells us to seek refuge, life, you know, lovemaking The road to becoming as a

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woman as a

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woman, sicknesses, Machiavelli. These are big things. You're asking about refuge from the punishment of the grave, then you're asking a lot of protects you from the punishment of Janda, then you're asking for protection from the difficulties that come with life and the difficulties that come with death. These are the big things and then look for clues and the messenger for food are they supposed

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to be coming?

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And I especially asked you from the protection of the evil of the trials that come from the false messiah, the false and the deceptive. Mercy. So this is a big deal. It's a big warning and the Sahaba were actually extremely scared of this phenomenon. And the reason I'm starting with that is because the Prophet also told us

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Buhari mentioned this mostly mentioned other other narratives mentioned as to whoever memorized or protected incorporated into themselves, the first 10 ions of silica will be protected from the trial at the job. So one of the reasons you guys are excited every Friday, because it's noon for you that will probably tell us is this light for you from one Friday until the next right or in one direction. He says that it's light for you from wherever you are in from welcome. Okay, so now, from one Friday to the next we want to be protected from MSE, by the way that that child is going to be so heavy. And this is also related to the end of time we have about the end of time, where a year

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will pass like a month, a month, like twice a week, but you want protection from the job every day, but a week will be like what a day. So would you recited on Friday, it's like you're protected every day kind of thing. It's about the speeding up of time also towards the end of time anyway, what we're learning then is that the IRS, especially the first 10 is and the last 10 is because another letter says the last thing I also forgot half are intricately connected with the trial of the judge. Actually, one can even so startling that he says but

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if someone discovers you among themselves, like if you ran into the job at a mall or something, then you're face to face with the job that you should recite the IRC opening I also spoke to his face. That's how like this now connected these two subjects are. So what I'm going to give you first is going to feel like it's completely disconnected. These are the thoughts of a remarkable Indian scholar once again, Managua has been

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profoundly insightful historian and

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proportion of the person who wrote this insight about about the British Empire, actually in the progression of the British Empire at the time that this is under colonial rule, of course, when he wrote this, so I'm going to share with you some of his insights and add to it, some of my own thoughts, and some other words, jumbled together. But we'll start with a brief overview of Christian history. You know, after I decided

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there is actually the Romans were a polytheist people. So they believed in multiple gods, they had a lot of mythologies going on. As a matter of fact, right before the holidays. Augustus Caesar was also called the Son of God, if you didn't know, he was also called the Son of God. at his funeral, they had two funeral services, one of him as a human being and another image of God. Okay, so this idea of men and God being mixed together was already kind of in place in the Roman Empire, as a matter of fact, a branch of Judaism that was in under the Roman Empire, some factions of them actually also had the convoluted ideas about men and Gods venturing into God regard turning into

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men, they already had this even abundant some aspects of some elements of the Jews that were living under the Roman Empire, I'm gonna fast forward, this is not even the high school, this is the elementary school version of Christian history. Okay, so you move fast forward, all these African countries have, of course, the movement is dispersed, those who believed in him as a messenger of Allah, those who believed in him as a son of God, or God, Himself, etc, all these different groups existed. And they were dispersed along with the Roman religions, of all kinds of mythologies, where the kings were divine, okay, and this conflict of different philosophies and different ideologies,

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it actually existed in red for a couple of 100 years, until finally, the king officially decided to convert to Christianity himself. So Constantine actually decides, you know, what, we need to end all of this from this conflict, we need to just accept one official state religion, and that became Christianity, the Paul's version of Christianity. Now, this was important for political reasons, the political reasons were before that Romans themselves were children of gods. And so their political legitimacy is the fact that they have they cannot be questioned, because they are divine in nature. But now, if Paul is offering you a religious alternative, which is Jesus is, you know, one at one in

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three, and three in one and all of that, and we'll look at some of the elements of that creed. But also, if you accept this religion, then the king is actually blessed by the church. The king is blessed by the church. So the Romans who were themselves gods, at one point, say, well, either way, if we are Gods ourselves, or we're blessed by God, our political stability is still secure. So it's not a bad option. Plus, it will get rid of all the internal debates within the within the kingdom. So they officially adopt, you know, Christian knows, that is Paul isn't really the Paul brand of Christianity. And I want to tell you some aspects of Paul's random Christianity, those of you that

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are taking notes as we take these brief notes, so that we can build this conversation when we get into sort of, Okay, the first element of it is he nullified the loss. So he says that, you know, the entire incident came and he was supposed to be confirming the idea given to Busan, Busan was given a lot was given halala was given five, you know, multiple prayers, not five, but was given multiple prayers was given dietary restrictions and all of these things. But the Pauline doctrine said, No, actually, we used to obey God, by the law in order to purify ourselves. But now the blood of Jesus has already purified us. So we don't need the law anymore. You understand. So it was a replacement,

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the blood of Jesus became a replacement for God's love. By the way, listen, we still believe that the acts of God purify us.

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So our second purifies our wells are somehow purifies our now our will move to the kinds of physical and spiritual purification, how does a purification of our sin, so actually, we still hold the original teachings or the luggages. And that is that the other half of our worship, activities to a left are a form of self purification. We believe that for anybody, that's the first thing he eliminated, belong, the second thing he eliminated was he replaced the oneness of God with the Trinity was when one became three and three became one. Now these two points are important because in the first point what to be eliminated,

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eliminated law, which means religion was severed from practice, you don't have to practice anything specific to be religious, you understand? So the relationship between a man and a woman was cut is very intelligent. The second was one is three and three is one which is against what? What is that against?

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So religion has nothing to do with the intellect. It's a mystery. Faith is a mystery. So faith has no there's no room for rational, rational thinking within the the fact that you accept face is that you've accepted a mystery. And that is why To this day, if you talk to a staunch Christian

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in Michigan, we got lots of those in Texas.

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But you talk to every conversation about pace. At the end of it all, what are you going to say armies is beautiful, not because I can tell you why three in one in one entity makes sense? But because it's a mystery, isn't it beautiful? This is the mystery itself. So beautiful. like they've held on to that idea, okay, so you cannot bring reason or intelligence, logic or rational thinking into the discourse on religious beliefs. So when they separated it from action to they separate it from thinking, right, so now the two things that you need are out. The third, of course, is that Jesus, the idea of Kabbalah. Now, basically, you have already saved if you accept this religion,

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then consider yourself safe, because who's already paid for your sin? Jesus has sacrificed and paid for your sins, of course, reincarnation, that you know, now that they could introduce these ideas, by the way, human nature, when you do something wrong, should you be held responsible? Yes, when someone does something wrong to you, should they be held responsible? Yes, it's a natural reason. This is not some philosophical thing. It's common sense. But now that he officially removed the role of rational thinking from religion, he could introduce these policies, he could introduce these aspects of, of the religious creed, right? And so reincarnation, that God actually turned into a

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human being in order to humble himself before human beings, and decided to give himself a merciless death, just so you can pay for the sins of human beings. This idea which you cannot make any sense, was also contributed, and you have to accept it. And then finally, the final piece is expanded the religion the message of Islam, by the way, the Bible itself says, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel that still found in the Bible today, you know, unless, you know, in Neil's little buggy, illogical Japanese, in your body, in a combined echoes that idea, I am the messenger of Allah sent to you, the Israelites. That's what he thinks I'm where Jesus says, But Paul says, No,

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this message is for all humanity. This was also important because an empire by definition was an empire expanding an empire gains more territory and takes over more people. And if you're going to have a state religion, that sanctions your government, we need an international religion, you need something that can incorporate more people. And so even if the Bible says that it's for the Israelites, that Jesus came, that doesn't matter anymore. And so now, by the way, now, a few policies, these are interesting policies. The first policy, anybody who disagrees with the church,

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or its interpretation will be expelled from the Church and will be cursed and will not be given a very little course All right. So if you disagree with the authority that you are facing, now, now that you introduce this dogma,

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you know, this is normal that can make sense the new policy is what is true and what is false is decided not by you, but by the church. Okay, then religion, or denying the rituals of the church, or basically you leaving the religion, it's an act of treason, basically. So you can leave this, if it doesn't make sense to you keep your mouth shut. Now, we have to instill these policies for the internal population. But by that time, there were a lot of Greek philosophers in the Roman Empire, and philosophers love logic. And if you bring Pauline doctrine for philosophers, they're gonna rip you apart. So he came up with another policy, and that was all Greeks have to be expelled all Greek

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philosophers, logicians, their books have to be burned down, they all have to be expelled from this from the Empire. Okay, so he's expelling all the logicians, and he is imposing this idea that anybody who disagrees is basically a carpenter

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inside the Empire, okay. Now, this happens. And it stays there for a long time, I'm going to fast forward through history now post Islam, and eventually there are there, those Greeks that were reading from the Roman Empire, guess where they ended up a couple of centuries later, they actually ended up in the Muslim world. And the word books that were lost were translated or re brought back into Arabic. And they're they flourished under Muslim rule, they flourished. And eventually, a few centuries later, these same Greek philosophers started trickling into Italy, in France. And from there, this literature, philosophical literature, this Greek literature that used to be the

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Renaissance, what used to be the legacy of Europe comes back to Europe, almost like 800 900 years later. And when it comes back, there's this resurgence of philosophy and dismiss resistance against the church's doctrine. And there you get the French Revolution. You guys learned about that in high school? Yes. Okay. Now, why am I telling you all of this, because once the revolution happens,

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which is a big discussion, I'm going to reduce it to just a couple of things that help us get to the sooner once that revolution happens, and the church is now no longer in a position of power in Europe. They now want to come up with a kind of worldviews. The Europeans now want to come up with a worldview that basically keeps the church from ever coming to power again, because when it came to power, it was one of the most oppressive, you know,

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inhumane regimes that the world had ever seen. They don't want religion in power ever again, in the European mind, religion, if religion spreads, what spreads with it oppression spreads. So there was this strange like strong allergy to the spread of religion in Europe. So if you go to, for example, Switzerland today, I've been there recently, if you've been to Switzerland, they're a very conservative society, okay. So they don't like change at all the same kind of chocolate. They have the same kind of house as the Swiss watch. If you name it, everything is the same. They want to keep everything the same. The tram and you name it, right. They don't know how interesting. You heard

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about that. When they were against the loss of interest and not against the interests they just against change, man. When you go there, you find out when you go there, you realize they need to damage they need to German, they need to stay there like anybody

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else think she's neutral.

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I had the funniest incident.

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Tangent time.

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I was only there for 24 hours, right? I landed in the airport, the MSA kids pick me up and we're in this trauma thing. That's taking us down to the hotel where I'm staying. And a drunk guy walks into the carpet. And I'm sitting there and he looks at me and he starts speaking German. And I.

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the MMA kids translate for me. Jobs for Germans. He translates For me it is He says, Where are you from? by all the Texas he goes, Oh, cowboy.

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So then he would tell me, you know, are you Muslim?

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Yes, he goes, and he says, God, can you stand up straight? He goes, please don't do a terrorist attack in my country.

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I look at it. And I say Excuse me, sir. Not all Texans are terrorists.

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But the reason I tell you this church bells ring in Switzerland, church, Catholic Church goes rings to the scenes. It's a nobody who's the church, dude. They're not the majority of people. They're not religious people at all. But they have this tradition. You want to keep the church away. While it looks cool. We're just going to use it.

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So what is now left of that religion, it's just this empty kind of remnant. If you go to Europe, you're going to England, Muslims are crazy religious in England. I think they're the only religious people in England is England, the British are not religious. Nobody goes to church. You know, nobody goes to church. They have mathematical churches, they're just terrific pictures. That's all they do.

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You know, but now as a result of this reaction against religion altogether, they were as, like a flurry of philosophies in Europe. You know, scientists were philosophers. And, you know, thinkers were philosophers. And they were all writing all different kinds of philosophies. There was this explosion of philosophical literature in in Europe for a couple of centuries since the revolution, industrial explosion is still continuing. But there's one common thread among all of those philosophies, and I want to share the common threads with you before we start. Okay, what is the common thread across all the different kinds of isms, whether it's materialism, agnosticism, whether

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it's Darwinism, whether any ism that came out, you know, whether it's logical positivism, whether it's, you know, national naturalism, any of these isms, they have three things, maybe four that they all share. So let me tell you what they are. Number one, before this revolution, the focus of society was gone.

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So what did we explore? We explored God, we thought about God, we talked about God. Now, the focus should be the universe, we should study and explore the universe.

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We don't know if there is a God or not. If you want to believe there's a God, you're welcome to. You don't want to believe a god? Who cares? What we can tell you for sure is there is this massive universe and physical world, we should study that and explore its benefits. And by the way, when we started exploring the physical universe as a result of that revolution, was there an industrial and scientific revolution in Europe? Did they see the results of that exploration? Immediately? They started advancing scientifically like never before. Actually, a lot of the advances we enjoyed now are a result of that revolution, you understand? So they started seeing the benefits of exploring

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the physical universe. So if you see the benefit in something, do you stop? Are you going further? You go even further and you say, well, what's the point of studying religion or God? I don't know what has produced it. I don't know what that produced for the last 1000 years, but studying science that's producing amazing things. So let's switch focus and

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Little bit. And that first switch was so powerful that to this day in the Muslim world, somewhere in like Mecca, or somewhere in Lahore, or here, there's a kid who's going to University of Michigan and says, Hey, I think I'm going to switch my major to history

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are going to study Islam for a year, or want to memorize the art and their parents say, what are you going to do with that?

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should be the medical,

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we should do at least to engineering.

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Do the stupid stuff later. That's your real job.

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In other words, what will give you tangible benefits is the study of the physical universe will physically give you benefits, that is real, everything else is whatever, you know, and that's how powerful is became global and actually even affects Muslims today. Okay, so for a lot of your families, the study of religion means that you are you've decided to become a user and a social outcast. That's what it means. Okay.

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Your son's going to study over overseas, I'm sorry, in that in that he was.

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So much potential

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kind of penology one.

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But it's okay.

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Okay, so that's the first, the second switch that happened was looking, we've been talking about the soul and saving the soul, spirituality. I don't know what that's produced. But we should actually study the physical body. Forget studying the soul, let's study the body. Look, we may have a soul inside, we may not have it all the time, I can't see it. What I can see is there's a bunch of organs, I have no need to study them and understand nutrition, understand medication, understand physiology. And they did and when they did, were there more advances made in medical sciences in Europe and ever before in human history. Absolutely. So did that further, it's still furthering

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today. It's still going on today. So God got replaced for all practical purposes with the universe, and the soul not replaced with what the the third replacement was the oldest talk about salvation, and heaven and hell, the next slide, okay, I don't know if there's a next slide or not. But I you know, we are in this life, right? Now, let's figure out how to make this life better. Let's understand urban development. Let's understand city infrastructure. Let's study sociology, and political science. Let's understand these things. So we can build a better society around us a better life here. And now. So instead of a focus on what the greatness of the next life is going to

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be, let's take this like, Great. Let's make this slide and its infrastructure. And this is civilization. Great. Let's do that. And they did. And then that leads and benefits. Absolutely. Absolutely. And they export in these in these discoveries and these thoughts and these ideas, the world over, right.

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Three switches so far, you tell me so I know you're keeping up? What was the first replacement

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God to the universe, the second, the soul of the body, the third,

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the afterlife to

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this life, this life? And so a lot of the sciences that you study in reputable universities today represent one of those crutches. Yes, so you're studying either the physical sciences in accordance with the first replacement, or you're studying the biological sciences in accordance with the second replacement, or you're studying some of the humanities like you know, psychology, so on adding psychological sociology, anthropology, political science, public affairs, in the city development, international relations, economics, what is that the life here the life here for human beings? Have you improved that? Now the fourth replacement in though in a religiously dominant society, there is

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a standard worldview and the standard morality you can call it? Here's what is right. Here's what is wrong. What is right is what will help your soul what is right is what will violate your soul. What is right is what God likes. What is wrong is what God doesn't like. What is right is what will help your afterlife what is wrong is what will ruin your afterlife. But the first three, what became irrelevant.

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God became another way. What else became irrelevant? The soul what else became irrelevant? the afterlife fits all of those three are irrelevant, a morality that focuses on those three, because think about it from a stance perspective, not even the Christian perspective. Why did we stay away from that?

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We still want to hold on because a lot of the ones do. So God because it will, it will it will cause a spiritual damage. We're trying to save our soul. And because we want to be not in trouble on the day of judgment because of our afterlife. Yes, these are the motivations to stay away from them. That's our moral view is dictated by these three things. When those three things became irrelevant, then what you get is well, we don't need to have a morality based on that morality can be subjective. So if we make more developments in

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In the world, and our worldview enhances, and we make more and more discoveries, then we should be able to change what is right and wrong over time, morality became subjective. For all practical purposes in Europe, morality, the definition of right and wrong became protected. A bunch of college students are here, you guys know when you took your philosophy, one, one course, the point of it was morality is subjective.

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The point of it was there is no clear cut right and wrong and understand, there's no proper a clear cut right and wrong suggestion. It does. It's not a very good like, this is right, this is wrong, right. But this is not this is not the worldview that we live in. Now, keep all of this in mind. Let's, let's backtrack a little bit.

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When you looked at the Hadees, in which the Prophet said in

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our in our line,

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Allah is not one it

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was not one. And the other one is, and he says, shocks when he is a person, we believe he's a person who can give a physical description, but there has to be some wisdom by locals in one night. And here's how he explained that wisdom, stay with me, I think you'll appreciate this.

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I was given two kinds of knowledge.

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And I was given two kinds of knowledge and

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lessons one

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of them the names of all things here is a reference to physical things. Here is, for example, this is a tree, the subsurface is a rock, this is the ocean, this is all the sciences that you're studying. At the end of the day, don't they boil down to definition, terminology.

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And you can only progress in your science if you know fundamental definition, and build upon those definitions, or more advanced definitions, and build upon those are more advanced information, all of your concepts are only organized with your mind through definition. And all of that process of the development of sciences. And each high is having its own Dictionary of definitions started with an operating system, when a monk taught him the names of things, in other words of life, saying Allah gave them the potential to acquire incredible worldly knowledge. All of what we're learning today is an extension of the names or the most top you will meet. So in other words, Allah gave us

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the ability to acquire worldly knowledge, worldly knowledge, that's one. In the same passage, he says, What is the meaning mini more than

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ever guidance comes to you from me that whoever follows it, there's not going to be any fear on them, and they're not going to be grieving. In other words, another kind of knowledge can only come from Allah. So there's physical knowledge that others given, you can explore the world and he can learn more, and they can build on the previous learning and bull builds more and build more. That's what we do, right? We take previous discovery and further in, and take the next step and take the next step and take the next step. So that's one kind of knowledge. You can say acquired knowledge, that's the easy term to remember, acquires knowledge. And on the other hand, there's another kind of

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knowledge called what revealed knowledge to the Muslim reality is actually based on an observation of both of the

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reality is you have a good understanding of acquired knowledge. And you also have a good understanding of revealed knowledge to the loosen, these are inseparable, because their sources who their sources of law it's not that religious knowledge is from a lot and acquired knowledge is not from luck. As a matter of fact, the suggestion in the Quran is all scientific discovery is an extension.

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So that's also from a month, which is why the physical universe is also called ayah.

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And the revealed revelation is also called ion they're not they're not two different things. They're part of the same guidance. You have to understand the physical world around you. And you have to understand the revelation. As a matter of fact, our evolution forces US forces us to study the physical universe.

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out of the gate, you know, a little cave

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don't you go around in the land and take a look yourselves how creation began. origins of life, go study.

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Go study the vertical, study the capital, go study the ocean, go study the bottom of the ocean, look at the different kinds of turtles,

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yourself almost forcing us to explore the physical universe in his body. Now, here's how we put it. There is one ayah Allah gave us to see the world in light of Revelation. The other eye, Allah gave us to see the world in its physical sense. So everything around us has a physical reality and a spiritual reality. This is the next point I'm trying to make now. Everything around us has a physical reality and a spiritual reality. Let me give you two or three examples.

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At this point, clearly, what you see right now, me standing here, my physical reality is this person with these clothes on this physical appearance, what is my spiritual reality?

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What is my spiritual reality? The inside me, the unabomber gave me the image I may have all of that is can you see that enough? No. So there's a reality to be that you can see. And there's a reality to be that you cannot see you with me. Similarly, I'll give you another example, talks about the tree

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talks about the tree, the physical reality of a tree is that it is it has roots, it has a bark, it has fruits, etc, etc. That's a tree. But the spiritual reality of a tree is that Allah is comparing this and his guidance that is deeply rooted inside of your heart of Suharto because for her to her, has some meaning every tree is an expression of your own face. It's a spiritual reminder, a tree is actually a spiritual reminder, every blade of grass is supposed to be a reminder of judgment days, because it's a it's an expression of life coming from death, the earth was dead, and then rain came and light came out just like that we're gonna be dead and reach a level the tendons come in and life

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will come out we will come out alive. Right? So there's a spiritual reality to grasp. There's a spiritual reality to a tree. There's a spiritual reality to myself. But what you see with your physical eyes is why only the physical reality he

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argues that a love perhaps calls the john one eye because he only sees things through one reality, one one eye, which is

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the physical, and he completely denies the role of reveal. He rejects it, that doesn't exist. If you study all about the job, you're going to find that he is only interested in the physical world and its beautification, I came up with a summary of the Johnsons, you know.

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Now with that in mind, come to the ion, the prophet said that these ions will protect us from the thickness of the jungle, and humbling that all praise and gratitude belongs to Allah who sent the book down upon his slave when the agenda and did not allow in any possibility of deviation, morality in the modern world will deviate yes or no standards will change yes or no. And the less I the less hundreds I sent a book that will never change that will never occur that will never succumb to pressure that will never look at political polls and say, Well, this used to be wrong. But now we moved on from that it's right now for undisclosed state politically incorrect, and stay straight and

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say no, it's still wrong. Doesn't matter who says what, it's still wrong. And that was a human, and it stands upright, the book will not only be free of deviation, it fixes others around it has given the safe community that the movement is perfect in and of itself. Its moral code is unchanged, in and of itself. And whoever holds on to it, it will set them straight to it will fix them up to this is a human Leone beloved century. So it can warn about an intense war that is coming, especially from a lobby it's a war like no other war ever before. Or it means this is a special warning and it only comes from the love. Now listen to the word but some of us who said this, but here means allies

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worrying about the outcome.

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But other than that, aren't you so the word bucks in the Quran the entire primer on using the word bucks in the meaning of war or physical something happening in this world? Is the associated with terrible wars? He is why would you not look at it that

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Allah is going to give warning of a terrible war that's coming at a clash that will come as a result of someone who forces the world to look at the entire reality with one eye. And only a few people stand and say no, we have to keep both eyes open that will create a conflict. And it will be a horrible war in which the right will be demonized. And the wrong will be glorified. All of our perceptions are going to be changed. Does this sound familiar at all? This is ringabel. So what's happening today at all, you know, and those who believe those who hold on to the right to be whatever, they will be weird, outdated, like the people of the cave who don't fit 300 years later.

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By accident that story is here. It's coming. You know, so it's gonna warn of a terrible calamity that will come and then he says, Well, you wish you believe that you will give good news to the believers. Oh, thank god, there's good news to the john. oral examination.

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What I

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things are bad. There's good news. I think we're gonna win. No, he says

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congratulations to those who do good deeds among the believers, because they're gonna have a good reward. The good reward, we're gonna win, you know, lucky enough to stay unlimited forever. What do you live in forever? What's the reward you live in forever? What is that? JOHN, that is incredible, but also told us about a war. And right after the war, he said Congratulations. Congratulations on making congratulations. We're gonna win. He said

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No, actually you should learn to have expectations. Because if you Muslims only have expectations of victory in this dunya that means you are what

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that means you're one.

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You see the contrast here?

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If you brought this up, because when you ask the Muslim today, what does victory mean?

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They will give you a one line answer.

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They will give you an answer that has to do with physical domination. Absolutely.

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I mean, we've been impacted.

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Allah says congratulate believers only accept more than the outcome, the conflict will get worse and worse and worse. And you might feel more and more and more powerless. But that's okay. You're still going to be in permanent rewards.

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on giving us new definitions, man.

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We don't even know. I keep saying we're distant from fraud. This is why we don't even derive our wisdom, our philosophy or worldview from the fraud, you noticed by her means in Arabic violins dominant, y means dominant, if you have someone this group became dominant, what are they? How are they going to define that? What are they going to think?

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They will they want? They want? Yes, they took over, this group became dominant over that group means this group held their government annihilated the enemy took over, you know, the castle, whatever it is, this is domination. Look into the facade.

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He says,

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Allah aided the followers of an ISA,

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against their enemies, the followers on boo,

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He aided them against their enemies. So they became dominant

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by Hillary, and if you study Christian history, and the original followers of Apollo 13, did not become physically dominant, they were annihilated, but to a lot of their dominance

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is giving us a different definition, study history. Tell me what that means. Tell me what it means of Tacoma.

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We have a materialistic view of the revival of

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materialistic, we want to see something physical,

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and a live thing, you're focused on the wrong thing. You need to focus on doing the good good things and expecting a reward from a love. What will happen in the physical world is opera to have buena O'Hara.

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It's secondary, it's secondary, secondary, he keeps saying it's secondary. Let me give you another one. Before I go on, just on this point. What does victory mean?

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What does it mean? When you say this group is victorious over that group? Don't you still against the domination? Right? The profits on the left it goes to Makkah. He's not allowed to be coach.

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He's got an entire tribe of people within

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his to go back. Oh, and he has to sign a treaty where every single clause is against Muslim. Every single clause is against Muslims. And yes, he signs his treaty. And

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when you sign them

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up, it's in the lower side.

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And then not only does he signed a treaty, now he says to the Sahaba, they have walked from Medina to MacArthur because he says to them, why don't you take your, you know, your own pub and shave your head? Let's go back home.

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Guys, if you got a ticket to Hutch, and you flew, and you landed in Georgia, and then in the passport office, they told you go back.

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What would you do?

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Or better yet, you put your Chrome on? You started saying the beta.

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And then they said go back? You can come here. So are you going to lose it?

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There are

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countless of us standing there young men with ready to go. And the Robin says life. Let's go back. Is that easy to control that kind of.

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They don't take their trauma. They don't take it off.

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this the first time they disobey Him collectively. The only time they disobey Him collectively. He walks in as the mother of the believers, what should I do? They didn't listen. She says take yours off. He takes his off, they take theirs off and the ayah comes down. We have given you the ultimate victory.

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In a

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I thought victory was one defeat.

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When we take over the Kaaba, when we destroy the idols when we have to physically plant the flag of Islam that is victory. No, not according to Allah. The strongest victory is when the Sahaba listened and obeyed and demonstrated the man who is at the end of the second edition he could have our words but

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that's literally just for under definition of victory. You tell me people who are crying and screaming in the name of Islam. They have

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Definition of victory.

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have a certain sort of God, you have become basically you become materialistic, even in the way you think about Islam, even in the way you think about victory, you're now looking at how wise thinking the subject, not looking at it, Mark is

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that is looking at the perfection of a musket. Well, you wouldn't have enough to have a monk or whatever. And he came to warn those who said Allah has taken assignment who has taken us

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Christians who develop that creed, who did impose this oppressive religious theocracy in Europe, who then was violated who was revolted against in Europe as a result of which there was a lord against our own religion. And as a result of which God and the soul in the afterlife were made irrelevant and the physical universe in the body you know, and this life was the the most important thing for the world to focus on. This entire world of materialism came about as an adverse reaction to those who said Allah has taken us on the giant is the ultimate manifestation of materialism and materialism was recently blanketed over the world as a result of the the the oppression done by the

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Christians in Europe. A lesson is to warn those allies because they have no idea I don't even

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know their ancestors have any idea couple of Kadima tanzaku inequality and how big the words are that come out of their mouths

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can even

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charge him I am baffled that these words he says they say nothing but alive perhaps you are going to kill yourself in greed the Prophet is being told you might stress so much over what they're gonna do over what I study him over there ruin you know what I thought our our when destruction comes through a town and you have ruins left in their wake. But you pass by and broken buildings and crack roads. Those are our allies seeing here. This creative there's the damage that it will leave in its league is horrifying. And if the Brahmin even thinks about it, it almost killed them. And look at the weight of the destruction of that creed in the world.

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You know the reaction the adverse reaction against religion in Europe against Christianity in Europe was not no longer limited to Christianity. We all religions can jump on together with it. So this became a war against all religions. We are beyond religion and religion is backwards. It sounds sophisticated. It is inhumane. It is the reason for our conflict. Humanity needs to move on. People that are religious are fanatical. They're crazy. They can't be trusted. They need to be brought to modern society.

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he you know, he says for the undercover

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if he didn't believe in this speech, or grief, it might kill you. Now look what is the gentleman who

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followed his powers? Anybody know when he was powers?

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Anybody any

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can we bring back to life? What else?

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Cause the rain?

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Just a river river that

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river like nah, yeah.

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These are pretty amazing powers. Are they? Let me tell you something. The job can travel all over the world in like a day. Whoa, wait, that's not

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the job can cut someone in happened. Something that

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happened? No, no. What happened?

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The dog can speak and the whole broken was in

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no way.

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Just means he's on YouTube.

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What's the harm or hurt?

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When we hear with a joke into what do we go

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have a vehicle the wingspan of which is 14 years old.

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In other words, what was so unbelievable to learn is so normal not

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so long. So very normal guy. By the way, he's gonna be able to make artificial rain and irrigate places that have never been irrigated before. Oh, let's see.

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What is the next time I see it nirjala had an ugly

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person we made this world. Everything in it.

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Read it as a beautification of it. When will the world be more beautiful than ever before? Under the jealousy?

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And why? And so we can test them, what is the greatest test ever to come to humanity and see how everything's tied together.

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So we can see who does the best, who extroverts.

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Now, I'm not telling you the job is here.

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I'm telling you, the fitna that surrounds me is very much.

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So it's not a big deal.

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And the only thing we can do, there's two kinds of reactions to this kind of thing. One thing is people become conspiracy theories.

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I think the job is in New Jersey.

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This guy saw Pirates of the Caribbean. And I'm thinking because I met people that are like really obsessed with the one I think

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we can see what I like the minions from Despicable Me.

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Or your your your webcam is the Joker

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or Sherlock Holmes is the

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one is paid to the dollar bills.

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So you can go that way, that road, or you can understand what I want you to do when that happens. One of the worst trials happen and that you are going to be tested to do what to discover to figure out who knows.

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Allow me this world intensely beautiful. So you can test them, test them for what are you home, as someone

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who is going to do better? When it comes to just doing work? Do good stuff, do good stuff. Don't get overwhelmed when the profits thing? I suppose. If you see the job, and you're in the middle of planting a tree, what do you do?

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Okay, this guy is going to destroy nations, he's going to tear down the villages, hundreds of 1000s of people are going to die. What's the point of a tree?

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Not doing it.

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Do it, you will not see about you, you will not see a physical value in it from this lifetime.

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But from the eyes of faith, it's a good deal, you should do it.

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Listen to me carefully focus.

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When you say that the Muslim world is overloaded with problems. Our political problems keep getting worse and worse and worse. The extremism in the Muslim world keeps getting worse and worse and worse.

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Our ignorance keeps getting worse and worse and worse. economic situations don't seem to be getting any better. Our political leaders keep getting more and more corrupt.

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The innocent and the sellers keep getting killed, things are just worse everywhere. As a matter of fact, even when you travel to a community and you talk to people how much they now humbly line Oh, we don't have anything going on. And we have a fight and board and the

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and problems problems problems probably isn't that depressing, isn't it? Because you're not looking at it with the right eye. It is when things are at their worst, that a low rate of the best generation

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the generation that the Prophet would be told the Sahaba should look up to.

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So maybe the fact that you are living in the darkest of time means that the lessons you can be the strongest source of light.

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A lot of things you use were born for this time. That's one less decision, which means you have something significant to offer the world you know something so you have some serious trees to plant.

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And you have to not get overwhelmed with the news around you. Even if the job is tapping you on the shoulder of the homeowner planting a tree

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here's what you gotta do.

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You gotta focus in all of the conversations people have people call me and say why do you teach Arabic there's so many problems in the oma

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let me find my tree bro.

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We don't even have

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a school yet.

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It's something good. You should do it. You understand people undervalue the under undermine the value of these because it's not the victory that they're hoping for now realizing what they're hoping for in and of itself is materialism.

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And the fact that they don't see value in the good that you're doing on a community level with one person, one person helping another learn prayer at the NSA is more valuable to Allah than some government being overthrown. You won't even realize

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because you're looking at it from a materialistic lens, you need to stop doing that for yourself.

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That's the message of this. This will be a time where we where we are not going to realize the worth of our good deeds, and we're going to leave them because we think they're worthless because no change is coming. When you start expecting change. That means you want change in this world.

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You're not looking for Halloween merch if you know the other than that's what that means. Guys.

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Wake up,

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wake up. I start my rant was about connecting with this is what I meant. I don't mean you study a bunch of confused and you can put a bunch of Arabic, I don't mean that we need to start thinking the way along wants us to think our master has given us clarity has given us so much clarity. We're not giving him a chance Ron doesn't complain

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Why don't you teach?

01:40:39--> 01:41:17

To teach? Why don't you learn? Why don't you study? Why don't you research? Why don't you memorize he doesn't, he doesn't find a doctor, you want to think when you think Allah wants you to think a certain way. If we can develop we can be able to spread the word on because when you spread the word around properly, people will learn to think again. We're not thinking anymore. We have people have lots of knowledge. And weight knowledge is a good word. They have a lot of information, but they don't know how to think they can quote so much stuff, but they can't think it's crazy. We have to return to the fundamentals of reflection and thinking pondering into the bond to Dublin under number

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one, this is the last bit I want to share with you.

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And what a beautiful, magnificent book album under the novel in a car that we have sent down as a gift to do and doesn't mean noodles in Arabic, is when you give a snack to a guest that comes over to your house. This is how many

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that is usually

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when you go to like a house and they give you some dried fruit or they give you like m&ms are something before the actual meal. That's called losers.

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The guest who comes to your house is called him as he

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is called him as you know why it's called an interview conducted with him used to write on a camel to come over to your house or a horse and they would descend from him. The one who descends onto your home is a guest isn't this easy. And then he sits down and you descend the food onto him. You put the noodles in front of him. Allah says Angelina, not not Amina and Kitab, an uncommon unzoned novel, a book that we sent down as a gift guests into the festival who love

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this book is a guest in his heart because it lives in Qatar.

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But it's been given to him as this president in his heart. You see, less making us think of the Quran as a gift. And then he says it's a guess it's a guest or a gift that keeps growing beyond expectation. The more you study, the more wisdom comes out. And just because just when you think you learned enough wisdom, you study the same thing you can and more wisdom comes out more insight comes out more inspiration comes out more motivation comes out. And it doesn't run out. It keeps on giving because it is move on ongoing roboticle means focus on

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your ticker XL, XL, xL xL, it will give you more and more and more and more just what you think you have exhausted before it is mobarak. Again, it gives you more, there's more to be added as people said whatever needs to be pulled out of the bronze article pulled out do a lot of

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robotic it gives you more and more and more. Why does Allah keep keep giving you more leads.

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So they can reflect deeply into his

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life giving you the promise that they will give you more motivated you and therefore said now it's time for you to reflect and think because when you engage this book with reflection and thought it will give you what he has done.

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And so that people that truly have pure minds can make an effort to remember his lessons. I leave you with this meaning of

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three please. If nothing else, think about what

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I don't want to

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I don't know what the announcements are gonna be listened to.

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I gave him such a hard time.

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I'll tell you a funny climbing story.

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It's a pretty epic story. I was in England. And I went to an Islamic school graduation. Yeah.

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We've got these kids retaining machines, this little girl

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and she comes up there

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and she's so brave and there's like 1000 people in the audience and nobody claps and nobody deserves one night

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and I'm sitting here with chemo.

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And I said, professional

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and English No, but it's rather stupid.

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I'm in the wrong country.

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So I got up on stage. Oh, by the way, for that little girl, we're all going to give her a huge round of applause. And they all did additional awkward looking around like,

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but anyway, I was gonna conclude

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how do you do you started internalizing

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how you know that started to happen. But nothing has started to happen when you look at the world around you, and look at your own experiences. And you can look at them not with one I was with.

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Can you start looking

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like today, I met a today I missed my flight in the morning. Then my second flight was delayed. Then my third flight I couldn't get on because you didn't have enough for one step. By then I had to. I was in LaGuardia. But I decided to buy a ticket to get here from Newark, New Jersey. So I took a cab to Jersey, which is not fun, for two reasons from New York. And that's because it's New Jersey.

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When I got to Jersey, of the academy that I found from LaGuardia was this young lady from Tajikistan,

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I could tell her the thing is a Muslim, right. And you know, is listening to whatever z 100 or whatever in the art and it was in the songs or whatever, then we broke the camera down, we start talking, you know, I say I suddenly got this Patrick friend. And he said, Yeah.

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My students are being taught in America at Jeremy, we start talking. And this kid, you know, he's just he could tell he wants to talk.

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So we can always and I have figured out some because my flight was at 430. So I don't know, I made some calls. And somebody said, Why don't you come to our mission for the bus I did. So I drove this kid, instead of the airport, I drove into the machine.

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Right? And then I'm giving him I give him a big tip. And as I'm giving him a ticket to Hey, bro, once you kind of pray

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and you haven't prayed for a long time,

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and I realized, I missed

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I can't believe and I moved to Jersey. So this could be

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this, it could be tomorrow.

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Not in New York, we live in New Jersey,

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you know.

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So what I'm trying to tell you is when you start looking at things differently, you won't look at them with what I have to look at them. There's some depth and meaning to every experience. There's depth and purpose and everything, every class you take.

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Every friend you have any problem you have something or something good is coming from it. Some guidance is coming from an employee comes in, is it because you're looking at world

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I'm calling

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with eyes open. So I pray that's what happens when you connect with is wonderful.

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And only 10 minutes, I just I want to make a quick plug

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in that is that if those of you who are not familiar, my efforts, my best efforts and actually cannot travel, this was actually only an excuse, because I was going to get a chance to travel with my girls with my wife stole that party because I missed flights. So she's here from Good luck. But

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what I try not to win, I try not to travel. And that's because I'm focused on the work I'm trying to do in Dallas, because I think that's a longer term benefit to all of you, those of you that seek to get any benefit from the work I'm doing. And I think it's far more beneficial that I don't travel and I focus on what I'm trying to do in Texas. But I'll tell you a little bit of what I'm doing in Texas and how it's going to affect you in the next couple of years. And

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the first there are two things I'm focused on, there are two seeds that I'm focused on planting. One of them is a spread of the Arabic language. And the second of them is a spreading of the awareness of the neurons and appreciation. Those are the two things I'm concerned with. There are other valid concerns. They're just not what I'm good at. So I'm just going to focus on two things.

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So as far as the Arabic is concerned,

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what is relevant to you guys two things. There's a curricular project which is basically our our own Khan Academy, video based learning of Quranic Arabic, that is being a curriculum for that is being developed. It's actually two thirds already developed. It's being tested in the schools in Texas at the moment. And when it's done, it's going to be replicated to meet at least 1500 schools across the world and Telangana, I'm trying to create a standard for chronic Arabic learning across the Muslim world, including the United States. There's 1800 Islamic schools in the United States, not to mention the several 100 in Canada, not to mention Australia and Europe, but we're talking about the

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entire Muslim world.

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Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh everywhere. English medium schools are looking for an Arabic curriculum, they don't have one and convenient to synchronize. So that's one effort that's already underway. And within a year, inshallah, you're going to see some of that to your community. The second effort child lab, which I'm really excited to talk about is the access program, I want to be, there are some things I want to be proud of. and pride is a bad thing personally. But pride is also a good thing. In Islam, we're proud of Islam,

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we're proud of doing something that's valuable for a liability, and we take pride in being able to serve. So one thing I really want to be proud of is I want to be the head of the first institution that produces American, Muslim female teachers.

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starts off with chronic Arabic, I have a couple of teachers already prepared locally, in Dallas. This is called the Access Program, the idea of it is female teachers that can certified and learning after learning, teaching for onic Arabic in their own local communities, on behalf of the certified teachers through the access program is called the Access Program, because the point of it is, every community should have access to bionic Arabic. That's the point, right? So these female teachers are under training, the big training of the major training event that's actually happening is happening in Malaysia. Next summer, we're going to do that in Kuala Lumpur. And after that, I hope to take

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anybody who studied Arabic anywhere, train them in our curriculum, so they can launch brain access programs in their local community. So the women empowering women and child on Karla Not to mention them. And then we learned that, you know, when they learn to teach the whole family, that is the case, and they don't let them go to sleep until they learn and we learn stuff, and we don't even know what we learned. And then if you ask us, we don't remember her.

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So it's actually four brothers and four sisters. But I'm really excited about the sisters, being, you know, taking charge of their own programming child that they're interested in finding out more. Look up the access program on our website.

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And finally, what I'm excited about that I want to share with you is that I am, I realized that there's humbler, the lecture thing will go on. And that's good. There's lots of great lectures available now. Not so great ones, by myself and many other scholars, I need some amazing reading work that we can get YouTube podcasts, all this sort of stuff, right. But one of the areas that's still missing is discussion, like we don't have discussion. So humbled avena was able to purchase a building in Dallas, we've already bought it, it's about 50,000 square feet, and we're doing renovations, or the money we needed to raise for the renovations has already been raised.

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By June of the coming year, the renovations should be complete, and it will have a complete TV studio in there. So we're actually going to be doing talk shows and discussions and, you know, panel panel conversations with different types of scholars, I want to do it with like, Muslim Muslim athletes, I want to take a bunch of kids that have student loan problems and have a conversation about student loans. I want to talk to you I want to take a tour of I want to take a bunch of kids to abroad college to American college students abroad, and tell them how their perspective changes and like a lot of good television for Muslims. Cool TV. And already, it's already I don't want to

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just do it on YouTube. And we've already covered it opened many, many doors. I told you I just met with the president of Turkey yesterday, but how can I already have a good connection with media institutions in Pakistan and in Dubai and with Josie Allah and with

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some of the Malaysian carriers and things like that. So we're gonna televise this stuff internationally, inshallah tada when it's ready. So that's really, really exciting. But all of this is getting archived in one place, and actually in a TV. So the last thing I'm sharing with you is big, and that is that, for those who are college students, you want to start engaging, go for it a little bit, if you would, if you want to take advantage of my health engaging abroad, little by little every day, I would recommend you do the cover to cover series. Okay, cover to cover is very basic, it's not hard, and you have to do maybe 1520 minutes every couple of days, and it'll build up

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over time. You don't have to necessarily take notes, just casually listen. Okay, I just want that's something you know, that could be also the entire point on in the transition and explanation. Okay, particularly any MSA leadership here, MSA leadership.

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Okay, so if you're never seen either.

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There's a particular series I worked on, it's also on beta TV. It's called for on for young adults. The series is called for on for young adults. And the idea is that there's passages from the Quran that every college student should know.

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And I don't just want to teach it to you watch my videos. I want you to study that stuff. Learn it and maybe

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we can disseminate those ideas

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among college students and high school students if you're a volunteer

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At a Sunday school or Saturday school, take advantage of that resource in Charlotte. So that's all I have to say I am so so very sorry for being late. And I'm also sorry for missing the football. But I think at the end of the day, it was all for a good reason. And shalom. Tada. I pray that we get a chance to meet each other again in Charlotte. And I honestly I really like coming to Michigan. Honestly, I don't like coming to Ohio, but I like coming

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in as a basketball

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to see the most spiritual and academic out here 10 years ago, you know that I don't even know what it was, but it had a gym in time. Which is

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So yeah, you know,

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adventures I want to do anonymous because I know where to come.

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But Mashallah, I really, really appreciate how much this community has grown to protect you and allow you to grow and especially among the young faces here, we allow you to raise these young faces to be the leaders of tomorrow and make them a beacon of

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people who are ready to

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give us all

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young man in Malaysia passed away not too long ago.

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Someone asked me to offer him tubing.

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I would ask all of you to offer him and take a look at his family's Southern inclusion among the Shahada. And we a lot of religions make him a means of inspiration for other youth that they make up for their time.