When Muslims Work Together 2 – The Balanced Big Picture

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In this lecture, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into an explicit explanation of the verses of Surah Al-Hajj.

In the first part of the verses discussed, Allah is displeased with humanity. The pagans are calling upon false gods. They don’t even understand the simplicity of tawheed. They don’t appreciate Allah as he deserves to be appreciated.  Humanity is in serious trouble.

Allah says in the Qur’an – “No doubt it those that you are calling upon other than Allah (meaning false Gods). They won’t be able to create a single fly even if they all got together for that purpose.”

So the example Allah gives is the powerlessness of idols and the powerlessness of false kings who claim themselves to be gods. Allah says whether they are idols or humans false gods because of their kingdom or power (or whatever the case maybe), ‘they cannot create a single fly.’

Why mention the example of a fly? These verses were revealed in Makkah. The Mushrikoon used to worship idols. In pagan cultures, people sacrificed animals or left sweets, milk, honey, and flowers, etc. In front of these idols as a show of devotion. A fly eats from these things and the statues can’t do anything. So even though the foundation of their faith is that this idol is sacred and it has to be shown respect, it gets disrespected in the highest temple by a lowly thing such as a fly! And they can’t do anything about it. Allah teaches us that He can teach the lessons of His oneness and His power even through a fly. That’s one of the miracles of the Qur’an – it changes human perspectives. 

Allah says – If you care about each other, you would be worried about the ultimate destiny of your fellow human beings. By default, humans care about each other and are full of compassion. But this feeling has been eroded or even taken out of our system gradually and slowly in our time. We have become desensitized. 

Who is responsible for this task of telling humanity that they are going to stand before Allah one day and answer for their deeds? Who is going to let them know? The messengers are done. The final Messenger (s) is gone. The companions have played their part. It’s on our shoulders now. So let us begin with ourselves.

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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah say the MBA will masala early he was a pH mindful mama bad once again salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. This is our second main session and in this session, inshallah Tada. As I mentioned before, we'll talk about the balanced picture. This discussion is inspired by the last passage of SoTL Hodge surah, number 22. And these are at the end of this lesson is number 73. All the way to 78. There's a beautiful there's a passage there's a transition in this passage, it begins with an address to humanity Yeah, yohannes mankind, Buddha methylone an example has been given, and this inshallah I won't go into too much details

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about every aspect of the beauty of this passage because this actually happens to be one of my favorite passages in the Quran, but we'll try to stay on point which is the Muslims working together theme. The first idea is essentially Allah azza wa jal talking about his power and the human beings weakness. First me Allah when examples about to be given listen to it carefully, I will suggest to tell you something about the passive form and example is about to be given or duty by methylone, an example has been given. You see, when when you say an example has been given, you don't mention who gave it alleges and say Allah gave an example he just said an example was given. The purpose of

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mentioning the passive is to not suggest the subject not suggest to do. And the reason for doing that is alleged talking to a hostile crowd. Humanity doesn't want to hear anything from Allah. Most people just don't want to hear it from Allah. And so instead of saying, Allah gave an example, because if you mentioned himself, that people who don't want to hear it will already turn their ears off and say, Hello, I don't need to hear this. I'm not interested. As opposed to this By comparison, in Medina, Quran. in Medina Quran, the primary audience is Muslim, the believers, Allah says gullible, Allahumma seven Allah gave an example, Allah mentions himself when he gives the example

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why, because when believers hear that it's a login to the example we pay extra attention, not less. But here allows also highlights the speech, the talk itself instead of the speaker, the content instead of the speaker, like the famous statement of the alohar, on who we judged the speech before we judge the speaker, it's very hard to do, by the way, it's very hard to do. Because as human beings, we kind of tend to look even subconsciously as who's talking first, then we listen to what they have to say, right? We look at all the peripherals, and it's very hard for us to look past that and hear that something good is being said by an unlikely source, right? This is the same reason

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it's hard for the father of Ibrahim alayhis salam, some say his uncle, it's hard for him to accept what Ibrahim is saying, even if he's speaking the truth. It's a kid. How can I listen to a kid? What does he know? You know, so the content is undermined because it's coming from an unlikely source. That happens to us too. Regardless, that's not the point. The point is Allah gives an example and what is it just me Allah who listen to it carefully. In Allah Xena to the Unum in doula, no doubt about it, those that you're inviting other than Allah, those that you're calling on other than Allah meaning false gods. Linnaeus, nuku Baba, they will be able to create a single fly. They can't even

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create a fly without which the ruler who even if they all got together for that purpose. So the example luggages is of the powerlessness of idols on the one hand, and the powerlessness of false kings, kings who claimed themselves to be God. You know, and that seems like a historical thing, right? It seems like 1000s of years ago, there was Pharaoh who said, hon qumola. I am your Supreme Lord and Master. He turned to his people were calling it out. Yeah, you have to let go.

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mean Isla de Cali enough sci fi nuptse call he says my generals I don't know of any Illa any god for you besides myself he called himself God. But you know what we're living in crazy times these these followers of Mashallah the acid, you know, Milla Kherson are literally screaming that in a high lobby shop. They're literally videotape of this. So we're in this is not some 1000s of years old theory is people who claim themselves to be God now to it's happening in our own lifetime. So Allah, you know, so you have a lot of sense what are their idols, whether it's idols or it's human false gods, these humans that claim to be God, because of their kingdom, because of their power and

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position, whatever the case may be, they can create a single fly. And you know why I mentioned the the example of fly again, mucky, surah mushy Kuhn, the machine used to worship idols right? When you worship idols, if you know any, like pagan cultures, you know that they sacrifice animals in front of these idols, or they leave sweets, and milk and honey and flowers and all kinds of stuff in front of these idols as a show of devotion, right, and then they like light candles and stuff and do their worship or whatever. But you know what happens when you leave food open in front of an idol. Or you leave food open anywhere, what shows up on flies shows up, or flies drinking the chocolate milk and

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taking a little bit of the Snickers bar in front of the idol. And the big old statue that smiling back at it can't do anything. So the idea is that the foundations of their faith that this thing is sacred, and I have to show it respect. It gets disrespected in the highest Temple by what? A fly and they can't do anything about it. So the foundations of their faith are crumbled in front of their eyes, when knowledge does not know even if they all got together. What are they going to do have a vacation fly? And on top of that, even if it is someone like Fidel, or the Philippines of our time, doesn't matter if a fly comes and take something from their food, what are they going to do? They

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can get it back, you can have all the armies in the world you want. Even if you catch that fly by some miracle, you're not going to get that food back again. It's gone. Well yes, Lu che Elias thanku Minho, if the fly was to take something away from them, they wouldn't be able to get it back. Allah teaches us that he can teach the lesson of his oneness and his power even through a fly.

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If you just pay attention to the world around you, even a fly can give you guidance. So halala even a fly can give you guys that's that's one of the miracles of the Quran. It changes human perspective. I once you read this passage, you don't look at flies the same way. Like next time you see a fly you're like in Yes, no one would understand people who no

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one was the one who's seeking and the one in pursuit. The one the one in pursuit and that which is being pursued are both inherently weak. We are always seeking something were weak and whatever we're running after is also weak. Now after seeing this our weakness were so big, we couldn't even recover something from a fly. Then he mentions Mercado la haka country he, they didn't appreciate a lies he deserved to be appreciated. You see, right before a lot of talk about us being seekers. The suggestion is we seek everything else. Why don't we see cool? Why don't we seek Allah? Why don't they appreciate a lot like he deserves to be appreciated? Why are they running around everywhere

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else? Why is everything else a pursuit for them realize that but look for them? naka de la casa de la la la casa de un Aziz Allah first mentioned in the previous AI our weakness next year, he mentioned he's mighty, he's strong. He's the ultimate authority. Aziz is a by the way, in many English translations of the Quran, the word disease gets translated as mighty. I respectfully have a disagreement with that suggestion. The word disease combines two things that combines power and respect. Someone who has the Arabic language not like is that an order is different, okay, is that an Arabic combines two things. On the one hand, you have authority, and on the other you also have

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you command respect as a result of that authority. There are authorities in the world that don't have respect.

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There are authorities that don't have respect, and there are respectable figures who don't have authority. But when you have both together you have

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when you have authority and respect together then you are Aziz that's the name of a large religion here we Yun Aziz, but now as part of a loss might, Now Allah says Allah who your stuffy minute melodica to loosen Amina ness. Allah is the one purely himself now that you've understood your own weakness. Now you realize who's in the position to make selections. He is the one who purely of his own choice selects messengers from among the armies of angels, and among the legions of humanity, you know, minella, Malacca to Sudan wamena. Now, this is a very important idea in order to understand this passage, and it'll also help you appreciate why I chose this passage for this

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discussion, the balanced personality of a believer that is going to engage in voluntary work. What is this passage doing here? It doesn't seem like it deals with

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subject but it does. You see the word is the fire is at the heart of this discussion, a la jolla stuffy.

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And it's the fire comes from suffering in the Arabic language side. And well, which actually refers to purity, purity. And you know, in oldu, Armani Hello, Mr. matassa.

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We say soft, right? But that's from Safa. It's from the Arabic word software software, the purity of something. When you make a choice that is purely your own. Nobody influenced your choice. Nobody has a say in your choice. Nobody gave you a suggestion it was entirely and completely your own choice. That kind of a choice is called a stiffer and stiffer. Like, for instance, when I go to the grocery store, and I pick up a kid cat, that's istighfar. And if my wife asked me, Why didn't you get Snickers? I said, Well, that's my sleeve. I like this one. That's it. The only reason is it. I like it. That's it. That's Estefan. Now look, in the next I'm going to skip an eye and share something

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with you or towards the end. I'll skip ahead and show you something. Allah azza wa jal talks about the Muslims, us and he says vuejs debacle.

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He selected you. Now the English translation says Allah selects messengers, and then it says Allah selects you. But the word for selection for the for the messengers was his default, which means it's purely alleged choice. But the word for selection for us was an HD bar, who was who, this H Wh wh diva, and sell students if they are if they are left if they are, okay. What this means is to select something based on qualifications, like you know, you have a loose, my kids bike has a loose bolt. So I open up the toolbox, and one of the wrenches is too big one of them is too small, one of them is just right. For the job, I didn't make a sleeve I made HDTV chose the right tool for the right

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job. That's HD Ba, that's what the word means. And when, for example, I'm gonna, I'm gonna hire somebody, I'm going to interview 10 people, I'm going to hire one person, I'm not going to make istighfar that doesn't make any sense. I'm gonna make it steep, I'm gonna pick the right person for the right job that's actually about you follow. So Allah used a different word when he talked about about you and me being Muslim. And he used the word that suggests he picked me. And he picked you to be able to say that in a high Lala, to be able to say Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, because he sees us fit for a job.

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He's got something in mind for us, for you and me, particularly individually. And he sees that we're perfectly created for that task. And so he picked us, doesn't it tend to become a really big like priority in my mind to figure out what does the Lord want me to do?

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What does he want me to do? Susan Hadid makes us ask that question. While I'm filming Morocco, mustafina fee, spend out of whatever you've been left with whatever talents you've been given. Whatever abilities you've been given, whatever economic certain circumstance you've been given, whatever social position you've been handed, use whatever you've got at your disposal and spend it for me. That's the demand of a lens, little Hadid. Here, he's letting you know you've been chosen for a particular task. You're not just a random selection of Muslim. Each and every one of us has a role to play and we have to figure out what it's going to be. We have to figure that out. And that

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requires a deep assessment of one's own self. So that's why just about come towards the end of this ayah. But now let's go back and unbalance the equation again.

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Allah azza wa jal says, your banner ad him Omar, Omar Abdullah, he told john more he knows whatever is in front of them, whatever's behind them all of humanity, and to allow all decisions will be returned more and more in the Arabic language, his actions that were made with a concise decision like a purposeful decision, all such decision, decisions will be returned back to Allah. And after that threat to humanity is issued, then believers are called on and I want you to understand this transition. It's a very heavy transition. In the first part of this passage, Allah is displeased with humanity. They're calling on false gods. They don't even understand the simplicity of tawheed

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even though something as simple as a fly can teach them that lesson. They don't even realize they don't appreciate a lie like he should have been appreciated. On top of that, even though a fly is enough to teach you about a lot less than messengers anyway. On top of that, Allah sent messengers you still don't get it. Don't you realize everything you do in the past and the future is on record? Yama, Vina de musclepharm without wanting to jargon, you guys are in some serious trouble. humanity's in some serious trouble. Now Allah says, If you and I, by definition, human beings care about each other, that's just part of who we are. By the way, the word insane Some argue comes from

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owns a creature full of compassion.

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We can't help but feel compassion for others. And it's something that has to be taken out of our system by means of desensitization, that's worked so well in our time. You know, otherwise, we're supposed to be programmed to feel compassion for somebody else. We're supposed to be bothered when we see somebody else in pain. We're supposed to worry about that. But you know what, in modern society, somebody could be in pain. And people, people could walk right by and not even look at a glance, not even give a glance, that's our time. We're desensitized, because it's almost like it's happening behind the screen for us. Because we see people dying and being injured and hurt on TV so

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much that we just think everything is a movie or life is a movie, you just walk right by and change the channel. And that's how we become completely deprogrammed as genuine human beings. But anyhow, this now if you're sensitive as a human being, you will realize you have work to do this task of giving, making human humanity understand that they're going to stand in front of a law and day that their deeds are on record. Who's going to tell humanity? Who's gonna let them know? the messengers are done? The final messenger is gone. That's on you and me. No. So now let's begin with ourselves. Yeah, you have Latina hamanaka, who wants to do what mudaraba come.

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First make ruku makes such that and enslave yourselves to your master very profound statement in the Quran, by the way, ruku and sudo. They're part of what?

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Part of salaat they're part of a lot, but the physical acts are being highlighted. Physically, if you see a non Muslim from a non Muslims point of view, somebody makes ruku or they're like, this guy must be tired. Why is he on his knees like that?

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He's exhausted. You know, when sprinters run, and they're exhausted. What do they do? ruku literally, they hold their knees. Catch your breath. Yeah, I love the for you. I have no strength.

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And then this guy couldn't even stand up and he was collapsed on the ground. You know, there was a friend of mine was making slot and a bunch of bikers showed up. You know, those dudes with the highway to hell jackets on and the big big bike piers. They're not malanez. And you'll be confused. They got ponytails in their beards, you know, I'm talking about they show this dude, this guy's making a lot of gas stuff. And a whole bunch of bikers show up and sit behind him like this.

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And he finishes, he turns back and he sees all these bikers.

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angle you Muslim? Yeah. Oh, I thought something was wrong with you or something.

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And they drove off.

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Because they thought the guy collapsed when he made that. And he got up and he collapsed again.

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And he got up and he got tired and he held his knees. So he was using having some problems.

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With me, we give ourselves up before Lancelot. But the idea is we're supposed to progress before Allah, our obedience physically, we go from one act of obedience to a more in depth, more humble act of obedience. And that's supposed to be reflected in my life. As I grow as a Muslim, I'm supposed to become closer to a lot more humble to a lot more more in subservience to a lot. That's what's supposed to happen over time in my worship. And that's when I will finally through Salah I will reach a bada. It Kuru was to do what a vida is not an act. Riba is not an act, it's a state of being. A mother is a macom. It's a state of being to be a slave. You reach the point where you

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understand you internalize, I accept deep down inside that I am a slave and I have a master. And I'll be happy with that salaat will get me there. And once I realized that, now I'm ready to do good, well, final highs, then do good. So hon Allah, you and I will not be able to do any good for anybody until we realize that we are nothing but slaves. And by the way, slavery, I shouldn't it should be mentioned, there is no job on this planet lower than slavery.

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There is no position lower than slavery and there is no position higher than master.

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There's no position higher than master. There's no position lower than slavery. So when we say I, when I say I've accepted myself as odd, then I've accepted there is no one higher than Allah and there's no one lower than myself. That's what I've accepted. And when I've come to terms with that internally, psychologically, not just as something I say, but something I've accepted deep in my in the soul of my being, then I am ready to do good. Now I'm ready to help others. Well, I don't hide and do good. Then do good. So what is the concern if you really want to do work you want to be you want to be a volunteer, you want to help in a cause. You want to you know, volunteer for a Dharma

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program and educational program, a Sunday school and Islamic school, you know, a media group, whatever it may be, whatever afraid it may be. First, get your body in order, and I bother doesn't just mean the x

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worship, that's the starting point that leads you to the state, the state of a bada and that will open the doors of goodness. Because that you know what that means, then your pride and my pride is gone.

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My personnel my concern for my image is gone. All I care about is now making my master happy. That's it. That's all my mind. I got nothing else in front of me. And when people say something to me, that bothers me. I just leave it up to Allah. Before we do Ahmed ally leave my matter to Allah. I'm okay. I just got to do work. Things don't get under my skin. It doesn't bother me. Somebody said something I can't believe they said that to me. I'm never doing this again. Forget it. I used to volunteer and the people didn't appreciate it. appreciate me. Or that guy said this to me or that to me. You're a slave. People say things steal whatever they want. You only have to answer to your master. That's

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it. If you want to complain, complain to your master. That's it. You got no complaints with people. You're fine. That's that's my final height. And then subhana wa Tada. He says, Come to the home so you can attain true success.

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what's beautiful about this ayah is what I started this discussion with.

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I said Islam is concerned with more than yourself. Remember that? Islam, by definition is concerned with more than yourself. If you say it Kuru was to do

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that yourself, make Roku or make sujood be in a state of Nevada. But when he says waterfowl Hi, do good, good help to others. Now, would you if you really want to be successful, then you have to help others, you have to do good for others.

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So you can be successful. But and even if you do good for others, it's not for them. It's for who? yourself. So our voluntary or voluntary contributions in whatever way, shape or form are actually efforts to help our own selves. Don't ever do what should I dare look back at a machine that I give time to a program or convention I helped put together a check I wrote to the you know, the school or whatever, and say I help them, I only help myself. And the moment I say I help them, it doesn't count for me anymore. I cannot go to a line say Yala, where's the money I gave alosa you already started you help them. You didn't say you helped yourself. You can't have it both ways. Alone only

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takes one one intention. So if you're gonna give, whether you give time, whether you give money, whether you give effort, whether you give suggestions, if you're going to give you better only expect returns from Allah, you expect anything from anyone else, Allah doesn't like to share it intentions.

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Allah is very jealous of intention. subhanho wa Taala. He wants his intention to be exclusive. You try to put anybody else yourself some other agenda and that intention is gone. It doesn't count for anything.

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So you know how sometimes in Islamic organizations, especially because so many of our organizations are donation dependent. massages, or donation dependent schools are donation dependent, right that what organizations are donation dependent. publishers are donation dependent. People write a big check, somebody writes a 20 $30,000 check or something. And then all of a sudden, shaitan comes to them first of all, and says we're broke.

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And then he says, Hey, by the way, why don't you give them a suggestion about the color of the carpet?

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I mean, after all, you wrote a big check, you should at least have some weight in your opinion.

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And so you go and you give a suggestion. You didn't give a suggestion before you wrote the check. But all of a sudden, allow your opinion just got $30,000 heavier. So you want to give an opinion and you're expecting that your opinion will be taking taken a lot more seriously. Now why? Because you gave some money,

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then your intention for giving the money was not a lie anymore. It was just to get your opinion to weigh a little more, that's all you will get out of that soda. That's all you get. Is it worth it? Think about that. Just think about that. Before you before you ruin your socket you give in any cause we're lucky in any cause. Don't tie your contributions to expectations. If you want to have expectations, have them with Allah. Personally when I ever write a sadaqa check I just to remind myself I just read a little word on top manaka sama lumen sada 13 mile never goes down. Were giving sadaqa I remind myself who am I giving sadaqa to and which I'm actually depositing in my al Qaeda

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account. So I remind myself that withdrawal is going to happen after I go into dirt. So I don't expect any withdrawals yet. You try to withdraw Now you won't get anything there. I want to make sure you get that I get that across to all of you inshallah Tada. Now

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Allah then says what Jaya He do filler. He haka jihadi. This is about the attitude. You see, we're not the only religion that has spirituality.

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We're not the only religion that has spirituality. The Christians have a very powerful spiritual tradition Buddhists

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Have a very powerful spiritual tradition, they can sit there on top of a mountain, and stand on one leg and two arms out like this for like six hours, that's pretty amazing. They got concentration, I can't concentrate two minutes in slot, and they can stand there with like a snake in front of them. You know,

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for like eight hours, that's pretty amazing. We're not the only religion that claims to have spirituality. But we do claim to have spirituality for a purpose. for a purpose, I gave the example to my students recently, of planting a plant in the ground. When you when you fix the soil,

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you make sure he gets plenty of sun, you put water on it, all of that is fixing the soil, right? What's the point of all of that if you don't put in a seed.

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And the purpose of putting a seed is so that will grow into a plant and eventually into a tree. And when it grows into a tree, it'll give fruits that will benefit others, us working on ourselves is like fixing that soil, removing the weeds, making sure that it gets plenty of sunlight, it gets plenty of victory.

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But if we don't put in work for the

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win, what's the point of that spirituality, our spirituality is driven by purpose, you're supposed to drive that closest to Allah with some contribution, something, anything.

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For a mother who's so busy taking care of her children, her contribution may just be just her kids, it just may be that for a writer, it may be his or her authorship. You know, for a poet, it may be his creative writing that inspires most of us. It may be that it can come out in different ways. But it must come out in some way. And that's the next idea. how seriously should you take an effort because, you know, voluntary efforts, what happens with voluntary efforts, right? We have a meeting at seven o'clock.

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If you're lucky, 730 somebody might show up. Right?

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If you're lucky. And that's one time if it's every week that are in other law when

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it's not, you know, it's voluntary. Who cares? It's not like you're getting paid for it. But if you understand this idea, then you realize the voluntary work done for Allah has more weight than anything you do. Because nothing else pays like this.

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Nothing else pays like this. What does he do? filler? He haka jihadi struggle with no goal before you accept Allah, as he deserves to be struggled for, folks, before I close this session. Let me tell you something, Islamic work can get pretty boring, can get pretty unfulfilling,

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who wants to sit there and make 100 copies of a flyer that's not going to increase your demand? press the green button and watch the flashing light go, you know, who enjoys doing that? who enjoys you're sitting in a two hour meeting discussing, you know, the architect's plans for the parking lot. It's so much the board meeting. It's called a board meeting for a reason because you get bored at the meeting.

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Okay, it's, you know, totally board meeting.

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It's not fulfilling work. But before you walk in before you take a single step into that meeting or that monotonous, unfulfilling spiritually uplifting task, if you remind yourself I'm not doing this for the MSA. I'm not doing this for it. I'm not doing this for the convention. I'm not doing this for anybody else. I am doing this or Allah and the only one I want to appreciate my work is Allah then you will have a great time.

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You will enjoy every minute of it. If you walk in with the right intention if you and by the way, intentions don't happen once because they get rusty so fast they can get rusty through it you came in with good intention 20 minutes into the meeting your intention disappears. You have to refresh it

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is a fix it again because you can forget why you were there.

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You have to remind yourself No no, I'm here for Allah. I'm here for something higher. I'm not just here for myself. So he's upon what Allah says struggle for the sake of Allah with no goal before you accept the villa haka jihadi, as though the only one before you as Allah, that's all you it's all you can see.

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And put the best work in it as he deserves. Who was who that's the words I mentioned before he specially crafted selected you for a task. Well, imagine a country didn't even have knowledge and don't you start thinking this work is too good for you. You're not good enough to do this work. Don't think like that. He says, I didn't put any difficulty in your religion for you. I didn't put any construction for you. I didn't put this religion on you so you could be uncomfortable. I didn't do that.

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militar abiko me Brahim who has some acumen muslimeen and Commonwealth he has a You are the legacy of Ibrahim believer. You're from the legacy of Ibrahim before Allah motivates you and me to struggle. And he says, Come on, don't you realize

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You are from the family and the nation in the legacy of Ibrahim autism if anybody's struggled for a lot, if anybody has a right to say, what's the point of this exercise?

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is

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jumping into a fire, he has a right to yell is this really necessary like

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fire really

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has to put a knife to his kid's neck? Is that really yellow is there no goats available or calendars? My son really not going to do that.

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His family has to be left in the middle of the desert. You know, now that hedge, I've never drank more water in my life. You just walk into jungle rot and you take a 10 bottles of water with you and you finish all of them and you don't have to go to the bathroom because you sweat it all out.

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Just literally. And you wonder they didn't have water bottles back then. When Ibrahima Lisa was walking over

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with his baby and his wife

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has pretty hard and then to leave them in the middle of the desert.

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And you know, we it's interesting, right? Because all these men are doing sorry.

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All these men are doing SETI, the original study is a sunnah of a woman.

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She was and she's just given birth recently. So she's not even physically in her peak shape. And she's running around.

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And there was no air conditioning. There was no tile floor. There was no water cooler on the side was Zamzam. There was no green light you run over here, you stop over there.

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She was killing herself climbing

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so hard Allah. Allah says you're from that family, you should have appreciation for struggle. And if they didn't complain, what are you complaining about? Well, the meetings are too long.

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They make me do these this boring tasks. I want more. I want something else I want the more glorified tasks.

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You know, I reminded of the inertia former made reference to her to the woman that used to sweep especially the Navy, or the Lackawanna people didn't even know her name.

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And when the professors have noticed she's she passed away he cried.

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You know how high her rank is. He's not a celebrity. She's not a speaker. She's not alima she didn't have the glory. Nobody even knew her name.

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But she's grand before it lies and within

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our attitude towards work is the one that needs to appreciate it definitely appreciates it. Well, not the final one Hydrangea anomala whatever good. You do a level No, don't worry. People might not notice a level notice. A level No, that's the power of intention. He says Leah punarvasu Lucia hidden aleikum wa Taku Shahada in closing this session. We have to internalize that the messenger will be a witness against us on Judgement Day.

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If we don't take the work of our Deen, seriously. And I again, it seems abstract, what is the work of Dean mean? I told you there are 1000 projects, it's not one it's not one, find a noble cause and commit yourself to it. It doesn't have to be we don't all have to struggle towards the same thing. What are you good at? What are efforts you believe in? What are what is it critical you know need of the oma that's not being fulfilled or data of humanity for you know, for that matter, in my mind, just to help you organize these thoughts. In my mind, there are three kinds of services Muslims can provide. The three basic kinds of services I'll put them in order of priority, in order of priority,

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the first of them is educating,

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educating ourselves educating others about our Deen in any way, shape or form. That's that's the first part. Of course, it starts with our family, ourselves, and then others, right, that's, that's one priority, one grand area that a lot of sub projects can exist under the second area that needs attention is helping humanity helping people, whether you, whether you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, doesn't have to be an Islamic charity that you volunteer for, by the way, whether you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, or cleaning up your own neighborhood, you're helping up at the you know, you're helping out at the old folks home, you're going to visit the sick at the hospital,

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Muslim or non, you're talking helping people. That's the second main like service to our Dean, when we talk about establishing our Dean is one of the second main areas, just helping people in any way we can, okay, Muslim or not. And the third grand umbrella is basically doing something to protect the Muslims. Doing something that protects the community, protects our children, protects our institutions, protects our families, protects our marriages, protects our civil liberties, there's also important work. That's not we shouldn't undermine that that's an important task. These are generally in my mind, these are one of the three broad areas that you can find yourself contributing

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in and these are all worthy causes. These are all worthy causes someone who's working to, you know, secure the lives and make the lives of Muslims better so they can serve a lesbian

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More, that's a worthy cause. You know, just like in the battlefield at the profit slice of time, you have people that are engaged with the enemy. There are people that are taking care of the sick. And there are people that are guarding the Prophet himself and his other son, they're guarding the sick, they're guarding the nurses, this they're standing guard, it's just like that. It really is just like that. So we have these areas that we have to concern ourselves with and give ourselves to them. We have to be volunteers. And we have to we have to train our kids to volunteer when your kids turn 1112 they should be volunteering. They should be you should be taking them for example, in Ramadan,

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you should be bringing the fire at the masjid to serve water to everybody. Our kids should learn to volunteer they should learn to help. You know we shouldn't be taking them to visit the old to visit the sick. We should be doing that for our children. Okay. We should be taking them to go grocery shopping, just to give it to somebody else to go toy shopping to give it to somebody else. That's we have to we have to instill this in ourselves and into our children inshallah. Tada, okay. And if we don't,

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if we don't do one of these things, then the messenger Allah says he will make him stand witness against us. Leah coonara solution either Aleikum, WA otaku Shahada Elena's. So the MIS messenger can be a witness against you and you against humanity.

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We are sandwiched in between humanity and the messenger. On the one hand, the messenger will complain, they didn't do what I instructed them. On the other hand, humanity might complain against us. We never got the message from these people. They never did anything for us. We didn't know Islam was beautiful. By the way, three areas I mentioned. Right, protecting Muslims. That was the third was the second I'm going backwards. Now. It was the second helping others and what was the first educating that was included in that tally interest is included in that all of that's included in that right? These are three areas. You know what we do? We skip all three of these and we're so much

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more interested in PR.

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No, we're not crazy. Please. We're not that crazy. Like us. Why don't you like us? Please like us. If we were actually Muslim, and we were actually helping humanity and teaching our real beam, then we wouldn't have to do the PR.

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We wouldn't have to do that. It would be

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our neighbors would testify for us. We wouldn't have to they would testify for us. We have to stand up for our Deen and Allah will take care of our protection. Allah will take care of our PR subhana wa Tada. Okay, so now at the end of it all this was our task right which I do feel a call God which debacle the urgency of the task is given at the end of it all for akima Sadat, to zakaat What does he move in the established ally gives the car and hold on to Allah What does it mean hold on to Allah. Tie your hopes to Allah, tie your expectations to Allah be in direct constant regular conversation with Allah don't let go of that. He's the one protecting you who are most welcome for

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nierman Mola. What an awesome Mola you have, what an awesome protector you have someone who's going to give you more that will determine they'll see it and what an awesome aid you have. You see the word Nusrah in Arabic country huge help. So Allah says I will just protect you. When you start doing the work of my Deen I will help you like nobody else can help you.

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I will put I will energize your efforts like nobody else can energize your efforts. He will put his nose liner work subhana wa Tada. That's his promise. That's his promise. And by the way, as I close now in this one minute I want to tell you that's a formula from Allah. Believers put struggle help overload comes that's a formula from Allah. Constant formula Muslim show up and mother then the armies of angels come. Ibrahim Alayhi Salam jumps into fire then it cools down it's not cool ahead of time

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and cools down once he makes the jump you got to take the plunge then just don't worry about a level cool it off.

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You know, the angels were not there ahead of time. They just were not standing in the Battle of like three hours ago hey, we've been here for a while you guys been one like that you got to go in and fight. Then they show up. Then the help comes. This is this is the formula Allah has taught us in the Quran. So we have to make the struggle to be worthy of the help from allows origin to come. That was the conclusion of our second session. Monica luckily Welcome to karate Hakeem. When I finally will end it with Hakeem. In five minutes. I'll start the third session which is about discipline, the discipline of a volunteer and shallots and pretty juicy stuff. So kind of biological cinematic

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want to live in a country.