Omar Suleiman – A Dua Away #09 The Best Duas For The Day Of Arafah

Omar Suleiman
AI: Summary © The speakers emphasize the importance of not apologizing for past mistakes and realizing opportunities ahead. They stress the need for everyone to be forgiven and affirm their greatness. They also touch on the topic of Layretion Qadr and a story about a greatest artist's desire to forgive themselves. The conversation ends with a discussion of the importance of mindful behavior and negative emotions when faced with difficult situations.
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I remember the very first time that I

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went to Hajj. Alhamdulillah,

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Allah blessed me to go to Hajj many

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times.

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And it was the day of Arafah and

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I had this brother that was with me.

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And we set out to get this perfect

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spot so that as soon as Duhur came

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in we'd be able to pray and make

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du'a for the entire day

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and SubhanAllah,

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just as the day starts

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and just as the time comes in, he

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breaks down crying and he goes, 'I don't

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know if I can do this, man.' And

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I said, what do you mean I don't

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know if I can do this?' And he

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said,

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I've just done too much for Allah

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to forgive me. And I told him, do

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you really think Allah

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brought you to this moment,

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on this day, at this time,

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to not forgive you? And that's one of

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the tricks of Shaytan, that he not only

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tells you that you're not worthy,

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but he causes you especially to miss out

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on the best days of the year

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by not realizing the tremendous opportunity that Allah

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has just put in front of you.

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The prophet sallallahu

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alaihi wasallam said, there is no day in

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which Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala frees more people

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from the fire of * than the day

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of Arafa.

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And he continues to draw closer and closer

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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and then Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala boasts to

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the angels and he says,

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What is it that these servants want from

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me? SubhanAllah,

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this is obviously

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best manifested

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on the day of Arafah

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at Arafah. But Al Hafad ibn Wajib Rahimullah

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He says, al itq minanar, the freedom from

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the fire that the Prophet

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is talking about is lijami'rul

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muslimeen for all of the Muslims. It is

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not restricted

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to the place of Arafah as the mercy

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of Allah

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is not restricted

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to a place.

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This is the greatest day of the year

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for every single believer and it marks the

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initial day of decree where Allah

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stood us all before Him and all of

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us were pure. And Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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offers us this opportunity

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to go back to that purity so long

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as we acknowledge

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the original covenant with Him Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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And I want you to think about all

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the duas that you want to make today.

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And all of those duas are good Insha'Allah

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Ta'ala so long as the ask is good.

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But there should be no greater desire on

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this day than to be amongst Al Utaka,

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to be amongst those that are freed from

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the fire. And there's this beautiful scene of

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Hakim Nuhizam

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the nephew Khadija

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where he comes and he stands on the

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day of Arafah

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and he frees a 100 slaves. And I

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just want you to think about the scene

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of a 100 people being freed from slavery.

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And he calls out to Allah

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as the people are crying and he says,

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hadhaqulu

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hoolila.

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Oh Allah, this is all for you as

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we seek to be freed from the fire.

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And SubhanAllah, as the people see him and

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as the people are crying, some of them

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said, Rabanaatha

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AbdukhadaatakaAbiduk

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Oh Allah, this is Your slave and He

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has freed Your slaves and We are all

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Your slaves, So free us all, oh Allah,

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from the fire. Aliyibnu Abi Taalib radiAllahu ta'ala

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Anhu says that laysafil arduyaumunillawillahi

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feehi ittaqa

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That there isn't a single

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day of the year except that Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala

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frees some people from the fire. And this

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is very important by the way in Ramadan

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and in Dhul Hijjah.

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That it's not that these days are the

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only days or those nights are the only

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nights in which you could be redeemed. It's

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not that you have to wait for Laylatul

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Qadr or wait for the day of Arafah,

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it's that these are the times in which

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there are more people that are freed, more

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people that are forgiven than any other time

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of the year. And he said there is

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no day in which Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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does not free people from the fire And

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he says, and there is no day in

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which Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala frees more people

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from the fire than the day of Arafah.

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So he says, so continue to say on

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this day, Allahummaatikrakabatiminalnaar

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wa'awsirliminarrisqalhalal

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Oh Allah,

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free my neck from the fire and bestow

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upon me plentiful

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permissible sustenance and remove from me the evil

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of jinn and man. This is the day

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in which the main thing you want is

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that this is freed from the fire, just

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as that day in which you stood before

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and you told Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, you are My Lord and

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I want to come home. I want to

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come back to Jannah for which I was

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created, bi idhnillahi ta'ala, where my father Adam

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Alayhi Salaam

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originated from. So let's look through this day

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and let's look through that du'a, binillahi ta'ala.

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And if you think about the confidence and

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the certainty that you're supposed to have in

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your du'a, that's on any day that you

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should have that certainty. What about this day

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of Arafah? The prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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said, kayruddua'i

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du'a'u yomu'arifah

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that the best du'a is the du'a of

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the day of Arafah. So the prophet salallahu

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alayhi wa sallam said, any du'a on this

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day, this is the best day of du'a,

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period. And then he said, and the best

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of what I and the prophets before me

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have said is La ilaha illallah

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wahdahu la sharikala

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lahulmulku lahuhamd

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wahuwaalaqulishayinqadir.

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There is no God but Allah,

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He has no partner, to Him belongs the

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dominion,

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to Him all praise is due, and He

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is able to do all things.

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Now SubhanAllah, we spoke earlier

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with Musa 'alayhi salaam and his describing his

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weakness in front of Allah and we call

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that Wasfulhal,

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that's what the 'ulama

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mentioned, is presenting

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your own weakness, presenting your own vulnerability.

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What's even greater than that is acknowledging Allah

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greatness

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and affirming that greatness and sometimes

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that is sufficient of a dua. And when

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those two things go together then those are

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the best and most blessed of duas.

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And so on Laylatul Qadr,

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the best du'a is,

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Oh Allah, You are the one who forgives.

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You love to forgive. Faaafwani

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so forgive me. So you're acknowledging and affirming

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's greatness

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and His love to forgive. Because guess what?

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You didn't get to legislate Laylatul Qadr upon

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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Allah gave us the gift of Laylatul Qadr,

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and you did not get to legislate Arafah.

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala gave us the gift

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of Arafah. So in the same spirit,

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all you do is you affirm that original

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covenant with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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and then let Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala do

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the rest. It's not even as much about

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asking as knowing the one that you are

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asking and when you turn towards Him and

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you say, oh Allah, you love to forgive,

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how could the one who loves to forgive

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then look at you at that day when

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you're crying before Him, when you're saying La

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Illaha illallah, when your tears are pouring out,

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when your heart is broken, and when you

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are looking to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala with

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complete desperation

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yet complete certainty,

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how could it be that a person leave

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this day saying these words and not be

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amongst the forgiven? And I want to give

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you one more scene, subhanAllah, it's one of

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my favorite narrations

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of the day of Arafah.

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Abdul'aab Mubarak,

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he said, I went to Sufyan athawri, rahimuhullah,

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on the day of Arafah,

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and I saw him as he was kneeling

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upon his knees

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and his eyes were flowing with tears. So

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imagine walking up to one of the greatest

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scholars in the world, and you are one

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of the greatest scholars of the world too,

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and you see him on the day of

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Arafah and he is on his knees

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and he is bawling as he's making du'a

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to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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And I called out to him and I

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said, man aswa'uhadaljamrihala.

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Who is the person who is in the

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worst state in this gathering?

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Like with all of this happening and and

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he can see the connection that Sufyan has

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with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala on this day

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day of Arafah, when we're making these du'as

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and we're calling upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala,

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who is the person

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in the worst state?

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And he said the person in the worst

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state is, aladiyagunnu

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annallaha layakhiru lahu, the one who thinks that

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Allah

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will not forgive him. That's the person who's

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in the worst state. If with all of

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this, you don't have a good assumption of

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, a good opinion of

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala,

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then that is misery.

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Know the one that you're calling upon and

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then the duas will flow. And know that

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no one will be guided to make du'a

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on this day and fast this day and

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pray to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala on this

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day, except that Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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surely will give them something greater than He

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gives them anyway,

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because your Lord is always available to you,

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and your Lord is always willing to forgive

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you.

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