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The Name of God, the Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful, all praises.

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He alone is worthy of worship and unconditional obedience. And we asked him to send us peace and blessings upon His messengers and prophets, Jesus, Moses, Abraham, no, and all the prophets that have been mentioned to us in the scriptures and all of those webinars.

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First and foremost, I want to say something and, you know, a lot of a lot of times when we see the negativity,

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it takes away from true civil dialogue and a true exchange of ideas. You know, there's something very important, first and foremost, as those of you who might be offended, especially Muslims, today, we hear the names that are being hurled at the men, and we're talking about tonight.

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Here, the attacks on your faith, just remember that

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a lot more often. And he called me,

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David on forgiving my teeth, because they don't know that the reason why we have these things he said, secondly, because

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and I want to mention something to you, that's really important, just as it was mentioned, I am from New Orleans. And believe it or not, I was actually born in New Orleans, I was on the ship, I was not born, you know, from some plane, I wasn't born with a target. Okay, my daughter just turned two in January, was actually born two weeks before the Super Bowl in 2007, which we won.

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I know that she was born and she came out of the hospital wearing gear. And I just want to tell you, you know, here's something that's very important to mention.

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As persons, and as nonnamous, as people think,

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what's going to happen in the next generation, those who are up and coming is that they're going to reject this nature, not only are they going to return, but if we allow that matrix to continue, and if we allow our children to be exposed to this nature, and if we feel that if we teach our children that, that someone other than them, because they belong to another faith is less than than that, or is somehow doing it, then we're only doing injustice to ourselves and to our own things, because we know what's happening. And you know, this is something that I know would come as a shock to many.

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In New Orleans in on 911, the anniversary the 10th anniversary,

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anniversary of Memorial 911 we decided to do something very special. So

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we formed something called the East Jefferson interfaith clergy Association. So myself and Rabbi worry,

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top velocity Rabbi Bob holding very distinct prestigious rabbis in New Orleans area, and 17 Christian preachers, people representing different Christian denominations came together on the memorial, he decided to respond to all of that hatred with a positive attitude. And here's what we did. We took a place in New Orleans called River.

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And river time is a town that has not been cleaned up for years and years and years and years that Katrina only added to that damage. And we decided to get all of our congregations together. And pressure wash the sidewalks, we repainted the pavement, we repainted the fences and put fences up where they needed to be put up. We completely turned it around, and hundreds of people show up. And then we came together at night and we share with

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you guys I know. At least more than normal

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stuff. I moved to Texas A month ago and still suffering. I'm still struggling. I'm having serious.

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So I'm thinking about the food.

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So we came together and we shared gumbo, right and we talked

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and you know, one person came up to me afterwards. And it was a 15 year old boy who was from the Orthodox Jewish congregation.

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And he said, you know, whenever I heard that Muslims were evil people.

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I met a friend of mine and he pointed to his friend was named Malik in school. And I told those people I said they're not evil, because I'm not

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thinking about them. And I've learned the same thing from some members of my own congregation. Right. Sometimes the hate that spills over actual run our children away not just from Christianity or Islam or Judaism, but in fact that runs away from faith as a whole because faith should not be used as a tool to divide. things should be used as a tool to bring people together. That is why I will face I've been revealed. Our faith was not revealed to divide people, not as Muslims not as Christians, not as Jews and I've got news for you, your children.

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asking the same questions. If you teach them those things, your children will ask you the same question if you teach them that a person of another religion is evil, because they belong to that religion or because that religion is evil, that end of itself, your children will say, Mom, Dad, you're full of, you don't know what you're talking about. Because I know that person. And he's not what you make them out to be. And it hasn't been done. And hear that anymore. That was actually, and I know that there's only one word that I would say everybody wants to write

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your reason to people that didn't make the Superbowl I was actually doing for the saints in the Broncos. I'm being honest with you guys, right? I'm a TiVo fan. I'm not making that up. I thought it was awesome. Right? So two reasons. Number one,

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they did.

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So anyway, a point that I'm trying to make this is what we've done is we all come together. And now.

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And I just want to share one incident that happened with my wife, remember, we are married my five year anniversary.

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Thank you very much.

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was running around. But what I'm saying is, when she first moved to New Orleans, we walked into a Walmart.

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We walked into a Walmart.

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And I went to the grocery section, she went to the pharmacy section, and my wife was wearing the scarf.

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And a woman walked up to her and talk to her. If you're not going to dress like an American, go home.

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Right?

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Pretty similar to what we're being told today, in many different ways. Right? And unfortunately, I wasn't there. You know,

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I wasn't gonna jump on the

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border. But the point that I'm trying to make is, you know, when someone comes up to us as Muslims, and they say that, what is our response? We are home, we've never known another home. I personally don't hold another passport except for an American passport. Right. And actually, historically speaking, the like guys have inherited. That's why historically speaking, if you read that from a journalist, or Christopher Columbus and what year

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1400 9214 192 when Christopher Columbus came here, we read about two Muslim chaplains that he had with him, Amina and one of them,

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and one of them a lot. And he carried with him, he himself justifies carrying with him a famous word by Lucien scholars scholar, by the name of Denise so that he can help understand the Muslim population that he says he in concert on the coast of Cuba, Texas, Nevada, and Mexico. There were already Muslims here. And they were actually called horse. So we've been here for a very, very, very long time. And we don't plan on going anywhere. This is our home. And essentially, this idea that Muslims today are, you know, disconnected from society. And we're all just sitting around secretly plotting in our own time to take over the government and not engaging society in another way. There

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are over 2000 mosques in America, seven to 10 million Muslims in America, there are Christians who are doctors, lawyers, congressmen, and there are 20,000 Muslims in the US Armed Forces. Not only that, but the Gallup poll found that Muslim women in this country are the highest earning minority class of women in this entire country, they earn an average of $117,000 a year. So if you guys see me walking around with me,

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it might make

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money.

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But the point that I'm trying to make is, this is a successful group of people. This is a group of people that has meshed relatively well with society at large. And on top of that, not only do we reap the benefits of the society as being Americans, how many Muslims passed away in 97% of the World Trade Center work.

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In fact, the last survivor, who was pulled out from the rubble of the World Trade Center in those horrible attacks was a man by the name of William Rodriguez, who is a conference

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not only got to shock many of you, Lenny, how many of you have heard the name of

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Muslims, which actually is a famous speaker in this country, famous Muslim speaker? Do you know that his father was a victim of mine, barely survived, was found three days.

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People that are very close to us. This is one of the founders of the white star project, right, the pamphlets that go around trying to explain what the sun is one of the founders passed away

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911 Not only that, while the whole browser Austin's going on, there was actually a mosque, a prayer room on the 31st floor of the World Trade Center, and in the Pentagon, and in fact, daily prayers were helping the World Trade Center and daily prayers till today are held in Capitol Hill. And there is a tomorrow prayer is writing congregational prayer every single Friday on Capitol Hill. So this idea that Muslims are not part of society, this idea that Muslims don't belong, and this idea that Muslims are secretly plotting has all been NATO. And now we got this idea that Muslims are somehow sympathetic to terrorists and sympathetic to terrorists, and that Muslims have experienced running

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around the communities and you know what they don't put enough to conduct terrorism wrongdoing at Duke University released a study in January 2000. Manual called anti terror lessons of Muslim American communities and states, and I quote, Muslim American communities have been the most practically progressive radicalization. That is This is one reason that Muslim American terrorism has resulted in fewer than three dozen of the 136,000 murders committed in the United States since 911. And in the case of potentially radicalized individuals, Muslim communities resounds with authorities, nine out of 10 times in cases between 2002 and 2008. And they were almost the first

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responders to potential terrorist attacks. Remember the Time Square what was going to be the Time Square bombing? It was a Muslim, coconut oil that attack remember Omar Farooq, Abdullah, who was on the plane Thanksgiving Day, coming to Detroit, it was a Muslim that actually held him down in that stop that prevented that attack. Muslims are often the first responders to potential terrorist attacks, right? So this idea that our loyalty should somehow be questioned. Right. And there's all this talk right now with the whole peter king, with the whole peter king hearings that he should be put on trial. And we should be asked as Muslims, whether he wants to be American, or whether we want

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to be Muslim, whether he denounced our religion or not, whether whether we can truly be loyal in this country, to our faith and to our country at the same time.

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I mean, you guys are living in 1960.

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as

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we understand it,

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on September 12 1960, john kennedy had to give a major speech to the Greater Houston minister of Association, which was a group of 300 Protestant ministers about why his system would not interfere with his politics this country. Think about this was in 1962, Jonathan 1960, john F. Kennedy had to sit there and prove why he could still be a loyal American, while being a practicing Catholic at the same time. And in essence, this is exactly what we see happening today. Not only that, but there are apps in there. And there are positives. And I know that I'm shifting away from the topic, and I apologize, but I will get to the topic about the problem.

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especially in light of the Islamophobia and in light of the protests that we see outside and so on, so forth. Okay. Every single day, Muslims rights, civil rights, the Patriot Act, was passed the same day that it was introduced, it's no longer any time to read it's 342 pages. It was passed in the 18 hours of its introduction by an overwhelming majority, and that act establish guilt by association in government instead of detentions without a year senior government secret years. And then on September, as early as September 2002, john ashcroft, Attorney General john ashcroft, he discussed in terms of American citizens who were deemed enemy combatants, and as theater personnel of the US

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Civil Rights Commission said that he could foresee and I could foresee a scenario in which the public demand and target counselor

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strike again in this country. If there is a future terrorist attack in this country. And they come from the same ethnic group at a time of the World Trade Center, you can forget about civil rights that is from the interpersonal of the US Civil Rights Commission, right. So we have all of these new programs, the VBA, which basically says that a person can be established, a person can be detained in this country was just passed into law. About a month ago, regulation Obama signed into law a very controversial law which basically says that if anyone is deemed an enemy combatant berserkers, no one's had terrorist ties, he could be detained without any right to an attorney, without any access

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to without any hearing. Right, all the way for licenses for an entire licenses. Why because of suspicion on the basis of suspicion. So this is abuse of civil rights is not new.

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Unfortunately, as

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you know, democratic congressman in Minnesota, he said that people's civil rights cannot be a popularity contest. And he said, what percentage of Americans would say it's okay to intern Japanese people.

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So unfortunately, there are some rights abuses on the pure basis of suspicion. And there's this idea that our culture is at war with another culture. And this is nothing new, the idea of a culture war is something that's been, you know, it's been introduced in this country many, many, many different times, where basically a minority group was attacked. Because for the purpose of a particular of a politician being able to divert people away from real serious economic challenges. This has happened in France, where Sarkozy was a very unpopular Prime Minister targeted less than 2% of the population, right, the Muslim population by men and in public school by men in the fall, why?

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Because that gains popularity by putting our culture at risk or by saying that our culture is at risk of being changed, and that there are people who are trying to change the fabric of the society that gives way to take that gives way to the civil rights. And we have to stand up against and know that it's been done with African Americans, it's been done with the Japanese, it's being done with the Hispanic population, right? It's been done with the Jewish American population over and over and over again, this idea that someone is trying to change America as we know today. Okay.

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Unfortunately, the media doesn't help much. How many of you guys remember on 911? The video footage, for those of you who say that, that the media is not biased? How many of you remember on 911? The videos of the celebrations are going on in the Palestinian territories? Raise your hand, please remember that?

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Okay.

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For those of you who don't know, this was this was shown on Fox, CBS, CNN, right, every major news outlet show, this is one of the Palestinians in the streets, you know, with all the graffiti with all the all of the the, with all of the celebrations with all the fireworks and things of that sort. And I'm sitting there thinking to myself, like, wait a minute, my parents are Palestinian, okay. And I know that if I'm going to talk to any of my relatives in Palestine, and I need to call them nine hours earlier, because they're nine hours ahead of us.

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And I'm sitting there thinking to myself, how is this still the time?

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How did they manage to put this celebration together? Right, with an attack that happened at nine 9:12am? How did they manage to put this all together? Right, show this footage, and broadcast it to the world, within a matter of two hours or so left of daylight. Right. And that wasn't daylight savings time. Okay, specifically myself that like, This is crazy. This is impossible. Lo and behold, two weeks later, it was revealed that that is actually Footage from 1993, when Israeli soldiers pulled out of the West Bank, think about that for a moment. So if you think that the media is not wise, well,

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I'm not going to say much.

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But even Hillary Clinton, it was funny because Hillary Clinton came under fire recently, because she said, if you are super busy, that is going up in the United States, because it's real news, you may not agree with it. But you feel like you're getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do in our news, which you know, is not particularly important to us, let alone quarters, okay. So in essence, the media has become nothing more than a political propaganda machine on steroids. Every single view can be blown up in the media can be portrayed as it is the mainstream view. And you will be

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bombarded with all kinds of false evidences, but at the end of the day, what you're going to be able to read is that this is targeting a specific group, and then putting our country in a false war with someone else with another group with another religion with another ideology. And it has to stop. Right. And you know, I mentioned my wife meeting in Walmart, wearing her pajamas and being told if you're not if you're not an American, you need to you know, if you don't want to dress like an American go home. I also remember there's a good friend of mine by the name of Edward. Edward ob is a is a convert to a son. He's a white American, okay, Caucasian American, and his wife is from the

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Philippines. And she also wears the hijab. And he told me this story. And I remember he says, One day they were actually out that he was with his wife and they were at a chinese buffet. Right? And the kid walks up to them and goes, look, mom gets married.

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Yeah.

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Have you ever seen a picture of married

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not once at a party.

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Right here, woman at the center. There's a whole chapter in American history. Right. And I always tell people, I say, you know what this whole racial profiling thing, if Jesus Christ

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was to have this border flight in the United States to go establish the kingdom of God, he probably would not be able to, he would not be allowed to board that plane, because you know what, he probably be wearing a white robe, you'd have a beard,

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he probably looked a lot like me.

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The point that I'm trying to make is that this idea that, that you know, what we're doing is actually putting people in this category of being hated. And at the same time, we don't even know why we hate them. We have no idea why we hate them. So you have people playing with verses, you have people taking verses out of context, right? You have the only guy and it's funny, because in the media today, the person that you always see representing Muslims is a man by the name of unborn children. Guys.

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He's from the UK. Okay, he's waiting sometimes, you know, saying should he take over for America and things of that sort? Right. And it's as if the media in the United States has not been able to find a better representative of the Muslim community in the United States, except for a guy that lives in the UK. That's such a loser. He doesn't even have a mosque. I was actually in the UK two weeks ago. I was like, so where's his message?

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He just goes and speaks and speakers, yells all day, nobody actually follows him. Right? Why do you think the media goes out of its way to bring him to represent the Muslim community? Because that's what's right. And in essence, I just want to mention that, especially in regards to the

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especially when you're I don't know if that's two minutes or 20 minutes, that's two minutes. Are you serious?

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Okay, especially in regards to the profit of each department. And I just want to mention some things that have been said about in the past in history, right, because all of a sudden, is being portrayed in the way that he's being portrayed. And you have all of these books coming out and all of these, these these statements that are being made in the media, George Bernard Shaw, he said that if a man were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving these problems, will bring a much needed peace and happiness. He says, I've studied him the wonderful man in my opinion, far from being an antichrist, he must be called the savior of humanity. bazpur Smith, from

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the 1800s makes the story in London, the 1800s. He wrote, he was Caesar invoked in one when he was a pope, without those pretension, seizures, without the seizure without the legions of Caesar, without standing army, without a body or without a house without a fixed feminine. If ever, any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right of the client, it was more common for you have all power without its instruments, and without supports.

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Gandhi,

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Gandhi, he said that I wanted to know the best of the life one of the goals today, an undisputed display over the hearts and minds of mankind, I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that I want to place. In those days in the scheme of life. It wasn't the rigid simplicity, the other the other celebration of the Prophet and his struggles regarding the pledges, his intense devotion to the strength of the models. His fearlessness is absolute trust in God and His own mission, these kanopolis or caring for them, and surmounted every obstacle, when I close the second volume of his biography, and I was sorry that there was not more for me to have that great life. And

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Thomas Carlyle, the famous author of heroes and hero worship in the heroic history 1840, French philosopher, he said that the western slandered, which is well meaning sealed, has he groundless or disgraceful to ourselves for the assignment, great school, one of them who cannot be earnest. He was to kindle world, the world's maker headquarters. So George Bernard Shaw,

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he said,

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okay, he said, I have studied him, the wonderful man Actually, I said that I was

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looking for horrible school. The point I'm trying to make is, in all of history, 10 minutes.

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You know, the reason why I'm asking these quotes, I don't need to go into the life of this person. I don't need to go into the life of the Prophet. It's enough to say, as George Orwell mentioned, this was the man that had power and recovery model of power in the game. He demonstrated more mercy

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And in fact, the verse is no compulsion in religion was revealed what he had already assumed governorship. And when he was ruling half of the world, and when he entered into, by any standard by any theological credo, or systems or systematic standard, a secular standard at that time, he had the right to clap your hands on these people, because they did kick him out, they persecuted him, they killed the seven members, his uncle, his wife, for no reason whatsoever. But instead, he went into mica with his face onto the back of his horse, saying, everyone come out. There is no blame on you today. And even one of the companions of the Prophet Mohammed said,

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Today is the day of revenge the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon responded today is the day of mercy. Today is the day of the mercy and you know, to take quotes from the Prophet out of context, and to say this is proof that he was the white man. And I'll give you an example. So there's one that I saw, I saw a pamphlet, which I'm sure will probably be distributed, distributed on the flyer, whatever it is, it's been distributed today, right? That there is a man. And this is an authentic narration, that there is a man,

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a poet's, who is an old man, an old man who was speaking ill about the snap of the Prophet

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and the prophet in order to let

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go of his tongue.

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That sounds pretty harsh, right? It will cut his tongue. Why? Because he was reading poetry. But unfortunately, they only put one narration.

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They don't quote the entire narration from a data, which actually says that this was an old poor man who would literally go home to home, making poetry against every single person that he could see offerings to different people to poetry, to writing poetry against their enemies, and the Prophet, recognize that the man was in need. So he said, Go cut his tongue out of the sun, which in the Arabic language is an expression to go pay him, so we're going to be quiet. He just wants food. He just wants money. But you see the problem, you take things out of context. You see what happens there, I can do the same thing with the Bible. And I'm going to mention here, as it says, In Matthew

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1034 35, that Jesus peace be upon him. He said, Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth, I did not come to some peace plus or minus time to set a man against his father daughter has a mother and a daughter in law and test her mother, I have come to bring the sword. Not did Jesus Christ, please, department actually, if we take things out of context, we can portray the Bible to be evil. We can portray the bronze being evil, we can portray the IDs to people. In fact, I could probably take your calculus textbook, and although some of you would insist that it isn't evil,

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evil, but

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the problem is, is that the more that we played this game, the more we're doing an injustice to ourselves, look at the men's life. Look at what he did look at his statement, which is in one of the second most authentic traditional is not so I hate listening, that will ever harms one of our Christian Brothers, under my protection, either myself will prosecuting them on the Day of Judgment. That's our authentic tradition. This was a man of mercy. And why is it that he's being attacked today? Why is it that people now are portrayed in the way that they're portraying where, where for 1400 years, the portrayal of him by men of knowledge, educated men, let's face it, look, if I wanted

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to get a view of Islam, and if I wanted to understand sociology, and if I wanted to understand what's going on in this time of the world, then I probably asked one of your professors at this fine institution, I'm not going to go to Sean Hannity, rush limbaugh, Glenn Beck, each of whom do not have a college degree.

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being serious, but for some reason, influence such a large sector of the the American community, and everyone has the right to political commentary. My point is, why is it that they are hurt? Why is it that people listen to them because they're saying what they want to hear.

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And to be honest, to be honest with yourself, requires a certain form of integrity. And I'm not accusing any human being and you know what, I sincerely pray for those who hate us. I sincerely pray for those who hate us. For those who hate Muslims. I sincerely pray not that we convert them. I'm not, I'm not going to convert in our religion, we believe in conveying not converted. I'm not here to convert. My goal is that we all come to an understanding. Yes, identify religion as the truth. Just as you probably hear the truth. Yes, I'm sure that you have a hard time seeing that something in your religion is disagreed with or your religion is assaulted. I don't like it too much in my

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religion to resolve that either. But we have to come to an understanding we have to be able to come together and we have to not do the injustice of stereotyping.

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An entire group of 1.8 billion people because of the actions of a few, I want you to think about if 1.8 billion people were terrorists, or thought that the prophetic tradition taught them to be terrorists, this world would not exist today, if there were 10 million terrorists here in this country, because there are 10 million Muslims and 2000 facilities, indoctrinating their congregation with terrorism, that this country would not be able to survive. And in fact, this can

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be pretty scary, because you got

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to take over, I would be pretty free to

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play, all right. The point that I'm trying to make is that

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this cannabis would not be established, this country would not be established, or this country would not be able to survive in this world will not be able to survive. And I'm just going to say to you one more thing.

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To an honest q&a session, we'll open it up for you to classify my religion as religion of hate, because of the actions that will sign up for it, or any of those words, is just as fair as mean classifying Christianity as a religion of hatred, because of the actions of the Ku Klux Klan. And by the way, I'm from New Orleans, and you think they don't exist today, they still exist, and they burn crosses on people's lungs. And sometimes they actually burn in being stupid, but not evil, as a Muslim, as someone who has Christian friends, as someone who loves my Christian brother, and I understand that's not what Jesus Christ he's getting on tours. And I know what for all of you, that

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are that are, that are saying words of hatred, in the name of Jesus Christ, please get on it. That's not what Jesus taught us. You cannot tell me that Jesus is love and that say those same words, Jesus Christ, basically, upon taught the same thing. At that point in time, I understand that as a Muslim, that's peace. And that's love. And that's not that does not mean that I'm not proposing that we combine our faiths and we make one faithful together that we do away with our beliefs. No, what I'm saying is studying for what it really is, do not portray us all as being a fringe group. And don't let the media shape your views. Why isn't that a Muslim woman who's walking around work? A job is

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oppressed, but the nun is someone who's developed and who's, who's a worshipper of God, isn't that democracy? So we have to understand one another, we have to come to this understanding. I appreciate you all coming listening today. Those of you who came and who sincerely wanted to listen, and those are the indications of protest, I, I do appreciate your comment. And I asked God to put love between us and to unite us all upon what is true. And what is what is beneficial for what is beneficial for men. Thank you all very much.

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Think about this was in 1962, Jonathan 1960s, john F. Kennedy had to sit there and prove why he could still be a loyal American, while being a practicing Catholic at the same time. And in essence, this is exactly what we see happening today. Not only that, but there are apps in there. And there are possibilities of shifting away from the topic and I apologize that I will get to the topic about the problem.

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especially in light of the Islamophobia in light of the protests that we see outside and so on, so forth. Okay. Every single day, Muslims rights, civil rights are being abused. The Patriot Act was passed the same day that it was introduced. It left no lawmaker any time to read it's 342 pages. It was passed within 18 hours of its introduction by an overwhelming majority. And that Act established guilt by association in government instead of detentions without a year secret government secret years. And then on September, as early as September 2002. john ashcroft, Attorney General john ashcroft, he discussed in terms of American citizens who were deemed enemy combatants, and as

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theater personnel of the US Civil Rights Commission said that he could foresee and I could foresee a scenario where some public demand and target counselor Arab Americans are there to strike again in this country, if there is a future terrorist attack in this country. And they come from the same ethnic group at a time the World Trade Center, you can forget about civil rights that is from either personnel of the US Civil Rights Commission, right. So we have all of these new programs, the VBA, which basically says that a person could be a standard a person can be detained in this country was just passed into law. About a month ago recognition Obama signed into law, very controversial law

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which basically says that if anyone is deemed an enemy combatant, first verse, no one's had any terrorist ties. He can be detained without any rights with an attorney without any access to without

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Any hearing, right, all the way for licenses for an entire licenses why, because of suspicion on the basis of suspicion. So this is abuse of civil rights is not new. Unfortunately, as the Nelson said,

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you know, democratic congressman in Minnesota, he said that people's civil rights cannot be a popularity contest. And he said, what percentage of Americans would say it's okay to intern Japanese people in 1921. So unfortunately, there are civil rights abuses, on the pure basis of suspicion. And there is this idea that our culture is at war with another culture. And this is nothing new, the idea of a culture war is something that's been, you know, it's been introduced in this country many, many, many different times, where basically a minority group was attacked. Because for the purpose of a particular of a politician being able to divert people away from real serious economic

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challenges. This has happened in France, where Sarkozy was a very unpopular Prime Minister targeted less than 2% of the population, right? The Muslim population by betting in public school by then in the fall, why? Because that gains popularity by putting our culture at risk, or by saying that our culture is at risk of being changed, and that there are people who are trying to change the fabric of the society that gives way to hate that gives way to the civil rights of users. And we have to stand up against I don't know, if it's been done with African Americans, it's been done with the Japanese, it's being done with the Hispanic population, right? It's been done with the Jewish

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American population over and over and over again, this idea that someone is trying to change America as we know it today. Okay.

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Unfortunately, the media doesn't help much. How many of you guys remember on 911? The video footage, for those of you who say that, that the media is not biased? How many of you remember on 911? The videos of the celebrations that are going on in the Palestinian territories? Raise your hand please.

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Okay.

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For those of you who don't know, this was this was shown on Fox, CBS, CNN, right, every major news outlet showed this footage of the Palestinians in the streets, you know, with all the graffiti with all the all of the the, with all of the celebrations with all the fireworks and things of that sort of, I'm sitting there thinking to myself, like, wait a minute, my parents are Palestinian, okay. And I know that if I want to talk to any of my relatives in Palestine, then I need to call them nine hours earlier, because they're nine hours and

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I'm sitting there thinking to myself, how is this still the time?

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How did they manage to put this celebration together? Right, within a time that happened at night, you know, how did they manage to put this all together? Right, show this footage, and broadcast it to the world, within a matter of two hours or so left of daylight. Right. And that wasn't daylight savings time. Okay, specifically myself that like, This is crazy. This is impossible. Lo and behold, two weeks later, it was revealed that that was actually Footage from 1993, when Israeli soldiers pulled out of the West Bank, think about that for a moment. So if you think that the media is not wise, well,

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I'm not gonna say much.

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But even Hillary Clinton, it was funny because Hillary Clinton came under fire recently, because she said the viewership data is going up in the United States, because it's real news, you may not agree with it. But you feel like you're getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do in our news, which you know, is not particularly informative to us, let them own borders. So in essence, the media has become nothing more than a political propaganda machine on steroids. Every single view can be blown up in the media can be portrayed as it is the mainstream view. And you will be

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bombarded with all kinds of false evidences, but at the end of the day, what you're going to be able to read this, this is targeting a specific group, and in putting our country in a false war with someone else with another group with another religion with another ideology, and it has to stop. Right. And then I mentioned my wife meeting in Walmart, wherever and being told, if you're not if you're not an American, you need to you know, if you don't want to dress like an American go home. I also remember there's a good friend of mine by the name of Edward. Edward ob is a is a convert to a son. He's a white American, okay, Caucasian American, and his wife is from the Philippines. And she

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also wears the hijab. And he told me this story, and I remember one day they were actually out.

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He was with his wife and they were at a chinese buffet. Right? And the kid walks up to them

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goes, look, Mom, it's married.

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Yeah, those of you who?

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Have you ever seen a picture of Mary?

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Right here, woman in the center, there's a whole chapter in the marriage department. Right. And I always tell people, I say, you know what this whole racial profiling thing, if Jesus Christ

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was to have this border flight in the United States to go establish the kingdom of God, he probably would not be able to, he would not be allowed to board that plane, because you know what, he probably be wearing a white robe, he had a beard,

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he probably looked a lot like me.

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The point that I'm trying to make is that this idea that, that we know what we're doing is actually putting people in this category of being hated. And at the same time, we don't even know why we hate them. We have no idea why we hate them. So you have people playing with versus you have people taking verses out of context, right? You have the only guy and it's funny, because in the media today, the person that you always see representing Muslims is a man by the name of unborn children, you guys to charge him. He's from the UK. Okay, he's waiting some time, you know, saying should he take over for America and things of that sort? Right. And it's as if the media in the United States

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has not been able to find a better representative of the Muslim community in the United States, except for a guy that lives in the UK. That's such a loser. He doesn't even have a mosque. I was actually communicating weeks ago. I was like, so where's his message?

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He just goes and speaks in speakers

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all day, nobody actually follows him. Right? Why do you think the media goes out of its way to bring him to represent the Muslim community? Because that's what's right. And in essence, I just want to mention that, especially in regards to the

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especially, I don't know if that's two minutes or 20 minutes, that's two minutes. Are you serious?

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Okay, especially in regards to the problem.

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And I just want to mention some things that have been said about in the past in history, right, because all of a sudden, is being portrayed in the way that he's being portrayed. And you have all of these books coming out and all of these these these statements that are being made in the media, George Bernard Shaw, he said that if a man were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving his problems that will bring a much needed peace and happiness. He says, I've studied him the wonderful man in my opinion, far from being an antichrist, he must be called the savior of humanity. bazpur Smith, from the 1800s big story in London, the 1800s, he wrote, he

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was Caesar in both in London. But he was a poet without those pretension, seizures without the Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without standing army, without a body of work without a house without a fixed feminine. If ever, any man had the right to say that he ruled, by the way, it was, before he had all the power without its instruments, and without supports.

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god or goddess

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Gandhi, he said that I wanted to know the best of the life one of the goals today an undisputed sway over the hearts and minds of mankind, I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that I want to place for those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the other the other side of the spacing of the Prophet and his struggles regarding the pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and His own mission. These are not the sort of carry for them, and surmounted every obstacle when I close the second volume of his biography, and I was sorry that there was not more for me to have that great

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life. And Thomas Carlyle, the famous author of heroes and hero worship in the heroic history at 14, French philosopher he said that the western slandered which is well meaning seal, pesky round the scramble are disgraceful to ourselves only assignment grade school, one of them who cannot be earnest, he was to kindle world the world's maker headquartered. So George Bernard Shaw,

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he

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actually lost jobs. Okay. He said, I have studied the wonderful man Actually, I said that I was

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looking for horrible school. The point I'm trying to make is in all of history, 10 minutes,

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two minutes.

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You know, the reason why I'm asking these clothes, I don't need to go into the white

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This person, I don't need to go into the life of the Prophet. It's enough to say as George Orwell mentioned, this was the man that had power and recovery of power in the game, he demonstrated more mercy. And in fact, the verse there is no compulsion in religion was revealed what he had already assumed governorship of money. And when he was ruling half of the world, and when he entered into by any standard by any theological credo, or systems or systematic standard, a secondary standard at that time, he had the right to exactly match on these people, because they didn't kick him out. they persecuted him, they killed his family members, his uncle, his wife, for no reason whatsoever. But

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instead, he went into mica with his face onto the back of his horse, saying, everyone come out. There is no blame on you today. And even when one of the companions of the Prophet

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today is the day of revenge, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon responded today is the day of mercy. Today is the day of the mercy and you know, to take quotes from the Prophet out of context, and to say this is proof that he was a vital man. And I'll give you an example. So there is one that I saw, I saw a pamphlet, which I'm sure will probably be one of the books that's distributing this distributed flyers or whatever it is, is being distributed today. Right? That there is an N. And this is an authentic narration that there is a man

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of poets, who is an old man, an old poor man, who was speaking ill about the sound of the Prophet Muhammad peace Kpop. And the Prophet ordered electronic,

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gold at this time.

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That sounds pretty harsh, right?

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Why because he was reading poetry. But unfortunately, they only put one narration.

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They don't quote the entire narration from a data, which actually says that this was an old poor man who would literally go home to home, making poetry against every single person that he could see offerings to different people to make poetry to write a poetry against their enemies, and the Prophet Muhammad recognize that the man was in need. So he said, Go cut his time after he's done, which in the Arabic language is an expression to go pay him so we're gonna be quiet. He just wants to move. He just wants money. But you see the problem, you take things out of context. You see what I was gonna do the same thing with the Bible. And I'm going to mention here, as it says, In Matthew

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1034 35, that Jesus peace be upon and he said, Do not think that I have come to send peace on earth, I did not come to some peace, but a sword, I decided to send a man against his father daughter. So rather than a daughter in law against her mother, I had to bring the sword. Not did Jesus Christ each department actually do them? If we take things out of context, we can portray the Bible to be eating book, we can portray the bronze medieval world, we can portray the community. In fact, I could probably take your calculus textbook, and although some of you will insist that it isn't evil,

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evil, but

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the problem is, is that the more that we played this game, the more we're doing an injustice to ourselves, look at the men's life. Look at what he did look at his statement, which is in one of the second most authentic traditional

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Muslim, ever harms one of our Christian Brothers, under my protection, either myself will prosecuting them on the Day of Judgment. That's our authentic tradition. This was a man of mercy. And why is it that he's being attacked today? Why is it that people not are portrayed in the way that they're portraying, wherever, where for 1400 years, the portrayal of him by men of knowledge, educated men, let's face it, look, if I wanted to get a view of Islam, and if I wanted to understand sociology, and if I wanted to understand what's going on with the side of the world, then I probably asked one of your professors at this fine institution, I'm not going to go to Sean Hannity and rush

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limbaugh, Glenn Beck, each of whom do not have a college degree.

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Seriously, but for some reason, influence such a large sector of the of the American community, and everyone has the right political commentary. My point is, why is it that they are hurt? Why is it that people listen to them because they're saying what they want to hear?

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And to be honest, to be honest with yourself, requires a certain form of integrity. And I'm not accusing any human being and I sincerely pray for those who hate us. I sincerely pray for those who hate us. For those who hate Muslims. I sincerely pray not that we convert them. I'm not I'm not here to conversion. In our religion, we believe in conveying not converted. I'm not here to convert. My goal is that we all come to an understanding. Yes, identify religion as the truth. Just as you probably hear the truth. Yes, I'm sure that you have a hard time seeing that something in your village

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There's disagree whether you're religious and salted, I don't like it too much in my religious insulted either. But we have to come to an understanding, we have to be able to come together. And we have to not do the injustice of stereotyping an entire group of 1.8 billion people, because of the actions of a few. I want you to think about if 1.8 billion people were terrorists, or thought that the prophetic tradition taught them to be terrorists, this world would not exist today, if there were 10 million terrorists here in this country, because there are Muslims and 2000 facilities, indoctrinating their congregation with terrorism, that this country would not be able to

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survive. And in fact, this campus, you guys have here that you guys should be pretty scared, because you got a lot of

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new things to take over, I would be pretty afraid.

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The point I'm trying to make is that

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this cannabis would not be established, this country will not be established for this country would not be able to survive, the Congress will not be able to survive. And I'm just going to say to you one more thing, but we'll go ahead and look questions and we'll go to an honest q&a session, we'll we'll open it up

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for you to classify my religion as religion of hate, because of the actions that will sign up for it, or any of those books is just as fair as me classifying Christianity as a religion of patriotism, because of the actions of the Ku Klux Klan. And by the way, I'm from New Orleans, if you think they don't exist today, they still exist, and they burn crosses on people's lungs. And sometimes they actually burn in being stupid, but not evil, as a Muslim, as someone who has Christian friends, as someone who loves my Christian brother, and I understand that's not what Jesus Christ taught us. And I know that for all of you, that are that are that are saying words of hatred,

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in the name of Jesus Christ, please get on it. That's not what Jesus taught us. You cannot tell me that Jesus is love and that say those same words, Jesus Christ basically taught the same thing that he department taught, and I understand that as a Muslim, that's peace and love. And if that's not, that does not mean that I'm not proposing that we combine our faiths and we make one faithful together that we do away with our beliefs. No, what I'm saying is study it for what it really is, do not portray us all as being a fringe group. And don't let the media shake your views. Why isn't that a Muslim woman who's walking around work a job as oppressed, but none as someone who's the balance?

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And who's, who's a worshipper of God? Isn't that hypocrisy. So we have to understand one another, we have to come to this understanding. I appreciate you all coming and listening today. Those of you who came and we sincerely wanted to listen, and those are the indicators of protest. I I do appreciate your comment. And I asked God to put love between us and to unite us all upon what is true. And what is what is beneficial for what is beneficial for mankind.