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Omar Suleiman

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spinomenal haymond habla de la hillbrow. I mean, what are wanting to learn a lot and He will give it to them. It's a clean llama. So Leo said I'm about to cut out because silica Mohammed in Salalah. Honey was Salah. He was trying to sell him for silicon theater. Can everyone hear me while I'm Salah speaker does it need to be adjusted in any way? Because when I'm in the UK, I feel like Godzilla sometimes because I'm taller than everybody else. Seems like every place they go, you have to adjust everything for me. But

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first and foremost, I want to apologize for our delay. We actually left Birmingham at one o'clock. So we were anticipating to be here a lot earlier, but a lot of climbing Allah Subhana Allah had a different plan for us. And you know, obviously when we talk about this topic, pursuing excellence in pursuit of excellence, what is the word for excellence in the Arabic language? brothers or sisters? Or their son? Right? And Alexa, we touched about we touched on a little bit actually yesterday, I don't remember which university but we talked about the art of forgiveness yesterday and one of the universities and Allah subhana wa tada describes the people in a very, very beautiful way. The last

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panel Tada. He says, and sort of earlier, I'm Ron, what's Sadie filati murghab become what Jonathan Aldo has similar to a lot of great debt limits, and rush to a agenda rush to the forgiveness of your Lord and a paradise that is more vast than the entire heavens in the earth and it has been prepared for the rights is for those who are conscious of Allah subhana wa tada that Allah Subhana, Allah gives us these these characteristics, right? And just briefly, Alinea, young, fiocco and FSL law of Basra, those who give not only in in times of ease, but they actually give in times of hardship also. So somehow a lot, obviously, when someone is rich, and when someone has a lot of money he's

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expected to give, right? You know, if you're in a fundraiser or things of that sort, everyone looks towards those who are well off those who own businesses, those who are in the medical field, or whatever it is, they look towards those who have a lot of money. But nobody's going to look to the guy who's cleaning the tables and say, Hey, you need to give for the sake of a loss. Because he's not expected. But he has an expert, he has a certain expectation of himself. Right? The expectation that He has for himself is that he has to give, whether he's in hardship, or whether he's an East because he understands that a loss of Hannah Woods Allah has set a different standard for him than

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what people have said. And that's one of the prophets all along it was to them said that the reward of one Delhomme has surpassed 100,001 Delhomme, given feasts of Allah has surpassed 100,000. Why? Because the one who gave 100,000 had a million, the one who gave one, you know, he was a poor man, he was barely making it. Right. He was living on just a few, but still he gave for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, trusting that Allah subhanaw taala would reward him for that, right? Then we said, well tell the mean and leave those who swallow their anger. And swallowing your anger is different from just not taking out your anger and not not allowing your temper to get the best of you. Right?

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swallowing your anger is when you completely swallow it. And it doesn't even show on your face anymore. SubhanAllah not whenever you not whenever you show, you know, facial expressions, or whenever you make you roll your eyes at people and things of that sort. Or you huff and you puff or whatever it is that you do. You know, it's when you completely swallowed and get rid of it. And you know, it's very easy to be a pleasant person. And people expect you to be a pleasant and a courteous person when no one is being rude to you. But when people are being rude to you, everyone expects you to retaliate. Right? If someone insults you right now, then society or people will expect you to

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respond back to that insults. But that person has a different standard. His standard is the standard that Allah subhanaw taala holds of him the standard of excellence. Right? So he's still swallows his anger, seeking the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then the third one will have been on us and those who pardon people. So not only do they let the anger go, but they pardon people whenever they're in a situation where they have been harmed and abused, right? Everyone says, Take your rights, take your rights, take your rights, you know, you have to claim your rights as an individual. And as

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I said, there's a difference between a group of people claiming their rights because someone is consistently carrying out voting and an individual who's wronged right and this is the balance of Islam between turn the other cheek and an eye for an eye. Right? One is complete justice. One is complete, you don't want one can one can actually lead to more boom taking place more transgression taking place everywhere, right? So Allah Subhana Allah says in the La Jolla model gladly will accept a loss of hundreds Allah commands you with justice and axon an accent in the context of this ayah refers to come

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Passion right Allah subhanaw taala commands you would enjoins you to have a son as well as the as a sense of justice. But if you're completely a justice oriented person, then you're never going to let anything go. And that's harmful. That can actually harm your state with Allah subhana wa Tada. Why? Because Allah subhanho wa Taala let so much go Allah subhanaw taala isn't hellene A Lost Planet Allah is forbearing Allah Subhana which Allah is Allah for Allah covers up a lot of magma he will do all of these, these names of Allah subhanaw taala and attributes which demonstrate forgiveness which demonstrate pardon. And imagine if Allah subhanaw taala was to hold us accountable on the Day of

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Judgment for every single sin. Right? And we had to meet the justice of Allah subhana wa Tada. And that's when the prophets lie Selim. He said, manual Israel, he said whoever meets the hisab of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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He will be punished and I shall have the allowance and honor. She said he also the law, but doesn't Allah subhanho wa Taala say, Well, I'm an OT Akita will be a meaning for Sophia you have several he said, when you see that as for the one who receives his book, in his right hand is going to have an easy reckoning. Right? But also loss is that um, said, That's not what I'm talking about. That he calado that is your deeds being presented. But if Allah subhanaw taala actually calls you into account for every single one of your mistakes, it doesn't matter how righteous of a person you are, none of us would be able to make it through there. So we all need the mercy of Allah Subhana Allah,

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right, everyone will enter Paradise because of the through the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala even you O Messenger of Allah sallallahu it was set up even me Subhana Allah, every single person enters through the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala so the Hadith, that you know the way that we look at it, mela, yo, yo hammers, the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Whoever does not show mercy will not receive mercy. Right? So if someone harms you, everyone expects you to claim You're right. But you have a different standard. You say, You know what? I'm going to follow what a Lost Planet Allah says. But yeah, for the for who Allah to

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forgive and pardon, because Don't you want Allah subhanaw taala to do the same with you? Right? So I have a different standard than what society has of me. And that's when Allah subhana wa tada says, well, wha hoo, you need. Verily, Allah Subhana. Allah loves those who excel as more icynene. Now, the reason why I give that introduction, is because Subhana Allah, one of the worst things that can happen to a person is that he becomes satisfied with the status quo, right? The way that I am right now, is the way that society expects me to be and as long as I'm fulfilling status quo, then I'm okay. Right? As long as I'm going to the masjid just enough so that people aren't coming after me

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and saying, How can we don't see you in the messenger anymore? Yeah. As long as I'm giving just enough charity so that people don't look at me funny. And say you're making a lot more to be just giving that much charity, right? As long as I'm doing just enough in terms of Islamic work and with my student association, so that people will say, Okay, he's, he's a good brother. He's a good sister, right? I'm doing just enough, I'm meeting status school. My parents want me to be this good of a Muslim, as long as I'm doing enough that they don't think that I'm a complete, you know, failure in my Deen and failure in life. Okay, I'm meeting that, right. And essentially, what happens

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is that you become satisfied with yourself. And the worst thing that can happen to you is when you become satisfied with yourself, because that is a great sign of hypocrisy, right? Whenever you are only doing things to fulfill status quo, and you're only doing things so that you know what this I can be perceived as normal. And let me ask you, you guys a question. By the way. What are the Salawat that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said are hardest on the hypocrites.

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I send fetchit Why?

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Baraka Luffy usually when I ask that question, people say well, because we're sleeping and things of that sort, but actually, no, I mean, some handle on that. Yeah, friends, it is hard for us because we're lazy, you know, so it's hard to get up and things of that sort. But so for example, for us is pretty easy. Because you know, you can get near it you can get in your comfortable car, you can have your AC or heater on you can make it to the salon. Everything is easy, right? why did why is the profit slice and I'm specifying those to sell a lot. Because think about it at those times when you walk into the masjid. It's not these big chandeliers and lights all over the place that makes the

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mustard well lit, right fetchin Anisha was pitch black. So essentially, if a person goes to feather and so no one's gonna see him in the first place. So what's the point of going there? Right so power law for the hypocrite for them. When asked, What's the point of going the only one who's gonna see me as Allah subhana wa Tada.

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So I don't know, the site of a loss of data and the standard that a lot has set for me, then I'll just show up for the other salon. So people can still say, Well, he still comes to the salon. Right? somehow think about think about that attitude that you know, that that's being shown to us that's being exposed to us. But you know, what a lot of us would say that we don't, you know, we don't, we're not guilty of outright hypocrisy, right, we don't purposely try to miss things that we're not going to be seen with. But there's something else, there's another element to that. There's a concept of rule.

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When you're self deceived, whenever you're in a state of a state of self deception, you know, the worst patient to deal with, let's say, you know, for a psychiatry psychiatrist or a therapist, the worst patient that you want to deal with is someone who is not willing to acknowledge that there is a problem with them. Right? I'm not sick, there's nothing wrong with me. I'm not crazy. That's the worst one that you that you have to deal with. Why? Because at least the one who's admitting that something is wrong, who's saying I have a disorder, I have something I need to get over, you know, at least that person is treatable. But a person who's saying that there's nothing wrong with me in

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the first place, I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing. That person has had a lot, you have to force the medicine down their throats, and at the end of the day, the minute that they get along, they're not going to take the pills they need to take they're not going to you know, follow the prescribed treatments, so on so forth. Why? Because they don't feel like anything is wrong with them. And that is so dangerous. When you think everything is okay. Right. And that's why a lot of times we said the greatest hypocrite is who the greatest one off is who the one who fears hypocrisy, the least spatola whenever you have come to a point where you say I'm not a hypocrite, I don't have

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anything wrong with me. I don't need to question myself anymore. That's when you can know for a fact that you're a hypocrite. That is the greatest sign and the most telling fact of hypocrisy. Right? And Allah subhana wa tada describes this disease. Go ahead and do that be serene Allah. Allah Dina Wallace, are you home? Phil hyah to dunya

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una una Sana. Allah Subhana. Allah says, should we tell you about the losers, the ones who have lost everything, the ones who have wasted their efforts, right? The ones who come on the Day of Judgment bankrupt those who took a certain path, or they did something thinking that it was good for them thinking that they were doing enough thinking that this was the right way to go. Right. But at the end of the day, they lost everything. And it turned out that all of that was rendered useless.

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Why? Because you're in a state of war. The scary part about this is not that it's not like the capital have evolved to deal with that their actions go to waste. The scary thing is what cibona

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they thought they were doing the right they thought they were you know, they thought that they were okay. They thought they were safe. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says whenever this manifests itself in a way of arrogance,

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what is the form of pride that this takes you know, whenever we say pride in the English language or arrogance, it can have so many different meanings from the in the Arabic language, right? It can mean

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it could mean a reaction, right? But it can also mean something called an urge. And the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says Lola tooth Nippon has a to add a comment about Romans Alec, if you were to not sin, then I would fear something much greater for you an urban urge an urgent urgent that whenever a person becomes prideful in a way that he's he's proud of himself conceded, right? He thinks I'm doing everything right. And that's why some kind of law that is actually more does that is actually more dangerous than committing a sin. Right? Why? You know, because at least when you're committing a sin, you can recognize that something's wrong with me, you're recognizing that this is

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a sin. But whenever you become satisfied with yourself adds a bit to an episode, right? You you look at yourself and say Masha Allah I pray all my five prayers that brother does not pray there five prayers you know, a sister who wears a job would say Mashallah, look at me, I wear a job, that sister doesn't work a job and when and that leads to something that is even more dangerous things are frightening. Right? So it starts off you have Ria, which the prophets lie Selim said is a form of hidden ship which is showing off and if react you know solidify, if it becomes solid, then it becomes urgent. You know, leverage where you're where you where you're proud of yourself, you

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concede it, where you genuinely think to yourself, man, I'm doing really well. And then that becomes what's kibou

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Subhana Allah, the greatest form of pride that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, would completely forbid a person from entering into paradise, even if he had an atom's worth of it in his heart.

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The Sahaba some of them came to the Prophet slicin. And they said, yada so law, you know, what is this pride that you're talking about? You know, you know, a person would love to have a nice cloth and a nice appearance. Is that what you're talking about when you're saying pride? And the prophets? I send them says, No, I'm not talking about that. But it is what problem to not worry about, or how to look down on other people. And then to get to a point where you've puffed yourself so high that you say, you start to reject the truth, you start to try to reduce a loss of Hana data to your own logic in your own intellectual capacity. So you say, Do I really need to practice this? When I'm

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practicing all of that? Do I really need to do this when I'm doing that? Right? The people that say, I pray in my heart, I don't need to pray five times a day anymore. Because once I became aware, do you have a lost count of Tyler? So I'm now absolved from the responsibility of praying? And then you start to deny truth? Do you think that you're at such a high level, but you start to look, you know, at the poor, and you start to look at the sooner and instead of poking holes in yourself at that point, you've become so proud of yourself, and so satisfied with yourself that whenever the message contradicts with, you know, contradicts my lifestyle, or contradicts my desires, there's something

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wrong with the message, not something wrong with me. You have the hole and

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you start to twist it all around. There's something wrong with the message, there isn't anything wrong with me. And the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said, he would rather that we sin, than be guilty of that, that urge where we're satisfied with ourselves because urge can lead to Kevin, right. And those are the that's the beautiful statement as amendments, Allah, when he said that a sin that brings you back to a loss of hydroids, Allah is more beloved to him, than a good deed that takes you away. Because the good deed could make you proud, right, you might do a good deed and you might become proud of that. And that stops you. you place a roof, you place a ceiling, you won't be able

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to ascend any further and you're a minor in your deed. Why? Because you're so proud of yourself, you're so satisfied with your deen at that point, you're so satisfied with your level of output in terms of event that you can't go any further. But if the sin is going to bring you back to a loss of Haddon heights, Allah, then that actually becomes more beloved to Allah subhanaw taala, because that's a wake up call. And that's why you would find that some of the greatest of the Sahaba, right, all of them

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locaton, IBM embedded the Locanda or not, if there was to be a prophet after me, it would have been all about all the time, when he used to look back on his sins that caused him to cry that caused him to turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala when he considered how disgusting he was before Islam, and without Islam, imagine suppiler law, all you know everything that happened with the low tide angle, you know, just from a few verses from sort of Baja. And within 24 hours, he goes and he accepts Islam, and he's already fighting on behalf of the Muslims, and has given me a lot of time who says that the slab of armor was a victory. The Islam of Allah was a victory for the entire oma Why?

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Because before the law became Muslim, everybody was behind closed doors. When all the Alon became Muslim, he's going out and he's and he's knocking on the door of a vagina and saying, Hey, I'm a Muslim. Now. He's going to these finding the people, the CNN of that time. You know, he said, Who's the one who can't hold any water in his mouth, meaning he can't shut up. So they said that guy, that guy, so he goes, he tells them, hey, by the way, I Muslim and that guy throws all of his food, he throws off his drink, he leaves everything he jumps up and he starts saying, all that has become one of the saga. Right and solid thing, Kevin, I'm going to say no, no, it's not Muslim, but he's going

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around yelling to everybody spreading the news. Within 24 hours I'll never be alone with Thailand who was already taking the Muslims out and was already fighting on behalf of this team. And he never looked back. His dark past made him close to Allah subhana wa tada right as Allah says

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he became Muslim just from a few verses of Baja cannot diminish some seafood will haha oh, la cama de la la he was more beautiful than the sun when it has risen. And he was more clear in his belief than a full moon. But what is an omega and he lit the oma up he brought the entire oma with him. And this is where we're gonna talk about the effect of xR on everyone else around you. He lit the oma up for de la Jana so he entered paradise for hire tufa so paradise welcome Tim and he welcome paradise somehow de la just from a few verses. Why because his dark paths brought in close to a loss of Hannah to Allah and the sin that will bring you closer to Allah subhanaw taala that will allow you

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to at least not be satisfied with yourself is more beloved to Allah subhana wa tada and then when a person feels such

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Fight with his good deeds satisfied with his level of output satisfied with everything that he's doing. So sequel must pass on and says, hey, at least I'm doing better than that person. At least I'm not as bad as him. At least I'm not as bad as her. You know, look at what he does, at least I don't do that. You know, I remember when I was growing up, it was, you know, hey, I'm just dating. But you know what, at least I'm not gonna look at that guy. Right? I'm just dating, you know, but I don't go home with the girl. Right? That's how it was right? And a lot of people have that mentality. And they'll actually be proud of themselves. Right? At least I'm not as bad as them. And

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you constantly look lower than yourself. And in the pursuit of excellence, you can't be on the downfall. You cannot be looking below you. There is no one who pursues excellence, but he looks below him except that he's going to you know, he's going to ruin that pursuit. Why? Because then you're not allowing yourself to ascend. So you consistently have to look above and think, what can I do? What more can I do to please Allah subhanho wa Taala What more can I do? You know, what can I do to accomplish great things? You look at the lives of the Sahaba you look at not just the lives of the Sahaba you look at the lives of the great scholars of this Dean, how much were they able to

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accomplish in such little time? Right at the moment? No, we had a whole lot tada we redid the eldest sleight of hand from an amount of No, we don't have a whole lot we read on buying a note we he was a master and he was a master of listening, explaining Sahih Muslim so on so forth. Can you believe in Ma'am, and now we're talking a whole lot died before the age of 40. He died in his 30s had a lot. Look what he was able to accomplish in his life. Look at the legacy he was able to put forth. Why because as I'm beloved all the Allahu anhu narrated from the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is not authentic hiding from me. No, I also lost my cell. I'm sad, equally, Kernan mateesah be born.

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In every single generation of people, and this oma, are people who always are surpassing everyone else. People at the forefront, the pioneers. Every single generation has the pioneers. Right? We have the magette did, right? You have a one person that the prophets like Selim said that, you know, every 100 years, there's one person who revives an aspect of the deen that's being lost, but pioneers Sadiq Khan, there are people that are always one step ahead. Why? Because they have such a different standard for themselves. They're looking for the pleasure of Allah Subhana. What's Allah? How can I be from the savvy phone? If I'm not even the one who's most practicing in my family? How

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can I consider myself from the Soviet quarter? If I'm not even the one who is most practicing on my university campus? How can I be from this IP phone? If I'm not even doing more than everyone else in my message, right? You keep on going level by level by level by level and costing yourself you know, and saying how much farther Can I get? What more can I do to please Allah subhana wa tada with this situation? What can I do to be from the moistening that Allah subhanaw? taala loves so much, right? Why does the Las panatela love the machine so much? Because they're not concerned with what other people say about them. When other people come and say martial law, you're so practicing that just

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bounces right off of them because they're worried about Allah Subhana Tatas pleasure. And that's why whenever we look in the ad, what Allah subhana wa tada says, little Athena x and we'll use na, right? For those who excel they will have excellence in return meaning from Allah subhana wa Tada. Right, and, and who's not the Tafseer. But Christina here means what? What is the excellence from Allah subhanaw taala and agenda, Lil Athena axonal. Krishna as the response to that which they used to do, seeking the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala. Here is your award everyone that was just trying to fulfill status quo and that was just trying to meet the standards of other people. A lot

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of parents either would tell them as the prophets lie Selim seven Sahih Muslim Allah subhanaw taala would would tell them to go to the people that they used to seek the reward from in heaven will eat Allah Hina Quinten Tarragona for dunya found little help satchidananda go run to the people that used to seek approval from in this world and ask them Do you have anything to give me today? So the dissolve lost parents out of for the moistening? Because they were only seeking the pleasure of Allah Subhana which is an agenda. But here's the beauty of this is Lily the National resna was the other and more.

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What's more than Jenna lilla the national her snap was the other and more what could possibly be more than Jenna. Right? What is this axon that Allah subhanaw taala is talking about more now. You know how to dissolve the sun

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is the reward for anything other than accent. But what is the idea here and we're lucky that the Sahaba asked them

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Just a little law while he was in the yellow suit a lot, we understand what hersa is. But what is the zyada that Allah subhanaw taala is talking about? What's the extra that Allah subhanaw taala is talking about? And what are the messengers some of what it is that I'm saying, another little Elijah, which he loves

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to get to stare at the face of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the one whose approval you were seeking this entire time, that was leading you to do things that even people around you couldn't think of? That was leading you to try to meet standards that no one else would have set for you. You get to stare at him. which Allah, you missed him, you want to the reward, you know what's more precious to the moisten than genda loaded la la semana time the pleasure of Allah subhana wa Tada, because after all, a sign is what I want to believe it Scilab as the prophets lie Selim, what is it sad to worship Allah subhanaw taala as if you can see him. And whenever you realize you can't see him here, then

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you know that he sees you. So that causes you to act in a totally different way. You know, whenever you're in love with somebody, you go out of your way to do things that the person doesn't expect, right? You know, it's one thing if you get the same standard gifts, and I'm sure that not many of you guys are married. Alright, and sisters, I'm doing you a favor, because I'm helping inshallah, tada, you know, some of the future husbands become good husbands inshallah. But let me tell you something, whenever you get married, whenever you get married, you might buy something like an expensive system, or an expensive piece of jewelry, for 500 pounds or something like that. Right?

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You might buy something for a lot of money, and you give it to your wife, but the mode of presentation the matter of presentation to her, it was normal. Everybody else gets this amount to write, I always say this to the guys that um, that that just give their their their spouses money on AIDS and stuff like that. Right? It means nothing. All right, everybody, I'm gonna get a check for this much money. Okay, fine, right. But if you were to take a piece of paper, right, and then cut it up, and then to do something creative, right? I don't know what your arts and crafts stores are here in the UK. But if you were to go do something and put some time and effort into something and craft

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like a wooden heart or something like that, and put her name on it and say that I love you, and then leave it on her windowsill or something and do something romantic, right? You only spent about $10 or 10 pounds. But that means so much more to her. Why? Because the heart of that gift, right? what you put into that gift demonstrated that you were looking for what you were looking for her approval, I'm not saying don't buy the jewelry, and don't give her anything. But I'm saying that you will find that tapana love a bouquet of flowers or something small that That's unexpected, right? One day you come home, and it's unexpected. And you give your spouse something that she wasn't

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expecting, then that is more precious to her than an unexpected gift. Even if it's something that is, you know, that is much more valuable. From a from a from a sense of price. Am I right sisters? Yes. Okay, I got the nod of approval for them. I'm not lying to you. They all approve the what I just said, I promise you this is the truth. Okay. You know, I think safely outside this one time, he said that,

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you know, instead of going and spending too much money, he said, Just go to $1 store and buy 30 different gifts and give them to her unexpected times. And you'll do a lot better that way. So let me ask you this, is it because Is it because she values your spouse values, the paper itself, or now something for the mothers, right? If you send your child to you know, when you're if your child comes home from school, and your child made a little piece of paper for you and cut it out in the form of a heart and said I love you mom, right? And there was glue all over the place and paste all over the place in the letters roll cricket and stuff like that. Aren't you going to love that? Do

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you love that, you know, 29 cent piece of paper or whatever it is, you know, not even one pound piece of paper? Or do you love the heart that went into it? You appreciate what went into it. Right? So with a loss of hardwoods Allah, it's not the actual deeds that you're doing. It's the amount of effort and sincerity and love and the pursuit of pleasure which to us is the pursuit of excellence. That side means pursuing pleasure and it also means excellence more than someone who who acts in an excellent manner. Allah subhana wa tada on the day of Allah is not in need of any of our good deeds. Right? If the first of you and the last of you could see that as Allah subhanaw taala says, if the

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first of you in the last of you, that human and you and the jinn Have you had the most pure heart and brought forth all the good deeds and all those types of things, you would not benefit Allah subhanaw taala at all, because the laws of Hamid Allah subhanaw taala is the one who is praiseworthy, whether you praise him or not. So the moment of Josie mahalo I use this example. That on the day of judgment when we come to Allah subhanaw taala is it really our deeds

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They're going to get us into gender. No, they count. They matter. Your husband not matter. But what does Allah subhanaw taala do with your hessonite on the Day of Judgment, Allah Subhana Allah allows them to expand and expand and expand and expand. Right? You don't have lahoma, Allah subhanho wa Taala multiplies your good deeds, right? He shrinks your sins and He multiplies your good deeds, multiplies them multiplies them at the end of the day, you need his mercy to get in. But the good deeds that you present to a loss, you don't present them like here a lot. I prayed. I was praying this whole time. It was hard for me to pray. It was inconvenient for me to be a Muslim, it was

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awkward. When I went to the airport, I went through, you know, an extra check or something like that. Or when I was praying people looked at me funny. But here I did it for you take it, right. Sometimes we do this, we're arrogant with the actions that we do. You know, why are you doing this to me? Oh Allah, why aren't you giving me what I'm asking you for I do this for you. And I do that for you. And I do this for you. If we don't say it with our tongues. Sometimes subconsciously, this is how we act. I'm doing enough. If you have that attitude, it's not going to do any good. But if you meet a loss of handle, it's at your heart meets him in this world. And when you meet a loss of

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handle, it's out on the Day of Judgment. And you and you have the attitude, Oh Allah, I knew that it wasn't going to be my good deeds, our jewel rock Matic, I just want your mercy. I'm just trying to put something forth to be deserved, you know, to be deserving of your love and your mercy and compassion. That's all. That's the pursuit of excellence. So panela trying to seek a lot of pleasure with every single aspect of your life. You know, somehow there's a you know, and if you truly have that level of desire to him a whole lot. He said something very beautifully. He said either model cannot level fuqra perfectly shaped in a way

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that if a person has a thought, if a person has a thought about something, if he's thinking deeply about something, then everything around him will lend itself to that thoughts. Right. And I'll give you an example. Whenever the brothers get engaged. In this instance, we're using love examples and marriage examples. Yesterday, we talked about love and Sheffield, so I'm still in that mood of talking about love and stuff like that. So when we're thinking about love, and we're thinking about these types of things, you know, when you see someone whose love struck and Mashallah everything they see around them reminds them of their of their fiance or the person they want to marry. Right?

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You're looking outside and you say, Oh, look at that empty cup. In the carpark. Look how it's just blowing away, just like my heart when I'm thinking about my, my beloved one, or you know, look at that it's so beautiful. Or wait, or you know, if you hear a certain song playing in public Oh, that's the same song I heard whenever we went to get ice cream together. Everything is reminding you of that every single thing. Why? Because you're in love. Because you're thinking about that person. And this is what I was saying. When you are a believer and when you love Allah subhanaw taala when you're pursuing his pleasure in every single aspect of your life, everything around you reminds you

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of a loss of habitat. Everything around you lends itself to that kind of a loss of habitat. If you're outside and I'm outside and you see a tree trunk, and it's just a tree trunk, right? Another person might see that might start contemplating on the loss of Hanna horchata. Why? Because he's always thinking of Allah subhanaw taala. So in everything, he finds a way to do a good deed. Right? He's driving on the road and he sees something. You know, that's that's an obstacle on the road. One person thinks to himself, let me just get around it. But then worse than the person that,

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you know, thinks to himself, but the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said he saw a man strolling in genda, because he removed something harmful from the road. Right? So so that person, the person when he sees that he thinks to himself, I need to get over, because just as if this box or this obstacle had in it $1 million, every single person would stop, it might have 1 million has not been there, I need to stop over and move that out of the road. Right? It's a small action, but the heart and the intention and the sincerity and the pursuit of a loss forgiveness behind that small action just might enter you into agenda. And it also makes society a much better place doesn't it? Subhan Allah

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when every person is trying to do because truly whenever you have axon, then you start having a son with human beings to write what was seen inside of us at the heat sauna. And we have enjoying man with his parents with a son. He's seeking the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Tada. So even when his parents were used to be a source of comfort him are now a source of burden because they've reached old age. I want the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala I'm so in pursuit of the pleasure of Allah subhana wa Tada. So I'm going to do everything, to still fulfill my rights towards them. Why? Because I understand that this is what is most pleasing to Allah Subhana what's Allah I understand

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Then that's that being a good person being a good brother being a good sister being there for others. This is a way that I can pursue excellence. Right? This is the way I can pursue the pleasure of Allah subhana wa Tada. And unfortunately, many times we separate the two, either a person has a son with society and not excited with himself. Right? A person says that I'm spiritual, but I'm not religious. I'm just going to, you know, be a volunteer. And I'm going to do a bunch of volunteering here and there and pick up garbage, but I'm going to neglect my own self. So neglect that own episode, or a person thinks that religiosity an accent just means being the person who fulfills the

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rituals of Islam and things of that sort. He's not thinking enough, she's not thinking enough, right? But whenever you combine the two, you get a person like Rebecca Sadiq or the Allah Tada. And if you have a side with people around you, if you have a side with the non Muslims around you, they will love Islam naturally. Because when

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did he have to go to Mecca to ever go to Abyssinia?

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Did he make his note to Habesha?

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Hello?

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No, he didn't. But you know, he tried.

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Baalbek, you know, the Allahu anhu was on his way out of Mecca to escape the persecution. He was one of those who had the permission from the Prophet slicin them to go and record all the A lot of times as he was on his way out, a man stopped him by the name of a donor. A donor was not a Muslim. But he said something like where are you going? So dear people are not allowing us to worship philosophy. What's odd? And what did he say back to Beckett, he said, a man like you should never be turned away from his society. Somehow and a lot. The non Muslim was sticking up for the Muslim Why? Because the axon of the Muslim provided a benefit to society. And when other people are sticking up for you,

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then you know that things are good, right? And I guarantee you a positive interaction with a non Muslim where you demonstrate a sign with your character, a positive interaction when you demonstrate that form of side is more effective, or will be able to undo 30 years of Islamophobia that they're hearing that they're hearing in the media. Why I'm not a Muslim, and they weren't like that. This is one of the best people I've ever met. You know, they helped me when I was need or they you know, they were courteous with me whenever they had no reason to be courteous with me. You see what I signed does to a person that transforms and why? Because even through the non Muslim maybe who did

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not do any benefit to me, I see the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada through that person. And of course that should not exclude our own brothers and sisters in Islam. I see the pleasure of a lost contact through you. Right? everything that I do revolves around the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada now like in mo Lhasa, right?

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equally shangela when I go back in on the Allahu anhu that was given protection by divinity. What did he do? He went back to Mecca, and double bacula the low tide and we said, well, I need to be productive here. Right? He didn't say, Well, I'm glad someone's protecting me from persecution. So now I can stop and I can wait for the Dow of the profits license to be successful. I will look at all the allowed to open one side of his home, turn it into a courtyard. And what he would do is he would pray outside in his courtyard and he would recite in a loud voice call. And so what started happening, all of the people of Mecca even the women and the children who were not involved in the

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conflict at all started to come and listen to abeka recycled and they were surrounding him so that they can listen to him recycle. He's in his home. Right freedom of speech right in Mecca. Freedom of good Ah, I'm in my home, what can you do? Everyone is coming to listen to it and the people that were opposing, unlikeable the loads on their own wives and children were going and listening to me.

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Because of how emotional he was, and the amount of heart he put into his recitation of an ad, they would then go back to their homes crying Subhanallah in tears without having said La ilaha illAllah because of the ego the ego factor was still there. So what did the police say? They said, Look, you got to take care of this You're the one giving him protection if it wasn't for you, we would jump on him and we would beat him right so dopamine comes double back it'll be allowed to add on he says look I gave you protection Why are you doing all this? You know, why are you making heart making it hard for me and I will buckle the law. I'm gonna said you know what, I don't want to put you in a

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hard situation. But at the same time, I'm not willing to let this go. I don't need your perfection. Thank you for your service, but I don't need your protection. A man of axon benefited himself benefited society when he was to be relinquished from a society. non Muslim stood up for him. non Muslim stood up for him. Why? Because that's what Exxon does. Right? Just as a positive interaction somehow on some people say, Well, people around us have bad manners. You know, they don't they look at us funny.

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Whenever we're in a restaurant whenever we're in a public place, people look at us funny because we're Muslims. They look at me funny because of my hijab. They look at me funny because of my beard. They don't treat me the same way. So why should I treat them with any courtesy or things of that sort? Because a Merson does not allow people with bad manners to teach him bad manners. He has good manners and he teaches other people good manners. It's that billet II accent repel evil with good, acid sad, don't you see the connection? When you're dealing with a loss of how not to Allah, the standards are on a whole nother level. The standards are not the standards of human beings. So

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inshallah tada with that we ask Allah subhana wa tada to make us from our sin and inshallah we asked a lot of times to make us amongst those who are beloved to him, We ask Allah Subhana Allah to forgive us for our shortcomings. And I'll leave you just with one point in sha Allah, tada, because a lot of times when we start thinking about, you know, what is the what is my capacity in the first place? So I just remembered a very important point. So before you turn off the camera, right, what is what is something that is very, very important here to understand? What is my capacity that, look, I could be a machine if I was if I if I had a ruling position, right? Or if I was if I was

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part of government, or if I was the chair of this, or the chair of that, but I'm just, you know, I'm just an average person, right? I'm just the average Joe or the average mode, Mohammed mode, or the average spa theme, or whatever it is, right? I'm just an average person, what can I do a lot of hats, Allah on the Day of Judgment, just as the person who gave $1 million

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will not necessarily achieve the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala out of the one who gave one might actually get it. And I'll just leave you with this one Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu, it was said themselves. And this is considered a tournament, the it's an authentic hadith, that on the Day of Judgment, every single person will be asked about four things. And his feet will not move his panel up, lie, as you look at the minute, he will not move until he asked he's asked about these four things. The first one, I'm highlighting here, normally he female is not about his life, not how long he lived, right? Not how many years you were able to live. But what you did with the years that

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Allah subhanaw taala gave you because every year that Allah gives you, is a chance to do good. And it's for you a proof for you or against you on the Day of Judgment. Right what you did with your life, because as we said, People like the moment nobody came out to look what they accomplished before the age of 40. So it's not about how many years you can live because some people accomplish a lot, even before they reach their teens, while others will leave this world with gray hair and frail bones without having accomplished anything. What you did with your life, your potential your capacity, female, if not why I'm just meet a female oblah about his body, how he exhausted it, how

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he consumed it. You know, some people some had a lot of taste in this world, every single day and night, they go home so tired that some of them even have to elevate their feet to get the blood flowing back. Right, because their feet are swollen, because of how much they've been chasing this world. What have you consumed your body with? It's not about how to love how big your body was, it's not about how strong you work. It's not about how much you worked and how much of a productive person you were. It's where that productivity was aimed towards what it was aimed towards. Right capacity Subhanallah what you had to offer, according to what a loss of power to Allah gave you.

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Then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that you would be asked about your knowledge about your mother and the father, he what you did with your knowledge, you know, upon a lot. Many of us have read many, many books, but we're seriously like shut libraries. It's kind of like you're not doing anything with that knowledge. You haven't given that out to anyone. It hasn't benefited your own book, your own character, which indirectly brings people towards Islam and allows people to see the beauty of Islam. Right, it hasn't affected your behavior. It hasn't affected your good manners. It doesn't affect the people around you. You don't have the wisdom, you know, or to control that

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knowledge, that knowledge is doing no good for you whatsoever. That knowledge means absolutely nothing too. And again, the prophet Sly Stone said well, no luck or like, the Quran is a proof for you or against you. For some people more knowledge is a disease for them. Right? It's what you did, with your knowledge, Allah Subhana what's out it will ask you according to that your capacity, your potential, you know, think about the mom of Nevada or a loved one. Who is a Bedouin Arab who came to the Prophet sly Salah. And he came to the province I said, Look the Bedouins whenever you see our lobby and the Hadith of the Prophet sly cinema in the Sierra, it means you know, you're talking

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about someone who's very rough. You know, you're talking about someone who doesn't beat around the bush doesn't have courtesy and those types of things. Lay on the side of the loxone he walks to the Prophet so I sent him he doesn't say hello, how was your day? What happened feed none of those types of things.

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He says, Are you Mohamed salicylate? He says yes. He said I have some questions to ask you and I'm not gonna beat around the bush I'm gonna be straight to the point so please, you know, don't get offended but I'm gonna ask you what I want to ask you something go ahead. He said yada so a lot mineral factory said, Yeah Mohammed Salah who raised the skies and said Allah, he said, woman elgiva he has the proper size Guten Tag the mountains, he said Allah, woman best of all to flatten the ground. He says Allah. So the man says to him, says to the prophets, I said them.

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One of

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our

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rasuna said, I'm asking you by the one who raised the skies and pegged the mountains, and who leveled the earth, last send you as a messenger to us. And the province I sent him set up and he said a lot of money by Allah. Yes. So then he started asking the prophets I send them questions with that same manner. I asked you by the one who raised the skies by the one who paved the mountains by the one who leveled the earth. Then Allah subhanaw taala enjoying you to commend us with the prayers, or solidifies himself along the narrow. Then he kept he asked the same thing about all the Pillars of Islam, that he said to the Prophet sighs um, he said, Listen again. They don't beat

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around the bush. He says, I'm not gonna do any more any less. That's it what you told me I'm just gonna do that. He goes back to his camel gets on his camel rides away. No courtesies? No nothing. Mr. homma looking at like what? And they said some how long he was in such a rush that he didn't even untie his camel.

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And just kind of drag the poll out. He just went ahead. Now here's the beautiful thing about this are these nfld alone was the narrator. He says, By the time the mob mozarella went to his tribe, why the man right behind the value of man, before the sun set on that day, everyone in his tribe became Muslim.

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Everybody. He was straight to the point. This is how much I know he didn't say what the prophet so I said I'm gonna study Bukhari and Muslim and get set, you know, ages and all of the books of Hadith and these types of things that understand, you know, read a whole series of al Qaeda. That's how he asked the prophet SAW Selim. But it wasn't how much knowledge he had. It's what he did with that knowledge. You know, who was responsible for the Islam have a hooray Oh, the allowed to add on? Anyone? No.

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No, you don't have a lot of ahora. Right? The one from whom we have the most a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the most of them? Right? What a great service he's done for Islam, who was responsible for that guy? It wants to fail have no hombre dosi all the time. He was a doctor that came to the caravan. And the people knew he was intelligent. His people knew he was intelligent. So they told him whenever you see this man named Mohammed Salim clog your ears, Don't listen to him. Right? Put some cotton in your ears or something and ignore him. And he did just that. And the prophets lie. Selim was there. And he said to himself, I'm an intelligent man, why am

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I ignoring? You know, if he has something that's gonna affect me? Let me go ahead and listen to what he has to say. The Prophet slicin. I'm just setting

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and then hamdulillah and

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so on so forth. The way you heard here in the

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Hebrew, he were witness to a loss of hands out of being his oneness. And he were witness to the messenger ship of Mohammed Salah Lysa went back to this people, guess what, yes, who accepts Islam? A lot of time from the tribe of dos. He's responsible for that wasn't a whole lot of knowledge that he had. But you know, what, what did he do with that knowledge? What did he benefit with that knowledge shift? Here's the fastest everyone knows effusive. estus. Right. Who was the one who gave us the fastest hour? It was the guy that worked in a grocery store, right? A Muslim that he saw, praying, doing his love the way he was supposed to do a salon and wasn't embarrassed to answer

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questions about Islam. And actually, Chef Yusuf estus was trying to get him down to Christianity. Right? It's not about how much you have. It's what you do with it. Everyone's heard of Fatima de Dothraki mala to Allah. Just,

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you know, a few years before he actually passed away. There was a rumor that came out that he had died, but he hadn't actually died, but he was paralyzed from nose down. You remember the famous debate with Jimmy Swaggart, by the way, the Dothraki Milan, Jimmy Swaggart, that was in my university. I was at that the big on a lot. I remember thinking to myself, wow. LSU Louisiana State University.

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Chef de deus Rahim. Allah was so into it. Right? Could you have made mistakes? Yes. Could you disagree with this approach? Yeah, fine. But the effort that he put into it, even when he was paralyzed from nose down, and he just had his eyes. He still wanted to do that one. So they actually set up a machine for him. You want to see a sign in practice. And in modern times, they set up a machine forum, where he would blink at certain letters so he could write letters, right so he could write in tighter, entirely silent.

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Letters, right? So he's blinking his eyes and writing letters Who does he want to write letters to, not just to his family to say, Hey, I'm doing okay. and things of that sort. He starts writing letters to all of the preachers and people that he debated with

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accepting them to Islam, and he's still debating with them through mail. SubhanAllah Not only that, he had two Christian nurses in South Africa, and he was debating with both of them, one of them accepted Islam.

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Think about this, with all of our facilities, many of us cannot accomplish what he was able to accomplish just using his eyes, that a person takes Shahada is panela an enemy he Medina fabby, he you'll be asked about your knowledge what you did with that knowledge, you have to have a solid with your knowledge. Well, I'm sorry, he meant a inaccessible with FEMA. And the money that you have, you know, somehow a lot, where did you earn it from because you have to have a lot earnings. And how you spent it, not this great amount of money. That's, you know, it's not about last month is not going to raise people on the Day of Judgment according to how much they gave. Because some people give

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very generously, but they do it to meet the standards of people. Some people get very little, but they do it to meet the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala. We've cheapened charity, by the way, when we only talk about the cat at a fundraiser charity out of fundraiser, whatever, we're trying to get money. This is a way to purify yourself, when no one knows. And you go online now with all these things, that you could just go to a website of an Islamic organization and say, You know what, I'm just gonna donate five pounds today. Just because I know I don't have much. But this is I'm thinking how can I please the last kind of data through this. So think about it always look to the profit

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slice and have a look at the Sahaba the Sahaba did not have much, most of the Sahaba were poor, most of the Sahaba did not have a lot of money. Most of them did not have, you know, great means, right? But they always worth pursuing more and more and more and more. Right. And that's why whenever the forced to have a complaint to the province, why sell them they said subtle, subtle muscle, a lot of it was ella jasola, the rich Sahaba have taken all the rewards. Because you know, they pray like we pray they fast like we fast, they do everything like we do, but they have all the money so they can give and we can't give right so they're at a higher level than us and the prophets lysozyme says

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didn't the last kind of time provides you ways to give Silva every test VM is a solid support a lot every time he that hamdulillah sada every tambien a lot of Allah gave you means to. So they started to do this after their Salawat and so on, so forth. And then what did they come back to the process of saying, now the rich companions are this and they're doing that too.

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It wasn't enough for them. They're doing that too. They're doing this to be made into tech beer to now. So the problem is, I saw him said that he can fumble a lot, you'll see him a shot, well, a lot of them. That is the bounty of a lot. He gives it to him, he wills in Las panatela is the one the Bestower of all bounties. Somehow a lot looks to the companions, you'll find some that had little means some that had a lot of means. And you'll find an example that you can follow and hasn't been mishandled a lot of time who said, and we use this to describe theology and methodology. But it's also true in the way that we model our everyday lives in our characters. When you stand up for your

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standard beam and whatnot, you can also have Rasulullah, he sort of lahardee was sent him, whoever is waiting for someone to follow some superheroes to follow. Let him wait upon those who have already come, who have already come and went and left this world. They are the companions of the messenger slicer, they are an example for us in every single way. We asked the last character to make us among those who live up to their potential and shot law. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to make us amongst those who are from in Sydney. And we asked a las panatela to make us from and looked again. And he asked the last panel to make us amongst those who love Him and who are beloved to him,

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and who will meet him on the Day of Judgment pleased and well pleasing along. I mean, does that belong Hayden