Focusing On Allah

Omar Suleiman

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the velocimeter ministry thought it was phenomenal human hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen whatever you want to Allah Allah, Allah mean without people too much attain Allahumma salli wa Salam wa barakaatuh Abdullah Sudha Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on it, he was like to be your salam to see him and cathedra I can't see any of you right now. But I know you're here and hamdulillah and it's, it's wonderful to be here and may Allah bless the incredible work that y m has been doing for decades now. And I'm very laudable I mean, many of those who are organizing this whole convention are graduates of YM. And I pray that Allah subhanaw taala allow for this generation of YM to go on

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and to build the next institutions in sha Allah to Allah and continue the existing ones. So that we can continue to spread the message of la ilaha illAllah Muhammadan rasul Allah, Allah Amin,

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I wanted to talk about this concept of focusing on Allah Subhana Allah as a means of keeping yourself calibrated, but approach it from a little bit of a different angle.

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How many of you can think of let me see if I can see all right, I can see you all know how many of you can think of a righteous friends that just by being in their presence, your iman is elevated? Your faith is elevated? Can I see some hands if there are people in your life? And please do participate? Because it's an interesting exercise. How many of you have people in your life or people that you know that just being in their presence elevates your iman?

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All right.

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So having a righteous friends, you'll hit your hero Kahaluu while you're doing look at Atari, because even Allah Allah Rahim, Allah said, whose very state inspires you, or who guides you to the right place, is, without a doubt, one of the strongest ways to maintain your Eman especially in a hostile environment, we need to look to those that are oriented towards the same mission that we are oriented towards, especially when the world tells you that that mission is no longer compatible with modernity. What's how also been happy what's the loss of a sub Are they enjoying one another in patience, they enjoying one another in the truth and they hold each other to patients upon that path

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of truth. Imam Shafi Rahim, Allah to Allah said that if the only sort of revealed in the Quran was sort of answer that would have been enough, think about that, just that idea of a group of people that understand urgency, and that find other people that are just as dedicated and committed to the truth as they are. And that will hold each other not just accountable, but make one another patient and steadfast upon that truth. Now, the deeper you get into this mission,

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the more you're going to need people around you that have a certain state that will rub off on you bitten Allahu Taala in a positive way. And so if you need people that simply don't commit a certain sin in order to relinquish a certain sin, then that's a standard of friends, a standard of company that will hold you accountable so that you don't fall to those pitfalls of ShaVonne. And that's important sometimes, to have people whose standards do not include some of your pitfalls and some of your destructive flaws, or make it easier for your vulnerabilities to be exploited. That's one standard. But then another standard is what's good enough. Second, I live in a room and the home

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believe it will actually you'll be doing a workshop. It's actually accompanying people who pray at nights, it's actually accompanying people who struggle and strive it's actually accompanying people who are not simply trying to stay away from certain sins in their lives, but are actually committed to the mission of this deen the mission of this religion, and that engage in extra forms of worship, and extra forms of service and extra forms of volunteering, so that they can be amongst those that are most pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala. And that's a different level of submit a different level of patience that's going to be needed. How many of you have worked with Muslims before? Can you

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raise your hands?

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All right, those of you whose hands have been raised, I don't know why the rest of you have not worked with Muslims before but I'm just going to those of you that have raised your hands.

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nod your heads if working with Muslims is hard.

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It's pretty hard, right?

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Okay, requires patience. We require patience with each other, but at the same time to flip that equation. You know, sometimes when you're

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complaining about the difficulties that come with working with other human beings and some of those hardships. You also talk to other people that felt a certain way as well. And that kept you calibrated and coordinated and committed, despite that disappointment that you faced.

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The point is, is that righteous companions and people that are committed, just by being in your presence, they elevate your standard. They elevate the way that you are.

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Now, here's the other part of that they inspire you. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. One of the things that we learned about him it his Salatu Salam is that in the last year of his life, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam doubled the review of the Quran or rather Jibreel Islam reviewed the Quran with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam twice in the last Ramadan. And the famous Hadith about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the prophets like Selim was always generous. He was always committed to his mission sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a way that inspired generosity. But when Djibouti and it has met him, he elkaar who Gibreel one Gibreel not

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him, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would go into that next gear, and he not a no, we don't even know Allah. He says, one of the reasons for that is the presence of righteous companions that when Jibreel Islam was with the Prophets lie Selim, it increased the prophets lie some even further, it took them to the next level.

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Now, if you lived in Medina, when you were with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you were so inspired,

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that you had no concern for this dunya I mean, you think about Subhanallah how beautiful this is.

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That the Companions describe themselves with the Prophet sallallahu it was salam, like every concern left, every priority was reprioritized, in accordance with wanting to be in the presence of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, whether you were young, or you were old, whether you were just making it as a Muslim, or you were a companion that was dedicated to the mission of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when we were with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam La Jolla him when a dunya, the dunya did not bother us at all, this world did not provoke any sense of concern for us.

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They were like people, as the prophets, like some said, if you were to be the way that you are with me at all times, the angels would shake your hands in the streets.

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But we don't have the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam amongst us anymore.

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And then Hamdulillah we still have each other. And that's important. And that's why we have to stay together people that remind us of Allah subhanaw taala have to maintain a part of our lives. Otherwise, if you are living your Islam alone, or just on some quarter of social media, you're not going to have a collective that boosts your faith and takes it to the next level. In fact, it could be detrimental to your faith, even if the discussion is Islam, there isn't the level of inspiration and holding you accountable, and inspiring you to the next level that would be present in a circle of righteous friends.

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Now, here's the thing.

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What I wanted to pivot to, is this idea of Allah taking you as a friend.

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And you having Allah as a friend at all times.

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And you ask Allah to be your friends, when you say what's when the NI fi mentor late?

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Oh Allah be my Willie. Oh Allah be my guardian. Oh Allah be my best friend. Oh Allah be my protective friends. You're asking Allah subhanaw taala for that in your app. And I want you to think about everything we talked about when we talk about healthy presence of friends and righteous company and what that does to inspire to inspire you. And think about what it means to be with Allah subhanaw taala and what that does for your faith, in the sense of being so cognizant of his sight and his presence at all times,

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that your faith is directly connected to him and what that means for you on a consistent basis. You remember Allah subhanaw taala you are aware of his sight upon you and so you don't transgress in certain ways because you're thinking about his sight upon you, not just the sight of righteous people who are meant to at the end of the day connect you to him not being there. Right so the righteous friends at some point, they're gonna go home and you're gonna go home. But those rights his friends serve the function of reminding you of who of ALLAH, so that you would continue to be reminded of him even when they departed from

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I'm here. And that was, of course, the biggest test for the companions of the Prophet sallallahu. It was Saddam, that the person who served as the ultimate reminder of Allah, the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself passed away. And so now they had to try to generate that consistent awareness and reminder without Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam in their midst.

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So the the function of righteous friends is that they remind you of Allah, in a way that you continue to be reminded of Allah even when they depart from you.

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And you think about that, even in the sense of the hereafter.

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When the prophets lie, some says Enter moment, but you will be with the one that you love.

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That doesn't just mean if you love the Prophet, slice on you'll be with the prophets like Selim. That means if you love Allah, you'll be with Allah subhanaw taala.

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When you show up on the Day of Judgment, may Allah subhanaw taala allow us all to have an easy accountability on that day. And you already know Allah, before he calls you to him.

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You already have invested in nurturing a relationship with Him. That is different. But at the end of the day, that has to come back to your own do that has to come back to your own worship your own supplication, your own willingness to at least try to hold yourself accountable when no one else is around, to try to abide by his standards, even if everybody else has forsaken those standards even if people make you feel a certain way for having those standards, even if people insult you, even if people consider you to be a certain way it doesn't matter because you're operating on the set of his standards, not theirs and not even your own.

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Now it's a process for lots of become your friends. May Allah subhanaw taala become our friends everyone say Amin May Allah make us all amongst his friends to win Nany fi monthto elite Oh Allah take me as a friend amongst your friends.

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Because Allah subhanho wa Taala unlike us, right we can only have you know, one friend two friends three, Allah subhanho wa Taala who here is the daughter of every single person when they say hola hola. No matter what language they're speaking no matter where they are, no matter how many people are saying it at the same time. Allah subhana wa Tada invites you to friendship.

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And there is no limit to the number of friends that Allah subhanaw taala can have Tolani fie mentor relate.

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There's a process here.

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Now this process of Allah being elderly,

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Allah subhanaw taala being your guardian, and I want you to think about the connotations of this word. This process requires first and foremost

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the entrance into a state of belief. I know some of you might think like,

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belief emaan we all have Iman. We all have emotions. Pamela Aisha and I were just talking backstage about this concept of how quickly people can endanger their Iman, without even realizing they're endangering their Iman by making statements by saying things that are completely out of the bounds of Islam that violate everything of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam but it flows and it's how is it that it becomes okay for them to say because they look around and other people are saying it to put out temotu nila one two Muslim who don't die except as Muslims. Careful. Right, so entering into a state of Eman and being very deliberate that you accept

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the conditions of faith. And there are articles of faith and there are conditions of faith Allah who will even Lavina Amma know, you read your home in automatic Illinois. Allah is the friend of those who believe. He takes them from darkness to light. Darkness is the darkness of disbelief. Light is the light of faith. And once you enter into a state of faith, you commit to La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Allah so Allah just as a commitment, that if something is proven to me to be a faith, I accept it.

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You enter into a level of friendship with Allah subhanaw taala a level of his guardianship.

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But then you want to grow

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and you want it to be a deeper state of friendship.

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And what takes you from level one to level two? You know, it's very interesting about this idea. This idea was revealed in Medina.

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And it's when the Muslims came into,

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into communication with many of the people of the book

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and withdraw him Allah says in the tough seat of this verse that you'll read to him in a literal Mattila. Nora takes them from darkness to light refers to people who already believed in a Saudi Saddam they believed in moosari Islam they believed in East Saudi Salam. They believed in Moses, they believed in Jesus peace be upon them, and they were looking for the light of the continuation of their mess.

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Since it was too dark to be found in those days, and that is indeed, the case before the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam comes is that you have a group of sincere people that are looking around for truth. Those people that some nefarious evil the Allahu Taala animal came into contact with around the world sincere people have the book that we're looking for

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the next face that had realized that the candle of a Saudi son of the torch of a Saudi psalm of Jesus peace be upon him had been dropped. And they were looking for it. So well John Rahim Allah says, You freed your home enough Lulu Martina Nora takes them from darkness to light by taking them from their belief and their Sid has Salam as they were striving for the next phase to the light of the belief in Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam. Believing in the message of Musa Sam was light, believing in the message of SRT, salaam was light. And they were looking for the continuation of that light of towhee that light of monotheism. And Allah guided them to where they found it. And

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Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his message. So he took them from darkness to light, but there was an effort on their part. Think about how hard it was, for people to be willing to consider that next phase to be willing to consider that next branch of belief so they had to strive. There is a level of exploration there a level of commitment that's necessary for Allah subhanaw taala to open your heart to that next level, to where you go into a deeper level of friendship with him. Subhanahu wa Tada and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned that those who believed in Ysidro salaam, and then believed in me have twice the reward,

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which is a glad tidings to all of those that converted to Islam and hear

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that you have twice the reward they believed in a serious amount and then the messenger Muhammad slice and I'm came and they believed in me as well they have twice the reward. They built upon that friendship with Allah subhanaw taala. Allah brought them to another level of closeness through their commitment to looking for the light and open their hearts in a certain way.

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That's one way.

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The next thing I want you to think about here, though,

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is that that next layer of focus,

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and when I asked you who the friend of Allah subhanaw taala, is,

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you probably think of a particular Prophet, I hope you do at least after the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which person is referred to as the friend of Allah subhanaw taala is the friend of God.

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Ibrahim, it is Sara. Someone said that really loud mashallah, I hope your name is Ibrahim. Because that's that means that you love your name. Ibrahim Ali salaam Ibrahim is the friend of Allah.

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And if you think about the nature of that friendship, the nature of that relationship that Ibrahima Islam has with Allah subhanaw taala. What brings them from step one to step two to step three

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was Ibrahim's willingness to submit to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah.

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Allah praises many things about Ibrahim Ali salaam,

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but the condition of his closeness to Allah.

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What Allah subhana wa Tada directly connects to closeness was Ibrahim alayhi salam, his willingness to submit himself to Allah subhanaw taala. Even if he didn't immediately understand the command from Allah subhanaw taala. He submitted Himself because He trusted Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, Allah is Allah kill. He's the one that you place your trust in. Allah is Al haffi. He's the one that protects you. Allah is a movement, he's the one who guarantees you safety. Allah is elderly, he is your friend, your guardian. But your friendship with Allah subhanho wa Taala is not one in which

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is equivalent to a human friendship where there are somewhat equal rights and responsibilities between friends. That friendship flourishes when you give each other an equal measure of the same type of content of the same type of substance.

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That friendship with Allah subhanaw taala is a friendship with Allah Li is a friendship with your guardian, a friendship with your protective friend, where you submit yourself to Allah and Allah rewards that submission by letting you feel tranquility that that submission was the best thing you ever did with your life.

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Why do people take a step back and not take that next level of commitment to Allah? Because subconsciously it might be playing in your head. Like, if I take that step, here's what I'm going to be missing out on.

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Here's what I'm gonna be missing out on. Whether it's an immediate form of joy, or it's a convenience, a comfort that you that you have

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If

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there is a fear that we have an apprehension and of course is generated by the siphon as well, who wants to distance us from Allah spawns out as much as possible that if I take that next step of submission,

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it's going to yield me sadness.

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Why? Because I'm giving up something.

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I am putting myself in a certain level of restriction that is not going to allow me access to things that I think bring me happiness. And so especially for young people, let me put off this level of submission. This next commitment, because this right now is what gives me a sense of happiness and fulfillment. And the way that actually rewards your submission is that as soon as you submit, even if you incur hardships in the process of that next level of commitment, Allah unlocks a tranquility in your heart that you can't really describe to somebody that's never experienced it before.

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It's really hard to tell someone what that next layer of faith felt like. But every time Ibrahim Annie has Salam submitted Himself to Allah subhana wa Tada despite something extremely difficult in front of him,

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Allah subhanho wa Taala immediately showed Ibrahim on Islam that it was worth it. Ibrahim was at peace with that submission to Allah subhanho wa taala. He came to trust Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and know that every single time he submits if call Allahu Rabu Aslam, Kala Islam to the rubble and I mean, every time his Lord tells him submit, he says, I submit myself to the Lord of the Worlds Allah is going to give him something special in return. Allah is gonna reward that sacrifice.

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And so when you think about your friendship with Allah subhanaw taala a lot of people are like, you know, I feel very close to Allah, why I make a lot of dua to Allah. It's great hamdulillah keep making dua to Allah sincere do as a form of submission. Sincere is a form of submission, by the way, because you're submitting your ego by admitting your own end capability by calling upon the all capable you're admitting your own inability to the one who is always able, you are submitting yourself in terms of your time in terms of your own efforts, and exerting yourself in dua to Allah Subhana Allah it is riba it is at the core in essence of worship, but that's sincere.

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It's not just I call upon Allah subhanaw taala when I'm in trouble and ask him to do stuff for me, it's not just I call upon Allah when I'm broken and ask him to fix me.

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It is doing that transpires within the capacity of a holistic form of Obadiah a holistic form of submission. Yeah, Allah I submit to you, you think about what it really means in terms of a marriage. Right? A guardian, who is going to act on my behalf, who understands who has my best interests at heart. When a person has a Joaquin, an agent's on their behalf, someone that acts on their behalf, there's a submission that is implied in there. And Allah Allah keen and elderly is different from Olli and our key in the human sense. It's so much more intense in terms of that submission. But yeah, Allah, I'm submitting it to you.

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I'm gonna focus on pleasing you. I'm going to focus on submitting myself to you. And I'm going to submit my understanding of outcome, my understanding of fulfillment, my understanding of what I think brings me joy right now, because I know that you know me better because you created me, you know me better than I know myself. I slumped. I'm focused.

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And then Allah subhanaw taala unlocked something.

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within you, your creed, your Hamina guru Mati, either nor he takes them from darkness to light. And not everyone has the same amount of lights.

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There are lights that are a little dim.

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There's someone that you know, is barely hanging on to belief. barely hanging on to Leila Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, but the light is still there in their lives. And what I would say to you, dear brothers and sisters, that if you feel like the light is about to turn off altogether,

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if you feel like it has dimmed to a point that it's barely there, then you need to commit the time and the efforts to increasing and amplifying that light before you find yourself in complete darkness. That's a warning sign to you.

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And nothing else should be your priority in that moment, except increasing the wattage and making sure

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Word that that light gets brighter and more clarifying for you, if you find that it has dimmed itself

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to a point that you barely even recognize where it is at this point.

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But just like on the Day of Judgment, some people have a little bit of light here.

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And some people have a bunch of light that's emanating from their bodies. In this life, the light of EMA and the light of faith, which is directly correlated to your friendship with Allah subhanho wa Taala is not the same for everybody, that light in your heart

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that allows you to see the world in a certain way in context,

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that allows you to see everything through the lens of trying to please Allah subhanho to Allah, that's a special light that you want to have. And that's increased through your willingness to submit your willingness to commit, see a lot of people treat religiosity backwards, they treat this relationship with Allah subhanaw taala backwards, they say I'm going to wait until Faith makes me feel amazing to take the next step within it.

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I'm going to wait until I have this incredible moment where one day I'm just reading Quran and I break down into tears. And then I'm going to take that next step, then I'll commit further. But the reality is, it doesn't work that way. First, you strive, then Allah unlocks, because ALLAH SubhanA huzzah Anna, while he invites you, every single one of us to close friendship with him. Allah doesn't need any one of us to be as friends. We need Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and Timon for Quran in Allah. You are the ones who need him. Well Allah who will Anil Hamid, Allah is self sufficient, and Allah is praiseworthy, whether you praise him or not always praised.

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So you have to see in yourself that if I take that next step, I know that l Willie will allow me to come closer to him. And attorney Yoshi, I'd say to Hawala, you go to him walking in comes to you running, you go to Allah Subhan, Allah to Allah with this, Allah subhanaw taala unlock something for you in the next way. Now, I want to end with this concept, because it's a very powerful concept.

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Because I want to go back to the very start of this, and it's extremely pertinent especially to young people right now. And we have the epidemic of, you know, just sadness, emptiness that is so evident around us.

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One of the ways that you look at the people of Allah is that they are a sign of Allah subhanaw taala.

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You know, we started off with those people that inspire you, just by being in their presence, because they clearly have something that you want. They clearly have one layer of connection to Allah, that you feel like you don't have maybe it's not always entirely vertical. Right? Sometimes you're connected to Allah in one way, they're connected to Allah and another way. And what made the Companions beautiful is that they looked where they lacked and then they tried to find people around them that would help them fill those gaps within themselves. I want what you have, because what you have is a greater level of connection to Allah Subhana Allah when Allah says he then I'll sit off on

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the stuff he said off Allah Levine and Antara him, guide us to the straight path, the path of those who have earned your favor. When we say to when money fee mentor or late take me as a friend amongst your friends. There is a recognition that in every generation and even in our immediate context, we can identify people in our past and in our present

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who are connected to ALLAH SubhanA horchata in a way that inspires those around them.

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And if you take a person who practices this Deen as it needs as it deserves to be practiced, and put them in a room with someone who has no clarity and their theology, doesn't know who God is, doesn't know why they're here. And you tell me if it's not self evident, that with the equals with with completely equal circumstances, they will be in completely different states. How is that not a sign of Allah subhanho todos light upon a people.

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Yesterday, we were with Chef Yasser Fermi May Allah subhanaw taala cure his mother may Allah azza wa jal descend His mercy and His healing upon her as they receive devastating news yesterday May Allah subhanaw taala descend his tranquillity and mercy upon that entire family Allah man I mean he was talking about you know, the idea that look I know we're down on our own sometimes we get really down on the Muslims the Muslims are this the Muslims are that but there are some pretty amazing people in this OMA

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I feel like everywhere I go I meet people who are a sign of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada.

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There is no way you could tell me just basic experience that the person

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who commits themselves and the person who embodies and manifests faith in the way that it should be manifested. I'm not talking about people in your life, that practice external aspects of faith but have filthy tongues and are abusive and condescending. Because the prophets lie some said about that woman in his time that used to pray a lot and fast a lot but was abusive to her neighbors love hate raffia there is no good inside of her there is no lighten her. There is no faith in her. That's not what it is clearly, there is something lacking on the inside of their manifesting that on the outside, they're not doing it right.

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But if you know people in your life that took that next step to Allah subhanaw taala and put them in a room with someone who has the exact same set of circumstances and tell me you don't see the difference.

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And so what's the evidence for you, that if I take that next step in submission to Allah and focus on Allah, that Allah is going to unlock another layer of friendship for me, look at those people who have done what you have hesitated to do.

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And tell me you don't see a difference.

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The signs of Allah subhanaw taala are around us all the time. And by the way, they're not always going to be on the stage. And in fact, I can tell you that if you're looking at the stage for them, you're looking in the wrong places they might be sitting right next to you. They might be the people that are volunteering in this convention. They might be the people that are trying to whisk speakers through the crowds. They might be the people that are cleaning up the convention center. They might be the organizers that you don't even know they could be the people wearing the vest or the people sitting in the seats that aren't saying a single word, the people of Allah subhanaw taala exist

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amongst us.

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Pay attention to those people. Those people that hold their tongues back from the dignity and honor of others, those people that continue to be in the misogyny of Allah subhanaw taala in the houses of Allah subhanaw taala those people that quietly work to enact change in their communities. Those are people of Allah subhanaw taala and you tell me when you look at their faces and you see them that you don't see a level of fulfillment that cannot be given through anything else to anyone else. Allahu Allahu Allah Dena Amanu what are the prophets like some saying that hadith Guzzi?

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Man I believe Alia, Allah says, Man add that he will he have a cut down to who will help? How amazing is it to have Allah as your friend, you know, when you think about your friend, one of the biggest tests of friendship is will your friend have your back when you're not there? Right? Are you going to have my back or not? When people start talking about me? Are you going to defend me? Are you going to be there for me? In my moments, Allah subhanaw taala says monad that he would iya whoever messes with one of my friends, * done to who will help I will wage war on your behalf. Allah will wage more on our behalf.

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If we enter into that friendship with him, and then Allah subhanaw taala mentions that no one comes close to me with anything more so than the things that I've prescribed upon them, they submit themselves to the obligatory deeds.

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I'm sorry, if you're not praying five times a day, don't claim friendship with ALLAH SubhanA wa Tayana. Work on it. And I don't say that to be harsh. And I don't say that to condemn people to do all together. If they're struggling with their Salawat I'm saying that you're not going to come closer to Allah with anything more so than praying your five prayers on time

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and fasting your fast and doing the things that he commands you to do. And abstaining from the haram. And then you start coming close to Allah with the voluntary things, until I love you.

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Until Allah subhana, Allah loves you know, again, we said there's a general love. There's a general we like a general friendship for the believers. But when Allah subhanaw taala loves you, that overwhelms your entire sense of seeing your entire sense of hearing, where you go, what you exert yourself towards what causes you concern, what gives you happiness, everything about you is now shaped within that love. Everything about you is now shaped within that light.

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And the last thing I'll share because I'm out of time, right?

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I see you holding the phone nervously. The last thing that I'll share here is you know what's incredible Subhan Allah

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is that as much as it's a process

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subhanho to Allah, glory be to the one who turns hearts in an instance.

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Glory be to the one who closes gaps and distance of distances of years and years and years in a matter of days. In a matter of moments. There are people that go from being enemies of Allah

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ought to being friends of Allah in one day

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you're dealing with more Kalibo Kurobe the one who turns hearts.

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And so for those of you that are sitting there and going, this guy is talking about friendship with Allah and I'm struggling with belief in Allah, I'm struggling with major sins. How is that even possible?

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It is possible that you go home tonight as a way of Allah subhanaw taala

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because Allah is the One who shortens those gaps. And Allah is the One who closes those distances in an instance,

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but that is through your sincerity.

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To want to be Allah's friends, to want Allah to be your willy, may Allah subhanaw taala take us all as friends, may Allah direct our focus and our longing towards him. May Allah subhanaw taala grant us a faith that allows us to bear the tribulations of this world without compromising our religion in the least May Allah subhanaw taala allow our hearts to be connected to him and our hearts and our efforts to be connected to each other in accordance with seeking His pleasure. Allahumma Amin does that in a little hiatus and I want to come on up until after Katherine