How the Prophet (PBUH) Taught Hope

Omar Suleiman


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The recent incident in Afghanistan highlights the horrors of the past, including the loss of at least five people and the importance of preserving mental health and faith. The success of Islam and its implications for preserving the light of Islam have also been highlighted. While there is a need to reward people and find ways to maintain mental health and faith, the speaker emphasizes the importance of not overburdening people and bringing them back to their beliefs. The speaker also discusses the negative impact of pessimism on society, including the belief that everyone is immune to COVID-19 and stress the importance of acknowledging one's own abilities and values.

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I want to thank brother Ennis, for the generous welcome. You know, subhanAllah this will be a lesson in the public of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada, actually, I met brother on us by chance and very quickly, I was at a conference with him for American Muslims for Palestine.

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And he introduced he sat next to me and introduced themselves to me I was only there for three four hours I was on my way, actually to the the janazah of the daughter of Malcolm X at hedge medica Chavez, Nautica, Rahim, Allah Tada. And I told them, oh, you're from Turkey. I said, I'm going to be transiting through Turkey. I'm on my way to Bosnia and shot lots on I'll be there for a date. He said, Let me host you. This is how that all happened in a matter of less than two weeks at home that anonibet Amin So may Allah bless you, brother on us for your generosity and may Allah reward all of you for coming out. I've been doing university it's an absolute pleasure to be here and humbled and

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honored. I mean, so I just appreciate all of you for making it out. May Allah reward you all for braving the rain to come here tonight and have been enough and allow that to be on your scale with good deeds Allah I mean,

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the topic that I have is a pretty common one. But I want to speak about it from a very specific perspective.

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How many of you have heard of the incident of cloth with the profit slice?

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Okay, how many of you have heard the drought of cloth very famous the llama they lawmaker school block the whole city, and so on? Well, I complain to have my weakness, my inability. You've all heard that drought, right, famously translated, relayed narration through the books, though, it's not documented with the scrutiny of a hadith but very famous transmission of the sentiment of the prophets of Isola in that moment of life. But I want you to think about the drowns that you've never heard, say different Hadith, while the Allahu Anhu was the only person with the Prophet salallahu it who has set them on that journey of five that witnessed him walking, covered in blood, with pebbles

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in his shoes, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And what hurts more is the rejection. More than the stones to the face of the prophets, I send them the punches. The blood were the wounds that were caused to his heart it is Salatu was Salam. And Allah mentions that it hurts you what they say this is the culmination thought of comes after a lot of heartbreak. But comes after the death of the people that would consult him I'm in his in it's called the year of grief. The year of grief is when he lost an angel the Allahu Tada on him and he lost double pilot it compounded the hurt that is yielded on the Prophet sallallahu wasallam over time.

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And aren't you sort of the allotted time and her did not witness the profit slice alone. After live she saw the profit slice and After Earth where the profit slice from a physical perspective was wounded, heavier than he wasn't.

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Physically the profit slice almost died in a hit. His teeth were knocked out it his sloth was sudden, he had blood running down his face. He was carried on the shoulders of his companions sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and she thought that was the worst day of his life. But instead the Prophet slicin mentioned that that was the worst day of his life. It was five when the people degraded him mocked him humiliated him and he is left to call upon Allah subhanaw taala alone. Now Subhanallah I think to myself,

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how amazing is it we actually don't have a single narration about what the prophet slice on them was saying throughout the night as he made out to Allah subhanaw taala he prayed all night after love Salah audio so can you imagine the sincerity and the depth of those words that were never narrated to us? That Allah subhanho wa Taala was hearing Allah who is more merciful to his creation than a mother to her child, hearing, the most beloved of his creation to him cry out to him in his lowest moment, think about where the death of the Prophet slice them is reaching in those moments think about how that dude is probably shaking the heavens.

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And none of us heard it. It's not documented in the books, but it's documented with Allah subhanho to add in the Battle of better the night before, but no, one of my favorite places to actually visit is better. It's not like, which is very close to the mother of the prophets. Why Selim? It's about an hour and a half out of Medina. It's very tranquil. It is. The battlefield is intact. And so you can

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see exactly how it plays out in front of you. There's no STS cutting in between. You can see where the wells of bed that were still carved out. You can see where the enemy came from. It's all there. Most of the Latisse the masjid of the tents where the prophet Seisen was camped out the tents of the prophets isin was right there.

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And it it'll the Allahu Tada and who says that the prophets lie some spent the entire night before bedded into hat. Think about that. The night before better, the profit slice on was supplicating the entire night.

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Now all we have from that is the end events.

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And it's when the profits licensees or ice coming. So he's been praying the whole night, right? I mean, this is a very scary time. This is the first time that the Muslims are gonna come face to face with cauterise heavily armed outnumbering them with bad intentions. Their intention is to wipe out the Muslims once and for all, to kill the Prophet slice on them and to kill each and every single one of his companions. And it seems like a short shot when they're coming. So Islam was meant to end right there in that battlefield of better. There weren't Muslims around the world that would carry on Islam. That was the only Mesaba the only group of people upon that, like, can you imagine all of

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the people that live in one part of the earth?

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At stunning, right? They're all there. And the prophets lights on his wisdom and not bustle. The Allahumma narrates the moments, and the prophets licencees Christ coming with their arrogance, with their sense of triumph before the battle even starts.

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And the Prophet slicin raises his hands to the sky.

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And he raises his hand so high, that the garment that is on his shoulder SallAllahu it was said and false. His garment falls, and he says Allah Manasu Keleti Watani Oh ALLAH the victory that you promised me. Allah, Allah and His Lemo or attorney O Allah fulfill to me what you promised to me, Oh Allah into halocarbon Resava. If this group of people is killed, lateral Mudville out of you're not going to be worshipped on the earth after today. You won't be worshipped on this earth Allah for this group of people as killed. And as he's doing that SallAllahu wasallam Abu Bakr, Siddiq, or the Alon who picks up his boat, his garment, his shawl, and he puts it around his shoulder, he says, has

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to carry on a viola. Enough for Messenger of Allah, your Lord will give you what he promised you. And the prophets I seldom puts it back on and he recites he has a gym or where you will learn a double,

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that they will be defeated, and they will turn back on their heels, their animals and everything that came with will turn back in the direction of Mecca that they came from, with such confidence, almost to where the naked eye would see it as a contradiction. If you looked at the profit slice on at that moment,

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you might think that maybe there's no doubt

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there was no doubt. But the naked eye might look at him and say the way he's making drought right now. Looks like a person who is very desperate. Who's in doubt, the words that he's saying seem to indicate a fear in his words. And this is very powerful because there is not the scholars say the prophets I saw him was making God throughout the entire night. We don't know those guys, we haven't heard them. They say that that part of his dua sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was actually a teaching moment for the Companions about how to make dua like a miskeen. Like a person who is destitute, like a person who is completely in need of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. You want to do out of my sucking the

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air out the supplication of the poor and the oppressed. Look at the Prophet of Allah, a man who receives divine revelation and look how he pleads with his Lord. And that was the moment that ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada said, If Testa lethal and Allah confessor Jabara come, when you call out to your Lord, you pleaded with your Lord, and Allah answered you, and that's when ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada sent the melodica in the 1000s, the 1000s of angels came down from the skies, from the heavens, to support the Prophet, slice alum and his army so it was a teaching moment to the companions of the Prophet of Allah. That is what the eye indicates, um, has Civitan and Tatkal agenda Do you think

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that you will enter into paradise while I'm Tiko Mathura Latina Holloman public, and then you hear about

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those that came before you must set someone sat what law law was zero. They were struck with hardship and sat there intimacy here means a *er. Poverty. Well, the law, hardship, a Omraam sickness, all sorts of sicknesses breakout amongst them was una Zulu. And they were shook. What does that referring to fear and anxiety. So they're stuck in their material means they're stuck in their physical bodies. And they are stuck in what would their anxiety they're struck with their fear. Until Hatay Akula rasuluh Alladhina amanu mera until the Messenger of Allah and those that believe with him said Mata nos through LA. When is the help of Allah coming? Allah international life with

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the help of ALLAH is close to you is near. Now meta analysis of Allah, as a scholar say when is the help of Allah could be a form of praiseworthy

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or a form of hated questioning.

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When the Prophet says it, it is not questioning Allah's ability. It is reaffirming, that nostril law history that the help of ALLAH is near.

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It is not a question of if it is a question of when

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it is not a question of Allah's capability. It's a question of have we done enough to deserve his help just yet?

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Have we done our part to qualifying for the necessity of Allah to qualify for the help of Allah? Subhana Hutan? Pamela, if I'm a companion better watching the Prophet, slice Allah, Allah.

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What is this? Well, what did it do? It immediately translated into the angels coming down from the heavens in a way that even the Companions could see. So it gave them a form of Sabbats, a form of firmness. And they realize the prophet of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was teaching them about what it's like to plead to Allah and desperation,

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we will one day see the prophet slicin And make dua.

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We will one day see the Prophet slicin Making Can anyone tell me one,

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the Day of Judgment

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when the people have been gathered,

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the first of them and the last of them,

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the human of them, and the Jinn of them.

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Every single human being that has walked the face of the earth, from Adam Alayhis Salam, until the last person on this earth gathered in and out of the mash up in a place of assembly. What an awesome sight. Awesome, not in the sense that it is something that we would look forward to but awesome and that it inspires a sense of awe and the greatness of Allah over his creation. All Flat Earth, one plain white lens, no landmarks, no signposts, no distinguishing features to any human being except for those who Allah has praised.

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And you look to the angels, and how are the angels described? Soften, soft layer to Kalamoon

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amazing Gibreel it has Salam Nica. ilardi has Salam Salafi and it his Salah, the angels lined up in rows, and they don't speak.

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Everyone is looking for something to initiate the day of judgment

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and the words of the prophets. And everyone that day is what I've seen FC, everyone's worried about themselves. And the people start going to the prophets of Allah.

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Normally his

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Brahim and his solo. They go to these prophets of Allah asking for intercession until they come to the Prophet slice alum and the prophets licenses and Allah. It is for me. And he says Allah, Allah, he was Sanlam I will ask permission to enter upon my Lord

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and I will enter and our fall in such the frustration. The entirety of mankind is watching the prophet of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I want to see your lips move. When I say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The entirety of the creation is watching this man at his Salatu was Salam and placing its hopes in it.

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And he enters into the presence of his Lord and such them.

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And what does he say? sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it's really powerful. He says that Allah will inspire in mean Muhammad

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has nothin up words of praise, words of glory. Love you. I had in public

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words that will be inspired to me that have never been inspired to anyone before me meaning there's a dua that I'm going to make there. That even I don't know yet. How I think about that even the prophet of allah sallallahu Sallam is not sure yet what that is actually going to be. But Allah gave Adam is number words when Adam is some fell from the heavens.

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Allah subhanaw taala Adam and Robbie Kelly nuts. Look how merciful Allah is Allah gave him the words to seek forgiveness

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channel and that's when he called out to Allah subhanaw taala Baba now while I'm not enforcing, Oh Allah, we wrong ourselves, and I'm tougher than I was. I'm not an akuna minal Ha, serene. If you don't forgive us and have mercy upon us, then we're going to be from the losers. Allah gave him those words,

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words of repentance. And here, the greatest son of Adam, it has set up and the entirety of the children of Adam, depending on this drop, and the Prophet slice on doesn't know what he's going to say.

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But he knows that Allah will give him words to say,

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that will initiate

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the entirety of the Day of Judgment. Allah will tell him, raise your head, oh prophet of Allah, Ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be exempted. panela what an awesome site. May Allah allow us to be amongst those standing behind our Prophet sallallahu wasallam on that day alum me May Allah grant us that Chef Hara center special intercession of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on that day Allah I mean, that those words we won't know even he does not know sallallahu alayhi wasallam there are those words that you say to Allah subhana wa Tada with the utmost sincerity. And the most beloved of your adapts to Allah subhanho wa Taala are those

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supplications that are made completely affirming his perfection

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and affirming your own brokenness before him.

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So there you have it, his salaam yellow mustard misalnya law, I'm struck. I'm struck by hardship will end on camera me and you are the Most Merciful? Of those who show mercy, their intimate say, subhanAllah are you about Islam, he minimized his pain, he maximize the Mercy of Allah even after 18 years of living under horrific torture.

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Okay, Subhan Allah all of that time, and he calls upon Allah subhana faces I've been struck by a hardship, some harm, sending unto him aligning, and you are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy and Allah opens up the doors for you bodies set up in ways that he has never seen before.

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The topic

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is, how do you see light? In times of great darkness? How do you find hope, in times of great despair. And for many of us, when we think about the light, at the end of the tunnel, we spend so much time trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel that we forget to focus on the one who gives like Allah Subhana Allah John, that the point of getting through hardship is not that you can rationalize a way out. Sometimes when you're going through something individually, the only time you find some peace or contentment is when you can actually think of the way out you actually can think about what Allah Subhana Allah is going to give you afterwards and you can see a path forward. And

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that's when you start to feel goodness, not realizing that the point is to focus on who Allah himself, to focus on the giver of light to focus on the Giver of Mercy to focus on the one who relieves all distress in those moments. And that is a form of beauty. That's number one, keeping your focus on Allah subhana wa Tada. Number two, and this is something that I think a lot of us make a mistake sometimes when we're thinking about the collective the community and the plans that we make for goodness in this life and the things we hope to do for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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a lot of times we get obsessed with the results of our own efforts.

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We get obsessed with seeing goodness come to be in our own lines. Allah if you look at the idea that I decided I'm hesitant and tactful agenda, do you think you'll enter into Paradise? Allah answers with what all of the hardships of this world and people seeking relief in this world not with the reasons by which a person enters into gender because the focus should be on gender the entire time. The focus should be on the reward of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, not the success of your results. The focus should be on the reward of Allah not the success of your results.

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A lot of times we mix up the two, we get so focused on seeing victory, seeing our efforts come to fruition, that we forget that at the end of the day, Allah is the one who's going to bless or deprive Allah will give on his time. And what I need to be focused on is the sincerity of my intention and the pursuit of his reward.

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And that's not going to translate into a lack of effort. In fact, it will give me resilience of my efforts of good because I trust that the efforts are never really in my hands.

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And so I put an I put an I put into those efforts, knowing that ALLAH SubhanA wa Ana may give fruit to this effort after I pass away.

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It might not come to fruition in my lifetime. How many people inspired the world but never got to live to see the inspiration that they put into this world? Can you imagine the double the Allahu Anhu never lived to see the legislation of Salah.

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Imagine if the prophets lie, some could have come down from a slot with metal rods and went to Egypt or the Levant now and told Khadija about what happened in the Southern Watch. So these did not get to make kedron. She died in Makkah before all of them a woman of perfect Eman never lived to see Leon Ramadan.

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It's incredible. She didn't see it. All of this was foreign to her because Allah subhanho wa Taala to occur before all of that even happens. But it's there. Think about the NVR of Allah, the prophets of Allah. In one narration, the Prophet slicin mentioned 124,000 prophets, 124,000 prophets, some of those prophets we know and we know about the hard time that they had know how to his setup, know how to his salon averaged less than a convert per decade.

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Think about that.

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The if you take the entirety of Nordeus nonce followers and you spread them out over 950 years, 80 followers in one narration over 950 years. That means it's less than a convert per decade.

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And along the way, lots of mockery and humiliation. And look what Allah subhanaw taala makes of know how to use it on the first messenger of Allah that will be called on the day of judgment and the home of Muhammad sly some steps in to testify on his behalf. The first messenger of Allah called on the Day of Judgment, isn't it his salah, and the entire Ummah of Muhammad Seisen reciting certain sort of new steps in and says that this prophet did his job. We are a testimony

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to the job of know how to use Saddam to his people. He did his job. Imagine know how to use and I'm seeing this entire OMA of people standing on his behalf in the courtroom of Allah subhanho wa Taala know how to use Saddam did his job. And there are prophets, you know the prophets why some describe the MBR of Allah like a house. He is the last bricks Allah when he was seven, there are prophets

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who left this earth with one follower

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prophets who left this earth with no followers. And that'd be of Allah, a prophet of Allah with his miracles, and not a single person to accept his message.

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But he's still part of the house. And that's the point. Allah decides how to build the house, not you.

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You do as you're told, and Allah subhanho wa Taala will bring something out of it, even if it is in ways that you cannot comprehend or understand.

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And so focus on his reward, not your results. Focus on his reward, not your result. Many great people walk this earth and put seeds in it. And even those that were growing, did not recognize who planted the initial seeds, but Allah subhana wa Jonasson equitable now a demo I thought I could check in so now pinata movie, Allah will documents every footstep. Allah will documents every dean put forward, Allah will document the legacies and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada will compensate accordingly. It's there but focus on his reward, not your results, you have to let that go.

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The next thing is to focus on the planner, not your plan.

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Sometimes you plan and Allah plans and sometimes your plans don't work out. As long as you are sincere in your intention and doing your best Allah subhanho wa Taala will make something out of it. It goes back to a very personal level where almost at a low tide and who talks about your app. You know the profit slice and I'm sad that Allah will answer the do out of a person until they say what?

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Allah will answer your door out until you say what

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Anyone know?

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There Oh to put on Mr. W.

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I made your art and Allah did not answer me that's when it's closed.

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Allah will answer your dots until you shut the door of your own drop. Yes, he'll answer in ways sometimes that you can't understand, but he will keep on answering your due out. If you make 100 Do ask for the same thing and you can't you have not seen the result of a single one of them.

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Allah has answered all 100 of them in ways that you cannot understand. Until you say, let me use the web. I made their own Allah did not answer me. Then you take out the ability or the efficacy of your own do

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by your questioning the one who you're making to don't question the planner. Don't question the design. Allah knows what he's doing. So you make your app. And the last thing your brothers and sisters, the ability of the prophets lysozyme to see good. And the hardest of times.

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Sometimes there are things that are happening around us that are good omens for us to say it hamdulillah for how many of you have heard of a monster Raj Raj? See the show hands? Handling? All right, Imam Suraj is

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an amazing human being an imam in the United States, really a pioneer has done much work may Allah preserve him and bless them and accept from him. And I remember being at a fundraiser with him recently, you know, our generation of Muslims were down on everything. We talked about how bad the community is. We talk about how no one's doing anything, right? All organizations are failing. All the Shu heart corrupts. Everyone is horrible. And at the end of the day, you know what that gives us? It gives us an excuse to not do anything.

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An excuse for my idleness is to question every good effort, cast doubt on every good effort and say it's all for nothing. And these people are all fake and everyone is this and everyone is that. And what does that do? It gives me a sense of complacency and a sense of of meaning and purpose because I'm the only one tweeting

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I'm the one that's doing all the you know, I'm setting the record straight.

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So you do your jihad on your keyboard.

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And everybody else's moja is for boffin is for falsehood, but your jihad on your keyboard, masha Allah, right? We have we have this, this this a bit, this tendency to just keep on, you know, just throwing negative things towards everything. Right. And sometimes it's a lot less nefarious than that. I mean, sometimes it's pessimistic about everything, someone starts something good.

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And you say this is gonna fail. No way they'll be able to overcome this. And subhanAllah there are naysayers in every situation, even in the Quran. Like think about if you were with the people of Musa alayhis salaam,

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Musa SNM gets to the water, think about the pressure on Musa alayhis salam he's got his home with him when he slayed the most ruthless army in the world is right behind him on his tail. The people looking at Musa alayhis salam, like what are you going to do now?

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We're dead. Right? We've seen for their own cut people into pieces over and over and over again. We're done. Right? And what did they say? They start to blame him in that corner. They caught us. Where's your God now? What's gonna happen now? Like, like he needed that at that moment?

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Right? He didn't need that at that moment. And of course there were some believers amongst many slightly that might have been shook by those words.

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But what did Allah give him? Allah gave him the staff split the seas for him. The naysayers they wrote along

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they took the opening but the reward was only assured for those who had certainty throughout the dunya we opening the world the opening everyone benefited from you know, it's a the term is bandwagoning and America at least right they jumped on the bandwagon. At that point when the success is happening everybody can ride along.

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But there were some that were walking through the season say Masha Allah probably putting loose ice and I'm on the back and saying, Good job. We never doubted you.

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That a minute ago, we're saying what? We're done. Can't you see what's happening now?

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But now Mashallah. In hundreds

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and hundreds with the profit slice alone, and the believers that were digging the ditch, there were some that were not really digging.

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Right. Some of them were Malathi corn, they were hypocrites. They were pretending to be amongst them. And they weren't really dig. You had some that were digging Masha Allah right. There's a difference in the digging now if you if you walked up to them and those moments you see them all

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You know, with something in their hands, the profit slice I'm done by himself by the way,

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more than what 10 People would do. It's one of my proudest moments of the profit slice alum. Someone brought on the law and describes me so I saw the profit slice on rise up from the ditch, and the profit slice on every part of the skin was covered in mud. What a beautiful Prophet. It histological selling what a leader right? What a see you to his own, what a leader of his people. He was in the trenches literally, to where not a single part of his blessed skin showed a licen from the amount of work that he was doing. And the unserer animal hygiene or singing the songs Allahumma Aisha elation Acura and the Prophet sys alum looks at them and says, Oh Allah, there is no life except for the

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life of the hereafter. Perfectly Ansara Mahajan, so forgive the ensemble Hydra these young people that gave it all in. But you know what? No, those hypocrites were saying. So now either Allahu Allah.

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Allah and His Prophet have not promised us except delusion. We're done. Why are you people happy? Why are you singing the songs of motivation? Why are you making drought? Why are you digging so hard? We already know they're going to find a way to massacre us. We're never going to build this trench in time.

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But you better believe that after the success of the 100 some of those people came for it. And we're high fiving each other right? We did it. You didn't do anything

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you wrote along at the end, and then you waited for the next moment so that you could show your hypocrisy, but everyone wrote at the time of success.

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The prophets I seldom heard they be Pamela like it's one of my favorite moments because like those subtle things about the Prophet sites alone, now I always felt good always saw good. So hate of an army while the Allahu taala. And by the way, Sohei is one of my favorite companions, because his story is an exception to the majority of the total pot those who became Muslim last.

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He really he really has an almost strange phenomenon. If any of you watched the first watch the lecture that we did about Sohail about the Allahu Tsaatan very interesting person. I mean, two decades of oppressing the prophets lie Selim, but then when he became Muslim he resembled the Mahajan interesting person. Well, the alongside on then died as a Shaheed well the Allahu Anhu. But would they be the last person you want to see?

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On the Prophet slice on sauce tohave the meaning of the word Sohei is ease. Also la vie, some smiled and he said, So hula, our affair has become easy. Allah sent a Sohei therefore things are going to be said.

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Like he even saw good it his slots was slammed in the name of the chief negotiator, that there's something to be happy about that Allah is sending a signs of goodness to come as he sends to us, so hey, all the Allahu Taala an especial that's the eye of prophetic optimism, to see hope and to expand it, to see hope and to expand it in difficult times. I think I forgot to tell you the months that I just really didn't realize that I went for a massage. And then I started on my bunnies slightly and I forgot about the months that I've announced that I just I was sitting with him. And he literally he was sitting next to me tapped me on the table. He said, Omar I never thought in my

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lifetime, I'd see banners about Islam on the subway system. And 1000s of massages in America, because he lived in a time in America where they had less than 100 mustards.

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And the public knew very little of Islam and he was just bragging about where Islam has come. And so how long I remember right before he said that, to me, I was thinking about something negative

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about the state of our community, and he's just so optimistic, so happy. I'm like what a man

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what a beautiful eye to have. The Prophet slice alum had that prophetic guy. And when we think about good, you know, seeing goodness, even in the midst of a very hard time seeing light even in the midst of darkness. It is slaughter slam. Men, Karla helican nas, for her helico home.

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Those who say the people have no hope in them is the most hopeless of them all, like a home is the most hopeless of them all. Like go home is the one who's making them all hopeless. You know, when the naysayer in the group, deflates, everybody. Don't be that person.

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Don't be that person. Something good is happening. And immediately you point out the flaws of it. Don't be that person. You see something or someone imperfect? See the good and make sure that Allah subhanaw taala expand it. Don't put it down. Don't put it down. Because pessimists make pessimists

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they deflate dreams. And they stop great

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From being great sometimes, or they stopped people from following great people, right? Because they get in the way, with very convenient barriers of negativity. If you're a pessimist most of the time, you're going to be right. Most of the time you're going to be right. It's really nice to see I told you so.

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I knew right away that thing was gonna fail. I knew this was gonna happen, good for you. Now, what good are you doing nothing. Next person that tries to do good odds, this, this, this, this is why it's gonna fail. Then when it fails, mashallah you're able to offer your commentary and portray yourself as a wise man or wise woman, you're not wise.

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You're just really, really unpleasant to be around.

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That's not wisdom, that's not Heckman to be able to see error, and to bring it down or to be able to predict failure, because most efforts will fail proportionately speaking, most of the time,

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efforts are not going to materialize.

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But Allah teaches us what, what in Shackleton as he then

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if you are grateful, I will increase you.

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That equation is true for everything, including light and the time of darkness.

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In your personal life,

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when you have a million reasons to complain, but one reason to be grateful, and he said him did a lot for the one reason a level increases and put into perspective, the million reasons to complain

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and in regards to our data and our efforts and the things that bit delay, tada, we hope to do for his sake, so long as we hope to do it for his sake.

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Say hamdulillah look where it's come.

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There was a time where this gathering was not possible, handed enough for this gathering. A hamdulillah for the ability to know one another through that you're not alone Muhammad Allah so Allah hamdulillah for the Derawan of Islam, being so alive and thriving, despite all of the forces

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that try to do what you really do wanna Leo toffee Oh Nora, Allah Hibiya for him. They wish to extinguish the light of Allah with their mountains.

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They can grow their media outlets.

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They can get more exquisite and specific in their arguments against Islam. They can get better at skewing and misinterpreting and decontextualized

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they can get more advanced and messing with your minds with the imagery that they are able to use. They wish to extinguish the light of Allah subhanaw taala. But who's going to preserve Allah's light?

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It's not you and I will love Morton Menotti. Allah will preserve his light. Allah will preserve his light, even if they hate it, Allah will preserve his light. We just hope that Allah will let us carry those torches.

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We don't like the torches. We don't make the light happen. We just say 100 Allah when Allah gives us one. Allah gave me a candle. Allah gave me a light cam did enough for that. Let it lie, expand that light. We know that the design of the designer will come to be, here's the the blessing of where we're at.

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This ummah will never die.

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Islam will not be extinguished. The Muslims will not be wiped out. The End of Times is victory from Allah subhanho wa taala. At no point should we ever feel like Allah has lost control of this affair. It's never happened and it never will happen. Allah is in control during the time of the crusades, and Allah is in control during the most glorious days of Islam. Allah is in control and Mecca. Allah is in control and Medina Allah is in control and Habesha Allah was in control in the year 610. Allah was in control and 623 when it looked entirely different. Allah did not lose a grip of things at any points.

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But as believers,

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just remember these two things. Focus on his reward, not your result. Focus on his reward, not your result.

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Focus on the planner, not your plants.

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May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to always see the light and darkness May Allah allow us to be the light and darkness. May Allah forgive us for our shortcomings. May Allah forgive us when we questioned him May Allah forgive us when we are insincere to him. May Allah direct all of our efforts to be sincere for him all of our longing to be towards him. May Allah make us amongst those who make our prophets Allah Allah

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It was stolen proud.

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Yeah Allah we ask you to make us amongst those that make our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam proud, yeah, Allah allow this gathering to be one that is pleasing to you. Let all of us who can be forgiven, but the sins be departed from us, and write us amongst those who you are pleased with. We ask you a lot to open up the doors for us in our personal lives and in our community lives. We ask you a lot to lift the hardship from your own money. We ask you, oh Allah to put barakah in our efforts to please you. We asked you Oh Allah, that all of it materializes in your reward of genitive Theodosian companionship of our beloved messenger sallallahu alayhi wa salam ala Amin does not fade

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on with some like minded sockets.

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Okay, thank you very much. Dr. Ouma for this wonderful speech. We would love to hear until morning. I mean, I was like, just, you know, listening. And then I watched at the time and was almost one hour and was so

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you all agree with me was so you know, fast went like anything. So thank you very much again for this wonderful speech. Now, we have a q&a. But I would like to ask you for now. We would rather not to have comments, we have questions that not have more than 30 seconds. Please, if you have questions, go directly to the topic, maintaining help in dark times and ask them the question directly. So we can have as much as questions we have in Sharma.

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We have a question here. Alright, guys.

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So are you going to circle Hayden? Dr. Ahmed, um, I'm just wondering, especially with mental health, and in STEM, it's coming up a lot more. There also seems to be a lot of spiritual bypassing, you know, like,

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I think you know, what I'm talking about in terms of, you know, how strong the man pray that type of thing. So I'm just wondering, in terms of maintaining open dark times, what's the balance between tying or

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tying your camel trusting a law?

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And especially for those who are suffering from mental health illnesses or dark, really dark times?

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Does that qualify for the question?

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First of all, yes, there's a lot of spiritual bypassing.

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One of the things that we're blessed to have at Yaqeen and hum did a lot of blimey is we have on our research team, mental health specialists as well as scholars in the tradition.

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And the trauma series europeen is something I've personally benefited from a lot. So it was actually a research that I mean, that research was commissioned, and for a year, you had sisters who are mental health professionals working with Islamic scholars to produce a series of papers that are not being compiled into a book. And there's some videos that accompany that as well, the trauma series at 15. And

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to answer your question, there is spiritual bypassing. However, spirituality is part of the healing process in all situations, but at the same time, we shouldn't discount the role of mental health. Where it becomes most harmful is when a person is facing depression. And they're told that it's because you don't have faith where they equate depression with low EMA. And the reality is that it's a far more complex matter, of course, and there's a lot that's happened over the last couple of years in particular, that I think requires us to to refocus. So I would say that it's important for us to incorporate that component of mental health. And at the same time, I would say that it's

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important for us to always keep Islam as a part of our mental health faith as a part of the healing and as a part of our mental health. Even while we consider the physiological elements of ourselves, our emotional elements are mental elements or spiritual elements or physical elements, that it's not as always a part of it. And Inshallah, that will help us to always have a more wholesome response to it, but to those that may be struggling with depression, to seek help, or to seek a cure for your anxiety for your depression, so that you can be more able, a more able servant of Allah subhanaw taala. And a better version of yourself is actually a battle. It's an act of worship. A lot of

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people would think it's a weakness, when I have to seek help, and try to overcome whatever it is that I'm facing at the moment, but the reality is, is that when you do that, for an intention to please a loss of contact to be the best version of yourself, then that in and of itself, in Shetlands, on

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is a form of Riba. It's a form of worship, and certainly not anything that would be displeasing to Allah subhanaw taala Zakum lOn?

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Salam Alaikum

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firstly, welcome to our university, your home. And I was I would like to say your junk being the stories of Bukhara, there is a there are two there are there is a verse, which is a sound Camilla, what burner? Burner? Well, Ammirati, nice Lenka handles. And in the same verse, we can see that now you can look for love and have said he loves actually Allah diligent gives us this permission that I will not give you any difficulties about which you cannot do. But at the same time we pray, why? Mighty Allah, please don't give me the difficulties which I cannot do. Why is there any Ctrl ctrl T or something like that? I want is

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a very good question actually.

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In the end of sorts of Bukhara, likely for lowness and Illa was, Allah does not burden a soul beyond its scope. And then you ask Allah, Oh my Lord do not burden me beyond my scope and in the way that people before us were burdened.

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First and foremost, even the Sahaba had this question. Yeah. They were afraid when they heard into mafia unfussy come out to fool who you have civil can be Hila they were afraid of the verse that if you conceal it within yourself, or if you express it, Allah will hold you accountable for it. So some of the Sahaba they feared Yasuda level even be accountable for our thoughts. And indeed the Prophet slice on said Allah has forgiven my OMA for what a person says to themselves not I'm so cool oh Chapman be here as long as a person does not verbalize it or act upon it. So

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something that may arise on the inside, you will not be accountable for it. Then the idea here, law utility for long enough sunny LA Santa Sangha, I think it's important to break down what the immediate implications of the IR there's a wide implication here that you will not be burdened beyond your scope. And a lot of times you don't understand your scope until you're pushed.

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You know, I'm not gonna say how many of you lift weights because everyone's gonna say you exercise and lift weights, you know, all the guys are gonna raise their hands and their arms are popping out of their,

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their clothes, but you know, if anyone has lifted weights before, like on a smash online, always lifting weights or

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when you lift weights,

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you don't know your capacity until you keep pushing yourself and a lot expands your capacity. That's the physical self. Spiritual Self is very similar to that actually. When you start praying the AMA lid praying witted is a burden, praying wits it is a burden. Then you add two tacos to that. Maybe the first time you know put a Lola head without the rubber duck that's okay. You're starting but your capacity is expanding when you're tested and tried there are times and I know that there are people in here that have gone through tests that they thought they would not get through but Allah brought you through it didn't mean

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right and that's something important by the way you know their intimate mentioned very beautifully about Zachary it has set up

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a lot of be neat what happened with Mindy was not a lot so Shiva well I'm I couldn't be there I cannot be Shafia when Zachary is called out to Allah and he said I've never been let down oh Allah by you

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know, I couldn't be there. I cannot be shot here. I've never been deprived every time I've called upon you, oh Allah before. You've given it to me. One of the elements he said Salah, the snsi Bukhan Newton, the asana who now very beautifully he said that he asked the one who showed him Exxon in the past to show Exxon to him again. That's what a insha capsule does. He doesn't come you're grateful. So Allah increases. Executive is not was not saying yeah, Allah. You've known how much I've wanted this child. I'm nine years old now. Did it have to wait until my hair became great? No, he says, I've never felt let down by you. Oh Allah. So sometimes you're in the midst of a hardship and you

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can't you think you're not going to make it through but then Allah pulls you through it. So your scope expands your capacity expense. So that's the certainly there's a benefit to that. But the immediate implications of the idea number one, is the tafsir upon the OMA of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that in the Sharia that has been given to the ummah of the prophets, I seldom there is ease for every difficulty embedded into the law. So there for example, there is a Tafara that is given to an else.

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There's explanations that are given two broken notes. There are, you know, licenses concessions, wrote us for the one who is sick for the one who is traveling in regards to fasting

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other things for how much for only the one minute stop ah, either he said be the only one who can do so. So the immediate implications are the tacy, the ease in the city of Mohammed Seisen. Because it's the last shutdown that was given to Earth, it embeds the most ease. So actually, if you compare the Shediac, Muhammad slice of them to their study of Musa alayhis salam, there's more ease more Tacey in the city of Muhammad Seisen than any study that came before. So that's the immediate implication that Allah has made things easy for us. And truly, Islam is not hard. Do you know

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some people you know, the religion is easy. The prophets lie some some. Some people say why is Islam so hard? Why is Islam so hard? Why it's not really that hard?

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You know, imagine if we had to pray 50 times a day.

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Imagine that, right? 50 times a day, look at the taste, see it even in legislation of the most important practical pillar of Islam. So on 50 to five, and then you're rewarded for 50 When you pray five. So that's the immediate implication also in the MaHA Sabha. And how Allah takes account of us that Allah does not burden us by punishing us for things that we did not act upon, but things that may occur in the head. Okay, so that's ease. So that would make the AYA not Tamela, Elena, Islam, tema, Hamilton, who Alladhina and Sabrina don't burden us with a burden that was placed on those before us. Notice the AYA does not say, Don't overburden us, like you burden those before us?

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Because even those that came before we're not overburdened, Allah did not give to the to the people most Isom an unreasonable Shediac okay, but our study guide is easier. So you're not saying don't overburden us, like you overburden those that came before us? You're saying don't burden us with the same burden of those that came before us. Okay, so it's even easier. And we asked a loss Panza that with Eman and with your cane and with certainty and faith that these things even become easier for us to practice is that going Lofa?

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Salam aleikum, Dr. Omer and welcome tell University first of all,

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the other day I was in the class and

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an email came

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through emotionally man, I was like, I stopped the lesson and start looking at it. And I told my students that guys register for it, you know, it was very excited and Hamdulillah that Allah gave us this opportunity. I had a very

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general broad question, but just wanted to have a glimpse, a few ideas on it.

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Every time has its glitters, and, you know, off the bottom,

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and attractions, and it was during the time of Muhammad salallahu Alaihe. Salam to, but what is the basic syllabus that we need to follow? Especially when we are preaching what we are telling things about our religion to youngsters and children? What is the basic that we need to follow ourselves and teach your children? Thank you?

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That's a great question.

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You know, the last 200 Was that I've given or actually on the subject, by the way, on seeing through deception and distraction and the importance of seeing through things.

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So it's a thoughtful question.

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The answer that I'll give will be partial, I think,

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one of the the methods of the hour that we find from the Prophet sys alum, and from the MBR as a whole, is they called attention to the emptiness that the idols were actually providing to their people. Yeah, Betty, in that town will do not is tomorrow, what are your zero? What are your neon kashaya?

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Oh, my father, why are you worshiping that, which does not see here or benefit you in any way?

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Learn Tony and Kashi? She was it was was embedded in the call of the Prophet of Allah, these idols are not doing anything for you.

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And the thing is, they knew it. They knew that the idols were not doing anything for them. I think that in this day and age,

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to call attention to the emptiness

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that all of these false ideals which are also false idols yield is a powerful way of bringing someone back to the meaningful life of Islam.

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Okay, so for example, in a world that emphasizes image,

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you emphasize self actualization. Who are you? Who are you? Do you like the person that you see in the mirror? How do you start liking the person that you see in the mirror? Not because of the cosmetics of you? Or because how many people like you, but because of the character and the faith that yields something more meaningful? I think that this world

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is becoming emptier. I think people are finding less reasons for fulfillment. I think we're the most we are the emptiest generous

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I just gave a talk on hope

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Alright, let me rewind that.

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Here's, here's the glimpse of hope of this. All right, collectively, even the profit slice, and I'm said that every generation decreases in faith.

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So every generation that comes collectively as a generation is worse off than the one that came before. Then eventually, there's a revival. And there are survivors and every generation, right? But I think Subhanallah you know,

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this pandemic really revealed a lot about humankind. And

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it really brought out what people are seeking. And some sometimes people don't yet know what they're seeking. But when they find Allah, they say, This is what I was missing.

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You know, subhanAllah, there are people. I was doing an interview earlier today, without his gave me a million interviews to do today. That was the the not so see, I only mentioned the hopeful thing, which is I met him and then Hamdulillah this happened, but I didn't mention the other things. But there's also good food and a lot along the way. But no, seriously, you know, how long? There was

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a question and I was talking about

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the fact that so many people that were born and raised in Islam, don't realize the blessing that literally fell in their laps, I see people become Muslim, that leave behind the most glamorous lives that leave behind parties and palaces for Latina and Lola, and they say I've never been happy until now.

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And then I see young Muslims running towards that glitter, and that and that lifestyle thinking that it's going to give them happiness.

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It's like you have the treasure in your lap.

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You were blessed. How many of you were raised Muslim? Can I see a show of hands? Did anyone in here I'd like Did anyone in here convert to Islam? Are there any converts in the crowd? Subhan Allah, one.

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Two, right now it feels like a fundraiser.

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Oh, nice Allah.

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That's right.

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Mashallah, brother, the sun is life. It's beautiful to see both 100 and our Brahmin. So three, three people that converted to Islam.

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You don't know the treasure that's falling in your lap.

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You know, and so there's something to think about this, that,

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you know, you have to rediscover the beauty of your faith, and how much fulfillment it gives to you. And especially when you're talking to those either parents and you're talking to your kids, give them the ways to where they can really appreciate the beauty of faith for themselves. Instead of being something that's been passed down, you know, say the best wealth, you know, people are more reckless with their inherited wealth than they are with their earned wealth. So hello, those that earned the wealth of Islam. They're a lot more diligent with it. You see people I see people that convert to Islam, I say, Subhan Allah, in one week, that person is a more pious Muslim than me, you

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know, then the most people that I know, how did that happen? Right? Because they found it and when you find it, you're like, Oh, this is what it was. This is what it was the whole time. So there's a saying from a chef or you know, hemo Lysa the Arab McDaniel Islam Well, I'm as I look. Oh, Allah, you gave me Islam and I didn't even ask you for it. Just fell in my lap

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Fatah zucchini, gentlemen. So grant me gentlemen. Well, as I look and I'm asking you,

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like you gave me a slam so easily, I didn't have to fight for it. how merciful about Rob, you are homers for the Lord you are. So give me Jenna, and I'm asking you for it. What is it done if I ask you for gentlemen. So it hamdulillah for what we have. And we have to translate that beauty to other people. And sometimes that means pointing out how the false ideals are indeed false idols and they're not yielding you anything but more Hampt, emptiness.

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Thank you very much. Dr. Solomon, thank you for your talk. You mentioned something very interesting and compelling about pessimism. However, one proverb in the English language that really speaks to me is pessimism of intellect, an optimism of will. Maybe it's because of the British weather that I have this pessimism of intellect. But if I may come to the question,

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how do we safeguard ourselves from being carried away with optimism? And if we would like to relate this to something like climate change many people because of their optimism, they deny this. And if I may, I wanted to also ask about how we as Muslims contend.

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With undo about this disastrous predictions put forward by many organised organizations about climate change, and about what will happen.

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The last part could you say again about what how do we contend with and what do we do about the predictions made by many organizations record regarding the climate and what we can practically do about this as Muslims. Thank you.

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Zach Alafaya

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Great question. There is good hope and there's bad hope. There's good fear and there's bad fear. Good Hope is a job to have hope in Allah subhana wa Tada that while you do your best and fall short that He will fill the shortcomings that hope is little

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Or tin Kimani you home people that said lunchtime Asana narrow Illa Yom and matter do that you know all of here it is hurt is about the Mercy of Allah. You know, he's so merciful. I might not pray I might not do all this stuff. I might be doing this haram but, you know, even if I go to hell, like it'll just be a few days.

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Allah talks about that mindset. Yeah, I'm not the best Muslim. It's okay. Like being content, and complacent with sin, and then expressing hope and Allah subhanaw taala. Don't do that. Hope is doing the best you can and knowing that Allah will accept you for your imperfections because of who he is not who you are. So long as you're trying your best. Delusion is when you're not doing anything, and then you're placing your hope in Allah's mercy, while rejecting His commands and His pathway to that mercy. Fear

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is that I might not be doing enough so I need to do more.

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Despair is debilitating. I'm not going to do anything because I'm going to fail anyway.

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So that's a health which is healthy, healthy fear. And

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what's the word?

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Bliss? Bliss actually comes from this Mobley soon people that despair from the mercy of Allah subhana wa Tada. So optimism is always good. Just like Allah's Mercy exceeds his wrath, or optimism should always be enough to push us forward. But at the same time, we shouldn't be delusional. We also should not stop being self critical.

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You know, a good sign of a person's Eman is that they criticize themselves in ways they don't criticize others.

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So there's the person that deflates everybody else's efforts and says, everyone, you know, they're all on bottom, and they don't know what they're doing. And I'm, I'm unhappy, because I can call out the bottom. Right? I'm on the truth, and they're all upon falsehood, and I get it, and they don't, and they don't do anything, nor do they let anyone else do anything. And then there are those that say, you know, mashallah, these are beautiful efforts, may Allah bless them. And they're self critical. They look at their own sins, their own pitfalls, and they say, How can I do better? They're self critical.

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So that's the balance of that as for the gloomy predictions,

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you're right. It's not looking good when it comes to climate change, and that is the whole facade, but it will, that corruption has appeared. It's one manifestation, it's not the obvious meaning of the eye. But truly corruption has appeared on the land in the seas, because of what man's hands have earned purely manmade disasters. I think this is one of the areas where Muslims should be leading, and the ethical discourse about climate change. A lot of what's taking place with climate change right now, is an extension of the overall greed that dominates human beings that I will do what is what is convenient to me, even if it's the destruction of everybody around me, that's both at the

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level of corporation, and a consumer institution, an individual, right?

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That it just doesn't matter what happens to the world around me people or earth, I'm going to do what's convenient, there is no consideration for the toxicity of what we do. Nor for the generation that comes after us. I think Muslims should be leading the way

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and producing

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ways forward from a spiritual paradigm of how to address environmentalism and climate change. I also think artificial intelligence is another realm in which Muslims should lead the way in terms of ethical discussions, as we're really starting to depart from what it means to be a human being the first time I ever saw a robot in a restaurant, by the way was today. I don't know if that's a thing in Turkey or not. But we don't have robots in restaurants in Texas. We have people with guns, but we don't have robots in our restaurants in Texas, like what's going on here. So we should be leading the way I think in the ethics in the discussion of ethics when it comes to climate change as well as

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artificial intelligence because these will, by far, I think, be the dominant two realms, in the

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immediate future hold on

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Yes, shake. Here, I think I have a special gift for you. First of all, I'm Omar from Africa.

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Actually, I consider today as one of the most important moments

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in the life of being

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in my life at the bean huddle University, actually, you're one of my

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young, one of the scholars that I really loved, I follow you on Instagram, tutto, and any other social media platform. And I do like the way that you try to promote the image of Islam. And you are you stand for, for the cause of Allah. But the most important aspect of your scholarship is not how you tend to kind of promote the image of Islam, but how you use that platform of being Islamic scholar, to speak for humanity. And I really appreciate the way you stand for those who have been oppressed over over the years, especially in us. And I realized that you admire the one that I love the most, one of the one of the important,

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one of the important others in the, in the history of black people in America. That is why I decided tonight, to come and give you this special gift. So something to appreciate you for your stand against the abuse of humanity. So I have a book here that I write to rewrite the history of Africa, because I'm not actually okay with the way that the slavery, criminalization and the imperialism of Africa, have been writing about by the Europeans and other scholars around the world. So I took my time to say yes, it is time for Africans to stand up and write their own history. So this his

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so here's the book, it's my first book, you the reason that I say it is my first book, because Alhamdulillah I have another one, and it will be out in no time. So I'd like to present my first book as a gift to you tonight. And I think it is something very important

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I know you've been in.

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And some treats. Thank you. So I'm wondering, so we have community center that we try to make our in Istanbul and I'm volunteer at the Center for a couple of years. And when we go into the mosque, waiting for the foreigners to make that work by saying Lepik Allah malefic and rubbish on a Saturday and so on. And when that person that we called to Islam just walks out of door without having it without taking the shahada, we're just disappointed heartbroken. And I know that we cannot be professionals in this because this is something that we do with our own heart, but also we need to improve I know this. So I personally have some difficulties about having that balance between saying

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okay, I could have done better so I should improve this and this side, maybe I could have give this answer this side so that maybe it would be better. And the other side saying this was not by me this work by Allah so I should not be sad. So I want to ask you about this balance, so we should improve but also about terror. On the other side, thank you

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something very precious that one of my Messiah told me number regrets, anything that you said or did seeking to please Allah subhana wa Tada. So when you're looking in the past, he said, I could have said that better. I could have done that better. If you were sincere when you did it, don't regret it,

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but improve for the future. So Do not dwell upon how you could have done this better or sub that better. As long

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long as you were sincere, instead refine your sincerity and refine your methods inshallah Tiana and keep thinking about how to speak how to get better, how to do better, but don't look back and say I could have done this or I could have done that better, because that's not going to be helpful. Nor is it what Allah subhanaw taala tasks you with. And that's the two I could and Allah subhanaw taala. By the way, I'll say this somehow sometimes. So, as a public speaker, sometimes I give a lecture and I think it was awful. But it changed someone's life. And sometimes I give a lecture that I think is a good lecture. And it didn't benefit anyone. So you also don't know how your words are being

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received. Sometimes you hear them differently when you save them, than the heart that is in front of you. And they needed to hear it in a certain way, or see it in a certain way. Also, someone can tell when you're being sincere and you're speaking to them. Don't give down we're looking down on someone beneath your nose right give Dawa as someone who cares about the person in front of you. And if people can perceive your sincerity lie on file called Illa Maharaja manual called nothing benefits the heart except that which comes out of the heart, people can perceive that you're speaking from your heart, and that you're being sincere towards them, then they're likely to overlook some of the

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things that you might say that maybe you didn't mean to say, and to benefit much more because they can perceive your sincerity and your doubts and show.

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Alright, I have one question. May I?

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Okay, we're speaking about the hope.

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You think that the discussion of hope in the West is much have like differences from the discussion of hope in the east, of course, with the modern term of Western is right. Someone might say, you know, it's easy for you to have hope because you're seeing this, this and that happen. Right? And then I live in a country where I'm not seeing that happen. I'm seeing that it's becoming tighter for Muslims tighter for Islam.

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I think it's important to recognize Subhan Allah that even in the lifetime of the prophets, I seldom there were people in Medina and people in Mecca at the same time, and people on epicene. Yeah. And those three groups of people we're all interacting with, with the concept of hope, in very different ways. While the Muslims were saying Allahu Akbar, after better, Abu Gendell, or the Allahu Anhu was locked up in a basement being tortured in Mecca.

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Right? Like it's, it's, it's, it's interesting. And Abyssinia, the Muslims were encountering it in different way. But the concept of trusting and Allah was a same was the same across the board. I guess, you know, there was once a question that was asked by

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someone on my headgroup And I'll end with this in sha Allah because it tells you about what you're seeing the light that you might be missing or are not seeing.

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He was really upset.

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He said You keep talking about the reward of praying in the huddle.

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And praying one time in messages of haram in Makkah is worth how many Salaat

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He's like how is it fair, that Allah put me in America

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and these guys and this he said they're not very nice people that live around the Haram gets a go pay 100,000 kilowatts. He was really upset like he was deeply troubled. First time by the way it happened usually when I share that with my hedge group they say Masha Allah, let's make sure we catch every salon Gemma. This guy was like red in the face and angry. He's like, these people can go play 100,000 Salam stuck in America. I have to pay all these 1000s of dollars to come get a few Salawat here it doesn't make sense.

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And when I told him was you are surrounded by non Muslims, the India the Allahu Bica Rosalyn wa hit. If Allah guides one person through your hands, it is better for you than the dunya and everything in it.

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You have opportunities these people will never have.

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Right? I recognize how many of you have never seen someone say Allah illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah How many of you have never seen a convert in front of your eyes someone convert to Islam in your eyes? You've never seen someone take shahada Can you raise your hands?

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At least half of you have never seen someone become Muslim.

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In America, slaughter Jamal, almost every week and hamdulillah and our Muslim someone says Leila Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, someone takes shahada so blessing but you know what? Today, when I heard the Azzam for salata, fajr I was like, Yeah, wow. Like what an amazing feeling. To hear the Adan being called in the streets. How easy is it for you to go out and to be Muslim and not have to worry about someone saying something to you or doing something to you just because you're Muslim.

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Like the easiness

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of your Islam here. It's a blessing it's a Nirma. So Allah has divided opportunities and divided his good deeds. They're all Mercy of Allah bounties from Allah subhanaw taala amongst the servants and Allah knows you.

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You're here and I'm there for a reason. Trust me, the food is better here than Texas. And turkeys a lot nicer. When I'm here. I'm like, why am I in Texas? Alright? But Allah put me there and he put you here for a reason. hamdulillah Allah made certain good deeds available to you that he has not made available to me and made certain good deeds available to me that he has not made available to you an opportunity. So the hope is once again in your efforts and what you're doing with your circumstances. May Allah accept from all of us one army does that