Setting Goals with Allah in Mind

Omar Suleiman

Channel: Omar Suleiman

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with Sh. Abdullah Oduro and Dr. Tesneem Alkiek

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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh everyone snowed in all sorts of some are so low and early he was like the woman Lila I want to welcome you all to our end of year webinar but also inshallah time and going into the beginning of the next year with the Lightoller with some exciting new content and shot law have the law of law mean joined by none other than Dr. Tasneem and Pete and chef from the Douro, how are y'all doing

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now

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for the New Year inshallah phenomenal

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hamdulillah So, before we get started Inshallah, Ty let me go ahead and sort of lay the premise of what what tonight's gonna look like inshallah Tada So for one, we're going to remind you periodically inshallah Tada that as we come to the end of the year but in the NA and you are putting in your end of your donations in sha Allah that you adjust the share of that tip but Nikita so please do in sha Allah Tada, consider supporting your team and Hamdulillah I know that it has been of benefit to so many of you and certainly we couldn't have done it without your support throughout. So as you're thinking about the many ways the many good causes and organizations to support

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inshallah Tada you've seen the growth you've seen the progress and you are compelled to continue to invest in the growth of your pain inshallah Tada as that directly translates into the growth of resources, so you can go to yuckiness to.org/donate You could click on the link in the description, Inshallah, tada, wherever you are interacting with this webinar from, and just a few exciting things and 100 love Blimey, in that, you know, I remember when we first you know, got into the COVID era and may Allah Pantai make it easy for everyone. As we are still obviously in this pandemic. You know, our YouTube presence, obviously increased quite a bit. So it happens a lot. Here we are now at

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about 670,000 YouTube subscribers. Our watch hours are about 11 million, almost 50 million views and hamdulillah Brahmin and viewership from every country in the world. It's it's special to see that hamdulillah the global reach that your team has had. So wherever you are tuning in from Zachman located on for being a part of this, and our lifetime reach on socials is at about 1.6 billion And Alhamdulillah. We just published our 200th paper have did a lot of learning. So if you go to the front page, you'll see a new paper from Amina Belinda, which have the love lambing marks our 200 papers, somebody lost pounds, I put Baraka in all of that, being an Anita and may Allah subhanaw

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taala allow us to continue to grow and keep a sincere and steadfast and deserving low fate and once again to all of you who have been supporting this cause so again, it's the end of year please do inshallah toss the porters in any way that you can. And before we get started, I'm going to put Dr. Tasneem and shuffled along spot. So I'm going to ask you all, what was your favorite piece of content

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from European this year? I feel free to say it was your own, you know, it's all good. I understand.

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Actually, I think I can answer that pretty confidently now that I think about it.

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The creative team did an amazing job with an infographic on Hadith, and the history of like Hadith formation. And if any of you guys know, you know, have read about this topic, it's so complicated and they took it and put it in a picture format that was just so easy to follow along. And I just love going through it and just seeing all the different pieces come together. So if you haven't checked it out, checked it out. Make sure you go to our website, check out the infographics and go the one on Heidi.

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checkup though, I've got to be your favorite piece of content. That's it.

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I'd have to good

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yes, because you know, notice we've got to because that's such a big matter you know, I've taught it a couple of times and you know, to people Subhanallah it can be kind of confusing but once they understand it it's your appreciate it because that's a portion you know with the Quran Allah

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various Muslim that's appreciated by the Muslim World Boss the process of being formed and you know, just that whole process of what it says something authentic and exactly it is I think aided

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by Muslims and

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Muslims alike and therefore graphics are phenomenal because it really it says format and then makes it very easy to absorb and understand.

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Alright, Chicago was your second piece of favorite content in that series, anything that I got to put you on the spot so our creative team is amazing. Infographics are made

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by me mean

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any particular series or particular

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Yeah, I like I liked it to have you in series is

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Well, I mean, to be honest, even who superficial, but some of the scenery of it, it was like in the darkness or like kind of get up and turn the night light on and pray to you, and talk about the issues that, you know Subhanallah a lot of Muslims make up but kind of hearing it on a more enemy or not. I think it kind of brings it to light and brings integrity to this issue of 200.

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Bottle coffee come I agree that was a beautiful series Michelle. And obviously, we don't just do content, we also do curriculum and partner with schools and partner with mshs and organizations that have the little blonde mean to activate curriculum, but have the non Brahmin content is, is what most of you interact with us with and we're very pleased with the 200 series and inshallah Tada. Shortly we'll we'll talk about some of the new stuff that's coming out in Charlottetown. But let's go ahead and get started for the the webinar on shall la time. You know, obviously, a lot of people are setting goals, setting resolutions, whatever it is, and for the believer, you're always doing

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that, right, you're always thinking about how you can set new goals for yourself how you can push yourself a bit further and shot lontana to please Allah subhana wa Tada and to make progress for yourself. And the way we're going to do this inshallah is that each one of us is going to give three tips as to how we set goals with Allah in mind. And so I'm going to quickly give my three inshallah Tada, and then we'll move on with Nilay Tanner. And the first one that I want to say is push yourself, but don't break yourself, push yourself, but don't break yourself. What I mean by that is that I know that we talked about, you know, setting ambitious goals for ourselves. And we also

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talked about consistency. And I was reflecting you know, and since 200 came up on on, obviously, you know, this goal of piano lit this goal of praying the night prayer that a lot of people set for themselves and by the way, wherever you are, whatever goal you're setting for yourself, inshallah to get closer to Allah don't belittle that goal. I know that's not my particular tip. But don't be literal, that goal because anything that's bringing you closer to Allah subhana wa Tada. That is from the obligatory deeds and then from the established voluntary deeds is something that is bless it. So if if your goal is to just pray five times a day on time and have the rhyming, that's the

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best of all goals in this regard. But with the night prayer, I was thinking about two statements, and they seemingly contradict each other. Okay. One of them is the statement from Morocco, the Allahu anhu, who famously said in the letters he will, no matter Kim actors, he will comedy that I seek the reward for my sleep. The same way that I seek the reward for my prayer. And that's very special because what it tells you is that when you go to sleep, if you make the intention for your sleep to be pleasing to Allah subhanaw Adana, then that is just as much of a bada as the standing up in prayer at night and obviously, the idea here is that you view your sleep as a means of refreshing

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yourself, rejuvenating yourself so that you can continue forward with the lifetime. So that's one statement right that Lux sleep is important, and seek the reward for your sleep. And then you have another narration from a B hasm Rahim Allah to Allah one of the tambourine who was walking down the street at night. And he would say out loud I Egypt, two minute agenda ki Fernando polyboard where I took too many na K for now. mahadi wa. He said, Rahim Allah to Allah that I am amazed by Jana, Egypt to Mina Jana K. Fernando polyboard. How is it possible that the one who is pursuing Jana is asleep? Why just two men are not and I am amazed by Hellfire kafer namdhari Whoo, ha. How is it that the one

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that is fleeing from it is asleep right now. So you see these two narrations and it's common when you're reading books of Teskey to come across these types of narrations, right? One, which emphasizes in one way, balance, and, you know, appreciating that balance and not seeing that balances deficiency, right? Because Eliza created us with certain limitations. The other one was, which pushes you and, you know, makes it seem like you really, really need to move forward. And so how do you reconcile when you see those two types of narrations? And the idea here is that you push yourself but you don't break yourself. You push yourself but you don't break yourself. I guarantee

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you more of the bingeable or the Allahu Tada animal, who was a great scholar and companion was not someone that was sleeping throughout the night and not praying pmla But what he was saying is that when he does sleep when he you know, keeps in mind and takes into consideration the sleep that he needs. That that is actually an essential part.

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As a bother to Allah subhanho wa he doesn't view it as separate in terms of worship, but as part of the overall scheme of worship. Now, on the other hand, you know, what has a Mahima Allah to Allah is talking about a great scholar and a tab Berry is this idea of, you know, acting with urgency that a person wakes up, how often will Atama as Allah azza wa jal describes in the Quran, with fear and with hope, right, they are fighting their bedside, and obviously to wake up and pray is not comfortable, especially if you live in a difficult climate, especially if it requires, you know, doing will do with cold water, maybe you can't heat the water in even, of course, just the timing of

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it all. But at the same time, it's the urgency that causes you to abandon comfort. And so a person might say, Well look, you know, I need a certain amount of sleep to function. And the prophets lie some of them, you know, he frowned upon,

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you know, one of his his wives hanging a rope in the masjid to put around her, her stomach, hurt her abdomen, so that she could hold herself and lean in prayer. And he said, slice on that when you get that sleepy, then you need to go to sleep. So I don't know how much you know, I can really do this, because I need a certain amount of sleep. Well, all of us at hamdulillah Rameen need sleep, and all of us have the capability and hamdulillah to pray at some level. So if a person needs, you know, this amount of sleep or that amount of sleep, and as you get older, you know, maybe then you need more sleep, or it could be the stress of life or the the burden of your particular labor, your

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craft, all of that is relative, all of that is relative, but you push yourself, don't break yourself. So you want to push yourself to a place where you are moving, you know, moving forward, and getting out of your comfort zone and expanding your scope. But at the same time, you don't want to break yourself and it's important to understand in that capacity that everything is part of EBA the rest is part of a bada and the exertion is part of a bada so long as the idea is to constantly be trending towards Allah subhanho wa Taala and expanding your scope. So that's the first thing. The second thing, adjust, don't abandon. And this is important, especially when we come out of Ramadan,

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and inshallah Tada. Ramadan is right around the corner. And it's important when we set goals for ourselves, whenever that is beginning of the year, beginning of the month, beginning of the middle of the year, whatever it is right before Ramadan after Ramadan, you might be in a position where you're feeling a particular closeness to Allah subhanaw taala you're feeling particularly, you know, ambitious, and you set this goal for yourself, I'm going to read this much could add a day, or I'm going to read this much Hold on a month, or I'm going to pray this much every night. Whatever it may be, right? If a person finds themselves unable to achieve that particular goal, adjust the goal,

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don't abandon the goal. So go from reading the whole Quran every month to reading half the Quran, or even a quarter of the Quran. Even a page a day, right but don't abandon the goal altogether adjust from, you know, praying in the later part of the night to maybe praying in the earlier part of the night where it's easier for you adjust from how many cars how much you recite, but don't abandon the goal altogether. So the first one is push yourself don't break yourself. The second one is adjust don't abandon. And the third one is always aim high. And you know, there are a few narrations that are very close to my heart in this regard the prophets I seldom said when you ask Allah don't just

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ask Allah for Jenna. ask Allah for it for the dose of ALLAH ask Allah for the highest part of paradise. It's not because you feel like you deserve it. It's because you're calling upon a generous and merciful Lord and if you are working for Jana, then ask Allah subhanaw taala to move you towards a fitted dose of Anna to, to put you in the highest level. And if you look at you know, a few of these these narrations of the companions of the messenger SallAllahu sallam, the very famous narration of Robbie I'm no cabinet Eslami or the allowed time and who were we I was serving the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and constantly doing what he could to support him and he was a

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poor man. He was a single man. He was you know, struggling in many worldly ways. Okay. So he is in this position where the prophets licenses to him, ask, ask, go ahead and ask him what do you want Obeah he could have said the Alice little law, I want wealth and he would not have been blameworthy if he asked Rasul Allah sai Selim for wealth, he could have said yes, Allah, I want you to pray for me, or to provide for me, you know, a very particular type of home or a writing animal or a means by which I can earn. You could have Seattle Silla, make sure that I get married, I'm trying to get married and I want to get married and you wouldn't have been blameworthy. It's

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praiseworthy right? In fact in that regard if he's seeking you know something Hello, but instead he says to the Prophet so I said them I want your companionship in general right I want your companionship and gentlemen the same thing with it been Miss Earth all the time on home when the Prophet sites on heard his recitation at night the profit slice and I'm said to ask and you will be given and he asked the last panel a time allotment yes okay he man and I altered when they're even young for one more Africa terbuka Muhammad Sallallahu Cynthiana genital,

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that all I asked you for faith, that is everlasting blessings that do not expire and for the highest level and for the dose, the highest level of paradise with the eternal companionship of your messenger sallallahu alayhi wa salam ala Amin for all of us. So those are my three goals, Inshallah, tada are three ways that I think you should set goals. One of them again, push yourself, don't break yourself. The second one, adjust don't abandon the third one, always aim for the highest. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to grant that to us, Lama Amin, so I'll bring it back to the group in sha Allah, any comments, anything you want to share, and then we'll move on to Dr. Tasneem Inshallah,

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than McLaren. I just want to, you know, bring attention to sort of like the entire concept of what you're trying to do here with this introduction. And it's really about sort of setting the stage getting into the, you know, getting into the right mindset. And I can't like, emphasize enough how important that is, when you think about your day to day we think about your goals, whether they're short term or long term, if you don't have your those sources of motivation, those sources of fear, why's that you put yourself, why is that you hold yourself back from doing things you really want to do, then it's almost impossible to achieve your goals. So when you think about it, when you go, you

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know, you're applying to colleges, or schools or to work, they're always going to ask you like, why are you applying what you know, give us your personal statement. We they want to know, you know, what are those long term goals? What are those visions that you have for yourself, because as humans, we're time and again, I'm going to come back to those sources of motivation and sources of fear, in order to push ourselves when times get tough, and to push ourselves when times are easy to always keep going. And so really, before you think about, you know, any specific goal in mind, you really want to make that connection, establish that connection, that I'm doing this for those

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puntata. And that I'm doing this in pursuit of his pleasure, or, you know, the companionship of the process of love, or fear of hell and fear of his punishment. And so really think when you sort of, you know, explore those topics, and really reflect on what that means and why you do what you do, you want to be able to make those connections that, hey, I'm gonna fall back on this, I'm gonna really think about it, when I need that source of motivation, or just something to keep pushing me, because it's not always going to be easy, but when you can think about it, it makes it so much easier to keep moving forward.

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Anything you'd like to share? this regard, just the whole concept of resilience? I mean, how you mentioned, I think it was a second point, being resilient, you know, I think we're going to talk about that as well. That, you know, there will be times that you when you're in this process, just to remember that it is a process, it's not something that's an event, it's something that will go on for the rest of your life. Or, you know, a goal that you may hit is the goal that can be obtained shall offer that this is a process, all of these goals that we're talking about are these, you know, forms of advice that we're talking about. It's not just an event,

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anyone over and over again.

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Sure, like

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so Dr. Tasneem. Inshallah, tada as we are about to start with your your three tips in sha Allah, I'm going to ask you to talk about a series that's coming up with, you know, with you and child. But before I do that, I wanted to read something very touching, you know, the 100 series was brought up, and sometimes it's these impact, you know, quotes or emails that are sent into us that really move us at home, the law of law mean, and show us the importance of this work. So one, one email that came in on the 200 series, and it's really beautiful and Hamdulillah, I had I surgery for an eye disease. And I enjoyed this and so many others, I had loss of vision for some time. And the

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reminders from the series and others really helped remind me to be patient with this current test medical Elfi comm I mean, so much that for the pain team, so it's really a beautiful testimony on the 200 series of ham did not around me. And we want to remind you all that you are obviously a part of this and shallots as you're supporting the work of European which our content is always free and accessible at nighttime and helping people in different ways. And we pray that just as that person found comfort and certainty that everyone in Charlotte's habits interacting with our content, is finding it in one way

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Are the other Allahumma Amin. So a reminder to once again support Yaqeen. And now Dr. Tasneem. First tell us about your series, Inshallah, tada, that's coming up starting this next week in sha Allah, and also give us your three tips Inshallah, you can just take it from here and shall definitely did. So I'm really excited inshallah for the release of the habits series in sha Allah next week, where I basically explore some of the ways that we can be more productive in our lives. And when I say productive, I think what automatically triggers in our mind is, you know that we're going to work all day and we're gonna get more things done, and we're gonna keep climbing the ladder. But really

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what I tried to do in this series is real reorient what true productivity means for us as Muslims, and this ties really well with the this webinar that you're creating, when you create your goals with a lot in mind, it's not about getting more done, it's about getting the right things done. And I think that it's just it's incredibly freeing when you think about it that we have from the Quran, and from the life of the process, I love all the tools, we need to really put something called bedika in our lives, putting that increase in almost patatas happiness in our actions, so that we experience more, we reap more reward for, you know, lesser action. And it's really as life as a

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Muslim is about pursuing chasing that. But I guess so that in your day to day you're doing less, you're pleasing, but you're pleasing, also find out more and almost puntata is is increasing your outputs. And it's incredibly powerful and incredibly freeing. So the whole series just goes over some of those tips and tricks as to what that looks like. And really how that is going to just make our lives so much more meaningful, and so much more contributing to society and to ourselves and to our families. So what I wanted to do today was give just a few examples that from the tips that I give in the series, and if there's one that I can come back to time and again, and I think that the

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few that I want to give today are all really related to one another is about taking advantage of your mornings. And I think that I would start off with number one is the fact that the prophets of Allah Isola need to heart for His own that he made for the community that Alma Vatican, many people could he had that all put Buttercup put that source of blessing for my community in the early mornings. And we have so many different is in the Quran. And so many different examples from the life of the pasta salaam, that highlight the the immense reward you get from starting your day early. And really the way you want to think about it is that you've got 24 hours in your day, but

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not all hours in the day are created equal that there are certain hours in the morning, right? Whether it's right before measured, or you know, an hour or two after that if you can work productively if you can work with focus with a lot of data in mind, those hours stretch out days, and I've lived this to experience it and which is why I'm just so passionate about it, that you if you can work really diligently in those few hours, it is worth more, it shouldn't be worth more to you. And you'll see the fruits of this than the rest of your entire day. And so, here I am, you know, saying this and having experienced it. And really, it's until you experience it that you

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recognize that this is incredibly powerful and freeing and motivating. Because almost in the Promised Land had given us a tool to really take control of over our lives, so that we can get a good amount of work done in a productive manner in the morning. And that frees us up to do so much more later in the day. And so really starting your day, early is extremely important. And before I move on to a sort of, you know, some explicit things that we can do in our mornings to be productive. It's, it's really important to note that you cannot start your day early unless you start your night early. And I think that this is something you know, a lot of people will come to me

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like, how do you wake up so early? How do you get up at 5am or 6am or whatever? And my first question is, okay, well, what time do you go to sleep and the response immediately is like all at midnight 1am 2am And they are telling me how much they struggle with waking up. I said, Okay, there you got there, you know, there's the problem, that it's really when you think about the fact that let's put out a book back in the morning. It is an invitation to really think about your entire day with Allah's puntata in mind, a lot of that is like here I've got a treasure for you it's early in the morning it's at you know right after PHPSESSID you you wake up and you'll find my blessings

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literally with you know OPEN ARMS waiting for you to to have your day in immensely increased but what does that entail that entails think about the entire your entire day now and now you're thinking about before you want to you know what time do you want to go to sleep and you think about the fact that process and again setting the precedent for having this most productive and most fruitful life was one to sleep to delay praying Arshad sleeping right immediately after

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praying I shot. So starting your night early, I should say ending your night early, ending it with a bucket of Allah being able to get that really deep restful sleep. And then starting it early is one of the biggest hacks, I can say that variability, hack to life, starting your mornings early. And that is where you'll find that better go. And so what is you know what other advice the pluses and those fantatic give us, which is my second tip, and that is based off of a hadith where the process that tells us that every single night before you go to sleep, as you go to sleep, they should long ties three knots on an individual that and that essentially as He's tying these knots, that

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basically you're about to go to sleep, enjoy your sleep, sort of tempting you to kind of spend the rest of your night in deep sleep and really missing that the purpose of the sleep which is to wake up energized for less pantalla but also to really lose sight of Allah spotted in mind of your day and of how how you orient your goals for that day. And so we know this right that when you when you sleep, getting out of bed and starting your day early, it's not easy, right? But the President then what does he do? He offers us here's the key right here is what you can do to make sure that you wake up energized as well that in the Hadith Apostle said I'm says that for Invokana Lohan

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helicopter that if you once you wake up and you remember those patterns, the first thing that comes to mind is that 111 that are here Nevada Mr. Turner, that you recite the draw out of the processor lab that once you wake up that you say praise Glory be to Allah Praise to Allah spawn Tada that he has given us life after he's taken it away from us that you start really again, the idea is you starting your day immediately putting all those plants out at the forefront of your mind. But I'm starting my day recognizing the blessing of what it is to have my life in front of me that men you know, and there's so many different a hadith of whoever wakes up who has helped was healthy has a

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roof on top of their head has food for the day, that it's Kenema He's allowed dunya that it's like they have the entire world like a platter in front of them. That if you wake up with this in mind, rather than reflexively reaching to grab your phone and check your statuses and you know, respond to messages that you wake up and the first thing is that you know what, before I even look at anything before I worry about all of my responsibilities for the day, I'm just going to say to Hamdulillah that I'm going to wake up thinking almost pantalla for this opportunity and and preparing my mind for what we know what's going to lie ahead of the day and hand that off to one of those knots of

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shape on our on tide. So in our button Hello doctor then the next step you've got three knots to untie correct the next step is to go make will do so you're getting up to make we'll do it for whether it's for tahajjud whether it's for slotted budget, you got to make we'll do another tie another knot is untied. And then finally for insulin handler doctor that the third knot is untied upon salah upon praying those took it tattooed upon praying those took as a pleasure then that third night his third night is untied. And how does that the Hadith end. And for those who whose knots are untied us behind a shield on he wait this person wakes up energized motivated in a good mood. What

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it allows for Hadith and nexica slang and if they don't if that you wake up and the first thing you do is you grab your phone to check your Facebook or Instagram the first thing you do is start running because you're you know you started your day late you're running to make your coffee to get to work whatever it is your mind is not in that right position you haven't cultivated that sense of connection with most planta Allah you wake up Hadith and Gnostic Islam you wake up in a bad mood, you wake up on what we call the wrong side of the bed and cas9 You're lazy, you're unmotivated for the day you don't feel like you've got that energy you need and so again we were told along with the

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almighty people quitting at the bus citizen says there's better get he made da and we know that the derive the profits of themselves the job is going to be answered by last dollar. He makes better he makes our for us that alright guys wake up early in the morning.

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This is where you can get you can reap the most reward. Second you know here just do these few things. Remember last patata get in that mindset get your source of energy for the day by remembering Allah subhanaw taala and that you're gonna wake up with that energy guaranteed. And it goes back to what you know what your home is saying. It's it's about the idea of connecting your day your goals with the Las Matata in mind is your source of energy. It's your source of motivation, because it's not like oh you magically you know there's something if you robotically engage in like okay, I'm gonna wake up just going to try to draw, I'm going to just pray and kind of get this over

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with it's, it's it there's a deeper connection to it than that, that when you really tall yourself and you focus and you meditate or whatever word you want to use, and the reality that this life that I've been given this new days is a blessing. It's something I owe in gratitude. It was fantastic.

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And it's something that I'm going to use to serverless puntata. That internalization is what gives you your source of energy for the day and it's going to push you even when you're, you know, you feel physically tired. That source of motivation is so much greater than any source of motivation that you can get from coffee or energy drinks or you know, anything else that this world provides. And then the third tip, the third tip, is to then use that time for the most beneficial of actions. And over time, you can use you know, use that, whether it's 30 minutes, whether it's an hour, whether it's 10 minutes, if you you know, use that time for whatever goal you have in mind, with,

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again, with the intention that you know, what Allah has promised me reward, I started my day with remembrance of Allah PATA, I'm going to use this hour to work on, you know, finishing this work report, I'm going to work on you know, studying for my exam, if you have that intention, that almost pot that is going to continue to provide that better get in your actions. But um, one thing I do recommend is using that time to really read Quran or memorize Quran. And I tell you, I recommend this with again, this being another source of better can your day, and I give this example in this series is that one of the really famous book on the market now about you know, being productive and

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having a lot of focus actually says that you know, what, in order to really get into, into your, your, your most efficient self, what you want to do is when you wake up, after you meditate, you know, things we already covered, which you want to do is just memorize, so you want to train your brain to focus. So the author recommends actually grabbing a deck of cards, and just scrambling the deck of cards and memorizing the order until you can recite as many cards as possible in the order that you remembered them. Which is absolutely ridiculous. If you think about what the tools that we have, that we've been empowered with as Muslims that How about I give you something even better,

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that you're waking up, you're driving this better, you're reminding yourself yourself, your your sense of your purpose and your goals for the day. And then at the same time, let's find out it tells us that Quran in February is it can assure that the Quran, the Quran, that recited or memorized at the time of pleasure is witnessed by angels as testified to by the angels, that if you use that time, whether it's five minutes or 10 minutes, to memorize a real Quran and really create that focus, you're going to create a level of discipline and memory that again, it's going to last throughout your days and throughout your weeks, that when you bring all of this together of waking

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up early, starting your day with meditation and gratitude, and then memorizing these are all things that people have just discovered recently. And what's incredibly amazing when you look back at the life of the processor, let me look back to all those paths that encouraged us to do this was something that was inherent to our religion has always been inherit the tools that we need to succeed in this life, but also the tools we need to get ahead in a way that requires a lot less effort than everyone that's that's that's working day in and day out around us. And so I'm excited to share more tips with you on this series. But really, hopefully this is an incredible starting

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point starting your day early. Remember last pantalla trying to incorporate little memorization Quran the morning, I guarantee you just do it for one or two days and you will you will immediately notice a difference. And and a shadow I'm sure can elaborate next is that it is again it's it's for the long haul, right we're running a marathon not a race. And so really, if you this is something you can't incorporate this week or next week or in the next few weeks don't let that be something that will stop you that this is something that you can always come back to time and again just not having this knowledge is empowering that when you're ready and you know show it sooner rather than

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later. Know that this this religion that the prophets that was patata has given us all the tools we need to succeed in both this life and the next

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life come off hate on Becker Tasneem for the wonderful presentation from the lab, really looking forward to your series. I haven't seen it yet. So I'm excited about it. I'm not running, how many episodes is it? 1616 episodes inshallah Tada, so inshallah we'll get to benefit from it. And you finished your PhD this year at hummed a lot of what I mean so tell us how did you because you know obviously I wanted to quit on my PhD a couple of times you know, it got it got tough you know, how did you how did you get through some of the really when you were like towards the end that you know I know you were having a hard time we were still doing Quran 30 for 30 100 Love I mean and you're

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still trying to do what you couldn't hold on

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anything that that you could you could share just personally that got you through that last stretch.

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Honestly, I think I'm so passionate about this topic because I I'm still in shock of what I was able to do not because of my efforts but because really taking advantage of these these tools. So I remember talking to colleagues and they would say like to see him how in the world did you finish so fast?

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us. And at no point did I work eight hour days? No point did I work overnight? No, I cannot work overnight. And I had, like, I saw just all my colleagues working around me, like always just in the library for hours on end. And I thought to myself, um, we it's pretty simple. I worked consistent, I worked after budget for a few hours, I don't think there was a day that I worked more than more than a few hours a day on this dissertation. And I was able to finish in quote, unquote record time, because I utilize these tools so seldom tells us to live by so it really just it will, like, if there's anything that's faith affirming, it's that it's just like, the product tells us like just be

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consistent work in the mornings, you got the you know, you got all the secrets to life. And once you experience it, it's just like, what's more out there? What more does this religion have to offer? That only really just benefits me in this life? It's incredible.

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I'm the alarm clock ticking last minute I continue to like the way for you Baba and what are you doing your second PhD? What's the deal? You know, I'm thinking

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I gotta take a break for a second and I'd love to pursue something I love last year was probably a blessing continue to like the way for you I'm looking forward to the series. And it's all it's all about, you know, just before we move on now to share from Dola saving the best for last and so lush.

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You know, we got we've got Dr. Tasneem series coming up. Angels too. If you have not seen angels too, you can sign up for it now and you can get access to all of the episodes in Sharla as well as some notes you know that will be coming out soon and shot Wattana and eventually inshallah Tada that will also be on our YouTube channel. I know a lot of people are

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here on YouTube at some point later on. And Chef Mohammed the Chanel, we got proofs of Prophethood continuing with Sheikh Mohammed the finale, that Paul had Wyatt

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with a series on your ads to get us into Ramadan bit in the nighttime, so we have a lot between now Ramadan, the first half of the Brahmin Season One of the first we're coming to the end of season one, and that's 70 episodes at 100 longer I mean, where we've focused on a sub component we're doing the first in Makkah, the muhajir on in Makkah and hamdulillah Brahmin, I know we were able to cover a lot of names that people were not familiar with and quite frankly even myself and researching some of these names I have not been familiar with them until getting into the research but the first we'll go back to the longer episodes and childtime the full episodes will knock out some before

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Ramadan inshallah and will now move on to the unsought in Medina and then you know, some of the others who might have been younger, but at the same time, you know, the bulk of their life is in Medina where we learn about them and things of that sort so not exclusively focusing on the unsolved but inshallah ties starting with the unsolved those that came and met the Prophet slice on them in Mecca and the rest was history. So we'll start with those full episodes and chocolates and as we move away from the first shorts into the first I don't know long I don't know how we call them but it's full episodes inshallah so we got a lot happening in the next few months but the nighttime

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before Ramadan starts and Shaykh Abdullah you and I, we got Quran 30 for 30 Coming up in shall I'm wrapping up your commitment from now we're doing it again this year right

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inshallah and before you start shift I want to I want to read something to you impact story, inshallah Tada, but it's been something that came in last Ramadan for Quran 30 for 30.

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This was a comment that came in, I just want to appreciate you for doing this presentation for born Muslim like me struggling to learn Arabic to understand the Quran. Although it ham did I can recite the Quran and understand through translation, I cannot stop admiring his knowledge gained after converting to Islam, his fluency and the beauty of differentiating the meaning of words that closely resemble in meaning, for example, cutting and fraud and touching on a single verse with a broad lesson. How did it I think the beauty of Quran 30 for 30 Obviously as having you throughout the month that have been out that's one of the main the main features of it and something I look forward

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to benefiting from you and whoever the guest is that night. But it really you know, I'm always stunned by the diversity of the audience. You got the person who literally converts to Islam watching Quran 30 For 30 we have non Muslims that watch Quran 30 for 30 We have people that are students of tafseer that watch Quran 30 for 30 So it's this broad range of people who did not have it, I mean, so I want to thank you for being such an essential part of that. Always have that and so this year, we will we'll take it to the next level inshallah Tada, whatever that means, right. We'll take it to the next level.

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So chef, before you start your your three tips, what's your what's your what's your

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benching gold this year, you're gonna hear Inshallah, we're gonna move from a wooden bench to a metal band think that's a little more put a pillow on the bench.

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I think that's the goal.

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Take us away. So three tips for setting goals, a lot of time, a lot of Soula. While I early he was asked me when my bad Firstly, I want to thank Allah subhanho wa taala. For him his virtue is followed. But he's placed upon all of us for being,

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you know, enjoy busy seminars, these infographics, these papers, these videos,

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I think it's a blessing from Allah that we are able to ohms with AC, with natural lighting with all these types

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of mechanisms that allow us to be educated and Hamdulillah, from the initiative that you take to tune into any of these mechanisms, whether it's your computer, whether it's your phone, to listen to it, that's a virtue as well, because there are

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people around the world that don't have that, whether that's and they don't have internet, they can't afford it.

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Or just the area that they're in, they are not able to get there living these realities make dua for them. So just being aware, the blessings that we have to being able to tune in and take advantage of this, this is a photo from a loss. And then secondly, you know, you know, just thanking you keen family, on my Sharla for being the unit.

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I mean, for those of you that don't know, internally, there's harmony internally, there's true sisterhood. I mean, when you're in the conference rooms are respecting each other, you know, one thing that I have to say is that dinner is always taken to consideration whenever we speak and they're, you know, be the impact stories. It's on each other, not internally, but helping people around the world Muslims and non Muslims as he mentioned, you know, from the Quran 30 for 30 to the

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dude series to many different papers, it's about helping people and I think that what I genuinely see genuinely see within the people within the family, the cane family and I want to use that word in all caps bold,

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italicize and red underline, it's a family and even online when when talking and speaking with you know, system within the organization. So I really want to just talk to you shake our modern and to the behind the scenes from say fooled and, you know, brother Fosun sister now for all the people that are behind the scenes as well, you know that it takes them and it takes a family to really make this these products So may Allah spent Allah reward all of you. And may Allah subhanaw taala make this something that is on our museum, passing out on a scale of good deeds and sha Allah Tala, I mean, so what I want to talk about is kind of

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taking off their testing, he said, You know, there's this subject matter about motivation. And

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because discipline is something that motivates fire, which does need it for our human psychology and spirituality. But we want to aim towards discipline. I always tell this story, many of you probably heard it, our brothers the other day, is that I remember when I embraced Islam, and the second

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pillar of Islam is that you have to pray.

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And I'm thinking, okay, which season, but it's five times a day for the rest of your life. When you think of that

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five times my life. This is where it's a real challenge for you. It could be a real battle, really serious about it, you're thinking every single day, Sunday's too for Christianity. So it's like, okay, Fridays, I understand. That's our Sunday, but Sunday's too, there's no day off of our prayers that we can offer from the photo ad from the obligatory prayers. It challenged but it depends on your perception and your outlook.

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And I think Subhanallah sister to beautiful dua, that when you wake up you said Hamdulillah, the Yana by the imagina. You know, the first thing that you say when you wake up is processing, wipe his face with his left hand and he will praise due to Allah, whatever happens throughout the course of the day hamdulillah by the Quran, and the first thing that you reset at the mullah Lila

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and our Aisha said the process is Allah, Allah coolly hand upon every situation. So you're waking up and you're preparing your day to say Alhamdulillah whatever happen and then you remember the fact that come up with that napkin or when a murderer commander or a murderer,

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redo that you Allah subhana wa Tada meaning that

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as you were asleep, and as some mention if you will go back to Allah subhanho wa taala. All of this is going to end anyway. So when you see Olivia Yana Martin and the one that has brought us life after he has taken us away,

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what he knows sure and we will be gathered in front of him so you wake up

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Thinking about the time that it will all be over, that should always that should automatically insha Allah give you some form of ambition and motivation to think about what am I going to do today and I think of, you know, these six that we've talked about already, is for us to be motivated to light that fire, to be able to be disciplined and consistent on something in particular. So Subhanallah, you know,

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oh, she also mentioned mashallah about the aspect of a really good book called Sleep smarter, the importance of sleep and how sleep can even be more important than that's one thing I wanted to talk about, you know, to kind of, you know, eluting about is, you know, how sleep is important, we need to set an alarm. And also we need to watch what we eat, that has a huge, how heavy you sleep, when you go to sleep, why you wake up grumpy when you go to sleep when you wake up. Obviously, the spiritualist takes precedent. So realize that what we eat is a spiritual concept to it as well. We need to watch eat before we go to sleep, you shouldn't even be eating healthy, heavy, was asleep.

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And then hungry lot of efforts from brothers and sisters that are any diet with been, because this is a part of our religion. Capitalize on that, that listen, watch, what we sow the three guidelines that I have, personally, is as a Promise of Allah there was Solomon said in one Hadith

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where he says as in as we know, at the moment, obey the law many, many times that the strong Muslim is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak Messiah. And then both of them is good. It could be physical, but primarily as a man because it promises sunset movement, which means their belief, their Yaqeen their certainty in Allah's names and attribute how it is manifest on all of His creation. But then he says, thing after that is Allah MA and folk diligence on that which benefits you

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as Mr. Tasneem talked about the first is that we should understand that which is beneficial to us. So make sure that you are diligent upon that which benefits you there'll be I'll come to you on and off but you have to make sure that you

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sift out at you deal with that one thing

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that benefits you and you're consistent upon the promise of the law and it was seldom said which is the first point I want to talk about here is staying a biller he will attack just we should realize is that we should seek help in Allah subhanho wa Taala and not give up. Allah is

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a learning he is all knowledgeable of our situation, all knowledgeable of the things that we will face. He knows what happened, what is happening and what he knows that we will be

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anguished at times from an effort we're making so glad that Shikamaru asked sister Tasneem about her doctorate. Because it's it is something that is not easy. There's times you probably want to give up there's times that you're tired.

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You know, but you have to commute. That's why the promise awesome. Use the seats and neither prohibited form saying no form of advice.

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Don't give a lot is on your side, know who he is just capabilities. And that hopefully will serve as incentive for you to keep going. That's the first thing, seek helping Allah subhanho wa Taala and do not give up Letarte Jisan do not have an address in that which is handicapped, or do not allow the sternal things to handicap you, which you have internally to going it's all about particular play your attitude and your perception of the

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app. Do you believe that you can really reach it? Seek help with that. The second form of advice that I want

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is that the Prophet SAW Selim also said in another

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play that many in Allah, Allah what

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is the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Allah said the most beloved actions to Allah are those that are consistent even if this hadith Subhanallah I tell it to myself, I write it on my whiteboard. It's something that is

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very important for us because sin,

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passion Jin, can be your worst enemy.

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You may be passionate about some thing about opening a mosque and your nonprofit organization about opening a gym I lose this much amount of weight, memorize the Quran.

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But you say in Ramadan going to I'm going to memorize 20 pages that I'm going to memorize on Jews of the Quran and Ramadan portent to learn yourself to know yourself and to do that which is quote unquote realistic and that word is is is tricky.

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Because the word realistic sometimes can make you and sometimes it can make you practical. It's important to do is the shadow what is the bottom

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that you seek the one who say, what do you see me? Do you know for my life? So what advice would you give me? Do you think I'm capable of doing this?

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And taking that no see how from people that care and they don't care how you will feel because they know you know that they care for you. And they want what's best for you. Being around those

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people that give you that advice, knowing that they want what's best for you, even if you don't want to hear.

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And in this form of when you hear that of taking it little by little, and being consistent in that consistency is key. It is being consistent in that action. And when we look at the wisdom of the prayer, it is something that is consistent as a Promise of Allah Allah so don't compare it to someone watching in a river in front of their home. And Allah He doesn't would you see any dirt upon them. He makes a comparison of washing in a river five times a day, it would be spiritually cleansed with the right intention of being attentive with Allah subhanho wa Taala his name's in this beautiful attributes. That's the second form of advice. So firstly, seeking help from Allah subhanaw

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taala and not giving up, but firstly seeking help from Allah subhanaw taala and not giving up. Secondly, being consistent in that

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action, even if it was a little bit and realize me.

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I'm going to say this flat out but I will explain I hope you fail in the process.

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Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam even in this beautiful Hadith right after that, he said, and if slipped him or her, if something was to afflict him or her, the name of Allah is Allah for Allah for Allah far, he is the author forgiving from mistakes that you will make, you're going to make mistakes in the process. Perfection is only for Allah subhanho wa taala.

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Realizing that within this process, when you seek help from Allah,

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when you are trying to be consistent every Monday, every Tuesday, every Monday and Thursday, for instance, for fast

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thing, and that Thursday, you wake up late, maybe upset with the friend that kept you up, but you are giving good advice. For the sake of Allah subhanaw taala you up, it's up studying, you may not fast that day, it's fine.

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Get back on the horse and continue, you're going to make mistakes, you have to fail forward, you have to make those mistakes in order to move forward. Each and every one of us right now have a sin that we may be consistent on?

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Are we asking forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala in that

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because sin is even a play in mentions in why but we'll say it. And then the shower of good senses of abundant good utterances he mentioned is that the sin could serve as a motivation for you to be more

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seer. And this, it took that sin for you to commit in order for you to have a loss and asking for forgiveness. Because when you're putting it into realizing what you've been doing for the past couple of years, are you visualizing what you haven't been doing over the past couple of years. So lastly, remember always remember that mistakes wait you that you will mistakes but don't allow that mistake to hold you back from continuing on and being consistent in those small acts and never forgetting to seek help from Allah subhanho wa Taala when you make that mistake to ask oh Allah keep me consistent on this beautiful action for really I'm doing it for your sake for your sake or Oh

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Allah make me of those that leave this action for really I want to leave it off for your sake. And those are the three forms of advice

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to reiterate to seek help in a loss and to not give up to be consistent in that action even if it was a little bit and to realize that you will make mistakes throughout this process of these two and of other of any other form of guidelines that we have mentioned here today. We lost Madonna makers of those that have that bunions really with resilience brings stronger sincerity and brings us to Pinewood

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Welcome Welcome Oh people, Zach here chef Abdullah so beautiful vice mashallah especially the the words from him Allah to Allah. And so we got nine, nine tips here and inshallah Tada, we'll go ahead and put intimate amount of vignette, everything begins with intention as number one. And we'll go ahead and compile them as 10 and gelato and maybe post like a brief graphic for everyone and shallots after the webinar. So come back to the the social media outlets, our creative team and shallots I would have put together a very basic compilation of these 10 bit Nilla and hopefully will be beneficial to all of you. Shaykh Abdullah, before we wrap up, what's a personal goal you got or

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something that you got something that got you through, you know, last stretch of something that you were trying to achieve? Some personal shares

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with us in sha Allah Wow, there's a lot a Subhan Allah that I've completed. I mean, the time

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is recent or just just in life in general.

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A man life in general. It's always the first one that came to my mind. When I married my wife, we got married in Saudi Arabia. And we did like the maxima, like the the courthouse and whatever conditions was that I remember as a cron

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what are the is that right the cron

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know why this came up but

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guess I lost a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala that,

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you know, I would sit in the old hot on those of you who have them. It's like I would sit in the old hot I'm just trying to memorize the Quran and you know, we're there. But sometimes

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it would mess me up me I think 130 Lay thinking a person

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and hit it off to get married. It's in the same hadith of intention.

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But that was something you know, I remember when memorizing this beautiful book of Allah subhanaw taala is when I was studying Quran with my chef in Houston from Kerala, Chico sama dean. And he used to tell me when I would read, you know, Alibaba, he would close he would close the book.

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And he would say, one day, memorize the Quran.

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I'm, like, 20 and I'm sitting here looking at him like

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yeah, like this is the word of God is that you one day you will memorize the Quran and you'll be able to lead people in Salah and you this and he started making dua for me like

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he has a huge heart over me. So I say Never Never give up. You know, at the age of 20, you know 2500 By the blessings of Allah by the dua of the brothers and sisters were able to finish so I think that as he mentioned, to be concerned those actions and memorizing the Quran when you have your full energy it's something that's very very important. So yeah, so beautiful.

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So beautiful. And honestly memorizing the Quran is greater than any degree any any other pursuit anything like like because that's your your resilience in memorizing the Quran is literally reading you know more Koran and elevating yourself like you know, when you recite any letter of the book of Allah whether it is new memorization or review that it is pure elevation, and never for a moment Do you doubt like the nobility of the goal? 100 Ryan that's a heavy Maha man like I don't know if we recommend people like put that as a Maha that's a heavy mahatma.

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Well, I had through the I've seen I have someone who has sort of seen as is probably watching this like

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the whole

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Michelle Obama shall

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be easy with the with the MaHA not the whole plan stuff. I'm the work with.

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Zach Mafate on to both of you, for everyone for tuning in. And again to remind everyone shall look out for what's coming up. And please do donate support europeen all of our free and accessible resources when the night out, have you been a huge part of that in our growth, and inshallah Tada, our growth has directly translated to your growth. So everything counts, and we appreciate your consistent support.

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Whether salon or end of year, we don't ask frequently, but when we do we always just get the response from all of you and handed on the notes that you send in with your donations are really heartwarming. So may Allah bless you all, and allow this to be a time of rejuvenation for all of you and may Eliza that allow us all to undertake goals that are pleasing to Him and keep us sincere and steadfast with those goals Allah I mean, just like my love hate on Dr. Tasneem. She from the law once again said I want to come around to La Habra Castle, right