The Crime Of Hunger

Omar Suleiman


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So I want to come on up until over the counter.

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I was with SME ministry authority Mr. Narayan Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen whatever Guan illa Allah wa I mean, without peba too much Hakim Allahumma salli wa sallam about a karate kata suka Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. While early he will suffer he was salam to see him and Kathira sha Allah Tala wanted to continue connecting some of what we are seeing in the hundreds out with our brothers and sisters May Allah subhanaw taala grant them victory Allahumma Amin and some of the episodes of the Sierra and some of the framings that we find in the Quran and the Sunnah, that otherwise might have felt distant from us and Subhan Allah every single week, there is another

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section of the Quran and the Sunnah that's given life through one of the tragedies that unfolds with our brothers and sisters in the Gaza. And so tonight actually wants to talk about a joueur, hunger and Subhanallah this is a topic that you usually hear in one of two settings, you either hear about it in Ramadan, when we talk about how our excess exercise of fasting is to in some ways, one of the benefits of it, feel the pain of hunger, and then connect to our brothers and sisters who do not have food on a regular basis. And you hear it in a fundraiser, talking about one of our beloved populations, whether it is our brothers and sisters in Yemen or Somalia, or a Sudan or Syria,

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wherever it may be, where you have famine, or you have widespread hunger.

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But there's something very profound about the way hunger is spoken about in the Quran and the Sunnah, because you have to understand that the generation of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi, wa sallam the Companions, all experienced a hunger that probably no one in this room has ever experienced. There is a type of hunger where your stomach grows, there's a type of hunger, where you desire, you know, something quickly or you feel dehydrated, and there's a type of hunger that actually starts to mess with your mind that actually causes you hallucination. That actually becomes life threatening. And I want you to appreciate that the generation of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi

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wa sallam experienced that type of joueur, that type of hunger. And so when you when you think of the Quran and the Sunnah, through their ears, through their hearts, when they heard the word joueur, hunger, it meant something to them that was totally different. Now, of course, there is an added layer of cruelty when hunger is used as a form of collective punishment. And in the modern day, in 1977, it was an addendum to the Geneva Convention, it is a war crime, and the United Nations which is probably one of unfortunately, the most ineffective bodies on Earth, but they did pass a resolution in 2018 Calling this also a war crime. And today, you may have seen the news that Human

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Rights Watch accuses Israel of using starvation as a tactic which is a war crime. So I want to talk about inshallah Tada. From this lens. Number one in the Quran, Allah azza wa jal connected very, you know, subhanAllah politically, and in a powerful manner, fear and hunger, what another one that can be che in mineral healthy, while joueur we will test you with something of fear and in hunger. So there's a connection between fear and hunger, safety and food security, right?

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Allah azza wa jal also when he talks to old Irish and he reminds them of his favorites upon them, that yarn will drop the hat and beat Allah the Otama hoomin Jew in what manner human health right, let them worship the Lord of this house, who fed them when they were hungry, and gave them security when they were afraid. And Allah subhanaw taala when He speaks to us specifically about the types of charitable endeavors that we undertake, while you'll Tour A Munna prom, there is a a visible manifestation of this, that they feed people from their food, despite their love for it. The implication of that, by the way, is that you are hungry, and you are giving of your food physically

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to someone that is next to you, and of the stories that are coming from the people of Gaza and from these places. Subhanallah are some of the stories that you find from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where he encouraged the unsavoury and he in his miracle sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one of his most prevalent miracles was his ability to take one pot of food or a pitcher of milk. And from it there would be a flow of food or a flow of milk to encourage people to turn a meal for two into a meal for three a meal for three into a meal for six and so on so forth. There are multiple narrations in that regard. So think about you know a person right now who gets a loaf of bread or

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The mother Subhanallah who we hear about in the Sierra that aren't you settled the Allahu Anhu mentioned that came to us asking for food and I installed the Allah on her only had three dates to give to our mother to give to that woman. And when she gave that woman the three dates. That woman of course gave one day to each of her children. And she herself as she was about to eat her date her two children cried for it. And she took that date and cut it into two pieces and gave it to her children, two children and the prophets Nisa mentioned that the saved her from the fire, protect yourself from the fire even with half a date. How many women in Azusa Do you think lived this hadith

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in the last two months? Right, this very particular incident that we have. Now when we look at the hunger of the prophets like some of the companions.

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It is, of course the case before we get into the specific incidents where hunger was used against them. It is the case that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the hungriest man amongst the companions. He was the hungriest person amongst them. And of the signs of hunger that you'll start to see from the Companions extreme hunger you have the hadith of mokdad or the Allahu taala. And who, who says a bell to Anna Asahi Barney Lee Walcott, The Hobbit as maroon our upasana myalgia that we came to the Prophet slice that am I and two companions and we had lost our vision and our hearing from hunger, or the Hadith of Abu Huraira will be Allah Tada. And where he says that there were days

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that I was so hungry, I can remember passing out between the prophets I send them as member and the prophets like someone's home, what we know is that Allah Subhana Allah, it is a garden of Jana and he remembered passing out and he said, I could remember someone coming to me and putting his foot thinking that I was a madman thinking that I had lost my mind, not realizing that it was nothing but hunger that caused me to collapse. This was the type of hunger that the best generation had ever faced and the best person, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam. Now I want to give you another perspective here with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam.

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You know how we get cranky when we're hungry. When we start to become bothered more easily. We become irritated on a day of fasting once it hits the last two hours of the fast. Imagine the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, not eating for days, days. Now think about all the Shamal of the Prophet slice on him. Think about all the attributes of the Prophet slice on his smile, his laughter, his courtesy, his kindness, his compassion, his empathy, it his salatu salam, his just presence, you know, when you're hungry, you can even be present in the gathering. The presence of the prophets lie Selim, his body language towards people, his eyes looking at you, his ears

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listening attentively and think about how much more of a miracle it is when you put that in the context of his extreme hunger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And that's why when Allah azza wa jal mentions that there are people to assemble them Alinea, you would think that they are wealthy or you think that they're just fine, because of the way that they carry themselves. Most people did not notice the hunger of the Prophet slice alum, because despite being the hungriest person amongst them, he acted like the fullest amongst them. You understand that concept? He manifests that I and the best of ways sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was the hungriest of the companions. But at the

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same time, he didn't show it in his behavior. And that's why the central focus of Medina was Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but there's the hadith of him going out at night and I will record all the Allahu Anhu finding the prophets lie Selim, wandering around that night. And Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Anhu was brought out by hunger, and he asked the Prophet slicin what he was doing out at night and he says, Nothing brought you out except what brought me out. The focal point of Medina was also allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but not a soul could tell how hungry he was sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So you know the types of people that you're seeing right now. And look at the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I will tell you that all the Allahu Anhu mentioned hearing it in his voice so the closer you got to him, the more of a Mohab the more of someone who loved the prophets like some you became the more you started to recognize the signs so I will call handle the Allahu anhu, the stepfather of Anissa dramatical the Allah I know when he comes to his wife, I'm Samuel de la anhand says, I heard the voice of the Prophet slice I'm gonna sound a different I heard the hunger in his voice or job that will the Allahu Taala and who noticing the bloating of the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam, the bloating of a hungry person when the prophesy son was

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malnourished and his stomach was poking out in a way that it did not before, not because

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as it was for, but because it was empty sallallahu alayhi wa salam so the signs were present and the Hadith are so many in one minute you just run through them without a shadow the Allahu Taala and he says his wife mashrabiya and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Mondo Kadima and Medina mentor Amin, Boudin, Thalassa, Yaalon Tiva and Hattah COVID sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the family of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not eat their fill of bread for three successive days, since the day that he migrated to Medina to the time that he died. Now we know that the persecution period was one, the first half of the Sierra, but as hunger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was most

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pronounced when he was most powerful. sallallahu alayhi wasallam and I saw the Allahu taala. And he mentions the same that I never saw the prophets lie, some eat a fine meal, he never had a properly baked piece of bread until he died. He shall have the law and he would cry at the sight of a good meal and saying the profit slice I'm never got this. He never got this. And she says, Can I get to Elena Sharrow? Man? Oh Kido fie Hinata that a whole month would pass. And we would not light a fire in the house of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Namaha tamro Well, now all we could suffice ourselves with was a few dates, and some water. And there are multiple narrations in this regard. I

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won't spend too much time. One more narration Subhan Allah from our model, the Allahu Anhu because you start to notice who noticed who noticed our model the Allahu Taala and who says he will tell you fill Yomi Meenal Jewry murgee do Mina definitely know Yamuna Obi Bochner, who sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the prophets lie in Salem would be in pain for the whole day. And he couldn't find what this hadith is referring to are the rotten dates, the worst of the dates, you know, the part of the batch. That's the worst part that some would cast aside that the prophets like some would spend the day and you could see that it was affecting him if you're paying attention to him it his salatu

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salam to the point that he couldn't even find some of the the worst of the dates to put in his stomach sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this is our messenger and he his salatu salam. And this makes his character that much more inspiring. And I want you to appreciate the people of Gaza, as you are seeing their inspiring character, their ability to say what they're saying their ability to be steadfast, all of that is not just while the airstrikes are falling upon them. But for most of them, they are not finding a loaf of bread or a proper sip of water. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless them and may Allah azza wa jal increase them in every single way. Allahumma Amin, but that's

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another reason for us to take inspiration from them because of the jaw, the type of hunger that they are facing, may Allah subhanaw taala

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elevate them along, I mean, now, in terms of using hunger against the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and against the early Muslims, they face this most prominently in two situations. The first time is in Mecca and SubhanAllah. You read the timeline, and it also relates to our day and age.

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The boycott of bento Hassan benomyl Pilate was for three years.

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And the Makins decided to use this as a tactic to kill off the prophets lie some in his companions, or to get them to buckle in hunger, and renounce the message and hunger, because they thought it was the least messy way to kill them or to get them to renounce their faith, psychological warfare, right? It's a crime then and it's a crime. Now, the idea was, if we cut off their food and drink for long enough, and the profit slice I'm here is the children crying at nights, and the mothers become unable to breastfeed their children, and they cannot even take care of their animals, then eventually, one of two things will happen, some of them will die. And some of them will renounce

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their faith, and there is no blood on the scene. This is what makes it such an evil tactic. When did they choose to boycott the Prophet sallallahu and he was summon his companions. Can anybody tell me what was the incident that came right before that incident? Because it is very significant. What was the incident that came right before that incident? When do you think the Muslims had their highest morale? And what is the day that you can think of that the Muslims had their highest morale?

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Raise your hand so I can actually give you

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a certain mantra just afterwards so it's after the boycott. So prior to the boycott, when do you think the Muslims had their highest day of morale? There weren't many of them? Yeah.

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The day or model the Allahu Anhu accepted Islam.

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The day or model the Allah and who accepted Islam. The Muslims came out in Mecca

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and they marched for the first

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Time publicly declaring their faith unafraid, right? The first time the Muslims could be present that was a morale boost the first time the Muslims could walk together and say Allah, Allah, Allah Allahu Akbar, that was a morale boost. The boycott happened literally a few days after that.

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Because they wanted to break their spirit.

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It's Pamela, it's so much more significant when you think about that. Their morale was high. And there is no way to break people's spirits like hunger, where they start to act out of character, right. And they start to show not signs of strength, but signs of weakness. They wanted to break the spirit of the Muslims, because, after all, modeled the Allahu anhu, they became the most threatening because of their resilience. The beatings didn't work, the persecution didn't work, we've got to try something else. Their spirit is high. And so the incidence comes right after the Islam of say normal, but all the Allahu Taala and, And subhanAllah it says if you're thinking about Qatar was the

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the Gaza Strip, where did they put them in shared? Have you thought of in a single valley where they could be encompassed from every direction? What was the logic of that? Abuja Hill wanted to ensure that there was no route for food or drink to reach them, not from in front or behind or from the right and the left, shut them off from all directions, and threatened the people from trading with them or from taking anything to them, isolate them entirely from their extended tribesmen from every single outsider and insider, cut them off. And so they were in Sharam every time and by the way, physically, I've actually been to share them every thought, but obviously now it's like another

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neighborhood, right? But you think about it, you Say Subhan Allah, the geography of Mecca, which obviously is going away with the buildings and things of that sort and the flattening of mountains, but the geography of it. There's something incredibly demoralizing about being stuck in a valley this way,

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for three whole years. And the main tool against them was hunger, starving them, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would hear the moaning at nights

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of children and people of old age, and more so than anything else and his own household sallallahu alayhi wa salam, as these are the Allahu Taala and the most noble person, the most noble of women

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was forced to eat leaves and these are the Allahu anha herself would eventually succumb to the health consequences of that boycott. So she would die shortly after that boycott and as many scholars say, as a result of the malnutrition on her body because she was older but all the Allah has had on hand this was harder for her to bear and she would pass away as a result of it all the a lot of time and of course, I will follow up as well within just a few days of Khadija all the Allahu Tada Anna for three years. They were in this concentration camp for three years. They were cut off from everyone side and it will cost will be a lot of time and hope. He gives you the story that

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tells you how hungry they were. He said I went out one night to urinate to use the bathroom to relieve myself. And he said I was so hungry. And as I was urinating, I realized that my urine and this is a very vivid narration he said it was hitting a harder surface. And then I saw what it was hitting, and I realized it was a dried Campbell's skin. He said I took it and he said I cleaned it off and I crushed it. And I stirred it and I turned it into my food for three days.

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So rather than me well cos who greater than this, this man is one of Ostional machinima gentlemen, one of the 10 people promised paradise. And this was the test well another one that can be shared in mineral healthy. Well George he's remembering that's how bad it got for us that we had to crush things that were not even edible and turn them into food for ourselves until Allah subhanaw taala relieved us of that pain.

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Now what is the punishment of those who inflict hunger?

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Pay attention to a narration that you've all heard Hadith about. All right, all of the Allah Tala I know no matter the Allahu anha where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said originally that Tamara Thun fie Hera and sacchetto had Tannat turnout at mineral joueur that a woman was thrown into hellfire because of the cat. What did she specifically do? She held that cat away from food fell into tech onto to Omaha so she would not feed the cat herself. Well, to receive her for Tatkal min fashion and she would not let the cat go to eat on its own from whatever it could find roaming the earth so Subhanallah

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Crime of this woman that earned her Hellfire was prohibiting a cat from food you know forcing upon it a juror there's another narration about the same woman that's even more vivid and so narration of a snap it's gonna be Becca will be allowed to and when she says that the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam said Dannette meaning now that Hellfire was brought close to me had to pull to a rub well and amerihome and so I said, Yeah, Allah Am I to be of its inhabitants is being brought so closely. And the one person the prophets lie some saw in this incident for either and attune habitat hasip to enter who can tuck the shoe ha Hera a smart all the law and her saying to the province, I'm gonna

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say I said I saw a woman and I think it's as if he said that a cat was scratching her. It's Pamela look at the payback. Look at the revenge. Look at how Allah azza wa jal takes revenge on this woman, the cat scratching her and she is in hellfire and the prophets lie Selim said, aw man shot no Holly. Oh my Lord, what is it with this woman? What is it with this woman? And the prophets lie Selim was told that this was a woman that took a cat and prevented it from food until it died Hatta matted Juwan until it died out of hunger, if this is the case, of course, of doing so to a cat. What of the case of people who do this to human beings? What about those who do this to believers? What about

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those who do this the best people on Earth? Allah Subhana Allah Allah will not count rabuka na sia and of course, the second time was the hunt duck where for a month, they ran out of their food supplies in Medina as they were behind the trench. And this is where the prophets lie. somes hunger was most described where it was most pronounced. The Lola honey was salam. Because the prophets lie Selim did not eat even as the Companions and this was a mindset by the way, that the Messenger of Allah so lice I'm taught in terms of leadership, I will tell you how old the Allahu Taala and who says about that time chakotay Allah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam de jure that we complain

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to the prophets lie Selim that they have our hunger and he says, What are Thorin and Bill Tonina and hudgell and we exposed our stomachs and we showed the prophets like some that we had stones tied to our stomach for Rafa Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on botany he and hygiene so the prophets lie some exposed his stomach and he had two stones it his salatu salam tied to his stomach because his hunger was the most severe SallAllahu wasallam and this was of course, the mindset that then is transported to Rome urban hoBRO the Allahu Anhu in the most difficult moments of the famine, were the house of Omar was the home in which there was the least food as people were dying from hunger,

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but because of his strength, he somehow managed to survive that difficult famine or the Allahu Taala and one last thing I'll leave you with inshallah Tana in this regard, are the droughts that we learned from the Prophets lie some about hunger, to give us that perspective. And of course, we make these droughts for our brothers and sisters as well. And we take the lesson of what these guys actually imply. The first of them, by the way, is not specific to hunger, but it is about poverty. And what poverty can drive people to good people to what poverty can drive good people to do? And that is the day that you say every single morning and every single evening Allah humma ner Ludovica

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Meenal Kufri Well, *, wherever the weaker and adorable copper Oh Allah I seek refuge in You from disbelief and poverty. Meanwhile, Kufri while * wherever we can recover and I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave. The prophets lie Selim tying Kufa and * disbelief and poverty. And remember no Rahim Allah and even Hajra Rahim Allah They have powerful commentaries on this of them is that the prophets Allah Allah Hi, my name is Simone put Kufa and *er in the same station to show that just as you are seeking to remove disbelief from the earth, you should have that same seriousness and eradicating poverty. So putting Cofer in the same category of a *er, that's

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number one. Number two, that it's sometimes could be that an *er could lead to Cofer.

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That poverty could lead a person to disbelief if it becomes severe enough, which is why we should have a spiritual imperative to not let people get to that breaking point in their lives. Do not let people get to that breaking point in their lives when you have the opportunity. You're not just saving their bodies you could also be saving their souls so it doesn't become a fitna for them if they struggle with poverty too much. But then I want to leave you Subhanallah with the specifics of the profit slice I'm against the jewelry because it's it's very powerful. And it's actually a chapter in in some of the books of Hadith Baba terrible with manure, the chapter of seeking refuge

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from Hungary you'll find that no matter who will find it and sending this out

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This is actually a chapter and there's a narration and none other than Ebola, the law I know who would narrate this the hungriest Companion of the prophets lie Selim would know, that he heard from the Prophets lie some against hunger. He said that the prophets lie some kind of a sort of lying solomani Sannomiya code, the prophets lysozyme used to say,

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what do you what do you take from that implication from a hadith, he used to say means that it was a frequent drop his Salah Hardy was he used to say Allahumma inni wubi communal joueur Allahumma inni Eru the vicar Meenal joueur. Now, by the way, some of us are thinking, that's not a possibility for us. Many hungry people thought like you one day,

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right. They thought hunger would never, you know, yeah, we can just go to the grocery store we can order. We don't think of that as a possibility for us, but many hungry people never thought that they would find themselves in the situation. So even making this drought now when you have no fear of hunger is actually a good day out by the way. It's actually a good day out to make Okay, so you learn this drought in sha Allah to Allah, and you think about its implications. Father, Salah Hardy was salam Allah Allah in the area that became another jewel, for in the whole mix of budget year. Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from hunger, because it is the worst of companions. It's the worst

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companion to have as the companion of hunger along the route to becoming a juror for in bits of bloodier what we can Ken Meenal here and the inner circle beclin. And he said, salallahu Salam, and I seek refuge in You, oh, Allah, from being treacherous from being one who betrays. Because that is the worst thing to hide inside of your heart is Pamela, this dude, like every other day out of the prophets, like some has a heavy implication, the worst thing you can put, the worst thing you can have in terms of the physical state is that you you have an empty stomach. And the worst thing you can fill your heart with is treachery. Eliane the worst situation you could have with your stomach

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is that there is nothing to put inside of it. And the worst thing you could conceal inside of you is Eliana is treachery. And of course, many people and this is a sad reality, people become treacherous or they start to inculcate corrupt practices, sometimes out of hunger, out of the necessity of hunger. Some people steal out of hunger. There's the whole lesson that we have from our model, the Allah Tana Anhu and lifting the head, lifting the punishment of theft in a time where some people were indeed stealing out of hunger, that doesn't reduce the severity of the sin. It's just a reality and Allah azza wa jal understands who he created and how He created us. So the prophets like some of

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them, feared more than physical poverty, spiritual poverty. And he taught us to have that mindset as well. So Allah Allah, he was sublime. And so the drought once again Allahumma inni rue the becoming a doer, let's say together in sha Allah Allahumma in the rubrica, mineral jewel, for enho bits of birgir

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where it was a vicar, mineral Fianna for in her

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setting bid on

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Oh Allah, I seek refuge in You from hunger, for it is the worst of companions and I seek refuge in You from treachery, for it is the worst thing to conceal in our hearts. May Allah Subhana Allah protect us from hunger and its effects. May Allah subhanaw taala protect us from poverty and its effects. May Allah subhanaw taala protect our brothers and sisters and vice versa. May he preserve their spirits may he preserved their bodies and are hungry brothers and sisters all over the world. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah nourish their bodies and nourish their souls, continue to allow them to be inspired and inspiring. May Allah subhanaw taala elevate them in this life. And the next

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Allahumma Amin Akula. Cody howdah are stuck Allah, Allah masala homophone Bo kind of you know Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi brainless and I want to come on I'm sorry to cut