Al-Haadi & Al-Rasheed Rahmah

Rania Awaad


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That's your

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How's everyone doing?

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Alhamdulillah chakra Linda. Good to see you all. Today Allah. It's been a couple of weeks for me. Mashallah. How was everything in a couple of weeks?

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Yes, very hard. It's been a hard, very hard month Subhanallah I have to share that on that trip there, I had so many reflections Subhanallah so many reflections and

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you know,

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to see the OMA hurting, bleeding, I mean, always there's something happening Subhanallah every corner of the room on every corner, there's something's Panella whether it's a natural disaster, or a manmade disaster, or some form of oppression, sometimes us on ourselves, oppressing ourselves literally as Muslims, and sometimes it's from people who are not, who are oppressing the Muslims. And when you find like one, people on one hearts kind of like joined in one heart, one voice, one kind of unified in third door, and then their prayers and in their kind of commitment and faith

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that Allah is going to see us through, and they're thereby they raise their hands collectively into Ah, it is powerful. And it's not like anything, you can even describe, it's almost like you have to feel it. You know what I mean?

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Part of this reflection, too, is I was thinking and how incredibly difficult this month has been this past month has been, and it probably will be for some time. And I'd already shared this with our group, but actually share that how one of the main things that I wanted to do in this Holika and actually was requested by many of you is kind of focusing in on the 99 names of Allah subhanaw taala. And

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one of the beautiful things, when you read about why study the 99 names of Allah subhanaw taala. One of the main benefits that's listed is that you deepen your faith and your certainty in the abilities of Allah subhanaw taala.

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When you know his name, all the different names, which when sha Allah, we will undertake a course of study in depth in sha Allah, over these next many weeks and months, you don't get shaken up so easily. Even when things are just atrocious things that you're seeing are like, beyond belief, things that you're reading things, the social media, you're consuming, the news that you're hearing is like, sometimes there are things that just make your jaw drop, and you're like, really saponified like, it's just sometimes you're like, Where where is your human conscience and all of this, and it's like, dead, apparently, in some people.

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But when you know the names of Allah subhanaw, taala, you're so much more solid.

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One of the things of the many things that I came across which I'm sure many of you have come across this, as well, in your, you know, social media feeds. I know, for many of us, myself included, it's really hard to tear away from kind of keeping up to date with what's happening.

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I personally have been writing on the topic. And so when you write you have to kind of read and understand and even listen to debate and listen to

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the other side of the fence, if you will, which sometimes is like mind boggling. But at the same time, you have to sort of understand the psychology of where people are coming from in order to even explain where you're coming from.

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And in the process of doing that, I think probably the most amazing

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thing I came across probably in this entire month was somebody was talking about that their ancestors, or survivors, some of whom are survivors, but most of whom were lost or died in the Holocaust. And we're making the point that so many people in their family and their community that experienced the Holocaust, had turned atheist because of it. I lost complete faith in God because of that, tragedy,

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and tribulation.

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And then that same person said, but what I'm finding with what's happening in Palestine is only making people have more faith.

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And they were kind of blown away about it because they're explaining their own experience of so many people losing faith over the whole of the tribulation of the Holocaust and hear people gaining faith and solidifying faith over the horrors and atrocities we're seeing in this genocide.

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And it really made me reflect on the state of the believer and how the believer is somebody who, regardless of what you throw at them,

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they are able to understand trials and tribulations because we already know that Allah

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Subhan Allah Allah has said they are definitely definitely coming. Every single one of us will be tested and trialed with tribulation. There is no y. In this story, there's no why me? Or how come? Or why is it? Why why is this happening to me? Because it's clear, Allah has made it clear and if you take the Quran to be your source of guidance, it is clear in the Quran because Allah subhanaw taala says, in Surah to Lakota well in Avila, one nickel ambition in minute, hopefully, you will do it one ox in minutes. And while you will foresee what the law rots, and we surely will test you with something of fear, a loss of life, a loss of crops. So that should solve it in so give glad tidings

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to the patient once those when they receive tribulations they say

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in nearly law, he was in LA Hirogen. From Allah, we've come unto Allah we return.

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So as soon as that tribulation comes, it's not the wailing and screaming and, you know, total, you know, melting. But rather, it's the faith that helps you hold together and say, in La La Jolla in LA here Adriaan.

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Understanding that we've, we're only from a law, and we are meant to go back to him, as well as all the stuff that's part of our dunya that we think is so real and tangible that actually is fleeting, and passing.

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That kind of faith has really taken people by surprise. And I don't know how many of you guys are on your social media or seeing these clips. But it is really something amazing to see the number of people who because of the faith, it's particularly of the lessons that people are saying what kind of religion is the history in where people are little kids, little kids, they're pulling kids out of the rubble, and the kids in the rubble are saying La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Lama

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being pulled from the rubble saying the shahada,

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or images of people who the day just received the news of the martyrdom of their

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sister or brother or family member, whoever, and they're celebrating.

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They're giving praise having to show good to Allah subhanaw taala. Because they realize that what they're about to get

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what they're about to get nothing in this dunya can give you anything close to it. So with Hamdulillah, for their shahada, as hard, as heartbreaking as it is that doesn't minimize human emotion of like loss and grief. But they know with faith and certainty that what's coming is better. Only a believer can have that a person that doesn't have a concept of shadow Martin has no conceptualization of it, or has any conceptualization of al Qaeda. And Jana, they don't get this, it kind of like blows their mind. They're like, what is this? Right? What is going on here? What is this man who's throwing candy out to, you know, the news of the martyrdom of his family? Like it

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doesn't make any sense?

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If you don't understand this perspective.

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And it really made me think about something I said maybe on that first week or two. Well, medical FAQ, thank you. And that first week or two I was saying a different conflict, a different war.

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Not this one, but similar concept, where a Sheikh was saying, you had a young man come up to him and say, over the loss of life that was happening in the loss and destruction of property and homes and all the rest of it that was going on. The young man was saying to the sheriff, I'm losing my faith over all this stuff. That's that I'm seeing all this loss of life and properties.

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And the shift said to him, you're losing your faith, over the loss of material things, because even human beings are material, right? Material things, when the people there are gaining their agenda by what's happening, and you're losing yours. And so that kind of really kind of shifting the narrative understanding where it's coming from as hard as it is.

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Only can be somebody who's a believer that's fully grounded to really understand what is this tribulation, this difficulty that we're seeing.

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And one of those teach the teachers have a Holika right before you though, are those sisters who teach your girls they have their Holika right before one of them said something so astute, mashallah, she said she said they're in Palestine. They're tribulation and test right now. Might be assaulted, right patience through this incredible loss that's happening.

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But by the flip side of it, we are being tested to

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and our tests might be one of a man.

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Right, having resolute understanding of not losing faith.

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or even becoming complacent because you know, several weeks in, a person can sort of say,

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Enough already, can we move on to the next thing, but you can't be complacent in a genocide.

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everybody says tested

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in our tests, with the running electricity and the running water and the safety, and then you know, safety that we have here. And the luxury that we're going to be asked about, this is our test. Because with our voice and with our ability to write, or teach, or make even just dua, or to get up in the middle of the night, and pray those two, kind of fun, which I hope some of us are still holding on to doing,

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that we will be asked about, not about the bombs that are falling, not on us, but on our brothers and sisters, because that's not our reality. But this is our reality that we will be asked at all. And I heard something else that really caught my attention to maybe you saw it as well. With there was a person saying,

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when you speaking of the names of Allah subhanaw taala, which we'll get to shortly here. But when you

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when you focus in on understanding that Allah is the only one who can truly answer the derives.

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And that all that's happening is happening by his permission, and only his permission, even the worst of it, is by his mother,

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which is really hard for people to understand, because they're like, Where is God and all of this.

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There is a bigger and divine wisdom in what's happening, even if we have no idea or can't even conceptualize what that is right now.

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This person said,

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How many of us are calling out to people like us, trying and hoping that they would change many of us, right? We've been writing letter campaigns, we've been sending messages to our school districts, to our universities, to our jobs, some people have been fired over this. Right. There are messages and calls and people are writing and tweeting and whatever, all kinds of things people are boycotting, yes, exactly. All kinds of things are happening for

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that we're doing for getting the attention and protests write for other people.

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And then the person said,

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but our lines, frigid prayer are still so low.

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And when you realize that the person or the entity that you need to call upon the one that can actually answer the prayer and actually make a difference is right there

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in the prayer hall, or in your homes, anywhere you pray.

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Yeah, we've spent so much of our voice and our effort talking to a fellow humans who can't actually make a difference without the permission of Allah subhanaw taala. Does that make sense?

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When you reframe all of these things, it becomes really, and yes, we're angry. And yes, people are writing, they're angry at all the leaders and they're angry at all the people. They're all humans like us. And they do have a responsibility, and they will stand in front of their Lord one day too.

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But how much calling upon the one who actually can make the change.

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And I think that's what our spiritual teachers remind us of, and not to lose sight of it. And so I'll remind all of us again, if possible, you know, the balance the balance here, of as much as you're boycotting, and as much as you're protesting, and as much as you're writing the letters and as much as you're trying to educate and all the rest of it.

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Those two guys, those extra two rakaat, nothing, and the Duat that's raised, hands raised.

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If it's not happening, then it's not a balanced call to action. Does that make sense? Right. With all my respect for all the efforts that are happening, there is still a real kind of like the person was pointing out, he's saying, it's not like the Fisher lines are any

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thicker vicar ever since this has happened? So that there's something that's really skewed or imbalanced in our practice of this faith as believers. Does that make sense?

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So I guess part of this part of this is really focusing on the house and I'm I felt the panel even though we when we started the Holika this year, when we started the academic year, we didn't know that this was going to happen upon the law. And I had already announced about the 99 names of Allah subhanaw taala as the as the main core text we were going to be covering that I thought Subhanallah What a beautiful thing and that one of the main main benefits is that you're so solidly become you become through studying these names in depth, you become so solid in your life.

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connection to Allah subhanaw taala. And through the knowing the names, you eventually find the names that speak to you the most, that you end up calling upon in your prayers that you call upon in your, you know, in your moments of distress that you turn to, in your advocate

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that they're just there when you put your your prostrate and put your head on the ground, and you call upon a law, you and maybe it's kind of like in psychology Subhanallah, we used to funnel we work with people who didn't have the language to explain their emotions or feelings, they only had like three adjectives, happy, mad, sad, like there's nothing else. And so we literally have these, I don't if you ever saw them, but it's like a whole sheet of little emojis like little faces that say all these different, like, you know, literally 30 types of emotions that a person could have all the shades of emotions, right? This reminds me very much of this, if you don't know God's names, you may

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very well be using one or two or three in the year kind of limited in what you're calling, but every name is so precise in what it gives you and how to call on to that name or hold on to that name. And so I'm really excited actually, to do this with all of you. Because I think through it, you're going to find your core names, and also kind of just be connected to all these other names of Allah subhanaw taala. These are the ones that are known to us. And there are so many more that Allah never taught us. And the ones he taught us are the ones that are needed by so that's why He gave us that knowledge. Does that make sense? But he has so many more than just 99 names. And I think that's

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important to say.

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How does that sound

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almost suddenly, or send a robotic auto say that I'm Mohammed. So let's kind of get started I'm going to tell you and show along what we are working on I realized I Shahir is going to move on we'll call that eight. So we have about 15 minutes before the break. And we'll come back and Shala after the break. But I want to give you a little bit of an introduction well first of all, let me tell you the if you want to follow along with the book you don't have to but if you'd like to follow along with the book it's called reflecting on the names of Allah was data Gina and use of is the author and it looks like this

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it's on Amazon or it's published by elbow Rouge press, which is in the UK.

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And you're welcome to follow along in the book if you'd like but you don't have to Mashallah. You're welcome to.

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And there's a wonderful, you know, introduction

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or a foreword by Dr. Muhammad, Quran Nadeau Lee, who's the author who did the wonderful works on the woman scholars, some of you may know that book or series of volumes mashallah May Allah bless him and it was said that GNN is a woman scholar Michelle, which is really exciting to study the works, a work of a woman's go to so many books that have been written on that and 99 names of Allah subhanaw taala so many different classical modern, all kinds of different books, Arabic, English and so on. But it's nice to study a book by by a woman mashallah, so, may Allah bless her. So we'll start in shallow, and I'll spend this period of time doing I guess that clock is not right.

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I'll follow this Inshallah, the, the, I'll start with the, just a little bit of introduction into our Aisha and then we'll jump into the first of the names, sound good. Send out 100.

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So she says in her introduction, which I really love, I know so that Gina and if you ever hear this, may Allah bless you, I love you for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala

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mashallah, she says, Love makes lovers choose their beloved over themselves. Which is so true, that when we love somebody, we end up choosing them over ourselves.

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But the love is a flutter of excitement in the heart. It is also a reassuring calm, it sweetens everything that is difficult.

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It's also something that anchors us. And it's an emotional safety and security to be vulnerable.

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And I'm going to pause there for a moment because I think it's very true that you will only be vulnerable and kind of let your guard down and really speak with honesty and really tell what's truly in your heart. If the person you're speaking to is safe,

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is safe. There's safety in that relationship. And that safety often comes from a place of love as well.

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Love is an understanding. It is kindness, but it's also firmness, and that firmness is ultimately for the benefit of the Beloved. It is for the benefit of the person who

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Even if

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is difficult to say to them something. And you know this many, most everybody in this room, most folks here are parents.

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You have to speak with firmness. And that firmness comes from a place of love, because you don't want people to, you know, even your toddler to run out that right into the street, but with firmness, but it's coming from a place of love. But love can also be very destructive. And we've all witnessed love that is destructive. That is abusive. That is a heartache, pain,

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you know, disappointment,

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cloaked in what is love, but isn't actually.

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But true love is not fleeting. It's not something that just disappears. If it's real true love, then it's something that is permanent, and it takes a route in the heart. And Allah subhanaw data, or I should say, as Muslims, we know that we need to love Allah subhanaw taala. And

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we're taught this from such a young age. But it's very hard sometimes to conceptualize exactly how to love a loss of panel data. And you can't love something or someone that you don't know. Right, we talked about this during the Shema and class, if you remember about the Prophet sallallahu, ala he was sent down, you can't love someone you don't know. Like, that's part of the reason we study is even his descriptions, even his physical descriptions and study his mannerisms and his day to day life and how he talked and how he walked in how he sat and how he ate and what he did, and, and so on and so forth. It's similar in a lot with Allah subhanaw taala. But it's a different level

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altogether. Because you can't, you can't try to understand Allah subhanaw taala in human characteristics,

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because we're limited, and we're flawed. So even human kindness is not like a loss of $100 kindness. Human mercy is not like Allah subhanaw taala has mercy. Do you see what I'm saying? It's above and beyond. So we realize that we realize that even when we study this book, we're studying it from the limited

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the ability that we have as humans to really conceptualize what these names actually mean.

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So far, so good.

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as we mentioned, true love is based on how well we know somebody in that relationship with them. And just like we would quite literally die for our children. If we had to, most parents would Subhanallah

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you would give 100 reasons when somebody asks you why why why do you love your kids so much? Or why do you love your family member of so much. And so many of those 100 reasons have memories attached to them, emotions attached to them things that you kind of think back about the people you love, and you're like, oh, yeah, and this happened. And that happened. And they did this and I did that. And

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but if you don't have a relationship with Allah subhanaw taala, in which there are memories, and emotions connected to it, then there's not actually a depth to your love of Allah subhanaw taala Does that make sense?

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So these are human so far, we're talking about human love, human love, like parents, children and so on. But Allah subhanaw taala created us. And He knows us more intimately than any human ever will. Because the one who fashioned you is the one who knows everything about you, even more than you know about yourself. Do you know what I mean? So that relationship, as they say, here is is such a important connection. Because you can't really say this, you can't really say I am praying out of true love for Allah subhanaw data versus praying from obligation or praying because I fear Gehenna I don't want to go to hell. Right. But when you get to a point where somebody's praying for true love,

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or you hear these stories, where the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says to say, Nebula, that'd be hell yeah, Bina, like, give us

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What's that? Ah, ha.

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relieve us relieve us, it will be done right by prayer. How do you get to a point where that prayer is such a relief to you, such as solace to you, unless you've learned how to really love the one you're praying to? There's a connection, a deep connection there. And many of us aspire to this, all of us want it we always talk about, oh, I wish I could have my prayer like this. So don't do that. This is an opportunity to really really get to know Allah subhanaw taala so much better through the names that he reveals to us and the attributes that we were he reveals to us. And that way when you have any periods of anxiety, tribulations, sadness, difficulties, to know that he that he is the

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Right, the medicine to that because if you understand Allah subhanaw taala is the calm. Then when you're anxious, you tune into the calm

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Do you know what I mean? When you are really disappointed with yourself, maybe you've done something and you're really kind of realizing that you sinned or did something wrong, but you know, he is a little off for the forgiving, then you tune into him, as opposed to all this really hypercritical, really negative energy that we do, kind of flagellating ourselves. Does that make sense? Right? But you have to know Him, in order to know to turn to Him in that way. And that also, that when you know, he's the love folder, the forgiving, that means for him to be an entity that forgives, that means that he created humans to make mistakes.

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That's right, a lot of it all too. Right? But that's sometimes we really are so hypercritical with ourselves that we're so upset with ourselves for making those mistakes, but actually, that's part of the process. Right? As he says, in the Hadith that we learn. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said that if we no longer sinned, Allah would remove us and bring others who would sin just so that they can make a stepfather, right, they can ask for forgiveness. And it's a beautiful concept to realize how human how humid it is to sin and to make mistakes, but also how necessary it is to to ask for forgiveness, right from the one who forgives.

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Also, in this beautiful introduction, there isn't a quote here from Imam Malik, who says, we know the what not the How about a loss penalty. And we know all these characteristics, but we don't know the how, what does it mean. So when we talk about a loss policy that is all hearing, it's not hearing with these ears or the years, not human type of hearing, all seeing it's not human type of eyes. So we know that he's seeing and hearing, all hearing and all seeing, but we don't know we know the what, but we don't know the how this is to Allah subhanaw taala. Right. We only have limited knowledge, but he's revealed about himself.

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And it's really important that we don't anthropomorphize it's kind of big word that essentially means kind of what I mentioned earlier that we don't give human equality. So Allah subhanaw taala. Those are our limitations, not his.

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Everyone following so far? Yes. So you know, so as we kind of close here in this section of it, and then go to prayer, He is the most gentle and the most firm, at the same time, He is the giver and the taker. At the same time, he's the Most Merciful and the Most just at the same time, you can have both of these happening together. And the most important thing that was so that you can answer kind of introduction with as she says, the sincerity of our intention to wanting to get to know him,

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is really how we need to approach this entire class. Right, the entire discussion here, which it'll be interesting, I think, subhanAllah and there'll be deep in certain places. But to start with a sincere intention, as opposed to don't make this an academic exercise. Oh, well, today, I'm going to learn about the name and hottie, you know, and I'm going to, like, have all this knowledge about this new name that I don't know a whole lot about. Don't make it very academic for yourselves. Rather come at it from an intention of your log, I am studying your names. So that with a sincere intention, so that I can become close to you, that I can call upon this name, because I need these

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characteristics in my life, I need that kind of help and assistance in my life. And that's the intention I'm coming to this class with.

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So with that, Inshallah, we'll pause because I think we're ready for Asha and Shaolin just a few minutes here, and be when you go to your to prayer, and, you know,

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say or Diaz, try to make that intention that Allah subhanaw taala opens our hearts to understanding and for benefit, so that we can carry forward the rest of what we're going to do here together, in.

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In the kind of atmosphere in which you're really yearning and seeking, it's very different when people come in, they're like, I'm just here to listen, because I'm waiting for my daughter to pick her up.

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And while that may be true, and that while it might not be maybe true, it's just not the same. Do yourself a favor of really coming to this new body of knowledge that we're going to embark upon together and Shala really from a place of sincerity with Allah subhanaw taala speak to him when you go to prayer Inshallah, and then see what kind of difference it makes in even sitting here. It may be very, very different experience and suddenly, when you leave these classes,

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it's not about me, or about the words or about the book or about anything, it's actually your relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. And then you start seeing doors open and signs coming to different little things, little things, little things, little things. Allah is telling you, I'm here, and I'm here to and I'm here.

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And that only can start to happen with the con

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And of sincerity that you bring forward. Right? So, inshallah That's my prayer for all of us. I ask Allah subhanaw taala to accept from us this efforts, inshallah and may this new journey and this new book that we'll cover together be one of hiatus and one of good and one of real kind of blessings and fortification for you, especially in these really, really dark hard times that we're in

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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Allah Allahu Allah say that Mr. Medina, Ali was to send him a Janine will pick up Insha Allah, and that we are covering the 99 names of Allah subhana wa Tada. And covering the book that's called reflecting on the names of Allah Biostar that Gina and Yusuf will, will couple us this loosely inshallah. But I'm really excited that we're going to be covering this because so many sisters have specifically asked for this. And, and so lovely, but it's actually a woman, scholar and teacher that is that's written this book and given all these reflections, and a couple of things before we begin formally, Inshallah, chapter one, I wanted to say Subhan, Allah on the study of the

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99 names, you often have, every there's so many teachers that have taught this subject and so many people that have written on the subject, but every person that writes or teaches, teaches from their slant, right, from their viewpoint, whatever they spend a lot of time in their life, doing or have studied hair, whatever, they really kind of whatever their lens is SubhanAllah. And I noticed recently

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that I know that some of the examples that I tend to give are actually examples that are sports, spaced, athletic spaced. And that's going to come up in this chapter, which is why I'm mentioning that.

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And it's interesting because I even though it's not something I speak about very often, because it's just not relevant to this stage of my life necessarily right now. But it comes from somewhere because I spent so much of my life, you know,

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in sports and doing athletics, and I come from a family that's done a lot of sports, subhanAllah and competitive sports. And it may not be important, like, Why would you mention that in the middle of the kindnesses there, there's really not a purpose at this moment in time to mention that. Unless Subhanallah there's, there's a connection, and I'll tell you what the connection is. But for me, I mean, having, you know, I don't know, I did sports competitively, SubhanAllah. And having a coach is actually something very important. I've had some really important coaches in my life who have been important mentors to me, in addition to my spiritual mentors, and I think that's really important,

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because what we're going to cover next covers, specifically this idea of guidance and a person who could be a guide to you. And what does that mean? Exactly? So my lens from my world, if you will, has been a spiritual connection, right spiritual guides, but also has been sports, mentors, sports coaches, SubhanAllah. And

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I was reflecting on how it's interesting, like everybody who teaches teaches from the lens of whatever they've been swimming in or spending time in SubhanAllah.

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I grew up in a family in which there was a lot of respect for sports and a lot of spending time in good sportsmanship. Parent My parents met through sports a lot. I have members of my family, how would you know this? Otherwise, I don't know I would ever share this otherwise, but who are you know, competed in their national teams and people who are Olympians, my family SubhanAllah. And so there's Yeah, that's interesting, right? Like, I don't know, why would I've ever had mentioned that otherwise, but that explains kind of the lens or the frame in which I was raised. Right. So Pamela, so some of the examples I find myself giving are kind of sports examples and people are like,

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you wouldn't, you wouldn't necessarily know unless you knew kind of my connection to sports Apollo growing up.

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Also, you know, a lot of time it'll put it on and put it on kind of really is its own a spiritual mentor and guide.

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Not just your Quran, teachers and rotisserie teachers and people who are really helping you cannot pronounce correctly and do say everything correctly and so on. But actually, the Quran in of itself is such an amazing guide. Especially if you tune in, and if you start ticking, you're able to kind of start to kind of what we mentioned earlier, take some messages, and kind of these beautiful little moments where things kind of just click

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And there's kind of this clarity that happens. It's a beautiful, beautiful experience. I hope many of you, if you haven't experienced it will shortly inshallah Tada. So I share this because when we speak, when we teach the 99 names, everyone teaches it from different lens. But I hope the main goal here is that you really do find the names that resonate with you. And the names that you end up really calling Allah subhanaw taala. By in your was, in your prayers as your prostrating

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really kind of

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a real sincere, I hope you made this intention outside and if you haven't, please make that intention. Now, that a real sincere, Yola, I'm learning this subject, not academically, not because I happen to be tuned in at this moment to a Holika. But rather, I'm learning this, to connect to you to learn your names to know you better, because you can't love an entity or someone that you don't know. And so if you feel kind of a Yeah, I know I'm supposed to love them. But I don't know how and I don't know if my love is deep enough. Some of it may have to do with just the fact that we don't know him very well. Right and know him by his many, many, many attributes and Names Subhan Allah. So

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with that, we'll start Splenda Rahman Al Rahim. It's interesting that the first set of names that was chosen for this book are al Hadi and Rashid the guide, because both have a similarity in that there's a sense of guidance that comes in both of these names. And we'll break it down in just a moment. But it's interesting because for so many other books on the 99 names, they start with, you know, Rob, or Rahman and Rahim like other names that are kind of much more maybe frequent or commonly used. But here, we start with a heady, and it Haddie. The Brute if you will,

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is the essence means to incline towards something. And the word for gift in Arabic is what?

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Yes, hidden. Yeah. Right, which has a very similar route as

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Paddy, right, they kind of you can hear the similarity in both. And what's the connection because anytime you break an Arabic word into the three letter root, there's always a connection between the words that are derived from it. And so here, when we think about when somebody gives someone else a gift,

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your heart starts to incline towards that person. Right? This is why to handle to hobble right? give gifts to one another. So that what there's a softening of the hearts and an inclination, right? And love. Brotherhood sisterhood begins to grow between the hearts. And so here the idea here is if you give a gift, it's it starts to really start to guide that person or guides that heart. Mashallah. So here, remember, when a person is a guide, they are not doing this forcefully, they are gentle.

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Just like when you give a god when you give a gift. It's there's a gentleness and giving that gift. It's not a You can't force force the gift onto somebody, right? I suppose you could. But the root here is gentleness. And a beautiful thing that's pointed out about the word or the concept of guidance, is that they is that it's

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a spectrum.

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Guidance is a spectrum. I think a lot of us think either you're guided or you're not guided. But actually, it's a spectrum, that Allah subhanaw taala can guide you to a certain extent.

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And you can guide others more.

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Or you can guide others deeper, or in more aspects. And sometimes people think that if they're guided, it's a one and done one time and done. But actually guidance is continual. There's continued, there's a continual need to be guided again and again and over and over Subhan Allah Tada. So here, let's think a little bit about the guide, the one who guides so this is what I was saying about the whole sports example. So Pamela,

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you know, these long flights Subhanallah you end up like, what do you what do you do after a while you're like sleep a little bit, then you total your thumbs a little bit. And you're like, Okay, maybe I'll watch something. And then, you know, for me, I tend to head towards documentaries and like, what's and I am fascinated by, you know, people Spatola and whatever it is that these particularly people who will have these

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push the human limits to certain extents. And certainly some of them these amazing athletes, if you will, they've really pushed the human body and its endurance to certain extent. So the the most recent documentary that I watched, is a really famous probably one of the most decorated runners ever was saying bolts. If you guys are familiar with this name,

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nobody's broken his

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The records and running because he's got multiple records and multiple events, and multiple Olympics and World Championships. So it looks like, like, nobody has been able to accomplish with this man as accomplished. And to me his story and heaven have an inner of himself and his endurance, and his pushing himself and so on is interesting. But I'm always more interested in who is the team, who are the who's the pillars, or the foundation behind the person. Right. And so you see the team of people who are supporting him, helping him kind of timing him, you know, kind of, you know, cheering him on, and so on and so forth. But to me, one of the most interesting people in the story is always the

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coach, who's the guide.

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And I say this because I often if you've heard me say this before, I often say, just like every, even the most accomplished athletes need a guide, need a mentor, they need a coach, the person who's got multiple gold medals, multiple multiple gold medals, they still take on a coach, and you say why you're like, the most accomplished, most decorated athlete in the in your sport? Why do you still need a coach?

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And that coach may not be a person who themselves even has a medal?

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Maybe not, maybe they do. But they don't necessarily. And it's such an interesting concept. Why does somebody who's such a premier elite athlete need a coach after they've accomplished all they've accomplished? And it is the same thing, when we get to spirituality?

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We think we can rely completely on ourselves. But actually, we need guides. We need mentors, we need teachers.

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And, and the best example I can give from that, again, my sports world, the lens is ideal, the coach. And interestingly, when I was watching this documentary, I was like, Huh, I wonder who the coach is. All I'll say, and you're welcome to watch this on your own. But all I say is.

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So here's a saying bolt who's like, a major, like, complex runner, literally, the fastest man in the world. And it's so interesting that his last name is bolt.

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fastest man in the world, okay. It's upon Allah. And his coach. It looks like the man doesn't run.

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That's all, that's all I'm gonna say.

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And it's not about that. It's not about that. It's about what is this person's gift that he can inspire?

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In this case, a runner to do an indoor any year for Olympics for Olympics, who will last that long, right? Because every four years, that's

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to be at your prime level, right? Who last thought long. And that's why he is records unbroken. You know, who has a gift to inspire? I remember, my coach is like, you know, they're kind of like Coco Coco. There's a reason why they're there. And there's a reason why you need that. Because it actually it's interesting. In the documentary, he says, like I you know, that the very last by the last Olympics, he competed, and he said, I was just like, I think I'm done like I like enough.

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But it's that encouragement, and that's kind of pushing forward. We need guides, we need coaches, we need mentors. And the name that we're covering today is Al Hadi, the guide, right? And Allah subhanaw. Taala is the ultimate guide. But he also guides people such as prophets, right? And then those who follow the prophets, right, those who are the only other people were connected to God, with the right of the Friends of God, and teachers who weren't the inheritors of the prophets to allow us to continue with the guidance that's going forward. So when you feel lost and confused, you need a guide. When you feel you don't know the way you need a guide. When you feel that you

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don't know you, you know what you want. But you know that you don't know the nuts and bolts of it, the specifics of it, how exactly do I do this, you need a guide, right? And to be sufficiently guided means that you are somebody who's not arrogant about it. Because you can't take from a teacher, a coach or a mentor, if you're arrogant. If he says I'm the world champion and Olympian that's never had a broken record and so on. He's never going to give deference to his coach, do you see what I'm saying? And it's the same thing in a teacher student relationship. When a person needs a guide, right to really benefit from what it is that they're coming forward, you can't actually

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fully benefit from that teacher as much as they can give you if you're coming from a place of arrogance, or a place of like, yeah, I already know that.

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I read that somewhere.

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Right? There's a real humility and actually taking on a coach, a mentor or a guide.

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And so here, it's important to realize that we all are in need of

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guidance in different stages of our life and in different purposes. And it's not just one and done. It continues over and over and over again Subhan Allah and the other name. So we'll talk about both names and then we'll kind of explain it all. The other name that's connected here to Ed Hardy, is Al Rashid, Rashid. And it's got a similarity here, although slightly different. The person who is on Rashid, right, is a person who is able to direct

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also a guide. In fact, we might say motor should, right is a person, the person who guides the motions, right? And if we think about there's a similar word in Arabic, that's raw should not Rashid, the raw *, I mean, again, the roots, there's similarities in their roots. But the raw should just so we're clarify the other word is somebody who has a clearer vision, is informed has wisdom, a person who was at all *, and a connecting word between the raw * and Rashid is rushed, rushed wisdom. Wisdom is hikma, that little shot here is kind of a discernment. One of my teachers, one of the drawers that I always hear her say always hear her say it's beautiful. And she

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at the end of any dua she's saying, especially even the istikhara dua, which is interesting, because that's the prayer of

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guidance, the prayer of guidance. So it's all connected here. But at the end of the istikhara dua, she'll add to it. A Lahoma. Il him near rushed. Oh, Allah, gift to me. Little SBT the ability to discern why? Because in the Istikhara prayer, you've just asked Allah to choose for you. The best thing? Oh, Allah grant me what is good, right and protect me from what is not that's essentially what you're asking. Yeah, well, you choose, right, what is good and what is not for me. And then at the end of it, she says, Well, him near rushed, and gift me the ability to discern which is which, which is good and which isn't. Right. So panel, that's a beautiful draw, if you want to kind of like

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add that in, as well. And we're all in need of these different forms of guidance. SubhanAllah. So the guide, right, as we were talking about the teacher is the mentor is the coaches, you need

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that the guide who has already walked the walk, the reason I was saying that about the coach, even if the coach doesn't look, look the part necessarily, but if they have the lived experience, they have walked on that path before they know where the holes are the potholes on the ground, you don't know you're kind of starting your path. So you're just walking along, but they've already been ahead of you on that path. So they can turn around and say, Oh, careful, careful, careful, pothole careful. Alright. That's kind of what the important idea here of a teacher or a guide is. A motor should write somebody who's going to help guide you on this path. And I'm gonna close it says that

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the Rashid is the one who can direct you without needing science.

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Right? You go to a new country, foreign country, you want to visit tourist, you want to visit around, you get somebody who's what a tour guide, the tour guide, it's not their first time like you. They have done this multiple times over, they know who their way. They don't need to read the signs. They've already been there done that multiple times. And now they're going to help you take you on that path to go see. Does that make sense? Right. So think about the tour guide. What do we do when we drive and we don't know where we're going. We put in our Google Maps and our ways and our whatever, whatever Apple Maps, whatever you use Subhanallah to get you from place to place that is

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not sufficient to be a guide. You can't be a guy that depends on these hops. Only when you knew how to get from place to place without those apps, you finally know the way and you can accurately help the other person take that path. Does that make sense? So this is a beautiful kind of connection to selenium because it says

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and the all these different apps that are there, think about how what you need, like what are these apps? What is the translation of that in our spiritual life? Well, the apps are the Quran and the Sunnah Allah has given you given us the guidance He's given us guy, it's literally Quran, sunnah. And those teachers and scholars who follow the Quran and Sunnah to then decipher it for you and help you understand it and follow it.

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Makes sense? Yeah. So, in the types of guidance, the guidance or the guidance, the types of guidance that God can give us is very vast and wide. You have guidance that is at a very basic level, and then you have guidance that's really deep and intense. So think about this.

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If a human being

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could see all the Signs of God around them, they can come to the conclusion that a god exists. Right? Like they are, they can come to a conclusion that they're that this, that this didn't all happen spontaneously.

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And even if you do believe in the Big Bang, kind of spontaneous theory, ultimately the question has to be who?

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Okay, we understand the ingredients, right? This led to this led to this led to this, that that led that, okay, fine. But who created all of it? Where did this come from? Who's the Creator? Right? It always comes back to the question of not how, but who, right? And this is where Subhan Allah Allah says that he'll show us the signs in the universe around us. And He'll show us the signs within ourselves. And when we

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when you see that Allah subhanaw taala put on says, Indeed, they were youth who believed in their Lord and we increase them and guidance or you read this mashallah average Amma.

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Right? And so you this verse is so interesting, because guidance isn't just like once and you're done. Guidance is something that Allah can literally keep increasing you in guidance. Was it the now whom, who the right, he kept on increasing them in guidance? So what does that mean? What you can increase guidance in your faith, and your tranquility, and your steadfastness, in your good deeds, in your understanding, in your connection to God, all of these can be connect all of these can be types of increases that Allah subhanaw taala gives us. And

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a guide can also be somebody who's with you on the journey. So imagine when we say we want Allah subhanaw taala to be with us on the journey.

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You take a tour guide onto your journey with you because you don't want to get lost. You don't want to get scammed. You don't want to get hurt, right? So you know, to get your tour guide.

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But what about a loss of a job? Who's the ultimate guide the head?

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Right little sheet? Did we take him along the path with us? Do you see what I'm saying? I think this is where what's really important, what you know, kind of to pause and to realize a really important thing about this idea of we are doing a lot of things right now on these moments that are very, very hard and very, very difficult. We are some of you are boycotting. Some of you are writing letters, some of you are making phone calls and phone calls and phone calls. Many of you are protests. We are so often calling on to fellow humans, other people like us assuming and thinking that they can change what we're seeing happening in front of us.

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But the reality is nothing changes, except by the will of God.

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And the real question is, there are so many and don't get me wrong, protests are fine. But why do we have literally the hundreds of 1000s and protests?

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And the lines in prayer are so few?

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In protests, we're calling to fellow humans. And in those lines of prayer, we're calling to the one who can change the condition of the humans.

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Do you see what I'm saying? Sometimes we lose sense of who's actually in charge. And who actually is the guy that we need on the path with us. We call to each other and fellow humans who will be as, as resourceful or maybe slightly more than us or less, but not the one who can truly make the change.

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Right. And that's why I can say it, I continue to say, Please, you've just prayed your prayers, please add the two extra DACA nothing to extra to do nothing just to extra minimum.

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For our sisters and brothers and OMA for fiddle, stay and like ADD and be intentional about the prayer be intentional about the Duat be intentional about raising your hands. I know we all mean well. And we have good in our hearts and we hope well and all the rest of it. But be intentional about it.

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I really you know I have a really hard time with us turning towards fellow humans and not turning to the one who can actually make the difference. And people are like, Oh, we pray we always pray we're making dua as though it's like this simple thing was like a petty thing. It's not petty.

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It is literally what has and holds the power in addition to the balance of everything else that we're doing all the letters and all the writing and all the rest education and we will be asked about these things. You had the ability to write did you write you had the ability to teach? Did you teach you have the ability to boycott Did you boycott you had the ability to just talk to your fellow neighbor about this did you write

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those who have

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And desecration falling upon them, they will be asked

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and have their own form of hay salad, which will be quick and easy. But we will have our form of a salad over all of the benefits that we have, and what did we do for it and with it, and inshallah many of us are doing a lot with it, but I'm just a fear for us for not getting up and doing those two extra aka nothing in moments where we're witnessing genocide.

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Do you see what I'm saying?

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Subhan Allah, May Allah guide us, I mean, talking about guidance of me.

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And Allah subhanaw taala says that if we ponder his signs, and you know, I love talking about this idea of pondering and really reflecting on the signs of Allah subhanaw taala that if we were to see the signs of Allah subhanaw taala and ponder upon them, we would get to know Him, we would be so convinced that he had half of his cut of how capable he is, we wouldn't have to worry about this too much. So what do I mean by that? What I mean by that is, you have for example, think about

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think about how

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in these moments, we spent so much time in the drama foundation Holika is talking about attic F, right? And kind of this concept of a spiritual seclusion, a time where you spend alone, away from people away from family away from your kids away from your spouse away from your everybody, right? And you just spend some moments alone with God. And how this is very much part of the Sunnah of the Prophet Sall Allahu Allah who was

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and, you know, you think about what was he doing? What was he doing even before Islam even before Islam came in, like what was he doing in a lot hit on? What was he doing?

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And we cover the CETA together, couple years back, we did the CETA together. And we if you remember, there was a part where we read it right before Islam came right before Naboo or before revelation came that the the Prophet salallahu it was sitting down with spend more days and weeks and eventually became months in a lot head on.

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It just kept increasing and increasing the closer he didn't know he didn't know that revelation was coming. Now we know looking backwards revelation was coming, but he just kept spending longer and longer and longer amounts of time in the cave.

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This isn't a Khadija would hike up the kid, right and give him his food and sustenance and check in on him. Right because he was gone for longer and longer and longer periods of time. Right before revelation came. Why? Because when you feel something heavy, you can't even put your finger on it. You don't know what it's called, but it's heavy. You feel the heaviness you need to break away you need to take a pause you need to isolate yourself away from all of the other chaos literally around you.

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Even if it's moments even if it's moments like we talk about the woman's attic calf at home, right this is like our trademark on the foundation, right? Masha Allah moments.

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It just reset reset your button every single day reset with these moments and then what do you do in the Attica? What was the Prophet sallallahu said I'm doing in a lot head off. Like we understand he was sitting there isolated from people what was he doing? What was he doing? He was reflecting on the Signs of God.

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So yes, we pray we do the good we make dua but spend time pondering as it says you're pondering if you ponder the signs properly, it should lead you to God.

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It should lead you to God.

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Right in and of itself. And he was having he SallAllahu sallam was having such a hard time with this because the people around him were idol worshippers. And it made no sense. All these traditions and all these traditions from like, you know, ancestors before, and it just didn't work for him. It just didn't work. And so he was trying to figure it out. And part of it is pondering on the signs of the law around him without even yet knowing the name of Allah. Do you see what I'm saying? That eventually the details come later with the revelations.

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But retreat to the cave reflect, he reflected on the heavens and on the earth. Until listen to this until he became more resilient in his conclusions, that the idols could not be real. They were not God.

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And that is when he received revelation. Someone Mahana who is Santa? What do we what does it do for us? Okay, we're not worried about idols. That's kind of long gone for us. What do we do? What is our attic? F give us what is our Claude Heyerdahl give us you know what it gives us in these very dark days? It gives us a sense of certainty. But Allah knows what he's doing.

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A sense of certainty.

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tea that allows Bas, that there is a divine wisdom.

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Many of you are on social media, you're seeing what I'm seeing, you're seeing atrocity and treacherous pneus

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you're literally seeing a genocide unfold in front of our eyes.

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You're also seeing,

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you're seeing so many people have a veil removed from their eyes. For the first time, what is this? There are people who are saying,

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What is this faith that you can pull children out of the rubble, saying that, you know, hitting the wall, Mohammed Ross rasool Allah, as they're all in the rubble, and they're pulling them out saying the shahada

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or they're pulling them out saying at Hamdulillah?

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are families who are in the grief Yes, of losing a family member, but the joy of understanding Shahada.

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What is this faith? So many people's eyes literally veil removed by the faith of the lessons?

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was I telling you this about the person who was saying that their ancestors had lost so many ancestors in the Holocaust, and had become atheist, so many people from their family community, so one can become atheist? And we're saying, comparing and contrasting it to the lessons to the Palestinians today, what was happening, how that is, that was loss of faith. And this is strengthening of faith. What is this faith? And then you're seeing all these people reading the plan. And all these people doing their reflection, have their own little a lot of hit, right. They're only they're their little caves of pondering? Because if you ponder long enough, it will,

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you will find caught, right? I don't know somebody who's interested in Sao Paulo May Allah bless them and guide them had the LM I had the homie Otto, it's amazing because you have people who are literally saying,

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What is this first look at this verse, look at this first look at this first.

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And he feels the day and tonight.

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Or my favorites. You literally leave and not like it's this concept of unige is a beautiful word like what is His word mean? Really, like, day becomes night and night becomes day.

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In flawless, it's just flawless.

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All these people are discovering like the verses and they're like, oh, this fits what science says. And so on and so forth. It's the most endearing thing. It's so beautiful Subhanallah

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it may never have happened without what's currently happening. Subhan Allah, it may never have happened. It's a very interesting

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concept that when you have some really, really, really difficult things happen. Most people get swayed, and they get really shaken up.

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But if you're somebody who is constantly a person of prayer and reflection, it actually you become more resilient.

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And there's no way to really fully explained this other to and then to explain faith

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Subhan Allah

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Allah Who muslin nee was sending them robotic Allah senior development so we talk about the the guidance back to our key words that we've been covering of hottie and Rashid. Those are the words that those are the names of Allah subhanaw taala, that we've been covering today. And how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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taught us how it is that we really find guidance in this Deen. Because when you feel loss lost, right? One of the ways to really be found, again, is to get closer to Allah subhanaw taala. And sometimes you need to feel that you don't know where you're going

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in order to be found again.

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What do I mean? Again, it's that humility piece, where you say, I am not in such a good place right now. And when you kind of break down that arrogance,

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you're suddenly open to guidance. So many people that have been guided either convert or revert sisters and brothers or even people that have yourselves, even if you're born Muslim. So many people will talk about either a near death experience, an accident that happened, something really really major tribulation that happened to them in their life, the loss of a loved one, something something happened that was really, really intense for them. And it was through that humbling, crushing experience that they literally found gross again.

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And so don't always see these difficult things as bad. Sometimes these things are actually making us more resilient.

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to all the chaos of life. We need the hottie. We need the guide, right? Especially if you're somebody who's going through a personal crisis. We hear about this term called middle

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life crisis, which is very common in psychology. And I have a major issue.

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Because I just, you know, a Muslim, a believer, somebody who submits to God is not somebody who goes through a midlife crisis.

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You know, if you had this, I mean, human humans go through this, but the person who truly is grounded in faith doesn't suddenly, like,

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Go, more than half my life is over, I need to like, you know, act like a teenager.

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Right? Like, that's, that's not because then you've lost sight of what's actually coming. In fact, what you should be doing is not going backwards into I need the convertible car and the dyed hair and that I don't know what and whatever, people don't have Christmas, but rather, you kind of are looking forward

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to spending the last of your years on this earth to get to the agenda that is everlasting, not going backwards into a dunya, that's already passed you by?

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Do you see what I'm saying? As woman, we always have this concept of empty nest syndrome. You heard this term, it's common in

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psychology world as well. And this too, is very problematic, very problematic, because what is it empty nest syndrome, it means that a woman has had her children and her family for a long time, and then they all get older, and they go off to college and to get married, and they kind of leave the house, they leave the nest, right. And suddenly, she's got an empty nest. And so many women say, in counseling, they'll say, I don't even know who I am anymore.

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My kids are grown. And for so long, my identity was wrapped into being a mother,

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right? Or a wife, or both. And so for so long, my identity has been these children.

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Maybe I was told by my family, my culture, my community that this is my main priority in life. And so I did that. But now they're grown and they left. So who am I now.

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And that's problematic, because that is one stage of many stages of your life as a believer, as a believing woman. Because the main constant force through all of the stages, right, as a little girl, right, as a daughter, and a sister, and so on, and then you become a wife potentially, potentially become a mother, and maybe neither as an adult. And then, right?

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People leave the nest, so to say, and then you go into a different stage of your life, and maybe multiple other stages of your life, but the one constant force that does not change

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is your identity as a albida Lilla. He to Allah,

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a worshipper of God.

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And so when the next stage leaves, and a new stage replaces it, then you say, What am I supposed to be doing now? Oh, god. Yeah, it'll be what would you like me to be doing right now with my life?

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And you'll get guidance from that.

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And so you're not crushed by the fact that these kids have left and I don't know who I am anymore. You're actually truly guided by

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Yeah, to be I'm an open agent for what you wish for me to do next. Mashallah. It's a beautiful thing. When you reframe with this religions, part of who you are and what you are and what you can be, and you're not bound by these interesting, you know, like, oh, midlife crisis and emptiness syndromes are normative things that happen for women and for people Jonnie, that's like no, they don't need to be normative not to the believer, Sivan Allah. So things to think about Russia as we wrap up for today and close up and as I close, I like I love how she does these chapters where she talks about at the very end here, that each and every one of these names of Allah azza wa jal and

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they have kind of a take home points. So let me tell you as we close the three take home points that I want you to remember. Number one, is that you have to put effort to be guided we've been talking about the guide, the guide the hottie, but you have to put effort just like you pray or assaulted is to Hatha right your prayer of guidance to get guidance, right. You have to put in an effort and what that means is when you start to have that internal feeling of instability, you you kind of lost your footing a little bit. You need to make sure to actually ask Allah to guide you right like concept of rushed.

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Number two, be gentle. When you are the one trying to guide people. Why? Because like the concept we said earlier about giving gifts, look at this, look at this beautiful concept. One Allah subhanaw taala told so you know Musa and his brother have grown to go to sit down.

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Is there anything any buddy who was more evil than farlan at the time right here to go to sit down who had devastated devastated them and their people.

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What did he say?

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Say to them to do

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and speak to him

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Oh, Len Lee in speak imagine here's like,

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evil embodied. Yet Allah is saying, Even so speak to him gently.

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Maybe he be guided less to be guided. It's interesting Subhanallah when you think about that, even your most

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even your biggest enemy, our faith, and our morals, tell us to Speak gently.

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Because you can't force someone to change. But with inspiration and with guidance and with gentleness, they may change or they may never change. But they definitely won't change when you yelling and screaming at them. Does that make sense? And lastly, and thirdly, remember that you can't force people into guidance. And the best reminder of this is that if the prophet himself sallallahu alayhi wa sallam could have forced someone into guidance, he would have done so for his uncle of well thought of who stood up for him and endured a lot for him even though he didn't have to. But he chose the way of his ancestors and that was his choice.

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And each of us are given choice. And the hypocrites are those who

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excuse me, hypocrites are those who

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Excuse me, excuse me

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Come by my place

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I guess that means the crossover.

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Anyway, in closing,

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in closing, I'll just say the hypocrites are those who have been given the knowledge and then rejected by choice.

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And so we pray that Allah subhanaw taala does not make us from the hypocrites, gives us the beneficial knowledge and allows us to actually act upon that knowledge and do upon it. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to be those who are guided and rightly guided, and by His names that Haddie and Rashid may we may we receive hidayah guidance and nourished discernment among them and so in closing here

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Oh Allah by your glorious names we call upon you tonight. We ask you to please accept from us, honor us, uplift us, empower us. Make us from those who are connected to you and connected to those who are connected to you. Not a blonde I mean we ask You by Your Names of Allah hottie

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to grant us Hey Dahlia, guidance yada yada I mean for us and our children and our family members and our loved ones.

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And by your name oh Rasheed, to please yell at Oak B give us little SBT B help us help us Jada be guide us fully and give us the kind of discernment to know the way the path yada yada I mean, y'all Allah, we raise our hands in remembrance of our sisters and brothers across the Ummah everybody in every corner of this earth that is in pain that is suffering you'll it'll be that as facing oppression. Y'all it'll be that as facing natural disasters y'all happy we ask you that is hurting that isn't loss of security

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yeah it'll be grant them better than what they have lost bringing them closer to yatta yatta mean make this test and tribulation for them a healing and a purification you ought to be and make it their ticket to Jana. Jana blood I mean help us fully fully understand that you know what you're doing even when we can't fully explain it. Yeah, it'd be protect us and protect our children and protect our sisters and brothers across the Aamna ya rugby when you

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hold a CRP accountable for this our ASAP ERP we ask you we are getting him that you are pleased with us and forgive us yada ber shortcomings and make us people of us

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are in T and people with gravity be that they have we have a spiritual weight to us yada banana mean that we are balanced and that we are committed and that we know to turn to the one who can truly answer these prayers yatta yatta mean except from us. Y'all had a B except from us. Yadda blah mean and forgive us we are most in need of forgiveness yada yada I mean, what are hola Quwata illa biLlah and Ali and all the Muslim Allahu Maga say that Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam Ultramarine ladonia COBOL when Hideo nostra Salam if you couldn't imagine, they said okay a lot of babies surgery Surah Fatiha and for acceptance of the swap please take a moment and read suits and

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Fatiha the Sunnah of guidance

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I mean, I mean, I mean BarakAllahu li come, challah, we'll see you all next week. Take good care. Keep us in your Diaz and please remember to pray those two extra cause. Neff and inshallah with the intention that Allah alleviate the difficulty of our sisters and brothers in a fiddle scene. And elsewhere at miniata banal admin take good care said I want a go or hematoma. Hey, well that I got off