Pursuing the Right Path

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah.

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I'm happy, a little bit, I'm just gonna call to you, okay.

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Who would like to be happy? Raise your hand. One hand stuck for Allah.

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I'm sure all of us want to be happy, but I'm going to offer you two types of happiness. Would you like to be temporarily happy or eternally happy? Which one first or second?

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I see. You know what? throw my study of the Quran. For the last 30 years. I have never found in the Quran that Allah subhana wa Taala is talking about the pursuit of happiness.

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Why?

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The only thing I found in the Quran is the pursuit of content meant Can you repeat that content meant?

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Okay. So where can we find happiness? Who is the best one to answer this question?

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It's the one who gave us life. It's the one who brought us here to life. Guess what, what did he say? Listen carefully. And it's sort of hood. So number 11. i a 105. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, yo maya Tila qalamoun Epson illa

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fermina. Home Shafi

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de

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there will come a day

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when no one will talk without his permission. And people will be one of two types. Either absolutely miserable, or absolutely happy.

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Brothers and sisters. I'm gonna call Ben Ali. All the light. I just loved him okay. Even though he terrified me, okay.

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How many of us and I need a really honest answer. How many of us are seeking happiness in this life? Raise your hand.

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Have you ever experienced absolute happiness?

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For how many seconds?

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Five seconds, thank you for being honest.

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Some hours during the day,

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some month during your life. I just told you Allah said happiness is not here.

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And you will be amazed to know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the Prophet

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I'm sorry, I the only way I know that you're still alive is if you interact with me, because I can see you. Okay, so the Prophet.

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He said, on the day of judgment, a man who will be brought, he lived a life of luxury and ease all of his life.

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And he will be dipped into jahannam for one second, and he will be brought out and he will be asked, hello.

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Have you ever seen is a luxury in your life? He would say no.

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A life of 18 years, 90 years, just one second and jahannam will make him forget all of the ease and luxury.

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Yet another man who led a very miserable life in this dunya will be brought and he will be dipped into Jenna for one second and he will be asked how to write about sound but have you ever seen misery in your life? He say no.

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One second jahannam will make you forget all the pleasures of the dunya. One second engineer will make you forget all the misery in dunya. Think about this. So now I was asked to talk about the pursuit of the right path. The pursuit of the right path.

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Allah subhana wa Tada. inserted an iron. So number six. I have 153

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he's talking about this. He said what

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sorority must akima fit

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while a Tabby also will further forward or become savvy

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Indeed, this is my straight path.

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That will take you to genuine, eternal happiness. Don't ever follow

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the illustrator set a symbol, the other deviant ways that will take you away from the only straight path that will take you to gender.

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And my talk tonight, I'm going to be giving you first the super glue that we try, and it's not working, and it will never work. And I will end up with the straight path, which we all should follow to end up engine and Sharla. Sometimes some people

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again, their main life, they're trying to do the following pursuit of happiness.

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And I'll tell you this,

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it's very easy to be happy.

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You know, some people

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do we have university students here? Okay, like 16 my age and like 23?

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Raise your hands. You know what, when you when you sleep in and you wake up at nine o'clock and you miss the class at eight, how do you feel? Happy?

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I remember back in the days, if the professor doesn't show up. We're very. Yes.

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Right. You eat a banana. I'm not talking about the Somalis. Okay.

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You become happy.

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Right?

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You hang around with some friends. It makes you give me the word. Happy.

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Right? wala has some people they are very happy when they have to do nothing. And they're happy. You know those zombies in life?

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They have nothing to do with like, just relax, man.

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Yeah.

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Right.

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You eat something delicious. Right? It's a Breanna with lots of spices. it all together. It makes you feel happy.

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But can I ask a question? Say Yes, sir. Yes.

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Hello, I want to hear you.

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Yes, sir. Yes.

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Excellent. How long? Does that happiness last?

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A few minutes?

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A few minutes, right? teenagers Raise your hands 12 to 16 my age, Mashallah. You know, you know what happens to them? You hear them every single day, 77 times. I'm bored.

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I'm bored.

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So Panama, back in the days in my age, the Stone Age, we used to play with stones, and wood. And voila, we're very happy and content. Today, they have the most sophisticated technology. And they're like,

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Can I buy a new game?

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Right. So brothers and sisters.

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If you think he'll be happy in this life, you're fooling yourself. So this is one of the wrong ways.

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Now,

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do you have to exert a lot of effort to be happy? No. I just gave you examples.

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Other people, they have another pursuit? What do we call it? Or just to give you examples, and you will tell me exactly. Okay, how many immigrants in the room?

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Almost everyone.

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Even if your parents are immigrants, you're one okay. Just raise your hand.

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Don't pretend to be Canadian.

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Okay, now, question is, some of us, would we come to the borders and immigration and they asked you, brother, what's your name? And for some reason, you get a hiccup and you say my name is mo

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and it stops there.

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Sometimes even he just started it becomes.

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Mike.

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Do you mean Mike and Mike or Mike as Michael?

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Sister, what's your name? You mean before immigration or after after the borders before the voters was Fatima but after it became fe

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Am I right, right.

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What are you trying to do?

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Let me take you back to banally. Sometimes we try to hide our religion, which is the source of our dignity and honor.

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I am proud to be a Muslim.

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And I'm proud to stand in front of any Centrum say I

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Follow Mohammed.

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I follow the right religion.

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That's the source of guidance for all humanity.

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Why?

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Why do you do this?

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So the second pursuit is the pursuit of socially

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or being socially accepted. I want to blend in. I want to fit in, you know what, I don't want to be the black sheep.

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And again, I'm gonna quote Ben Ali when he said,

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parents, you don't know

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what your kids go through at school. I'm serious. Let me represent them now. They go through a lot. I know young kids who come to me and say, Sheriff, I feel ashamed to stand in front of you. Because of the way my parents are.

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Because of the music, I'm listening, while he I don't like to hear to listen to that music. But everyone does.

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I don't want to be made fun of

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you know, the pressure on the sisters who are wearing hijab, at schools. Do you know what they go through?

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That's what I mean. And by the way, it doesn't stop at the younger generation. The older ones too.

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Sometimes we make decisions as parents to move to a neighborhood because everybody's moving there.

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We're not making the right decision for the best of our family.

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Am I right, right.

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We just want to be accepted. accepted by who? By Allah. Listen, what law he will law he will law he you can never please people.

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Shall I share a story with you?

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Oh, that's not enough. Yes. Let's move on. Now it's too late. Too late, too late. Man. I know. I know. It's It's midnight already. But they're still alive. Right? I can see nobody I can only see banally you know?

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Okay. Would you like to hear a story?

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Is that banally?

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Okay.

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We all know the character in the Arabic literature called Jehovah and all the Arabs who will smile now even without, you know, because they know some, like he's a comedian.

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So you have both a donkey

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and he was with his son. And the three of them were walking. So the first group of people that saw them, they started criticizing them. They said, Oh, look at Johann. He bought a donkey, and he's not using it. So you wanted to please people. He didn't like the criticism. He said, Son, ride the donkey.

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The next group of people that saw them, they said, oh my god. Look at this rootkit. He's riding the dog that the donkey leaving his dad walking geohazard stepped down my son, and he started riding the donkey. The next group of people that saw them they said, look at this man. Stick for Allah. Where's the compassion? He is riding donkey leaving his kid walking. He said Son join me

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now both of them are at the back of the donkey. The next group of people that saw them is like look at those these two merciless people they're gonna break the back of the donkey is just some step down and they carried the donkey

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didn't finish there on the next movie with a southern look at those crazy people. They have a donkey and his riding them.

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What do you think next should go holla commit suicide.

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Tell me any other scenario. Lesson. Imam Shafi Rahim Allah said naseeha to LA to doc well here in de la him as mama

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pleasing people as something unattainable and Allah doesn't like that. Well, why attend to the rock? pleasing allies something attainable? We're here in the Lima moda and Allah loves from you to do that.

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Is that clear?

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Let's move to another pursuit. So we talked about number one pursuit of

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I can hear you pursuit of

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Okay, second one.

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social acceptance. Number three.

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Its pursuit of fame.

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You know, some people think they're going to make it if they become the loudest in the crowd.

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If they want to be the coolest amongst the crowd,

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right. And they will try everything to grab attention all what they want is

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Just attention. And the best people to be taken as an example, are the people in the music industry. If they don't sell if their albums don't sell, you know what they do, will lie, they will be willing to be involved in a scandal, and then the tabloids and everybody's gonna talk about them all they need in life is nothing but attention.

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You noticed, from happiness, to social acceptance to fame, the more we go up, the more effort we have to exert. But we are not still on the right path. Am I right, right?

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Some people do more than this. What's the next level? Let me just repeat with you again. The first one is,

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second one is.

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Third one is. Okay, fourth one. It's something called prestige, pursuit of prestige. What's prestige? You know, some people, they don't care about what they accomplish in life. They don't think about accomplishment. They don't worry about the intelligence they have all what they care about, is one thing.

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Who are the associated with?

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They want just to look like a big deal.

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You know, they take a selfie with someone, they don't care about the personal device, you know, I'm just associated with him.

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You know, one time I was going to a conference, and I asked the brother,

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where's the video? He said, By the way, I went to Harvard.

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I'm like,

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What do you say? He went to Harvard to visit this cousin. You know?

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Basically, you want to just to mention Harvard? Because his name if it's associated with Harvard, what does that mean? prestige.

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You know, your parents when they tell you listen, you have two options to be a doctor or to be a doctor inshallah.

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What are they looking for? prestige.

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You live in an apartment and hamdulillah with halaal money. But they say until you own a house, you will have no respect in the community. Despite the fact this is going to be very heavy financially, spiritually, economically. They don't care. They care about the way they look in front of everyone.

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Am I right? Right?

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Isn't this real in our life today? And we think this is the powerful ally. No, this is not.

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If your dad is driving a Honda Accord 1999 he will have to drop you for blocks before the school.

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But if he's driving BMW 2019, he will drive you to the door of the classroom.

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It's all about what? Give me the word.

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Yeah, the way we look in front of people.

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That's nonsense. Again, do we have to exert more effort?

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Okay, let me take it to the next level. But we have to summarize again. First one is, second one is third one. Fourth one. Some people don't care about all of the above. They care about

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Yes, man. If you make money, you have it. You will be happy you will be this you will be this. And these people are very smart. They know how to make money. But guess what?

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They might be in that smelly? You know, dirty t shirt. They don't care how they look.

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They will be driving a very dirty car. They don't care. Even the way when you look at them. You never think that this man is a millionaire.

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But guess what? Some of them live a very miserable life. You know why? Because yes, they are millionaires. They don't have time for the family.

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They thought they don't have time for a bother you ask them brother. I never seen the machine he said brother I pray Al Hamdulillah

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I say Mashallah. You're not an extreme like like banally sola.

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Right.

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So is money, everything.

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That's another pursuit. Do you think that this man sometimes deprive himself from sleep because his his his friend made 10 million he wants to go to 15 million. And Allah subhanho wa Taala said in the Quran, Allah

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you have been so busy asking for more and more and more you have enough

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Had

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a beer, suddenly death comes, you leave the money behind. And what verb did I use? He said you visit the graves. Allah didn't even say stay in the graves.

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When you visit someone, how long is it? Even though it could be 200 years, 2000 years before the Day of Resurrection?

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Is that clear?

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So let's go back first pursuit is pursuit of

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second one.

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People are sleeping man. Should I bring the terrorist back here to the stage?

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Okay, first one is.

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If you're not interested, I'm going to stop here. First one is, second one.

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Third one. Fourth, one. fifth one. Excellent.

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Then next level. And as you see more effort, more effort, right. Next Level is pursuit of excellence. We're getting to the conference now. Right? excellence, and people of excellence. They're very different people.

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You know, they are the people who want to be number one.

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They don't want anyone to be in front of them in the race, regardless of what type of phrase, you know, I'm just going to talk to students because they can relate to that. Do you know some kids,

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when they get 100 in all of the exams, and still they're not happy?

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It's like, man, I think I can do more stuff or law. Have you seen these cycles in school?

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You got 100? what's beyond that?

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You know, you and I, we get 70% we go for aundre.

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Am I right? Right. But these people have excellence. They say no, they will be erasing and they will be 100 or 200 feet in front of everyone. And they don't relax. They say I'm gonna beat my previous record.

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This is the people of excellence.

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They want to be number one, who was number one in this room after the processor,

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Abubakar, right?

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All the time, the proxy lamb is talking to the Sahaba. I said, You know what? There are eight gates of Jenna, the gate of seomra and the gate of sadaqa the gate of salon he

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and then everybody's like, you know, yeah, Allah save us from hellfire.

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But abubaker is number one, right? He's a prophet of Allah. Is there anyone who will make it through all the eight gates? These are the people of excellence. And the professor Lim said, Yes. abubaker and you're one of them.

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And all of us are gonna say, look, you know,

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as Muslims, we don't believe in luck

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in

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Allah,

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coder,

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everything in the universe happens with the permission or knowledge of Allah. Nothing is accidental. Allah planted, you might have not blinded, but Allah planned it.

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No, it's not.

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Now, I'm going to conclude in the next two hours.

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But here's the point. Is there any other level after that? Yeah, I talked about all the path is right. And we're coming now to the right path.

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People of excellence are good people.

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Is there an extra level after that? Yeah.

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There is the pursuit of impact.

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I became number one.

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But that's for me.

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I don't want to live for myself.

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I want to be the top

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engineer.

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And I'm not going to live for myself. I can make six figure salary. But I'm going to leave that I'm going to work for charity. Why? Because I want to develop water systems that will provide clean water for everyone around the world. These are called the people of impact.

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I'm going to be the top doctor not to make money. No, I'm going to work for charity. Why? Because I want to develop solutions.

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To provide medical support for those who cannot afford it all around the world

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and that is the example of Prophet Mohammed Salah

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when he came back after the first encounter with jabril, and he told him, read, resign. He said, I don't know how to read and resign three times. When he came back. He was received with his wife Khadija

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ohana and he said, the Milan is a Milani Cover me cover me.

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I think I'm possessed. I think something wrong happened to me. What did she say color like Zika la vida.

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Allah will never do anything back to you, Mohammed. And listen carefully to the people of impact. People have impact even before the message of Islam. That's the prophet SAW Selim.

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That's what she said about him. Number one, she said, this is these are the credentials of the people of impact.

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She said in nikka

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pasilla Rahim. You reach out for your pension

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or to create life

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and your hospitals, your guests.

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What took simple mydoom when someone comes to ask for you for money, you give him a tool to work and provide for himself.

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What we're in Orlando,

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when people are going through hardship, you help them in return for nothing but the reward from Allah.

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These are the people of impact.

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And that's the way back to Allah subhana wa Taala.

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So, we mentioned at the beginning, and I'm going to repeat that again. And throttle enhancer number 6153. When

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you're the most common factor biru tiberiu and this is my straight path follow it will be out soon. Do not follow the deviant path is further for Ravi Kumar. surbey li they will take you away from the right path, the straight path. What is that straight path?

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Shall I share the good news with you?

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Or the bad news first?

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Bad news first, thank you so much because when I end up on a positive note, for the first time in my life I might finish in time in Seoul.

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Okay.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala shirt a complaint

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in the Quran by our messenger Would you like to hear it?

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So number 25 and number 34 on 25 and number 30

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wakanow Sulu Yara

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comit.

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Anima. Jumeirah.

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And the messenger said,

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Oh my master, my people, my followers have abandoned and deserted the product.

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Do you want the guidance? Do you want the light to the straight path? Go back to the

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connect with the book of Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala said Marvin Ratan, Phil kita beamy shamy. We have never left anything except we have provided guidance for you nothing.

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And the process of him said Dr. Komal mahadji till

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I left you on a very straight, clear path.

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Lazy, Illa Holic if anyone deviates from that straight clear path.

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He will be this is leading himself to destruction in this life and the next life.

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Do you want the good news?

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The prophet SAW Selim said in the Hadith collected by Buhari narrated by Abu hurayrah good lomatium Jenna

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on my own man, we'll make it to Jenna say wow.

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stuffer Allah say Mashallah. You just follow me blindly?

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Come on.

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So, Julio Mathias krunal. Jenna, all my oma will make it to gender. That's good news. But then Asia then 11 Abba, except those who refuse

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By Rasul Allah, who will find the straight path right behind you, that takes him to gender or hair to gender. And they refuse. He said, it's very simple man and

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woman, Asana, whoever obeys me, he'll make it to gender. Whoever this obeys me. He will make it. He's refusing to go to gym. So do we know the right path?

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I just want to share one last thing with you in sha Allah.

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a cliffhanger for the next islet? It's it runs in my blood. I cannot leave the stage without a cliffhanger. That's me. Okay.

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I mentioned an ayah. I said man for rotten, I feel lucky to have him in shape, right? We have never left anything in your life, except that we have provided guidance for you. So a man came to me, Mohammed Abdullah, one of the scholars of Al Azhar back in the days, and he told him

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your book says, we give answers to everything. He said, yeah. He said, I'm going to ask you a question and I need the answer from the Quran.

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Just from the Quran. He said Go ahead. He said if we have 10 kilograms of flour, how many loaves of bread Can we make out of this? 10 kilograms of flour? He said, Okay. Come tomorrow. He said, No, you have the Quran, you embrace the Quran, give it to me now. He said, No, I need to ask a baker. He said, Come on. I could have asked the baker and you're telling me the answers are all there in the Quran? He said just wait for tomorrow.

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And he came tomorrow and he gave him the perfect answer. Would you like to know it?

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Ie 2019

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but I want to leave you with this message. I know you guys are tired. Okay, but hamdulillah I'm going to send you before midnight hamdulillah I just kept my promise right?

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I want you to remember something.

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This oma

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is the only oma that will have to carry the message of prophets. Why? Because Allah subhanho wa Taala so number 21 a a 107 Why am I

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eating

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mutton lilla me?

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Should I say this again?

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But I will make a mistake and you need to correct me. Okay. I will make it on purpose. Why am I

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in Latin? Mostly me? No. I'll try again. Try again. Give me another

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one.

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Little more meaning. Oh, didn't work. Let me try again.

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NACA ihlara. meten lindamood terpinolene. No, stop working. Little more singing. It's not working. Let me

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haha, what do I do this? I want you to think the Prophet was not sent to the Muslims. He was not sent to the movements is not sent to the Mata when his history is not sent to the Western name. He was sent to all mankind. A brother comes to me one time and said shave I made the hour to Alan Muslim for nine minutes

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and he walked away.

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I said Mashallah, what did you do after that? I made against him.

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As he is a coffee he's going to jahannam anyway

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I'm like Mashallah, what a patient man Mashallah.

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Guess what, there is a prophet who spent 900 years and 50

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and how many people accepted Islam? 18. One, eight. just divide 950 years?

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How many? Every 10 years 20 years. Ben Ali, I'm very bad with math. You need to help me man.

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Okay.

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So I'm gonna tell you this with Allah subhanho wa Taala

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hold us accountable for the results or the side.

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And that's the item I'm going to conclude with Allah subhanaw taala set in stone number 53 schools and najem.

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When I say najem, I'm not talking about your cousin. So what the number 53 Okay. And that is number 39. Allah subhanaw taala says, What la says is,

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you will only be held accountable for just the pursuit.

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What do you do?

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Who is in control of the result, set out loud,

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who is in control of the hearts.

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So you do your job, and Allah will reward you for the hard work you do. But the result is in the hands of Allah. So when you make that hour to someone, and they don't listen to you make dua for them, not against them. You know, after a man administer a dose, it is known by our IRA, you know, very few of you know, his real name. That's his real name of the rock man in soccer. A dosi is known by the name of Abu hurayrah.

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The pastor asked him to go and make down to his tribe called DOS and then

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a to file, one of the leaders came and above silom, also, you know, asked him to go back and make down. So when he finally came back prophet of Allah, I tried with them. It's not working, make, Allah destroys them.

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So the Prophet lm raised his hand, and abora said, that was done. Right. But guess what the professor Selim said, a lot of medical, a lot of microdose actually became Muslim, or Allah guide the hearts of the tribe of those and bring the Muslims to me, and it happened right away.

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So we are sent as mercy number 21 107. We are sent as mercy not a curse. To whom, to the Prophet, sorry to all mankind. Because when our Prophet was commanded to be mercy for all of mankind, he passed away more than 14 centuries ago, who is going to continue the message?

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Say, repeat after me. I lead

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again, I lead.

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I lead.

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I

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What's wrong with you? What do you say I,

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I will lead everyone else. I will start to be a sheep. I'll be a shepherd. I start to be a zero I'll be a hero.

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I'll stop to be a follower. I'll be a leader. And this is why I

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thank you so much.