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swindler, Rahim. Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa

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sallahu wa sallim ala hotman To begin, Amina Muhammad Abdullah

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Ali. He was happy he was seldom at the Sleeman kathira on the line with Delia Marburg llama la la amalgam Tina indicates that it will Hakim Loma Linda my inference on fine me madam tena Allahu Manero to becoming the lion's

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share of Silla Tasha

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Amendola

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or BSc ba or BSC, let us see what we can study in tomorrow by

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a respected elders and brothers, my dear brothers and sisters as salaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

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It gives me great pleasure to be standing in front of you all, as part of this amazing project, the young Muslims project

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is that it's definitely something new that has been brought to my attention. And I have expressed my extreme happiness at the presence of such an organization and have expressed my willingness as well to assist in any way possible because this indeed is something that we want to see from the Muslim Ummah, this flourish the stands because Allah subhanho wa Taala

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sent us the best of all profits, Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Allah subhanho wa Taala also revealed the best of all books, which is Al Quran. And Allah subhanho wa Taala use the best of all angels, which was gibreel Allah His salam, to reveal this book to the best of all prophets, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the Quran was revealed on the best of all nights, in the best of all months, which is available during the month of Ramadan, in the best of all places, which was Mecca, right? And in the best of all languages, which is the Arabic language. So Allah subhanho wa Taala gave us the best of everything. And in the Quran declared us the best of

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all nations that in a high Lama. So with that said, It is only incumbent that we see the best right out of the Muslim. So when I came in, so this particular project and spoke to the brothers regarding it, I was very happy and I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses you all. And I pray that Allah subhana wa Taala makes you a means of guidance for the rest of the Ummah and places all your work on your skills of good deeds on the day of piano, I mean,

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Mashallah, gauging the ratio of females to males. In the gathering, we can see very clearly that the future will Emma will be from, from the females May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant Baraka in both the males and the females, in the little or the, let's not say the little they are good amount, but in the low ratio of males that we have inshallah, in you is Baraka. Right, that is able to encompass the small number that you possess. Now, coming to the talk for the evening, when the topic was sent to me the need for speed. I thought to myself, that this has to be the name of a game

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that the young PlayStation owners play right. And I thought to myself, what is the best way to you know, to channel this approach? Am I speaking to teenagers? Am I speaking to young people, I don't want to come here and make a fool of myself. I've got to catch up on you know, my Top Gear

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episodes and track down the quickest cars that are out there. Well, hamdulillah they qualified it when they said the race to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it's a very appropriate topic by the color of the comb and it's something that we need to speak about, especially since we are entering the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a month that is just around the corner. And it is the most anticipated month for a believer or it should be rather, unfortunately some of us as Panama Ramadan

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already here. Wow. Time flies like we finished number one just yesterday, isn't it? Number one should be the most anticipated month for a believer for the pious predecessors before us. They would ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant him Ramadan, five months before Ramadan and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept the Ramadan for the next six preceding months La ilaha illa Allah, right. So this is because they had the prior priorities rather in order, right and this is what we need to do as believers we just spoke about how we the best of all nations. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala has showered us with countless blessings, countless blessings. And even though he's given us these

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countless blessings, he has always

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So granted us seasons of worship, in which we can increase our chances of earning an even greater gentleman. Right? So during the week of a believer we have the day of Juma. Right. And during the year of a believer, we have the month of Ramadan as a month. We have made it to Qatar as a ninth, we have the day of arafa as a day, right? So we have the seasons of worship and even in the day of a believer there's points where Allah subhanahu wa tada has set aside to maximize our worship of him our attainment of rewards from Allah subhanho wa Taala, such as during the last third of the night, right? Or when there's rain for the land, this tropical climate has always been for Mashallah. And I

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was just telling for the surgeon who was hosting me he's also a surgeon. So I told him, I said that, Mashallah, in Malaysia, we all must be going to genda because it's always raining. So there's a lot of chances of being accepted. And February so late, you know, almost throughout the year Mashallah. So tahajjud must be always being prayed. Right?

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The need for speed, that's what we're discussing.

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So, what was I speaking about? Now? So Allah subhanahu Allah has blessed us with these countless blessings. But the question is, what have we as an oma? as those that have declared the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala as those that have accepted the prophecy of poverty, Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam I see we have another speaker, Mashallah, as those that have accepted the prophecy of Muhammad Ali Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what have we done to maintain our status as the best of all omens and the best of our nations, because Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us this title. But what we have to realize is that this great title comes with great responsibility. It's

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not only about having foreign praise and saying with the best of all nations, because actions speak louder than words, speaking about it is not enough. And unfortunately, we have become an oma, that speaks a lot and does little right. And that is why I chose to start off this particular talk, speaking about this young Muslims project, because this is action, right. And this is a concept that we've heard a lot about, and we've spoken a lot about, but very few young Muslim teens take this upon themselves and consider this their own responsibility. There's this sorry, attitude.

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And if I could use the word apathy, it's something that we can use that has crept amongst the amoa. We feel that Dharma, and Islamic Propagation, and adult development and youth development and all these promotional concepts have to be done by those who study Islam. You have to be a scholar to teach Islam and the only role for the layman or for those who haven't studied Islam, when we say lay men, we think in terms of those who have studied, right, we don't think that everybody is like,

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in terms of those who have studied the layman, those people feel that their duty is only to amass wealth, right? Without any spiritual inclination and this is incorrect. for Islam is a complete way of life. It is a complete way of life. And Islam means is this lamp, and is this lamp refers to refers to the submission to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if someone is a Muslim, he is constantly submitting to the will of Allah. Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah mu lead, one of the akula Haku and he's constantly submitting to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when a person lives their life in this manner, they become constantly productive, because Allah subhanho wa

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Taala only commands towards productivity. And he warns us against apathy. He warns us against counter productivity, right? So retrogression is not in the vocabulary of a believer of a Muslim for this is not from the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah subhanho wa Taala has structured a boost in daily life that it surrounds five times daily Salah thus a Muslim from the outset, sets the timetable around the Salah. Unfortunately today, the Salah set around our timetables, but it should be the other way around. Right. And Allah subhanho wa Taala maintains our year by introducing the month of Ramadan. Right and the days of Hajj. Right. And Allah subhanho wa Taala looks after our

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association with our wealth by placing in our life Zakah which purifies the wealth which we have, right, which is a means of us also having an association with the needy. This is the reality of a believer, only if we pondered and deliberate

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It around the sky for Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us even in the Salah. If we look at the salah and we ponder over the reality of the Salah, we will find that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made in it, leadership training. Right? This leadership training in Salah is lessons pertaining to adapt and in Sala this lessons pertaining to the importance of resting and relaxing in Salah. It being diverse in our activities, it's only in Salah, but the talk is not about Salah today, the talk is about something else, maybe inshallah have marketed another course so you can invite me again.

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But with that said, and coming back to the topic of today, if we look at the Sharia being this complete system for a complete way of life, we've seen that Allah subhanho wa Taala in it has encouraged us to become foreigners towards goodness, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has encouraged us towards becoming forerunners in goodness, right? In being the best. We haven't only been declared the best, but Allah subhanho wa Taala has set for us an entire mechanism that allows us to be the best, if only we were thankful, and if only we knew. So, speaking about the need for speed and the race to Allah subhanho wa Taala. I thought about it in the few moments before coming

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here. And I thought to myself, it's no point taking a lot of time discussing the importance of racing towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. For that we have heard before, in fact, every talk indirectly teaches us about the importance of becoming foreigners in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala in competing in goodness, for we are all people of good and sound understanding, right. And if we understand that in this world, there's competition in this world, business requires us to be at the top of our game, right? to such an extent that we find degrees specialized towards the fields of marketing and towards those concepts that make us the best in the things that we do for this

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world. If we are people of understanding, we will realize that Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah is most deserving of our attention. Allah subhanho wa Taala is most deserving of our wealth, and most deserving of our time. So if we strive to be the best in this dunya, then a sound person knows already that I should be striving to be the best in terms of the alpha. So it's fruitless for me to come here and tell you many stories from the companions, how they used to rush towards goodness, and it's fruitless for me to come in and set an entire talk explaining to you again, about the importance of being closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala inshallah, we will cover it but but what is

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pressing? Is this question and that question is, talk after talk, message after message, lesson after lesson, understanding time and time again, how important it is to be the foreigner when it comes towards the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala when it comes towards serving Islam and the Muslims for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The question is, why are we not seeing the Muslims?

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In the front rows? In all the acts of worship in all aspects pertaining to Islam in the Muslim? This is the question we've already understood and perceived its importance. But why are we not there?

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There are several reasons for that. I don't want to delve into the several reasons but maybe we can utilize this moment today to discuss certain aspects that insha Allah will allow us to reform ourselves on a daily basis will allow us to remember the importance of our presence on earth for Allah subhanho wa Taala. And anybody do not do anything, or creates anything except with a purpose, except with a vision and objective. Right? Nobody came to this talk, except for a purpose. If I asked you a question and said, Why did you come here today? What would you say? Some might say for the nice food that's out there? Right? Why did you come to this talk?

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For the purpose to learn, isn't it to become educated insha Allah, right, and I pray that I'm worth in doing so. Allah subhanho wa Taala also had a purpose in the creation of mankind. And Allah subhanho wa Taala explained to us the purpose in his book for Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah told us that we were created for no other reason, except to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. No other reason. It's not about amassing financial standing and material well being which we find the Muslims in the front rows, and they the best in that, which is not a bad thing. We're not saying we should be poor, right? Right. If we amass wealth and we become foreigners in that, then that's good, but we

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must

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Muslims still and being Muslim means that we should attach that wealth which we love to the one we should be loving. Who is Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that way we have attached that which we love to the one who we should be loving, right? So this is what we're talking about. We're talking about being constantly attached to Allah for Allah subhanho wa Taala said

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Karna boo,

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boo, Allah subhanho wa Taala said, we have not,

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not let me correct that translation. Allah subhanho wa Taala said, there is nothing about your creation, except that you worship Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the reality. And there's a difference between saying that there's nothing involved in your creation besides the worship of Allah, and saying that you are created to worship Allah. Right? In the expressive format of language and communication, there's a difference. And for those who study the Arabic language as well, you'll understand that there's a difference. Allah subhanho wa Taala was very expressive in explaining our purpose of creation. And if our purpose of creation was the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And

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we are the best of all nations, that we should be the best in our worship of Allah. Allah, Allah.

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So I want to share with you some advice, and inshallah, that advice will be a means of us remembering this responsibility of being the best of us understanding the importance of making our decisions around that which will cause us to be the best, right, in business acumen, they talk about the 8020 principle, isn't it, about investing 20% for 80%, progress 20% of your energies and have 80% progress, isn't it? The Sherry has given us those tools that will constantly allow us and remind us to be the best. For when it comes to the worship of Allah we have an open and clear and manifest enemy. And that is,

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and that is shame upon. So mankind forgets. And when we forget, apathy creeps in, when we forget, we cease to become these foreigners that Allah subhanahu Allah has commanded us to be and yes, he has. When Allah subhanho wa Taala gave the book to yahia. He said, Yeah, who's in kitabi? Coca Cola. He said, Oh, yeah, take this book before, meaning with authority, meaning take it and spread the message. As if to say take it and run along. Don't sit back. It's not something to know and not act. It's something to act upon immediately. Yeah, here.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala told the believers to compete in goodness. Allah subhanho wa Taala said first who Herat right? Allah subhanho wa Taala commanded us to compete with one another in goodness. And fortunately, today we find ourselves competing in this or in aspects related to this world. We're not competing to be in the front row of the masjid. We're not competing to enter the masjid at the time of event or before the event even. We're not competing in making sure that we donate more in charity than my fellow Muslim brother. We competing in making sure that we have more financial standing and more material well being than him in having better holidays than him or maybe having a

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better vehicle than him or her. This is a sad thing that is encompassed on my Why? Because we are detaching ourselves from Allah and attaching ourselves to that which is temporary. So these are the results that happen it's only natural, right? So for some people, higher art becomes something which is read, but not acted upon. And a Muslim is not somebody who reads something and does not. That's the that is not a believer.

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So I want to share with you some advices because a dean will not see how religion is sincere advice. And inshallah if you uphold these few advices it will be a means of enforcing that attachment between all of us and Allah subhanho wa Taala and that we're ensuring that we are on our way in looking at those who are above us in terms of the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala and because they are above us, it inspires us to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala even more, right and inshallah these advices will be a means as well for us to look at those below us in terms of the dunya not above us in terms of the dunya below us in terms of the dunya why we become thankful of Allah

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subhanho wa Taala and that is a means of attaching further ourselves with Allah subhanho wa Taala so the first advice I'd like to share with you all this evening and invite you all towards as an invitation as well just like our you've invited me

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is a taqwa is a taqwa becoming God conscious, becoming conscious in a way that you fear Allah subhanho wa Taala the way he deserves to be feared for Allah subhanho wa Taala has invited us towards the coin several places in his book Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has spoken about taqwa in many places in the sun. Allah subhanho wa Taala in the fourth Jews on the second page, when he speaks about a taco he says, Yeah, you have levena

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Allah subhanho wa Taala addresses the believers. He says, Oh you who have believed? Oh, you who have believed? Who is Allah subhanho wa Taala speaking to his speaking to us, Allah subhanho wa Taala addresses different people in the Quran. Sometimes he says yeah, you are ness. Right? Sometimes he addresses the disbelievers here he is he's addressing the believers. And the and some of the Sahaba rhodiola. They have said that when Allah subhanho wa Taala says yeah, you have levena Manu, oh, you who believe then set up Oh son of Adam, and pay attention for Allah subhanho wa Taala is either going to command you to learn something, or warn you against something. He's addressing you to warn

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you against something that is going to lead to your downfall, or, or call out to you to advise you towards something that will be a means of your goodness in both worlds. So what does Allah subhanho wa Taala say in this verse, he says

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it Turku law help to party.

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Be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala the way he deserves to be remembered, and the way he deserves to be feared. This is what Allah subhanho wa Taala commands us to. And we should be leaders in this and the question to ask ourselves is what is our association with this concept of attacker? How conscious Aoi of Allah subhanho wa jal how fearing of Allah subhanho wa Taala. avi. And someone may ask and say, but what is a taco

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and a taco is from those kalimat and jamea. Those words that are comprehensive, you cannot explain it using one word or two words. I mean, even in the Arabic language if we look at the allameh. They've explained to us a taqwa using sentences. And one explanation which comes to mind is the explanation of half it's been hijacked. The famous chef, scholar and commentator of Sahil Buhari, he says that a taqwa is integer anabaena aka or being either biLlahi with Chi. It is to place a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah subhanho attack. That is what a taqwa is to place a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. How do you place this

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barrier by doing all those things which Allah subhanho wa Taala commanded you towards and by staying away from all that which Allah subhanho wa Taala warned you against. This is how you make a price a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is the first advice I invite and advise each and every one of you all to for this evening.

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The second advice for this evening of servants of Allah, no children of Adam, is advocate.

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advocate, constant remembrance of Allah horrible is that he will July Allah.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala commands towards this concept as well. In his book in several places, he has taught us how important a victory is by expressing the reward for a vicar in certain verses in a more expressive format and manner. But we can work with one verse in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala again addresses the believers and says, Yeah levena

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Kuru ah ha the Quran. Kathy, Yura wasa be hoo hoo boo. kurata sila Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala commands the believers, towards remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala. How? excessively remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala. excessively,

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verbally through bodily action through the way we conduct ourselves. Right Vicar is not only saying Subhan Allah Alhamdulillah La ilaha illa Allah Allahu Akbar. It can also be done through our bodily actions, right? remember Allah

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Panda Tyler was everything that you do is this action that I'm about to do, beloved to Allah, if it is beloved to Allah, I will do it. If it is not beloved to Allah, I will refrain from it. This thing that I'm about to say, is it beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala for me to say it, this is how you remember Allah. Is it beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala for me to say it? If so, I will do it. If not, I will refrain from it. Right. So this is great advice. And if we look in the student of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we find that the impoverished from the companions came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam they complain to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and

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they said, oh oh prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and make sure that you say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when you hear Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam Why? Because it is from the good etiquettes with our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and also Allah subhanho wa Taala will reward us for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said mon Sol de la sala 10 wahida 10 sallallahu alayhi wa, then whoever still salutations upon the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Mashallah we worship Allah willing speaking, isn't it? Who ever since salutations upon him once Allah will do the same upon that person 10 times

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Allah subhanho wa Taala, who is not in need of us, and we are in need of him, the mercy that he shows upon us that if you do something once he gives us 10 times.

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So they came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. In the complaint, they said, that the rich amongst us, they have better opportunities than us. Not in having a good home, and a good vehicle, and good clothing, and good schools. Now, they have better opportunity, then as in worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala. You see how they were competing to be the best? They were competing, isn't it? Because they were competing, they recognize this as a problem. That How come we all competing for gender, we try our hardest to be the best, but they have more wealth than us. They spend in the path of Allah and they have greater rewards. We don't have that wealth to spend.

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Right? This was the son of the companions. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in all wisdom and everything he said was a revelation from Allah subhana wa tada for Allah said, when my empty for an hour in Hawaii.

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Right? Allah subhanho wa Taala said that nothing he said was from himself. Everything said was a revelation from Allah subhanho wa Taala. He said,

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that has Allah not provided for you what you can do charity with?

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He asked him a question. And then he said that,

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indeed, every glorification of Allah Subhana Allah, that you do is a challenge. And every amount of work that you do is in charity. And every Alhamdulillah that you do is a charity. And every layer in a law that you do is a charity, and enjoying what is good is a charity and preventing evil is a charity. And even your marital relations with your spouse is a challenge.

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How perfect is our religion, this complete way of life? And how fair Allah Subhana hutan is,

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but I want to take your attention back to these companions. I mean, if it was asked, Would we recognize this has the potential letdown

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the fact that we have rich people and we poor people, we would say property? Yeah, it is a potential letdown. Because somebody is driving a Cayenne and

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Is that how you pronounce it?

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And somebody else is not, isn't it? It's probably driving a local Malaysian made. Mashallah very good cause, by the way, so, what we saying is that,

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we need to change our outset of thinking, right, we need to adopt the thinking of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, that everything they thought about was how to better the agenda. We are only here to worship Allah and thus build our agenda. And the question is, are we building our agenda? How will we say this to our mission team members that make sure you see yourself building your agenda in everything that you do? Make sure you see Allah subhanahu attallah in the work that you do, don't let Chevron make you a better your eBay and AD, don't let the shaper make your worship of Allah subhana wa tada a norm. Like how you wake up and go to work every

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morning, and come back in the evening, and you drive on the same road and on the same route and you see the same signs and everything becomes a norm, isn't it? And you become bored. And you look forward to Fridays and you hate Sundays, isn't it? That's a no. Right and the reason why people hate Sundays because they have to go to work on Monday.

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Right, and they enjoy Friday is not because of Juma. Unfortunately, it's because the next day Saturday, unless you're working on a Saturday, so what we have to realize is look at the companions. These were people who came from worshipping idols. These were people who, before Islam or burying the torches alive. These were people before Islam who were worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala in the wrong way they were going around the caravan naked. But here, we've understood Islam and in the impoverished state are looking at agenda. they've understood gentlemen, they've understood the purpose of creation. they've understood Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it is eating them up that how

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come they have more wealth, and we don't, and they are going to have more opportunity than us. And a seminary example can be drawn from the reality of later to Qatar, for the companions told the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam about those nations before us who lived for hundreds of years, right? You had a Salam was inviting towards Allah for 950 years, invite him. So how long did he live for?

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How long did he live for? So they asked that? What about those people? They had no years to worship Allah.

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I don't want to talk about us if we had more years and what we would be wanting, but they had more years to worship Allah, what about us, right? And it was this Baraka in this questioning that we have lived through a night that is better than 1000 months.

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And the question is, how many of us compete in ensuring that we catch a little cutter for Pamela, right, so this is the second advice for this evening or servants of Allah, and invite towards.

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And you will notice a pattern here that everything I invite you towards From now on, is going to be a means of developing your taco. And that is why I spoke about taco fest. So after we complete the second advice, I invite you towards yet a third advice, a nother advice. And that advice or servants of Allah is I invite each and every one of you towards that taught to us in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that we dealt with just now. And that is towards inviting towards good, and preventing from evil.

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Because a person who makes it their prerogative to invite towards good, prevent against evil, will be a person that will constantly remind themselves towards goodness as well. Because Islam is not a religion that permits us to invite towards something. And we have the opposite in that regard. Right? We don't have this Do as I say, not as I do attitude, isn't it? Right? We lead by example, just like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam did, we lead by example, just like the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam did, and Allah subhanho wa Taala commands us towards this. In fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala has cursed nations before us that left this concept, this concept

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of inviting towards good and preventing from evil. Because this is a constant that keeps apathy aside. This is a concept that constantly makes us from amongst those that want to compete towards goodness, for we love for ourselves what we love for our brothers, and because we love for our brothers as well, we intend for ourselves to increase in goodness as well. So we can invite towards greater goodness, right? Allah Subhana who Allah says in the fourth juice in the first quarter, again addressing the believers, Allah subhanho wa Taala says

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coutume Hi.

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Bridgette NASS, Allah says we have declared with the best of all nations, why?

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Moodle una Bill maruthi you invite towards that which is good. y en una.

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Carrie, and you won against evil and that which is disliked to Allah, over to me una de la, you believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now,

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in another place, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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Allah subhanho wa Taala commands us towards ensuring that there is a group amongst us that engage in inviting towards good and preventing against evil. So this is very pertinent advice or servants of Allah. And this is something that you need to adopt within your concept in your methodology, especially with this project over here for those that are involved in it. Alhamdulillah you have great

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projects in that you have knowledge based projects and activity based projects, but include

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In your projects, that which is a means of inviting towards good and preventing from evil amongst yourselves first and foremost, because you have to you are leaders, right? You are leaders, people look up to you, and you are competing towards goodness, right the race to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So ensure you have this concept in your own organization, where you invite towards good and you ensure that you give precedence to the commander of Allah subhanho wa Taala over norms of society, for example, right, because if you're giving precedence towards the norms of society, you're competing in being the farthest away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is the reality. So

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ensure that you are leaders

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in this concept,

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thus being leaders in your race to Allah,

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Allah, Allah.

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Allah has advice or servants of Allah that I'd like to share with you all, and this is something that we've heard before. But it's something that is pertinent and needs to be said in every talk. Because it is a pillar from the Pillars of Islam, that Allah subhanho wa Taala will ask us first about on the day of PM, it's the first thing that he will ask about.

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And if this pillar stands upright, all your deeds will stand upright. And if this pillar ceases to stand, none of your deeds will stand. So the only way you can be a leader in worshiping Allah and being a front runner when it comes to the worship of Allah is ensuring that this pillar stands upright. And which pillar is that? Salah Sana are servants of Allah. Wa salatu salam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam repeated his advice towards the Salah, even on his deathbed, to make sure that we have understood how important it is of servants of Allah, how important it is. We have to become leaders in house Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed us in that the Salah, he announced

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it as a gift to the Omar Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, even though some people take it as a burden, right? You are somebody This is a gift.

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This is a gift. Yeah. As they say, it's not a burden. It's a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah subhanho wa Taala did not release it to us on earth. He took Muhammad Ali Abdullah Saleh Allah He will send them to him and gave it to him for the home of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam it is a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Are we front runners when it comes to holding up the surah?

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Are we because when we look at the oma and the association with Sara, we find that we can divide the oma into three categories

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into three categories and not for

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the first group

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is a group that is made up of those

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that have never prostrated for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They have never placed their forehead on the ground for Allah subhanahu adad they have never tasted the sweetness of suet.

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This is a group and it's a group we need to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala that we are not from them. And it's a group that we need to seek Allah subhanho wa Taala is protection from being from amongst them. This is a group of servants of Allah and our children of Adam, that have forgotten

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that Allah subhanho wa Taala and I said, Allah, Allah and Noma boo, Leo Mina Avi, Yama commonness.

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They have forgotten that Allah subhanho wa Taala has said that do these people not think that they will be raised on the day of Dharma on a great day, and that they will stand in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is a group that has forgotten this verse has forgotten the statement has forgotten this mention Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from them.

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Then we have a second group of people.

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And this is a group of people

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that observe their Salah. They're not like the first group, but they are a group that are lazy when it comes to this. They observe their Salah when it's convenient for them. When they finish playing. They observe the Sunnah. When they finish working, they observed the Salah. The entry time of Salah is not something that

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is of importance to them. They are not races towards obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala they are not competitors, right towards being the best and the frontrunners and being in that queue that's first to enter agenda. They are not from amongst those four if they were they would wait for Salah as soon as they completed one Salah waiting for

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The time to come in so I can worship Allah subhanho wa Taala again. So this is a group that observed their Salah when they finish working, when they finish talking, when they finish playing.

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It's not the ideal group and sometimes they observe the Salah, out of it's fixed and prescribed.

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And this is a group of servants of Allah. My dear brothers, my dear fathers by the mothers and my dear sisters, this is a group

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that has forgotten that Allah subhanho wa Taala said for a little mousseline, and Medina home and sanity him. So

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they have forgotten that Allah subhanho wa Taala has cursed those who observe the Sunnah outside of its fixed and prescribed times.

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That they are a group that has forgotten that Allah subhanho wa Taala said, in the 20s the Jews in a chapter related to the hypocrites, what

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he was

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learned as

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well as people.

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They have forgotten that Allah subhanho wa Taala has commanded us towards commanding our family, towards the Salah, was studying

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and being patient, in our commanding of them and being patient as well in our observance of the Salah. And Allah says learners Aluko risk, we did not ask from you risk, narrow, narrow soapui are the providers allies, the provider will cater to the telco, and the good ending is for the people off.

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Now, this is a group that is focusing this with these verses or sufferance of Allah. They have made the financial standing and material well being become an obstacle become an obstacle for them, and it has set them back. It has made them amongst the last groups when it comes towards worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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There is a statement that story at the time of the sell off where a person came to complain about inflation. Yes, there was inflation then as well came to complain about inflation. The price of foods gone high and living has gone high. And the person listening to this complaint said, he said, I have no idea what you're speaking about. La Jolla and Buddha who come out

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or LA he

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came out at me.

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He said it is upon me to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala just as Allah subhanho wa Taala has commanded me to do, and it is what Allah subhanho wa Taala to provide for me just as He has promised me. This doesn't mean that we should sit in the masjid and only read the Quran and only observe salah and the food will fall from the sky and into our stomach. It will enter without us even knowing doesn't mean that

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but we worship Allah subhanho wa Taala even in our work. Many people ask that Allah created us to worship him but we have to work. The housewife say we have to cook we have to raise children. Do you know that even that is the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you only purified your intention, if you made your purpose for the sake of Allah, Allah will reward you. When you sitting in your vehicle going to work and you say Allah This is in order to earn halal sustenance, right? And Hara sustenance so I can feed my family, hello sustenance. Your trip becomes the worship of Allah, the time that you spent at work becomes the worship of Allah, the

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females and sisters in the kitchen when they cooking.

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Right? You see Allah I'm doing so to feed my husband,

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my husband, who the Sharia has taught us that their success is in the husband's happiness, isn't it? I'm doing this for my husband to feed my family to be a homemaker. That cooking and that time becomes the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala you are building your agenda in doing so you cooking you building agenda, you making somebody fat, don't make them too fat,

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vanilla obesity and diabetes and high blood pressure and maybe a triple bypass. And you might have no one to cook for later on. But that's on a lighter note. But what we're trying to say is that your worship of Allah is in your cooking is in your working as well. This is Islam, a complete way of life. You are making yourself from different runners in Allah subhanho wa Taala is worship in everything you do, whether it's direct worship, in your Salah, in your soccer, in your fasting, in your hijab, in your charity, in your obedience to parents, etc, etc, etc. Or whether it is in your daily life which you make indirect worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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Anahata gratis the understanding. So this fellow servants of Allah is something of importance. And these are the two groups that we have mentioned. And these two groups are groups that we should aspire not to be from. However, we should aspire to be from amongst the third group. This third group is a group that are upon their Salah on time and every time

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whether it's in the coldness of winter, which you probably don't have.

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Right, but speak to those in the UK.

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Whether it is in the heat of summer, no matter how early Fisher is or how late fudger is, you see the homes active at the times of Sarah, the lights are on,

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water is running.

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Angels are entering and moving out of this home. It is a home filled with the worship of Allah, it is a home filled with those that are strongly associated to Allah, those aspiring to be from amongst the first group, that antigen. This is the group we need to aspire to be from Oh servants of Allah. Why are we happy to be laid back and say, Well, you know, the second group is the middle group. It's okay the middle way is the best way to beware is not always the best way we should aspire. And that's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he advised Abu hurayrah Abu huraira says that my family advise me towards three things, and from the things that the Prophet sallallahu

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alayhi wa sallam advised him towards is towards looking at those above him in terms of the earth era, in terms of the worship of Allah, and those below him in terms of the

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this is the prophetic advice or servants of Allah, and we all claim to love the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam we all claim to follow the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and support the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam our support needs to be seen in action. It's no point saying I love him and I follow him and I respect him when we raise our children's in Mendez contrary to the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when we are far away from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when our love with one another is not upon the way of Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam took his cheap, it's easy to say and Allah subhanho wa Taala

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said in kuntum for the Jews to hipbone, Allah said Jews third Jews last quarter Irani you become a law

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that if you say you love Allah subhana wa tada could include a boon Allah factor Baroni follow Mohammed Salah Hardy,

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then you will get the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive you. This is the reality or servants of Allah, we've got to support the final messenger. Yes, in printing publications and spreading it in spreading his Sierra in killing the bad image that the disbelievers are trying to create for him. That's one way. But the real way is in following him in allowing Islam to be seen in the Muslims, and not just read in books, and not just heard about elections. That's what we have to do. This is how you become this competitor in Allah subhanho wa Taala is worship. This is how you make yourself from the front runners and those that will enter

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Paradise inshallah, from the outset, from the beginning, this is the methodology or service of Allah, oh, children of Adam, we've got to work on this and realize this, and I'm not going to share with you too many examples. It's very hot venue. And I hope that these few advices that I have shared will be a means of your productivity, a means of you changing your way of thinking, a means of you becoming this competitor, we have the month of Ramadan coming and we should be nothing but great competitors competing with one another, making sure that we look after our speech during our fast making sure that we are competing in the month of Quran Isn't it? Isn't it? Allah subhanho wa

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Taala Kodama Vonda month of Quran, it shouldn't be enough that we finish one juice a day 30 Jews a month Alhamdulillah? No, we should be concerned about the one who is doing three Jews a day and finishing it every 10 days and three currents in the month of Ramadan. We should be concerned about him. We should be concerned about the one who is standing up throughout the night into hatred after his therapy, and we should aspire towards competing to be like him. How ungrateful would it be that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the month of Ramadan and the month of Ramadan finishes and we don't have a taco, which I've advised you towards now, which Allah subhanho wa Taala has prescribed

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fasting for us to achieve a taqwa has been prescribed right? Sorry, fasting has been prescribed Why? For us to achieve it, isn't it? How ungrateful can we be that we witness the month of Ramadan and failed to achieve this failed to become better worshipers of Allah failed to become closer to Allah, which is the month of Ramadan as a norm, right a month whereby we have to make our bodies suffer because we have failed to build our agenda and earn our agenda. We have failed to bring it and I always say bring it so Allah brings it as well.

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Write Allah subhanho wa Taala will not change the state of any nation until they change themselves as the people in the Valhalla. yiruma become a euro may be unforeseen. Allah subhanho wa Taala will not change a nation until they change the affairs themselves. You have to have a sincere resolve, you have to have that sincere resolve. You can't say I wish to be from the competitors but you have no resolve in yourself. You can't read the verses in the Quran where Allah subhanho wa Taala commands us towards competition. And it's just a matter of knowing the meaning and knowing that it exists in the Quran so that we could even have a talk about it. But that's it. That's it? No, we've

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only created ourselves a bigger problem for Allah subhanho wa Taala will question us and tell us that did the message not come to you?

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Did I not choose you to be from amongst those that heard this reminder? What did you do about it? Right? So we should fear Allah subhanahu uttara in ourselves, we should fear Allah subhanho wa Taala in our lives, we should fear Allah subhanho wa Taala in everything that we do, we should fear Allah subhanho wa Taala in our daily lives as well, how we work, how we interact, revise this, this issue of a HELOC and adapt for our 24 hour day is the worship of Allah and to be a true competitor. You have to be a 24 hour worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala you don't take a holiday from Islam. You don't say You know what?

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I need a holiday from being a Muslim. You don't say that? You don't get you get you don't get to take a holiday from being a worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So ensure that your daily life is the worship of Allah. It's only appropriate that before we end, we speak about some verses where Allah subhanho wa Taala has enticed us towards becoming

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competitors in his worship. And from those many verses in the Quran. We'll take a couple and inshallah we'll take a couple from the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam with regard to the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala first comes to mind in the fourth of July I'm just gonna say randomly in no particular order, Allah subhanho wa Taala says was to

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be equal

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to

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y Jen Gen. z now has

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to

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be in Allah subhanho wa Taala commands us towards competing and marching henceforth towards the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala and a paradise that has a width which is greater than the heavens in the earth

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and has been prepared for the people of taqwa remember my first advice this evening.

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Who are the people of taqwa? Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us, Allah says,

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we mean

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says that they are those that spend their wealth in charity in easy times and in difficult times. Right? They don't cry out cry out charity fatigue, isn't it? So new communality. Now charity fatigue, we always giving out in charity, there's no money left, isn't it? They don't have this concept. This was not the way the people of the self moved and acted and rolled, as we say in a lot of teenagers here. They never rolled like that. The seller never wrote like that. The people of the cell have never, they never said these kind of statements.

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They were giving because they knew they were building the agenda they were giving because they didn't want someone else to be given some of the some of the pious predecessors In fact, from the companions, we our statements were on the death wish they would say we wish that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave us this

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situation and that scenario, so that we could have practice on that Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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For example, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say that in a particular situation, you should say this, okay? Or you should ask Allah subhana wa Tada This way, but they live their life and they never experienced that situation. On their deathbed. They would say, we never had that situation to practice upon that Howdy. How many edits of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam are we practicing? That's the question. How many lessons from the Quran are we learning and practicing, and yet we aspire to be from amongst the frontline the strength agenda, no sevens of Allah Talk is cheap. action is required. action is required. Allah subhanho wa Taala in Surah jamara He commands

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The believers either knew the list at me

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that when the call on the day of Joomla is performed, First, enter the query.

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First out, this is a command. Allah is commanding us towards his remembrance.

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And it's not a command just towards the remembrance of Allah. It's a command towards hiring

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Subhana Allah towards the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala we have also had with Allah grant us the understanding Allah subhanho wa Taala and essayez Wolfie then ik foliate NFS in Medina official, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that in this way, after he explains the worship of Allah and all the goodness, Allah says Wolfie that he can In this way the competitors should compete. The competitor should compete. And when I thought of this verse, I thought to myself, I can't come here today and relate to your stories and stories about competition.

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Because we know about it,

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but I have to relate to that which inshallah will be a means of making you from this verse. We have losses will feed Alec fairly attend FSU, Montana official. We also handle with Allah grant this is understanding Oh servants of Allah, or children of Adam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said surburban Mu forbidden. Sabah and move on we do that. We do have one with the front runners, they have left people behind. And the Sahaba of the Allahu Angela Germain immediately spoke out and said Who are these new furry dude? And he said that they are those that remember Allah subhanho wa Taala the people of Vicar. They are those that remember Allah azza wa jal and thus I spoke to you

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today about the importance of Vicar

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right. So, instead of telling you about the story of cervical mufa region, I chose to tell you about the importance of the

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so that inshallah you can be from Allah subhanho wa Taala makers from amongst the

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Sahaba used to compete are servants of Allah. Remember when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spoke about those that will intergender without he said when keytab intergender without accountability, may Allah make us from amongst them? Right? One of the Sahaba got up and said, orsola will have you from them. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said you will be from them. And then somebody else stood up and said and me. He said, South Africa cash that cash has beaten you.

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He won. He spoke up first. There was only one place for me to give and he's taken it. Right. So all servants of Allah, no children of Adam, become the catcher. In this day and age, rushed, do something that someone else hasn't done for the sake of Allah, not for the sake of the dunya Right, right. Be a competitor be an innovating goodness, not in religion in goodness, right. And come up with that which assists in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the upliftment of the Ummah, bettering society. We have to be the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a movie.

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When I shadow the law, and I was asked about him, she said, he's kind of who

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he is. He was the coroner.

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What he read, he implemented, if we love the Prophet as follow Him, and if you follow Him, let us implement the car. Let us become these people, not people who sit back and become relaxed. We are not meant to be comfortable. If you want to be the front runners and those that intergender you are not supposed to be comfortable. Who said it's all about being comfortable. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he didn't have the comforts that we have. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sanctioned for years, with the Muslims for announcing Islam.

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Right, no amenities, no comforts.

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We have to stop being comfortable.

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We have to get up and do we have to wake up and be concerned.

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As studies have shown now, and as they have said, that if you sleep on a bed, put your clothes in a closet and feed yourself one meal a day, then you are richer than 75% of the world.

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You are richer than 75% of this world. But you say you are broke.

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That's what's sad, isn't it? I'm broke. But the reality is, we are overfed and unconcerned. That is the reality of servants of Allah. We are overfed and unconcerned, if you are broke, then at least the free worship of Allah, if we can call you back then which doesn't cost you anything, because people even see charity nowadays as it's expensive. You have to pay

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money goes, right? But they don't know that when you spend in the path of Allah, it's a 700% investment, isn't it? Even our worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala is not enriched with perfection.

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Right? Why we are overfed? That's the reason. And we are unconcerned. So my advice to each and every one of you here,

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young crowd, teens and just over teens, I'm advising you from the bottom of my heart,

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from the bottom of my heart, that become the shining lamps in society, if the Muslim Ummah had half, just half, who had aspirations in being in the front row, that intergender Islam would be in a much better state than it is now.

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Islam is perfect and complete, but we're talking about the state of it. And we can only speak about the state of Islam when we look at the state of the Muslims, because the Muslims are a reflection of this religion. If we had a half only,

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that stood up and had an ambition not to be comfortable, and had an ambition of reviving this.

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The state of Islam would be in a better position. And I see that in you and I pray insha Allah, that this will not be a talk that goes through one ear and comes out the next happens, isn't it? We hear something. And then the moment the talks finished, and we go home, we shape one.

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Well, we all have shape and accompany us, right? We all have it shape one the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said he runs through our blood flow our bloodstream Majora image of them just as the blood flows through your veins shavon is flowing through us. It's difficult. We have to be uncomfortable. We have to be from the strangers Yes, that me in this talk or servants of Allah. And oh Children of Adam, by telling you all become a stranger. Do that which everyone else is not doing. Don't do what the norm is doing what everyone else is doing. Being a stranger. Fast during the day yes, it is difficult. It is easy in Ramadan because everyone else is fasting. It is fast outside of

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Ramadan because nobody's fasting is a bit strange and fast. Right? Praise Allah in the evenings.

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It's easy Ramadan because everyone else is doing it but outside of Ramadan no one else is doing it. It's not the norm. Be a stranger and do it for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said for to ballyhoura the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said glad tidings to the stranger. So becomes strange. I love your for the sake of Allah. Everything correct mentioned is from Allah subhanho wa Taala and he is perfect and any mistakes are from myself and she upon and I see Cava subhana wa tada forgiveness. We pray that Allah subhanahu attallah

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rewards us fully for the sitting rewards all those wholesale in wholesale, all those who are involved in making this event a reality. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to forgive our mistakes, to show us the sitting on the day of pm on our skills of good deeds. And ask Allah subhanho wa Taala together in gentlemen, in the same way that he has gathered us here today, I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala grants us a debt when is pleased with us, makes us inspirational people places us in the front runners and those rows that will be first in the agenda. I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala grants a shade and heat underneath his arm from the day of the AMA. And I pray that he

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consistently with the law Salalah alayhi wa sallam. Allahu taala Anam Subhana Allah will become the Panchen Lama handicare Mashallah ilaha illa and stokercon salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.