Seerah S01 E03 Part A – The Noble Grandfathers & King Abraha

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah who Allah AlLahi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira Elijah Medina My bad. I love malaria melon lemma and I'm a cancer animal Hakeem Allah. I live nearby and found out when

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My dear brothers and sisters in Islam as salaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. All praises belong to Allah subhanho wa Taala and peace and salutations be upon the final messenger, Muhammad Ali Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship besides one Allah, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is his final messenger. Brothers and sisters Welcome to part three of our series titled a blast from the past zero in the 21st century. Yesterday when in life happened, we ended our program discussing the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we discussed the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But

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as you recall, I was given a red card, because time was up. And we said that today we will complete

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that particular segment and move to the next segment that the segment after the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, which I want to share with you all is the story of the elephant the incident of the elephant. And

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I wanted to share with you

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the incident after that meaningful our series because this is, as we said the type of a Syrah right, we're not doing this methodical.

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traversing through this year, right. We didn't fit pasila we're just taking incidents from the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi, wasallam and trying to deduce lessons. So the next incident that I had for you all was the incident of the opening of the chest of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But so Han Allah, as I sat pondering over the story of, or the incident of the elephant,

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Allah inspired so many lessons subhanho wa Taala that I felt,

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just discussing this particular incident will suffice for this particular evening, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grantors Baraka in our time, in our health, and in our deeds, I mean, just ending of the discussion related to the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Yesterday we

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discuss the lineage up to the grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, called at night. And we heard so many

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names, names of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his grandfather's, there's a few grandfather's that come to light and shine because of certain incidents specific

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to their lives. from them is the grandfather called per se. For per se.

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He was the one who was known for the actual rally of the kurush, the actual rallying have the courage to take over the affairs of the Kaaba. So it was his vision, and his genius that instigated the parade coming together and taking over the affairs of the Kaaba, we know that the Quraysh were in charge of the caravan and the affairs of the Caribbean and, and the hedge and the pilgrims and so on and so forth. Right? We know this, you know, even from our study of the life of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, alayhi wasallam, after his death, or even after the advent of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, the Quraysh had influence surrounding the character and the well of Zamzam and the

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affairs of the character such as, such as the head. So this grandfather who say he was the one who started the spring, right? That's what we call it nowadays, isn't it the spring?

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So he's he rallied the parade and got them together

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and strategize the actual taking over of the Kaaba and its affairs. And, in fact, this particular grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was so respected by the Quraysh because of the leadership role, which he took, and how he strategize the

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Tire affair, and how excellent the execution was. He had such great respect amongst the courage, even those that came after would hear the stories of the grandfather to say that when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came to them with the message of Islam, they would say, resurrect for us cosine, because he was an honest chef, he was an honest man. And if he bears testimony to your Prophethood, then we will accept this was the kind of

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respect the police had for this particular

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person, or this particular grandfather. So they would say he was an honest man, they would say he was an honorable man. If you resurrect him and he best testimony to your witness, we will accept you as a prophet of Allah. Now, when he passed away, he left sons, he left four sons, actually, he left four sons, and the most honorable of them was another grandfather.

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That we discussed, when we discussed the grandfather's of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And that was abdomen, F minor, and abdomen, abdomen if he had a son,

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and the son's name was a sham, oh, he was known as he sham. And he was also another grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And this he Sham became famous because this huge this he Sham, or this grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was said to be the one who started the famous journeys in the summer, and the famous journeys in the winter, you know, the letter schita he was safe, as we read, in Surah, the electroporation Allah subhanho wa Taala talks about the famous caravans and the famous journey of the summer and the winter that the Quraysh had this

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grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he Sham who was called a sham. And we'll, we'll discuss why later,

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he was responsible for

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starting these famous journeys. Now,

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this person, even though he was known as he shall,

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his name was actually ama, his name was actually ama, but he became famously known as he shall, he became famously known as a sham. Why, because he was the one who was famously known for preparing or crushing the ingredients and preparing the famous Arab dish known as 13. For the pilgrims, for the pilgrims studied is a type is a meal which consists of stock

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chicken, or meat, meat rather, and bread, it's a it's a, it was considered an effluent dish. Right? If you were if you were given 13 then you are on it, you are on it, and he would do so for the pilgrims, he would do so for the pilgrims. So this concept of Hashanah yashima, this this process of crushing the ingredients and preparing the 30, the this this meal known as 30, that made him famous he known as as he made him famous, you know, known as he shall, also from the grandfather's of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And this is a famous grandfather that we must all know, is the grandfather called the Abdullah Abdullah McBurney. This was another grandfather of the

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Prophet sallallaahu Allah He was, and he was a famous grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Why because he took care of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam after his mother passed away, as we read many a time in the sphere of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Now, after look polyp, this particular grandfather, is said to have been brought up in Medina, is said to have been brought up in Medina. And he was the one responsible for digging the wall of Samsung, right the wall of Samsung became covered. And he was the one responsible for recovering it not

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40 covering this particular he recovered it. There's some stories in the Sierra Allah Subhana, who Allah knows best, the reality of the stories but they it states that he actually saw a dream

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several times, and the dream happened in different formations of a person telling him of different places and then this person going away and then finally, after a few nights of the dream, this person told him of a particular place near the Kaaba or a particular direction from the Kaaba, and this person stayed there and saw out the dream with him. So he actually woke up and went to this place and uncovered the well of Zamzam and actually took a great responsibility over it because he saw himself as the discoverer right?

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until it was said to him that look, you know, this is the property of the Kaaba and the Kaaba is handled by the parade. the affairs of the Kaaba is handled by the parade also give us some form of legitimacy to this well, and they had discussions about this, but this is not, or going into detail with regards to the story is not always beyond the scope of this particular classroom. But this is just some information for you to know this grandfather as well was the famous grandfather who took an oath and said, If Allah subhanho wa Taala gives me 10 sons, then I will sacrifice one of them. This tells you the nature of the courage, right for somebody to actually say, If Allah gives me 10

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sons, one son, I will, I will sacrifice right. So he was famous for this story as well. Now,

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no doubt this lineage is a noble lineage. This tribe is a noble tribe, it has respect. And we will come to see in the next story just how much respect this tribe had, right? And Allah subhanho wa Taala chose for his beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, this particular lineage, he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Allah Almighty chose ki Nana, and from the project from the progeny of izmi. Remember we said Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam yesterday we discussed that he goes back to Ibrahim alayhis salam via is married and in Salah. He says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Allah subhanho wa Taala chose kina from the progeny of his men, and chose Quraysh from kina and

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chose from Quraysh Banu Hashim and chose me from Bhanu Hashem, right? This is what he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and during our introduction, we discussed the hadith of Ibn Masaru Ravi Allahu Allah when he said Allah looked at the hearts of his servants, and he looked, he saw the best heart and that heart was the heart of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and then he looked at the hearts of, of his servants after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he took the best hearts and made those hearts the companions of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they made those hearts the ministers of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah subhanho wa Taala

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gathers with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions in gender. Now, what are the benefits when we study v lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam? Remember we said we taking incidents, and we discussing benefits? Why have we picked this particular topic? The topic pertaining to the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Well, my dear brothers and sisters, we have benefits from this study. The first benefit is to understand

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why the Quraysh never ever criticized his lineage. We know the Quraysh called him a plethora of names. They said he's a madman. They said he's a magician, right? And they call them so many names. But one thing they never ever, ever, ever criticized or tried to pollute. When they were trying to discredit Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was his lineage. Because this concept of lineage was something well respected by the koresh. And by the people of that time yesterday, we discussed how they respected blood, blood was important to them, right? They took revenge for the sake of blood, if you if you messed around with one person, the entire tribe was on your case, you know, how they

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when they talk about gangs, right? Right. So you mess with my brother, and the brothers will come? Right? So

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they valued lineage.

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And never mind that the grandfathers in the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam were prominent grandfather's, they were known for massive incidents. Right? They were considered Noble. And these people when they would talk to the young, they would mention to them these grandfather's. So if they were to criticize Rasulullah, sallAllahu wasallam his lineage this was a contradiction of themselves first and foremost. And this was an insult and oppression to those who they looked up to who had passed away. These grandfather's in the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So, Allah subhanho this was a mercy from Allah, the benefit we take from this is that Allah subhanho

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wa Taala as Massey was indeed divine, and His mercy is divine subhanho wa Taala that he he chose for him, he protected us Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by giving him this lineage also,

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by giving Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam this lineage, Allah subhanho wa Taala protected the Tao of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so nobody could get up and say that this person comes from, you know, a group or a tribe or a clan or a family that

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really doesn't have anything to be proud of. So he's come with the the hour and the proposition to try to bring attention to his name and his family's name. Right. So this was protecting the power of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So this is from the wisdoms and benefits that we get from learning from understanding, firstly,

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this lineage and a little bit about the grandfathers of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, obviously, out of our love for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we would want to find out his lineage. Remember we said in the first lesson, that when you love someone, you want to find out everything about them, everything, everything, it might not matter to somebody, but to you It matters why because you have this deep rooted love for this person. And we said that love for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is deed it's religion, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the no one truly believes. No one truly believes unless and until you love Rasulullah sallallahu

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alayhi wasallam more than your mother more than your father more than your grandmother more than your grandfather more than your cousins more than your children and so on and so forth. None of us truly believe so it's Dean to love him. And the reason why we sat here today is to show a manifestation, a manifestation of our love for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam because we want to learn more and more and more about him salallahu alayhi wasallam Allah subhanho wa Taala gathers with him in gentlemen. I mean, I mean and we can sit with him and tell him of the wonderful nights we spent in Ramadan in cold Melbourne, in the in the Medina Mashallah, right? We loved Medina so

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much we couldn't settle. We couldn't go to Medina but we we had a Masjid and we named it Medina. And we learned about you, oh prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, how amazing would that be? Would that be amazing? Make sure you tell him who came to teach you.

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When we when we discuss how noble the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was and how the Quraysh never ever attempted to criticize it. This becomes even clearer to us in the famous story of Abu sufian with the king, Hercules or heraclius.

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Right, because Abu sufian was asked about the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

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And Abu sufian was told that if you lie, then your companions have to

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what you and I would call today sell you out. Right? They have to sell you out. So they were they were they were in a very noble gathering. The the dignitaries of the Romans were in this gathering, and heraclius or Hercules was asking abou Sophia about this prophet, who is this prophet that we've heard about in Arabia? Tell us about him. Tell us about him. So he asked him.

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How is his lineage as you come from a noble lineage, Abu sufian could not lie. He said he does come from a noble lineage even though by day they were calling him names and by night they were calling him names, but but he could not lie in that circumstance. In fact, he says some of the books of the Sierra report him saying that had I not been worried of my companions, quote unquote, selling me out, I would have said he comes from a lineage which is not Noble. So you know, they should teach us something that no one would mess around with the with with the with the grandfather's of the Quraysh and the nobility, nobody would accept criticism, even though they were against Muhammad had Abu

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sufian said something against them. Abuse ruffians companions would have sold him out and said no, he has told the lie, they would have defended the grandfathers of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and defended the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So this is a great mercy upon Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in terms of this noble lineage that Allah subhanho wa Taala granted him this Dawa, which he came, which he which he came with my dear brothers and sisters, as we said in earlier setting, he was not inviting to himself, he was not calling to promote to the promotion of his name in society. He was not calling towards the promotion of his

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family's name in society. He was not teaching this message and propagating this message for material well being or financial standing. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Right. And no, was he even calling to himself sallallahu alayhi wa sallam even though he would say this is fine, he's a prophet of Allah. He is calling to them to his message. This is fine. No, he was calling to the Huck and when he became upset it wasn't because they they are rejecting me. It wasn't an ego issue. Like you and I, you know, we might be in a meeting when a team everyone's pitching ideas. Right? And we pitch our idea and it's not looked at what happens. What happens naturally to you, especially if you this

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extrovert character. You have

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When he goes to speak, what happens? Think Subhanallah they didn't take my idea they took his idea, right you become affected. You become affected Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when when we see in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala talking about the extreme sadness that he was showing. So that will have further unlike above here enough. saccharina hurry him. Right. Right. In Love You mean to be here that Heidi The Asafa Allah is saying, Are you going to cause yourself to become

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to become harmed to destruct because of the denial of this heavy of the message? Not because they reject you, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because they reject the hack. And this is much more noble our brothers and sisters, when you invite to the truth not to yourself, and you become upset not because you were rejected, not because the person didn't respect you and, and give due diligence to you to add to what you said because of you. Rather you become upset because you know what you saying is the hack. And this person has denied that you become upset because you wish so much goodness for the person that you inviting. And the fact that they're not accepting it of you, you

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know is going to be a means of the destruction you are upset because of that not because not because of them actually denying you this is this is more nobler, this is more nobler right. And this is what Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam would do. He would invite towards the hacksaw he was not inviting towards any worldly gain, especially no family gain, for he came from the most noblest of lineages sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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we also learn from this brothers and sisters a lesson and that lesson is prophecy is not hereditary. prophecy is not hereditary.

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prophecy is who Allah subhanho wa Taala chooses to give this responsibility to that's what we learn from this. Because look at the how many grandfathers before Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam we discussed many yesterday how many will profits none of them will profits? Right? Unless we go deeper all the way to is married it Salah. Right? So none of them were prophets. prophecy is who Allah subhanho wa Taala gives it to no one can come to the end came to be a prophet, because they come from a certain Firstly, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the seed of all prophets. There's nobody after him, right? But there there is a view of some people who made a mistake in the

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understanding of the Sharia. And they said prophecy can be given to a person based on his lineage based on how much he tries to be a prophet and so on and so forth. They gave different reasons we say no, this is a misunderstanding of the Sharia prophecies who Allah subhanho wa Taala chooses. And we know in the Hadith that we decided of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or from the hadith of of Ubud, muzzleloader the Allah when he said, Allah looked at the hearts of these servants, and he chose the best heart

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to be his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best. So that is the discussion brothers and sisters with regards to the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Then we move on to part two of tonight's lecture and that is the incident of the elephant's famous incident which we know about so famous that Allah subhanho wa Taala dedicated an entire surah in the Quran for this particular story. And again, this is evidence of how the sharing of values the study of history, the shared values, the study of history, why does How do we know that the sharing of values the study of history, because Allah subhanho wa Taala Firstly, as we

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said, at least that is hurrahs in the Quran has been named after historical events. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions many historical events within sutras. And also Allah subhanho wa Taala dedicates sutras

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to a particular event of the past, like the story of the incident, and this is that this story is relevant to our discussion, because Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was also born in this year. So what is the story of the elephant? What is this incident?

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What actually happened? Well, the event of the elephant was the biggest event of the year, such that

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it became or the year in which this event happened, became known as the year of the elephants. Everybody knew the year of the elephants and everybody knew why. That's how big this event was. You know, we have you know, at the end of the year, you see the news channels saying what was the biggest event of the year what would this year be?

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Don't for right, and then try and

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analyze the biggest breaking news. Right? The breaking news of that particular year was the incident of the elephants, such that the year also took on that name.

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And

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it occurred during the time of the prophets grandfather Abdullah, the one who discovered or recovered the will of samsa.

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And it happened in the year as we said, What also Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was born. Now to summarize this incident very quickly, so we can sit and take the lessons. What happened was the vice king of Habesha, the Vice king of Habesha, this dynasty, the civilization which was in Yemen. He became jealous of the Kaaba and the Hajj. And the fact that

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many people would gather Yanni at the Kaaba for the Hajj, and it will become the most amazing place for trade and transactions.

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So

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to answer his jealousy, he constructed a mighty church. He constructed a mighty church where, in Yemen, in Santa in Santa in Yemen, he constructed this mighty church and he called it police. He called it police.

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Now, what was his intention? Obviously, first, he was answering his jealousy, but his intention was to shift the the the caravans going to Makkah, and make them come to Yemen. If they came to Yemen, then most of the people would be there. It would be good for the economy. We know how it works, right? You got world trade expos, you got World Cups. Why are countries so interested in this? Right? Right now? There's a country in South America called Brazil.

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I know you all know it already.

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They're hosting a World Cup. Four years ago, it was in South Africa. Right? In South Africa, they hosted the World Cup.

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Why is it such an amazing event for countries with governments get involved and they they allocate billions of dollars for the construction of of airports, if needed, entire airports get constructed for this World Cup. Why? Because the World Cup is a mean, they could not love soccer, soccer could not mean anything for for all the president kids and all the government kids and all the cabinet kids. But it's a means of bringing

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Mashallah, share with us the joke.

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As long as you laughing at my jokes, it's okay. But if you laughing at your jokes, you have to tell us so we benefit as well.

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So the World Cup brings

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people from different nationalities, different backgrounds, different languages, and it brings them in large numbers. in large numbers. Perhaps no marketing branding advertising campaign could learn so many people have such diverse cultures and languages in one country in one particular month. And with the World Cup, they come for one purpose, which is football, right? So this was the idea this idea existed before here, this king is saying, look, I want to bring traffic here. Right? So I want to create the biggest building that people can come to. So this is what he did. Now.

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Someone from the children of Kenya, Anna, someone from the khoresh

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decided to do something about this. So he traveled all the way to Yemen. And sort of short journeys, like now you know, a hop

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and a skip, and they drop and you land somewhere.

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It wasn't like that. Then the journey from Mecca to Medina was a month or more.

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So imagine Yemen,

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Yemen is far away.

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This person decided to undertake this journey to go see this building called police. And when he got there, he went into it, and he stained the walls of this church with filth. This is what he did. He stained the walls of this church with food.

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Why? We discuss it when we discuss the benefits.

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So when this vice king of Habesha called What was his name abraha abre. When he found out he became infuriated, infuriated, so he immediately commanded that an army of 60,000 soldiers be put together 60 1000s

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Soldiers, and they take the biggest weapon that they have, which is an elephant which is not very, which was not known in the hijas region. And we're going to walk and destroy the cab.

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Human nature, the ego,

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right?

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retaliation. Look at the world today. Subhan Allah.

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May Allah is the face of our brothers and sisters, I mean

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Emiliano, so

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he put this army together and he began his journey. And this army was so big that anyone who saw it remembered it.

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And obviously it moved through many villages and many places to get to back. And when he reached Mecca, he traversed with his army until he reached the eastern parts of the heart of the eastern parts of the hero until he reached this particular point. He stopped, and he set up camp. Now, when he got to this place, there was the wealth of the parade there. And he absorbed this wealth from the wealth of the parade was 200 camels that belonged to someone who is considered a prominent figure, Abdulmutallab this grandfather of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, alayhi wasallam. So I

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decided to go and see abre.

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Now abraha, had heard a lot about Abdullah and heard a lot about many of the

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senior figures of the Quraysh. And why not they were in charge of the carpet, the affairs of the Kaaba, right. The Well of Zamzam so many people who came and were treated well, they were, you know, the place in Makkah, was was a hospitable,

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very hospitable environment that had people who are looking after them, right. And these people go back to Yemen and to other places, they talk about the house, the hospitality, the hospitality of, of the equation. So already Abra held up the loop in high regard. So he said, When Abdulmutallab went and entered into the presence of Abra, he stood up, he, he stood up

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and honored, Abdullah looked at him and spoke highly about absolute panic. And then, when absolute panic was given the platform to speak up to look at him, said, I have come to see you, because of my 200 camels, would you have usurped and absorbed and stolen

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so Abra said to him, Abra said to him,

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that when I saw you,

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or before I saw you, I held you in high regard. And when I saw you,

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the regard that I held you in became even higher.

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But when you spoke

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I lost all respect to halfway

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Subhanallah

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he came to ask for his camels.

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What's the problem?

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He said,

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I have come to destroy the Kaaba. And you have come

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to debate me with regards to your cabins.

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Who is your honor?

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The cabin is your dean is your religion. Its affairs is your way. Where's your honor? You are debased in my eyesight.

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So in response to this logic of the look Talib said famous words, famous words, which the books of history ring.

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Never forget these words. He said of the metallic to Abra that

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indeed this Carver has a has a lot in that little bait here in the little baby Robin save now, he said, Indeed this house has a lord who will protect it.

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As for the cameras I am the Lord of these cameras. I am the owner. I have come for that which I am in charge of. As for the Kaaba, it has a lot go protected who is in charge of it.