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Brothers and sisters I thankful to Allah, to have the great honor and privilege to be here with you at this wonderful camp.
This camp is as much for me as it is for you.
I'm very happy to be here with Sheikh Mohammed law. And my good friend, Professor, Abdul Hakim Jackson.
And also to see so many of you that have come to know over the years, I was shocked to see how many people how many of you are remember, most of you actually remember you. And so many of the brothers I remember some of my some of my good friends or my best friends around the world and Canada and the United States. So I want to say that I'm very happy to be here. And also to get an opportunity for me to learn, sit down into the sessions of my brother,
with the chairman, Professor Sherman and in Czech law in brother Pervez, and the rest of you run scissors in these two days.
Every one of my talks I'm going to focus on on one thing, I'm going to keep that
in front of you, though we speak about each particular topic. But there's one thing that I'm going to keep focusing on, and I'm going to talk in detail about it tomorrow, and that is striving towards excellence.
The first thing that I want to know, brother, Jackson,
I noticed something from the more I studied the Sharia, I noticed something.
It seems to me that it is inherent
in human beings, at least
to always compare themselves with someone else
is inherited. I can't help it.
I go step further.
It seems that this nature to compare
is even in other living things.
Paula manakala tested the
and when Allah acts, it bleeds Why didn't you bow down when I told you about and he said I'm I'm better than him. This comparison comparison that this Jin Jin made not what another Jin but this Jin made with a human being? Why is it all?
We ask people deema
Coca Cola cola any Allah tala moon. And when Allah said to the angels, these creatures of lights, I'm about to create an amoeba, these Angel started to compare themselves with the children of Adam, that we you want to make that which cause mischief in the earth and the shedding of blood while we we celebrate your praises, look how they compare themselves with human beings. Look how the jinn compare themselves with human beings.
Everyone knows that she was the favorite wife of the Prophet. Everybody knows that. When someone asks him a question, Who does he love the most?
Men are resolved men among men, a Buddha, among men her father, but yet, most beloved. And yet, Alicia, she said home words, see was more jealous of hoo
hoo. Khadija more than any of the wives of the Prophet even Khadija had died, but yet I couldn't help herself comparing herself everyone is always comparing themselves you can't help it. You know what's happening in Sydney, Australia right now.
Every four years,
people around the world come together to compete. Who's the best, who's the fastest who can play better basketball who can play who can swim the best. This nature of competition. It seems to be within us how many of you study Arabic Raise your hand. You know Arabic When you study Arabic, raise your hand.
We have an Arabic professor here.
You want to I'm telling you everywhere. I go.
I'm preaching that every Muslim has to study the Arabic language you must study the Arabic language you must study the Arabic language. If you leave this camp, at least with the desire to learn to study the Arabic language then you have taken a greater step to get closer to a loss of final offer, in my opinion, but there is an Arabic grammar what is called is more tough deal. It's more tough deal is the comparative or the superlative.
If you say
anaka de Roon.
I am big.
I am bigger than my brother
he is the biggest man Phil Medina in the city. This is comparative.
Now, I'd like to say what
I don't think that this group here of these 80 participants or so should look at yourself as just simple Muslims, you came to a retreat for two days and under law, you're going to get a little bit knowledge a little bit information. And stop at that. My opinion, I don't know what the professor Jackson is thinking. I have something else. I don't know professors thinking I have something else in my mind. Let me share what I have in my mind. I think that every one of you
should put in your heart that you want to be the best that you can be.
Now, assistance don't don't don't don't get angry at me. Okay, I'm gonna. I'm gonna talk brother language for just a moment.
This is gonna teach you a little bit about basketball. Would you mind? We can learn a little lesson from that. And I told her that already Really? Got an attitude. Please forgive me. I got an attitude. I came with my sneakers.
I'm serious. I'm mad. I'm mad. I'm gonna try to find me another camp.
You think I'm kidding, right? You watch.
I'm expected a basketball court. I bought my sneakers brothers are here. I want to show him. Brother from Philadelphia say I want to show you what happens when New York and Philadelphia get together.
I want to show you I want to show you but you won't let me because you refuse to have a basketball court.
portables and fix it up.
Now, I want to teach you sisters a little bit about basketball. Brothers, if you know what I'm talking about, raise your hand. How many?
How many brothers know what triple double is? a triple double
or triple double? You know, okay?
a triple double is in a basketball game. With three different times, you get a double. For instance, if you score 10 or more points, it's a double, not nine, not eight, but 10 or more 10 or more rebounds. 10 or more assists 10 or more blocks 10 or more steals. And so, if you study go back, there's a basketball player named Oscar Robinson, one of the best ever, you know, people use it's not your generation. But you know, the one year Oscar Robinson, he averaged a triple double.
Yeah, he's one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, Oscar Robinson. Now the reason I'm saying that brothers and sisters, what I expect from this group is for each one of you to look at yourself, and look at different aspects of your life, and always make an improvement upon one of them. For instance, my topic today about the heart. Spiritual today is about spiritual things this whole day is about spiritual things, inshallah.
But tomorrow, we're talking about mental things, if your strength isn't spiritual, but you have a weakness in the mental in the physical in the material, then work on that aspect of your deed to help you make the make up well rounded. What I expect from this group is a well rounded group and everything.
But the foundation has to be the spiritual.
Someone asks the question, how long will this build the building span? The answer is, how strong is the foundation. And what I want to speak about the next few moments is the foundation and I want to talk about your heart because that's the key. Number one says this and I'm telling you and Don't go Don't be going on sleep. I'm not playing that today. Just you have to because this group is is what two and a half days. That means two and a half days, you have to focus and concentrate even though it's one after the other after the other. But this is going to be one of the greatest moments of your life and sha Allah 1978 I was blessed to
Go to training program. Naperville Illinois a little bit longer than this program 40 days and we studied under shake Japheth adres Brother Mohammed could
be called brother big thick, Hussein Harmon It was great. Honestly, his, his mind was was great. We lived with them these teachers, we lived with them for 40 days. And after that we went to Mecca for four months and we lived with the same teachers for four months. And brothers and sisters, you cannot imagine the impact it had on my life, it changed my life completely. I'm hoping that this session here these two will have days is going to change your life if you want it to, to put you on another level that you never dreamed of inshallah, but this, these two and a half days is not the ending but the beginning. Hopefully, the speakers are going to push you in a way inshallah, that
you're going to take a great big leap inshallah.
you know, Francis is what's amazing to me. In this country, people spend billions of dollars on security.
Almost all of you when you leave your house you love to go.
Because you concerned about your valuables you don't want it to be stolen.
But yet the same people who are concerned about locking the door and their property, these people that anything, attack and destroy their hearts.
This country America spends billions of dollars surrounding its borders, to make sure enemies don't come in.
But every day, to the television set, through the internet, to the radio, to magazines, to newspapers, the enemies is coming, destroying this country in a way greater than any other army could do. And that is because the people don't watch over their hearts.
That the Jackson A few years ago, I remember I was watching the news. And I saw something very amazing. I saw a picture
in one quarter of Washington DC, there was a bird and every time the
human beings walked past this tree, the bird would attack it. And they were amazing, you know, and the bird would come in, it would swoop down and just annoy the people and the people would go away and they watched and the bird wouldn't bother you to come near the tree they found out that in the tree was the young
of the bird and so the bird was protecting its young and even to the effect of attacking a human being because if what they wanted to protect it's it's it's his new offspring numbering systems.
What about Johan?
What's the condition of your hand
there's a do add that the Prophet Mohammed delay so that was always made and remind me at the end of the talk I'm going to share this with you this application I think is very very critical, but let me take a few moments to talk about the hot what is the hot
if you look at linguistically what the hot is
called I wish we had a board or something you can write on some easels. Maybe but tomorrow
we are just
okay. I know for the next one inshallah.
But this word called
it's so important. If you look up the word caliber in the Arabic dictionary caliber means to turn,
turn, turn over the lava. The fifth form of caliber means something that's turned over. And the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam said it the heart and the hadiza He it is named. The only reason that is named Kob is because it turns over, it keeps turning over the nature of the heart is that it doesn't stay the same. It's always ready to receive influences in the changes. And this is why the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam said yeah mukalla bal kulu
that can be
O Allah, the turn of hearts, make my heart firm toward your do your religion. We're gonna run this ad this, this this
and we're going to say it over and over again inshallah.
Now, bronze This is
something that happened to me many years ago and it still affects me today. Still affects me today.
I was walking down Brooklyn Baptist times in one day, one of the brothers on the message
All of a sudden brothers
Look at that. Look at that.
And I look
why you tell me to look
you know we do sometimes we play games we say
look at that stuff look
because you don't know that when you take a look at that it affects your heart.
One of the things that we want to talk about today inshallah, we're going to learn how to protect our hearts because that was a text, a heart attack, our hearts come from our eyes, especially, and especially from our ears, eyes and our ears. What I want to talk about the next few moments is protection of the heart. The bronze This is one of the things that we have to learn students of knowledge is that every time you read something from Quran or Hadith, study every word because every word is a hint of something, some wisdom, when you get a chance, I want you to go to buying them before of Al Bukhari Hadith, in the beginning section of NBS, the prophets. Notice this Hadith, the
Prophet Muhammad Allah so that was an avid said that when I was in my house in Mecca,
the roof opened up.
Question number one, where was he?
in his house in what city? What opened up? Notice? He wasn't in Medina. He wasn't in New York. He wasn't in Houston. He was inactive.
What opened up not the front door, not the basement, not the window, but the roof. And the angel jabril came down. Who came down an angel? Yes, but not just any Angel, the Angel jabril Where did he come in? He came from the roof. Then he could open my heart My chest What did he cut open his head. Now his leg his foot now he cut open the chest and then he washed my heart with water from the water.
What kind of water did he use? Zoom Zoom.
This allows giving you a hint now something miraculous something big is about to happen. It came from the roof. Angel jabril came to the heart of Mohammed Salah lesson not to anybody, not any prophet but the Prophet Mohammed Salah. Then he washed his heart out not just with water not any kind of water what what up?
Then he took a tray of gold
and had in the gold the tray hikma wisdom and Eman faith and he put the mechanic what kind of trade was it? Was it silver? It was a gold trade. What was in the trade not ordinary stuff is wisdom.
Amen faith and put that in the profits hot and close the chest
and then he took him by the hand and took them up to gentlemen you know the rest of the Hadith inshallah, what is this to teach you?
Go to the forehand and see this revelation of Allah subhanho wa Taala did not go to the mind of the Prophet did not go to the brain of the Prophet with a goal.
In his heart, sort of revelation comes not to the brain, man. We're gonna talk about that tomorrow. But the revelation comes to the heart.
When a man came to the Prophet, the mason that was Solomon said, the law, the prophet said, you come to Acts about
you can't ask about righteousness. What did the Prophet say consult your
heart, not your mind, not your brain, but consult your heart, because
righteousness is that which makes the Soul Train who and the heart at peace.
And if moon sin makes the hard wave of
numbering systems go back to the height of the Qur'an.
And you will see a loss upon wealth or access do we not look at ourselves, women to want to do to survive it would have been a woman 11
Allah only created the heavens and earth and all in between it with truth. So that means by nature, human beings are inclined
To choose that's the nature in which Allah subhana wa COVID created us. Now brothers and sisters, be careful.
Be careful few things.
The pulumi him Maradona de la ob Matador in their hearts is a disease and Allah has increased the disease,
the disease in the heart It is not their eyes that are blind, but their hearts within their souls. All of these things brothers and sisters on laying the foundation that the heart is something very very significant. It is something that changes very very fast if we're not careful. Now inshallah Let me try to tie it up together
I don't know if you heard about what happened just a couple of days in New York City. I mean really major tragedy I think his name is john Taylor
this man who
robbed the windy
and kill shot seven people killed five of them
one of them was in critical condition on the bad condition.
Now when I heard about that, I'll be honest with you I was I was devastated I've never been affected so much in my life. When you read the details that what he did he came in
at night call for the manager
took the manager downstairs and told the manager the call the other workers downstairs closing time
he took one of them he took them systematically one by one tied their hands behind their backs, put a
tape on their on a mouth and then put a
sock on a bag a plastic bag on their head and put a 380 or 380 millimeter gun to the back of their head and systematically killed each shot each one of them
sue them why we live in one of them he woke up and he was unconscious he got an unconscious he woke up he called 911 and he fell out again please came and rescued him and the other person was in critical condition.
And I said my
god what? How in the world? Can someone do that? And I was so angry like it Beloved, I was angry I think I don't know about any of you who read it. Like I'm in the city. And I'm thinking about man I like to find this person really?
And you know what brothers and sisters what scares me that we live in a time right now that it seems that every day is getting worse? I think I heard about a young boy who shot the teacher killed the teacher just maybe yesterday it was in the private domain so that was the law more or less that there's gonna come a time when a personal committed murder wonder why he committed murder and the one who was murdered don't know why they murdered
we come into a time like that you know why? Because we live in a time where we have sick hearts
very sick hearts. Now my actual question I want you to be honest it's going to pay me to ask me what I'm gonna action now it's gonna it's very painful.
How many of you including Professor Jackson
who used to practice the deen
but are no longer practicing I used to pray no longer pray. If you know someone like that region if you know one region
because you don't know any law.
How do you know more than one?
You know what scares me?
What scares me? Is that could be any one of us.
No, not me. I'll be Muslim the rest of my life. Good. I'm glad you think that. Let's see what the Messenger of Allah said. Some of them are some of them. And we'll see.
Once this is I'm really concerned
about us Really?
You know why? I've seen over the years workers in Islam I mean people used to one camps.
There's a famous one now the brothers has told me used to be one of the most famous young youth workers in America. Now he has some kind of you
had some kind of
gay so for gay Muslims. Used to be good. No, he's a good Muslim. He's been well known Muslim. And now he's doing that this species won't Yeah, brother, well known well known for that.
And it's more and it's more like that.
What's gonna make sure
that we stay on this Deen is the protection of our heart. Brothers and sisters, let me tell you something.
I have not been to one country or one state or one city. The people don't ask me about music.
Everywhere I go every conference, we have dozens of questions. Well, what about music?
And I'm sure you've already ex Professor Jackson. If you haven't, you will, don't worry, they will.
What you know what
Brandon says is, I pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala that one of the things that can come from this group here
is a profound love of the end. I was here in Euston a few hours this right before I went to Australia. And remember, as I mentioned, about a young man named Harun took his Shahada.
And this young man named heroin was a
rap singer and a poet. He used to write songs he was very good at.
And four years ago, as a young man in his early 20s, someone played a disc of the Quran.
And he was so impressed with that core, and he never heard anything like that he became a Muslim on the spot. This is true. I met him in Jersey City recently, he became a Muslim, I didn't know one word of Arabic, but yet he was touched by the Quran, and it had a miraculous effect upon him. And it reminded me the first time I heard the Quran, I even have the tape, where I said, this is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard in my life, I have to learn that. That was in 1978, chick, Joshua trees decided to cut iron for us. And sitting there in that room, I listened to the Quran, and was moved by not known in Arabic.
Also, upon a water, let us know in the end,
that in the remembrance of Allah, the heart feels, frankly,
I want you to go sisters and brothers to any song you ever heard in your life. The best song that you've ever heard in your life, you will notice that that song is popular, will be on the charts, like number one for weeks. But notice, it never stays. That doesn't.
If they're lucky, three weeks, four weeks, five weeks. But then after that, the people they get tired of it. We heard it already. We don't want to hear it again. This is the nature of the songs of this world. It may make you feel good at the moment. But if you heard it over and over again, you get tired and you don't want to listen to it.
But you're too poor and you can hear the poor and all your life and you would never, ever, ever get tired of hearing the winners resigning in the right way.
Now and I finished with this.
The Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said,
For Lyla de la de la Vega I swear by Allah which there is no god other than Him
the Amalie an agenda.
Bella Bella Illa de la
for yes before la Kitab Ayala movie Emily nor for YOLO This is what I want to leave you with inshallah.
It may be that one of you spend their entire life and definitely you the people's agenda, no question about it.
Here's a man 90 years old. He spent his whole life praying five times a day, went to Mecca.
Hodge, he made salata fasting every day, all of the pillars of Islam he made, he got up in the middle of the night and read the Quran all the time, 90 years old.
And then something happens and he began to do the work of the people to hellfire. What would be the work of the people if they don't find this man would be so close to the head to the agenda that the primary cause of the Euro in the euro and maybe like a form a form? That mean he's just he's just there. He's right there. Now, let me stop for a moment. If any of you confident in this room right now that you are there any of you that confident right now that you bet that you're right that in general any of you that confident
is a man who according to the hobby is out
For sure he's that close. But then he began to do something other than that. He does the work of the people to help find. For
instance, the hellfire.
No one says, you know, that should make you feel like wait a minute, man. I can't ever get so proud or arrogant to think that I got a maid. I don't care how much I know but there's a chance that if I don't get myself together my program together that even though I spent my whole life in the dean, I could end in a wrong way and the Prophet said in the Menachem Alou before watin you do D shall be judged by your latest deeds now what could you do?
The D that can be done brothers and sisters in that late stage.
Leave the name
Go on to shark
and if you die insurance
what does all this have to do with the heart?
I want to help you help myself.
Every one of you
learn more holla llama holla to the Prophet said is inevitable.
will commit adultery.
Say it again.
lemma said the son of Adam every one of you must have some
of the commission of adultery. And then he said the adultery of the eyes
is the look.
Now bronze in our sisters. I'm gonna talk straight to the brothers now. Now but let's be real.
Okay, I did some of that stuff now. Let's be real. Okay. I did that right. Now let's let's be straight. How many? How many of you are on the campus? Go to college? Raise your hand.
Let me tell you what's happened to you right now brothers and tell me from off.
This time of the year.
The heat of the summer is the worst time for good Muslim man.
Jackson and Mr. Murphy.
Honestly the honesto laughing
Right to turn my head. I do. I work on it. I'm serious. I'm sorry. I'm serious. I couldn't believe the airport. I can't believe it. Every time you see a woman returned. I'm not going to look at another one. I'm not gonna look at another one. They're
everywhere the surrounding because they take off their clothing. And you are in man.
No, this is like a workshop man. It's not like
I never looked at hamdulillah
I look up in the sky all the time.
I don't think so. I think
I don't think so.
And I'm telling you I don't I hate it. I hate it. I hate it when women take off the clothing and then naked I really do but I hate it. I hate it.
There are times I lost my witness. I feel like even right now there are times I don't even I get I hate turn it on TV. Sometimes I'm some special one to watch some news. I heard about it. You know I turned but reluctantly I feel even this whole week. I didn't turn on one. I just hate it a lie. I hate it. Because there's so much evil on it so much evil on it. And brother I'm telling you if you keep looking, When will you stop looking when we lower your gaze, lowering your gaze and brought your modesty When will you do it? It seems easy here on the Muslims together you know and everybody is good you know buddy reminding each other but when you're alone by yourself driving in your car,
that's the test brother. That's the test when you home in your apartment by yourself and you got the TV on. That's the test.
That's the test
that's the real test and not is not trying to impress anybody here. I'm trying to get it so that when you leave here by yourself you're gonna be straighter and you're not gonna
Oh wives of the Prophet you're not like the other women It's okay if you fail
early so don't make your voice so sweet
amen brother beloved honestly actually last night I was at a program
it shocked me up he was a Muslim program
and they met they met well
it really meant was they had little children beside him the friend was nice that speakers It was nice they met well Muslims man.
then they put the system and
put the system in front of the brothers
to recite the code
it was nice but it was too nice. Long some serious you can't make your voice like that in front of men.
Why because a lot of said because he who got a disease in his heart is gonna be swayed by you made your intention is right. your intention is honorable.
You can you have to be careful that I'm saying the voice. Can women speak in front of men? Yes.
Can women speak to me? Yes.
But how much she speak how much she speak them in
first what she talks about
only what is right what is just what is fair?
What Allah subhana wa tada would have you talking about not talking about other things. This displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now what happens? I see, we see
a lot of us who say
and there's a lot of disease, people walking around calling themselves Muslims. And then she may mean Wow.
But because of there's a sickness and disease in the heart, then he's affected by it. He's moved by those sweet words. So therefore, you got to be very careful.
How many times man did you pick up the telephone?
put on hold some I put you on hold and in the background.
Singing and music. And you know what? You don't think that that's affecting you.
do an experiment.
Sing a popular song to somebody in the morning. Before the lights over there, start singing it.
That's the way it is. These beats. These musical beats have an effect on you. They have effect on your heart. And if you don't be careful, it's going to affect your heart and broken systems. This what I'm saying to you
if you want to guard yourself and save yourself and save your deen the way you save your deen is the save the best part of you.
In the best part of you is your heart. You know scares me
study the Quran, Benny Israel.
Children of Israel know what happened to them.
cassata is a concert.
Jackson, casa, main harden.
Casa kulu the hearts became hard. You know what happens when that happens? Then no matter what you say, is no effect. Because the hardest soul blind now is so dead. It can't be awoken.
Because it's diseased.
I close with this and ask myself the question What is the cure for this disease hot.
I was in Massachusetts in a school. They sent me a note mm Suraj. The policy or the philosophy of this school
is that we would rather build the fence on the top of the hill than have an ambulance on the bottom.
but what about the cure?
Allah the Prophet Muhammad Allah Azza wa sallam said, man's Allah, Allah, Allah and Allah Lucia. Allah has never sent
a sickness or disease without sending the cure. And there's a cure for the disease heart. Let me tell you that cure is very, very simple.
Is remembrance of Allah.
Allah Allah said,
cannot assume the lies of the Muslim youth Kula Allah kuliah
The Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam remember Allah in every occasion? Guess what? If you come to this camp for two days, inshallah, being around these Muslims, listening to these speakers definitely will have an effect on your heart for sure. Because we might do remembrance for definitely purify you to something to your heart. But the danger is, when you walk away from this camp, and you go back to business as usual, and you go back to the same things that you used to do before you came here, then all that good that you got from the camp would go away. I expect from this group
to be the best, the best individually, you ask yourself the question, what can I How can I improve myself from this camp look and focus on some area that you want to improve upon? And I'm telling you brothers and sisters, what will help you learning to read alpha n would definitely help you because the medicine is due for an either in say, translation of the Quran
as a quote, and believe me, it will have a profound effect on you. Insha Allah, Allah Rabbil aalameen we have how many minutes for questions and answers?
Okay, brothers, this this is your floor.
You can act or protest
one of the classic questions. What happens when you have a friend like that? stop praying?
What do you do to them? My recommendation sisters this. Try everything you can to bring them back. You know what I found out from playing basketball. If you study coaches, coaches, a good coach doesn't respond to all his players the same way.
We take Larry Bird for instance. There's one guy named
rookie, I think a second year, man.
No, not best other one.
Yeah, crochet, right. Yeah. People will tell you that he gets on him. he whips him. But he respects them. He respects his game. But he does that to bring the best out of them. But there's some people you can't do that to. Some people are so sensitive that when you criticize them, they're going to show you have to find out from your friend what works better with them sometimes direct approach, say Listen, you better get yourself together system, you're going down the wrong path. I'm afraid that if you continue to go that way, you're going to lose you're gonna lose your life. If that works, if it doesn't work with her, you can try several things. You can try getting a tape sending
her this tape. So this I I attended a conference in once you listen to this tape and some what you think about it. So this way, it is no argument there. Sometimes when you approach the person directly, you argue, but if you write a letter, send the tape, send a book and hope that they read it maybe something else will touch them. Sister, there's no guarantee there's nothing that I can give you. Or Mohammed nor Sheikh Mohammed No. Brother Jackson give you say, this is the formula. Do this. They're gonna come back. You can't get it. The point that we're trying to say is that who was a better guy than Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him was better than him?
Right? Yeah, he couldn't get his uncle. I will tell him to take Shahada
can get them so doesn't mean that you don't mean that the person got to come accept Islam. Who's a better die than prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam yet his son he couldn't get his son to follow him. So systems and you feel it you try to do everything you can invite them to everywhere you can nice, be strong, be sweet because whatever it takes you try different things and hope that it works.
music is fine.
Yeah, but what is Islamic music?
Yes, let me see if you say Islamic music dances I'm not I never said music was Haram. That's not my point. Because there's a lot of there's a lot of music that's halau and there's a lot of music that's Haram. Absolutely. Now the wisdom is to try to find out the both of them. Sure. Professor Jackson is going to tell you before he leaves inshallah.
Yes, but let me tell you some bronze. Let me tell you something, you know
I think about I think
the king I think about like him in some in some respect. Let me tell you what happened. How many of you heard a group called Tribe Called Quest?
Shoot it wasn't name this
was Come on. Come on. This is Muslim. He used to come to national taco a lot for gentlemen.
You know he came to me once the massage you know we got some some words from one of your footballs. We want to put it on an album.
Can Can Can we do it? I said, Yeah, no problem. And I was shocked when I went to Chicago, at least 100 Muslims came to Toronto
and never heard it before. Right? If
I heard you on it on this album rights are words was on this album. And then I went to Utah and gave a lecture at one of the universities in Utah.
I think was a Thursday night, a woman came to me. So last Wednesday, I took Shahada. I said, Oh man, that's great. Who gave the Shahada shooter
he came a week before, gave a concert. But in the concert he spoke for in the end and gave us Shahada. Sometimes you can be in something that's not idealistically the best, even pretty bad, but some good can come out of it. So there are some brothers in that world. I tried to encourage them brothers, that's not the best, the music industry is very, very corrupt. And you have to have a very strong heart to be in that industry not be affected, you have to be very strong, surrounded by drunk surrounded by women surrounded by men, a lots of money, opulence and all of these things. So you have to have a very, very, very, very, very, extremely strong heart. So my recommendation to the
brothers don't get into the industry. But if you're gonna sing Islamic songs, that's good. I'm telling you, I'm of the opinion that Muslims need culture. We need good wholesome culture. And our scholars have to show us the difference of what's allowed. What's Haram. Yusuf Islam remember him Cat Stevens, you years ago had a talk, if you don't know this, beloved, I had a talk with him.
And he was giving up this thing. And I said, I don't think you should be what you're saying, brother. I think you should sing for Allah. You Allah bless you with a beautiful voice. I think you should use that voice book in a good way in an encouraging way. He's done it. In fact, if you look at him now, man, he's but he's got several disks out there. Very, very good. My children have some of the songs that alphabet song almost all the children I know they have this alphabets as a law of the universe. You know, obviously, I
so I'm saying our wisdom is trying to find, help us find the transition
from those things that are absolutely around how to make the transition. And this is where I think the scholars have to come today, not just not only
but to help them make the transition so that they can come and do what's hot because we need in my opinion, we need some entertainment. That's why we said Islamic music, Islamic music as hell, but some people think that what they're doing Islamic music, it may not be i was i was reading a magazine just the other day you know, and they said you know halau entertainment, but it wasn't entertainment. It don't become allowed because you say it's allowed. It becomes allowed by the rules of Sharia.
One more inshallah.
When is what?
When is it gonna be built? When you give me a $2 million check?
Actually, one says we still about five is the project costs about $6 million. We have been good commitments $1.5 million only. And there's a lot of money. I'm hoping I was hoping that within a year and a half that we make groundbreaking
stuff ceremony inshallah. I'm still going to try it. I'm still going to try my best. You see what happens we have these big events. You think people are going to come in and bring on his money, it doesn't happen. So make dua for us. Hopefully a year and a half you'll be able to break the ground, inshallah.