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Changing Narrative About Islam – ICNA-MAS Convention

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Siraj Wahhaj

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Oh,

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this neuron manda Rahim Al Hamdulillah

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sugar Wanda La la la who were the hula shriek Allah

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or shadow, Mohammed Abdul hora, Salama bar.

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Brothers and sisters, every one of you.

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I am thankful to allow the almighty to have the privilege

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to address you tonight for just a few minutes.

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Everyone is asking the question

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what will be the future of Muslims in America?

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Answer

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What do you want it to be?

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What do you want the future of America to be and and what are you prepared to do to make it the way you want it to be?

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know who you are.

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You're Muslim.

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You are a follower of Mohammed sallallahu sallam.

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You're a human being.

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You're special.

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I remember

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a few months ago.

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I'm in the airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

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And I'm going through security.

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And as I'm walking through security, I noticed there was a security man with a dog. And the dog was smelling everybody.

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It even smelled me.

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And he's going around. And I'm watching.

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And it came across.

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And Africa African American man.

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And that dog responded

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as if it smelled something

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animal smelling and it was making noise. And I know that he found something.

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It was a white security guard.

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And therefore when the dog did that, I took out my social media.

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I'm gonna check this out.

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And I'm waiting for the security men to come out and beat down that man and waiting and I'm got my I got my phone ready.

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And as I'm watching the man,

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he started laughing.

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And then he got on line and he walked away.

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And I knew what happened.

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Every once in a while they put a plant

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to make sure that the dog is aware and active.

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And when I think about that,

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I think about what Allah said in court an old ob lay him in a shade on the regime, alarmed and Allah Sahar Allah

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subhana wa T one mouthfeel all?

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Don't you see, that Allah has subjected for you everything in the heavens and the earth? Do you know that dogs have a sense of smelling? over 100 million times more than human beings? This is the gift that Allah has given to man.

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My question is, what will be the future of America? Han? What do you want to do? b b and what are you going to do to do about it? What are you going to do?

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So brothers and sisters, I want us to take a moment to take a look at ourselves and who we are.

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Who are we?

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Can I be honest with you tonight?

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Can I be gonna be honest with you tonight?

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Last Sunday

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I'm hearing the news

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at a church

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and Egypt

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was blown up

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while people were worshipping

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and I cried.

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I cried for two reasons.

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Number one, I cried because they were human beings. They're worshipping God as they believed

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the God that they believe

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lived in,

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made me cry that they would lose their lives to such violent means.

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And then I cried

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because people who did it claimed to be Muslim.

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Now I am like the most of you. I am not a scholar of Islam. Shaykh Abdul Rahman Khan. You heard him earlier. He's a scholar Shaykh yasir Qadhi, you're gonna hear him a little while. He's a scholar in Islam. I'm just a regular guy. I'm just like you. I walked the streets just like you. And you know what? I feel the same way you feel I talked to you. I listened to you. And you know what you're saying? No way.

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A Muslim did that. No way a Muslim did that. No way. A Muslim did that. And you know, you are so sincere and and you know, you're so pure

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and so naive

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that you think that a Muslim couldn't do it?

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I quote my mother.

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She told me son,

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people

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are people.

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Is it possible that Muslims did it? Yes. Why?

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Because 1400 years ago,

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when the Ali Raja Lauren was Khalifa.

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We had a group. They're known as kawada ish.

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These were Muslim extremist who fought against other Muslims who killed Muslims. Monday I'm reading the newspaper. Christians butchered and slotted in Egypt.

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Frontline paid every newspaper Christian slotted

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fact of the matter is every day Muslims are slaughtered and you never see a side Muslim slaughtered.

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Why is it?

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Why is it the standard that we want to rise the people against the Muslims, but when Muslims are slaughtered, nobody's saying anything. Muslims are slow to slaughter in, in messages across the world. And every once in a while. You look at CNN and you see a little scroll gone by Muslims killed in Masjid.

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So the question is, what are we going to do about it?

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Two things. I have two things to say. And I'm saving a couple of minutes and then I'm finish.

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What is our response?

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Some of you are saying that Oh, man, I'm getting out of here. You know, when? When the Trump was running for president?

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In the very beginning, we have a joke. So yeah, yeah. You know, Trump become president. I'm getting my passport and I'm getting out of the country. And we were joking.

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And when he became president, we said, Oh,

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an email. I'm a friend of mine from Pakistan.

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to Brooklyn, Masjid Mecca, Jimmy

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told me with tears in his eyes. He said he ma'am. 1/3 of my jamaah left and went to either Canada or Pakistan.

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In this was before the present administration.

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Muslims are fleeing. Muslims are leaving America.

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I'm not telling you not to leave.

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I'm telling you. I'm not leaving.

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They is.

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They is

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where I live.

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There's a Korean store that I go there every week to get one newspaper. Can't get that newspaper anywhere else.

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Whenever they see me coming to get the newspaper and they give it to me, been going there for years Korean store owned by Koreans, workers, Koreans.

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One day I go to the store to get my newspaper. And the workers said to me for the first time she spoke to me she said, Where are you from?

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I said I'm from the United States America. She should No no, no will will you really firm?

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I said America

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when your parents from America.

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She said what your dress your clothing. I said oh, I'm a Muslim. She said Ah terrorism.

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She was joking.

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But still, it showed a mindset

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What are we going to do?

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Um

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recommending to all of you don't go back home. This is your home. Stay here and fight. How do you fight?

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How do you fight?

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I said, Yeah, yes, he is a scholar.

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But we have Muslims in our ring. So real heroes.

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Can I tell you a real hero in our ranks?

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A Muslim sister named Linda sarsour. She's a hero.

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She's teaching us how to fight back. I watched her in freezer alley in New York City when they were demonstrating and they were arrested. And I was proud of them when they were being arrested, taken to jail because they were fighting. The people in this country America. They know how to fight back. They know how to organize. And Linda was part of a group of organizing women all over the world. She did it. She's one of us. She's one of us. And she's an activist. Almost Sulaiman is an activist. They know how to fight back. They wandered away being eaten they're not eating no rabid meat. You know that mean? Later on explain what rabbit meat is. We from Brooklyn Linden. Me we from Brooklyn.

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Welcome. No need no rabid me, Brooklyn know how to fight back. So therefore, you and I have to learn you say you know what, understand how the system works. All these republicans, you know, dhaba we're gonna replace, we're gonna repel Obamacare. And the people in that district that got together

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and had these town house meetings. And when those Republican leaders, congressmen stood up, the people told them what they wanted, and some of them changed their mind. They didn't change their mind because they changed spiritually. But they change their mind because the people made them change their mind. These are people that Americans and understand how to fight back. And Muslims have to learn how to fight back.

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When going nowhere, when going nowhere. So one thing, the last thing I want to say and then I'm going to finish.

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Understand how the system works.

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Understand it. And once you understand how the system works, you use it for the good not only of yourself, but the good of rest of America like the African Americans did. We got to fight back. Number two, number two.

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Number two,

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we must do what the prophet said la salat wa salam.

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Also,

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also rikako volumen Alma lumen help your brother if he is oppressed or an oppressor and how you help him with his own presses stopping from his oppression. Muslims have to get out of the point.

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To think that we can condemn other Muslims. We will condemn other Muslims if other Muslims are wrong, whoever they are. We don't care, because it's about Alon His Messenger. It's about following the Quran and the Sunnah. And I'll tell you why. I'll give you something that happened 1400 years ago, I want you to think about as I conclude,

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the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him.

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sent an expedition out

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in put a man among the answer as the leader

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in told them to obey Him and to follow him.

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And he went out

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on an expedition,

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a Muslim, who the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them, told them to follow him. He's a Muslim, he got angry at them. And he asked them he invoked the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. He asked them, did the Prophet say obey me? They said, Yes. He said, order you to build a fire.

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So they built a fire.

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And then he said, I order you to go into the fire.

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And they were looking at one another.

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And they looked at the fire,

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some of them considered to go into the fire.

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One of them said that we follow the prophet to avoid the fire not to go into the fire. So the fire went out.

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And the anger of this man this end sword went away.

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And they came back to the prophet and told him what happened. And let me tell you what the prophet said peace and blessings be upon him. I give you three narrations one narration is

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loud dokolo mahalo ju minha

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in the Tata filma roof,

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had they gone in that fire? They would not have come out because obedience is only toward what is right my room.

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what's known?

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Second

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lo doc Aloo Mahara ju minha haka Yama, Yama in the metadata filma roof, had they gone into that file they would not have come out until the day of judgment because obedience is only toward that which is right. And the third one is the scariest of the more

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loud Dr. Lu, Mahara ju minha

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aberdare

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in the metro autofill maruf.

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Had they gone in that fire, they never would have come out? Because obedience is only toward that which is right. What am I saying?

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There are people in the name of Islam are doing things that are so outrageous.

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I don't have to look to the Quran and see if it's okay to get in a car or truck and run over people. My fitrah my very nature tells me that this isn't right to do

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it Muslims must speak out against every kind of atrocity exists. But not only when Muslims do it. We have to be strong enough that even our country our leaders are saying something that's wrong. We have to stand up against it and we are against that anyone who does any injustice everywhere Muslim speak out against it. So now

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now

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in my opinion, this is my opinion Don't get mad.

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I have supported every Muslim organization in America.

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I love them. Islamic Society of North America. I loved them care. I love them. Muslim legal fund loved them. Mass love them, man. I loved them. Muna loved them.

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My opinion that that organization that does the most is Aigner. Islamic circle of North America.

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I say this without prejudice.

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I say this without prejudice.

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If you want to fight back in a real practical way, support all your organizations. I need your help. I see my daughter who just sitting there.

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I need your help.

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Somewhere in this audience. I think my wife is siswati Is she an audience?

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If anyone is named my wife, what do you please raise your hand. Let me see where she's is.

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You see anybody? Where? Where? Can she stand up? Please?

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Where are you? Honey?

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Come up.

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Come on up.

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Yeah, come on up.

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She's saying what in the heck is this man doing?

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And this is unrehearsed.

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Yeah. Come on up.

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Yeah, come on up.

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Come right this way.

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By the way, she's a very private person. This is killing her right now.

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This way,

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what a wonderful woman.

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Now let me tell you

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let me tell you why.

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Let me tell you why I brought her up here. Two weeks ago.

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I was getting dressed Saturday.

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She said to me, what are you doing now?

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I said I'm going to

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it ignore. Ignore relief

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in Manhattan.

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In the Marriott Hotel, she said What is it? What is it for? Why are you raising money?

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I said a woman shelter.

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And she said here is a check she want me to check was $1,000 I didn't give her no sermons. I know how they add an X for it. She just gave me a check.

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The reason she's here

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Today, I'm gonna do something I never did before. I want you to have mercy on me right?

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She is a contributor, a regular contributor to Aigner.

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What I'm going to give him a mic

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whatever. She makes a commitment for Aigner.

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I'm gonna make the same commitment and add $1

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I have no idea what she's gonna say.

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Have mercy on me right?

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Felt like um

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Masha Allah I'd like to contribute $2,000 Masha Allah Thank you so much.

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By the way, she already gave $2,000 at the luncheon

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so that's 2000 2000 for me that's 2002 1001 balance for me 2004 $1,001

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to me

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I want to bring another person

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his brother altman

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Where are you? often come?

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You don't even know why you clapping Why are you clapping? Why are you Why are you clapping?

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I'll tell you something about this man who who he is

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one of the most beloved brothers to me.

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Who is

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how many of you

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have been to your communities? Raise your hand. How many Raise your hand. I've been to your community booth. My look and look around. Look at it. Right.

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You know why I'm able to do this. And travel. This is my assistant.

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Open up the car there. This is the one who hold it down. This is the one hold it down for me. Every weekend, every weekend in another city. another country is this man who hold the masjid down. I love him. And without him I couldn't do what I do. This kind of people that we have.

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Now. I'm asking him a question. He's inaya he's assistant and basically the people will accept me and him. I'm gonna give him the mic. And I want him to tell me how much does he recommend that the measure the taco mores for? ignem gone. This is not rehearsed. He may say like, you know, $1 I have no idea but I'm gonna give him the mic.

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Five sell this $5

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Thank you so much.

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Thank you. Thank you so much. from Sudan of man. Behold Ruth man