The Happiness Solution

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A decade ago, a sister came in my office.

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And she asked me a question.

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She says, ma'am,

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do I have the right?

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To be happy?

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She was telling me about the difficulty in her life.

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And now,

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over a decade later,

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I like to answer her.

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Do I have the right?

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To be happy.

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All of the speakers tonight

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have said the same thing.

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I like to just give

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a little

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more.

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I want to go back to the beginning.

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I want to go back to your creation.

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And yours.

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And yours, and yours.

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And mine.

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And yours.

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When we were in the wombs of our mother,

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Allah sent an angel

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and told the angel to write for things.

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The back alley meant

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the sustenance

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the jobs that we have the money that we make the houses that we have.

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It was written then

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nothing yesterday, not when you graduated from school, not when you first got that job, but it was written right there in the wings of your mother.

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The work that we would do

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and how long we would live.

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And then the Lord told the angel to write this word or that word saved on

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Shaku

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either we will be happy

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or miserable.

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All that we do,

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must come down to this issue. Nothing else.

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I don't care how much money you have. How happy you think you are on this earth now. But the reality is all boils down to this. You're gonna be shocked. You're gonna be miserable. Are you gonna be saved? You're gonna be happy.

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I want to

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quoted verse from the Quran

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that sheds light

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on this world right now.

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We must begin in gender. We must.

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And Allah will never change the condition of a people until they first change what is within themselves. We must begin right you must begin agenda we must begin as always, we must begin right and somewhere along the line.

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We change because we disobey Allah

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will be

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on your regime.

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Yeah, Adam

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in the head laka all said the same thing.

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Holy cow Gk

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and listen to the next word. And Allah. His wisdom is so perfect.

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For last

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minute agenda for tax protests call.

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This shaytan is your enemy for you and your wife. So don't let him keep you out of the agenda. Because when he does that, you're going to be miserable.

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And then he says

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nanaka Allah, did you see her?

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in it? You will have no hunger

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or nakedness. Let's stop there.

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Let's stop there.

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I'm asked you a question, do we have hunger in the world?

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Millions of people die every day, because they can't even find bread and water to drink bread to eat and water millions of people a day everyday on this earth. Why? Because that is the nature of this world. Right now. The nature of the dunya right now.

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nakedness when the color

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when I took her

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in this gender, you're already there. You have what you want. You can drink water, you can drink food, everything. You're not going to be naked, you're going to have gold and silver.

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But in this world, do we have people thirsty?

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All the time. You know why?

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That's the nature of this world. Do I have a right to beat?

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Do I have the right to be happy?

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So 132 years ago, the author of the Declaration of Independence said this.

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We hold these truths

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to be self evident,

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that all men are created equal.

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That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life,

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liberty and

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the pursuit of happiness.

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And he didn't name happiness. You know why?

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Because you can't do it.

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One man said

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a woman named Mary.

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No man chooses evil.

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Because it is evil.

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He only mistakes it for happiness.

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We him hasn't said

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how little security have we,

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when we trust our happiness in the hands of others. And finally, Eric Hoffer said the search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

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running after something, thinking that you're going to get happiness because you get something in your head, you will never get happiness. My thesis tonight

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is that the only real happiness

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is the happiness from Allah subhanho wa Taala. I want to take a moment to look at our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam.

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How can you find true happiness in this dunya?

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When those whom you love will depart

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after our ex Prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon them a question

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and I would like to ask the same question tonight that he asked

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his son Abraham, about the law and

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was at the point of death.

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I want you to imagine holding your little baby

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and the Prophet began to cry.

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After Amanda banal said,

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Well enter

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your Rasulullah

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you

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you pray,

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our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him said in

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here Rockman is mercy.

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And then he said,

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the eyes may cry,

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and the heart may feel sad.

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But we never say except that which pleases our Lord.

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Brothers and sisters, you know what? The only glimpse of happiness in this world

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Shikari, we were together a few months ago

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and I mentioned about my daughter soprano that she was getting married. Law bless her she got married two weeks ago.

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A man named Luqman and right

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Now, then,

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on their honeymoon,

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you know, the honeymoon is

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you know why they call it honeymoon.

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It's from the French.

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Me means month.

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And the French said that when you get married the sweetest times the first month

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glimpses of happiness

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how often we belong honeymoons

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the great love between the husband and the wife.

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How can you be happy when somebody's been married 30 years and all of a sudden, one day, the husband said, I don't want to be married to you anymore.

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Or the wife says, I want to get a divorce. I'm not happy.

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How often?

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How often do we have people? Come visit Nestor to talk but one block? south of our Masjid a homeless shelter. 1000 homeless men?

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How could you find happiness here? With those whom you love been married for years and then someone dies?

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How can you get happy? How can you be happy

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when our senior citizens who have been retired for years

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have to go back to work

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because of the economy right now.

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How are you gonna be happy? We had a janessa this morning. One of our brothers. His baby died a few days ago. How could you have happiness here? Alzheimer's disease and sicknesses and all of that millions of people visit in the emergency rooms and in hospital, emergency rooms and hospitals every day.

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How can you be happy here?

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So brothers and sisters, I'll leave you with this thought.

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I want to mention a woman

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that probably you've never heard of before.

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Because I want us to walk out of here

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this conference

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with something that's going to affect us so that we have the right attitude.

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January 26 1972.

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There was an airline 33,000 feet in the sky

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that was blown up by a bomb.

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Everyone on the plane died except one woman.

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Her name desna bulafit

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33,000 feet in the sky.

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Let me give you some perspective.

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Remember the World Trade Center

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and you remember people jumping off

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of the of the building and dying

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the distance 1368 feet

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tell me how

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a bomb explodes

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33,000 feet in the sky.

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And the plane blows up.

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And a woman 22 years old survives

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because she wasn't part of the plane in the plane when it hit the mountain. It had some snow and she's alive. And she's alive today to talk about it.

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And you know what they say?

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She cheated death

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row words.

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It was because alarm wrote telling the national anthem outta the left, he tells him

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No. So 10 died, except by the permission of Allah. It is already written in a book. It was written before we were born. So if a Muslim knows that nobody can die except by the permission of Allah when your daughter died when your son died when your wife died when your husband died when your grandmother died when your best friend died when you

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email back when the scholar dies, you said it is the will of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa June,

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it is, it is the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And once we understand that

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now we can accept death. We can accept this.

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whenever it comes,

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I read the core animate sooner. I have never found anywhere that suggests

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that Allah will guarantee us happiness in this world. When you look at our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. His father died before he was born. His mother died when he was six years old. His grandfather took over he died.

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He died, his wife Khadija she died, Daughters of the Prophet they die.

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Now what are we gonna do? When we have some misfortune in this life? Are we going to leave Islam? Are we going to believe in the morning and disbelief in the night? Are we gonna believe at night in disbelief in the morning?

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No, the reality is what the prophet said in my conclusion.

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Allahumma Ayesha Illa.

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Allah there is no life except the life of the hereafter.

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Brothers and sisters.

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Our key is how we view this life. For me, it us, according to one scholar, Shaykh jamala, was reading your book. And you mentioned in this Hadith, that one scholar he wrote, that when Allah told the angel to write, so he shocky, all of us one word, or the one or the other. And brothers and sisters, we should want to know in sha Allah, that you're meeting Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala into us in to our agenda. And by the way,

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by the way,

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there was a survey taken

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by some social scientists,

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and they asked the question, which country is the happiest country?

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Who do you think they put number one

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then what?

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And what was the last one least happy Zimbabwe

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and which is the richest nation on earth?

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nine states and what plays well there in

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60,

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so far the law. So when sisters I,

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I conclude

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with this issue,

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sometimes

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it is not our condition.

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But how we view our condition.

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Sometimes it looked very difficult for us and very dark for us. Until we translate, understand and interpret. I conclude with this.

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Our Prophet, Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. He

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left his wife, Hagar

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and his son in the desert.

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And he went away.

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And as he was walking away, Hagar asks, Abraham, where are you going?

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Where are you going? Are you going to leave us in this valley?

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He keeps on walking.

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And then she asks the question, have you been ordered by a law to do this? He said yes. So she said, a law would not desert us.

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And then a son grows up. He gets married. His father's not there.

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One day he goes away

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to work. Even Himalayas to LACMA Salaam comes to visit

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asks a few question.

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How is your condition? She goes on to complain It is very bad, it's very miserable.

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Prophet Abraham said that when your husband come give him slums and tell him to change the threshold of his gate.

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He goes away. The smile comes. He feels something did you get a visit? Yes, a man came. And he told me to say to you assalamu Aleikum and change the threshold of his gate he said, woman that was my father. And you are the threshold of my gate.

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And he told me to divorce you go home.

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Then he married another woman.

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Prophet Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam came to visit her when her husband his smile was gone.

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How was your condition divided and from there Alhamdulillah is good.

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Abraham Elisa that by Salaam said, Give your husband Salaam and tell him to keep strong, the threshold of his gate.

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And when Ishmael came home,

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she said to him that your man's man had come to see you.

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And he said, Give you salons and say keep firm the threshold of your gate, he said, You are the threshold of my gate. And that was my father. He said that I should remain married to you. So women,

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same condition, different outlook. Our condition here in this country is great when we serve Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when we serve Allah no matter what happens to us, Allahu Akbar

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because we want to be studied by yo pm. And we want to go to gentlemen, Allah bless you brothers and sisters and bless this conference that we will take from it and take it into our lives and help us to be on those who will go the agenda. I mean, as salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah