Islamic Awareness Week at Howard University

Siraj Wahhaj


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Imam Siraj Wahhaj at Howard University 04-15-2016

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I want to start this foot bar with $1. The profit made a laser that was Allahumma in the

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legend, over LASIK represent you for knowledge doesn't benefit. And I found out that you are like long football. This is what we hear. I will do this. I'm like a short football man. And then get off inshallah. So if you're looking for this long, long clip of what they gave me, I want to do with the song. But I do pray that what we want to have today is going to be beneficial to all of us. So I remember, there was a young man from this area of Washington DC. Every time I came to do a program in Washington, DC, him and his friends would come and they see me. And after every program, they will techniques or restaurant and we will stay we will talk this brother. He moved from Washington

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DC to California,

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recently came back to Sydney in New York City. He said Imam Suraj I want to be brutally honest with you. He said, I hate gone Juma prayer, I hate he said Why? He said the man because it's not relevant.

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I don't feel like the football is relevant. I feel like I waste my time.

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So therefore one of my supplications today that we don't waste your time

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that every one of us here need something. And I don't know a lot of those. Therefore I'm asking Allah to give to me what you need?

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And a lot of answers out there are former bukem only on your last call upon me, I will answer. If I answered that, then every one of us who sitting here even the land themselves, including myself, inshallah we get something from this book, inshallah.

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I was asked to talk about the responsibility of the Muslims

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in Howard University.

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So I'm going to deal with that slightly.

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But two things I'm going to focus on. Number one, I'm going to focus on you.

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What you have to do for yourself your responsibility for yourself. And then number two, the responsibility to others. This is the main topic pachala. I want to first say what the prophet said are late.

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And moving on, are we human heileman waha booty Lola Minnie Minnie diether was the cooling higher.

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A strong believer is better

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and more love Allah than a weak believer, though, there is good in all.

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So even the weak Muslim, and immigrants have to be aware that this is the way this is our culture. This is the reality which you live in every Muslim in on the highest level.

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And know that the Prophet thinking northern a lot of things, he knew that. So therefore, I'm going to try to give a foot bar taking into consideration the great disparity of Muslims and the level of argument.

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First ourselves

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I've had so many conversations like this, you as a Muslim?

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Are you Muslim?

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Hollywood, they deny some now even deny that

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if you ask them the question, do you make Salah?

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You fast them Ramadan? No.

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You can't tell them that they're not Muslim.

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I give you a long history of of people call themselves Muslims. And they don't even do the basics. I just remember I was in Oslo, Norway. Two weeks ago.

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I found out for the first time in the history of Norway.

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There are more atheists and Christians

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39% of the people in Norway are atheists

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and 37% of Christians and a small muscle

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in France.

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Did you know that 64% of the people in France consider themselves Roman Catholic 64% has 41 million people in France consider themselves Roman Catholic. Interesting. But the thing that you should know is that only 4% of them

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Roman Catholic.

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If you study the way this thing is going,

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we have a major problem.

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I spoke to a Muslim the other day was in my office from the immigrant

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had been on drugs.

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And it's only a matter I want to do something I want, I want to get back to the community. So we've been talking to introduce them to another brother. And he started telling me about the Muslims in Detroit. I have no way of verifying, john. But he said to me, mmm, in Detroit, more Muslims are arrested than non Muslims.

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He gave me a long list of his friends died of overdose. That overdose

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told me about the situation of Muslims around the country and the Muslims, how leaving the fold of Islam. So the first thing I want, I want to focus on is also cool and wacky come nevertheless to save yourselves first, and your family from five? No.

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Give me something background information there are properties of Man came to the prophet who want to learn about Islam, and the promise of some sort of life.

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This was what the man said, How did I lay your

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So the man said is that is there more than these five prayers?

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He said no. Except what is extra?

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And then the practice said this in the month of Ramadan, Allah

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is anything more than this Ramadan anything more than those fasting Ramadan? He said no, except for this extra. And then the Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said

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Holla Holla.

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Is the more than that? It says no, except what is extra. Then the man turned around and walked away. He said, One la de la de Do I have to sue miracle. I swear by law, I'm not going to decrease it. Or add to it.

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In South Africa, the prophet said he will be successful if he's telling the truth.

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You all bear witness five times a day, right?

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Consider this I hope that someone here knows mathematics. And you have to help me and those gentlemen you can't talk. But you have to indicate to me right?

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Here's the Prophet peace and blessing the fundamentalism to By the way, Prophet Muhammad peace.

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I love them more than any combination of human beings ever combined. alone. So much of what love I love you man.

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But the man I'm sorry, I love the Prophet one. I love you.

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He goes

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he goes to the heavens and Allah gives him the commandment of Salah. You all know

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how many prayers Allah commanded.

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Listen to the words of the Prophet have a search for just to be danika hachimura to Alamosa.

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And I returned with it until I met most notice this is step 150. A lot total and you know, traffic.

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who's acid?

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Water you visit 50 prayers for just in Arabic or for in the home and

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then you go back to your Lord and ask them to reduce it your home I can do that. You know the story. He goes back and forth

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down to five.

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Moses said, Follow along

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in the moment.

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Go back and actually learn to do it because your people will not be able to do it.

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Are you kidding me?

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You know 54 hours a day.

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You know Matthew look like?

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What's over 50% days. That means go to the masjid. You make one of those 15

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you go home.

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My second

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28.8 minutes.

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You can't even wait for the night because you gotta get up and you gotta make another prayer. And you know what our Prophet Elisa was willing to do it.

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Moses settle back down. The Prophet is embarrassed like I can't go back ask a lot of reduce fine

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but how many Muslim

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You can even do five prayers. I tell you something that happened. I was actually one of the prayers and one of the cities in America. I never forget this. And it was about nine o'clock in the morning.

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And I was sitting down and the people were behind.

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And or the leader of the organization,

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or brothers or sisters, I have an announcement to make, you know, Suraj is about to leave the the prayer. But it's important that any of you who didn't make your fudger prayer this morning, you should get up now and make your 5g prayer before Imam Suraj lead the prayer.

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So let's say I am going to look

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to look to see how many people got to get up and make fun to pray.

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Until I heard a lot of movement,

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rustling of clothing.

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And the Curiosity got the best of me. So I turned around, and oh my goodness, lo and behold, maybe 60% of the people praying love to fudge it at nine o'clock. I'm not making a judgement. That's not my point. My point is, what's the condition of chromosomes? Are there more Muslims who go to the masjid are more suitable to invest? Are there more Muslim women wearing Hijab? are Muslim women not wearing Hijab? What's the reality? Allah knows best? But what I'm saying today, our responsibility is for ourselves. Do you know that there's an island and you know, sometimes if you read the four l the people agenda will speak to the people.

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And the people Gen X the people hell, what got you here.

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One of the things they will say, we will not have those who kept us alive.

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Thank you get punished by Allah subhanho wa Taala for not making some. So the first thing I just wanted to take a moment to emphasize is about our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Um, before I move on to our responsibility to others, I'm going to say something about the Prophet peace of blessings upon what a tremendous teacher he was, he was phenomenal teacher.

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And he was a motivator. And I don't want to give him one example. This Hadith was narrated by NSF. And

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he said one day, we were sitting with the profit police.

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And he said, soon is going to become come a man, an athlete gentleman, a man from the gender.

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And as soon as he said that, a man walked in.

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His beard was dripping from the water of a prostration. He had his sandals in his left hand.

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The next day, the same thing happened, the front of the leaves

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will come a man of the people gentleman, that same men came in again, in the same condition, holding the sandals in his left hand and his beard dripping from

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the third day, the practice says the same thing. And the same man came in and the Prophet got up and walked away.

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One of the companions, I know his name, I don't want to tell you his name yet.

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one of the premier companions of the Prophet Dara and follow that man.

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He said, I have some issue with my father. And I would like to stay with you for three days, and then said, okay, you don't even know the man's name, Roger Lune. Amen. We don't even know his name. I know the name of the metal farmer code, I don't want to tell you.

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So he goes, and he stays in his house with three days. So when this man went to sleep, this other Muslim followed him is like waiting for him to get up at night.

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And of course, he's gonna get up. And he doesn't get up the entire night. But he notices that whenever he changes the position, he praises a lot.

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And that's it.

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After three days, this man this Muslim came to this man and said, You know what, I have an issue with my father.

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I did that because I wanted to stay with you for three days. Because the Prophet Alayhi Salaam was this about you that you people turn around wanted to know why but I didn't say anything spectacular about you. What is it that you do? What is the practice for that? And he said,

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I don't know. So then this Muslim, I noticed Native American so he starts to walk away. In America. Wait a minute, there's one thing he said you know what, I don't have any gloves on anybody. I don't envy anybody.

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And so this Muslim said that must be

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you know, also that was

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You know who the man who found that man? I don't know his name, you know who it was? who followed that man you have any idea?

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His name is Abdullah him and I'm gonna

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say so.

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you, Abdullah,

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even as you all know, Roger was

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the perfect piece of less of a problem once came to this same product.

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He said, Is it correct what I hear that you said that you move fast every day?

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And he said, Yes. He said, don't do the same. This time, though. This demand following this man want to know, what is he doing? That the Prophet said he didn't have genda so that he can do the same thing. So he goes

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fast every day. The Prophet said, don't do it. He's a fast few days a month. He said I could do more than that.

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He said, Okay. Then fast the month of the past offensive day, every other day. He said I could do more than that. He said nothing better than that.

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Also, this man, Abdullah, he prayed the entire night and read the Qur'an once every day.

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And the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said I love you. I pray and I speak. That would the best Salah he prayed and he slept. He said sleep and pray. As far as the poor, I haven't don't read the Quran in one day. Read it every month. He said I can do better than that. The bottom line, the problem is that okay, every seven days.

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What's my point?

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My point is as much as I did,

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he didn't feel that he did enough.

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And I'm thinking why did I do that? Why do you do that? I don't want to call him a psychologist.

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That I don't want to cheapen the profit.

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Master motivator. He knows what he's doing. First of all, the profit don't know. Nobody's gonna go to gentlemen except Alavi. Do.

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You don't have you don't you don't know to understand, except for Allah. So Allah revealed to the Prophet peace and blessings be upon Why? So that the companions always be motivated, I can give you more, but let's skip that for now. And let's get into the point. And I'm gonna conclude with this.

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Most of you know, by now the hardest, the hardest one.

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Right? And the Prophet.

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Allah Allah.

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Allah has made a comment upon you, because so therefore my cards

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and all the amounts committed in Hamlet, Mm hmm. Malik Shafi. cavani Baldwin says his farm But even after they've been humble, says something different. He says, as far as the foul run,

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is far the foul run. What does that mean? It means that it is not only

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farb when it's immediate.

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That's as far as its immediate meaning, when you have the ability to you have

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I was in a place to make cars last year.

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And we're about to come out of the profit semester.

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And all my right. Awesome brothers from

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In in the back, one of the one of the brothers was playfully tapping on one of the Muslim brothers in front of them in in hide.

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And when I saw that, and by the way, you probably wonder how I know there was some positive

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because in the back of all the shirts that

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I saw

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two years ago

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a man in Bosnia wanted to make lunch.

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Yeah, no money. 280 years hours. Nobody did. He walked from Bosnia to

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3600 miles.

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I drive my car 900 miles from New York to Atlanta. tired when I get there? I drive my car. 900 miles and I'm tired when I get there. Sometimes I have to rest on the way there. He walks 314 days. seven different countries.

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One of the countries Syria dangerous and he did. Why? Because the process is what HUDs mob rule Lisa lujza

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Agenda because an accepted problem is there's no reward except

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I'm saying, and there are people, Muslims, millions of dollars go all over the world. I've never made Hajj.

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How's that possible?

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I remember, I was in Medina, his young brother came to me. He said, Raj, I want to tell you about my first Hodge.

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What about your first heart? He said, you know, right now you have to go for Hajj to travel agents. So he went to a travel agent and said, You know, I want to make hard, but I have two problems is that whatever he says, you know, I'm a college student. So I only have a small window to make the Hodge. Can you make it happen? He said, yes, no problem. He said, What's the second problem? He said, The second problem is, I ended up no money.

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No, he said, no problem. Pay this way. I know the owner. I know. I went to him. I said, Mustafa, this young boy said he said it's true.

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It's true. You know why? Because he had the audacity to ask someone to make him want to make arch. Allah made it happen for him. How many of us don't even care. Santa Barbara says I close by saying

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be strong. Be strong Muslim. If you are on the edge of something as philosopher what I help you to get back from the love of learning.

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brothers sisters, I have on

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a charge for you.

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How University is a traditional

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black college?

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My brother when he graduated, Gregory cares.

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My cousin Jacqueline men graduated from here. I love Howard University.

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I'm gonna say something you may disagree with? Well, I believe strong.

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The condition of the African American people right now demands that we pay attention to medicine.

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And I think that a university at Howard University should do something about it. And let me tell you why. So

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I wrote an email by accident something I'll share some things with you the man I want to share today. With everyone has learned something by accident.

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Trustee Mohammed peace and blessings be upon the Prophet in this regard. He said every prophet was sent to his own people.

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Were a loose idea he had when Moses said to his people when Carla is seven lumeria mad Yeah, Benny is right Isla and Mira Sulu live Rasulullah he laid Oh children of Israel. I have messaged him a lot to you. Every Prophet came to visit people except Mohammed Elisa. That's

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the exception not to

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allow you to build in the end that is never set a profit except speaking into the language of this people in order that he made make them understand. Mohammed Ali Salaam wa Salaam is different. In

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our obedience, we set an out of the crowd. Right? I misspoke. Arabic, right? English, speak French. speak German is Arabic.

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No, the great wisdom of a law is that for the first time in history

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is not the Prophet speak in the language of his people. It's the people speak in the language of the

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Mmm, this is what I learned. I'll give me three examples. And I'll say the best example.

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I found out that if you help your people where you are, I'll skip over them. Don't jump over them. We know Islam is universal. We know that. But those don't skip over them. If you focus on your people allowed to do something wonderful. I'll show you what I mean. When you get a chance to study 1964 Civil Rights Act

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Have you read

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the silver? The 1964 civil rights act? Didn't say

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What would they use discrimination against black people they'll say the same. Go look at it prohibited discrimination against

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persons color, their race, their religion, their sex, and their origin, a place of origin

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benefited from it. So the Martin Luther King Jr. and others were working on behalf of his oppressed people. Everybody benefit.

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Number one, number two

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will tell you

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34 years ago, 25 African Americans started massively powerful in Brooklyn and one of the worst parts of the city.

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I'm talking about blight,

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drugs, guns firing all of that. And we the brothers and sisters up to the top

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25 African Americans did that.

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Any man we never

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said that we only want to talk to black people.

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Today we come to measure with Juniper 1300 people,

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maybe maybe 20% African Americans.

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What does this come from?

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Let me give it a third example and an email when I thought about it. I said so.

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You got to understand this message.

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Allah says to the Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam

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ala rasulillah life, Elaine Boone in Germany.

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Mohammed tell the people I am a mission to belong to all of you.

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So Mohammed in our

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in Arabian peninsula,

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teaching the people near him before you send people out.

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But wait a minute.

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What's the percentage of Arabs

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of the Muslim homeland?

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What percentage of the Muslim Arabs? Ah, maybe 15% Max 20%.

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Because it's a universal message.

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So even though you have people around you that are black, and you should administer them, my position is that most people don't want to care. They don't care.

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People don't care about people. Most people care about themselves. And this one, Martin Luther King Jr. said, life's most persistent or persistent, an urgent question is what are you doing for others? If you study the religion of Islam, it's also about others. So the first thing, our responsibility to ourselves, for

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everyone of us a shepherd and everyone be held accountable for your flock.

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And then the Prophet said, The Lord that being in

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a law has never said the Prophet except first as a shepherd. every prophet was a shepherd.

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And the companion said you to Prophet Mohammed, you to worship and he said, Yes, I was a shepherd. Jesus was a separate Moses was a shepherd. So when you look at the Muslims now,

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um, I don't I have to I have the figures. They're written down. But you talk about 200 million Muslims in Indonesia. You talk about 174 million Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Nigeria,

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Turkey up all over the world. They themselves.

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The Muslims, I was in I was in Atlanta, Georgia at a Walmart two years ago.

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Hello, Walmart. And a man comes to me and say Salaam Ali, and I turned around was a Chinese man.

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And it was like to be his wife and his fitness and his daughter. None. There's nothing about them that made me think they're Muslim. Right? So sorry.

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He's Chinese, but he's a Muslim. He said, You know, I just came here a few days ago. And I want to know, where can I get some halau meat.

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So Chinese, so I said, Give me your number. Give me your name, your number. I'll find out for you. So what's your name? he said. My name is Jonathan.

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As a human nature

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I know and I didn't even know Jonathan

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so what's your real name?

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I don't know exactly how you pronounce it

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I'm gonna tell you what he said something like this he said my name is I don't fly out

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I said okay Jonathan

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I got it right what the fact is fact

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all over the world

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people Muslims because that that man Mohammed Salah

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lot of need any of us will honestly don't need any of us. Someone should think about this for more as I told

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him I'm a Muslim out there for any man that needed to lead the prayer couple years ago, after the prayer he took me in the back and they had a sheep for me to slaughter

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I hadn't my wife told one

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and they told me how to do it. I found instructions very carefully.

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I did it and laid him down

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this way. Oh, no.

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I'm telling you, I didn't get one drop blood.

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They showed me how to do but the thing that was interesting

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is that this this sheep

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along terranova sobre la escena YT will not be long Don't you see a lot of subjective for you everything and everything.

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I look like a tough black.

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I think that you will beat you believe a lot you obey Him. And you try to do everything a lot of you do. And actually question you can talk now. Just nod your head? Yes or no?

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What if Allah told you during the Hajj instead of sacrificing a sheep you have to sacrifice a lion

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thank you for

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stopping by if you want to think about my sacrifice, no line, the only one here of sacrifice line maybe. Maybe soccer maybe.

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But the rest of us and go ahead.

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The reason the reason that allows the sacrifice machine because that's how they are. That's how that's how they are. Most people like sheep. That's why the prophets said that every prophet was first a shepherd training is training when we deal with the sheep out here and I'm telling you most people are sheep

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serious sheep most people man

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you know, I'm sorry. I gotta go. I gotta go. I gotta tell you this.

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But that comes from our office you know crying in my mind my daughter wants to marry a non Muslim man.

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What am I gonna do? Can I bring her to you? This Thursday? He comes to me with a daughter and a son and his wife

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and sister I give all the eyes from Korea and everything what the star would say about you can't marry a non Muslim men here you see the world to me you got to make sense so I'm talking to you all in about an hour

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made me ask you this question email

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because you got all this and all that as a system connection is a personal question. Please don't get offended

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What do you make a lot?

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She said no.

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And a motherboard witness you know makes a lot

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so what am I What am I doing what why am I arguing about something like that? There's some playing things you got to make prayer five times a day you're not doing that your issue says that ain't with this man. And not only because a lesson for and permitted for you to learn how to chase women of the People of the Book for the man and last and also for and you don't marry the pagan women until they believe so if you're serving on luck, I'm not gonna go get for the losses or losses don't merit the pagan women are good, I believe.

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So he might even be medical to people to book you. I try to be smart but he's sick. You want marriage sickness? And what why do you want to marry non Muslim men? Or because people do so many Muslims? Okay, but there are a lot of good Muslims out there better than him. So in the end, the issue is obedience or the loss of power. That's the issue. all this other stuff, man. Stop, don't do nothing. Bottom line are you believe if you believe in the

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right thing, I close with this. We have a lot of work to do. Honestly.

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I have a lot of work to do. There are people there that are struggling mightily. And I found out that if you go out there

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and you ask the people, you'd be surprised how many people come to Islam the guidance of Allah subhana wa Taala I'll never forget man, I never forget this and this is the last thing I know forget to story, ma'am. About

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20 years ago.

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My mother, non Muslim. She said Son, I want you and the family to come to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Bring the family somebody would have said stop from law you know, this abusive pagan holidays off the law. How could you I said, Okay, mom, but let let us we bring to me,

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sir. Okay.

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To go to my mother's house at that time, I had

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six or seven children

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had a few more.

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So we all sitting down at a table. And my mother said, Son bless the table. So maybe

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my son Mohammed just was the one who wants to be like them. Right? Just like his dad. is, you know, it was want to hang out with me. He's five years old. He's sitting to my left. He says Granny, Mama.

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When are you on? pow, pow, Papa, my stepfather.

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When are you in power power gonna become Muslims anyway? Straight up. I mean, you know, we beat him up all you know, you know, we'd beat around the bush.

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Five years old. No mother said. She said you know what we like to do right now.

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Love luck because of my five year old son.

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That's all he did. He just

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shocked us.

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And you'd be surprised.

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Once a brother, Muslim brother picked me up, Virginia, from the Air Force. We drive it right. So we get to one of those toll booths.

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So get to the toll booth.

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He gives the money to Lady and the lady says to Bob, he had a nice javabean.

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She said, Oh man, that's nice. That's a nice dress. He said thank you, and he drove away. That's the brother Do you know that everyday allowed us the opportunity to give down in a very easy way. You could have said something she got nothing from what you said. He said, You know what, this is a Muslim dress and we try to be modest, you know, something? And every day you got to find out here's an opportunity for you to invite somebody to Islam. question is do you care? Most of us don't care. I'm telling you something me. I love black people. I love black people. I mean, even Tom was talking about how universal man is something not a lot more people.

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But you know something about because of it because if I ask you

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are you my people even said no.

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You said no. But if I actually are you my brother you say yes.

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This is all about the Prophet peace be upon him and his analysis of the Prophet raise his hand and said

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what the cat

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what the cat? So Oh Allah Oh man, my own man. And then you try

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this one so this

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is upon a water sensor to grill

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grill in tabular Mohammed's as

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you can hold up to go to Mohammed and ask the yz client

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a tear drop of Mohammed Allah has a response to it. And why he prime is concerned about his woman, not just black people. See, not just black people. He's concerned about a woman which is the whole earth. So once this as I say to you, number one, take care of your thing.

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Don't die, except as a Muslim. Don't gamble. Don't rush it. Don't gamble, don't gamble, your faith. And there's a lot of resistance out there to bring us back from from faith to disbelieve. So stay strong number one and number two.

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Go out to the world. Quantum karma.

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Karma to be known for that. You are the best of the people involved mankind because you enjoy the good and you forbid the evil go out there and invite the people to Islam run on a college campus. You'd be surprised. We asked a lot of money to have placed upon us

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For me that is on the straight path

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of vanilla chocolate

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from vanilla, vanilla taco, waffle and boxelder.

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Welcome to

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