Lessons of the Life of Malcolm X

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Jumuah lecture at masjidul Quds
Gatesville Cape Town

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La La La La La sharika lah Masha Allah Mohammed donaldo sudama bad.

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Brothers and sisters we praise Allah Almighty.

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We bear witness that nothing deserves to be worshipped except Allah.

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And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is allows less messenger.

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We ask Allah to bless His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions and his family, all of them. I mean,

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brothers and sisters today My message is very simple.

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Allah has given us many things, so that we can learn lessons from

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and today I want to take a moment

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to talk about the lessons from the life of a man you've come to know as Malcolm X. Alhaji Malik Chavez.

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I want to first remind you of something.

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There are about 2 billion Christians on this planet.

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Most of them are Christians because their parents were Christians.

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Someone billion 800 million Muslims, many of them Muslims, because their parents are Muslims.

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1 billion Hindu

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most of them Hindu because their parents were Hindu.

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500 million Buddhists, most of them Buddhist because their parents were Buddhists. 15 million 17 million Jews. Allah knows the number most of them Jews because their parents would use

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Muslims they greet each other that gives the lambs and they say Kay for halochem, Habibi.

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And are actually what does it mean k for Hello, can you say it means how are you? That's true.

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But the real meaning of halal and Arabic is circumstance condition. So when you ask somebody, k for halochem, you're saying, What is your situation like? What is your condition like?

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In order to understand Malcolm X, Alhaji Malik Chavez, you have to understand the condition of the people at that time the history of African Americans. You have no idea to study Malcolm in a vacuum

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is to do him and justice.

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Malcolm was born Malcolm Liddell

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we notice you know me as Imam Suraj Maharaj I wasn't born with the name Suraj Mahesh

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many Muslims, African American Muslims when they became Muslim, they took on Islamic names. So I took on the name Suraj swash

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you may say Imam you don't have a right to do that. Because Allah says Oh, Lee obey Him. Call them by the names of their fathers. The problem with most African Americans, we are descendant of slaves. And if you understand about slavery in America, you understand that the slave master took away our names. In gave us the name of the slave master.

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The name of a black man who was a slave, a former slave, they carry the name of the slave master. So that when we became Muslims, we took on our own name, we gave the slave master back his name, and we took on our own name we took on Muslim names.

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Many of you probably overwhelming majority of you were born to Muslim parents.

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As good

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you are blessed.

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But there are people like me who converted to Islam reverted to Islam.

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And

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you can be proud you say, mmm Suraj I was born a Muslim

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Alhamdulillah

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I can say what the prophet said Elisa that was Salim kulu Malou, Daniela, the other fitrah

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everybody by nature is born and Muslim.

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Don't brag about how you were born.

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brag about how you die.

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This is why I lost a lot to my tuna 11 to Muslims. Don't die except a Muslim. Don't tell me where you were born. Don't tell me how you were born. Don't tell

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About your parents tell me about you and the life that you live now.

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And this is why the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said

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in a minute. He said

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your deeds shall be judged by your last deeds. Bill kawah team, you're deja be judged by your last deeds. And so Malcolm X, Alhaji Malik Chavez,

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in 1952,

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joined an organization called Nation of Islam.

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Were there perfect in their practice of Islam? No.

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They're more concerned with justice for black people.

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But something happened in 1975. First of all, 1964 Malcolm X, Alhaji Malik Chavez, separated from the Nation of Islam and became an orthodox Muslim 1964.

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Allah blessed him to go to pilgrimage to Mecca. And when he went went to Mecca, he really learned more about Islam what Islam was really about. So Malcolm, from 1964 to 1965, one year practicing the Islam as we practice,

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and he became a model in 1965. And he died.

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And most people don't know

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that his wife Dr. Barry shabads, whom I became good friends with.

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Malcolm died she was pregnant with twins.

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And the same people bought maokong for Hodge in 1964. bought his wife Betty shabads. For Hodge. She perform Hodge in 1965. While she was pregnant with his twins,

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Allah is Great allows wonderful Allah is magnificent.

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I would like for you to feel

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a one of the great lessons of Malcolm Alhaji Malik Chavez,

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even though at that time for 12 years in the Nation of Islam didn't have a real understanding of the true Islam.

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Despite a little bit he did a lot.

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I remember a man came to the Prophet Alayhi salat wa Salaam and said your Rasulullah Cthulhu

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Prophet was fighting and the man said Should I

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fight or become a Muslim?

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The Prophet said Aslam tomato, said become a Muslim first and then fight

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for Isla

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Walcott Allah, Allah

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and he became Muslim he fought and he was slain, and the Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said, Allah, Allah Lin, or Judah odorata feelin he did a little bit of work but got a big reward. Because you will just be judged by your last deeds. How are you and your last deeds?

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Malcolm X Alhamdulillah understood the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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The day that he died,

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he was telling people that he felt that he would die.

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And he parked his car blocks away from where he spoke autobahn, and he was walking blocks away

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in a very dangerous time. And one of his followers saw him and I said, Malcolm, what are you doing get in the car, so they went into the order bomb.

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I know the brother, the Muslim brother who opened up for Malcolm that day he introduced Malcolm

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name is Benjamin Kadeem. He lives in Richmond, Virginia. Benjamin told me that usually when you open up for Malcolm X, he sits right next to Malcolm.

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And the day that he opened up for Malcolm,

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he Andrew introduced them and he began to sit down. Malcolm said don't sit there.

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Go in the back.

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I'm expecting someone. And when he comes, let me know.

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When Benjamin Kareem went into the back, and sat down, he heard the gunfire. Malcolm was assassinated.

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Two days before he was assassinated.

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A man a professor

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Brown University.

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He said Malcolm on Monday I want you to come to my

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university and I want you to give a lecture to the students. Malcolm said I won't be alive Monday.

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He said

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Said Malcolm, don't joke he said I'm not joking. So no Malcolm want you to come He said, okay if I'm alive on Monday, Malcolm died that Sunday.

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He knew and he didn't run away from his feet. There is a brother that I know name he Sham jabber. He wrote a book called I buried Malcolm. And those are very dangerous times at that particular time. And him a handful of brothers made a lot to Jeunesse on Malcolm X alarge Malik Chavez. What is the lesson the mountain? The lesson is this.

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May Allah bless every one of you to remain Muslim, or just be Muslim. When a Muslim number one,

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number two, I know none of you watch movies.

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But there was a magnificent movie called Malcolm X.

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And I want you to remember the last scene in that movie.

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Nelson Mandela

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is speaking to some students.

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And one student stands up and say, I am Malcolm X.

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And another student stands up and say, I am Malcolm X, and another student stands up and say, I am Malcolm X, this is the lesson.

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It's not how you begin the race. How you in the race, if you will study the life amounts of mathematics and how to lead shabads you will discover crime and drugs and alcohol and all of those bad things. But 100 Allah, Allah guided them to Islam.

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I want you to feel a certain way about your Islam, I want you to be nervous.

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I don't want you to ever take it take for granted your Islam, I want you to be nervous. Let me give an example.

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One of the companions I'm originally asked about the law and

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was on his deathbed.

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He was about to die.

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And he turned his back to the people turn it to the wall and started crying uncontrollably. His Son, Abdullah rajala, and whomever he said, Father, he reminded him of all the good work he did.

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And then his father

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turned around to the people and said,

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I have been through three phases of my life.

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Phase number one, I hated Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, there was no one on earth that I hated more. If I could have I would have killed him.

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He said had I died at that moment.

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No question. He would have been in the hellfire.

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And then he said a lot guided him to Islam. And he went to the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam. And he said, Hold out your hand and the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam held out his hand. And when the Prophet held out his hand, he pulled it back. And the Prophet said, What's the matter? He said, I want to accept Islam with conditions. The Prophet said what condition he said that I'd be forgiven.

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The Prophet said, Don't you know that when you become a Muslim, all your sins are forgiven.

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When you make pilgrimage, all your sins are forgiven.

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And when you make hedra all your sense of a given.

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So I shook his hand and became Muslim, he said, and I died at that moment. I'm relatively sure a lot would have blessed me to go to gender.

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But then he said there were things they were things and I understood what he meant. Let me explain it to you in the next couple of minutes.

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The Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said,

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Men cetera muslimin Sutra La La houfy dunya will ephemera. And I want you to listen carefully.

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Whoever covers the fault of a Muslim,

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Allah will cover their fault in this life and in the Hereafter.

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Let's stop for a moment. I want you to be real. I don't want you to raise your hand. But I want you to take a look at yourself.

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There are things that we have done.

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Allah has covered it.

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Because you know what?

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Every one of us are sinners. You have to understand the nature of man.

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And it's a prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said

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and Nestle Kowloon Bello, Adam Adam into

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Mankind all of them are the children of Adam. And Adam was created of dust.

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We honored in the sight of Allah.

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Adam, I have honored the children of Adam but even though Allah has honored us, we are still human beings and we still make mistakes.

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So the Prophet Alayhi salat wa salam said, on your multi ama

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Nana LA is gonna judge all the people.

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It is said by the scientists that they have been 100 billion people since the beginning of time 100 billion Allah knows best maybe more. And the law is gonna judge all the people

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and then a law will take a believer

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about to judge him, but before he judges them, a lot covers him with his covering

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an excellent this question

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Do you remember on such and such day You did such and such thing? He would say yes. Do you remember such and such a day You did such and such thing? He would say yes. Do you remember such and such day You did such and such thing? Do you remember that day you did it? Do you remember that day? Do you remember that day and that man would think I'm finished it's over.

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And then Allah will say

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I covered it for you. In the dunya I forgive you today.

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When Allah would judge the non believer,

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he won't cover him.

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He will ask him these questions in front of all the universe, front of mankind front of the angels front of everybody.

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This is your concern. One Hadith to me is the greatest hadith of hope on the one hand, and the greatest hadith of fear scared nervous. I want you to be hopeful that allow forgive you and God agenda Yes. Do all the things you can so law Forgive me. Yes.

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But on the other hand, I want you to be nervous and don't think you've got it made. It's automatic and automatic. And I will give you proof. Two proofs number one.

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Do you know that every once in a while the people in general will be able to see the people in hell

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and the people in hell will be able to see the people in gender. There's a lot of a lot of proof I'll give you one from the Quran. The people in general will look down at people and Helen said let's sell a coffee soccer. Soccer soccer what what has gotten you in the Hellfire hollow lambda community Mr. Lee? We are not of those who used to pray so there's some compensation sometimes a number of them depending places I want to give you one to leave you with this thought.

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The people in general will look down at the people in Hellfire and they will say

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hello

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brothers Kendall yes Sue Muna man now when you soluna manner, but junan manner. They use the fast with us they used to pray with us. They used to make Hodge without us You should ask the question. What are you doing in the Hellfire if they prayed in the festive and they made a pilgrimage What are you doing in the Hellfire?

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So I'm thinking allows answers gonna be you don't know what they used to do. I'm thinking I was gonna say you don't know what they used to do. But you know what he was saying?

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He said so to do minha men are often

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take out of the Hellfire those from you recognize.

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Allah is more merciful than you can ever imagine.

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But we have to ask for his forgiveness.

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And finally,

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this is the warning

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and the hope

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verily one of you do the deeds of the people Jenna.

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all that you do. You go to Juma prayer every week you pray five times a day some of you pray in the masjid you fast Ramadan and not only you fast in Ramadan, you fast in the extra time some of you fast the fast food every other day.

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They do the work of the people of Jenin Hata Nicola beno who were Bina Eliezer are in until there's only an arm's length

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from that person in gender. And then that person begin to do the deeds of the people of the fire for your the hula and they go into it.

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Don't lose your good deeds

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is like a person

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with a bag full of gold.

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And he's walking around with the gold but there's a hole in the bag

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and the gold has fallen out of the hole

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and he walks and walks and before you know no gold left.

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Be careful. Don't be I got this I got it made no. Every moment asking allows forgiveness and trying to stay on the straight path. But the good news is that there are people like Malcolm

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do the deed of the people the Hellfire

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until they disclosed to the hellfire. And then they began to do the work of the people agenda for yehudah in the internet to it

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in a Guinea Bissau recently a friend of mine, author Richardson Orlando told me

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he said a man has been a Muslim six years African American. He said he Ma'am, me and my teacher, we went to Guinea Bissau, which is north west of Guinea, small country

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whose whose official language is Portuguese.

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He said that day 7000 people took Shahada in one day.

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And the reason that 7000 people took Shahada at the same time because the head of the tribe took Shahada.

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If you are amazed by that,

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you need to go back and 1975

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if you read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, he mentions a man named Wallace Mohammed,

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son of Elijah Muhammad 1975, Elijah Muhammad died and his son Walter D, Muhammad became the head of the Nation of Islam.

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The group that Malcolm X was in Muhammad Ali was an Imam Suraj was in and so many

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he became the leader. And he met model for Deen Mohammed used to be wireless Mohammed disagree with his father.

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And that first year, all those in the Nation of Islam, all of them took Shahada and became Sunni Muslims. It is said some 500,001 moment

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because you know why? It's not how you begin the race.

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How you enter the race, and if there are Americans out there

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in Cape Town

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there are Malcolm's in Johannesburg. Little People, waiting for us to go to them. To bring them to invite them to the deen of Islam. May Allah bless you bless this Masjid bless the leadership all of you in sha Allah. I mean, a salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah