Islamic Enlightenment & Secular Darkness

Suleiman Hani

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AI: Summary © The Prophet salluaal's history and actions have led to attacks on Islam, the spread of modernity, and the replacement of God with human beings. The "weAKiness" of Islam, age of secularism, and "weAKiness" of the age of modernity have caused political and political changes, leading to loss of moral compass and "weAKiness." educating oneself about religion and using the immune system to eliminate harm is crucial for positive change and reference. educating others on the power of speech and the negative consequences of using it is crucial for positive change.
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In Alhamdulillah nama do who want to start you know who want to steal fetal? When are hoodoo Billa Himanshu Rudy and fusina woman say Tiama Alina Mejia de la who Fela mobila Wanna yield little fella her the Allah wa shadow Allah Allah Allah Allahu Allahu la sharika Allah wa shadow Anna Mohammed Abdullah pseudo Johan Latina Amman otaku la haka to party Walter Mutanda Illa one to Muslim moon. Yeah you Alladhina amanu top la well tumbled on Epsom Malka Demetri HOD. What's up Allah in Allah Hobie Ron de matar Maroon.

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All praise is certainly due to Allah the Exalted, we praise Him, we seek His help, his guidance and his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our sins and the evils within ourselves. Whomsoever Allah guides because they seek guidance, Nan can miss guide and whomever he rightfully causes to be led astray because they do not truly seek guidance. None can guide I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam peace be upon him is His servant and final messenger. Allah the Exalted reminds us for our own benefits, what is translated as, Oh you who believe are believers, be conscious of

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Allah, as he deserves, and do not die except in a state of worship? May Allah subhanaw taala make us consistent upon worshiping Him and allow us to die in a state of worship. Allah reminds us, Oh, you who believe be conscious of Allah, Allah, every one of you. Look forward, plan ahead, look for tomorrow for what you have sent forward for your afterlife.

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And be conscious of Allah. Verily, Allah is aware of all that you do.

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I want to begin my hope by today, with an address a reminder for us and for our brothers and sisters around the world as well. Those who are dealing with different types of fluctuating and volatile oppressions in France, in Syria, in East Turkistan at the hands of the oppressors, the Chinese government, those who are dealing with oppressions in Palestine, may Allah subhanaw taala, relieve them of that and liberate the lands of oppressors and those who are dealing with oppression all around the world. Because the list is exhaustive. The list itself would take the majority of the Hello May Allah subhanaw taala relieve our brothers and sisters in every land and in every place.

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Allahumma Amin the attacks on Islam and the oppression of Muslims, especially when they are a minority in a place are not a new thing. This is not new attacks against the Prophet salallahu Salam, they are not new. And when we look back to literally the beginning of prophethood, we find that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his followers were harassed. They were insulted. They were mocked. At some point. Now they began to attack the Muslims as well and they were very few in number. And when they began to increase these attacks in assaults, harassment, some of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were expelled from their lands, some had to

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flee, they had to migrate even before the migration to Medina. And some people likewise, today are mocked, harassed, killed and expelled from their families and from their lands simply for saying La ilaha illa simply for being believers. AlLadhina rijo mean Dr. him behind you happen Illa yaku Laura Boone Allah.

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And as we reflect on those times, we find that at times the violence increased to the point that some of the companions were killed for being Muslims, they refuse to give up their faith, may Allah accept them as Shahada. And likewise today, some people are killed simply for being Muslim, may Allah accept them also as Shahada. This is the reality of the world that we are in. And this is not something realistically that we can assume will disappear altogether overnight. Because throughout history, this is something that people have experienced in different lands and times and places. If you fast forward from the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, to the 17th and 18th

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century, what some historians like to call the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, and in fact, a more suitable name when you study the changing morality actually the loss of morality and the replacement of God with this

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World and the replacement of the Hereafter with one's own desires, you find that a more suitable name for the Age of Enlightenment in Europe and especially in France as well is the age of darkness. Why? Because the measuring stick is not about scientific progress. It is not about philosophy, the measuring stick is the moral reference point that Allah subhanaw taala has given us. So when we look to what is happening in the world today, with the rise of secularism, it is extremely important for all Muslims to know young and old men and women and especially our youth have to remember this, that the age of modernity the 17th century, was, first of all born in violence born with imperialism born

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with a conflict. And number two, it gave rise to many other movements, specifically atheism and many offshoots of this type of ideology. What do we mean by this? What shifted in society was a focus that replaced God with society with human beings with individualism, the human condition, a replacement in the public sphere, of everything that reminded people about the sacred about God about the divine reality, a replacement of that way the worldly entertainments, a replacement of a shift of a focus from the hereafter, a place where we are all headed, regardless of who we are, with a focus on this world, enough's al Hawa Adonia. And this replacement is what gave rise to many

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movements that we see today, and many strands within many movements as well, trying to seek out and facilitate and propagate certain values that are born on and established upon secular worldviews. And that is why people are calling for their own individual selves. That is why in many Western nations like the United States, and like many European countries, all thoughts, and all politics, and all philosophy is gearing towards what individualism and liberalism, that it is all about what I want and my desires, and what I think is right, regardless of the social effect, regardless of the impact on the world, regardless of such and such. And the greatest irony for Muslims who have not

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seen this yet, for many young Muslims, who are involved in activism and politics, and especially progressive politics, is that they don't realize that this philosophy does not include Muslims in many ways. And I say this, knowing the effects of what I am saying that it is not a specific ideology, or political party or movement, that is, that is inclusive altogether of Islam, meaning what it claims to be liberal, it claims to involve all people. But when it comes to the actual implementation of rights and respect towards all people, Muslims and others of religious values, are not allowed to speak, are suppressed or considered backwards, are considered pre modern or archaic,

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primitive violence, portrayed as extremist. When in reality, you look at the modern world today, you look at the age of enlightenment, the age of darkness, and all that it has given birth to you look at the last 100 years. And these are the last 100 years of a track record in terms of observation of the age of secularism, and what do you find, for example, you find two of the worst wars in history, greatest casualties in history, World War One and World War Two, with 15,000,080 5 million people killed, respectively, that was not fought for religious reasons. You look at the immorality that causes divisions in society. You look at the corporate greed in many nations, you look at how people

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use politics to control their nations and their lands and to vie divide between people, Muslims and others. And we find that people have lost their moral compass.

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Is that what we're looking for? Is that what we're advocating for? Is that really going to give us the proper success and harmony in this world and harmony in the next life as well?

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When we see the attacks against Muslims, as we explore the age of secularism and the age of darkness, we realize that throughout history, Muslims were not always in this position. All of us here and everyone who is listening to this, we were born in a times in which the Muslim ummah is not at its highest point. This is the reality. These are the circumstances you were given. We were all given.

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And you look back at history, and you find when there's a dip when Muslims lost some of that edge, some of that power when they were attacked and oppressed worldwide as we are today in many places. What gave Muslims the ability to rise once again, to a place of security, a place of safety, a place in which they felt that they were not oppressed simply for saying La ilaha illallah obviously

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I Allah's will.

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It is that when there was a dip in history, it took a group of Muslims collective effort, United hearts, to strategize to work with one another, to look beyond the current phase of where we are to look to something better and to work towards it. And that cannot happen if Muslims are passive. That cannot happen if we simply sit and watch and complain. This is the world that we are in today you will not be questioned about the circumstances given to you, but you will be questioned about what you did about it, what you did with it. And as we observe the changes in history, we emphasize that number one, great patience is required for severely hooked me robic be patient with the decree of

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your Lord. What's the enormous Sabri was salah, seek help and patience, perseverance and prayer in Allah Asaduddin. Allah is with those who persevere.

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And then, in addition to this, to have great vision and strategy, look beyond just today, because we have all around the world, many things that are happening, and it's not only affecting Muslims. We have the elections coming up in this country here, and the potential repercussions of that. We have many things happening in many Muslim majority lands. We have incidents that are happening in East Turkistan with concentration camps. We have the situation of Palestine that is yet unresolved, we have the situation of pretty much the entirety of the Middle East. We have the problems in Europe with right wing politics, attacking Muslims and others. We need to strategize we need we need to

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look down the road 20 3050 years, what is it that will give rise to positive change to more peace in the world to more coexistence amongst people? And what is it that we can do as individuals as well strong foundations to have a strong foundation in your religion to teach your children what a strong foundation is about. A building that is established upon something weak will not last. In addition to this to have united hearts wha tilsley movie Hubli la Jamia and wala to follow up to hold true to the rope of Allah the Quran and the Sunnah and do not divide amongst yourselves. To emphasize unity in a time of division. We need collective efforts that one voice may be impactful, but 1 billion

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voices are much more impactful that one person protesting may have some attention may or may be spotlighted in some way. But 2 billion Muslims cannot be ignored. We are 25% of the world's population. We are 1/4 of the population of human beings today. And that is a matter of quantity. But what we want to focus on is quality. What we want to emphasize in sha Allah moving forward is who we are as that one person that one individual amongst four in this world who was guided to La ilaha illallah, who was blessed with this as well. In addition to that true wisdom hikma, because the wisdom is different than you can have knowledge of a matter but if that knowledge is not

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utilized wisely a won't have a great impact. We need as well beneficial knowledge and this is why Allah commanded the Prophet salallahu salam to ask for more of it will rob visit me and say My Lord increase me and knowledge the Prophet sallallahu Sallam would pray in the morning would make dua Allahumma Aeneas Luca mafia Allah asked you for beneficial knowledge, what is the country by pure sustenance, pure provisions pure risk while I'm an amateur Kabbalah and accepted deeds, may Allah grant us all of that and more Alana Amin and all of this all of these factors are established upon one foundation and that is your connection with Allah subhana wa Tada. Your connection to God, not

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only collectively but you as an individual. Who are you with Allah subhanaw taala in private, your conversations with Allah, your sacrifices for Allah, what are you willing to sacrifice for a greater good? What are you willing to do for something good to happen in society? Are you willing to overcome for example, your ego? Are you willing to overcome a major sin that you are refusing to let go of? Are you willing to overcome the use of interest dealing with interest in society? Are you willing to overcome an addiction to intoxication or smoking or something that causes harm to the body? Are you willing to do that? And if we're looking at the world and saying, well, there are many

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problems in the Ummah and Muslims are oppressed. What are you doing with your relationship with Allah? What are you sacrificing between you and Allah subhanahu wa taala. The insults, the attacks, the oppressions of Muslims, is not a new experience. This is not something that is new, and it's not something that will completely disappear. And the test is also not a new test. We are urged in a time like this to respond to insults with a prophetic response. The prophetic response was not one of engaging in, for example, vigilante justice, this is not from Islam. The response to those who insult Allah Allah tells us what's in the Quran surah 210

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aid. Allah subhanaw taala says what? To Subala Denia de Rouen admin Dooney la familia superbill la Adwin behavior and do not insult the false deities or gods, whether its currency or anything else. The false gods of those who do not worship Allah less they react by now insulting Allah with ignorance, meaning they don't have knowledge of the reality of the situation. Or don't know Ila sabini Rebecca mill Hekmati? Well, Marie Norton has called people to the way of your LORD with Wisdom, and with great speech or the best of speech. This requires us to be persevering, enduring, patient strategizing to overcome these political, religious, societal and social challenges. While

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it seems like with certain events in recent times, like one individual is the is spotlighted as the focal point of this discussion, this is not the reality of what we are dealing with today. And my my point here is that when you see someone like a ruler, a prime minister, a president, whether it is McCrone or somebody else, vilifying Islam, and encouraging hatred, and fueling Islamophobia, encouraging divisions in his society for political reasons, because he has a very low rating in this time, and they have elections coming up when you see someone vilifying Islam and spreading division in the world, and damaging peacemaking efforts that Muslims are trying to accomplish in the world,

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between people between different nationalities, religions, ethnicities, and so on, and so forth. When you see someone like this endangering the lives of millions of Muslims, who are now being attacked in France, and of course, Muslims around the world, when you see this type of rhetoric and action, it is not only because of one sole individual, he is a byproduct of the age of secularism. He's a byproduct of this type of hatred towards religious communities, towards minorities. And it's not a surprise when many of these Western nations were built on and established upon and founded upon killing millions of people in the world, through colonialism and imperialism all around the

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world. So our focal point should be beyond just one person. It is really not about one person. This is a much greater thing. This is about an idea. And this brings us to the question of the Islamic perspective on what is the freedom of expression? What does it entail in the modern world, in a peaceful, so called the world and a secular world that claims to be trying to bring people together trying to be liberal and inclusive of all religions and backgrounds? If we look at the world today, we find obviously, very clear, blatant hypocrisy and double standards when it comes to the concept of freedom of expression. As Muslims, we know that not everything is permitted as freedom of

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expression, meaning what's there are some things that cause violence and harm in society divisions in society, that would be better classified under hate speech legislation. And this is why in France and many Western countries, there is something called hate speech, there are some words you cannot say there are some things you cannot talk about. There are some people you cannot oppose and oppress. And obviously, we agree with this. There should not be hate speech in society. The question is, where is the line drawn? Who decides what hate speech is? On the on the website of the French government describing the freedom of expression, you find very, very explicitly a mentioned that

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there is a freedom to express whatever you want to but there are limitations to this freedom. And it lists a several examples number one, illest racism.

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It lists number two anti semitism. It lists number three, anything that incites violence. It lists anything that attacks or desecrates French nationalism, who decides where the lines are drawn? When you look at the way that people are, especially in France, people are claiming to hide behind freedom of expression, you see that ultimately, there's hatred behind it. There's a lot of politics behind it. There's a lot of discrimination and racism behind it. And if certain things can be classified as hate speech, why not also a defense of the messengers of God, not one messenger, all of the messengers of God. Why would someone want to project something disgusting and derogatory and

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insulting to more than 2 billion people on earth? Why would they want to project this on a government building? This is not freedom of expression. This is hate speech. This is not freedom of expression. This is inciting divisions in society and also fueling hatred against Muslims. There is a clear difference between criticizing a religion disagreeing with a religion disagreeing with a figure talking academically about a matter there's a difference between that and and mockery and satire and cartoons. Try

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I need to depict the messengers of God. This is not freedom of expression. And you find that recently new legislation was passed in order to ban legally to criminalize anyone who desecrates the French flag. And this is not only in France. So we see this in American different ways, different types of laws protecting nationalist interest, why is not protected, and yet 2 billion Muslims in this world and many non Muslims who agree with hate speech legislation, why is that not protected? The reality here is that this is blatant hypocrisy. There is not an intention here to bring people together, even when those who are oppressed are trying to unite between the hearts as Muslims, we do

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not condone any type of hate speech. We do not condone divisions. Obviously, we condemn any vigilante justice, any type of terrorism by individuals or by nation states, because terrorism is not only about individuals who have nothing to do with Islam or their respective religions. Terrorism is also committed by many nation states. And that goes that goes for every nation state that commits terrorism, in the name of what in the name of national interest. As Muslims and as Americans, we should speak out about foreign policies that are corrupt, that are causing more deaths in the world that are creating more factors and opportunities for people to be led politically to

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extremist ideologies. As Muslims, we should be the first to condemn any type of foreign policy that leads to this terrorism because it is established upon terrorism. Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Terrorism has nothing to do with other religions. It has people for political reasons, and for greed and other factors in their lives, trauma as well psychological reasons that are led to certain things that as Muslims we do not agree with. This has nothing to do with the religion. And yet hundreds of mosques have been shut down. Many Muslims were already attacked and killed in France, and in many other places around the world. There is not an attempt right now to protect

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Muslims there. There is not an attempt to bring hearts together. It is as though for political reasons for election reasons. They are inciting violence in their own society, and they are benefiting from it politically. Muslims do not benefit. The average French the average American does not benefit. And so when we look at this reality, we remind everyone here, when those oppressors when people who attack God and His prophets, and the religion, when they attempt to do what they're doing, and they start to oppress and vilify and create hostility in the world, remember Allah subhanaw taala, saying, we're only in our home in a KD Mateen. Allah says, I delayed them for a

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little while I'm giving them respite. I'm giving them more time, but my planning is flawless. In a KD Mati And Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is worth defending by 2 billion Muslims and many non Muslims as well in the world. Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. If people were to know who he was, they would fall in love with him, they would follow his message, the message from God, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, if they were to study his life, and what he did for society and who he was, at the very least, they might not follow Him, but they would not make a mockery of his religion, they would not make a mockery of who he was. Either his Salatu was

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Salam, this is not respect between people. And yet, when people boycotts peacefully, the French economy, they go about and they say in public, you should not be doing this. This is not fair. To us. This is very hurtful to us. People are saying mean things about us, where is the freedom of expression, there is nothing wrong with a peaceful economic boycott, to show our love for the Prophet sallallaahu Salam amongst many other strategies as well. They are not mutually exclusive. Those who claim that the religion is to be insulted under freedom of expression and those who attack the prophets of God. We remember that ultimately they will be cut off in a shiny, aka who will act

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on the woman who was cut off in the books of history, the one who attacked the messenger, the one who attacked God, they don't ultimately matter. Let us focus on the ideas more than the people let us focus more on change in society, more than on one or two individuals. The Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam brought for us everything we need to live in a peaceful society, and as Muslims to bring about this change in society and in the world, in America and in France and all around the world. In order to eliminate some of this harm, and to apply the Islamic Maxim's properly we need a multifaceted strategy. Very quickly, what do we need? We need to focus on policymaking locally at

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the federal level and internationally as well. Number two, we need to focus on education. What are you doing as a Muslim to educate yourself about the religion and to educate your children as well and to educate them about politics, geopolitics, society and psychology. Number three, raising mass awareness number four, focusing on international pressure number five, when it comes to social media utilizing it effectively, number six, accountability of those in positions of authority and number seven re

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Using ethical leaders from our own community, raising and developing Muslim leaders to take on these causes, the end result of positive change cannot be attained if we remain silent. It cannot it cannot be changed if as Muslims we don't partake in anything at all, if we remain isolated, if we just ignore the world that does not bring about positive change, metal Minko mukha on failure will be whoever sees any evil immorality wrongdoing as a Muslim, change it with your hands if you cannot fail them your stalker phobia Santa then with your speech with your tongue with your writing online, your rhetoric, phenom, your stalker phobia, economy, whether you are fully man if you cannot even do

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that, and most of us can, then at least hate it within your heart so that you are not desensitized to it. There are many things that we can do and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to guide us to these actions to guide us to positive change to utilize all of us in a positive way to bring more peace in the world to unite between the hearts and to allow us to be a positive role model for the entire world along that I mean of course you probably heard that was stuck through audio conference through in the Hall of Fame.

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And hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah who are earning he was suffering a woman who Allah in Allahu Amana yukata who you saw Luna Allah Nabhi Yeah, you are living in manual Sun Lu Allah He was selling water sliema Brothers and sisters, there are things we can all do to follow this hadith and I will conclude with this physical things you can do number one, education, learn the religion properly spending time every day learning the religion, it does not stop when you graduate, when you get a job when you get married. When you have children. As Muslims, we learn until the day that we die. What took law while you're in limbo, Kamala have got consciousness and seek ALLAH subhanaw

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taala is pleasure through this, it will enlighten your world and you will enlighten others as well. And for our children. Number two, vote be part of local change. If you live in a place in which you will have the capacity to change something to eliminate harm to decrease harm, then do something about it. I am not telling you to to vote for a specific person or a party or an idea. I am telling you as a Muslim, that if you have the ability, a tool a mechanism to decrease harm, then utilize it effectively because it's not available to people all around the world. Utilize it with the intention that you're doing so for the sake of Allah now a filthy question came up and it's asked many times

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when you vote for someone as a Muslim, whether you're voting for a Muslim or a non Muslim, are you necessarily endorsing all of their views? Absolutely not. So if they were to do something that you disagree with as a Muslim, this is not going to go back on you in terms of accountability. If you do your research, and you find even if there are two terrible candidates in a place or a land, that they are both causing harm, but one will cause more harm than the other. Do your research and try to decrease that harm as much as you can. And voting is beyond just the federal elections focus on what you can do at the state level as well. Do something about it. This is a physical action. Number

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three, raise awareness, volunteer for causes, and make sure your children are involved and learning about the world. Islam is beyond just the rituals. The rituals are foundational, politics is a part of Islam. Dealing with people's lives is a part of Islam protecting livelihood as a part of Islam. And as for your speech and your writing, Allah subhanaw taala swears by the pen. While you'll find me while you're still alone. This pen which is seen as something small and insignificant has so much power to change minds and hearts. One pen may change the world what about 1 billion pens? What about 2 billion Muslims who are quality Muslims who are preaching the right thing who are bringing

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solutions to society. And this is a responsibility we all have. Utilize your pen, your social media, your awareness to Muslims, non Muslims, colleagues and others online and offline, to speak what is best to be effective to be wise and do not think of this as a minor blessing of Allah rather, it is one of the greatest blessings upon human beings and this is why Allah subhanaw taala swears by it. Everything that you write, consider that you will be rewarded for it or you will be sinful for it online and offline. What you do online is magnified as well. Everything you write right for the sake of Allah, use this power of speech, the power of the pen, to be confident, to be strong, to change

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minds and hearts, and to also be protected intellectually, and to protect our communities as well. And lastly, encourage others to utilize the power of the pen the power of speech and education and knowledge and writing the nation of Ecuador to change the world positively. The world is beyond just your desires or your job or your family or your livelihood. The world for us as Muslims is much greater than that. We ask Allah subhana wa Tala to make us proper followers of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who follow him not just defend him. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us role models for the

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