Suleiman Hani – What do we need today – 3 Lessons from Salahuddin Ayyubi

Suleiman Hani
AI: Summary © The speakers emphasize the importance of understanding the needs of individuals, families, communities, and the umLive in protecting their rights. They stress the need for practicing Islam and learning about its implications for one's political and personal life. The speakers also remind students of the legacy of the umLive and the need for unity within their religious groups. They emphasize the importance of practicing Islam and learning about its implications for one's political and personal life, while also reminding students of their duty and the legacy of the umLive. The speakers stress the importance of practicing, studying, and sacrificing, while also reminding students of the significance of practicing, studying, and doing, and not waiting for others to interfere. They emphasize the importance of putting trust and faith into the um depth and not waiting for others to interfere.
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The most important thing for us to consider

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is a question of what we are in

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need of as individuals, families, communities, and as

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an ummah.

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And many people today in the ummah, if

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we were to wonder what do many people

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want. They wanna be rescued from oppression. They

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wanna be relieved of the responsibilities

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of the time that we are in. Many

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people want a hero or a superhero,

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and we look back at times and romanticize

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the history that led to great achievements.

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And oftentimes we hear of people referencing certain

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names like the name of Salahuddin Al Ayubi

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Rahimahullah.

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Amanda's famously known for a specific moment in

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his life, the liberation of Al Aqsa in

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many of the nearby lands. May Allah allow

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us to see a free

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We think of this reality.

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When people ask, when someone says, where is

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today? Where is the of our times? We

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have to remember 2 things.

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First, every generation, for every zaman, there's a

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specific type

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of leader and follower,

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specific circumstances

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that will differentiate the people of our times,

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and the leaders of our times, and the,

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facilitators of goodness in our times from those

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that came before. So you may be very

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young, you may be old, you may have

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no experience, you may have a lot of

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experience.

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Men and women from all walks of life,

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every ethnicity amongst our ummah around the world,

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and you could contribute to the goodness of

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the ummah in different ways. And the second

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thing to keep in mind, oftentimes when people

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say, where is

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the or where is this person who will

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save us? And the reality is we should

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strive. We should initiate goodness. We should not

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wait for others to save us from oppression.

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We should be relieving others of oppression.

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And oftentimes when we shift the responsibility

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external to us and our families and our

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local communities and the entirety of the ummah.

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We tend to then delay the goodness of

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that ummah. We tend to delay the potential

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goodness in the children of the ummah who

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grow up with great ambitions, who grow up

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with that tarbia. The mothers and the fathers

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who spend countless hours sacrificing for their children.

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That is the next leader of the ummah

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but it's going to be in a different

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form. When we look at the legacy of

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Salahuddin, there are 3 main things I wanna

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share very quickly that are timeless lessons for

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the day of Eid in light of what's

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happening in Palestine today. Number 1,

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was known for political things, strategizing as a

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general. But what many people do not know

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is that he cared a lot about

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He cared a lot about knowledge, knowledge with

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understanding,

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knowledge that raises the standards for the ummah.

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He used to surround himself with the people

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of the Quran, he used to be praying

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qiyam and making dua. So it's not about

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one aspect of the ummah, a protest or

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a vote, those are important. No, but it

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is about a comprehensive

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connection to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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As Muslims in this country,

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we have a responsibility

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perhaps than most of the when it comes

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to certain aspects

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of understanding Islam, practicing Islam, teaching Islam to

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the non Muslims around us. That when we

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engage politically,

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we understand what it means to be part

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of a system that is corrupt but we

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hope to reform and change in different ways.

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A long struggle and a long vision, not

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a short term goal. But I also wanna

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emphasize

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this, for all the amazing parents, may Allah

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bless them all. The mothers and the fathers

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around the world who are teaching their children.

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It is important that if a child is

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given 12 years of secular education,

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and then another few years of secular education

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in college,

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and they end up with only a year

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or 2 of Islamic education, it is a

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problem.

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It is a problem in terms of priorities

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not because of the former. There's no problem

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with Muslims specializing

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in every single field, doing well and excelling.

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But it is important for every Muslim who's

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excelling in those fields to also have a

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minimum standard of a minimum standard of understanding

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what is Islam, what's my duty, what's my

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role, what are the essentials, the basics of

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Islam that every one of us has access

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to today.

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It also means

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reminding our youth and reminding the adults as

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well but especially the youth.

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Although there are differences amongst Muslims within the

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ummah, there are different

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different understandings in aqeedah

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that we know when to talk about our

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differences and how. Because when someone comes to

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kill

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and slaughter a community of Muslims, they do

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not ask, are you Sufi, or Salafi, or

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Ashari, Mataridi, or Athari, or anything else? They

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don't care about your madhab. And it's not

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to say that we do not care. It's

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not to say that we don't seek truth,

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but it's to say to know when to

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emphasize differences and how that we should not

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cause greater divisions.

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Of Islam should be bringing the ummah together,

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especially in times like this. The reality of

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Islam is that it is so simple. You

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do not need any complicated philosophy, any advanced

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language, it's the pillars of iman, who is

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your Lord, what is the final message, how

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do you worship Allah? These are the things

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the overwhelming majority of the ummah are in

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need of. And when we raise that standard,

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so that every Muslim in all of their

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fields also

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has a standard of We will find benefits

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when people come together with their different specializations

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benefiting the ummah as well. So once again,

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remember, the legacy and the liberation of certain

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individuals. It's not about that singular moment. It's

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also about what came before it. The second

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reminder from the legacy of salahuddin Ayubi Rahamalullah

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is that of unity. And Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala gives us many commands in the Quran.

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Hold firmly to the rope of Allah, the

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covenant of Allah, and do not divide.

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Do not become divided. We know the problems

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of division. We are living in that generation,

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that era. We see what happens when someone

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who's coming from a certain nation state, a

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modern nation state, will look down on someone

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from a nearby neighboring nation state. Is that

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Islam? That is not part of Islam. The

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reality of the situation that we are in

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is that divisions

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are constantly used against us to weaken us,

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and we see this. And the the command

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of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala can be seen

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historically.

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What a lot of people do not know

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is that Saladin Ayubi

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was able to bring what they said at

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the time, Ibn Shaddad and other historians,

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The Muslims of the Arab background, the turkiq

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background, the Akra, the Kurds. He was able

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to bring them together under his leadership

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because he knew that unity was important. Unity

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was strength. We know this today. In this

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country alone, we are the most diverse religious

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group in the United States of America. And

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you look around the world, 2,000,000,000 Muslims, the

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nation states, the modern states do not matter

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to us. What matters to us is the

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truth. What matters to us is justice. What

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matters to us is what is good. At

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the end of his life, Saladin Ayubi was

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actually on the defending end of the 3rd

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crusade.

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Richard, the so called lion heart, tried to

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come back and attack Al Aqsa once again.

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And when he came to the area outside

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of Jerusalem and he saw that Saladin fortified

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it, and he asked his, his people, his

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army, what did Saladin do? And they told

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him and they told him he's actually alive,

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and he's in Jerusalem, refused to leave.

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He said,

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this is a city that cannot be besieged

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so long as salahideen is alive and the

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Muslims are united, and the Muslims are united,

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and the Muslims are united. We look at

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the state of the ummah today. And if

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we say we feel frustration that the ummah

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is divided, then let's take the first step

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within our homes. The husband and the wife,

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children with their parents,

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siblings with relatives and one another. That we

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are people that when there's a problem, we

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don't run away, we don't make the problem

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bigger, we look to solve the problem. Shaitan

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is the enemy in these situations trying to

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divide between us, our organizations,

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our individuals, our amazing movements out there all

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across the world. There's a lot of in

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our ummah, a lot of goodness, but we

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have to be wiser than the traps of

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shaitan and the traps of those who seek

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to divide and to conquer. May Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala grant us unity, Allah And the

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third and the final reminder,

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala commands us,

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Call upon me, I will respond to you.

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The night before the battle of Badir, the

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Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was begging Allah,

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begging Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala for victory.

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We might think, well, make dua for a

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little and then move on. No. The prophet

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kept repeating the

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dua over and over and over. And on

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the day of Badir to the extent Abu

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Bakr radiAllahu an came up to him and

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he pulled at his hand and he said,

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you have begged Allah enough You Rasulullah

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Meaning you made all the dua that you

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could.

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The night before the battle of Hakim and

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the night before the 3rd crusade,

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was

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seen by the and Ibn Shaddad making dua

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and crying,

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begging Allah for victory.

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We remind our students,

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study, study, study, study for that success that

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you desire. Those who want to succeed in

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their jobs, work hard at your job. Those

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who want to have a flourishing marriage, make

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sure you are investing in your marriage. You

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are giving. And so we're always emphasizing doing,

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doing, doing, and sacrificing.

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This is the month of sacrifice. Today is

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the day of sacrifice.

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And And we talk about Ibrahim alaihis salaam

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and sacrifice.

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Likewise,

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one of the means of success

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is to really make du'a.

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The same way for those who have been

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to Hajj or have seen the videos and

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pictures of Hajj, the same way the people

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at are begging Allah.

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In the last hour especially everyone is making

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dua, people are crying, you no longer care

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who's watching you, you're no longer awkward or

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shy. Why? Because you know how important dua

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is on this day. And you know the

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reality is what?

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala's response

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is nearby wherever you are. You do not

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need to be a Hajj. You do not

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need to be Arafah for you to make

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dua like you are at Arafah.

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Every single day and every single night begging

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Allah for victory, for success, for forgiveness, for

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guidance, for your own situation, for your own,

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relief as well. May Allah make us a

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people who really put our trust in him.

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Dua

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is the weapon of the believer. Dua is

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a fortress for the believer. May Allah

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make us a people of dua who are

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consistent with it throughout the days and nights.

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There are many other lessons. We don't have

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time to cover but remember

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this, the standard of in our ummah will

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determine what happens in the following generations.

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Number 2,

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to unite and not divide, and start with

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yourself and your family. If you can criticize

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the ummah for being divided but you can't

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bring your family together because of you, there's

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a problem in terms of implementation. So let

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us take advantage especially on this blessed day

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as as our hearts and our minds are

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with our brothers and sisters, our family members

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around the world, we're also trying to take

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advantage by worshiping Allah through happiness, worshiping Allah

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by bringing the hearts together, worshiping Allah by

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forgiving

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the people who wronged us, worshiping Allah by

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bringing happiness to the children, the youth and

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even our neighbors as well. And again, the

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third point is constantly go back to Allah

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in dua. Put your trust in him, put

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your trust in him, and do not wait

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for other people to initiate good in your

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community, the the emotion, you take the action,

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start yourself, Insha'Allah,

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with what is good and do not wait

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for other people to relieve you and others

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of oppression rather rescue others from oppression. May

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Allah alleviate the affairs of our brothers and

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sisters in every land and place

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Allah is the awe forgiving, the ever merciful.

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