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The speakers stress the importance of high ambition and values in the Quran, emphasizing the need for supportive community and a strong role model. They stress the importance of avoiding denying and sharing opportunities to be better, following guidance and setting goals for one's life, planting seed for healthy growth, and prioritizing flexibility and a positive experience for everyone. The speakers emphasize the need for hard work and a firm resolve to achieve success, following a path of guidance and setting goals for one's life, and planting a seed for healthy growth.

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Welcome, welcome, welcome everyone. I am so excited

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to be here back with you for Ramadan

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360.

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It is

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day 29

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of our series living by the book, 30

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Quranic principles in 30 days. And can you

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believe it? We've almost covered

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all of the principles.

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It's amazing to be with you. I am

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your host for today giving our, beloved sister

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Hafsa some time off. Abdul Rahman, Justin Wood

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coming to you live from the Midwest

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in Columbus, Ohio where we,

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just experienced the eclipse like many of you

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did as well around the country and potentially

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the world.

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We had some amazing,

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hosuf prayers. The the eclipse prayer was done

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in multiple masajid in our city.

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It's quite a blessing to see the Muslims

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come out in droves. Many people were already

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in the masjid for tikaf, so it was

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really a packed masjid, It looked like it

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was Jumu'ah prayer, and it was the, the

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eclipse prayer, masha'Allah. So a big blessing, alhamdulillah.

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Hope you were able to participate in some

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fashion as well to remember the signs of

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. May Allah bless you

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all. Go ahead and rename yourselves in the

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chat as well. Let us know where you

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are coming from. We really want to, highlight

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our international audience today as we do have

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a, a special special guest instructor today. Alhamdulillah.

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We're super blessed to have you all with

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us. It wouldn't be Ramadan 360 if we

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didn't shout out those people who are,

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making it happen for our brothers and sisters

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who are most in need around this Ummah.

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And so we want to continue to shout

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out to them. In the USA, we have

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HHRD

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who had a fabulous presentation the other day.

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Really got us to connect with those, orphans

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and those folks in need. Of course, the

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amazing work of our Canadian partner, Islamic Relief,

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and of course, The Forgotten Women

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in the UK, that organization. All 3 of

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those organizations are doing tremendous work. May Allah

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bless them and please continue to support them

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in these waning days of the month of

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Ramadan. May Allah Azhaja continue to bless all

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of us in all of our efforts.

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We also want to quickly, as we,

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get into today's session,

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just to let you know where we are

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at with our campaign.

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As of right now, alhamdulillah, the campaign has

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been beyond,

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beyond generous in terms of what the community

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has come out and done, and we really

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wanna take a moment

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and appreciate that. So I'm gonna really quickly

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share

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that for you here. Yes. I will share

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the Telegram group for the the salah InshaAllah.

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I will I got you. But let's take

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a do a quick screen share here,

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and just take a look at that.

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So this is in US dollars.

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We crossed the

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$300,000

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threshold. So we're $309,860.

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Our current goal is 325.

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Each and every dollar we are using in

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order to fund the tremendous work that an

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amalgam dozen communities

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around the globe. The ability to ensure that

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students are able to access

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authentic, reliable Islamic knowledge. That parents have a

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better idea how to deal with their kids.

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That kids can deal with their parents, whether

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you're in business, whether you're in charity work,

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whether you're a professional, whether you're a student,

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and a has something for everyone. And we

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want to continue to

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support the efforts, the ongoing efforts

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as we go for the next 20 years

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of service to the global ummah. So please

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continue to be so generous and so supportive

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and jazakam lochir and to this community right

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here who has been so amazing and so

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instrumental

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in ensuring that we have the resources and

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tools we need in order to support the,

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the Dawah and support the teaching that occurs

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around the globe.

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With that,

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we have a very special moment

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today.

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And,

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perhaps if you wanna mark if you if

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you are tracking Almagrib milestones,

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then you can

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mark your Al Maghrib calendar inshallah to Arah

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for today because I am super honored to

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be with you as a host for this

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particular moment. We have an instructor

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who is making a debut with us, who

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has not,

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taught to the best of my knowledge, has

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not taught with Al Maghrib in the past.

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But Alhamdulillah

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he is with us today.

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And this is going to be our beloved

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Sheikh Doctor. Taher Wyatt. For those of us

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who don't know him,

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Taher Wyatt is an experienced academic interpreter

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and instructor of Islamic studies.

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During over 21 years of teaching in Saudi

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Arabia, he attained multiple degrees, including a doctorate

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in theology.

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He has since blessed us with his presence

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back in the States. He is the executive

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director of the United Muslim Masjid in Philadelphia,

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and the president of QADI, the Quranic Quran

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Arabic Reflection

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Institute.

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And also,

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is associated with Yakin Institute as the associate

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editor on Yakin's editorial

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review

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board

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and the director of the Systematic Theology department.

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We are so, so honored, doctor Thal, here

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to have you with us.

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Are you coming from Philadelphia today?

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Something like that. Close.

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Right on the way outside the city. Can

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you hear me by the way? Is the

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Yes. Loud and clear, Masha'a. Sound great.

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Alhamdulillah. Welcome to Ramadan 360. Welcome to this

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global community. We're so blessed to have your

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presence here with us, and, we'd love for

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you to go ahead and introduce your

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topic

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It's an honor to be here. It is

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also an honor that

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Allah is what y'all has blessed us with

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a with another day of Ramadan. And I

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think that the topic that I was asked

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to speak about

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is

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extremely appropriate for,

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this, this these last few hours that we

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have of Ramadan

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and finishing

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strong. The topic that I was asked to

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speak about is,

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ambition

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or high aspirations

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as a Quranic theme.

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And we see this theme play out through

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the instruction

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of Eliza Wajal to his messengers,

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and we see this theme play out very

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clearly in the life of the prophet

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and

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his companions.

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And

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I I want us all to appreciate

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that,

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not every

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characteristic

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or every character trait can be considered to

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be

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a theme of the Quran.

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However, this one of ambition or ambition can

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have a negative context,

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so we'll we'll use high aspirations.

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This

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theme of high aspirations

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runs through and through the Quran

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and throughout the life of the prophet, alayhis

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salatu wasalam. In fact,

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some of the timeless advice

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of the prophet, salallahu alayhi wasalam, is

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You'll you'll hear a lot of people say

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this hadith. They say,

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but that is an incorrect pronunciation according to

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many of the scholars of hadith. So the

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prophet

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says

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to strive to have hearse,

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strive to be ambitious.

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To do

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that which will

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benefit you, to,

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embody those things that benefit.

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Anything that is going to benefit you,

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strive to achieve that.

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And seek Allah's aid,

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and do not give up. That's.

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Don't don't feel

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like you're not good enough. Don't don't wane.

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Keep trying.

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Now,

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this is a an extremely

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important hadith, and it comes after

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the statement of the prophet

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in that same hadith

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That the strong believer

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is better

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and more beloved to Allah than the weak

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believer,

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and in each of them is good.

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Now

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the

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prophet

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is letting us know here that even a

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person

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of weak iman

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still has good in them.

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And

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it is a common thing for us to

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especially when we're feeling weak,

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to equate,

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right, weak iman with no iman. And that's

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a trick.

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That is how Shaytan,

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and he took over when when you despair

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from Allah's mercy, right, when you feel like

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you're just not good enough, this actually pushes

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you to do more evil. It's like the

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man who killed 99 people. And

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he went to that monk or that abbot,

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and he said to to him,

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I killed 99 people. Is there any way

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for me to repent? Now mind you mind

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you, so Panalog, you have to think about

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this from a different perspective. If somebody's coming

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to ask you that, they're looking for something.

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Right? And

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in in in various positions that we're in

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in life, even just as parents. Sometimes your

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children know that they messed up and they're

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coming to you. They're trying to figure out

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a way out. But if if we compound

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the despair

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that they have,

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where does that lead them? And so

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when the monk told him,

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nah. There's no you killed 99 people, and

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you wanna be forgiven now? Like, you wanna

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make Toba now? Nah. It's too late.

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The man said, okay.

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Then you'll be number 100, and that's what

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happened.

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Because he ran out of he ran out

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of hope. Okay. If I if I'm not

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gonna be if there's no hope for me,

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then why? Why am I actually, like, what

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am I doing something good for? And I

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just, you know, finish the job. So he

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made him number 100.

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And and it's important that the problems, like,

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someone says here,

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but there's good in both of them.

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And then the prophet

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teaches us how to be good, strong.

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The first thing is,

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strive.

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Strive. Strive to do what is going to

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benefit you. Strive for those things that benefit

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you. Stay away from

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those things that are going to harm you.

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So, in this hadith,

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we see that the prophet is encouraging us

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to strive.

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The only people who strive are those people

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who actually have something that they're striving for.

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They have some kind of ambition.

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So I want us to just,

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I'll I'll take this back to the Quran,

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and then I'll go back to the seerah

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of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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so that we can, look at what does

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this quality actually mean?

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How did it manifest itself in the life

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of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam and

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some of his companions?

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Allah told the prophet

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in the Quran,

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Endure

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the way that

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from amongst the messengers

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endured.

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Who are?

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Eliza Wajal,

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has sent

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to Earth

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a 124,000

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prophets as it comes in some of the

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narrations from the prophet,

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the overwhelming majority of them, we don't know

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their names.

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Now Allah

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has mentioned

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Ulul Azam from amongst the messengers.

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These 5

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messengers

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who are considered to be the greatest of

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all of the messengers,

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They are those of

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firm determination if we're going to translate,

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if we're going to translate it, literally.

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So Allah

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is

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even telling the prophet

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that you have to have role models.

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Not

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just Fassbir.

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Look to their example.

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There are these great prophets who preceded you.

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Nur

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and Ibrahim

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and Musa and Isa, alayhim,

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you need to endure

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the way that they endured.

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So

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one of

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the first things that you need to have

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high ambition,

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to have high

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aspirations,

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you have to have a role model.

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I'm I'm saying to you all, to this,

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mugger,

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gathering.

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You have to actually have somebody,

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that you look to,

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that you know their life inside out, and

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that could be the prophet,

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but it might be somebody else. It might

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be Abu Bakr. It might be Omar. It

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might be Mariam,

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Aaniyah Sanam.

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Somebody that resonates

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their personality,

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their struggles, their their lifestyle,

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their

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it resonates with you, and you're going to

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copy them

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until you make

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it to. Elijah O'Jel is instructing us with

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this

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in every single

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raka of every salah.

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Allah

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made it mandatory upon us to recite

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Surat al Fatiha,

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and we say in Surat al Fatiha,

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Guide us to the straight path.

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That is in terms of just a

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a valid dua and a very good dua,

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that's enough.

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Alarm Mahdini.

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Right? Like we like we say in,

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and it's interesting, and I'll make this connection

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in a minute. Inshallah.

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So

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when we say,

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guide us to the straight path,

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We don't stop there.

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The path of those whom you have favored,

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whom you have blessed.

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Who are they?

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Allah describes them in

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when he says,

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They are the ones whom Allah has favored

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from mostly MBA,

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the prophets,

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the martyrs,

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the siddiqeen,

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the,

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the the the the sincere and truthful believers,

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and the salihim,

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the the righteous.

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It is not

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enough

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that we

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just

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ask for guidance

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without recognizing that there are other people who

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traveled that path and that we try to

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emulate them. And so even when we make

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the dua of kunut and now all of

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it, mashaAllah, it's Ramadan. So we're saying Allah

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Mahdina.

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What?

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Femenhadate.

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Femenhadate. Like the other ones that you have

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guided,

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meaning that we always are going to have

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people who traveled the path before us,

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males and females,

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who we're going to I mean, Yani, subhanallah,

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it's not a mistake that Allah

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when describing Maryam

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alayhis salaam in the Quran.

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He described her as a siddiqah.

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She's somebody that we're supposed to be emulating.

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She's somebody when we're saying,

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She's one of those that Allah and

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who we should be trying to emulate. Yani,

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the point here

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is that when we aspire,

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we need to look up,

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not

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like the things of the dunya. The prophet

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said, look to those who are below you.

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Don't look to those who are above you

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because it is more likely,

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Afwan, the the actual the hadith says, don't

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look to those who are above you. Look

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to those who are below you. It will

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be more likely that you are thankful,

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grateful for Allah's blessings upon you. That's as

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it relates to doing your things.

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As it relates to the hereafter,

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you're supposed to look up

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so that you can try to emulate

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those people. Because

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emulating them will take you on a upward

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trajectory,

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and will help you on your path to

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Jannah.

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If you look below,

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you're going to become content

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with where you are religiously.

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Masha'Allah, you pray 5 times a day. You're

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gonna be looking around. You live in a

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land of non Muslims. You're gonna say, what?

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These Kufar, they don't even pray.

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If, if I'm not going to Jannah, who

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is going to Jannah?

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That's not the attitude we wanna take. We

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wanna take.

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In that,

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right, when it comes to striving for gender,

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let the believers let those who wanna compete

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compete for that.

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Comes to the dunya stuff, we don't have

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to keep up with the Joneses. I don't

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my my neighbor gets a a brand new

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car. I don't have to come get a

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brand new car. My neighbor does a nice

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renovation project on his house. I don't have

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to come do a nice run. I'm not

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competing with my neighbors

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when it comes to dunya. No. I actually

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need to look at those who have less

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than me, because that's the only way I'm

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gonna be thankful to Eliza Wajan.

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And if my car is not up to

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snuff, it's not the greatest, ride. It doesn't

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look the greatest. But, masha'Allah, it gets me

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from point a to point b.

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And all I can do is see all

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of the people whose cars are better than

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mine. I'm not gonna be grateful to Elijah.

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But if you look at that person that's

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waiting at the bus stop in the rain,

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yeah.

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Then I'm a little bit more thankful. And

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so

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people often confuse that, and they look to

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those who are below them even when it

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comes to a, let's just say, their practice

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of being their religiosity, if I can use

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that term loosely.

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And that is what causes lower aspirations because

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we're not we're not

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seeing how do I get to that level.

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SubhanAllah.

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Since this is a, an intimate gathering,

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at least that's the way I look at

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it. And sometimes on on Zoom, it's hard

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to tell. But

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I I wanna share a story with you

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all so that we can understand

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the importance of

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sharing

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opportunities

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with others to be better.

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Right?

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One one of, one of my sheikhs, Sheikh

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Abdullah Hodeyen, Raheemullah Taida, who used to be

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on the permanent committee of, senior

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scholars in in Saudi Arabia.

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He was the first person

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that I

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heard

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mention

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that

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people,

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right,

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would read the Quran, the entire Quran, from

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Suratul Fajan, Suratul Nas in one day.

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Like, that was still alive now. So I

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I've read the books. Right? You know, you

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hear Imam Shafi. He's reading the Quran,

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you know, twice a day in Ramadan. And

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it's just like, come on. You know, from

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from our perspective in the beginning,

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like, this stuff is a legend. Right? This

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can't be true.

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Okay.

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But then you read it so much in

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the stories of the Salaf and their biographies.

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You're saying, no. There's gotta be some element

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of truth to this, but, you know, you

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just never have experienced that yourself. You know?

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God

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one one of us, you know, if we

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do 3 Jews in a day, we're like,

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yeah,

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You know, we we've accomplished a a great

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accomplishment. And it is it is a good

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great accomplishment.

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So, anyway,

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Sheikh Abdullah with Degan,

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he said that

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when, you know, a yamatulub,

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yani, when we were seeking knowledge,

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we used to go to the masjid. Like,

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there would be a group of the Shaba'at.

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They would go to the masjid on Jum'at

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at the first hour. That's the way he

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described it.

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We'll go at the first hour, which was

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the which was the prophet encouraged us to

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do.

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And we would start the Quran. We would

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start reading then.

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It's the first hour, Jumay,

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meaning after Fajr.

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He said,

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when the imam

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would get on the mimbar, we would have

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finished the the reading of Uqrai.

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Thirty Jews.

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Not not I read 5, he reads 5,

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he no. Each one of us,

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we have finished reading the Quran.

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I asked the shaker,

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how in the world

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but, like, what

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how do you do that? Like, how does

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one actually read 30 Jews

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in that period of time?

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He said, once you get used to it,

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you read the Jews in 12 minutes.

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Once you get used to it, you read

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the Jews in 12 minute.

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Start thinking about it.

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I said, wow.

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I couldn't imagine that at that particular time.

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This was

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18 years ago,

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maybe.

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Something like that. I could not imagine at

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that time any human being reading a Jews

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in 12 minutes.

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SubhanAllah. I hope your aspirations are climbing right

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now, by the way. We're talking about aspirations

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and the Quran itself.

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And Ramadan. And what should we be like

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after Ramadan? So I'm gonna talk about this

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in a second,

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But, subhanallah,

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for me, this was

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an absolute eye opener,

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because I said, wait a minute. This is

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actually a human being in front of me

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that I can touch and talk to

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that is doing

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things that I only thought existed in the

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books of the salah.

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And I had to take a step back,

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and I said, wait a minute.

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I became a Muslim in 1993.

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Fatihah to me was no different than Chinese,

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Japanese, whatever language.

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I heard somebody recite Fatih, I was blown

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away. Right? I was just like, wow.

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This

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African American guy from the hood is speaking

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Arabic. That's the way I interpreted it. Right?

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SubhanAllah.

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Okay. After a while, everybody learns.

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You right now, you can say.

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It hit me. I said, subhanallah,

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for them, the Quran is like Fatiha.

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The whole Quran.

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Because that's how much time

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they spend with the book of Allah azza

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wa jal.

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Now mind you, it is not the sunnah

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of the prophet, alaihis salatu sallam,

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to read the Quran

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every day.

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Ramadan is an exception, and that is shown

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clearly from the actions of the salah, but

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that's not the norm.

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And

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the norm of the,

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Sahaba

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the norm of the Sahaba

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was or let's just say a common practice

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amongst the Sahaba

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was that they would read the Quran

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in its entirety every 7 days. It's called

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at tasbir,

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from seba,

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for 7,

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and they had a particular methodology for doing

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that.

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35911.

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You anyway, we can that's a different discussion

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for a different day.

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The point is

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once you know that something is possible,

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you'll be more likely to strive for it.

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If you don't know,

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then you won't strive for it.

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And so the story I was gonna tell

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you, and then I said maybe I'm not,

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now I will tell you. So I had

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a friend, who's colleague of mine in Medina.

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And,

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you know, one of the things that that

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we like to do was,

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especially for the e, we like to get

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our thobe made, and and getting a thobe

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made is actually almost the same price as

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buying it out the box over there. Right?

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So we used to get our thobe made.

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And this brother was a was a box

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stove guy. He likes he likes to buy

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his,

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his, tholves from the box. So I dash

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and I just go to the tailor. We

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can measure it up and get the tholbe

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made. British brother.

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And so,

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we go to pick up the film, you

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know, a few days later,

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and he tries it on a story. Tries

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a stove on, it fits so nice. And

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he looked in the mirror, and he's looking

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at the buttons and everything. And he says,

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I didn't know looking this good was an

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option.

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And I said, nah. It's an option, bro.

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And I'm I'm only saying that from a

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junior perspective to see that when we know

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that something is an option, we might actually

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strive for it. And if we don't believe

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that it's in reach,

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right, then we're not gonna strive for it.

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And I I think that that's one of

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the things that

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leads to dunu al himma, which is the

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opposite of.

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So this leads to low aspirations because you

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don't really believe it's possible, so you don't

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strive for it.

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For example,

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I was to ask you right now.

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Do you think that you can become from?

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Do you think you can become a of

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Elijah?

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I ain't a lot of us like me.

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Knowing where I stand sinfully, the things that

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I do, the things that I don't do

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that I should do, whatever.

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Yeah. But if you put it in your

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mind, like, no. I wanna die as a

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wenmi of Elijah Woodson.

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That's a different level. It's a different level

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of striving.

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Elijah Woodson

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does not want us to settle

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for mediocrity

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when it comes to the dean.

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As for dunya,

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that's not a big deal.

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Elijah

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O'Donnell says, many of us, and I I'm

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just keeping it real.

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Where we are today, we are so obsessed

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with the external.

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So obsessed

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with how we look,

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so obsessed to the point that, you know,

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you've got bodybuilders that focus on this little

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muscle next to your tricep. This is how

00:32:18--> 00:32:19

you wanna do it like this. You wanna

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do these kind of pull ups. Pull your

00:32:20--> 00:32:22

hands in this way. Put them out that

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way. Turn them around this so that, you

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know, when you move your finger this way,

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your forearm, I shot a lot of muscle

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is gonna pop out or whatever. Like, we

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get so obsessed with this stuff.

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You know, people sit in the mirror for

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hour putting on, you know, foundation on top

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of this, makeup over here that way, put

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the butt okay.

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Allah

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the prophet said in

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the law. Law does not look at your

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external appearances.

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He doesn't look at your bodies.

00:32:56--> 00:32:58

That is not going to be judged by

00:32:58--> 00:32:59

law.

00:33:01--> 00:33:02

You were too skinny. You were a little

00:33:02--> 00:33:05

chubby. No. You were all the way chubby.

00:33:05--> 00:33:06

You were the no.

00:33:12--> 00:33:13

But he looks at your hearts,

00:33:14--> 00:33:15

and he looks at your deeds.

00:33:16--> 00:33:17

The same

00:33:18--> 00:33:22

aspirations that we have for our external beauty,

00:33:22--> 00:33:24

for our bodies, for

00:33:25--> 00:33:28

are we putting that same energy into our

00:33:28--> 00:33:29

hearts?

00:33:30--> 00:33:32

Are we putting that same energy into our

00:33:32--> 00:33:32

deen?

00:33:34--> 00:33:34

Strive

00:33:35--> 00:33:36

high.

00:33:36--> 00:33:38

Shoot for the stars.

00:33:39--> 00:33:42

This was from the sealer of our prophet,

00:33:42--> 00:33:44

sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, embodying the teachings of

00:33:44--> 00:33:47

the Quran. As we know, Aisha radiallahu ta'ala

00:33:47--> 00:33:47

Aina,

00:33:49--> 00:33:50

she said,

00:33:51--> 00:33:53

when asked about the character of the prophet

00:33:57--> 00:33:58

his his character

00:33:59--> 00:34:00

was the Quran.

00:34:02--> 00:34:02

So

00:34:03--> 00:34:04

I want us to look at this hadith

00:34:04--> 00:34:06

of the prophet, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam.

00:34:07--> 00:34:09

Many of you know this hadith, the prophet

00:34:09--> 00:34:12

salallahu alaihi wasallam say, this aal to mullah.

00:34:16--> 00:34:17

If you ask Allah,

00:34:18--> 00:34:19

ask him for.

00:34:22--> 00:34:22

Right?

00:34:24--> 00:34:25

The highest level of gender

00:34:26--> 00:34:26

Right?

00:34:28--> 00:34:29

This is this is high aspirations, by the

00:34:29--> 00:34:31

way. Like, you don't get higher than Fidos.

00:34:32--> 00:34:32

Alright?

00:34:33--> 00:34:35

So I want us to really

00:34:36--> 00:34:39

I want I want us to take this

00:34:39--> 00:34:40

hadith to heart

00:34:40--> 00:34:42

and really try to understand it.

00:34:43--> 00:34:45

What most people don't know is the context

00:34:45--> 00:34:46

of this hadith.

00:34:48--> 00:34:50

The prophet said,

00:34:54--> 00:34:55

Listen to this.

00:34:55--> 00:34:58

Whoever believes in Allah on the last day

00:34:58--> 00:35:01

will come in salah and establishes the salah.

00:35:02--> 00:35:03

Was some of Ramadan

00:35:04--> 00:35:07

and fast the month of Ramadan.

00:35:14--> 00:35:16

Allah has made it a duty upon himself

00:35:18--> 00:35:21

to enter this person into gender. Hold on.

00:35:21--> 00:35:23

What did he do? Believes in Allah,

00:35:24--> 00:35:25

the last day,

00:35:26--> 00:35:27

establishes the salat.

00:35:28--> 00:35:31

Play it. Establish the salat. A common salat

00:35:31--> 00:35:31

is different than.

00:35:32--> 00:35:35

Establishes the salah means he prays on time,

00:35:35--> 00:35:36

all the time.

00:35:37--> 00:35:39

Side note, and then we get back to

00:35:39--> 00:35:41

this this issue, but I I think this

00:35:41--> 00:35:42

is super important.

00:35:43--> 00:35:45

A lot of people, they come to you,

00:35:46--> 00:35:48

they they respect you for your religiosity, who

00:35:48--> 00:35:50

you are, these type of things, And they

00:35:50--> 00:35:51

come and they say, you know, I have

00:35:51--> 00:35:53

this problem and that problem is fine. You

00:35:53--> 00:35:54

know, one of my first questions to them

00:35:54--> 00:35:55

is how's your salah?

00:35:56--> 00:35:57

How's your salah?

00:35:58--> 00:35:59

Oh, yeah. No. No. I pray. No. No.

00:35:59--> 00:36:00

No. That's not what I'm asking.

00:36:01--> 00:36:04

Do you pray 5 times a day? See,

00:36:04--> 00:36:05

Subhanallah,

00:36:06--> 00:36:08

some people don't don't get it.

00:36:09--> 00:36:11

There's a reason why Elijah Woodrow made the

00:36:11--> 00:36:12

solo at

00:36:12--> 00:36:14

5. I'm not saying that anybody

00:36:14--> 00:36:17

actually knows the hikma of the number 5,

00:36:17--> 00:36:19

But let's just look at our houses. We

00:36:19--> 00:36:21

have 4 walls around us, and we have

00:36:21--> 00:36:23

a roof. K. So that's 5 things that

00:36:23--> 00:36:24

are protecting you.

00:36:24--> 00:36:26

Imagine a roof wasn't there, but you had

00:36:26--> 00:36:27

the 4 walls.

00:36:27--> 00:36:29

You're saying, I have this house, but I'm

00:36:29--> 00:36:30

still getting wet.

00:36:31--> 00:36:33

Like, bro, do you have a roof?

00:36:33--> 00:36:36

No. You got 4 walls. Okay. That's what's

00:36:36--> 00:36:38

happening when you're doing 4 salat and not

00:36:38--> 00:36:38

5.

00:36:39--> 00:36:41

That's what's happening. And you're coming in and

00:36:41--> 00:36:43

saying, no, but I got all these problems.

00:36:43--> 00:36:44

Can you add that 5th one, please? And

00:36:44--> 00:36:46

then we can, like, talk about maybe some

00:36:46--> 00:36:47

of the other

00:36:48--> 00:36:50

issues that you may be having. Right? But

00:36:50--> 00:36:52

the reality is that none of us would

00:36:52--> 00:36:54

accept the beautiful car. You got this Rolls

00:36:54--> 00:36:55

Royce, $250,000

00:36:56--> 00:36:59

vehicle. It's got 3 wheels instead of 4,

00:36:59--> 00:37:01

but it's a beautiful car.

00:37:01--> 00:37:02

I'll tell you something. This guy have a

00:37:02--> 00:37:03

hard time driving.

00:37:04--> 00:37:05

It needs that 4th one. It was made

00:37:05--> 00:37:07

that way for a reason. You got 4

00:37:07--> 00:37:09

for a reason. There are 5 salats for

00:37:09--> 00:37:12

a reason. It works when there are 5.

00:37:12--> 00:37:14

It's not gonna work as well when there

00:37:14--> 00:37:14

aren't 5.

00:37:16--> 00:37:17

A kamasalat,

00:37:17--> 00:37:20

on time, all the time. Whoever believes in

00:37:20--> 00:37:21

the law on the last day establishes

00:37:23--> 00:37:23

the salah.

00:37:25--> 00:37:26

A common salah.

00:37:26--> 00:37:28

Saw wasalam of Ramadan and fast the month

00:37:28--> 00:37:29

of Ramadan.

00:37:29--> 00:37:32

It Allah has made it a right on

00:37:32--> 00:37:35

himself, over himself to enter that person into

00:37:35--> 00:37:35

Jannah.

00:37:43--> 00:37:45

Whether he goes out for jihad

00:37:46--> 00:37:48

or whether he stays in the land in

00:37:48--> 00:37:49

which he was born.

00:37:51--> 00:37:52

Now

00:37:53--> 00:37:54

some of the Sahaba

00:37:54--> 00:37:56

word this hadith from the prophet sallallahu alaihi

00:37:56--> 00:37:57

wa sallam. They say,

00:38:01--> 00:38:03

should we not give glad tidings to the

00:38:03--> 00:38:04

people?

00:38:04--> 00:38:06

What glad tidings? Some people are like, man,

00:38:07--> 00:38:09

I can still hold agenda. I don't have

00:38:09--> 00:38:10

to go out. I don't have to go

00:38:10--> 00:38:12

out for jihad. Mind you, those people say

00:38:12--> 00:38:14

the Muslims are, you know, the Islam was

00:38:14--> 00:38:16

spread by the sword. The Muslims are bloodthirsty.

00:38:17--> 00:38:18

Believe me, he had enough of the companions

00:38:18--> 00:38:20

around the prophet like some. They weren't exactly

00:38:20--> 00:38:21

enthusiastic

00:38:21--> 00:38:23

about going out for Jihad. Many of them

00:38:23--> 00:38:25

were because they knew the reward, but it's

00:38:25--> 00:38:27

not like the prophet said,

00:38:28--> 00:38:30

I don't wish to meet your enemy. It's

00:38:30--> 00:38:32

not something that we strive for as Muslim,

00:38:32--> 00:38:33

man. We just wanna go out and fight

00:38:33--> 00:38:36

left. That's a last resort when there's no

00:38:36--> 00:38:38

other way to defend Islam and to raise

00:38:38--> 00:38:39

the word of Allah. So

00:38:43--> 00:38:44

the prophet

00:38:46--> 00:38:46

then said,

00:38:47--> 00:38:48

don't

00:38:49--> 00:38:50

don't

00:38:50--> 00:38:51

inform the people.

00:38:54--> 00:38:55

Why? He said,

00:38:56--> 00:38:58

Let the people work.

00:39:01--> 00:39:04

Because Jannah has a 100 different levels.

00:39:08--> 00:39:10

Allah has prepared them

00:39:11--> 00:39:14

for those who strive in jihad for his

00:39:14--> 00:39:15

cause.

00:39:16--> 00:39:18

So when you ask the law for agenda,

00:39:18--> 00:39:19

and this is the prophet Isaiah Psalm said.

00:39:19--> 00:39:20

So when you ask Allah,

00:39:21--> 00:39:23

ask him for alfidos,

00:39:24--> 00:39:25

fa inahu aljannah,

00:39:26--> 00:39:27

because it is the

00:39:28--> 00:39:28

highest

00:39:29--> 00:39:30

point in jannah.

00:39:31--> 00:39:33

The prophet is telling us here, and he's

00:39:33--> 00:39:36

the messenger of Allah. It's not from him.

00:39:36--> 00:39:37

It's from Allah.

00:39:38--> 00:39:39

Don't be settled

00:39:39--> 00:39:40

with Jannah.

00:39:41--> 00:39:43

What does that even how does that even

00:39:43--> 00:39:45

come off your tongue? How how how does

00:39:45--> 00:39:47

how do we even get to the point

00:39:47--> 00:39:50

where we say, don't settle for Jannah. What?

00:39:51--> 00:39:53

The problem is how you're settling by saying

00:39:53--> 00:39:55

no. Go for the highest part in Canada.

00:39:56--> 00:39:57

For those.

00:39:59--> 00:40:00

When you ask

00:40:02--> 00:40:04

what high aspiration that is?

00:40:06--> 00:40:07

You know,

00:40:08--> 00:40:10

I think about the Hadith of Rabi'a of

00:40:10--> 00:40:10

Nukab

00:40:11--> 00:40:12

really a long time, and he was the

00:40:12--> 00:40:14

servant of the prophet, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam.

00:40:14--> 00:40:16

He was outside of Medina, by the way.

00:40:16--> 00:40:17

And I don't not to get too far

00:40:17--> 00:40:19

into his story because I know my time

00:40:19--> 00:40:19

is up.

00:40:20--> 00:40:22

So I'll wrap up inshallah. But

00:40:25--> 00:40:26

the Rabi'ah,

00:40:27--> 00:40:29

he he used to serve the Prophet like

00:40:30--> 00:40:31

Anas ibn Malik, and

00:40:31--> 00:40:33

who served the Prophet He said,

00:40:34--> 00:40:36

Well, I do if he fell like he

00:40:36--> 00:40:37

hate in the middle. And

00:40:38--> 00:40:40

wherever he was, I was with him. I

00:40:40--> 00:40:41

was in his orbit is the way he

00:40:41--> 00:40:43

said, a do if he fell like he

00:40:43--> 00:40:45

Whatever the process I saw, I was I

00:40:45--> 00:40:47

was in his orbit. I'm looking. Whenever he

00:40:47--> 00:40:49

needs something, before he had to ask, I'm

00:40:49--> 00:40:50

bringing it to him.

00:40:51--> 00:40:52

This was Rabia.

00:40:53--> 00:40:54

And so

00:40:55--> 00:40:56

one day he says,

00:41:00--> 00:41:02

That night, I was with the prophet,

00:41:03--> 00:41:04

and I came to him. Like, he would

00:41:04--> 00:41:06

stay with the prophet. He would stay outside

00:41:06--> 00:41:07

of his house at night. So whenever the

00:41:07--> 00:41:10

prophet will wake up, he's gonna get his

00:41:10--> 00:41:11

water so that he can make will do

00:41:11--> 00:41:12

and so on and so forth. So he

00:41:12--> 00:41:14

bringing the water to the prophet whatever else

00:41:14--> 00:41:15

he needed.

00:41:16--> 00:41:17

He said that night, the prophet

00:41:18--> 00:41:19

says to me, Sal,

00:41:19--> 00:41:21

ask me. He said, look. Basically, the

00:41:23--> 00:41:24

prophet,

00:41:25--> 00:41:26

you know, he

00:41:28--> 00:41:29

was the type of person

00:41:30--> 00:41:32

that would always try to reciprocate a favor.

00:41:32--> 00:41:34

Right? Wasn't just the person that takes. He

00:41:34--> 00:41:35

wants to give,

00:41:37--> 00:41:38

And encouraged us to be that way as

00:41:38--> 00:41:39

well.

00:41:39--> 00:41:41

And and, mind you,

00:41:41--> 00:41:43

even if you don't have something to give,

00:41:43--> 00:41:45

the prophet says make dua for this person

00:41:45--> 00:41:47

until you feel like you've repaid them.

00:41:48--> 00:41:49

And the reason why is because

00:41:50--> 00:41:52

when you feel like you owe somebody something,

00:41:53--> 00:41:54

then that's a piece of your heart that's

00:41:54--> 00:41:57

not being dedicated to Allah's with y'all. It's

00:41:57--> 00:41:58

just that simple.

00:41:58--> 00:42:00

And so we want our hearts to be

00:42:00--> 00:42:02

attached to Allah and Allah alone,

00:42:02--> 00:42:04

so you wanna feel like you paid that

00:42:04--> 00:42:06

person back to the best of your ability.

00:42:06--> 00:42:08

Obviously, you're not gonna be able to repay

00:42:08--> 00:42:10

your parents ever, you know.

00:42:10--> 00:42:12

Anyway, so the prophet

00:42:14--> 00:42:15

wants to reciprocate

00:42:16--> 00:42:18

this favor, so he says ask me. So

00:42:18--> 00:42:18

he's telling

00:42:21--> 00:42:21

So Rabi'a

00:42:24--> 00:42:26

Now mind you, he was poor. He was

00:42:26--> 00:42:28

from outside Medina. He was from Abu Sufah.

00:42:29--> 00:42:30

He's living with

00:42:30--> 00:42:32

the with the poor from most of the

00:42:32--> 00:42:33

Mujahideen

00:42:33--> 00:42:36

and the Al Saud, and whenever the food

00:42:36--> 00:42:37

would come, he would

00:42:38--> 00:42:39

the the whenever food came to the prophet,

00:42:39--> 00:42:40

he would give them some from the food,

00:42:40--> 00:42:42

but they were basically, I mean, homeless.

00:42:43--> 00:42:45

And he's a young man. I mean, you

00:42:45--> 00:42:47

would think that if the prophet was asking

00:42:47--> 00:42:48

him, you know, what do you want?

00:42:49--> 00:42:51

He's gonna have a house, a wife, you

00:42:51--> 00:42:52

know, whatever.

00:42:53--> 00:42:53

He

00:42:56--> 00:42:59

says, I wanna be with you in Jannah.

00:42:59--> 00:43:02

Like, here, I'm your rafiq. I'm serving you.

00:43:02--> 00:43:03

I'm in your company.

00:43:03--> 00:43:05

I wanna be in your company in Jannah.

00:43:05--> 00:43:06

La ilaha illallah.

00:43:07--> 00:43:09

La ilaha illallah. What a high aspiration.

00:43:10--> 00:43:12

His aspiration wasn't the dunya.

00:43:12--> 00:43:14

His aspiration was the hereafter.

00:43:14--> 00:43:16

Brothers and sisters,

00:43:16--> 00:43:18

there's a lot more that can be said

00:43:18--> 00:43:19

about this topic.

00:43:20--> 00:43:20

However,

00:43:21--> 00:43:23

I'm sure that at the half hour mark,

00:43:23--> 00:43:26

many of you have already drifted off. So,

00:43:26--> 00:43:27

we'll

00:43:28--> 00:43:30

reel it back in, and let's just

00:43:31--> 00:43:34

say, as we conclude this month of Ramadan,

00:43:34--> 00:43:36

Elijah Wajal has blessed us,

00:43:37--> 00:43:39

and I believe that this is probably true

00:43:39--> 00:43:41

for each and every one of us with

00:43:41--> 00:43:43

some level of increase in Ibad.

00:43:43--> 00:43:44

We're different

00:43:45--> 00:43:45

than we were

00:43:46--> 00:43:48

on the 29th of Shaban.

00:43:49--> 00:43:52

We're different now on this 29th day of

00:43:52--> 00:43:53

Ramadan.

00:43:54--> 00:43:56

We may not have achieved everything that we

00:43:56--> 00:43:57

wanted to have achieved.

00:43:57--> 00:43:59

We may have fallen short.

00:44:00--> 00:44:02

We may have made mistakes along the way.

00:44:02--> 00:44:03

But, Subhanallah,

00:44:04--> 00:44:05

Allah has

00:44:06--> 00:44:07

blessed us to increase.

00:44:09--> 00:44:11

Our aspiration should remain high.

00:44:12--> 00:44:13

Our competition

00:44:13--> 00:44:14

for his magfarin

00:44:15--> 00:44:16

and his pardoning

00:44:17--> 00:44:18

and his mercy

00:44:18--> 00:44:20

should remain intact.

00:44:20--> 00:44:22

We're not going to be the same people

00:44:22--> 00:44:24

after Ramadan as we were in Ramadan, and

00:44:24--> 00:44:27

that's okay. The prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam was

00:44:27--> 00:44:28

better in Ramadan

00:44:29--> 00:44:31

than he was any other time of the

00:44:31--> 00:44:31

year.

00:44:32--> 00:44:35

That's fine. We're going to strive differently in

00:44:35--> 00:44:37

Ramadan and especially in these last 10 than

00:44:37--> 00:44:38

we strive in any other time of the

00:44:38--> 00:44:39

year, and that's fine.

00:44:40--> 00:44:43

But our aspiration should be to keep a

00:44:43--> 00:44:44

degree

00:44:45--> 00:44:45

of what Allah

00:44:46--> 00:44:48

has blessed us to implement

00:44:48--> 00:44:50

of Ibadah, of understanding,

00:44:51--> 00:44:53

of recitation of the Quran and dukkir and

00:44:53--> 00:44:55

dua and charity,

00:44:55--> 00:44:56

and those

00:44:57--> 00:44:59

other aspects that Allah has blessed us to

00:44:59--> 00:45:01

implement from those things that he loves.

00:45:02--> 00:45:04

That we have the desire

00:45:04--> 00:45:07

to keep a portion of that going

00:45:07--> 00:45:09

all the way until next Ramadan,

00:45:10--> 00:45:13

and that we keep on improving next Ramadan,

00:45:13--> 00:45:15

and that we keep a higher percentage of

00:45:15--> 00:45:16

those things,

00:45:16--> 00:45:18

and that we die

00:45:18--> 00:45:20

in a state of improvement.

00:45:21--> 00:45:24

Wallahi, Allah azza wa jal, does not

00:45:25--> 00:45:26

require from us perfection,

00:45:27--> 00:45:30

and he did not create us in a

00:45:30--> 00:45:32

way that we could ever achieve perfection.

00:45:33--> 00:45:35

But we can die in a state of

00:45:35--> 00:45:36

improvement.

00:45:37--> 00:45:40

And if we die while we are improving,

00:45:41--> 00:45:43

then that is a husnal kitam.

00:45:43--> 00:45:47

That is a beautiful conclusion to life, and

00:45:47--> 00:45:48

we ask Allah

00:45:48--> 00:45:50

for husnal kitam.

00:45:50--> 00:45:51

May Allah

00:45:52--> 00:45:53

protect us

00:45:54--> 00:45:56

from the evil of Sha'an and from the

00:45:56--> 00:45:57

evil of the Sha'ateen

00:45:58--> 00:46:00

and from the evil Sha'ateen

00:46:00--> 00:46:01

amongst

00:46:02--> 00:46:04

jinn and the ins. May Allah

00:46:04--> 00:46:06

protect us from them, from the dua of

00:46:06--> 00:46:08

the prophet, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, that I

00:46:08--> 00:46:09

will leave you with.

00:46:12--> 00:46:12

Allahumma'innaalajziwalkesan.

00:46:15--> 00:46:16

Oh, Allah,

00:46:16--> 00:46:18

I seek refuge in you

00:46:19--> 00:46:19

from inability

00:46:20--> 00:46:21

and laziness.

00:46:22--> 00:46:25

Those are the things that kill aspirations.

00:46:26--> 00:46:26

Inability,

00:46:27--> 00:46:28

and laziness.

00:46:28--> 00:46:30

Some parts of inability are.

00:46:31--> 00:46:33

You don't have any control over that.

00:46:34--> 00:46:36

Some of it is your own positioning,

00:46:38--> 00:46:39

and laziness

00:46:39--> 00:46:40

is entirely

00:46:40--> 00:46:41

your attitude.

00:46:42--> 00:46:43

May Elijah O'Jill protect us

00:46:44--> 00:46:45

from laziness

00:46:45--> 00:46:46

and inability.

00:46:46--> 00:46:48

We ask Elijah O'Jill for

00:46:50--> 00:46:51

that he

00:46:51--> 00:46:54

give us firm determination to be guided,

00:46:54--> 00:46:56

that he give us firm determination

00:46:56--> 00:46:57

to be guided.

00:47:07--> 00:47:08

We ask Allah

00:47:08--> 00:47:10

to aid us in fasting what remains of

00:47:10--> 00:47:12

the month of Ramadan and to aid us

00:47:12--> 00:47:14

in standing what remains of its nights.

00:47:24--> 00:47:25

Really appreciate your

00:47:27--> 00:47:29

insight into the topic and

00:47:30--> 00:47:32

the insight that we all gained. The chat

00:47:32--> 00:47:34

is blowing up, Masha'Allah. Everyone is very much

00:47:36--> 00:47:37

very much engaged Insha'Allah.

00:47:38--> 00:47:39

And we do have a few minutes if

00:47:39--> 00:47:40

possible

00:47:41--> 00:47:43

that, we'd like to do some discussions. Let

00:47:43--> 00:47:45

me just make sure we're both spotlighted here.

00:47:46--> 00:47:48

But what I'd like to start with is,

00:47:49--> 00:47:50

I know that

00:47:51--> 00:47:53

in your own journey, right, someone asked about

00:47:53--> 00:47:54

how you personally

00:47:55--> 00:47:56

were able to,

00:47:57--> 00:47:59

to make that change in your life. Right?

00:47:59--> 00:48:01

And I know from what I understand of

00:48:01--> 00:48:03

your journey, early on when you went overseas,

00:48:03--> 00:48:05

it was just to learn Arabic. It wasn't

00:48:05--> 00:48:07

necessarily to go on this

00:48:07--> 00:48:09

journey that you found yourself on in the

00:48:09--> 00:48:10

position that you find yourself in. Now I

00:48:10--> 00:48:11

wonder if you could speak to that a

00:48:11--> 00:48:14

bit in terms of how an early aspiration

00:48:14--> 00:48:15

can develop

00:48:15--> 00:48:18

as new possibilities open up for you.

00:48:18--> 00:48:19

Yes. SubhanAllah.

00:48:19--> 00:48:20

So,

00:48:21--> 00:48:23

I think that there's a

00:48:23--> 00:48:25

a major role that Ikhlas

00:48:25--> 00:48:27

plays in all of this because

00:48:27--> 00:48:28

oftentimes,

00:48:29--> 00:48:32

when you start on a path to something,

00:48:33--> 00:48:35

you don't actually

00:48:36--> 00:48:37

know what's at the end of that tunnel.

00:48:39--> 00:48:41

What you thought was a light might actually

00:48:41--> 00:48:43

be a fire. Like, you really don't know.

00:48:44--> 00:48:45

But,

00:48:48--> 00:48:50

when you turn to Eliza Wajalindu,

00:48:50--> 00:48:52

I will tell you this on a personal

00:48:52--> 00:48:52

note.

00:48:54--> 00:48:55

One of the first

00:48:55--> 00:48:57

books that I owned in Islam,

00:48:58--> 00:48:59

I think this was,

00:49:00--> 00:49:02

so I had, like, 40 Hadithi Memin. I

00:49:02--> 00:49:03

had I had almost half.

00:49:05--> 00:49:07

I have 40 high lithium memonoid. Like, those

00:49:07--> 00:49:08

were that was my go to.

00:49:10--> 00:49:11

There was a book

00:49:12--> 00:49:13

back in the day.

00:49:13--> 00:49:15

You will not be able to find it

00:49:15--> 00:49:17

with LoRa item. It was called authentic supplications.

00:49:18--> 00:49:19

It was a white book

00:49:19--> 00:49:21

that was printed by

00:49:22--> 00:49:25

a spin off of a Kuwaiti organization that

00:49:25--> 00:49:26

I will not name.

00:49:27--> 00:49:29

But they had a, like a headquarters in

00:49:29--> 00:49:30

Florida, Kissimmee,

00:49:31--> 00:49:32

at the time. It's 94

00:49:34--> 00:49:34

maybe.

00:49:35--> 00:49:37

This book called Authentic Supplications

00:49:38--> 00:49:39

was before

00:49:39--> 00:49:42

Islam Muslim was translated into English, at least

00:49:42--> 00:49:43

from what I remember.

00:49:44--> 00:49:44

And

00:49:46--> 00:49:48

for me, as a new Muslim,

00:49:49--> 00:49:50

I'm opening up this book. First of all,

00:49:50--> 00:49:53

the whole concept of authentic was just like,

00:49:53--> 00:49:53

That was,

00:49:54--> 00:49:55

took me a while to get used to

00:49:55--> 00:49:56

this.

00:49:56--> 00:49:58

You know, there's hadith and,

00:49:58--> 00:50:01

like, there's a system for verifying that the

00:50:01--> 00:50:01

prophet

00:50:01--> 00:50:04

actually said something or different. Like, this was

00:50:04--> 00:50:05

very different from any other religion that I

00:50:05--> 00:50:07

was, familiar with.

00:50:10--> 00:50:12

But authentic supplications, it starts out, you open

00:50:12--> 00:50:13

it up. There's a duive for when you

00:50:13--> 00:50:15

put your clothes on. There's a duive for

00:50:15--> 00:50:16

when you walk into the bathroom, when you

00:50:16--> 00:50:17

come out the bathroom, from

00:50:18--> 00:50:19

when you enter into a town, and when

00:50:19--> 00:50:20

you leave a town, or when you're gonna

00:50:20--> 00:50:22

travel, and when and I was just like,

00:50:24--> 00:50:26

all of these things that we can say,

00:50:26--> 00:50:28

that we can pray, like, there's a there's

00:50:28--> 00:50:29

a formula that the prophet left

00:50:30--> 00:50:31

behind for us.

00:50:33--> 00:50:35

I will say that I believe

00:50:36--> 00:50:38

that this was from Eliza Wigell's

00:50:41--> 00:50:41

looked

00:50:42--> 00:50:43

for me on a personal

00:50:44--> 00:50:44

level

00:50:45--> 00:50:46

from his mercy.

00:50:47--> 00:50:49

That that helped me to develop

00:50:50--> 00:50:53

my tongue to call upon a lost from

00:50:53--> 00:50:55

a very early stage in Islam

00:50:56--> 00:50:57

prophetically,

00:50:59--> 00:51:01

that I was using the duas that the

00:51:01--> 00:51:02

prophet

00:51:03--> 00:51:06

was using from a very early stage.

00:51:06--> 00:51:08

And when you get into that habit

00:51:09--> 00:51:10

early on,

00:51:11--> 00:51:13

it it bears its fruits. Well,

00:51:15--> 00:51:18

I I believe, inshallah, that that was from

00:51:18--> 00:51:20

Elijah Jawah wanting good for me. And just

00:51:20--> 00:51:22

the fact that I came from where I

00:51:22--> 00:51:23

came from to become a Muslim

00:51:24--> 00:51:25

is somewhat of a miracle itself

00:51:26--> 00:51:28

and, truly a blessing from a lives with

00:51:28--> 00:51:29

them. So,

00:51:30--> 00:51:32

yeah, my journey early on was was one

00:51:32--> 00:51:34

of Arabic, but I do believe that I

00:51:34--> 00:51:36

wanted to learn it for the sake of

00:51:36--> 00:51:37

Elijah. A lot of those best.

00:51:38--> 00:51:41

I'm I'm hoping that there was a class

00:51:41--> 00:51:43

in that, And I believe that those people

00:51:43--> 00:51:44

who are sincere,

00:51:45--> 00:51:46

what they do for the sake of Elijah

00:51:47--> 00:51:48

and who strive.

00:51:51--> 00:51:53

And when you strive for the sake of

00:51:53--> 00:51:56

Elijah, Elijah will open up his paths and

00:51:57--> 00:51:59

that's the short answer.

00:52:00--> 00:52:00

Answer.

00:52:03--> 00:52:04

Beautifully

00:52:05--> 00:52:05

put.

00:52:05--> 00:52:06

Now

00:52:06--> 00:52:08

in the chat, and we wanna value your

00:52:08--> 00:52:10

time. If you have a few more minutes,

00:52:10--> 00:52:12

we really appreciate it. This has been amazing

00:52:12--> 00:52:14

amazing session for all of us. There's a

00:52:14--> 00:52:16

question that came up. Right? So

00:52:17--> 00:52:19

we talk about these aspirations, but for some

00:52:19--> 00:52:20

people, they feel

00:52:20--> 00:52:21

I'll combine 2 questions.

00:52:23--> 00:52:25

One person put it as how unrealistic can

00:52:25--> 00:52:26

we be in our dua

00:52:27--> 00:52:29

in the sense that, like, I know my

00:52:29--> 00:52:31

actions aren't gonna do it. And so I'm

00:52:31--> 00:52:33

asking for these things, but I don't feel

00:52:33--> 00:52:35

like my actions are connected to it. And

00:52:35--> 00:52:37

how another person put it, they said that,

00:52:37--> 00:52:39

like, I have these aspirations, but I can't

00:52:39--> 00:52:41

relate personally. I can't put myself in these

00:52:41--> 00:52:42

situations. So

00:52:42--> 00:52:44

and I think we're starting to open some

00:52:44--> 00:52:46

doors for a lot of us because

00:52:47--> 00:52:49

we're not used to dreaming big many ways.

00:52:49--> 00:52:51

We've been limited in we limit ourselves.

00:52:51--> 00:52:53

Our cultures limit us.

00:52:53--> 00:52:55

Shaytan limits us. And so often, a lot

00:52:55--> 00:52:57

of what you've described is maybe a new

00:52:57--> 00:52:59

perspective for some of us. So I was

00:52:59--> 00:53:00

hoping you can maybe give us a little

00:53:00--> 00:53:01

bit more in terms

00:53:02--> 00:53:03

of the permission we have

00:53:04--> 00:53:06

to to have those those huge aspirations

00:53:07--> 00:53:09

even though our current state may not warrant

00:53:09--> 00:53:10

us being in that position.

00:53:12--> 00:53:13

And I think that's the whole point.

00:53:14--> 00:53:16

Our current state may not warrant that,

00:53:16--> 00:53:17

But so

00:53:20--> 00:53:23

what? It's all about how you end.

00:53:24--> 00:53:26

It's all about the end.

00:53:26--> 00:53:29

It's not about where you are right now

00:53:30--> 00:53:32

in terms of how you're going to fare

00:53:33--> 00:53:34

in the hereafter.

00:53:34--> 00:53:37

Sure. Where you are right now is part

00:53:37--> 00:53:38

of your journey

00:53:38--> 00:53:40

to meeting Allah Azarajan,

00:53:40--> 00:53:42

but it's not the conclusion of that journey.

00:53:43--> 00:53:45

And I think that the day before Omar

00:53:46--> 00:53:47

accepted his land,

00:53:48--> 00:53:50

and if somebody said that he was going

00:53:50--> 00:53:52

to be in the highest station of Jannah,

00:53:52--> 00:53:53

I I mean, who would who would have

00:53:53--> 00:53:56

believed that? Right? Who would have believed that

00:53:56--> 00:53:57

he would be from the ashalah and of

00:53:57--> 00:53:59

the Jannah, and he's up there, Yani, to

00:53:59--> 00:54:01

causing problems for the Muslims?

00:54:02--> 00:54:02

Right?

00:54:03--> 00:54:03

So

00:54:04--> 00:54:05

I think that

00:54:06--> 00:54:08

it's very simple. We just have to honestly,

00:54:10--> 00:54:12

if that's where you are, take your role

00:54:12--> 00:54:13

model as a

00:54:14--> 00:54:16

take, you know, look back at somebody who's

00:54:16--> 00:54:16

with a man

00:54:17--> 00:54:19

who before our lives would put them on

00:54:19--> 00:54:20

a path of isti kama.

00:54:21--> 00:54:22

I mean, they may have been some of

00:54:22--> 00:54:24

the people who were detrimental to society.

00:54:25--> 00:54:26

Public nuisance.

00:54:27--> 00:54:30

You know? Problem. Pro you know, causing problems.

00:54:31--> 00:54:33

And I don't think that anybody on that's

00:54:33--> 00:54:35

listening right now is one of those people.

00:54:35--> 00:54:38

Allah has blessed you to get this far.

00:54:38--> 00:54:39

And so

00:54:40--> 00:54:42

asking Allah for,

00:54:43--> 00:54:44

You know, again,

00:54:47--> 00:54:49

this is not one of those things.

00:54:51--> 00:54:53

It doesn't matter what life looks like for

00:54:53--> 00:54:54

you. It doesn't matter what you achieve in

00:54:54--> 00:54:57

life, whether you're the greatest surgeon ever because

00:54:57--> 00:54:58

your dad told you you needed to be

00:54:58--> 00:54:59

or whatever.

00:55:01--> 00:55:02

That has no bearing,

00:55:04--> 00:55:06

but it also doesn't determine.

00:55:08--> 00:55:10

There's absolutely nothing that you could ask

00:55:10--> 00:55:12

for that is greater than seeing the face

00:55:12--> 00:55:13

of Allah

00:55:16--> 00:55:17

from his du'a,

00:55:20--> 00:55:21

All I ask you for a cool life

00:55:21--> 00:55:24

after death. Right? Cool Here,

00:55:26--> 00:55:27

a life of

00:55:27--> 00:55:28

of serenity

00:55:29--> 00:55:29

after death.

00:55:31--> 00:55:32

This

00:55:37--> 00:55:38

This was from the Du'a had to prophesy

00:55:38--> 00:55:39

something towards some of his companions.

00:55:40--> 00:55:43

And the the enjoyment of looking at your

00:55:43--> 00:55:44

face,

00:55:46--> 00:55:47

Nobody deserves that.

00:55:48--> 00:55:49

Nobody deserves Jannah.

00:55:50--> 00:55:51

The prophet

00:55:51--> 00:55:52

said that none of us are going to

00:55:52--> 00:55:53

enter Jannah. None of you.

00:55:55--> 00:55:55

It's

00:55:56--> 00:55:57

compensation.

00:55:57--> 00:55:59

Jannah is not going to come as compensation

00:55:59--> 00:56:00

for your deeds.

00:56:01--> 00:56:02

You don't deserve,

00:56:02--> 00:56:03

Gunna.

00:56:03--> 00:56:05

Then no no more than you deserve

00:56:06--> 00:56:09

the to purchase this, you know, $6,000,000

00:56:10--> 00:56:11

mansion for $2.

00:56:11--> 00:56:13

Like, it that that's not compensation. That's not

00:56:13--> 00:56:16

fair compensation. There's nothing that you can do

00:56:16--> 00:56:18

that's fair compensation for Jindan. This is what

00:56:18--> 00:56:19

the prophet is saying. They said, not even

00:56:19--> 00:56:20

you, old messenger,

00:56:21--> 00:56:24

Mind you, there's nobody from Islam that does

00:56:24--> 00:56:25

any deed except that the prophet

00:56:26--> 00:56:27

is getting sharing in that reward.

00:56:28--> 00:56:29

How did how do you make wudu? You

00:56:29--> 00:56:31

made wudu because you learned the hadith of

00:56:31--> 00:56:32

a man that would not faint. Who learned

00:56:32--> 00:56:33

it from the prophet

00:56:36--> 00:56:38

Whoever's teaching knowledge is the is is also

00:56:38--> 00:56:41

getting that reward. Every act that the Ummah

00:56:41--> 00:56:43

does, the prophet is saying someone is sharing

00:56:43--> 00:56:43

in that reward.

00:56:44--> 00:56:46

Prophet is someone saying not even he is

00:56:46--> 00:56:47

going to enter Jannah

00:56:49--> 00:56:51

as a as compensation for his deeds, except

00:56:51--> 00:56:53

that Elijah encompasses me with his,

00:56:54--> 00:56:55

with his

00:56:55--> 00:56:56

mercy.

00:56:56--> 00:56:57

So

00:56:57--> 00:56:59

the issue is not about whether you deserve.

00:57:01--> 00:57:01

It's about,

00:57:02--> 00:57:03

do you understand

00:57:03--> 00:57:04

that Allah is?

00:57:06--> 00:57:08

Do you know who Allah is?

00:57:08--> 00:57:09

Do you know that

00:57:10--> 00:57:12

it's not about whether you deserve it or

00:57:12--> 00:57:12

not?

00:57:13--> 00:57:15

It's about are you following

00:57:15--> 00:57:16

what he

00:57:16--> 00:57:19

instructed us to do? Whether that is from

00:57:19--> 00:57:21

the Quran or whether it's on the tongue

00:57:21--> 00:57:22

of his prophet,

00:57:23--> 00:57:23

the prophet

00:57:24--> 00:57:25

told us to ask for fibdos.

00:57:27--> 00:57:27

Prophet

00:57:27--> 00:57:28

knows we don't deserve

00:57:30--> 00:57:32

it. So it's really not about where you

00:57:32--> 00:57:33

are. It's about will you

00:57:34--> 00:57:35

have enough confidence

00:57:36--> 00:57:38

in the Messenger of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa

00:57:38--> 00:57:39

sallam?

00:57:39--> 00:57:40

Will you have enough

00:57:42--> 00:57:44

and trust upon Allah

00:57:46--> 00:57:47

to ask for it and then strive for

00:57:47--> 00:57:49

it? And even if you fall short,

00:57:50--> 00:57:51

know that Allah is.

00:57:52--> 00:57:54

Think about it like this, man.

00:57:55--> 00:57:55

You know,

00:57:59--> 00:58:00

I I don't know the age group that

00:58:00--> 00:58:02

I'm talking to. I have I have older

00:58:02--> 00:58:03

children.

00:58:03--> 00:58:03

So

00:58:05--> 00:58:07

I know that many of them, you and

00:58:07--> 00:58:09

your children are also they're gonna fall short

00:58:09--> 00:58:10

of your expectations

00:58:10--> 00:58:12

sometimes. Not all the time.

00:58:13--> 00:58:15

But when you see them striving,

00:58:16--> 00:58:17

right, you may have had a

00:58:18--> 00:58:19

a different

00:58:20--> 00:58:22

goal that you wanted to them to reach,

00:58:22--> 00:58:24

and maybe they didn't they they weren't able

00:58:24--> 00:58:26

to hit that target, but they tried so

00:58:26--> 00:58:27

hard.

00:58:28--> 00:58:30

You're gonna reward them for their effort, Willa,

00:58:31--> 00:58:32

even if they don't hit the target.

00:58:33--> 00:58:35

Ask Allah, Azawajal, for what you want.

00:58:36--> 00:58:38

Strive for it and know that Allah is

00:58:38--> 00:58:41

kinder to you, more merciful to you than

00:58:41--> 00:58:43

you will ever be kind to your children

00:58:43--> 00:58:45

and be merciful to your children. The law

00:58:45--> 00:58:46

is more than that.

00:58:47--> 00:58:47

So

00:58:48--> 00:58:49

believe that and strive for it, be it

00:58:49--> 00:58:50

in the day of your time.

00:58:56--> 00:58:57

I'm going to ask,

00:58:58--> 00:58:58

that,

00:58:59--> 00:59:01

I'd be allowed to be excused.

00:59:03--> 00:59:03

I actually,

00:59:04--> 00:59:06

almost missed this call. We have a brother

00:59:06--> 00:59:08

in our community whose father had a heart

00:59:08--> 00:59:09

attack last night.

00:59:10--> 00:59:12

He had several more heart attacks on the

00:59:12--> 00:59:13

way to the hospital,

00:59:13--> 00:59:17

and he he called literally right before I

00:59:17--> 00:59:19

was able to jump on and was mentioning

00:59:19--> 00:59:19

that the

00:59:20--> 00:59:22

3 doctors are telling them to remove him

00:59:22--> 00:59:23

from life support.

00:59:23--> 00:59:25

Hello. It it created a little, not just

00:59:25--> 00:59:27

a ficki side of things, but the pastoral

00:59:27--> 00:59:29

side of things. I need to get back

00:59:29--> 00:59:31

to, Of course. The deal with the situation.

00:59:31--> 00:59:33

Certainly. No. That that's a great place to

00:59:33--> 00:59:34

end off. Thank you so much for being

00:59:34--> 00:59:36

so generous with your time and being with

00:59:36--> 00:59:38

the sheikh and, and our our dive with

00:59:38--> 00:59:39

with him as well.

00:59:52--> 00:59:55

And alhamdulillah that was doctor Taherd Wyatt. As

00:59:55--> 00:59:56

many of you mentioned early on, you'd seen

00:59:56--> 00:59:59

him in Yaqeen, seen him in other,

00:59:59--> 01:00:01

places as well. And we're so excited, and

01:00:01--> 01:00:03

we we hope it's not the last opportunity

01:00:03--> 01:00:05

that we have to spend time with him

01:00:05--> 01:00:08

here in Ramadan 360 or perhaps in other

01:00:08--> 01:00:10

avenues. May Allah bless him and bless all

01:00:10--> 01:00:11

of you for your amazing,

01:00:11--> 01:00:14

participation as well. It was really heartwarming to

01:00:14--> 01:00:14

see,

01:00:15--> 01:00:17

us start to expand our horizons a bit.

01:00:17--> 01:00:19

Right? You know, it's not comfortable sometimes to

01:00:20--> 01:00:21

feel like I'm allowed to

01:00:22--> 01:00:23

aspire to these amazing

01:00:24--> 01:00:25

examples from the past.

01:00:25--> 01:00:26

And

01:00:26--> 01:00:29

we forget sometimes that the prophet himself, sallallahu

01:00:29--> 01:00:31

alaihi wasallam, he is meant to be our

01:00:31--> 01:00:33

example. Right? He he wasn't meant to show

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us what's not possible.

01:00:34--> 01:00:35

His life is to show us what is

01:00:35--> 01:00:37

possible. And so we strive to,

01:00:38--> 01:00:40

follow in his blessed footsteps, sallallahu alaihi wa

01:00:40--> 01:00:43

sallam. They ask Allah that all of us,

01:00:43--> 01:00:45

we we aim higher after this session and

01:00:45--> 01:00:48

we aspire to to great things. And that

01:00:48--> 01:00:52

Allah accepts us despite our shortcomings and our,

01:00:52--> 01:00:54

in those things that are weaknesses within us.

01:00:56--> 01:00:57

With that,

01:00:58--> 01:00:59

we do wanna go ahead and continue the

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session inshallah to Allah.

01:01:02--> 01:01:03

Very special last,

01:01:03--> 01:01:06

moments of Ramadan 360 in that last couple

01:01:06--> 01:01:08

of days here. But we're here now. I

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see some people in the chat, you know,

01:01:09--> 01:01:12

expressing some sadness. That's okay. But we're here.

01:01:12--> 01:01:14

We're still here. So let's take in every

01:01:14--> 01:01:17

moment. Let's enjoy every moment inshallah ta'ala. And,

01:01:18--> 01:01:20

I would like to see if

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Ustadatemia,

01:01:22--> 01:01:23

is available.

01:01:24--> 01:01:26

And yes, I do see let's go and

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add a spotlight here. Bismillah. Ustadah Assalamu alaikum

01:01:30--> 01:01:30

How are you doing?

01:01:35--> 01:01:36

Shall we begin?

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Yes.

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So when I think of

01:01:51--> 01:01:51

of ambition,

01:01:52--> 01:01:53

I think of 3 things.

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The first thing I think of is

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a clear

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goal

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and not just an ordinary goal, but a

01:02:02--> 01:02:02

high

01:02:02--> 01:02:04

goal that you want to achieve.

01:02:05--> 01:02:06

The second thing

01:02:09--> 01:02:10

that I think of is firm

01:02:11--> 01:02:11

resolve.

01:02:12--> 01:02:13

Because you can

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set goals and you can have, you know,

01:02:16--> 01:02:17

high aspirations.

01:02:17--> 01:02:18

But

01:02:18--> 01:02:21

if you don't have a strong resolve

01:02:22--> 01:02:24

to achieve those goals, then that is just

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Amani. And Allah

01:02:26--> 01:02:27

tells us in the Quran

01:02:28--> 01:02:28

that

01:02:30--> 01:02:33

that Jannah is not attained just by your

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wishes.

01:02:35--> 01:02:35

Right?

01:02:35--> 01:02:37

So the second thing I think the second

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thing I think of is,

01:02:40--> 01:02:41

firm resolve,

01:02:41--> 01:02:42

PRISM.

01:02:43--> 01:02:45

And the third thing I think of is

01:02:46--> 01:02:46

work,

01:02:47--> 01:02:48

hard work.

01:02:48--> 01:02:51

So when you combine these three things together,

01:02:52--> 01:02:53

then

01:02:53--> 01:02:56

this is what success looks like.

01:02:56--> 01:02:58

That you have a high goal,

01:02:58--> 01:03:00

you have high aspirations.

01:03:00--> 01:03:03

You don't become small. You don't set, you

01:03:03--> 01:03:06

know, small goals. You're not afraid.

01:03:06--> 01:03:09

Right? You have high high aspirations.

01:03:09--> 01:03:11

You have the firmness of intention.

01:03:12--> 01:03:15

And then with that, you also combine

01:03:15--> 01:03:16

hard work.

01:03:16--> 01:03:18

Now let's break this down. Let's look at

01:03:18--> 01:03:20

the first thing. The first thing,

01:03:20--> 01:03:22

when you set high goals.

01:03:23--> 01:03:24

As Muslims,

01:03:24--> 01:03:27

what is it that we are all aiming

01:03:27--> 01:03:27

for?

01:03:28--> 01:03:30

What is it that we're all striving towards?

01:03:30--> 01:03:32

What is our dream?

01:03:32--> 01:03:34

It is, of course, Jannah.

01:03:34--> 01:03:36

Right? And Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us

01:03:37--> 01:03:39

in Surat Al Irmwan, aya 185,

01:03:40--> 01:03:40

that

01:03:46--> 01:03:48

that the person who is

01:03:48--> 01:03:50

saved from hellfire

01:03:51--> 01:03:53

and they're admitted into paradise,

01:03:53--> 01:03:55

then such a person has attained success.

01:03:57--> 01:03:59

So the successful person is the one who

01:03:59--> 01:04:01

is saved from jahannam

01:04:02--> 01:04:04

and they are admitted into paradise.

01:04:05--> 01:04:06

Allah

01:04:06--> 01:04:09

does not say they enter into paradise. No.

01:04:09--> 01:04:12

The fact that they are admitted into paradise

01:04:12--> 01:04:12

by Allah

01:04:13--> 01:04:14

mercy.

01:04:15--> 01:04:16

So this

01:04:16--> 01:04:18

is the the goal that Allah

01:04:18--> 01:04:20

has given us. Right? This is the the

01:04:20--> 01:04:22

greatest goal that Allah has given us that

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don't just aim for duniya.

01:04:24--> 01:04:27

Aim for the akhira. And in the akhira,

01:04:28--> 01:04:29

in jannah also.

01:04:32--> 01:04:35

The approval of Allah, that is the greatest

01:04:35--> 01:04:36

achievement.

01:04:36--> 01:04:38

And you see this in the Quran

01:04:38--> 01:04:40

that, for example, Yusuf alaihis salam,

01:04:41--> 01:04:43

he eventually came to a point in his

01:04:43--> 01:04:45

life where he basically had everything.

01:04:46--> 01:04:49

He had wealth. He had power. His family

01:04:49--> 01:04:49

was together.

01:04:51--> 01:04:53

And what was his goal over there?

01:04:53--> 01:04:54

He was asking Allah

01:04:55--> 01:04:55

for

01:05:00--> 01:05:02

that allow me he

01:05:04--> 01:05:06

said, oh, Allah, you are my my

01:05:07--> 01:05:09

protector, my close friend in this world and

01:05:09--> 01:05:10

the hereafter.

01:05:11--> 01:05:13

Allow me to die as a Muslim and

01:05:13--> 01:05:14

join me with the righteous.

01:05:15--> 01:05:16

And where are the righteous?

01:05:16--> 01:05:17

In paradise.

01:05:19--> 01:05:19

So

01:05:20--> 01:05:22

the first thing is that aim high.

01:05:23--> 01:05:25

Right? And if and this requires

01:05:25--> 01:05:28

that in this world, you set goals that

01:05:28--> 01:05:30

will lead you towards this highest goal.

01:05:31--> 01:05:32

You have ambitions

01:05:33--> 01:05:34

that lead you towards

01:05:34--> 01:05:35

Jannah.

01:05:36--> 01:05:40

So any worldly goal also, like, for example,

01:05:40--> 01:05:42

you want to travel somewhere. You want to,

01:05:43--> 01:05:44

you know, set up a business. You want

01:05:44--> 01:05:46

to be able to earn a certain amount

01:05:46--> 01:05:48

of money. You want to be able to

01:05:49--> 01:05:50

set up a a a,

01:05:51--> 01:05:53

you know, an organization or whatever it may

01:05:53--> 01:05:55

be. Anything big or small that you're doing.

01:05:55--> 01:05:55

You're studying.

01:05:56--> 01:05:59

Right? All of that should be leading you

01:05:59--> 01:06:03

towards what your ultimate goal, which is

01:06:03--> 01:06:06

Jannah, which is the approval of Allah.

01:06:07--> 01:06:08

And we see in the Quran that, you

01:06:08--> 01:06:10

know, for example, the prophets of Allah,

01:06:11--> 01:06:12

they had really high goals,

01:06:13--> 01:06:15

you know, like Ibrahim alaihis salam.

01:06:16--> 01:06:19

He in his duas, what is that he

01:06:19--> 01:06:20

asked Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

01:06:21--> 01:06:21

for? That

01:06:30--> 01:06:32

that, oh, Allah, from our

01:06:33--> 01:06:35

children, from our generations to come,

01:06:35--> 01:06:39

make an entire ummah, an entire nation that

01:06:39--> 01:06:42

is going to submit to you. So Ibrahim

01:06:42--> 01:06:44

wasn't just thinking about himself.

01:06:45--> 01:06:48

Right? He's also thinking about who? About his

01:06:48--> 01:06:49

future generations.

01:06:50--> 01:06:51

So dream big.

01:06:52--> 01:06:55

Your ultimate goal is paradise, and every

01:06:56--> 01:06:58

subgoal that you have, it should eventually lead

01:06:58--> 01:07:01

you towards the approval of Allah

01:07:02--> 01:07:06

The second thing, razm, strong intention and resolve.

01:07:06--> 01:07:08

We see, for example, Musa

01:07:08--> 01:07:09

in the Quran.

01:07:10--> 01:07:11

How he,

01:07:12--> 01:07:13

he was so determined

01:07:14--> 01:07:15

to seek knowledge.

01:07:16--> 01:07:19

So in Suratul Kahf verse number 60, Allah

01:07:19--> 01:07:20

says,

01:07:23--> 01:07:24

said

01:07:25--> 01:07:26

to his servant

01:07:26--> 01:07:29

that I am not going to quit

01:07:32--> 01:07:32

until

01:07:33--> 01:07:36

I reach the place where the 2 seas

01:07:36--> 01:07:37

meet, the the junction of of the 2

01:07:37--> 01:07:38

waters.

01:07:39--> 01:07:40

Because that is the place where he was

01:07:40--> 01:07:41

supposed to meet, Khidr.

01:07:42--> 01:07:44

So he said, I'm not gonna quit until

01:07:44--> 01:07:46

I reach there. Oh,

01:07:48--> 01:07:48

or I,

01:07:49--> 01:07:51

go on for years years.

01:07:52--> 01:07:54

Meaning, even if it takes me years years,

01:07:54--> 01:07:55

I am not quitting.

01:07:56--> 01:07:57

So

01:07:57--> 01:07:59

this was Musa alaihi salaam's

01:08:00--> 01:08:01

firm intention

01:08:01--> 01:08:03

in making the journey

01:08:03--> 01:08:04

to seek knowledge.

01:08:05--> 01:08:08

Now what happens is that sometimes we do

01:08:08--> 01:08:09

make the intention,

01:08:09--> 01:08:12

and we start off, but then things get

01:08:12--> 01:08:13

hard. They get tough.

01:08:14--> 01:08:16

Right? So Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us

01:08:16--> 01:08:17

in Surat Al Imran, aya

01:08:18--> 01:08:19

159. He tells his messenger

01:08:19--> 01:08:20

that

01:08:23--> 01:08:26

When you when you make your resolve,

01:08:27--> 01:08:29

then you put your trust in Allah.

01:08:30--> 01:08:31

That means don't quit

01:08:32--> 01:08:33

and keep going.

01:08:33--> 01:08:35

And sometimes what happens is that you have

01:08:35--> 01:08:38

that firm resolve. You want to keep going.

01:08:38--> 01:08:40

But it's the people around you,

01:08:41--> 01:08:44

right, near and far who say things

01:08:44--> 01:08:47

which can cause you to become weak in

01:08:47--> 01:08:48

your intention.

01:08:49--> 01:08:50

So

01:08:50--> 01:08:51

Allah tells his messenger

01:08:52--> 01:08:53

that

01:08:56--> 01:08:58

that the people who do not believe

01:08:58--> 01:09:01

should not make you quit.

01:09:01--> 01:09:04

Not quit, but they should not find you

01:09:04--> 01:09:04

light.

01:09:05--> 01:09:07

And if someone is light, what that what

01:09:07--> 01:09:09

that means is that you can easily sway

01:09:09--> 01:09:09

them.

01:09:10--> 01:09:12

Right? Then Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala also tells

01:09:12--> 01:09:15

us in Surat Al Miran, verse 186,

01:09:18--> 01:09:20

that that you are definitely going to be

01:09:20--> 01:09:21

tested

01:09:21--> 01:09:25

in your in your properties and also in

01:09:25--> 01:09:27

your selves, in in your in your bodies,

01:09:28--> 01:09:29

in your personal lives.

01:09:29--> 01:09:30

You're going to be tested.

01:09:36--> 01:09:38

And you are definitely going to hear

01:09:39--> 01:09:41

from the people who were given the scripture

01:09:41--> 01:09:41

before you.

01:09:44--> 01:09:46

And you're also going to hear from the

01:09:46--> 01:09:48

people who associate partners with Allah. What are

01:09:48--> 01:09:50

you going to hear from them?

01:09:52--> 01:09:54

A lot of hurtful things.

01:09:56--> 01:09:58

You're going to hear a lot of hurtful

01:09:58--> 01:09:59

things from these people.

01:10:00--> 01:10:02

So what is Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala preparing

01:10:02--> 01:10:05

us for? He's basically telling us that do

01:10:05--> 01:10:08

not get swayed by these people, by by

01:10:08--> 01:10:10

the kind of things they say to you.

01:10:11--> 01:10:13

Because when you have this high goal and

01:10:13--> 01:10:16

you're working towards it, you have the intention,

01:10:16--> 01:10:19

then there are going to be obstacles

01:10:19--> 01:10:21

on the way. So Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

01:10:21--> 01:10:22

tells us what intasbiro

01:10:23--> 01:10:26

wa taqoo fa inna dalikumin arzmirul umur. Allah

01:10:26--> 01:10:28

Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala wants us to have patience

01:10:28--> 01:10:30

and to have taqwa of Allah.

01:10:30--> 01:10:33

Now, the third thing, hard work and patience.

01:10:34--> 01:10:36

It is not possible that you set a

01:10:36--> 01:10:37

high goal,

01:10:38--> 01:10:40

You you have high aspirations

01:10:40--> 01:10:42

and then things are going to be easy.

01:10:43--> 01:10:46

No. You have to put in the work.

01:10:46--> 01:10:48

Yes. Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala will facilitate the

01:10:48--> 01:10:50

journey for you.

01:10:50--> 01:10:51

Right?

01:10:55--> 01:10:56

Is there any Allah

01:10:57--> 01:10:58

has made the Quran

01:10:59--> 01:11:01

easy for remembrance. Is there any who will

01:11:01--> 01:11:02

take lesson?

01:11:02--> 01:11:04

Does this mean that memorizing the Quran is

01:11:04--> 01:11:08

easy? No. It can take years years. It

01:11:08--> 01:11:09

can take an entire lifetime.

01:11:11--> 01:11:14

Ease does not mean that things are going

01:11:14--> 01:11:15

to be simple and that you're not gonna

01:11:15--> 01:11:17

have to put in any hard work.

01:11:17--> 01:11:19

When you have high aspirations,

01:11:20--> 01:11:22

you have to put in the work. And

01:11:22--> 01:11:24

when you put in the work, Allah's

01:11:25--> 01:11:28

help also comes. He gives you steadfastness,

01:11:28--> 01:11:30

but you have to have that firm resolve

01:11:31--> 01:11:33

that, yes, I am here. I'm not quitting.

01:11:33--> 01:11:34

I am not leaving.

01:11:35--> 01:11:37

I am going to do this until the

01:11:37--> 01:11:37

very end.

01:11:38--> 01:11:39

And Allah

01:11:39--> 01:11:41

tells it in the Quran. For example, in

01:11:41--> 01:11:42

Buqarah, verse 146.

01:11:44--> 01:11:47

Not Baqarah. Al Imran. Surat Al Imran, verse

01:11:47--> 01:11:47

146,

01:11:49--> 01:11:49

that

01:11:54--> 01:11:56

That there were so many prophets before

01:11:57--> 01:11:57

who,

01:11:59--> 01:12:00

alongside whom

01:12:01--> 01:12:01

thousands

01:12:02--> 01:12:03

of righteous men fought

01:12:04--> 01:12:06

in in the way of Allah. The prophets

01:12:06--> 01:12:10

of Allah and alongside them were who? 1,000

01:12:10--> 01:12:11

of righteous men.

01:12:11--> 01:12:13

And they're all fighting in the way of

01:12:13--> 01:12:14

Allah and what's happening?

01:12:14--> 01:12:16

They're facing hardship. Allah

01:12:17--> 01:12:17

says,

01:12:21--> 01:12:23

They did not become

01:12:24--> 01:12:27

they they did not lose confidence

01:12:28--> 01:12:29

because of what

01:12:29--> 01:12:31

struck them in the way of Allah.

01:12:33--> 01:12:34

And they did not become weak.

01:12:36--> 01:12:38

And they did not quit.

01:12:38--> 01:12:40

They did not surrender to the enemy and

01:12:40--> 01:12:42

quit. No, they kept going.

01:12:44--> 01:12:47

Now when they did face hardship,

01:12:47--> 01:12:49

what did they do? Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

01:12:49--> 01:12:50

tells

01:12:50--> 01:12:52

us that their only statement was

01:12:55--> 01:12:56

our lord forgive us our sins,

01:12:58--> 01:13:00

and also forgive us our excesses

01:13:00--> 01:13:01

in our affair,

01:13:04--> 01:13:06

and plant our feet firm.

01:13:06--> 01:13:09

Give us steadfastness because this comes only from

01:13:09--> 01:13:09

Allah.

01:13:10--> 01:13:13

The ability to stay firm, to not quit,

01:13:14--> 01:13:16

to keep going, this comes from Allah.

01:13:18--> 01:13:21

And give us against the disbelieving people.

01:13:21--> 01:13:23

This also comes only from Allah.

01:13:24--> 01:13:26

We see also the example of

01:13:26--> 01:13:27

of,

01:13:28--> 01:13:29

versus Jalut,

01:13:30--> 01:13:32

right, in Surat Al Baqah, verse

01:13:32--> 01:13:33

247 onwards,

01:13:34--> 01:13:36

that how when they when they saw,

01:13:37--> 01:13:40

Jalut and his and his armies, they said,

01:13:43--> 01:13:46

They said that we we don't have the

01:13:46--> 01:13:48

power to face Jalut and his armies,

01:13:49--> 01:13:50

that we are so small.

01:13:51--> 01:13:54

How can we fight them? This is this

01:13:54--> 01:13:56

is not gonna be possible for us.

01:13:56--> 01:13:57

But what happened?

01:13:58--> 01:14:01

Among them, the people who were certain that

01:14:01--> 01:14:02

they were going to meet Allah,

01:14:03--> 01:14:05

what did they say? They said that how

01:14:05--> 01:14:06

many

01:14:06--> 01:14:09

times has it happened before that a small

01:14:09--> 01:14:09

group

01:14:10--> 01:14:11

overcomes a larger group

01:14:12--> 01:14:14

by the permission of Allah?

01:14:14--> 01:14:17

Meaning victory comes from Allah. You do what

01:14:17--> 01:14:17

you can

01:14:18--> 01:14:20

and success comes from Allah. And this is

01:14:20--> 01:14:23

important to remember because sometimes we are working

01:14:23--> 01:14:26

very, very hard towards our goals,

01:14:27--> 01:14:30

and we don't see any tangible result,

01:14:30--> 01:14:32

or we become impatient.

01:14:33--> 01:14:35

And what happens to some people is that

01:14:35--> 01:14:38

they literally burn themselves to the ground. Right?

01:14:38--> 01:14:40

That they overexhaust

01:14:40--> 01:14:41

themselves.

01:14:41--> 01:14:45

They work way too hard beyond what they're

01:14:45--> 01:14:47

what they are capable of doing. They they

01:14:47--> 01:14:48

overburden themselves.

01:14:49--> 01:14:51

And what happens to some other people is

01:14:51--> 01:14:52

that they quit.

01:14:53--> 01:14:55

What we need to remember is that success

01:14:56--> 01:14:57

comes from Allah,

01:14:58--> 01:15:00

not just your work.

01:15:01--> 01:15:02

You achieve your goals

01:15:03--> 01:15:05

when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

01:15:05--> 01:15:07

facilitates them for you.

01:15:07--> 01:15:09

You cannot acquire them yourself.

01:15:10--> 01:15:11

It's it's not possible.

01:15:13--> 01:15:16

Success and victory, they come from Allah subhanahu

01:15:16--> 01:15:16

wa ta'ala.

01:15:17--> 01:15:18

So what do you do then? You do

01:15:18--> 01:15:20

whatever that is within your capacity.

01:15:21--> 01:15:22

Whatever Allah

01:15:22--> 01:15:24

has imposed on you

01:15:24--> 01:15:27

and leave the results to Allah.

01:15:28--> 01:15:29

We see also,

01:15:30--> 01:15:32

that they made dua to Allah when they

01:15:32--> 01:15:33

were when they were,

01:15:33--> 01:15:35

when they faced the enemy, when they faced

01:15:35--> 01:15:38

Jalut. In Surat Al Baqarah verse 250, we

01:15:38--> 01:15:39

learn, they prayed

01:15:42--> 01:15:45

that, oh, our Lord pour down patience on

01:15:45--> 01:15:46

us.

01:15:46--> 01:15:49

You know, there there's this concept that that,

01:15:50--> 01:15:52

Yani, we should not be asking Allah

01:15:53--> 01:15:54

for patience at all.

01:15:55--> 01:15:57

You don't ask Allah

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for hardship

01:15:58--> 01:16:00

and then patience on hardship.

01:16:01--> 01:16:01

No.

01:16:02--> 01:16:04

But when you are in hardship,

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then yes, you need patience.

01:16:07--> 01:16:08

So you ask Allah

01:16:09--> 01:16:11

for patience, and not just a little bit,

01:16:11--> 01:16:13

you ask for a lot of it.

01:16:16--> 01:16:17

Is to literally

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turn a con a a container over. Like,

01:16:21--> 01:16:23

imagine a bucket that's full of water, you

01:16:23--> 01:16:24

turn it over.

01:16:25--> 01:16:28

So what is meant is that give us

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a lot of patience because that is what

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we need.

01:16:32--> 01:16:34

And make our feet firm

01:16:36--> 01:16:38

and help us give us victory against

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the disbelieving people.

01:16:40--> 01:16:43

So set high goals. Your highest goal is

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Jannah. It is the approval of Allah.

01:16:46--> 01:16:49

And every sub goal that you set, it

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should be leading you towards your greatest goal.

01:16:52--> 01:16:54

Then have firm resolve.

01:16:54--> 01:16:57

Have the intention and resolve, and do not

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be swayed by what people say or by

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the hardships that you experience.

01:17:01--> 01:17:02

And then finally,

01:17:02--> 01:17:05

put in the hard work that is required,

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but know that results,

01:17:08--> 01:17:09

success comes from Allah

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alone. It is with his mercy that we

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enter paradise,

01:17:13--> 01:17:15

not by our own efforts as we learned

01:17:15--> 01:17:16

earlier.

01:17:17--> 01:17:19

Alright. Let's hear from you.

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Any reflections, comments? Bismillah. Let me see in

01:17:23--> 01:17:23

the

01:17:27--> 01:17:28

Smanda.

01:17:29--> 01:17:30

Alright. So, Launj, go ahead.

01:17:38--> 01:17:40

We're I think we were having a battle

01:17:40--> 01:17:41

over the microphone.

01:17:43--> 01:17:44

You were saying how

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it's important to be, like, in the right

01:17:48--> 01:17:50

environment, like, have the right people around you

01:17:50--> 01:17:52

to help. I was I was looking for,

01:17:53--> 01:17:56

the ayah, and I can't find it, where

01:17:56--> 01:17:57

Allah tells,

01:17:57--> 01:17:58

the prophet that

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if the hypocrites are with you in battle,

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they will bring you down.

01:18:06--> 01:18:09

And I I was thinking how this is

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an advice that we can use every day.

01:18:13--> 01:18:15

If you have people who don't want you

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to succeed around you, that's going to make

01:18:18--> 01:18:20

you, reaching your aspirations

01:18:21--> 01:18:22

very difficult.

01:18:22--> 01:18:25

So choose who you have around you

01:18:25--> 01:18:27

in terms of goodness and in terms of

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avoiding the bad.

01:18:29--> 01:18:29

Mhmm.

01:18:30--> 01:18:32

And, actually, this is really important because

01:18:33--> 01:18:35

sometimes what happens is that you have a

01:18:35--> 01:18:37

certain goal that you're working towards, and, yes,

01:18:37--> 01:18:38

it requires effort.

01:18:39--> 01:18:39

And,

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you're able to do that. It just means

01:18:42--> 01:18:43

that, yes, you you

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are are not able to, you know, have

01:18:46--> 01:18:48

fun like like other people are. Right? You're

01:18:48--> 01:18:49

sleeping less maybe.

01:18:50--> 01:18:52

You you have more work to do,

01:18:52--> 01:18:53

and

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there are people who will come to you

01:18:56--> 01:18:58

and say, oh, you're working too hard. You

01:18:58--> 01:18:59

know? Take it easy.

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This is not really required. You know? Like,

01:19:02--> 01:19:04

for example, Quran 3 60 even. Did you

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is it followed is it part of fasting

01:19:07--> 01:19:10

to attend this program? No. It's not. It's

01:19:10--> 01:19:11

not part of fasting.

01:19:12--> 01:19:15

But it requires that you spend some time,

01:19:15--> 01:19:16

you know, watching, listening,

01:19:17--> 01:19:18

taking notes

01:19:18--> 01:19:20

every single day without a break.

01:19:20--> 01:19:23

So maybe somebody comes and says, you don't

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have to do this, you know, take it

01:19:25--> 01:19:27

easy. Go get some sleep.

01:19:27--> 01:19:28

Right?

01:19:28--> 01:19:28

And

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these kind of people, even though they mean

01:19:32--> 01:19:33

so well,

01:19:34--> 01:19:34

sometimes

01:19:35--> 01:19:37

they can really bring us down

01:19:38--> 01:19:40

Because then it we we begin to have

01:19:40--> 01:19:41

self pity,

01:19:42--> 01:19:44

and we lower our standards and and our

01:19:44--> 01:19:45

goals.

01:19:46--> 01:19:48

And that is very, very dangerous for us.

01:19:49--> 01:19:52

That happens a lot in Talim al Quran

01:19:52--> 01:19:54

when we're doing the 18 months full time

01:19:54--> 01:19:55

program.

01:19:55--> 01:19:56

People have to battle

01:19:57--> 01:19:59

their own families and their own friends to

01:19:59--> 01:20:01

to stay in the program.

01:20:01--> 01:20:02

Yeah.

01:20:04--> 01:20:05

But I recommend it.

01:20:07--> 01:20:09

Yeah. That's the thing. When you do something

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that is hard,

01:20:11--> 01:20:13

yes, it's hard. But you know what? Allah

01:20:14--> 01:20:18

lets you experience its sweetness, and then you

01:20:18--> 01:20:18

have

01:20:19--> 01:20:19

you experience

01:20:20--> 01:20:23

so much joy in that that you wouldn't

01:20:23--> 01:20:24

have it any other way.

01:20:25--> 01:20:27

Right? You know, like, for example, you see

01:20:27--> 01:20:29

someone working out and you're like, what's wrong

01:20:29--> 01:20:31

with you? Like, why are you why are

01:20:31--> 01:20:32

you

01:20:32--> 01:20:34

jumping and, you know, what what what why

01:20:34--> 01:20:37

are you doing this to yourself? Like, why?

01:20:37--> 01:20:39

It it doesn't make sense to you maybe.

01:20:39--> 01:20:41

Right? You're like, just sit on the couch,

01:20:41--> 01:20:43

just have fun, drink some, you know, Coke,

01:20:43--> 01:20:44

have some fries.

01:20:45--> 01:20:47

But this is a person who's eating healthy.

01:20:47--> 01:20:49

They're walking, like, 20 k steps every day,

01:20:49--> 01:20:51

and then, you know, they're working out in

01:20:51--> 01:20:52

the gym also.

01:20:52--> 01:20:54

And I'm like, why? Because

01:20:54--> 01:20:57

what how it makes them feel in their

01:20:57--> 01:20:57

body,

01:20:59--> 01:21:01

they they actually love it.

01:21:01--> 01:21:03

Right? So this is this is the beauty

01:21:03--> 01:21:05

of hard work that you begin

01:21:06--> 01:21:07

to enjoy it.

01:21:07--> 01:21:10

So don't be scared of hard work.

01:21:11--> 01:21:12

There's this,

01:21:13--> 01:21:16

verses of poetry in Arabic that

01:21:16--> 01:21:20

which basically means that that when the heat

01:21:20--> 01:21:21

of the summer

01:21:21--> 01:21:22

bothers you

01:21:23--> 01:21:25

and the and

01:21:26--> 01:21:28

the cold of the winter also, you know,

01:21:28--> 01:21:31

bothers you and the beauty of springtime distracts

01:21:31--> 01:21:33

you, then when are you going to gain

01:21:33--> 01:21:33

knowledge?

01:21:34--> 01:21:36

Right? Meaning, if you're going to be constantly

01:21:36--> 01:21:38

distracted by one thing or the other,

01:21:39--> 01:21:41

then when are you going to accomplish your

01:21:41--> 01:21:41

goals?

01:21:41--> 01:21:44

There's always going to be something that's happening

01:21:44--> 01:21:46

in your life that's gonna make you uncomfortable,

01:21:47--> 01:21:48

but you have to set a goal and

01:21:48--> 01:21:49

you have to strive towards it.

01:21:52--> 01:21:53

Next person.

01:21:56--> 01:21:57

Aisha,

01:21:58--> 01:21:59

go ahead.

01:22:05--> 01:22:08

My reflection for today is has to do

01:22:08--> 01:22:10

with our ability, what you just mentioned.

01:22:11--> 01:22:13

Because it got me thinking a lot that

01:22:13--> 01:22:13

if

01:22:14--> 01:22:15

I've been able

01:22:16--> 01:22:16

to pursue

01:22:17--> 01:22:19

this journey from day 1

01:22:19--> 01:22:21

up to day 29, and I've been able

01:22:21--> 01:22:22

to be consistent,

01:22:22--> 01:22:25

then it has only firmed my resolve that,

01:22:27--> 01:22:28

I can pursue

01:22:28--> 01:22:32

more Islamic content, and I can follow through.

01:22:32--> 01:22:32

And

01:22:33--> 01:22:35

I'll be able to learn more and more

01:22:35--> 01:22:36

and more. And

01:22:37--> 01:22:39

I'll be better and keep on improving.

01:22:41--> 01:22:42

For all that you do.

01:22:46--> 01:22:47

And, you know, when you accomplish

01:22:48--> 01:22:50

any goal, like even a small one,

01:22:51--> 01:22:52

make sure that you

01:22:53--> 01:22:54

thank Allah's

01:22:54--> 01:22:55

for that.

01:22:56--> 01:22:58

You know, the prophet, salallahu alayhi wasalam, has

01:22:58--> 01:22:59

told in the Quran,

01:23:09--> 01:23:11

That when victory comes, then what do you

01:23:11--> 01:23:13

do? You glorify Allah.

01:23:13--> 01:23:16

Right? You you praise him. You seek his

01:23:16--> 01:23:16

forgiveness.

01:23:17--> 01:23:18

And,

01:23:19--> 01:23:21

also we learn about Surah Al Kawthar.

01:23:25--> 01:23:25

When Allah

01:23:26--> 01:23:27

gives you a blessing

01:23:28--> 01:23:29

then you

01:23:29--> 01:23:30

worship him

01:23:30--> 01:23:31

and you,

01:23:31--> 01:23:32

thank him

01:23:33--> 01:23:35

through through through worship and praise.

01:23:36--> 01:23:38

Why? So that he gives you more opportunities.

01:23:41--> 01:23:43

Sakina, go ahead.

01:23:52--> 01:23:52

Go ahead,

01:23:56--> 01:23:57

can you hear me? Yep.

01:23:59--> 01:24:01

I was, today's session made me reflect on

01:24:01--> 01:24:04

the thing of intention that many times there's

01:24:04--> 01:24:06

the case that some people, they have these

01:24:06--> 01:24:07

beautiful intentions.

01:24:08--> 01:24:10

They work very, very hard for it as

01:24:10--> 01:24:10

well.

01:24:12--> 01:24:14

But due to jealousy from people,

01:24:14--> 01:24:17

they their journey is very much up and

01:24:17--> 01:24:20

down, up and down. There's a typical scenario.

01:24:20--> 01:24:22

People say, I have the books open in

01:24:22--> 01:24:24

front of me. I've got a couple of

01:24:24--> 01:24:25

hours in front of me, and I can't

01:24:25--> 01:24:26

do a thing.

01:24:27--> 01:24:27

SubhanAllah.

01:24:28--> 01:24:30

And despite those ups and downs

01:24:31--> 01:24:31

that

01:24:32--> 01:24:35

nothing happens except if Allah wills it, that

01:24:35--> 01:24:36

they still make it eventually.

01:24:37--> 01:24:38

And it just made me think that the

01:24:38--> 01:24:41

sincerity of the intention is so important.

01:24:42--> 01:24:44

That that's re that opens the door to

01:24:44--> 01:24:44

everything.

01:24:45--> 01:24:46

Mhmm.

01:24:46--> 01:24:48

And of course, the hard work.

01:24:48--> 01:24:51

Yeah. This is very important, the sincerity of

01:24:51--> 01:24:52

intention. And, also,

01:24:53--> 01:24:55

when you know that there are people who

01:24:55--> 01:24:57

are envious of you, right,

01:24:57--> 01:25:00

then you don't share every goal and aspiration

01:25:00--> 01:25:01

with them.

01:25:01--> 01:25:03

You don't you don't tell them about what

01:25:03--> 01:25:04

you're doing

01:25:04--> 01:25:07

because you don't want to spark their and

01:25:08--> 01:25:08

unnecessarily,

01:25:09--> 01:25:11

you know, create difficulty for you.

01:25:12--> 01:25:14

Exactly. Keep it low key to the to

01:25:14--> 01:25:15

to the best of your ability.

01:25:16--> 01:25:16

Alright.

01:25:17--> 01:25:18

So, yeah, go ahead.

01:25:24--> 01:25:26

Today's reflection would be

01:25:27--> 01:25:29

nothing is impossible by the one who has

01:25:29--> 01:25:32

created everything for us. And like, sister Sakina

01:25:32--> 01:25:32

just mentioned,

01:25:33--> 01:25:37

Hazard, Nazar, these obstacle come and I personally

01:25:37--> 01:25:38

face it myself as well.

01:25:39--> 01:25:41

But through this platform and as we are

01:25:41--> 01:25:41

ending,

01:25:42--> 01:25:44

Almagrib, the last 30 days, I promised myself

01:25:44--> 01:25:46

I could, you know, finish the Quran, which

01:25:46--> 01:25:47

I could not.

01:25:47--> 01:25:49

But the last 30 days, definitely through this

01:25:49--> 01:25:52

Ramadan 360, I could be on track, and

01:25:52--> 01:25:54

I just wanted to take the opportunity to

01:25:54--> 01:25:55

thank you and the full team myself

01:25:56--> 01:25:57

for bringing many of us on track. And,

01:25:57--> 01:26:00

inshallah, we can continue this till next Ramadan

01:26:00--> 01:26:02

and for the rest of our life. Inshallah.

01:26:09--> 01:26:12

Alright. Last comment. Sister Lukey, go ahead.

01:26:19--> 01:26:21

When, when I look at the

01:26:21--> 01:26:24

seeking knowledge, for me, it's like planting a

01:26:24--> 01:26:26

seed. If we plant a seed, we got

01:26:26--> 01:26:28

to take care. If we want it to

01:26:28--> 01:26:30

be to have fruits and everything,

01:26:31--> 01:26:32

we got to take care. We got to

01:26:32--> 01:26:35

water it. We got to work hard on

01:26:35--> 01:26:35

it.

01:26:36--> 01:26:36

That's,

01:26:37--> 01:26:38

one thing. And second

01:26:39--> 01:26:40

second thing that I was,

01:26:41--> 01:26:42

reflecting on as well,

01:26:43--> 01:26:46

I personally don't worry about what people say

01:26:46--> 01:26:46

because

01:26:47--> 01:26:50

that's their life, and that's my life. I'm

01:26:50--> 01:26:51

very determined,

01:26:51--> 01:26:53

and I get on with what I want

01:26:53--> 01:26:54

to do.

01:26:55--> 01:26:58

But I did find that sometimes these same

01:26:58--> 01:27:00

people that talk say, don't do that. Why

01:27:00--> 01:27:02

are you wasting your time?

01:27:02--> 01:27:04

You know, it's time you stop. You

01:27:05--> 01:27:07

they give you all kind, million of excuses,

01:27:08--> 01:27:10

and I would be like and,

01:27:11--> 01:27:14

after a couple of years, they regretted themselves.

01:27:15--> 01:27:17

Why didn't I do that?

01:27:18--> 01:27:20

Yeah. Well, there is the way you bring

01:27:20--> 01:27:22

a child up. I said,

01:27:22--> 01:27:24

oh, what look at you and look at

01:27:24--> 01:27:26

my daughter now.

01:27:26--> 01:27:29

And after a couple of years so from

01:27:29--> 01:27:30

that is,

01:27:31--> 01:27:31

just

01:27:32--> 01:27:33

be deaf sometime.

01:27:39--> 01:27:41

Alright. I just wanted to quickly mention the

01:27:41--> 01:27:43

dua that sheikh had mentioned.

01:27:48--> 01:27:51

O Allah, I ask you for steadfastness in

01:27:51--> 01:27:52

all my affairs

01:27:53--> 01:27:55

and determination in following the right path.

01:27:56--> 01:27:59

Because sometimes we have these goals, but then

01:27:59--> 01:28:01

we we we don't have that determination. We

01:28:01--> 01:28:03

start something and then after a couple weeks,

01:28:03--> 01:28:04

we stop.

01:28:05--> 01:28:08

Right? Or when things get tough, we become

01:28:08--> 01:28:10

double minded. So ask Allah

01:28:11--> 01:28:13

for Sabbath or steadfastness and, determination.

01:28:16--> 01:28:19

Alright. Inshallah, we'll conclude over here. Abdul Ahmed,

01:28:20--> 01:28:21

back to you.

01:28:23--> 01:28:24

And thank you so much, and thank you

01:28:24--> 01:28:25

everyone for taking the time to share your

01:28:25--> 01:28:28

reflections as well. Sotataymy, it's been a pleasure

01:28:28--> 01:28:30

working with you over the past, month, the

01:28:30--> 01:28:32

opportunities that we've had. And then you'll you'll

01:28:32--> 01:28:34

be around one more time tomorrow for final

01:28:34--> 01:28:37

reflection. But may Allah bless you for your

01:28:37--> 01:28:40

steadfast nature and being with us day in,

01:28:40--> 01:28:42

day out. It's been a tremendous blessing. May

01:28:42--> 01:28:43

Allah reward you.

01:28:43--> 01:28:44

You too. Assalamu alaykum Assalamu alaykum Assalamu alaykum

01:28:44--> 01:28:45

Assalamu alaykum Assalamu

01:28:46--> 01:28:47

alaykum.

01:28:47--> 01:28:50

A few final announcements for everyone inshaAllah as

01:28:50--> 01:28:52

we begin to close out today.

01:28:53--> 01:28:54

So first on a personal note, I just

01:28:54--> 01:28:56

wanna say it's been an honor to be

01:28:56--> 01:28:58

a part of this community both as a

01:28:58--> 01:29:01

student and participant, and sometimes as a host.

01:29:01--> 01:29:03

It's really been a special time for me.

01:29:03--> 01:29:04

It always is.

01:29:04--> 01:29:05

And Alhamdulillah

01:29:05--> 01:29:08

we know that the, the Ramadan, the month

01:29:08--> 01:29:09

of Ramadan is ending but inshallah to out

01:29:09--> 01:29:10

of the

01:29:10--> 01:29:12

community will continue. I know we'll see a

01:29:12--> 01:29:14

lot of your faces and other al Maghrib

01:29:14--> 01:29:16

endeavors, programs, things of that nature. And we

01:29:16--> 01:29:19

really appreciate the the growth that many of

01:29:19--> 01:29:21

us have had over the past 30 days.

01:29:21--> 01:29:23

But let's not make this the end. Let's

01:29:23--> 01:29:25

make this the beginning inshallah ta'ala. Let's make

01:29:25--> 01:29:27

this the beginning of a a bigger journey

01:29:27--> 01:29:29

of knowledge and connection to Allah Subhanahu Wa

01:29:29--> 01:29:29

Ta'ala,

01:29:30--> 01:29:33

as we conclude this month and move on

01:29:33--> 01:29:35

to what's next for all of us. With

01:29:35--> 01:29:37

that, we want to just let you know

01:29:37--> 01:29:39

a few things. What can I do next?

01:29:39--> 01:29:41

Ramadan's almost over. What how can I spend

01:29:41--> 01:29:42

my time? I wanna stay in the session

01:29:42--> 01:29:45

longer. Sheikh Ammar's YouTube series, the fine the

01:29:45--> 01:29:45

finale,

01:29:46--> 01:29:48

about the name of Allah Al Muhsin

01:29:48--> 01:29:50

is out. So feel free to check that

01:29:50--> 01:29:51

out on Al Muqdib's YouTube channel. We'll get

01:29:51--> 01:29:53

the link in there for you as well.

01:29:53--> 01:29:55

So please do take a look at that.

01:29:55--> 01:29:57

Also, we did see some movement on our

01:29:57--> 01:29:59

campaign as well. If you've enjoyed this session,

01:29:59--> 01:30:01

if you found benefit in it, we just

01:30:01--> 01:30:03

wanna be sure that, you know, you still

01:30:03--> 01:30:05

have an opportunity to support us in these

01:30:05--> 01:30:06

final moments of Ramadan.

01:30:07--> 01:30:09

It is a salah pajaria. All the efforts

01:30:09--> 01:30:11

that we're putting forth to ensure that this

01:30:11--> 01:30:13

content is available and accessible

01:30:14--> 01:30:16

around the globe in a high quality professional

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way. That is still ongoing. So thank you

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for your amazing generosity. May allah make

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it a source of barakah for you and

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for your families. And

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we appreciate your continued support of Al Maghrib.

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And also please continue to support our charity

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partners. We have HHRD here in the US.

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We have Islamic Relief in Canada

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and Forgotten Women in the UK. Those charities

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doing amazing work as you're considering

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how to

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cap off your Ramadan with that last burst

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of generosity.

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Please consider all those efforts that we mentioned.

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Inshallah, tomorrow

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we do have our final session

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with Sheikh Saliman Hani. The sub subject will

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be al istiqama

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or steadfastness, Insha'Allah.

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So we look forward to seeing you there.

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Our final Kahoot is there also. So you

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have an opportunity to, do the Kahoot. And

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it's always fun and a great, festive way

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to end as we close out Ramadan and

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begins to look toward Eid. With that, may

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Allah bless you. A lot of you ask

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for du'a

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in the chat. Just know that, the Amoghrib

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family here, we're constantly making du'a. The staff,

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the, support,

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the the volunteers.

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We're making du'a for all of our students.

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And we hope that that's a a two

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way street. We we love you for the

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sake of Allah. And we pray that Allah

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continues to bless you in all that you

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inshallah.

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inshallah.