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Indeed I am Near – Day 17 – Prayers for Gratitude

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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh who

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Praise be to Allah who has given us sufficiency has guarded us, given us food and drink been most gracious to us and given us most lavishly. Praise be to Allah in every circumstance, or Allah, Lord and King of everything, God of Everything, I seek refuge in You from hell. I mean,

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today in sha Allah, we will be going over some daraz of sugar. Meaning what are the different doors we can say in order to show gratitude to Allah or zoologia and this is something that we should know really we should know how to express gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala because sugar is a form of is a form of worship. Gratitude is a way through which a person finds closeness to Allah. It is a way of drawing closer to Allah azza wa jal and in when we worship Allah subhanho wa taala. For example, when we pray, we are essentially showing things because in our Salah, we say Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen all Praise to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, so we express gratitude. So the

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different acts of worship that we perform. One of the reasons why they have been legislated is so that we show gratitude to Allah, that is the objective that is the purpose. And Allah azza wa jal is the most deserving, that we praise him, that we give thanks to Him, that we show gratitude to him. Because whenever we come in near Mateen, Femina, Allah, whatever blessing you have, then it is from Allah, whether it is the blessing of existence, of sustenance, of, you know, health, wealth, children, family, education, anything that we have, it is from Allah subhanho wa taala. And every moment of our existence, we are receiving blessings and favors from Allah. So whether we are in a

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situation where we're very happy, or we are in a situation where we are struggling, you know, we are in ease or in hardship, in every situation, every time, every period of our lives. Allah is deserving of praise and thanks from us, that we thank him, Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, that what Turkoman Calimesa Ultimune and he has given you, whatever that you have asked of him. And we ask Allah in two ways, one way of asking Allah is through our tongue and need to actually, you know, ask directly that he or Allah grant me this, yeah, Allah grant me that. Allah subhanaw taala gives us that. And then another way of asking Allah is through our state through our

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condition, that when we have a need, whatever that need may be, Allah subhanaw taala takes care of that. He fulfills it. And if you think about it, Allah subhanaw taala gives us so much without us even realizing that we are in need of those things. So what are other common Calimesa Ultimune we're in Cairo, dunya Matala, healer or Suha. And if you were to count the blessings of Allah, you would not be able to enumerate them, you cannot count them. You cannot quantify them. There are so many insan illumine Kufa indeed the human being is very

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be unjust and very ungrateful. Allah is not unjust. Allah is very generous, we are unjust when we forget the blessings of Allah, and we dare to show in gratitude, and Allah subhanaw taala is very generous, very merciful.

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And we see that there are two types of people, there are those people who are beloved to Allah. And then there are those people whom Allah subhanaw taala does not like the people whom Allah subhanaw taala loves are those people who are grateful to Allah, and the people whom Allah subhanaw taala does not like, are those who are ungrateful to Allah. And even among people we see this, that those who, you know, are appreciative, people who are grateful, even among your children, among your friends, then you you tend to appreciate them even more. And those who ignore the you know, the favors that you do, or the little you know, things that you do, they ignore them or they take them

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for granted. Then over time, you also get fed up of such people. So, remember that gratitude is something that Allah subhanaw taala loves in his slaves, so we should be of those people who show gratitude. So how should we show gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala. Let's look at an example of a grateful servant in the Quran. We learn about Sulaiman Alayhis Salam in the Quran. So Manna is Salam was a prophet of Allah, the son of a prophet of Allah, he was a king and the son of a king Subhan Allah, and Allah subhanaw taala had given him so many favors, and not just that he was a prophet and a king, but Allah subhanaw taala had bestowed on him special knowledge, knowledge of,

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you know, different matters. Allah subhanaw taala had given him kingship

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over and authority over not just people, but even the jinn and the birds. And he was taught, he knew the language of the birds, and he could even understand what the ants communicated with one another. So Salamandre his Salam, he had he had many blessings, he could control the wind, and he was also very grateful. We learned in the Quran and Sunnah Neville is 19 Allah subhanaw taala says further bas sama la HIQA melancholia? What color of Bo Zerhouni and Ashkelon Yamantaka, Letty and our own parallel here. Why Allah Wally the year one an Armelle Solly Hunter law what other really bureaucratic theory radical slowly Hain Suleiman are the his Salam, he smiled out of joy, any amused

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at the speech of the end, we learn in the context of this verse, that Suleiman Alehissalaam

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was once traveling with his armies and his armies. Were not just off people, but also birds and Jin, any you can imagine how many knew what a huge massive army that was. And as they were proceeding, they came upon a valley and there there was an end and Allah subhanaw taala, enabled to the man or his salaam, to hear to grasp to understand the speech of the ant what the and communicated with the rest of the ants and that and communicated with the rest of the ants that look so the man and his armies are coming. So you enter into your homes quickly. Because otherwise, Suleiman and his armies might unknowingly trample over you know, trample you in either might destroy you without even

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realizing so on, on being informed about the speech of the end, what the end communicated with the rest of the ants. So they manually Salam smiled for the best summer, but he come in coli her, he smiled, he smiled, amused at her speech. And why did he? Why was he amused at this? Why was he so happy at this time? Because Allah subhanaw taala made such a minority his sit and feel the blessings that He had been given. Any supplementary Salam felt the blessings of Allah on him the unique the special blessings of Allah on him and out of that he was so happy. And then he said, Rob be Zerhouni that oh my lord enable me that I should be grateful to you for you.

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A favor which you have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and enabled me to do righteousness of which you approve, and admit me by Your mercy into the ranks of your righteous servants. So we see that first of all, today man on his salaam smiled, amused at the speech of the ENT. And this has been clarified over here for the bus sama la HCA. It hasn't just been said that he's simply smiled, because a person can smile out of many different reasons. A person can smile out of anger, a person can smile out of, you know, mockery, or a person can smile, you know, out of pride. But Allah subhanaw taala clarifies over here for the best summer, the Hakan, he smiled out of amusement, any

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laughing Lee and he was actually happy. And why was he smiling? Why was he amused at what the end said? And what is it about the statement of the end that delighted to the man or the salon, it could be the intelligence of the end, and how concerned the end was to protect its folks. And, and secondly, select Monterey salaam, perhaps found the speech of the end,

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you know, amusing or something that made him happy? Because it made him realize that even the ends knew him and even the ends thought good of him and his army. So he was amused the any this this laughter the smile was out of gratitude. You know, sometimes when you're feeling very grateful, you you start to smile. So slow manner is Salam smiled, he was happy over here, out of gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala and then he made Dora he said, Robbie Zerhouni Oh my lord enabled me and this word Oh zero money literally means restrain me because was are is to restrain for example, an army any keep them in place not let them go here or there. Or for example, a group of people so restrain

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me, any control me, do not let me loose. Do not let me fall into pride and injustice, keep my reigns tight. And how rugby Zerhouni and escuela that inspire me enable me that I am grateful to you. grateful to you, for what near macaque for your favor. And in here so reminder is Sam is acknowledging that whatever blessings he had, were blessings from Allah subhanaw taala on him. So near metallic allottee and arm tarraleah those blessings which you bestowed on me why Allah Walidah Yeah, and also those blessings which you bestowed on my parents, why does he want to be grateful for the blessings which Allah gave his parents, because the thing is, that a person benefits from the

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blessings that their parents have, directly or indirectly. And we're allowed to validate here on my parents, any, this is also a form of recognizing one's any, this is also a form of recognizing the favors that a person has received from their parents. So this isn't a way of showing gratitude to Allah and also showing gratitude to one's parents. So allottee Anantha, Allah, Yahweh, Allah validate here, and then he says, What anomalous Solly Hunter BA and give me the ability to do those deeds, those righteous actions, that you are pleased with Subhan Allah, you see, a righteous action is an action that is done purely for the sake of Allah. And it is done in a way that is pleasing to

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Allah. So a man or a salon was a person of knowledge, he was a prophet, and he had been given knowledge, different types of knowledge. And now he was concerned about what are my action work? Because when Allah subhanaw taala gives you knowledge, Allah subhanaw taala is offering guidance to you. Now, it's it's your responsibility to act on that knowledge. And if a person does not act on that knowledge, then that knowledge becomes an argument against the person. So Soloman are listening is asking Allah that he or Allah gives me the ability to do righteous deeds, but what kind of righteous deeds, those righteous deeds that the law who that you will be pleased with any he specify

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his specifying over here that I want to be able to do those good

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deeds that you will be pleased with. Because it is not necessary that every good deed or every deed that appears to be good is pleasing to Allah. We know about the case of the prophets of Allah who already said I mentioned the case of the reciter of the Quran, and the martyr and the one who used to spend very generously in the way of Allah, He externally, these three deeds are all very good, they're excellent, they are righteous deeds, but these good deeds will not be accepted on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanaw taala will not reward these people for their apparent good deeds, Allah subhanaw taala will not be pleased with them. Why? Because the researcher of the Quran recited the

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Quran in order to be called a reciter. The person who used to spend very generously used to spend so that he would be called a very generous man. And the person who used to who was a martyr participated in battle and, and died why, so that he would be called a martyr. So those deeds, even though apparently they were very righteous, but they were not pleasing to Allah because they were not done sincerely for the sake of Allah. And so often it happens that a person begin something in a with the right intention. But then, halfway what happens a person becomes more concerned about people, are they watching me? Are they happy with what I'm saying? With what I'm doing? What are

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they saying about me? How are they talking about me? Any this shows that there is a problem now with the intention. So we should ask Allah, that he or Allah gave me the ability to do those good deeds that you will be pleased with, that are acceptable, that you will be happy with that you will reward generously for and then he says, What are the really beautiful mimetic theory Baddeck of Salah Hain and and admit me with your mercy among your righteous leaves Subhanallah he doesn't say what are the new theory by radical salehoo he says other really big Motyka with your mercy, because of your mercy out of your mercy, admit me among your righteous leaves, and where are the righteous leaves of Allah

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in paradise. And this shows us that entry into paradise is not possible without the Mercy of Allah. Which means that no matter how much good a person has done, it is not on the basis of their good deeds that a person can enter paradise. Entry into paradise is with Allah subhanaw taala has mercy. What are the hidden erotica theory vertical solid green, this is a beautiful door. And in this era, there are many lessons that we can take. First of all, we should understand the importance of this Dora. Because Allah subhanaw taala has mentioned this torah, especially the beginning of it two times in the Quran, one in this context where Suleiman or the salam made this torah. And second in

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pseudo Ackoff, where a righteous slave of Allah makes a very similar dua, it begins in the same way, or be elzear Annie and escallonia medica Letty Anam Cara Leah. So, we should also make the store up very frequently, because this is the drop of a righteous labor of Allah, who is grateful to Allah and also grateful to his parents. And secondly, this is also dir, of a prophet of Allah, which means that this should also be our door. This should also be our door, or we should also make the same door that we are Allah, give me the ability to be grateful to you. Secondly, we see over here that we're asking Allah for the ability to be grateful, because really, a person cannot feel grateful.

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Without the tofield of Allah. Any sometimes a person is surrounded by blessings, they have so many good things in their life, but they're unable to see any, any of them there and they're unable to appreciate any of them. They're not happy with what they have been given. Because they're focused on what they don't what they do not have right now, which Allah subhanaw taala has kept away from them for a wisdom for some reason, that that He is Knowing of, so we should ask Allah that Allah, Allah give me the ability to be grateful. And you see, gratitude is extremely important for our mental well being, for our spiritual health, for our relationships, he if a person is not grateful, then

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what happens the negative thoughts, and that that feeling that Oh, I have nothing or I still don't have this. I still don't have that.

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This negativity would eat them up from the inside. A person cannot function well. So, gratitude is essential for our mental well being. Also spiritually, gratitude is essential for us because our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala is about what is about gratitude. And he, we praise Allah we do different good deeds, we show obedience to Allah. Why? Because we are grateful to Allah, Allah has created us, Allah has given us so much. So, we show gratitude to Allah. And if a person does not feel grateful to Allah, then that person is not able to obey Allah.

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The the joy of riba departs. So we need gratitude for our mental well being for our spiritual well being, and also for our relationships, you need good relationships with people. So for example, if a person is not appreciative of their children's efforts, then what will happen, they will always focus on what their child is not doing, or what their child is doing wrong. And when they will constantly point out your you are bad at this, you are not doing this, you made this mistake, again, constantly focusing on the negatives, what will happen, their own children will begin to dislike them Subhanallah, and it goes the other way as well. It will, you know, within the husband and wife

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also their relationship also any, it improves so much when there is gratitude on the part of both parties. And when there's ingratitude, the relationship is ruined. So we should ask Allah that he or Allah give me the ability to be grateful, you might think that I am very grateful that I am grateful and hamdulillah I'm not negative, I am very grateful to Allah. I'm very grateful to my family, to my spouse, to my children, to my parents, etc. Okay, good, you can be even more grateful. So ask Allah for the ability to be grateful. Thirdly, we see in this era, that whatever blessings we have, all of them are from ALLAH, any good thing that you enjoy in your life,

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any any good thing at all, whether it is fast internet, or it is the ability to hear, or it is food that you can order from your phone, or it is food that you are enjoying, at your table. Any anything, that we have been a blessing that we recognize a blessing that we do not recognize everything we have is from Allah. And these blessings are many, and they're exclusively from him. And even when we receive a favor through someone, so for example, somebody gives you a gift. Okay, let's say somebody gives you a gift of money. All right? Why did they give it to you? How did they give it to you? Why did they think of giving it to you, because Allah subhanaw taala enabled them,

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Allah subhanaw taala put that feeling in their heart to be generous to you. So ultimately, every blessing that we receive, every good thing we enjoy, is coming from who, from Allah subhanho wa taala,

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then we learn from this dua, that we should be grateful to Allah and also to our parents, because we receive so many blessings through them. And really, if, you know, if you begin to calculate how much your parents have spent on you, before even you were born, from the time before your birth, how much they spent. So often, you know, it happens that before even a child is born, parents begin begin to save money, right for their child, the child is not even going to school, it's still an infant and parents are saving money for his or her university education. Subhanallah

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sometimes parents have to spend so much to get, you know, a treatment or some kind of, you know, treatment or something in order to have children. And then, you know, birthing, and then afterwards how much parents spend on their children. And then if these parents are also righteous, Muslim, who teach you how to pray, who teach you about Allah subhanaw taala, who send you to a place where you can learn your deen, then how many blessings we have received from our parents. So we should be grateful to Allah and we should also be grateful to our parents. And then we learned in this era that we should ask Allah subhanaw taala to give us the ability to do those deeds

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that are pleasing to Him. He asked Allah that Allah, Allah, grant me wisdom, give me the ability to make the best decisions, to do the best deeds to make best use of my time. Because sometimes, you know, a person has so many opportunities before them to do something good. But they don't realize they do. They do not realize, or sometimes they realize, but they don't have the willingness. Or sometimes they even have the willingness they want to, but they're not able to. They're not able to because there's something else that is more urgent, or there's something else that prevents them. So ask Allah for the ability to do good deeds, especially those good deeds which are pleasing to Him,

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which Allah subhanaw taala will be pleased with, so we should make dua especially in the morning after budget. A lot more in the LUCA Amon Nafion What am Allah moussaka Belen, what is complete Huber that Oh Allah, I asked you for beneficial knowledge and deeds that are accepted, and, and knowledge that I'm sorry, and sustenance that is pure. Now, as we're talking about gratitude today, let's review the meaning of gratitude, the meaning of sugar, what exactly is sugar? Remember that sugar is to recall a blessing, and then manifest it. So first of all, you recall a blessing. Sometimes a blessing can be before you.

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And you see it, and you recognize that yes, it's a blessing, you think of it as a blessing. And then other times there are blessings that are not, you know, right in front of you, or maybe they're not in a tangible form. So you will recall it, you think of it in your mind. Or even if something is in front of you, you recall that yes, this thing is a blessing of Allah. Right? This table that I have this computer that I have, the software that I have, the food that I had, you know, the phone that I have, the ability to see with my eyes, the ability to speak, the ability to listen, the ability to read the ability to see different colors, the ability to breathe, the fresh air, any

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shocker begins with what? Recall that you recall a blessing. Okay. And secondly, you you manifest it, you show it, you show it in the sense that you you use it, not that you hide it away and you pretend that it does not exist, the opposite of shakur is ingratitude. And ingratitude is that a person forgets a blessing, does not think of it does not recall, it does not remember it. And then a person hides it. And he hides in the sense that they don't show it, they don't use it, they don't benefit from it. So they pretend like it does not exist. They don't mention it.

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And Shaka is also to be content. She could also means to be content with a little. So for example, photos on shellcode an animal that is shellcode a horse is a horse, that suffices on little food also. And any even though it's not eating a lot, it's still looking healthy. All right, so the blessing of the little food is visible, the favor of the little food is visible on the on the horse. Then, sugar is also to mention the bestower of favor the bestower of blessing, a great deal. Any sugar includes that you mentioned the giver off of the gift, and that you mentioned them a lot. You mentioned a great deal. So are you known chakra? Are you known Eye Chakra is an eye that weeps a

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lot. Okay? So someone who is grateful is someone who mentions the giver of the gift a lot. So if we're grateful to Allah, this means that we should mention Allah a lot. And chakra Remember, it's to recall a blessing and then show it how do you show it? How do you show the effect of the blessing? Even Okay, him says that it is to mention the blessing on the tongue. Anyone you talk about the blessing, you're showing the blessing, right? So for example, you got a new phone, and you know, it's there when you mention it, for example, to your sister Hamdulillah I got a new phone Alhamdulillah I got such a good deal. Alhamdulillah this phone is amazing and hamdulillah

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You mentioned it, right? You mentioned the fact that Allah subhanaw taala gave you something. This is a loophole, this is manifesting the blessing on your tongue. Secondly, it okay him says that it is also to have to

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show it in the heart. How do you show it in the heart, in the sense that you feel love and appreciation in your heart for the one who has given the gift to you. So you don't just verbally express it you also emote and you also you know, allow yourself to feel the emotions of love and happiness and joy. And then thirdly, sugar also includes that you show obedience with your limbs, with your limbs, that now you become more obedient to Allah. So, for example, you received very good news. So you fall into such the Cyta chakra, you will receive, you know, something that really delights you, you go and give sadaqa right, you go you you, you say Alhamdulillah Hara but either

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mean or you increase in your good deeds. And remember that every act of worship is essentially sugar. This is why some Orlova they say Salah is sugar. Fasting is a form of sugar. Every good deed that you do for the sake of Allah is a form of sugar, and Alhamdulillah to say Alhamdulillah that is also sugar. So, sugar, remember, it has many, many components in it. First of all, sugar includes that you acknowledge the gift of the giver. Secondly, it includes that you praise the giver. Thirdly, it includes that you love the giver. Fourthly, it includes that you show humility before the giver, and five, it includes that you use the gift in what the giver loves, not in what the

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giver dislikes. He if Allah has given you a blessing, you use it in a good way, not in a way that is displeasing to Allah. Now, we are talking about being grateful to Allah. Well, what are the blessings that Allah subhanaw taala has bestowed on us, there are too many to count. We learned that Allah subhanaw taala has bestowed on us many blessings, external and internal, any outside of our bodies and also inside of us, blessings that are visible, and also blessings that are hidden blessings that are tangible and blessings that are intangible. So there are so many blessings of Allah that we cannot enumerate them, we cannot even perceive all of them. And it will carry him says

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that there are three kinds of blessings and you can divide the blessings of aligned into three categories. First of all, those blessings which you have acquired, which you have already received, and you know them you recognize them, you acknowledge that they are Allah's blessings. So for example, the fact that Allah created you, the fact that Allah gave you the blessing of Islam, Allah give you a family, etcetera. Secondly, there are those blessings which you are awaiting, and you are expecting, you are hopeful that Allah subhanaw taala will grant them to you in the future. All right. So for example, you are hopeful that Allah will will bless you with a healthy child, you are

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hopeful that Allah will give you a long, healthy life, you are hopeful that Allah will give you the ability to go for Umrah to go for Hajj. Right, you are hopeful that your child will become a Hatfield, someone who has memorized the Quran. So you have all of these hopes and wishes for the future. Right? And just having those hopes and wishes that itself is also a blessing. Because when can you expect to have something good in the future when you when you you know, when you are in a position that you you when you have already received some blessing. So for example, if a person is married, right now, they're hopeful that soon in sha Allah, they will have a child. All right, what

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a person is, a woman is expecting. So she's hopeful that in sha Allah, she will have

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a healthy child. So this few the blessings of the future, they're also a blessing. Okay. Thirdly, there are those blessings which a person has and he's even you

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Using them, but he does not even perceive them does not even realize that they're there. Subhanallah So, to summarize, these are, the three types of blessings are what the blessings which you have, you are enjoying and you know, you recognize them. Secondly, blessings that you don't have yet but you expect in the future, you know, in sha Allah that you are very confident that Allah will give you you are looking forward to having them. And then thirdly, those blessings which you have which you were using, but you do not even realize that you have. So when you are grateful to Allah, then you are being grateful for all of these blessings.

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Now, of the blessings that Allah subhanaw taala has given us the first and most important one is the blessing of Islam. We're at mom to our Aleikum. Nirma tea Islam is called Allah's blessing. The teachings of Quran and Sunnah bees are also a blessing of Allah. Allah says what Karuna Rahmatullahi Wa alaykum wa nzlr la communal Kitab we will hikma remember the favor of Allah on you, and especially what Allah has revealed to you of the book and wisdom. Quran is a blessing, the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are a huge blessing. The prophets of Allah who earlier said him himself is a blessing for us, Luca de mon Allahu Allah, we need, Allah has bestowed a huge

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favor on the believers, when he sent among them a messenger. Then the ease that Allah subhanaw taala has given us in our religion, that is also a blessing. In total, my ADA Allah subhanaw taala mentions will do and then TIAMO and then at the end of the ayah, Allah says will you Tim Minear Mehta who are alaykum, Allah completes his blessing on you, meaning by giving you so much ease and convenience, in your religion, Allah subhanaw taala is perfecting this favor on you, life is a blessing, the limbs that we have in our body that we can use in so many different ways, and different faculties, that Allah has given the ability to hear, see, think all of these are

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blessings. And if you think about it, when even a small

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you know thing goes goes wrong or it doesn't function, if it malfunctions in the body, whether it is that you know there is an increase of a certain hormone or a deficiency or you know, certain connections are not forming properly in the body, it can be any kind of malfunction disruption, what does it do? It can cause so much harm to a person. So, the body that Allah has given us, he every part, everything about this body is such a huge blessing. And when you study any aspect of the human body, whether it is psychology, or it is any aspect of the physiology. You know, you are amazed at how Allah subhanaw taala has blessed us and we don't even know we don't even realize health is a

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blessing. The time we have that is a blessing. Even the joy we feel, you know, sometimes we're in a good mood. That is also a blessing we learned in a hadith. And when people their hearts are united. So for example, people of a family are very friendly to one another. They are loving and supportive of one another or people who work together. You know, that is also a huge blessing. The sustenance we receive from up above any that comes down from the sky that we receive from below our feet, meaning that grows from the earth. This is also a blessing and the children that a person has are a blessing. Wealth is a blessing. Even mountains Subhanallah Allah subhanaw taala mentioned and sort

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of the most solid alumna journal of the key factor here um, what would your honor fee held Alessia Shami Harding was Aina, Kuma and ferrata any among all of these blessings, even mountains are listed Subhanallah the blowing of the wind is a blessing. Because without it, what would happen? Any clouds would not move from one place to the other. How would there be pollination? And how would ships sail and how would we have trade? Rain is a blessing. The fact that ships sail that is a blessing different modes of transportation that Allah subhanaw taala has provided us they are a blessing the animals that Allah subhanaw taala has created for our better

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fit, there are a blessing, the different types of foods, clothing that Allah has given, and the different blessings of different colors, different shapes, different shades, different kinds, all of them are a blessing. When you think about it,

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any, for example, colorful birds, or colorful insects, the other day, I went for a walk, and there was an emerald green insect that I saw. And such a beautiful color, I was amazed because the forest was still dead. It's still relatively cold over here. And all of a sudden there was this tiny bug, emerald green, such a beautiful color. And, you know, you wonder, these colorful creatures Allah has created, yes, for different reasons. But also, as Allah tells us in the Quran, that he has subjected all of these things for us. So we find joy in looking at the different colors Subhanallah he, that that bug, I don't know what its name is, I don't know what it eats. I don't know what kind of a bug

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it is, whether it lives here, or it came from somewhere else, Allah Ireland, however, I found joy in just looking at that bug, just the color of its wings, or whatever it was, it was so beautiful. So this is also a blessing that we failed to recognize, then the fact that Allah subhanaw taala conceals our sins, and He does not punish us right away, he doesn't hold us to account right away for our sins, that is also a blessing. And there are so many blessings manifest hidden. And even when we are able to remember something that is a blessing, you below him said that sometimes

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a person does not realize what blessings he has, and a person closes his door. And Allah subhanaw taala sends those people to him who knock at his door and ask him for something.

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And so he remembers that, yes, I have such and such, so I can give it to him Subhanallah you know, for example, you may have a sweater or or shawl or a jacket, something hidden away in your closet, or maybe something packed away in your basement. And then over the years, you forget about it. And then you know somebody comes and asks you that, do you know where I can get such and such from.

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And then you remember, Oh, I actually have one, I can actually give it to you being able to remember that you have something that is also a blessing. Because now you can actually do something with that you can give it you can gift it or you can sell it or you can make use of it in one way or another. And if you did not remember that you had that blessing sitting there, and it just sat there and you know it got wasted over time, then this is a loss, loss of an excellent opportunity. So these are all blessings of Allah. Now Shaka is incredibly important for us because first of all, we see that Allah azza wa jal himself is very appreciative. Allah Himself is shackled, for in the law Shakira

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and Arlene Enola forum Shaco. He's very appreciated, meaning that he acknowledges the good deeds of His slaves. He acknowledges their effort, and he rewards them very generously, he raises their ranks, he appreciates their gratitude. So he multiplies good things for them, on the day of judgment, He will not reward with one reward for one good deed rather, he will give the reward 10 times more. And Allah subhanaw taala is so appreciated that he praises his slaves before His angels in the highest gathering.

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So any little good deed that a person does for the sake of Allah, Allah appreciates it we learn in a hadith that once a man was walking on the road, and he found a branch authority branch and he removed it. And so Allah subhanaw taala appreciated that and Allah forgave him. The prophets of Allah, we're grateful to Allah. We learned about Ibraheem Alehissalaam Shakira Lee and Rumi grateful for his blessings and the blessings that Allah gave him. No earlier is Salam in O'Connor Abdon shockula He was very grateful. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would stand in prayer until his feet would swell. And when he was asked, Why do you do so much he said a fella Hakuna

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Ogden shockula Should I not be a grateful slave? Even Angel Jibreel

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He showed gratitude to Allah when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam chose to drink milk instead of wine when he was presented both on on Israel. So the righteous slaves of Allah, they show gratitude to Allah. They are grateful to Allah. In fact we learned well I will have the fifth summer what you will have any

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Allah is deserving of praise in the skies and the earth meaning by everything. And we are taught that yes, we should worship Allah Anwar boo hoo, and along with worship, wash karuna, who will be grateful to him.

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So we should worship Allah. Yes, we should pray fast etcetera. But then we should also increase in saying that hamdulillah in showing gratitude to Allah, but Allah Firebird will come in a shackling only worship Allah and be of those who are grateful. And it will claim said that the entire religion is based on two things, the vicar and chakra, because Allah says fed Caroni Alcorcon remember me, I will remember you, wash Karolyi will attack follow, be grateful to me Do not be ungrateful to me. And this is the, you know, the two main pillars of our team,

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remembrance of Allah and gratitude to Allah. And a person is always in one of two states, either a person is in a state where they are enjoying a blessing, and for that they should be grateful. Or they're in a state where they have, you know, wronged themselves and they're in need of seeking forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala. And for that also, end, we should be grateful that Allah gave us the ability to recognize and turn back to him. And Allah taught us a way of seeking forgiveness from him.

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And the, you know, when Allah subhanaw taala brings about changes in the world. For example, the night comes to an end, and the day begins, the day comes to an end, the night begins. Why does Allah subhanaw taala bring about all of these changes, so that we become grateful, so that we realize the blessings that we have because we only realize the blessings we have when they go away? So for example, when the night comes to an end, then we realize alternate was a blessing. I could have prayed, right, so then you look forward to the next night so that you can pray in a more better way.

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And the reason why Allah subhanaw taala has given us so many blessings is so that we feel gratitude to Allah and the best slaves of Allah and the day of judgment or those who are grateful to Allah Alhambra, Dune, those who praise Allah the most, a lot. And on the Day of Judgment, we're going to be asked about our blessings that what did we do with them for anus chakra Dallek? Where is the Chakra? Where's the gratitude for all of that, for the fact that Allah gave us,

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you know, means of transportation, families, et cetera? Where is the gratitude for that we're going to be questioned about our gratitude. And we should be grateful to Allah subhanaw taala.

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Again, the moment we receive a blessing, the moment we feel a blessing, Adam only his Salam. The first words he spoke were Alhamdulillah Europa Alamy, we learned that as the soul was breathed into him, and his nose, came to life, he sneezed. And when he sneezed, he said that Hamdulillah this, you know, these are the first words spoken by a human being Alhamdulillah. So it's essential that we continue with Alhamdulillah. And when the believer departs from the world, the believer says, Alhamdulillah Subhan Allah, at the time of departure from the world also the believer is praising Allah, the people who enter Paradise, they will say Alhamdulillah, Hillary had an Elisa

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Alhamdulillah, her lady and her Burundian husband, Al hamdu, Lillahi Rabbil aalameen, the people of Paradise will, will continue to glorify and praise Allah, out of gratitude. So we have to be used to that we have to make a habit right now. And remember that when a person is grateful than the benefit is that gratitude benefits the person themselves first and foremost, it makes you happier, it secures your blessings. It brings you the approval of Allah, it increases your blessings also, we learn has an adversity.

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anyone when a person is not grateful for the blessings that they have, then those blessings are turned into punishment. Subhanallah you need the same thing that used to bring you joy once upon a time.

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Now will become a means of torture for you whether you are the winner, so if we want to preserve our blessings, we have to show gratitude to Allah. And he said that the people used to call gratitude more Hatfield, Hatfield meaning one that preserves and guards and secures blessings. So if you want to preserve the blessings you have, then show gratitude to Allah. And the person who shows gratitude to Allah has a very high rank near Allah. In Hadith we learn that the person who eats and is grateful is like the person who fasts and is patient Subhanallah you see, some people are not able to fast in the month of Ramadan. So, when they're when they're eating, they're feeling guilty, or

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when when they eat, they feel horrible about themselves. No, don't lose that opportunity. As you eat, show gratitude to Allah say Alhamdulillah and with sugar, you can reach the same level as that of the fasting person who is patient.

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And

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any we should ask Allah subhanaw taala to protect us from trial and tribulation and give us blessings on which we can be grateful matar live, Rahim Allah Allah He said that I prefer that Allah should give me blessings on which I am grateful, then that Allah should test me and I am patient. And he he he liked the path of gratitude, more than the path of patience, why? Because patients is harder, it is definitely harder. So and since you can reach the same level with gratitude, then why not ask Allah subhanaw taala for the easy way

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and the person who is grateful, then such people are saved from the punishment of Allah also, we learn near metta Minar, in Dena kinetic energy Manchaca that Lusardi Salam, he was a grateful slave of Allah. and So Allah saved him. And Allah will reward those who are grateful very generously was a Zilla who check it in. And those who are grateful, you knew when they say Alhamdulillah, we see that Alhamdulillah is something that fills the scale, the reward is massive. And when a person says Alhamdulillah a cathedral, the reward is so much that the angel did not know how to record it. So Allah subhanaw taala told them write it exactly as it is alhamdulilah Tierra and Allah will give the

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reward for it. Now how can we show gratitude to Allah, we can show gratitude to Allah by showing more obedience to Him by by showing love by having love for Allah, by acknowledging the blessings of Allah by praising Allah for those blessings, by using the blessings of Allah correctly by talking about the blessings and you mentioned them and really think about it in your conversations, whether it is with your family, your friends, your children, your parents, your spouse, what do you talk about? Is it just things that are not working? Or do you also say Alhamdulillah, for the things that are working? Remember that the best slaves of Allah the Day of Judgment are Hamadan. So be of those

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who say Alhamdulillah a lot. So verbally express gratitude. Secondly, feel gratitude in your heart. remember and recall the blessings that Allah has given you. And feel those those those positive thoughts and emotions. Thirdly, use the blessings in ways that Allah subhanaw taala likes. So for example, if Allah has given you the blessing of a good phone that is very fast, that you know where in which the,

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you know, the colors are very bright, et cetera, how are you using it? For what are you listening to good things? Are you watching Good things where you wasting your time on it? Think about it, because when people are ungrateful, then this is a big loss. This means that a person is a target of shaytaan because Shavon said that lethargy, do a thorough home Sharky, that Oh Allah, you will not find many of the people to be grateful. So if a person is being ungrateful, then this means that shaitan has very strong influence on them. And such a person is a companion to shape on. When when people are ungrateful, then they bring about the they invite on themselves the punishment of Allah

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and when people are angry

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fateful, then their blessings will be ruined because of ingratitude. People are covered with, you know, trials and, and tribulation and problems so that they wake up and they leave their ingratitude. So in gratitude any, it is only something that makes things worse.

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A person typically feels ungrateful when things are hard, right? So if in that situation, you begin to think negative, and you begin to show more in gratitude, then you're only making things worse for yourself. And if you stop yourself, you say, No, I am not completely deprived. No, Allah has saved me from this and this and this, Allah has given me this and this and this, and you deliberately, consciously take yourself toward the path of gratitude, you will feel better, and you will invite more blessings of Allah.

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And we can show gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala at many different times, with the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam warned us that, you know, the people of hell, many of them are who women. What's the reason? The reason is not that they are women. The reason is that many women show ingratitude, they're ungrateful. This doesn't mean that men are not ungrateful, even there, they can be ungrateful, but this is very common in women. So we should be extremely conscious of this, of this, and, you know, show more gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala and also to the people in our lives, we can express gratitude to Allah subhana wa Tada. Especially first thing in the morning,

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right the Prophet sallallahu earlier said, I would say on Waking up that Alhamdulillah Hillary, or Fanny if he just said he will delay your rule, he will additionally be basically that all praises due to Allah Who healed me in my body, or I find if he just had the altar means that Allah protected my body, and he kept it safe and sound so that I was able to wake up and return to me my soul and permitted me to remember him. What a huge blessing. We begin Salah with Al hamdu lillahi rabbil aalameen in record also, we say Subhanak Allahumma Robina will be hemmed ik Allahumma fiddly, after Salah, we say Alhamdulillah 33 times in the morning in the evening also we show gratitude to Allah

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Subhan Allah who will be humbly we learn that when we eat, you know, even a bite of food, even a sip of a drink, we should say Alhamdulillah because Allah subhanaw taala likes that. So yes, we can say you know the dua for after eating After we have finished our meal, but we can also say Alhamdulillah any with every bite, or every few bites, and really as you enjoy the different flavors in your mouth, the different types of food especially you know, at Iftar time, for example, you take a sip of water, say or Hamdulillah you eat that sweet, delicious date, say Alhamdulillah then you have that savory, nice pakora you know, say Alhamdulillah then you have the fruit salad, say

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Alhamdulillah you know, with every type of food that you have, because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah is pleased with his slave who says Alhamdulillah while taking a morsel of food,

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a morsel of food and while drinking in Yes, you can say that all after you complete your meal but but also while you are eating and as you enjoy every bite and the different flavors, the different textures, you know the sip of that nice, perfect temperature coffee perfect, perfectly flavored any the right the perfect coffee, you know, as you're having it every sip you enjoy, said hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. After eating we learn when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when His food was taken away, meaning after he had finished eating, he would say Alhamdulillah Hilary Kapha will arowana the hieromonk Fagin. Well I'm UK food and Praise be to Allah who has satisfied our needs and

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quench our thirst. Your favor cannot be compensated or denied era. We cannot compensate we can never thank you enough and we cannot do without this era.

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And we learned that once a boo boo Daniel de la Mourinho, his mother gave him bread with some butter to eat. Okay. So simple. In fact, it wasn't even butter. It was oil, oil and salt. Okay, bread, oil, salt. That's all he ate. And when he ate it

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He said Praise be to Allah who has filled us with bread after our food had previously been only water and dates. Allahu Akbar any when we eat so often we are thinking about all the food is not like this. It's not like that. It should have been like this. It should have been like that. How come today? We don't have any samosas. How come today we don't have any fruit salad. Honey, we tend to complain a lot and look at a Buddha and Abdullah Mourinho that he's being so grateful for bread and oil and salt. Because he's thinking about what he used to have previously it was just water and it's no bread now he can have dates, he can have it with oil and salt, Allahu Akbar.

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And we should express gratitude to Allah in every circumstance. Alhamdulillah Allah Kohli ha. And when someone asks us, how are you doing? How's it going, we should say Alhamdulillah when we, you know, when we look at our children, and we realize that how they're healthy, they're good, say Alhamdulillah like Ibraheem Alehissalaam he said Alhamdulillah he led the way her belly, or they'll kebari Ismar Isla, what is her in Nabila, Samia or dua, here's after the birth of his sons, he's he's saying 100 Allah, for the blessing of his children. Any blessing that Allah gives you any virtue? Any privilege, see Alhamdulillah you know, sometimes you have some kind of special access to

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certain privileges. So at that time, you feel like oh, wow, I'm the best. You know, I have this I have that you feel a sense of pride? No. Feel grateful that Allah gave you that access. Allah gave you that privilege. When we sneeze, we say Alhamdulillah and when we complete something good at that time, also it handed in when we go to bed on going to sleep also, we should say Alhamdulillah Hila de Cavani. What are we learning what up? IMANI was Sacani, one lady mineralia. For Afghan, one lady, our attorney for ajisen Alhamdulillah. Here I actually had a lot more broccoli che when Malika what Illa her coalition are all the becoming a now. Praise be to Allah who has given me sufficiency has

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protected me giving me food and drink been most gracious to me and given to me most lavishly. Praise be to Allah in every circumstance. Oh Allah, Lord and King of everything, God of Everything, I seek refuge in You from hell.

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Also, after Salah we should say rugby or in near Allah, the cricket, where should cricket where her scenario by the tick that Oh my Lord, give me the ability to be to remember you to be grateful to you and to worship you in the best manner ask Allah for the ability to be grateful. Another God we can make a lover in the loop with a better feel. Well, it was a matter of rushed, was a Luca Mooji Bertie la hermetic, where other Eva model theoretic was a Luca shukran aromatic where her Snowbird attic, was a Luca Caliban Salim and when he signed on Sadiq Khan was a new coming highly Mattarella what are all the week I mean, surely matar alum or Estelle funeral Kalamata Harlem in Naka Antara

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Lamelo YouTube, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam advised one of his companions, that when you see people collecting gold and silver, then you should say these words, and when you see people, eagerly collecting the things of the world, and you know,

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enjoying the riches of the world, then you should focus on this. And what is this, that Oh Allah, I ask you for steadfastness in all affairs, in in all my affairs give me the ability to be steadfast. Not that, if I get a little bit of wealth, I begin to forget you. And so that will also mean steadfastness in the matter meaning in the matter of Islam, so make me steadfast in Islam, while our Azima Tada rushed, and I asked you for determination and following the right path because sometimes we lack that determination, we become shaky, we become weak. And I ask you for things that bring about your mercy, and necessarily bring your forgiveness. I asked you for gratitude for your

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blessings. And I asked you that you give me the ability to worship you beautifully. I asked you for a sound heart and a truthful tongue. I asked you for the best of what you know. And I seek refuge in You from the worst of what you know, and you know everything. So if there's anything evil, that you know of, you know, then I seek your refuge against that. And I seek your forgiveness for what you know leading for the mistakes I have made the wrong things I have done your Allah

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Forgive me for that indeed you are the knower of all unseen matters. Another thought we could make what ogbonna oscillator baina where Dino sabula Salem won a genome in Illuminati in a new was sort of an alpha Hisham alcohol Amin Halima baton robotic learner fee as Marina. What upside Ina? What Colombina was where Gina was the RIA Tina we took our Lena in the web of Rahim what your Unoh Shirkey Rena linear Matic mousse Nina be her ka Elena, we were at MYM. Her Elena. In this door, we're asking Allah subhanaw taala to make peace between us and to guide all of us to the right path to the path of Islam, to bring us out of darkness into light to turn away all forms of indecency

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from us whether they are apparent, visible or, or or hidden, private. And we're asking Allah to bless us in our hearing, our vision, our hearts, our spouses, our children. We're asking Allah to accept our repentance from us, because it is Allah who is at a Weber Rahim. And then we ask Allah, that what you are gonna share can even share Kadena linear Matic, that oh Allah make us those who are grateful for your blessings. Because there are so many people who are not grateful for the blessings of Allah. Ya Allah make us grateful for your blessings with Nina beha make us such people who, who who praise you for it. In some people recognize the blessings but they don't do thinner any

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they don't praise Allah, or ilina via those who proclaim it. Some people are too shy to talk about the blessings that Allah has given. They're too shy to say Alhamdulillah they're too shy to acknowledge that Allah is the giver of all blessings. So give us the ability to be grateful to praise you and to openly acknowledge your blessings, talk about them, and then perfect your blessings on us. I mean, another thought we can make a big newsletter in our layer. One certainly will happen sooner or later one quarterly Well, Adam Carolla Yeah, that Oh Allah, Oh my Lord, help me do not help against me. Grant me victory do not grant victory over me plan on my behalf and do

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not plan against me. What the guide me were Sidhu Daya and make my guidance easy for me. When a single day in a year one suddenly I let one Sunni Allah member or lay here and help me against those who are unjust to me who act wrongfully to me. Allah who murder I need like I share Quran or Allah make me someone who is grateful to you that Kira luck Shakira luck, their killer luck someone who is grateful to you and someone who remembers you mentioned you are human luck someone who is afraid of you Mithila and II like mock beaten Omoni been and someone who

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is obedient to you, someone who is is

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any more qubits any humble before you someone who turns repeatedly towards you. But I'm Peter Campbell Toba tea works in healthy Oh my Lord accept my repentance wash away my sin. What a jib Dawa tea and respond to my dua with a bit her jetty and make clearly established my evidence where they can be guided my heart was set diddley Sani and make true my tongue was slowed schemata can be and remove the malice from my heart. I mean, inshallah we will conclude over here so practical Lahoma will be handling, I shall do Allah ilaha illa Anta Astok Furukawa to buoy Lake, wa salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh