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Bismillah Alhamdulillah Salaam Alaikum Peace be with you. I'm at your house. You're watching the deen show and we're here at our future home, a home that awaits a saw from the womb and then to the tomb.

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And in between, it's what we do in this life. That's going to determine if we're going to be successful in the next life or not.

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So, the young man who's in his grave, his life was taken. He was murdered.

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And in this episode of the deen show, we're going to find out why. What happened? How did this 19 year old boy

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who was a undefeated wrestler, who was young, strong, athletic, good family.

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And at the blink of an eye, his life, his whole life changed, and now he's in the grave. His life is finished.

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So stay tuned, we come back we're going to find out why what happened and how you can get involved to help police track down the criminal that did this and bring him to justice. We'll be right back with Samir Baraka story here on the show. This is the thing that

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Bismillah Alhamdulillah, Salaam Alaikum. Peace be with you greetings of peace to everybody all around the world. Who was returning into the deen show. We started off we took you to a scene at the graveyard. And we had expressed that this is a home that all of us one day, tomorrow today. In a year in a second we can end up in and we want to make the best out of this life before we visit

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our future home the grave. But a young man's life sadly was taken away 19 years old and this young man was your son. I'm here with with our brother, your brother. But aka How are you sir? hamdulillah salaam aleikum.

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Wa, thank you for finding the courage, you know, the energy to be with us, you know, here on the show. Thank you, you're welcome. We really thought it'd be really important to create an awareness so we can get our brothers and sisters from all around the globe. And people are tuning into the deen show from all over. And some if this just goes away, people forget. So now we're going to have people from all over making do out for your family and inshallah this culprit, the criminal, get brought to justice, and the police will inshallah get some tips that we can, you know, have this individual in jail. So he's not out there hurting killing another innocent human being. So tell us

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now

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you are coming from Tell us what happened.

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Man, my two sons was basically coming from a night out, you know, as we was bonding.

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We

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tell them stories, telling jokes and so on. And we make it home. And we come through this way the alley. And guy felt that to ask us questions, are we again, are we letting came and we're repeatedly three times you said no, no, and we don't gain bang. And he said, Y'all better did. I start shooting at us.

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I was able to push one of my kids to the side behind the dumpster. And

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take the other one, put them in front of me. But yeah, after the fourth shot.

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I think he was shot at the fourth shot and dropped on the floor.

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And there was one more shot after that. You mentioned when we spoke yesterday that you had gotten home. You you you were you know we're fasting is from an ounce. So people know that we we begin our day before the break of dawn eat a little bit and then we don't eat that's what he was saying as we was read there. He looked at his watch and his what his last words was.

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We have enough time to do so.

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To beat me in a video game and do fetcher. Go to sleep

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That was his last words. So you guys can say nothing to that guy as he was talking. Me and my son Sammy, the one that was responding to him that we're not gang members, we

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basically, we will say, No, we're not. We're not in the gang. Your sons don't have anything to do with a game. My son, his sweetheart is athletic. He's, he achieved likes metals and football, blacks and metals and wrestling like setting metals in tracks for the sixth place and tracks. First and Second place on Chicago. And wrestling, and football. They used to call them Julius pepper. That's how good he was in football. So you had gotten to the front. I remember you mentioned you got to the front of your house. And then you ended up coming around because you just wanted to kill some more time to come around. What was it we were just didn't finish the jokes that we were selling each

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other and the stories and other sounds bonding. Right. So you wanted some more bonding time? That Exactly, yes. So we we was thinking that we can use another couple of minutes so we can finish the stories. We tell him the jokes and he tells good jokes. He is the type of person that anybody that met him. Within three, four sentence. He'll tell you a joke or a joke or something that he did. He'll make you laugh. So you which are two sons, you're walking down this alley, okay, you guys get the shot. You're walking down this alley. It's family time you spending time with your family, your two sons. And now you guys are heading towards the back door. Okay, five feet. 25 feet away. Okay.

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And then you hear this individual now the criminal who shot your son, he yells at what did he allow? Hey, are y'all kinks? Now? What's this kings? I mean, what is that a gang that's basically dominating this neighborhood. There's three gangs. And two more gangs trying to move in. Are they already in? Okay? There's canes, there is kitsy boys, these will say I mean, these are people that are striking terror in the neighborhood, right. And it's and people are trying to get to work, you know, live their lives, productive citizens. So these people come and are starting to strike terror into the people such as you, you don't know if he's the king, or if he's from the other gang?

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Because he's asking us, are you okay? Yeah. And we say no. And he's still shot. So, so you clearly told him? Look, we have nothing to do with any gangs or any affiliation with any gangs. They have that long of a conversation. Yeah. I just said no. The second question he asked the second time. My son says, No, we don't gangbang the third question. I looked, I was like, No, man. That's when he pulled the gun. You said something about he said, You better Did you better that that's like slang for run, run. And then the shots ring out? Yes. And then you end up. Now we see what we hear. You can see take the camera to have a look over here we have the pool of blood. So is this where now

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that's what he dropped on his face. And that's what I thought he was taking cover. And I was able to jump on top of him so you don't get shot. And I'm looking back there.

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The guy is about 125 feet 130 feet away, you know, and he turns around and run. And

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my son Sam, he sees the blood and he started yelling his sons and his brother names. I mean, it's I mean, so when I looked at I saw the blood.

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I told him go get a phone call 911

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he did. And I turned some air around

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and listen to his heartbeat and it was beaten so I start calling them like come on to me and he was not moving for about 10 minutes he did not move at all. So some air semi came back with the phone his mom or their came back with the phone said a sister everybody the neighbors and start coming out calling 911 it was a gathering is a shoot it. But yeah, everybody can all the neighbors. Everybody's on at this point. Yes. 10 minutes after that.

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And as he started gagging on his blood

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he started gagging on his blood. And I turned him to the side using your arms. No, yes, yes, turn on my side blood came out. I see the blood coming out everywhere in his face.

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And

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but he has not responded yet. For his first response, he had put his hand on the ground and he tried to get up. So at this point, I don't want to pull it to travel. So I'm trying to hold him down. I end up on my back on the floor, and he's on top of me and I held him in a wrestling move that I told him

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and he won several times with that move and I held him that way with my arms and my legs. So he don't

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And he was still too strong for me.

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All right, I start telling Sammy to go and get the car, he got the keys from his mom and went to get the car because the ambulance was taking too long.

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Pick them up, try put them in the car. He just bought a car not too long ago, and he didn't fit in the backseat of it. So now the ambulance it just you, you, you you're feeling that time is crucial. So So now you get the your car, you try to get them in the car, and it just wouldn't fit. No. And as I was trying to bolt them in there, we saw the ambulance comes in the alley. And they missed it early.

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And by time they turned around and come to this side, it was police cars everywhere where the ambulance couldn't come through.

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So when the stretcher came, ambulance, people couldn't even pick him up. But I'm there. Because he's holding on to me. Every day, I'm the one that put him on a stretcher. roll to the stretcher bar of an ambulance.

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There his mom, sister and two little brother follows as me and Sam, he stayed back because we had to give her the information to the police, they won't let us leave.

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After we're done, it was like almost Shahrukh

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sun is about to come out.

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And that's a little before that. That's what my wife called me and said, The doctor said that he's not gonna make it, he won't make it more than 24 hours.

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I told those just go read some pour onto him, c'est la la la la. And that's what he did what she did. As soon as I got done, I went on to the hospital. And

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I kept reading to him, and I'm knowing I'm losing my son.

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And doctor's turns convinced me

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like, this is it and I said, try to do your best. You said he don't he won't make it 24 hour. Let's do that 24 hour, let's prepare the family. Because I won't know what to go on and tell my daughter and my other sons that y'all lost their brothers, you know.

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So

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it was around seven o'clock, when the doctor says the blood pressure is too low. It was 35 over 13.

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And that was a medication that they can use, they can put in there where it can increase the blood pressure. And if it doesn't work, then they're going to have to put another tube in him.

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And that will work. So the medication did not work.

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But the tool did work. And as that blood pressure was increasing, the heartbeat was dropping. And it was dropping fast. I stepped out the room just for few seconds, not even a minute.

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You know, just to go and check on the kids and come back. And as I'm running back to the room and I'm hearing my wife crying.

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You know,

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I'm probably got their monitor was saying like 10 heartbeats

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you know, and I'm not even around the current, you know, I'm just peeking to see what's going on. A monitor will say 10 heartbeats and the nurse says, who's going to pronounce the death. And the doctor says 930 we're pronouncing that.

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So now

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we just did the right thing. Said the read the Shahada for him. I don't know whether Is that accepted or not?

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But they say the Shahada and I'll say don't send me

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since he's not able to.

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I can't read on caught on so this all could come out easily.

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I know you've you've you've you've told the story over and over and you've said so many tears and it's been a very emotional time in your life and the Creator of the heavens and earth make it easy for you and your family.

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And I I want you to tell us for the person have have the police been able to so far we know that they haven't caught this individual. I don't know if they caught them or not last conversation I had with the detective less than 24 hours ago. They said they have several people there only two that they call with the same gun. That Muslim was shot with what kind of gun was a shotgun It was a 45 caliber Smith and Wesson with the Winchester bullets, any advice that you have for families who they have their kids they're alive and kids who have their parents or family

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Now, they've never tasted something like this, you know, to really reflect about the purpose of life and to take life seriously. And, you know, what advice do you have? That's exactly what it is. Life is precious.

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You know, it's not ours was precious.

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Spend it wisely, you know, basically keep them around you.

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I mean, the Allah is the Protector is only he's the only protector you cannot protect anybody, you cannot protect yourself to protect others. So

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keep your faith in Allah.

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The same time

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bond with your kids, no matter what.

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Matter of the one year old, or the 3040 years old, keep bonding with them.

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Because you don't know when you're gonna go or when they

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haven't missed not one Ramadan since the age of seven.

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First automatize I probably missed a couple of days here. There are few days I'm sick and so on. You have not missed one day from now on. He makes sure he fast all Ramadan. And that's his friends on the basketball court used to pick on him like, why are you fasting? and was like, why are you not fasting?

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There was like cuz it's too hard. And he was like, you could get it one day, you'll get it.

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And if they push them to get him angry,

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he'll get fall hit get up after they took the ball from him. And he'll go and take the ball, make that basket. And he's still smiling there was like, you don't get angry. I was like, why should I we play and just pay it. I'd like to thank you and may the Creator of the heavens and earth continue to make things easy for you to reward you for all your patience and send mercy and blessings upon your family and may reunite you with your son in general.

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Shalom, brother, thank you.

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Well, yeah.

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Okay, you've got your dream home, and you've got your dream car, but you're gonna get old and things got to happen to you in your life. And then what have you got, at the end of the day, it's an empty dream that has no real Foundation, we are going to die, and we're going to meet our Lord and He is going to judge us. It becomes an obligation for each single human being to find out what the Quran is. Islam is telling us to stay away from things which are bad for your person and bad for the society.

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One, God wished him alone, do what he wants you to do put your desires this thing inside you that just wants this and wants that and you just can't get enough. You know what, you're never good enough until the dirts in your mouth, don't let it come to that be sincere and honest, as the one who created you to guide us the first step hold on chasing all the women and the good times and the parties and this and that there's no one worthy of worship except Allah. Don't wait. You never know if this would come today for your

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depth and detail judgment at the mercy of a law. These are the things that finally made me realize there is no time to delay anymore. I want you to take my Shahada write down

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the essence of spirituality is to become more sincere to less contemplate. It is very, very scary, but it brings you back to reality there is a life which is everlasting. And you have to make a conscious decision of which group of people do you want to be the people who are the people who have held

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on to you We're here with the Buttercup family. And it's a very

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for me, you know, usually people are tuning in watching the deen show, and I'm very elated and excited. And, you know, we're sharing the message of the purpose of life. And I heard this story and I just couldn't let it passed by because I didn't want this. You know, we got people dying all over the world. And this is something that just happened in our backyard.

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This story

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brought us together. And I didn't want it to just be a fading memory. I wanted to get this story out there to humanity so we can make a difference so we can try to help stop another innocent human being from tomorrow. You know, getting killed in the senseless violence. So we got to hear what happened to your son. This is your brother says my brother right.

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Salam Alaikum Peace be with you all.

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You flew in from California. What were your thoughts? When you heard this the last thing in your wildest imagination you wouldn't think you were getting a call what tell us at that moment. What happened?

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Actually,

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I when I just wake up just the time different I wake up text somebody just text me a message I read it says

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Semi revenues have just died since your nephew now Yeah, said semi revenues have died. Who crazy is who's crazy sending this message that was maybe a joke. Yeah, I look it's my sister. I told my wife Samir. Samir just died. So her son, so she is Samir open Sohail My son is using

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semi semi bins to hell. So

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my wife crashed start crying.

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I couldn't believe what's going on. So I called my sister.

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My, my sister, she said, Yeah, he just passed away.

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It's just hit you and

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I was wondering what what's going on? It's Is it real? Is it? Is it? sickness is shot What's going on? Then I called her She said, No, he got shot.

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So I start I talked

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telephone number I called him and he was crying. He said, just got shot just got shot. So I just get the first

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plane and fly all the way. Get a one way ticket all the way to Chicago. Yeah, that's, uh, you just got a one way ticket. I said, I just want to go see what's going on.

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Because it was really surprising something like this happen.

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You always see it in news, you see it everywhere. I thought some something friend or something. But like mascara like this. When you hear it in everywhere, university, it's going to hit home.

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Once it hits home, it's totally different. You're not going to flip channels anymore. You will hear what other people say. A lot of people they look at the TV

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11 people together just got died. This guy in the theater this here this year and serious people get killed. You just look at it and call the blood. You just keep flipping channels. That's I'm one of them. So I just keep flipping the

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flipping the channels and forget

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that there's really, there's human life just get lost.

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And we didn't even think about that. We just thinking about the remote control just Okay, go. Now another killing here now.

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That's what's really going to start hitting you. Now it's home. So how are we going to deal with it? How have you guys been dealing with it so far? How are you guys holding up? so far? We're trying to

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gather together, all of us from California came in from New York, from Ohio, all came in to join my brother to make sure that make I'll make it easy on all of us and on him and and I told them anything happened, we have to get the buzz out of it. It's easy, he killed my son, I'm going to grab a gun and go around somebody else to kill to kill that kill this. But what about if we can get something positive out of it? The positive thing is stop trying to make awareness for everybody. I tried to catch those people try to stop them from what they're doing. What we go, what, like I told him, there's a lot of agency, they could help to do some fliers or do some reward for them. And when

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we're in cemetery we you mentioned and we were about the Crime Stoppers. And yesterday we called and we find out about some information and we want to do some flyers we want to do something on their school. We want to do some some more stuff to gather people to tell them this is really did hit home and you guys really need to stop the violence against the kids. And those people they really need to stop.

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We need to

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keep our children around us as much as possible. Their children should bury us we shouldn't bury their

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like I said I'm not mad. I'm not angry. Only things I'm a little sad because I'm gonna miss him.

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I'm gonna miss

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is my oldest son.

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Yeah, he, he took

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a piece of Maha with him.

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But he's gonna live in my heart forever.

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And I will always pray for him.

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And I asked everybody to make a prayer for him.

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And if we're going to worship something, I figured I might as well worship the creator instead of any of the creations

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Now, upon investigating the villages, I remember finding out the meaning of what Islam is what a Muslim is. Those who surrender themselves to God is a Muslim. Those who submit to God, God's will, that Islam was pure, it was just, you just pray to God your Creator.

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I am not afraid.

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I am not afraid.

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I'm not afraid.

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I'm not afraid.

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I'm not afraid.

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I'm not afraid of

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backgrounded the dean show we get just got to interview the Buttercup family who lost their son in the senseless violence that overtook them. So you get to reflect this is the test of life. People are dying every day. And you see how they're handling it because they got faith in the Creator of the heavens and earth, but inshallah God willing, a greater good will come from this, that the community that the people will come together and say, we've had enough of this work with the police to bring this culprit to justice. And the corporate who's out there who did this,

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the best thing you can do is turn to the credit of Amazon Earth and repent, make sincere repentance to the crater, before death overtakes you. And you mentioned something about dipping, because otherwise, you're going to be dipping straight into the hellfire. And that's a scary hot place. And then apologize to this family and go do your time. Go do your time because you did the crime. And for those who are out there who are thinking about being in a gang who are in a gang, this is one of the stupidest things you can do if your life foolish, ignorant.

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families need to work together to bring their children up right to stay away.

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Stay together work together. So they can bring up solid families together good institutions of families so that children aren't without a father and not without a mother.

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And then they have enough love in this family so the kids don't have to go out and look for love the wrong love somewhere else joining these gangs joining these criminal organizations, these terrorist organization because they're striking terror into innocent people's homes, like they just did to the Baraka Baraka family. So, if you have any information to help solve this crime, go ahead and call the detectives who are on the case.

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Work with the neighborhood watch program, worked with the authorities called aldermen. Also you have his number here to get

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everybody involved to help clean

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this neighborhood up

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to help clean this neighborhood up from these terrorists who are out here, the gang members, these are the real terrorists who are out here terrifying, innocent people. So let's work together Let's make dua for this family supplicate for this family, and work together to bring peace into this neighborhood and all around the world. And that's what Muslims should be doing. Muslims once was submitted to the will of God are about peace, and bringing peace not having to the earth. And that's what we want to do. By your doors that allow the Creator of the heavens that says tranquility and peace to this family who's going through such a hard time. Allow make it easy. And so we can bring

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peace into this community that is being raised with violence, day after day after day. So with your help, we can do it God willing, work with the authorities work with the politicians, and let's clean up the streets. Because that as the Prophet, the last messenger sent to mankind said, if you see an evil, change it with your hands. If you're not with your hands, you speak out against it with your tongue and the least amount of favors to hate it in your heart. And we hate this senseless violence. We hate it. So let's work with the authorities to put an end to this in our neighborhood, even in your neighborhood. If you're not here in Chicago, go ahead and do the right thing and get involved

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in the community to make the community a safer place for all those people who are trying to live in peace. We'll see you next time here on the deen show. Until then, peace be with you