Tom Facchine – Allah Does Not Owe You Anything

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The importance of strong and confident faith in one's ability to achieve success is crucial to achieving success in life, rather than just a result. It is crucial to strengthen one's belief in oneself and their ability to achieve success, rather than just a result. It is also important to trust Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and not denying one's desires. It is crucial to have a positive attitude and not denying one's desires.
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Next hadith of prophet SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam he

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said

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It's a longer hadith. It's got a couple

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different parts to it, but it's extremely, extremely

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important. The first part, the prophet said that

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the strong believer is

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vahir, the apparent part. Sorry, guys. This isn't

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about gym selfies or but but your biceps

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or your gains. The vahir, the the apparent

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meaning of the hadith is that the khayr

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we're talking about here or the sorry, the

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qua, the strength

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has to do with your belief, your faith.

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How strong is your belief that

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a strong believer is better than a weak

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believer. The person who has Yaqeen,

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who has certain faith,

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who understands what they're doing in this world,

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who understands who their Lord is, who understands

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everything.

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This person is better than somebody who's weak

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in their faith and better than somebody who,

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you know, yeah, okay, they're Alhamdulillah, they

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they know the Shahada, they believe the Shahada

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sort of loosely. They don't know the details.

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They pray 5 times a day, you know,

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hijab and salah and beard and whatever,

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but they don't have absolute strong faith, absolute

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certain faith, absolute unshakable faith,

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like the type of person who's going to

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do amazing things when nobody's looking or when

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it actually contradicts their interest.

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There's no doubt that the person with strong

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faith

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is better than the person with weak faith,

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although there's good in both. Right?

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This is a very hopeful hadith because sometimes

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some of us some of us who skew

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sort of, like, very self critical,

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we can actually get discouraged

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when we see sort of the heights that

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are available to us. Right, when it comes

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to piety and righteousness and all these sorts

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of things. It can become very discouraging because

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we have a very honest assessment of ourselves,

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and we know that we're nowhere close. And

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so we can, you know, be liable to

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despair and to give up, and, of course,

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the shaitan would love us to give up.

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So the prophet, salallahu alaihi wa sallam, gives

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us hope here because he says there's good

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in both.

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Even if you're not the strongest believer, they're

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still they're still good in you. You still

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belong. You're still one of us.

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But but

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we can't compare the 2.

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The one who has strong faith is better

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than the one who has weak faith, and

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so there's that aspirational element that you should

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try to strengthen your faith.

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If you're somebody who has weak faith, you're

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not useless. You know, you're

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you're good, but you can be better.

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And so we have a hope and an

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aspiration, something to work towards that we want

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to strengthen our faith. Then the prophet, salallahu

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alayhi wasalam, he said,

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be keen on what benefits you. Okay? First

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part.

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Then seek refuge in Allah,

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seek Allah's help, what attaches,

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and don't give up or don't be weak

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or don't sort of be

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enable.

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This is a formula for success that the

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prophet is giving

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every single Muslim.

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Pay attention to what benefits you.

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Okay? And that's said in a very general

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way. So it has to do with this

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dunya. It has to do, of course, with

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the afterlife.

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But there's gonna be a lot of distractions.

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Of that's sort of the, the implicit sort

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of statement of the prophet here is that

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there's gonna be things in Dunia that benefit

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you, and there's other things that are gonna

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be of no benefit to you. Distractions,

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entertainment,

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diversion,

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forget all of that. Focus on what benefits

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you and rely upon Allah, ask Allah for

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help,

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and don't fail. Don't be

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incapacitated.

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Don't be lazy.

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So we see here that we share responsibility,

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but also we depend upon Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala. It's not all up to us.

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We have to focus on what benefits us.

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We have to work. We have to have

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a sense of urgency, and we have to

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take the means, but at the end of

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the day, we also have to rely on

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, which is why the

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next thing the prophet says

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is that if something afflicts you don't like,

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it's a bad thing, a calamity, something you

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don't like, don't say, if only

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if only I did this or if only

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this had happened or this or this or

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this.

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We start to think about other possibilities,

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but instead say Allah

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decided it or willed it or apportioned it

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and he does what he wants.

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If you don't do this, meaning if you

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don't stop yourself and correct yourself, then you're

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going to open up a door to the

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devil's work, and that is something that all

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of us want to avoid. So we have

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here again the balance between what's in our

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control and what's outside of our control.

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There are things, our attitude, our intention, taking

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the means that are inside of our control,

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but then when it comes to producing the

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results and the consequences,

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it's up to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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And if we've done our due diligence and

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we have a strong relationship with Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala and we pray istikhara, and we

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take the memes, and we have a clean

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lifestyle, halal lifestyle,

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and you still don't get the result that

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you were after,

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you have to trust Allah.

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You can't question Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and

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assume that what you want is the best

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thing. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala told us it

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doesn't work like that.

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There are things that you want that are

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bad for you, there are things that you

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don't want that are actually good for you.

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Medicine

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is bitter,

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even though it's necessary.

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And so we can't turn our desires into

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a god that we worship,

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even though we say that we're Muslim and

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we say that we're, you know, we're praying,

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we're doing all this other stuff, but really

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we're worshiping our desires,

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because we're not gonna question them, and we're

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gonna say that, you know, if I don't

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get what I want, then I'm gonna question

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Allah.

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Why? Why me? Why didn't it happen this

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way? I did everything right. I deserve this.

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I deserve that. That's not the attitude of

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a believer.

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You question yourself first. You question your desires

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first, what you want first, and you trust

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. If you know that

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you have done no wrong,

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meaning that you have a good intention and

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that you took the means and that you

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prayed istikhara and you asked Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala for his help, and if he didn't

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allow it to happen, then you have to

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trust that it's good for you and that's

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better for you. And as we live and

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we live longer and the years go by,

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this is something that is Musahed. It's something

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that just look back on your life.

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That thing that you wanted, whether it was

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a house, whether it was a car, or

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there's a spouse, or there's a degree or

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a program or whatever, a job,

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you wanted it so bad at the time

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with what you knew, you thought that this

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was gonna be the game changer, you thought

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that this was gonna be the best thing

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for you.

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And then just a year later, 2 years

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later, whatever, you come to see, oh, wow,

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I'm so happy that Allah

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prevented that from me and didn't let me

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get that. Allah knew what he was doing

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the whole time.

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So if you're straight, if you're right with

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Allah,

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you have to trust Allah

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and don't get caught up with

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what if, what if, what if, because the

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devil's waiting for you to do that, and

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he's waiting to lead you astray.

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