Tom Facchine – Check Yourself

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the prophet's message about everything is a portion of his will, and that failure and success are the two most common factors affecting people. The speaker emphasizes that the Prophet's desire is to stop people from giving up and apply themselves to their abilities and needs, rather than relying on their intelligence or ability. The speaker also emphasizes that the prophet's desire is not to depend on one's intelligence or ability, but to apply themselves and take the means they have.
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In our next hadith, the prophet sallallahu alaihi

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wa sallam said,

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That's for Wahoo Muslim. The hadith is found

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in Sahih Muslim. The prophet

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he said that everything

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is determined by a loss of

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it's in his Qadr. It's in his,

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apportionment or his decree.

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Even

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laziness

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or

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well, we could say maybe failure is another

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laziness failure is is one translation,

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or your ability, your sharpness.

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Right?

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And this is a very, very foundational hadith

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when it comes to understanding

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Allah's

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will and Allah's

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sort of Qadr, his

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determination of everything

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in the universe.

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Sometimes when it comes to our abilities, we

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can become diluted into think that our abilities

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are in our own hands. Right? The talents

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that we have, the skills that we accumulate,

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yeah, we see this a lot in academia

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or when you're taking a test or whatever,

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you know, you only rely on

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yourself. How many of us really? We know

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that we were taught as Muslims that when

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you you sit in an exam, you know,

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after having studied and taking the means, you

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say Bismillah and then you rely upon Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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For most of us, that's very difficult. For

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most of us, we we rely too much

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on ourselves. We assume that,

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it's really all in our ability and all

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in our courts to be able to, sort

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of decide whether we're going to succeed or

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fail, and that's why, unfortunately,

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we see the results of this attitude and

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how we treat people. We see people

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who are rich and successful,

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and we treat them in a certain way,

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especially in the United States of America where

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we have this sort of false meritocracy.

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You see somebody driving a Tesla living in

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the suburbs, and you assume that they've done

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something right. You assume that that is all

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because of, like,

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like what said in Surat Al Khasas, right,

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by Karun that this is from my reason.

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This is from my ability. I'm the one

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who did it. I deserve it. I worked.

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I grinded. I hustled. I did this stuff.

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Right? Without realizing that it's Allah

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that gave you that ability in the first

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place. It's Allah

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that enabled

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the talents and skills

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that you have to actually

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reach the conclusion that that that they reached.

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And so when we see someone poor on

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the street, we have the opposite. We blame

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them morally. We say, oh, this person must

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have done something wrong in their life. This

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person must have screwed up. This person must

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be, you know, and we treat them less

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than human. Right?

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You can take also a demonstration from how

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do you

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act in front of one person versus the

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other. If you're in front of the person

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from the suburbs with a big house and

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drives a Tesla, then you're gonna straighten up

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and you're gonna be happy when you receive

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an invitation for iftar at that person's house

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versus if you've got somebody who lives in

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the hood and, you know, next to a

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boarded up, you know, apartment or whatever,

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and you get invited to an

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iftar, you're gonna be sort of, well, boy,

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that's not really what I was hoping for.

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Right? Part of this, we're not just concerned

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for our personal safety. Part of this is

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our false assumption

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that we get what we deserve in this

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life, which is something Allah

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tries to break us from this superstition,

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multiple times in the Quran. And one of

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those is the story of Qadun,

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at the end told at the end of

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Surah Al Khasas in the the 28th chapter

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of the Quran.

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Is that we see wealth, we see success,

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and we assume that this person must have

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done something right. And we see failure, we

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see poverty, and we assume that this person

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must have done something wrong. It ain't that

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simple. The the the will of Allah

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is gharib. It it overcomes all of that,

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and so you might find that Allah

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might keep somebody poor

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in this life because it's better for their

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afterlife, just as he might keep somebody rich

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because it's better for their afterlife, and at

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the end of the day we don't know.

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So the prophet in this particular hadith,

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he's basically

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implying this. He said that everything is in

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everything. He said every single thing

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is a portion by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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It's in his decision. It's in his decree.

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It's in his Qadr.

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Even

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the ajus, which is like inability.

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Right? We call in Arabic, you call someone

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ajus once they've reached old age because they're

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kinda like,

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you know, they they don't have the abilities

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that they used to have,

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or a case like somebody who's sharp, somebody

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who's able, somebody who's, you know,

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you can imagine in the prime of their

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lives. All they do is, you know, if

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they wanna go do something they just they

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just do it. Right? We're used to assuming

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that that's in our control and the prophet

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is informing us that this is actually part

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of the will of Allah. Like, even your

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inability to do something and your ability to

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do something is part of Allah's will. Now

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why is the prophet telling us this? What

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does he want

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to sort of what does he want from

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us by telling us this? Is it supposed

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to make us just completely give up and

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say, well, you know, I didn't get out

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of bed this morning and I'm gonna stop

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going to the gym and I'm gonna stop

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taking care of myself because, hey, it's all

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from Allah

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at the end of the day. Anyway, no,

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that's not what Allah that's not what the

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Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam wants from us and

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that's not what Allah salallahu alaihi wasallam wants

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from us, but the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam,

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he's trying to stop us from getting egotistical

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and big headed

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when it comes to our abilities or our

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situation and realize

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that we depend upon Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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in every single scenario

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is that, yes, there are means Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala created

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the world, the dunya, with cause and effect.

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If you want the biceps, you're gonna have

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to hit the gym. If you want

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to succeed in something, you're gonna have to

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apply yourself and take the means, but at

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the end of the day it's really up

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to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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whether your arrow hits the bull's eye or

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not. Whether all of the means that you

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take and all of the things that you

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do to apply yourself are going to lead

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to the outcome that you want, that's up

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to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. And even your

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internal motivation,

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your ability or inability,

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or even your external sort of ability or

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inability. That too is all determined by Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. So what the prophet salallahu

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alaihi wasalam wants from us is not to

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depend upon the means as if they are

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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That you don't depend upon your intelligence.

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You don't depend upon

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your whatever it is, your talents, your skills,

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your credentials. You depend upon Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala. You get the credentials.

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You take the means. You do what you

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have to do, but you have to understand

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at the end of the day that it

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all comes back to what Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala willed. And as the Salaf, I believe

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it was

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who said if that something was destined for

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you, if Allah decided or decreed that something

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was gonna happen to you, then there's no

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way that it could not have happened to

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you, and the opposite is true. Is that

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if something missed you, if something didn't happen

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to you, then it doesn't matter what you

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did. If you went back and change tactics

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or whatever,

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that it was never going to happen to

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you at all. This is Allah's will. This

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is Allah's Qadr, and that's what the prophet

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salallahu alaihi wasalam wants us to understand by

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this hadith.

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