Tafseer Reflections #02 – The Duty To Believe

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The speakers discuss the difficulties of maintaining a strong belief in COFA, a term used by developers to describe "will" and "will" in the spiritual world. They stress the importance of faith and submitting one's beliefs to external rules. The segment also touches on the use of negative language in religion and the need for more people to practice negative language in religion. The importance of avoiding sex and not giving up on pleasure is emphasized. The segment also touches on the negative impact of the "rightdo nothing" incident on the Muslim community and the importance of staying in silence during busy times.

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this one that I've heard that are Haim hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam, ala Ashraf, Al MBA one more selling in Novi and Mo Latina Muhammad Allah He of total Surah as Quetta Sneem Allahumma alumna Malian Pharaoh no one found me my ILM Turner was eating Ironman out of the lot, I mean,

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If one of us will be making mistakes in the Quran, he would say he would tease us he would say the Koran is not read according to its meanings like you don't summarize.

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And some of the things in the Koran as people and and further stages in their hip recognize it's very difficult because everything is very similar. There's very similar if and sort of anime, to other parts of the Koran, except maybe a single Chanukah is different. Maybe this one's in the active voice. This one's in the passive voice, and a single thing is different. And so it's really, it's very, very difficult. And it's very, very tricky to keep everything straight. So we asked a lot to help and to assist all of our fault. And all the people who try to memorize his words. I mean,

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previously, we began, and we almost finished the first page of swords with an iron. And we said that we're starting with sort of an iron because it is a Mexican surah. And so it's particularly relevant to us, this community, and in general, I think, probably most communities here in North America, it has to do mostly with belief, and mostly with al Qaeda, mostly with the reality and the true nature of things. Whereas the verses in Medina have more to do with the law, Sharia, even though the Sharia is much more than law, it assumes that someone has already submitted, it assumes that somebody doesn't have significant doubts. And so that's why when Eliza gel, almost without exception, when

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he's about to lay down a welcome a command. He says, Yeah, you're Latina. I know. Past tense, you who who have already believed you who who who have attained to faith already, you're ready to submit to this. So here's what it is that you have to submit to.

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On the other hand, if someone was not ready to submit, you could come to them with every rule, the most perfect system. And if they're not ready to submit, then they're just going to look at you funny and say, why on earth? are you bothering me with this sort of thing? Why? Who are you to tell me what I should be doing? Or how to dress or what I should do with my time or my money? Right. And so that's why Eman always comes first. And nakida always comes first. Because you can't put a price on or you can't exchange trying to go over the motivation before you go over the compliance. So that was part of the reason why we started with sorta and I'm and we said that sort of that touches on

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many, many different things. One of the main themes of solo talent,

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is the nature of Cofer is the nature of the opposite of Eman, the nature of belief. And Allah subhana data makes it crystal clear through various different types and various different examples, that the nature of Cofer is arrogance, and not ignorance, arrogance, not ignorance. And those are two very different things. Somebody who is ignorant, simply doesn't know. They're uninformed. Somebody who is arrogant, they don't want to know. And that might be through a very, very deliberate act. Or it might be through some sort of neglect. We even recognize these differences within American law. We there's something that's called the criminal neglect, okay? If you have a child at

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home, right, a young child, they can't take care of themselves. They can't feed themselves, they can't change themselves or clean themselves. It's not necessarily only illegal to actively do something bad to the child. If you endanger the child. That is a crime. Yes. But it's also a crime, to neglect that child in a criminal way. Right? There is such a thing as criminal neglect, while our hearts are a similar thing. There is a level of interaction with our hearts or cultivation with our hearts, where we know exactly what's true. And we're going to just strive against it. Strive to undermine it, fight against it and make it look bad at every single turn. This is some of the people

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who are living at the time of the Prophet Muhammad Ali said I'm in some of the people that still live today. They know Islam as 100% true they know that the Quran is Allah's words, and yet they are going to attempt to undermine it. misrepresent it.

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And then there's other people who are not guilty of that level of COFA, but are guilty of a sort of criminal neglect, that Allah subhanaw taala gave them the tools to submit, he gave them a heart and it started clean. And he gave them reason and a mind to think. And he gave them signs throughout the creation. But due to various reasons, diseases of the heart, such as arrogance, such as laziness, such as

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to attach too strong of an attachment to this world, people can allow their muscle of belief and their muscle of faith to weaken and weaken and weaken and neglected and neglected and neglected, until there's nothing left to be able to submit. There's nothing left to be able to register the science. And that is a type of criminal neglect. And so Eliza gel in the court, and especially right here, and sort of an arm, he's going to go through these different types.

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He started out the Surah, by reminding us that Allah subhanaw taala created everything, and that he knows everything. And yet there are people who will reject that, and are not grateful.

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And then he started by talking about kofler, he started talking about denial, and he gave different sort of thought experiments or different sort of situations, the first thing he had said, and this is everything we went over last time, no matter how many signs they are given, they are not going to believe this is one of the most distinctive things about COFA. Again, arrogance, not ignorance. It's not a problem what they simply haven't gotten enough proof. If we're able to find some sort of scientific miracle or some sort of way to convince them, then they will agree no, Cofer, the nature of Cofer is an issue of arrogance, rather than ignorance. The second thing that Allah subhanaw taala

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brought up he brings up a historical argument, he says, look at the other nations around you, those who have gone before you.

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They used to be more powerful than you. They were widespread on Earth. And yet, they met their demise.

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Don't you think you're headed the same direction, especially the ones specifically that were punished for rejecting a profit? Because this is the situation that the colonists were in now they've been sent a profit. He's like, Who are you kidding? You think you're going to be able to escape some sort of fate by rejecting your profit, look at literally every single other community that was given a prophet before you. If you don't accept, then the same is going to happen to you. And it is significant that Allah subhanaw taala does not refer to this argument first, because it is somewhat threatening, right? He's saying basically, if you don't do it, then you're in for a lot of

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trouble. It's a threat, more of a promise. But yeah, you could call it a threat. But that's not the first argument that allows Powell to other uses, he first tries to talk to them through their sense of indebtedness, and calling them to gratitude. But once they've rejected that sense of indebtedness, and they refuse to be grateful, then he moves on to just state the plain facts about the danger that they are heading towards.

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Then a last thought I had said, even if they were given a book directly, we're talking papers with ink on it, they would claim that this thing was magic

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in how the elastic promo been, they would not accept it. So similar to the other sorts of signs that the last one of the other shows, even if they were given direct revelation, in a book handed down, they would still have rejected it again, we're talking about arrogance, not ignorance. And then finally, where we left off was their demand to see an angel will call to Lola on Zillow, Allah hematic. If only there had been an angel sent to him, they're talking about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam.

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O Allah is proud to otter response Walo ends Allah American law called the El Amro from Lion Barun.

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He says, If I had sent an angel, at that point, everything would be decided everything would be over, there would be no opportunity to have true faith. Because the choice to believe or not to believe it wouldn't really be a choice anymore. Basically, the day of judgment would have been already established. And they would have come face to face with the consequences of their beliefs. This is something that's extremely significant to us today. And we touched on it last week when it comes to the intersection or the relationship between Islam and science. Some people demand to know, where's the scientific proof for faith? Where's the scientific proof for God? And that's an absurd

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question. There's no such thing as scientific proof for God in the absolute sense that people mean it. Right? Because the definition of faith is having to believe in something that's beyond the material world. It's having to trust in something and not just trust it, in a sense where we're, you know, maybe full

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was enough to do it or naive enough to do it. But we have to be virtuous enough and sincere enough to trust it, even though we don't have 100% physical proof. That's the whole game. That's the whole test. The people who are sincere who want to do well, they're going to decide to believe they're going to be guided to faith because they want to do the right thing, even if it's not sure. No, it's not 100% Sure. But their sense of virtue is going to compel them towards belief. Or as a person who is wickedness in their heart, they have arrogance in their heart.

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They really want to get away with what they can, right. And so if there's any little they have the opposite view towards it, if there's any little possibility that it's not true. They're going to act if it's as if it's not true. Right? Maybe sometimes you guys have seen this, you younger guys who have been in school has it ever been Where you've had like the teacher leave the classroom? And then what happens when the teacher leaves the classroom? Things get crazy pretty quickly. Right? People are up standing on the desks, writing on the chalkboard, maybe writing insults about the teacher? Right?

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Know, that's the schools that I went to maybe not the ones he went to.

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Okay, it doesn't make sense, right? The some some kids go to a certain extent, that literally defies sense. It's almost as if they act as if the teachers aren't going to come back. Of course, the teacher is going to come back. It's 100%. Certain, right.

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But it's almost as if there's this 1% chance they're holding on to in their heads, maybe they won't come back. Maybe we can get away with this sort of unruliness, this chaos, for the whole period for the whole day.

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And then the teacher comes back in,

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takes names, sends people to the office, detentions are handed out.

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This is the same thing that we're talking about. There's some people, there's a 1% Doubt, God, the afterlife, everything. And they say, You know what, out of their sense of faith and virtue, I should say that their faith is a virtue, they say, they are sincere enough to take that and to say that, you know, this is the right thing, even if it's not 100% Sure, the right thing to do is to submit is to adhere to these sort of external rules and values and the whole thing. And then there's other people who see that 1% of doubt, and they say, Ah, there's my chance, here's my chance to act out, here's my chance to live life to the fullest, quote, unquote, and do whatever I want to do.

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And so Allah subhanaw taala. Here, he says, There is no certain proof. If you're waiting for certain proof in the materialist sense that we're talking about eyewitness. You're not going to get it until the day of judgment. And by the time that day of judgment comes, it's too late. Everything's all decided, and as a law says, and so it's allowed off, that at that point, faith is worthless, there is no such thing as faith at that point.

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It's not a virtue to believe anymore. If you have 100% certainty, you've seen everything the angels are coming down, the Earth is being torn apart, the sky is on, you know, unraveling, what's the virtue and believing anymore.

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And so Allah subhanaw taala says that,

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even if he had sent an angel, they basically shouldn't be wishing for that, because that would mean everything was over rather than just showing that they're simply making excuses. And then the last bow to Allah gives another response as they Okay, okay, let's think for a second. You're saying that you want an angel? Well, no, John. Now who Maddock What was your I don't know who Milliken let y'all know who Roger then if we were to send an Angel to you. Angels are supernatural beings, right? That part of the vibe that part of the unseen.

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If an angel is going to come to you, he's going to have to change his form into some sort of form that you can understand. He's going to come to you in the form of a man.

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let y'all know who Rajan will Allah bless now, or lay him male be soon and then they be even more confused. Because they're saying that they don't want a man. They're saying that they want an angel. But then if we send them an angel, he's going to be in the form of a man.

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So what will they do then?

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The reality is that they're just trying to get away. They're trying to escape. They're making excuses the goalposts are shifting because they have no intention to truly believe. They're merely trying to get a get away with being responsible, which is a lot why Allah subhanaw taala then talks about

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the mockery, that such people have towards faith and messengers will allow this to be resold remain public. The half a bit Latina Sofia roaming home, McCann will be here Stassi own just like this, the people before them

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People before them used to mock, they used to mock the other messengers.

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They used to mock the other messengers that were sent before them. And then it caught up with them. The very very thing that they used to mock was exactly the thing to be that would destroy them.

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There's a lesson here, and this is something that repeats in the Quran

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about how Allah azza wa jal consoles the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he is feeling sad, when he's feeling down.

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And this is something Subhanallah that shows the sincerity of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam compared to us. Alright, what do we do? Here's, here's, let's have a thought experiment. What do we do? If we want to advise somebody? Okay.

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We think about what we're going to say we maybe bring our proofs or delea. We go to somebody, we say, hey, you know what, you should be doing this? What if they reject it?

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If they reject it, we're more likely to blame them. Right? usually say, oh, their hearts are sealed.

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Right? Oh, he couldn't hear it from me. He was too proud. It's his culture. We've got lots of different ways to virtue signal to say that basically this person, they were just too stubborn. We were right. And they were too stubborn. That Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam knows that they are lying. And yet he always doubts himself first. He always doubts himself first, to the point where he said, Allah spawn to Allah sudden and sort of little calf, like a bathroom effect, right? It says, If you're going to die with grief, it says, If you're going to kill yourself with grief, because of how you're reacting to your people's rejection,

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you know, you're the Prophet, you know that you're getting everything from Allah. And you have to know that all of these proofs and miracles, they're, they're custom made. They're not like stock store bra, you can get them from BJs they're like actually specifically for your people.

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And they're rejecting them. And yet out of his sincerity, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam was blaming himself first. He felt bad himself. He was concerned about them. Sincerity is about wanting guidance for the other person.

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To the point where you're ready to question yourself first, am I taking the most effective means? Did I say something wrong? That I approach it in the right way? Was it the proper time.

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And so Allah Spano, Tala is in the position to console the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at various points throughout the Quran. And he often turns to two things, or he uses two techniques to console the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam. And these are two things that we can use in our lives. If we find people, our spouses, our family members, even our children are going through difficulty. They need to be consoled. The first thing Allah is bound to Allah says, You're not the only one.

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Sometimes part of our concern, and part of our fear is that this is only happening to us. And when we know that it's the same exact thing is happening to other people and has happened to other people somehow that makes it feel a lot better. You can look to somebody else and say, Well, you know what they got through it. So then I'll probably get through it too. So when allies were just has what I call it still Zia, Bureau, Solomon public, right? He's saying that every other prophet before he was mocked, just like this. So he's both at one time and last fall to Allah is pointing out to these people, that they're not really asking serious questions. They're not ready to believe if they get

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their request met. No, they're actually mocking. And at the same time, he's saying that the prophets of Allah what He has said, I'm like, Look, don't worry, you're not alone. This has happened to you. And it's happened to every single other profit before you. The second technique that a lot as Mojo uses to console the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, as he tells them that listen, they're going to have maybe their moment now. But in the end, you're going to win out and the end, it's going to collapse upon them. The half of the lady in the room in home, Mr. Kent will be here Stassi.

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In the end, those people who used to mock the profits, the very thing that they used to mock caught up with them and swallow them. Just like the people have no Alehissalaam right. No lie salon was building the boat, the Ark every day. There's people coming by, they're making fun of him. You idiot, what are you doing, making this huge boat for what you're wasting your time? And then the rains start to come and what happens? The rains follow up the people. Right? This thing happened again and again and again, the very very thing that they're mocking ends up being the thing that is the end of them.

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So that's how I lost found to Allah He consoles the Prophet alayhi salatu salam first

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He tells him you're not the only one other people have gone through this before. And to in the end, it's going to turn out okay.

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Then a lot eyes have adjusted it's cool to see it we'll fill out the phone number okay for Canada I have people tell them oh Kennedy been, and Allah subhanaw taala uses the word McKenzie being here and that's significant, as we said last time. Cofer is not just not knowing, which is why I don't particularly like the translation of disbeliever it makes or unbeliever it makes it seem like someone just without belief

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and will convene the people who lie the people who know but they deny, they reject. Allah says twice in, in Jews, I'm sure most of you probably know but Allah, the ANA Cafaro. You can the boon. The people who care for all the people of Cofer, they're lying. Ballerina Cafaro feedsack rebe, the people who are of Cofer, they are in falsehood, meaning they're actively rejecting it. It's not just a passive thing. So Allah says, he says to the Prophet, Allah, He said out some go ahead, if you don't believe me, I've consoled you in these two ways, look, look at history, just like he told the kuffar to go look and see what happened to the other nations. He tells now the Prophet alayhi salatu

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salam, you go look, you go look and see the other nations what happened to them? Every single time Allah azza wa jal saved the prophet, and he destroyed the people.

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So how can you be afraid? How can you be worried? What's going to happen? It's going to be the same thing. Allah subhanaw taala is going to save the people of truth and he's going to let the people of falsehood destroy themselves.

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Only men face similarity will

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call Lilla one slight correction for the aquatic Lila that first lamb is Michelada as a as a shutdown and the second lap for Lila.

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It's a rhetorical question I lost power the other asks say to who belongs the heavens and the earth say to Allah

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can catoca Allah and FC her Rama lair Gemma Anna Camila Yamuna piano de la Roy Buffy a La Nina hospital and foster home to home la minimoon. There's a couple of things here, one of them. Allah has found two other said Ketubot Allah and FC him Rama

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Allah azza wa jal

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decree decreed for himself. Mercy Ketubah has the literal meaning of right but it also means to decree

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cats about infc Hill Rama, he decreed for himself mercy. Some people they get confused. They say, well, a lot doesn't have to follow any rules.

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A lot doesn't have to be nice if he doesn't want to be a lot can become incarnate. If he wants to. He can walk on earth he can you know die on a cross, whatever it is, Allah can do anything.

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They're neglecting this sort of thing that Allah does kept about infc. Allah has found two other rights FERC decrees for himself.

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In this case, casabella Neff see him Rama, He decrees for himself mercy.

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And that means that yes, Allah subhanaw taala has punishment. He has hellfire. He has all of these sorts of things. He's said he said he's quick to take account. He should he do a call up he's Severe in punishment. But what does he remind us of at the beginning of every single chapter of the Quran except for one of them. Bismillahi r Rahman r Rahim.

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If you're going to know anything about Allah, know that Allah is merciful.

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And that should tell us something about the emphasis that we should put especially teaching other people about Allah azza wa jal, non Muslims and our children,

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some people, because they're tempted to get compliance with however they can, right, we want our kids to pray. We want our girls to wear hijab. We want our kids to memorize the Quran, okay.

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The temptation for us is to go quickly towards should easily fall,

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to go towards the anger to go towards the threat.

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If you don't do this, this is going to happen to you. Allah is watching, the angels are writing all these sorts of things. It's all true. No one's saying it's not true. But are we putting the same emphasis that Allah is putting?

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Allah emphasizes Rama?

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Yeah, a baddie. Alladhina Astra for what I don't foresee him. That's not to me Rahmatullah in Allaha. fille de novo Jamia

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Allah subhanaw taala always, always, always emphasizes his Rama

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to the point where the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said in a hadith called see that

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Allah said, My Mercy outstrips my wrath or My Mercy is greater than my wrath.

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So we need to be

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careful and not fall into trying to

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reinterpret or better yet re emphasize things that Allah is bound to Allah has already emphasized in the Quran. He's emphasizing His mercy Ketubah and and actually Hara.

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You've got people who don't pray. People who drink alcohol, people who go to the club

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and they think they're too far gone. They think that Allah won't forgive them. If they turn around and change and they need to know that Allah will forgive them. All they have to do is turn around.

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And then Allah subhanaw taala brings it back to the day of judgment. Hmm, I'm Nicole. Lemme tell keyed not to tell keyed to points of emphasis here.

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Illuminati Amity. loughrea Buffy there's no doubt about it.

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And then Allah subhanaw taala tells us what's really going on Alladhina Hussey to foster home for home let me know these people who don't believe what's the reason that they don't believe. Remember we talked about active criminal activity and then passive criminal neglect. The last part Allah says here, the ones who lost themselves their own selves Alladhina Casita, Rue and foster home for home law, you may know they've lost their own selves and so fat for home law you mean and so they will not believe they can't believe they've lost the ability to believe. Maybe some of you young guys go to the gym. Right? Right. You guys go to the gym. Okay, what do you bench?

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We'll say mashallah, don't worry.

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They didn't have to say okay, whatever it is you bench. Okay, let's say you skip a month, going to the gym. And you're gonna go back to the to the bench, you're gonna put the same amount of weight on

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and then what's gonna happen?

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You're not gonna be able to lift it. Right? Those muscles

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have gone away. Right? They have atrophied.

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You don't have the same ability that you used to have because you let it go? Why would we expect the heart to be any different? Why would we expect the soul to be any different? Why would we expect our ability to believe to be any different? Allah says in surah shrimps are called the harbour men, the SIR or the Abdullah Hamza, we've got a harbor Mendoza.

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The successful person is the one who purifies the soul, keeps it clean, keeps it ready to submit. We've got a hub Amanda, sir.

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And the person who is a loser, he's the one that lets it get dirty, neglects it. Just like a house just like a car, just like anything. You let it go. You don't do anything to it. It's only a certain amount of time until it's not going to work anymore. It breaks down.

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It's useless. The hearts the same, the soul is the same. And Allah subhanaw taala says here this is the reason that they can't they not only don't believe they can't believe you had Ebola. We said last time Ebola is told in the Quran to his face. He's going to be in the Hellfire sales lead and on that seller hub. All he has to do to prove the Koran wrong is believed. All he has to do to prove the whole thing wrong and c'est la ilaha illa Allah.

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But he can't

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Alladhina hustle, hustle and foster home for homeless youth. Meanwhile, the people who already lost that ability, they're never going to believe they neglected their heart they neglected it until

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it atrophied. They have no ability left.

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A law that says what a whole mess Second Lady when the hell well who was Samuel, Arlene, Allah subhanaw taala, possesses and controls and owns not just everything in the heavens and the earth. We're not just, yes, everything in the heavens and the earth, but also everything that second lady wants to have

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everything that is in the night and in the day or takes rest in the night or takes rest in the day.

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That Allah brings it to the point. C'est la vie Allah He attacchi the well, Ian theraplate is somehow wealthy Well, well, who are you to aim over your time? Should I then take anyone other than Allah as a Welly as a protector? As someone who I'm going to turn to to get what I need to guide me to the right way.

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The one who felt that he somehow it was ours who split or who initiated

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the heavens and the earth? Well, who are you to him? Or what are you Tom? And he feeds other people and is not fed?

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Allah is bound to other controls everything. And so it makes absolutely no sense to try to rely on anything else or anyone else. Like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam said to Abdullah even our best when they were riding on a camel together, and he said to him,

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if everybody on earth got together to hurt you, they would not be able to hurt you with anything that Allah subhanaw taala hadn't already decreed.

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And if every single person on earth got together to help you, they would not be able to help you with anything that Allah subhanaw taala hadn't already decreed.

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Allah is the one in control.

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Allah is the one in charge.

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And so we turned to this and we turned to that and we turned to that and we're looking for help.

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And I lost my daughter is telling us there is no help outside of Allah La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah

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relying on the secondary causes is not a problem that's not to say okay, you need to get married. So then Zachary, mashallah, he's he's ready to get married right? Soon?

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Not yet. One day, inshallah when he's ready. Is he just going to sit in the machine and raise his hands and say, Oh, Allah

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descend upon me send down us files right here in the machine. I would not advise that.

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Why not?

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Okay, it's not gonna work probably. Right. And Allah subhanaw taala made cause and effect, right, you have to do certain things. If you want to make money, you got to go out and get a job. Do you want to get a spouse, you have to take the means of getting a spouse. Right. And so it's not an excuse by saying that we only rely on a loss bound to oughta. It's not an excuse to just sit around and do nothing.

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But we're realizing that who ultimately decides whether that other thing works or not. It's a lost phone, Todd.

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You go to one person to fill out a job application. One job, you go to a second one to fill out another job application. Allah Spano Tala decides whether you get accepted or not here or there.

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You might be super qualified for one and you get rejected from it. You might be horribly under qualified for the other and you get accepted. It's up to Allah.

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That's why some of the most amazing miracles that Allah gave to the prophets had to do with flipping that inverting it with Ibraheem Alehissalaam they build a fire to kill him right? What are the law say to the fire be cool? The fire is cool. Everybody knows fire is hot. How could fire possibly be cool because Allah Spano Tata gets to decide at the end of the day.

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Musa when he was a baby, his mom had to throw him in the river. Yeah, he had his little floaty thing, but come on. Would you do that to your kid? No, that's like sure death, right? And yet for musalla he said, um, that was your life. That was your life.

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If you knew somebody was out to kill your baby,

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would you send the baby to them? To raise them? No chance. For most people. That's short death. But if Allah sponsor Allah wills its short life for Musa he said I'm a short life.

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That he tells the prophet in the mirror to enter a corner. Oh, well, I'm an Islam I have been ordered, or commanded to be the first one who submits what ethical nominal Mushrikeen. And don't ever be those who break up the tail heat, who commit shift in all of its various forms. And we today we don't have the ship of idols of stones very much anymore that was making a comeback. Right? We have crystals and we have

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chakras and we have the Zodiac that sort of stuff is coming back manifesting, right? But most of what we see in the West is not that type type of shift. It's the type of shift of obeying convenience, obeying money, obeying wealth, obeying fame, other people's opinions of us. Obedience, love, fear. This is all part of worship. And a certain amount of obedience and love and fear is only for Allah is set aside only for Allah. And if we take that part that set aside only for Allah, and we give it to anything.

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Even our parents,

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even our spouses, even our kids,

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let alone wealth, popular culture, whatever, then

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we are going overboard. We're transgressing against the last lb todos Tauheed and his right to be worshipped alone.

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Last fall into other said something very important, right before that, that I forgot to touch on. Well, who are you? Terima Allah, Allah subhanaw taala is the one who feeds and he is not fed.

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Again, Allah subhanaw taala restricts himself he has the power to do it.

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Right. Somebody can't come and say well, Allah can do whatever he wants, he can eat if he wants to. He can't.

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While can't forget if he wants a law can't

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oppress somebody else. It's a contradiction of who he is. A lost power to other feeds everybody takes care of everybody is bound to Allah knows everything. That's literally the definition of who he is. And he can't be something else.

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He says something else cool in a half an hour say to Robbie other the Yeoman alim. He's telling the prophets of Allah holiday was some things to say, if I were to disobey my Sustainer then I fear I would fear a great punishment may use rough on who Yom identificado Rahima who are that he called those into my being. And the true success in this world is not being safe. Not living into your 90s not having a mansion and three cars, not all these things. What's the true success the great success is being saved from the fire on the day of judgment and being taken away from it into Gen.

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Y em Sasikala who be the green fella cash if Allahu Allahu wa em Saska be hiring for Hua Allah aqualisa inbody.

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If Allah subhanaw taala were to will for you that you would be touched with any sort of harm,

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then no power can remove that from you except for him. And if Allah Subhana Allah had willed it for you that you're going to get benefit in some sort of way.

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Then know that He is able to do whatever he wants. Similarly, there's no taking it away from you. It's what Allah decided, for who Allah he will felt very badly. Well, who will Hakeem will hobby and he is completely powerful,

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unable to be resisted, over his servants, and he is the most wise and the all informed. When Allah says au che in Acrobat, OSHA had a technical only law that's the one that's different. So you have Lilla earlier, which is Lila possessive. And then you have Cooley Law, right? Which is different, say Allah. And this proves many of the scholars mentioned their Tafseer so this proves the permissibility of referring to Allah as a thing, which seems weird in the English language, but he says here, au che in atbara shahada 10 What thing literally is best as a witness, will Allah say Allah is the best thing to be a witness Allah Who Shahidan benei rabbinical Well hey Leah how the

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operando the Euro Combi woman better

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Allah spell to other cells he's giving more things for the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to say in the face of the opposition that he's seeing. Tell them Oh, hiya Elijah, that it's been revealed to me this Koran so that I warn you and whoever it reaches, which is proof that the Koran was not meant just for the ARB, it was not meant just for the corporation was not meant just for seventh century Arabia. We can leave its laws now and you know, do away with inheritance law and do away with this law and do away with that law. No woman Bella. Everybody it reached. How many people has it reached? How many languages have the Koran translated in it's not the actual Quran but

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it's translated in today.

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of Koran is supposed to be a universal message until the Day of Judgement. In the Quran. Natasha Dona Ana, Allahu Isla Ali has an okra. Are you guys trying to say that there's other real gods besides Allah? Allah, I should say to them, I don't bear witness I can't clap to that. Well in them who are Isla who hate on what in anybody, um, in Metro Shikun, Allah's found two other introduces to us an important concept in Islam, which is Al Bara, sometimes it's called well,

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I'll well that well, but it has to do with separating yourself from something that is clearly false. Right? And Allah says in Surah Al Baqarah, right after I said, Of course he right. He says that it's not sufficient to merely believe part of our belief is rejecting. Right? But what are we believing? And what are we rejecting we believe in Allah we believe in so hey, we believe in the Quran and everything the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam came with, but we also have a duty and a responsibility to reject falsehood. We also have a duty to reject falsehood, we can't. We can tolerate that people live and believe different things. But we can't tolerate falsehood in the sense

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that we can't pretend like it's true, which is one of the more dangerous aspects of a lot of interface sort of discussions today that go on. A lot of it, not all of them. Some interfaith is actually very respectful. But a lot of interfaith discussions these days is built on the premise of me recognizing that your religion is true, and you recognizing that my religion is equally valid or equally true.

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This is problematic. Allah subhanaw taala asked us in the Koran to state to state affirmatively, what's false, to not sugarcoat it to not, that doesn't mean that we're rude or arrogant, we're diplomatic. We can be polite.

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But if somebody wants me to, you know,

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do the sign of the cross,

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or pray in the name of Jesus. Sometimes you get missionaries that come to mosques and they say, can I just make a prayer? It's like, well, you're going to pray in the name of Jesus and then

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There's no not gonna let you do that. Right? Where they want to, like have a laying on hands, you know, they, especially evangelicals, they'd like to try to show a miracle so that they can convince the Muslims because most of their religion is emotion. So they try to say anybody here sick. So anybody here got some sort of, you know, ailment and come here and then the you know lay the hands on and supposedly the miraculous cure comes in and they they want to lead people into their, into their faith Allah subhanaw taala told us that we have to reject all this, we have to say we don't believe in that. And we don't think that that's true. Why is it a problem today in North America

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because North America is built off of European history and European experience. And in European history and experience when you disagreed with somebody else's religion.

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You kill them,

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or you fought a war against them, or you tried to wipe them out or burn them at the stake or whatever it was, if you had the political power to do it, you would do it. Right. And so that's why in North America and people are like, No, we have to everybody accepts everybody, we have to say that, you know, your true you have your truth. And I have my truth and our truths are equally truthy. Right, and all this sort of wishy washy stuff, because they have that historical experience. In Islam, we don't know that. And then Muslim history. We don't know that. Right? We're able to live in Palestine. We've been living with Christians and Jews and Muslims for 1000 years before the

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nation state before Britain got involved, right and all over the world.

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So it's not our problem. So I can tell you to your face, I think you're horribly wrong. I think your beliefs are ridiculous. But I can respect you as a human being. You know, if you need a hand if your car breaks down on the side of the road, I'm going to help you change a tire I'm going to help you get a tow I'm going to do these things for you. That's part of my religion. That's part of how I worship Allah Spano. Tata, I'm not doing it for you. I'm doing it for Allah subhanaw taala. But being kind to you, and giving you your due right and respecting you as a human being and respecting your life and your property is not predicated on me thinking that what you believe in is true. Or

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you have some sort of equally valid path to paradise or you have some sort of equally valid path to Allah. No, I believe that the things that you believe in, they might end you up in hell. They might. Allah has the right to do that.

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So last week, I thought I was telling the Prophet Muhammad Ali salaam to do the same thing for lash head. Say no, no, I do not bear witness that there are other gods besides Allah. Well, in nama Hua Allahu wa, he'd say he is only one God.

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What in anybody own Mina to Shikun. And I am free from I got nothing to do with this lie that you've made up.

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I love it. Now, Holman. kitab. Yeah, a foreigner who come as a foreigner

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that allows power to other sources to talk about the people of the book for just a little bit. He says the people who have been given revelation in the form of a book, they know it yachtie fauna who can ARD fauna

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as well as they know their children.

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They know it as well as they know their children.

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Alladhina ha sido and foster home for home la Umino.

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Wow. Well, I put these two clauses together, he brings back the thing he said earlier, remember, he was talking about the kofod of the Quraysh. And he said that they had lost the ability to believe through a criminal neglect, right, just on the previous page Alladhina hospital and foster home for home like laomi. Note that people who have buried their hearts, let their hearts rust, let their hearts atrophy. They haven't done anything for it. They have lost the ability to submit to the signs when it comes to them.

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Now a lost count I was talking about the people love the book them too. Yes. He says basically, or implies if they had been reading their books correctly.

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If they had had a sincere intention to follow the truth, then they would have at least thought about it.

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And this is true up until today, it was even more true in a certain sense back then. Because there were many people who are Christians and Jews who understood that there was supposed to be another prophet coming. The Prophet Mohammed said a lot of a sudden, and so people were searching, you had selamat infatti. See, right, his whole story. And you had others Abdullah even said, people who are searching we're waiting for the Prophet. That was their understanding of their religious texts.

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Today, if you tell a Christian or a Jew, that they'll look at you like you're crazy, like, what do you it's not in our text, most of that knowledge has been lost, but still, there's an aspect of neglect going on here. Because if you are someone who believes in Abraham, and Moses in David and Solomon, for the Christians in Jesus, and then someone's gonna come and

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Say, I believe in all of those two. And there's one more His name is Mohamed Salah Allahu Allah, he was, and he brought another book, the Koran, and that ended up being the second most popular religion on the face of the earth on a trajectory to become the first and 2050.

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Wouldn't you think that a sincere person would act would at least check it out?

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would at least be like wait, okay, well, I don't know. But let me look into it. Because this is big news. If it's real, if this is the real thing, if they're actually if my understanding of Jesus was wrong.

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And this is actually like, the thing that I'm supposed to follow somebody who's sincere is gonna at least consider it.

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What does it say about a person who doesn't even consider it?

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Who thinks oh, this is just devil worshipers yet evangelicals call us devil worshipers like Muhammad Ali said I was a devil, either the left or right. Or some of the more kind of polite ones, they just, oh, well, this is their culture or you know, what happened? So I said, um, had help, right? You know, he had some sort of Christian guy in the back coaching him telling them what to write these sorts of things, all far from the truth. But somebody who's sincere, is going to feel the need to investigate. And so Allah subhanaw taala says here, they know they know it just as well as they know their children. But the people who have lost themselves the people who have let themselves go,

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they won't believe

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it's upon every single one of us to nurture that ability to follow the truth when it comes to us.

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woman other than when we men if Tada Allah Allah He Kariba Okay, that would be a yachtie in the whole lie of Lottie moon. Allah subhanaw taala does this amazing thing in the Quran is one of my favorite things about the Quran, sometimes he'll respond to a doubt that the reader might have, but he doesn't mention the doubt. So you're reading something? And you're like, Well, what about this other thing? And then boom, Allah responds to it, without telling you without naming it in the Quran. Right? He does this and sort of Bukhara. He has the long list of all the sins that Benny Surat yielded, right. They broke the Sabbath. And they you know, asked about the cow and all these

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sorts of things in the middle of all that long list of what Benny Hill did, what does he say? In Alladhina? Amanu? Well, Alina had won the surah wasabi in, and I'm going to be lucky with a younger earth who I'm going to Saudi Han Solo home as you go home and the Rahimullah tofanelli Hemara. Home? Yes, no. Okay, very well known I, certainly the people who believe and the people who were Jews and Christians and sabihin, and there's a big difference of opinion, who they are. Whoever believes that Allah and the day of judgment, and did righteous deeds, they are going to have their award with their Sustainer they will not have anything to fear, nor will they be sad.

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I just found out I mentioned this, in the middle of a long, long list of benefits raios sins and transgressions. And one of the reasons he does this, one of the wisdoms behind it is because the reader thinks in the middle of all that list, was it every single one of them, every single one of them was really that bad.

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That's like hard to imagine that every single one of them would be that bad and lost pounds. The other it says if he's saying nope, whoever was good, they're gonna get their award. But this was the general thrust and this is the point for you. This is the point I want you to take away. This is a lesson I want you to learn.

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So let's move on to other does the same thing here. He's talking about the people who received the book before. He says that they've already let themselves rot to the point where they cannot submit to the truth they won't believe. And then he says woman LM or manufacturer, Allah Allah, he can't even okay that would be at it's almost as if, as a reader, you want to say, Well, is it that bad? Do they really deserve that? They were following something that Allah had sent down.

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Isn't it? Not really that big of a deal? Then a law says what is the worst possible thing that somebody could do?

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Woman LMR were the most oppressive thing specifically ALLAH says, Well, men elvetham will be men if the right Allah Allah He Canada, who could be more oppressive than somebody who invents a lie about Allah.

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Worse than killing

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worse than genocide.

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Worse than all of the horrible things that we know in many of the parts of the world today especially the Muslim world,

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while many of them will be manufactured Allahu caliber, O cada PBIT, the two most oppressive things that somebody could do is lie about Allah. Checkmark for the people of the book.

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Oh, Kevin would be it or reject Allah signs when it comes to them.

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Here it comes. They they're guilty on both counts. Right?

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They weren't given the book, they were given the Prophet.

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They turned the Prophet into a garden. They say, Oh, he's the third of three, the Trinity, the Son of God. And then the Koran comes and they reject it with all the miracles and the prophet hood and everything, and they reject. So what could be worse than that?

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Then Allah subhanaw taala reminds us of what's at the end of it all the way Elma national home Jimmy and Thelma Nikolay Ludhiana Shaku Aina Shadowcat or Coleman Levy and according to him desert moon, that day when we gather everybody together, and then we will say to the people who used to have idols, the people who used to be the people of shidduch, where are your idols? Now? Were all there are those things that you used to worship?

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The things that you used to allege could save you

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from malum Takuan Pfitzner, to whom Illa and Callie wala he, or Bina and it's Khasra wala he because it's a swear by Allah he right. Well, la la vie. Walla he, or bina mechanochemistry? Keen, they're lying.

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They're confronted? And they say no, no, we weren't really worshipping idols.

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Que *a Guada and foresee him what Bala and how mechanical you have total. Look at how deluded and far astray they have gone. They have lied to themselves. They've deluded themselves. That's how deep they are, in their confusion and in their wrongdoing.

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We're coming up to to negative time here. I think we'll stop here. While the hotel Adam, does anyone have any questions? The question was okay, if in a medical field, sometimes we find ourselves in the position where somebody is at the end of their life, and they are not a Muslim, they're from a different religious tradition.

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And there's a moment of silence or you know, there's various ways in which you might be asked to participate or not, you're just there. So how should you navigate that? And the specific question was about, is it okay to just stand in silence? And yeah, it's okay to just stand in silence, you're not bearing witness to falsehood. Right? By standing in silence, you're showing respect for the for the deceased. And it's funny actually get reminded me of a joke that someone we were sitting with the other day, they were an anesthesiologist in the community. And they were saying, you know, instead of telling them to count down from 10, I should say that, you know, he law

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before they put people under that way, just in case, you know,

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that was funny. But no, you're as long as there's a difference between doing something and not doing something, right, active and passive. If you're not doing anything, you're not saying anything, you're not holding hands in prayer, and they're praying to Jesus or anything like that, and you're not, you're not doing anything wrong. Even if they're going to do their own religious rights, that's fine. You're just they're just standing and you have a duty to be there because of your profession. And even because it's common courtesy, right? It's understood. But if someone asks you to partake, someone asks you to participate, you know, that's when it you can respectfully decline and say, I'm

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sorry, that's against my beliefs or something like that. And that's perfectly fine. And other people do the same thing. That's a good question.

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Question. Yes. Can you just explain about so many scenarios, they were like, question things. What is the difference between men questioning things and a person who just wants to? Yeah, seek clarification. Fantastic. Well, that's exactly it. The question is, okay, then do they ask certain questions? What's the why is Benny is right yield blamed for having questions, but other people aren't. And then he said, Well, they're asking questions to get clarification. And that's exactly it. There's two types of questions you can ask certain questions to get clarification. That's a good question. You want to know what to do? Okay, you're actually it's a real question, right? And then

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there's rhetorical questions. There's questions that you don't really mean it, right. It's like you ever have one of your children, you know, you tell them what to do. And they ask some question, but they're really just trying to buy time. You know, that's the sort of thing we're talking about. Somebody who asks is in a minute Armando Benitez. All things go back to their intentions. And if somebody has a bad intention, when they're asking a question, they're not really asking a question. And Allah subhanaw taala calls up any Australia for that.