The Journey Of The Believer

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talking to my Lord I used to say,

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my best friend

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makes me enter into the fold of Islam. Or the moment you make a shift from being disobedient to a law and his commands

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and make that U turn to start correcting your behaviors and follow Allah subhanaw taala his teaching and His Messenger, the moment you do that shift, immediately you begin a journey towards Allah subhanho wa Taala and his gender, the ultimate reward that Allah subhanaw taala had prepared for his righteous slaves.

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the righteous ones, the pious people, those who have God consciousness in them, those who are aware that Allah subhana wa Taala is over watching them whether they are in secret or in public taqwa. Which when the ask Allah tala brought the Allahu Anwar da what is taqwa explained to us taqwa. He said four things I wish and I pray to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah that you can retain these four qualities of taqwa Talib Abbey tala, the Allahu Anwar da had spoken about. He said taqwa is number one and the whole for meenal jahleel. to fear Allah Subhana Allah to Allah the Exalted the most high to develop that fear of sinning against him, because you know, that he's watching you. So whether

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you are alone in secret, or out there in public, you know that allies over watching you and as a result, you will fear committing any sin, which is displeasing to him. And how phenomenal Jolene one Lama Lubich Tenzin number two is to implement the teaching of the Quran. The Quran was not meant my brothers and sisters in Islam to entertain you. The Quran was not meant to be heard by a beautiful reciter all these things are secondary matters when it comes to court and to listen to it to calm you down to listen to a beautiful reciters all these are good qualities of hamdulillah However, the most important thing when it comes to the Quran is implementation is reflection is pondering keytab

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Allah Subhana Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala said that this book full of blessings, the Quran, we have revealed to you O Muhammad, why so that they may ponder over it, so that they may reflect over the verses they're in and implement them to the best of their ability, and the whole formula jahleel to fear Allah subhanho wa Taala and to implement the Quran, voila, Malou beaten zeal, war ridurre bill Colleen, and to be happy, contented, satisfied of whatever Allah subhanaw taala has provided you, whatever Allah has given you be happy with it. Don't ever look at those who are more fortunate than you and envy them and develop hatred towards them because Allah has given you less.

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If Allah subhanaw taala knew, if he knew ahead of time, that wealth will benefit you in any way, shape or form, he would have given it to you, but he knew that this is what you need. The difference is my brothers and sisters, we are looking at what we want, but we are neglecting what we need. Allies giving you what you need. It doesn't always necessarily give you what you want. So be happy. satisfy that with your condition, whether it is good, or may appear as bad because whatever Allah has given you is good.

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allow for mineral jelly, Fear Allah subhanho wa Taala in public and in secret. Implement the Quran whenever you hear something, learn something immediately put it into action, and be happy be satisfied and content with what Allah has given you. And the last and most important element of taqwa is what?

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Well, it's the duly oma raheel and be ready to depart this dunya and meet your Creator be happy that when the time comes when the Angel of Death comes to you, you are ready. How many of us the feared death they are not happy when when the when the subject is mentioned. They are telling

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Five Yes, this is a masiva. This is not easy to handle. Yes, but the companions back then because the level of Eman was up high. They were ready for this bill Alec nirvash. Before he died, he said

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Mohammed and tomorrow we are going to meet our beloved Mohammed and his companions, they were happy to die.

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So always be ready for that moment my brothers and sisters in Islam. So the moment you accept Islam, or the moment you start obeying Allah subhanaw taala, a believer enters into a journey towards gender through worship, the ultimate purpose of our existence, why Allah had created us in this dunya is to worship Him.

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And in order for you to achieve that ultimate purpose, you have to enter through a difficult journey. And these journey have been summarized by our Messiah and Allah into categories and stages and stations that each believer has to go through. And I will inshallah, in the remaining time I will try to be very concise and brief. So that you can get all the seven of them in sha Allah to Allah and hopefully you can make some you know, mental notes so that you can apply them in sha Allah Allah tile the first stage of a believers journey towards gender.

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The first step required from you my brothers and sisters in Islam, to worship Allah Subhana Allah and to improve your Eman and to increase your Eman is number one, the station of knowledge, the station of knowledge,

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you will never be able to have faith in Allah subhanaw taala without knowing him. How would you ever worship Allah lovingly from your heart without knowing who Allah is? That's why Allah subhana wa Taala in the Quran told us what farlam anahola ilaha illa Allah know for certain that there is no god except Allah subhanaw taala know him.

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develop that habit of learning, understanding, asking, inquiring

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from the people that Allah had bestowed upon them knowledge, ask them, learn about Allah, the more you learn the same, the more you earn, the more you know, the more you grow.

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The more you know who Allah is, the more you love him, so pandahall to Allah and therefore Salam for you wouldn't be a burden. Because you know, you're gonna you're gonna meet your beloved.

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Our generations today who have developed this sickness of boyfriends and girlfriends, amongst our people.

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They will be very excited to go on a meeting with their girlfriends or boyfriends, they will be standing in front of the mirror to get ready to meet their beloved. But when it comes to solo, it's like a burden like a mountain over the shoulder. Why? Because we don't know who our lives

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they don't know.

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And this is not an optional thing in Islam, my brothers and sisters, acquiring knowledge is not something optional. It's not something kept only for the scholars and Allah No, it is obligatory according to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said tolerable me for either

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acquiring knowledge is an obligatory upon every moment upon every believer males and females therefore men do not prevent your wife's from going to the masjid from going to Islamic centers to acquire knowledge don't keep them home and say that this is not the place for you. It's an absolute obligatory on them to learn the deen

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it's an obligatory because if the if they don't know the deen they will not be able to behave as wives in your home, and then he will start complaining about them. Knowledge is the most important step. The more you know and by the way, even require knowledge.

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Even this belief comes after recognition. Allah told us this in the Quran that the Jews knew. They knew very surely that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is mentioned in the books they knew it yet the disbelief

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that people during the time of the prophet SAW Sal and idolaters those who used to worship idols, they knew for sure that allies absolutely won, yet they denied it

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or the associated partners with him.

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After a believer acquire knowledge he entered into another station, another step in his life, another phase in that journey, and that is the phase of repentance, the station of repentance, the station where do you start remembering your past your ugly history, where you used to do that which is unpleasant to Allah subhanaw taala. And a sincere believer at that stage, you start asking Allah to forgive him, he start doing two things, repentance and is the far repentance means that you will never do that sin again in the future. And it's the far means is to see constant remain constant forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala. for what you have done in the past, it is as if Allah

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wanted us to be in a constant state of repentance and forgiveness, asking him for forgiveness.

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This this stage purifies a believer.

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It prepares him for the next stage, which is the difficult part now.

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Already you have knowledge and hamdulillah you pass that station, keep on learning. Don't say I learned enough. Keep on learning

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until you die

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from the cradle to the grave, keep on learning. Don't say that said hamdulillah. I am big enough. I have social media now. I can you know, share information mislead people tell them what is halal and what is haram classify who's gaffer And who's this And who's that.

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Don't go into this, my brothers and sisters keep on learning.

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And once you learn, repent and seek forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala because the next station of a believer is a very difficult one, the station of obstacles now, the station of difficulties coming along the way.

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And basically there are four obstacles that a believer would face in life four of them. Number one is the dunya

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this world, our love for this dunya becomes more greater than the love of the earth. We love this dunya more than loving gender.

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We are living in a state in a situation today, where we are the exact opposite of the companions of the best of all generations. We are so attached to this dunya as if it is gentlemen, although we may live in this dunya for how many years 60 7080 years. And after that we die and we face our Lord.

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But Jenga is everlasting my brothers and sisters

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Holly Dena fee they will be living in it for forever.

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Yet we still don't have that love for Jenna modern Islam. So this is the first obstacle we start getting attached to this dunya to our devices to our homes. We plan for 60 years to come in this dunya and we never prepared our children for the hero yaku Bala Salaam before he dies, Allah told us the story in the Quran, that when death approached him, he called all his children. For what? To divide the inheritance to tell them how much they should take.

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He called he told him what will you worship after me? That was his concern, because this is what would last.

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This is what would benefit us in the grave in the hereafter worshiping Allah The purpose of our life Why on earth are Lakota Legion

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dr Boone I have not created the jinn or humankind except to worship Me Love

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A bada that's the main portal that's why you're here. That's That's why you're here.

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And at the same time Allah subhanaw taala told us what while attentional Ciba kameena dunia Do not forget also the portion being provided for you in this dunya so don't come to the masjid 24 seven and do nothing else. No, worship Allah subhanaw taala and work and provide for your family. But the point is, this dunya should not be placed in your heart, it should be here. You are in control of whatever is being given to you yet, this dunya is out of your heart.

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And if that happens, we will learn to give without feeling poverty, without thinking that we are so poor. We cannot give charity. our daughters our scholars daughters that Allah subhanaw taala he loves three categories in the law. How you

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Booz Allen was a Buddhist Allah in sha Allah subhanaw taala loves three categories of people and his love with and his love for some within the same category is more higher is more bigger. One of these categories what in Allah tala

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Allah subhanaw. taala loves the generous people, those who give for the sake of Allah was a boon for theory lohani passion, and his love for the poor, generous person is much more stronger.

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He had nothing to give yet. He's keen to give, he's always worried, whenever a guest will pass by he will invite him to eat something or to take something generosity.

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If we have developed this in our heart, my brothers and sisters, we wouldn't have left for this domain.

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So this is one of the obstacles. The second obstacle is the people of the dunya those people who invite you to that which is haram.

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Today in our society,

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we may not follow the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Why, because our culture said so

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we will be forcing our daughters to marry against their own well, because this is a culture thing. Because this is how we were brought up, that people are inviting us to do that which is haram and we are okay with it. In Allahu carajo. So you wouldn't be able to fulfill your purpose of this life because the people tells you so.

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And the third obstacle is yourself in enough Salah Amara to pursue your self is always pushing you to do that which is haram. And by the way, this is the most or the most powerful of all of all the obstacles, it is even more stronger, more powerful than shaitan himself.

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And this is the fourth obstacle shaitan so your self is more stronger.

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shaitan would make a speech on the Day of Judgment saying that I didn't do anything I only invited you and you follow and Allah subhanaw taala said to shaitan you will not have control over my righteous slaves shaitan himself will not be able to control you. And we have an example on one of the hottest radi Allahu Allah wa shaitan himself would avoid him Allahu Akbar,

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but yourself

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could destroy you. If you follow your own desires, your own whims, your own liking the religion today. Some people today they view religion according to their own opinions, according to their own liking, I think I guess I believe this is not the religion. The religion is according to the Kitab and the Sunnah of the Prophet Sal. According to the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Sal, whether you like it or not, it's not up to you. It's not up to you that's submission, surrendering your own will to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once you pass these obstacles, my brothers and sisters, you enter into another phase of difficulty,

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hindrances, things that will stop you from worshipping Allah subhanaw taala. fear, fear of sustenance,

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fear of calamities and fear of the color of Allah. May Allah subhanaw taala save us all. You start feeling that if you don't work hard, you will not be able to provide your family so you keep on working, working, working and you forget your solo. You keep on working, working and you forget your charity, you keep on working and you forget to fast for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah time, the fear of sustenance, the fear of one's i want i want i want

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then the fear of calamities.

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The fear of that maybe something bad is gonna happen. Knowing the first one the fear of of sustenance, allowing he told us in the Quran, what is spoken

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to our dude, your provision already been written with a loss of Hannah to Allah and whatever that you have been promised. It's with a law so why should we feel sustenance? Why should we feel provision my brothers and sisters in Islam, I'm not saying don't work, work. But don't let your work and obstacle in the path of your main purpose of life worship I better.

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The same thing calamities we are told as believers that we will be tested

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while in a blue one nachum Allah subhanaw taala use a very powerful word that

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We're gonna test you badly with loss of wealth, loss of souls, people will die in your midst.

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Loss of provision. Sometimes we don't have income we don't have money. We don't have work. Ally's putting you to test. But at the end he gave us this good beautiful news. What does she saw the marine Allah give good news for those who are patients, those who wait a little bit longer. Those who endure that difficulty give them good news. hula Allah him Salah Watanabe marshman

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those people will have blessings, prayers from Allah upon them and mercy and they will be the successful ones.

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And then the worst obstacle is the fear of color of a Lost Planet Allah when you start doubting, a loss other upon you start hating the condition you're in.

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May Allah save us all and save all the Muslims I mean everywhere.

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This is the the phase of hindrances things that will stop you from progressing while May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us all. And once you pass that stage, you enter into another stage. See the believers journeys all full of struggle and full of toil, don't think that this dunya is a happy place? Yes, we can make it happen plays by our contentment and and satisfaction of what Allah subhanaw taala has given us, but the complete the ultimate peaceful place is gentlemen, Al Hassan al basri May Allah Subhana Allah be pleased with him. He once said that we will never taste complete peace and happiness in this dunya we will only taste that when we first put our foot in gentlemen,

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once you put your foot in Jannah inshallah, there you will experience peace, there there will be no fight, no arguments, no sickness, no diseases, no issues, no problems. But in this dunya we have to achieve happiness in the middle of difficulties. So here comes another face for a believer and that is the face of struggle.

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struggle against what against desires struggle against misunderstanding of the deen

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struggle against doubts.

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And the solution to this is two things my brothers and sisters in Islam, hope and fear, hope in Allah subhanaw taala that he will not mislead this oma and fear of his punishment upon us. Because the situation that we are living in is so difficult, so difficult to bear. Seeing our brothers and sisters in Islam around the world being butchered, being wiped out of the face of the earth and we are here doing nothing makes a believer doubting.

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But Allah subhanho wa Taala said, Be patient.

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Be patient in number nostru sabrosa

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victory will come maybe in an hour just be patient. And don't forget them in your diet and supplications do whatever you can to support those oppressed people in the land. But don't ever lose hope in Allah subhanaw taala at the tail at the same time, develop that balance between hope and fear. Maybe because of what we've been doing for years, that's the punishment. May Allah subhanaw taala save us all. Our kulu Holly Heather was the Fulani welcome for stuck through now we'll have Alhamdulillah wa salatu wa salam O Allah May Allah be Ababa Allahu Miam submittable as burb where mufa

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where the legal hiding tower culto Allah. Allah Al amin will fall with mo de la la in La la basura en la bad Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam the Sleeman kathira from above might be respected. Brothers and sisters in Islam as we are discussing the journey of a believer towards gender towards the ultimate happiness and ultimate, a bond for for us that's the wish for all Muslims May Allah Subhana Allah grant us alpha dose in Allah with the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we mentioned that there are many stages that a believer pass by the stage of knowledge because based on knowledge comes amen and worship. And

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once you worship Allah subhanho wa Taala you start realizing your mistakes. So you start repenting to Allah, stage number two, number three obstacles comes along the way don't think the way the path to gender is easy. Allah the Prophet Muhammad Salah

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SLM told us the agenda is surrounded by difficulties. Don't think the path agenda is easy. Just because your name is Mohammed Mustafa Isha Khadija Jana is guaranteed No, it is surrounded by difficulties and we have to go through them comes the obstacles, the dunya the people, yourself and shaitan prevents you sometimes all these things prevent you from worshipping Allah and from reaching that goal. Then comes hindrances, things that also will come along your way to stop you from worshipping Allah subhanaw taala. Fear of sustenance, fear of calamities, fear of the color of Allah, and for you to cure yourself from this disease or to pass this station, you have to develop

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full trust in Allah, Allah, Allah Allah Allah. Ibrahim alayhi salam, when he was thrown in Hellfire, he did not give up his faith. He said he would allow an error Malachy Allah is sufficient for me and he is going to take care of my affairs has been Allah, extreme trust in Allah subhanaw taala extreme trust in His other and wisdom. And once you pass this, you entered into the stage of struggle against your desires against your doubts, and we said that this would be solved by having hope and fear of Allah soprano time, then comes the last two stages one of them is the most difficult, the most dangerous stage for a believer.

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If you pass all these stations safely, you enter into the most dangerous one, the one which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam called it that I fear this is the one that I fear for my own the most.

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The station of showing off

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once you are learned, once you repented, you pass the trials, you pass the difficulties along the way, you think of yourself very high, you start showing off your worship rather than making it for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah.

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The stage of rehab, be careful, my brothers and sisters, always purify your intentions before and after the deed. Ask yourself why did you come to Masjid garbus today?

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If the answer was to see somebody or to meet someone, and that's it and take photo and do this and do that, then in an hour in a row, if you came for the sake of a law purely for the sake of Allah, then congratulations May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept your deed from you. Always ask yourself, why am I doing what I'm doing now? Why am I engaging in a data center? Why am I giving a hug buck? Why am I doing this? Why am I praying in front of my parents in the house? Why am I beautifying my voice in public, but when I'm in secret, I have no voice whatsoever.

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Showing off is that deadly action that you can do that Who do you and send you straight to hell firewall. If you don't repent

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that Allah said that it's like an ant black and creeping on a black stone in a moonless night. Sometimes we cannot even realize that we are showing off.

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So the cure of this disease is to make a supplication to Allah continuously, Allah Khomeini to be can oshika cache and Alamo was the pharaoh kelim Allah Allah, Allah I seek your protection from committing any sherek because the Prophet sallallahu Sallam called Rhea ushiku.

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It is a minor shake, to associate partners to Allah subhanaw taala because once you do the action for the sake of the people, you have associated them with Allah because worship is due only to the King of all kings Allah subhanho wa Taala

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Be careful my brothers, this is the most dangerous station, you have to continuously renew your intention and ask a lot of panatela to accept your actions purely for his sake. Sincerity is the key. Sincerity cannot be viewed by people. It is only observed by Allah subhanaw taala. And once you pass that station safely you reach to the last stage

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and that is the stage or the station of gratefulness

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to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala who kept you steadfast upon the path all these years to thank Allah subhanaw taala that you are still praying further on time while other people within your family members are asleep?

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To thank Allah subhanho wa Taala that you are still attached to the masjid while other people within the oma do not pray at all.

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Not to look down upon the sinners rather say Alhamdulillah hymnody

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Hadn't only had a woman, Elena, de Allah and Allah, all praise and thanks is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala who guided us to this and had he not guided us if Allah chose not to guide you, you would have never been guided.

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Always praise Allah say Alhamdulillah for whatever good deeds you're doing, it's not because you are smart. It's not because you're more righteous or pious than others. It's because Allah guided you to that action. So say Alhamdulillah because the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us Alhamdulillah temblor in meezan just saying a handler with full understanding of the world

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fills the scale of your good deeds.

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She just said hamdulillah

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if Allah had given you some sickness, some pain and you said Al Hamdulillah for that pain, because it could have been worse Allah subhanaw taala will fill your your skill of good deeds with with righteous actions. If you said that hamdulillah I have very little money, but I still can eat my meal my daily meal, Allah subhanaw taala will fill the scale of your good deeds to sing and hamdulillah enough

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temblor in Islam Allahu Akbar. May Allah subhanaw taala grant us the right understanding of the deen May Allah subhanaw taala bring back bring back the days of Isaiah and might have this religion where a Muslim brother will never label his other brothers as Catherine and a disbeliever. And a personal Buddha with a sister would not look down upon another sister because she's not waiting the call. May Allah subhanaw taala bring back that time of love compassion that the companions have enjoyed and the taboo in during the time of the prophets a lot I send them an E Sahaba. May Allah subhanaw taala divide back those days in our time I mean alcohol I mean a lot. How can you

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please give me a word for changing my life. Now if I'm up his friend

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she makes me a bad man.