Fortifying our Muslimness

Yahya Ibrahim


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hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam well that now it's a pleasure, Mashallah to be here with University of Western Australia's MSA. And it's good to see that there are those who are not yet at the university soon to be I'd see some of my year 12 students here, some of the future younger students coming in some of those who have graduated, it moved on to other things. And it's also good to see faculty here as well my shut up for a great deal of Baraka in the time we spend together, I know that you had a session with my dear brother with sama, who spoke to you about a lot of warm ranging topics, I know there was an attempt to coordinating kind of what to say, and

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make sure that we covered some of the important bases. So the discussion that I want to have with you today is Muslim newness. And you say what, what's it

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what's Muslim, Miss, it's a sense of being one at peace, with giving yourself over surrendering yourself submitting yourself to the will of the greater power loss.

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Now that is not intuitive, it's not something that's easy to be done, it actually requires a great deal of struggle and a great deal of premeditated thought to say to yourself, I'm going to give over myself to

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limit my internal freedoms to an external instruction, from Allah subhana wa Tada. And it becomes kind of important for us to think about who we are, where we are, and what we want as we move forward in this life, but more importantly, into what we want in the next life. And that's really how Muslims think.

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Muslims regularly, not just about this life, but about the next life. We're all always those who are closest to us in Nepal, and welcome to Neptune math for Dummies. Let each soul Look forward to it will bring tomorrow let it understand that it needs a plan and a strategy, a thought about what it will have to show for the coming days. So I wanted to begin first by speaking about how we as Muslims, kind of

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logical understanding that we have how we kind of view ourselves in the scheme of the world. And how we view ourselves as human beings. We are thinking, create

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rational creation, we're a physical creation, we're also a spiritual creation. And each and every one of the three you kind of get in different cultures, right mind, body, and soul. And I'm into perfect our mind, body and soul. So Islam is a very physical process, you have to do physical things, you get up and pray, you have to stand you have to battle, you have to make servitude, you have to say that you have to fast you have to make pull up, it's not enough to just simply say, I believe in my heart, rather, there is a physical expression. And that's the first step of your humanity. You're a physical animal

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that roamed the earth. But you've also been given that often the word alkalyn, the Arabic claims to find something out is something that stops

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your body from doing things that you couldn't do, although your body has it, this fire or a lust, animals do it in the natural world. So we have biologic needs, we have things we have all these different kinds of things that we want to attain. Your mind is meant to prevent you attaining that without good for you in the scheme of the whole totality of your existence, impact upon others and upon society. And that's a man. So Islam is very physical. A man is very rash, it's about the mind. Everything in mind is about believing in things that are beyond you.

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That you cannot physically experience you believe in Allah Who is

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the new moon I believe it literally means those who believe in a lot was unseen to them. And everything that that law has communicate product of

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mela he is angels could to be ruthlessly turned down the messengers has commissioned. The Day of Judgment which has not yet unfolded that we're just informed will happen and of course

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Fate, that there is a greater power that is beneath the surface of all affairs in my life and your life beyond that, of course, there is then it has to be mean unless you need to commit yourself to a spiritual life where you witnessed God in every aspect of your life.

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Sam and nikka tab and that you worship God as his presence you see him before you definitely tell us who we are. But oh you cannot visualize cannot see Allah Almighty in life, you know that he is always witness to each and every aspect of your life in the map. Smell I'm with you. I'm with you. How do I see all I hear all kinds of winter?

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So it sounds like that even nips. Yes, sir. And the elements of this attempt of gaining access to the higher place we have with the law is that our soul has the Musha hug of Allah witnesses God, that you can see a laws and in your life, when something good happens, you're praising to Allah, and something you think is bad happens and I use that word theme or assume or feel isn't what you wanted. You know what is also by the power of Allah when other highly he was showing me he mean Allah subhanho wa Taala. Those are elemental beliefs that you and I have gained as we mature in our relationship will love. But what does that mean? What that means is is that when we take our Islam

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Eman, and if we then begin to perfect our mind, body and soul, our body, mind and soul in that ascending order in our relationship to Allah. And what that does is that it then makes you more confident to accept

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what has been delivered to you, through the honest, truthful, transparent process of revelation of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu. It was sitting. So let me begin by asking the question, what's the difference? or Why are you and I willing to eat a lamb chop? But not a pork chop? What's the reason?

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It's a commandment from a law. Is there any rational like, intellectual reason?

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Can you can you look at all that pork chop, you know, if it's cooked well, if it's passed through the same regulations as a lamb chop, is there really any genetic kind of reading that you say this one and not this one, on the outside of it, if you're not going to really you know, delve into the microbiology, you're not going deep into it, that's a lamb chop, that's a pork chop, it's cooked well, you might not be able to recognize the difference from a distance.

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But one you immediately are

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internally repulsed, and push away from while the other, you are willing to engage in suit. And there isn't a physical reason to saralee it's not because it's, you know, this is something that's gonna just seal on on the outside, every time I have one of these tops, it's gonna injure me, it's not a physical reason. It's not an intellectual thing. It's entirely a spiritual. And the reason for that is soul had accepted there is a power that gives instructions that is beyond embody.

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And that's what separates you, from a vast majority of people that roam papers, you've come to accept that there are two forms of knowledge, there is a knowledge that I can absorb from the sensory world, there are things that I I feel heat, so this is dangerous, I'm going to stay away from it to physical sense. There's other senses where you feel you know, your mind, you're calculating, if I invest in this company, I might lose my money, fear of missing out, and, you know, I've lost I'm not gonna I'm not gonna put my money in there, I'm gonna lose it, you intellectual. you rationalize the reason. It says, history.

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But then the third, there's that second, which is the nature of Revelation, and we as Muslims accept, and therefore it's the very first thing that Allah says in sort of the Bekaa Valley, Kitab. It's in this book, because you know, when you said, dinner, eat all of us to the street. Well, what's this delicate keytab it's in this book, Love, puffy. Don't its truthfulness in leading you to that to pat who then live

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Nothing will only be useful to those who approach it with a pious

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heart not everybody who approaches the book will benefit if you try to intellectualize it and not approach it with an element with sand and a with your spirit it's not going to be a benefit if you tried heart and your mind is not good it's not gonna benefit you. They have

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heard them dealing with Latino and Latina Who are they you know

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it's not you know, not you why it's not up Nunavut. It's not you may know nubbins kita manana belhaj they're willing to accept that from beyond the sensory

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from beyond the physical

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intellect, you will, there is another knowledge that can be given

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and that is from a line that has as greater influence in how they use their mind allows them to confine their body from right and wrong.

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So for us as Muslims we have this top down view in mind and to be subjected My mind is men subjugated revelation pillar in our studies in the field of rd is not to put them on

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that which is revealed has been Trent admitted to us authoritative Lee, accurately authentic, particularly, must be put forth. Word to that which is intellectually unattainable or in my mind just can't read, you know, my mind can't just come to terms with and therefore I've had professors in my life like you know, I, I had one of my favorite professors, Professor Chile, he would say to me, you know, you remember, we were having lunch, he's chewing on

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a bacon lettuce, tomato sandwich. He goes, Yeah, you don't know what you're missing

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is delicious.

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There's no taste to your animal than the animal that you can eat. There's nothing better than bait and

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And the reason why I need to eat and beef bacon, that's nothing like it. He's tried to beat me. I've tried your pain, your beef pepperoni. It's not It's not good. If you try this one, that's the stuff the mind.

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There's no reason why. But for me, for you there is

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is that we have attained that level of, you know,

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speaking to stray away from faith, and that is the right sometimes people talk about all you know, they're not practicing.

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See, not practicing is not as deadly

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to your faithfulness,

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as not being willing to accept that there is revelation, and then all I need to adjust myself to not adjust it to my wife.

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So we slam in man and the sun is the framework that we fit ourselves in. Not that we try to minimize the man and the accent, to fit into our paradigm, where you find that there's this great controversy trap. We find people entering laces that Allah Subhana Allah has never permitted properties, sell them to enter. So I was

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coming over really quick, a few points to cover up to get yourself committed to accepting the revelation as being the authority that is beyond what your mind is able to engage in and what your body may crave that the revelation asks you to stay away from. So let's begin with

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a question was Adam alayhis salam destined to fail?

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was Adam

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created for the earth region?

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What are your thoughts

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for the earth? And what does Allah say to the angels? Because what's the question the angels ask? How do I attach Odoo

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fee how are you going to put on that Earth, this creation and it's

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Children who are going to do what? They're going to cause corruption in the land and they're going to shed each of those blood

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moves are debated at the properties tell them described when Moses you know after his death he beats Adam that in the next word.

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What had you

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said it's like angry with a heart center manager. You got to keep that agenda.

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La said you know kulu eco retreat just not that you have to go to that one wrong. Oh things and you just have to go. And Adam says something that's quite striking. He says, do you blame me for some pathetic teta? Hello it for something that was pretty destined for me to do.

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Now there's a really important philosophical issue, because I don't want you to have the output of a police. It's called an Athenian police. Yeah, the police was a lot You created me You knew I was going to not make sujood when you ordered it's your fault, not mine.

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Adam in that, Adam isn't saying Allah created me to be a sinner, Adam is saying Allah created me with choice.

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And as a human being, I'm prone to sin. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, could look at the Mahabharat every human being had their capacity and their amount of sin, they're gonna do theirs, you're gonna have it right?

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Well, Hyrule hopper in utter welcoming, the best of those who commit sins is those who watch

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in creation that has been given free will, like shut on like a police like him is that we have voice which that we have the capacity to see.

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And it's not whether you sing or not that matters before. What is it that Allah is seeking, is whether we

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return to him or not. And therefore whenever Allah seeks to the believers in the Quran, speaks to them as those who have committed sin and repent. He doesn't speak to criminal use. He doesn't say, yeah, and your hell out soon to boot it Allah, oh, sinners repent to God. He says, Yeah, you're Latina, Manu, to Allah, oh, you will have believed in the unseen or you who have believed in a day of judgment, or you who have believed that I'm the one who can absolve you I'm the one that only I forgive you. Oh, you who have believed that there are laws that you are broken that maybe society doesn't care about, but you do. Tune in Allah pillar in your return to God.

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The first point is, is that very philosophical understanding that you and I each have a tree that we are attracted when

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you're B, mine tree, the tree above them are all different trees. For some people.

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For some people, it's power. For some

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people, it's, you know, typical gratification, whatever it is, every one of us one or two for some people that have like forests. Right now love protect us. Everyone's got that this object of one's obsession, object of one's design. The prophets I said limb said that in development telemovie he says Ma'am, in common, there isn't a single one of you Illa hoppy, except they have this, this take you there we more or they continue upon it. until their final day.

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he doesn't, he comes back and then comes back. Your whole aim in life is to do the best you can. That when you are returning to a law, it's in a state of Uber to a law, not in a state of turning away from a law. That's the that's the

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duty of light, that you've lived the life of constantly. Like I'm back to a law constantly picking

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up constantly trying to do better than you did the previous day. That is what gives you the ability to end your career in the NBA in and a new beginning. In a positive note. Let's begin with the second point that

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mastering fundamentals and the basic

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This is of Islam has always been the aim of Muslims isn't doing big things, or making big changes or, you know, doing, you know, we're always, we're always wanting to do something great, right everybody, I want to do something great I want to do something important or big or solve a problem or help someone or in poverty or.

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But the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam, he sets our sights, simple. In our day, that marrying the fundamentals, doing that which is consistent, regular dealer, habitual, even if it is small, is more favored with a law than doing the big things once in a while, you can go to Hajj, and then you come back, and you don't pray. And it's not a regular part of your hedges, worthless. And if you didn't, it didn't help you. It's not about doing the great thing, you can give a ton of charity.

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But if you're not willing to be generous in your spirit, generous in your behavior with others, moderate word choice, kind of your demeanor, then that huge amount of money you gave in charity is forfeit, it's not worth anything. And that's the secret of the Prophet is I'm saying a man will come with a handful of dates on the day of just a handful of dates. But when they come in the Day of Judgment, it will be the size of the mountain of reward. It's the simple things that you and I do as Muslims that will make major differences on the Day of Judgment things like a statute or law we had time today you know, that people underestimate the value of the mantra of victory. mantra is

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something you say out loud, and you say repetitively meant to you know,

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leave the Hindu kind of meditation things like that. But it's meant to be something where it reminds you of what you want to hear yourself it's something you say in your heart It's meant to be in the heart

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and then it's meant to be articulated with the tongue and it's meant to be heard and adored by your self or others who are you

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this simple practices

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of reading the Quran a section of it each and every day to reach your

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fingers in the precise time of King to the messages of doing this the small things the compounding effect is that they give you the lesson that you are seeking that is very modern day will teach you right they will tell you that

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how many of you guys watch some of the videos Jordan any

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no Jordan Peterson yes somebody gets the men are usually

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now some of the stuff he says is right.

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Others isn't. But I remember watching this clip where he was in Australia and he was on

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a program of Australian answer he said you know, it's such now comment where you say you want to be an active this and try to change the world but your med your bedroom is a mess.

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things up your bedroom first and then try to fix the world. And I thought that's amazing. The thing come to your house what's what's the room? Everybody closes

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the bed?

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What's the one? What's the most uncapped space? It's the one that's most personal to you because you think nobody's gonna see this right? Nobody's gonna am hungry pie. Nobody's gonna histogram an uncapped bet, right? What you see is like the final product, and people try to have a look at how organized

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but for you to make instructive changes in the big thing you must make changes in.

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You have to make it a system of life. It has to be lifelong trait. I'm not I'm not agreeing or disagreeing. I have an Afghan friend

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back home in Canada. And he said, you know, before I get married, we were you know, we're young, you know, marriage and all that kind of thing. Like, late teens, early 20s when the world was a different place. Little did we know. And I remember I was sitting having you know, advices

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Like you know the kingdoms right it's like there's no dice then the rights Afghans and I remember mom she had made this up only rights you know it was just off

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and his mind

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his wife his mother jokingly said for you get married I wipos how to make rice and I thought that's pretty weird. I have to see if the rice is going to tender but not clunky she used too much soul to my because if she doesn't know how to make rice How can she make life

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I thought oh

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that's a lot of pressure man. Could you imagine this lady coming in as she's like alright we're you know we're the families have gotten to meet each other and all right, can you please make right

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and then when I got married here in Australia

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My wife has Turkish ancestry my mother ah

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back home in Turkey we judge the bride to be on how she cuts her salad oh my god everything is approved with these people right leaving cut yourself the cucumbers the lettuce you can have one big weird one and what if it's regular if it's not precise this person is not precise in how they see

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now you and I we kind of might lad a kind of Olden day thing I think you know some people today even they might say oh my god if she ever said that to me I'd be like I don't want your son

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you know he might be this great buy but he wants good rice he's come to the wrong post right?

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He wants good salad. Give me the Uber

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forget about salad

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mastering things is becoming a lost art

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who really

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want to be good at everything but a bit at listen to any mammal ghazali he said allele knowledge

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and then cliche knowledge is that you acquire knowledge about everything

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you can't be ignorant about

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some things

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you have to know about economics and evoke tow and you know whatever that you have to have some knowledge of everything that's happening in the world how to read with visually how to change your flyer a little bit about chemistry a little bit attic so you're not whole and then he said one shade color. And then you've seen something that you're passionate about interesting then you learn everything about it.

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And you know we're in this university you have the undergraduate program, then the next program

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The postgraduate What do we call it Master? Master? And what's the mastery it's, it's not just not like No you're not. And then the next step that PHP is now I'm the forward some that I'm bringing new into the world. And I want people to kind of assess Is this the right thing and I'm gonna have a dissertation I'm gonna argue it and I'm going to put forward research that maybe other people have not come to

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we've kind of put that as just an academic pursuit. But that's actually that's

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actually how you're meant to view life

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that you want to know everything about your faith. You want to know about the rules and regulations and so on. But you also want to find that which you find greatest comfort eat, be very charitable people that's gonna be your greatest most consistent act of worship you love to do

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for other people, it's praying that night problems for some people's you know, internet and you know, whatever it is that you're going to, but it can't be at the peril of other things. True mastery, it's not just doing that one thing one off one at one time. It's been consistent all throughout, beginning with this small cutting your salad into the right sized cubes, making your rice until you perfected the art that your future mother in law as a man or woman is willing to eat inshallah.

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Number three. One of the

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problems I think Muslims are having at the moment today is

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we are not

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looking at what's missing in the picture of our life, so we kind of look at our life and like oh, Mashallah you I regularly get these kind of things where was that I'll shake your head look, you know, I'm doing the best I can.

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It could be worse.

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Could be what, you know, oh, you, you know, you know, they're not like her him it's kind of law to

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be forgotten that there's right and wrong and if confused it with better and worse

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write that down and kind of think of right as Muslims we actually have this concept of halal and haram

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and it's not just oh, this is better and this is worse both of them are you know, it's acceptable now, we actually have levels of absolute ethics, where this is right this is how I see myself my sexuality my sexual ethics, this is how I see my financial ethics This is how I see my interactions with other These are the people I can be friends with, these are the people I will not be friends with, even if I like this is a place that I will go to this is a place I will not go to.

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This is an event that I can attend that this is an event I will not attend

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those kind of

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rigid, Black and White has now been painted over as just great. And for us as Muslims, there is gray, but it begin that adage of the Prophet size, the W one horror movie

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halaal is clear.

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Right is clear, how long is clear, how long is known what they never map it between the right and the wrong, the good and bad, the halaman around the Sun and the beta.

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In between those clear themes.

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There is a gray area.

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And the one who stays away from the gray area has protected health in their faith.

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And comes important for us to look at what is missing in the picture in terms of what is right What is wrong with your have we learned you act

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and why it doesn't bother us anymore. So Pamela, that's actually the bigger issue, that at times you'll find people who are really wonderful people who would

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bother that, that they've entered into a darkness that they should not have ever entered into that space.

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I'm actually at a time surprised at some of the social interactions that you'll see Muslims doing women come hijabi non whatever it is, I'll pop on a social media on an Instagram feed, even work talk. And then you say it's kind of what is this person doing? That a job? It's not meant for that, that happiness of the wife and, and and, and her spouse,

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his wife and him in that? Why do we enter into a space and say, Oh, you know, this is I could be worse or you know we could be doing?

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Those things need to be really cemented in our understanding. It comes back to that revelation.

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It comes back not to analyzing what everybody else is doing, or being revelation directed in our life. So take a moment and look into the nature of your life. See what are the imperfections you see in the mirror of your life, my life and try to attain a better fairness in middle income rather than focusing on other sets. The next part, which is what has happened today is that most people are really fixated on what other people are engaged, what other people are doing voyeurism and following trends and seeing what everybody else is doing has become much more interesting than self development

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and self care and family focused perspectives.

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In attachment that I don't want I want you to into the portrait of your life as well. Right? Um,

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you know, if we were, if I was to zoom me in on this photo

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just one particular color

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If I were to, you know, focus on a dark spot, a dark color collection of pixels, and I zoomed in there. And I said, What do you see in this book, just zoom to just green.

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But when you zoom out, you'll see that there's a whole picture there. There's a whole life that you have left to live, you focus on a moment in your life on a bad life on a miss unity near your other to you was not what you want it to be.

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And you dwell on that in a way that makes you greater opportunities, and to be thankful for what you were blessed with in the past. And the homart. One who has faith is that the good and bad come in turn. And there was never a day that is blessed, except there be other days we see as a challenge in our life.

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Michael Jordan

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missed 11,000

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But that's not what he's remembered for today. Right? What do you remember for those of you are old enough or interested enough in basketball? I know. We all wear the shoes right? But Michael Jordan, the goal, the goal time basketball, and is it? Is it how many championships he won all these great accomplishments? Yes. But what about all the failures? What about him not being chosen the first year out for his high school team? What about what about what about 11,000 opportunity to score points. Nobody wants to think about the three years everybody just wants to ignore the made shots this. And I want you to know that unless you fail and are prepared to fail. And unless you embrace

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the challenge of doing something that you will fail in and having that courage, you will never do something, something great in life. Courage

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is what

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binds us as Muslims, it's takes a lot of courage to break off.

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Something to break away from some cut off, takes a lot of courage to walk away from a bad friendship. It takes a lot of courage to end. It takes a lot of courage for a person to wake up and study a little bit harder to attain a higher result it's much easier to fail, not attaining success and putting in work it takes so much courage to get up and demonstrate that I want this more than others that I was more than not that it is so difficult to have that heart that's full of courage, wanting success

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and money unless you are willing to risk

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embarrassment, at times fear at times loss, financial loss, I'm willing to risk and are willing to embrace and have courage with a thought with with a calculated risk unless you're willing to embrace that you will never transcend illness or in your myrio successes in life.

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One of the important ones to fortify our Muslim pneus is ask questions we assume we already know answers to come a lot. There are so many Muslims who live their life. I know the answer. Like I know

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it's I don't listen, different place now. It's not just you know what I know. And you know there's certain things made recordings that were done maybe

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if you are not willing to ask question about things you've assumed, you know, the answer to you will always remain wholly ignorant. And when we speak about knowledge vomit construct there's you know, four different levels of, of how we see people in those who assume are no no some there is none, right? There's somebody who knows. So they know something and they know what they like they know and they know that they know and

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then there's somebody who is just

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somebody somebody who doesn't know and knows no wonderful, it's great to be dying if you don't know some thing and you know, you're

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I, I'm somebody who knows and that they know they're confident in their data and is the opposite. Somebody who's ignorant and knows that they're

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then there is

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Jackie Moraga, somebody who doesn't know but what do they think

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they know that

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protect ourselves that jack and Jacqueline maraca is somebody they don't know, by our convenience that they know. And the reason for that poise bind itself in our society as Muslims as well, is that person has assumed they know that answer to a question just because they've read it or Google dinner, they heard one version of it or what?

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The final of the four is the one who knows, but don't they know. And that person is also Carol. Because they are then in effect, to be

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able to transmit knowledge that others see one of the dangers have in our community, and that's why we're so happy. Doctors are nine does a lot. Every single shift is our first day for our unclasp young students. So here at the university, a lot of parents and others people bring their kids I think Sick Kids, 5055 kids, Mashallah come for unclad

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here at the University on Saturday,

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there's a lot of other people on campus, probably could teach, right? And he said, Mashallah, there's 13, volunteer 14 teaching full time. Yeah.

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People were like half of them the Quran, who knows the Quran really well.

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But they don't know they can do what they teach. And that becomes one of the great brain drains within our community. There's so many people with so many skills that they know. And it could be about thought it could be about product knowledge stays with often in their day job because they didn't go out and share it with others. They know, but they don't know that they can transmit it to others that you don't take that next that can enrich.

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So ask questions about things you've assumed you already know.

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asking the right question about faith will give you the right answer. You know how people it's wrong. People say, oh, there's no dumb question. Trust me there are trusting as a teacher, I can tell you there. I never say that to my students, right.

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Ladies, don't go tell the kids. There are, of course some questions where you're asking a question, setting yourself up for a bad answer.

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You know, you don't come and ask a question person to make your life more difficult. You're leading, you're especially about why Allah says left and she took the contest that don't ask questions that if the answer is given to you, it will make your life more difficult, it will bring you greater harm. Pamela, asking the right question is a powerful and seeking to have clarity, very important.

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But it should never come at the expense of making other people's lives difficult. I think it was in Texas or New York. I was hearing there was a new brother who I just had that he had become Muslim. And he had dreadlocks, you know, as a young Muslim man entered into Islam. He had dreadlocks and one of the brothers audience in the q&a session. He said he should have a question are dread dogs family in Islam? The brother asked him the question is, oh, Christ, he's an uncle. She'll never have dreadlocks. He'll never in his life can you dream up? Now he's only asking the question for what he thinks for the betterment of who

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are tattoos how long shares because the new Muslims got tattoos and fit 16 years old you've never had it

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Why are you questions that are not appropriate that are not right in terms of content contract place time

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that are not of yourself

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but are

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leading for others finally

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are always planted

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you know whenever you get an idea you're like, Oh my god, I got a great idea. It's actually not yours. You're not really that's

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usually all

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ideas come from other ideas or they come

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from other places, whether consciously or subliminally. So what you can feed your ID. It feeds he is about what it to be a Muslim would like to have this Islam whacked up.

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Islam is wrong, have to mean or be what can I do and what can't I do what you absorb? from a lot of the social media, you know, an imbalance, we want to experience worldly and we feel worldly. A lot of the ideas we have are not our own.

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And therefore, the prophet speaks about jamaa right, the prophet speaks about sticking with those who are a part of the oma of the prophet SAW,

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you know, coming together with a soul and of the greater darkness with a greater number of human potential demo yesterday I was I was speaking about zeros. My hope was a bit weird like that. All right. I was kid zebras camouflage themselves, not with the environment around them. Right, like zebras from an evolutionary perspective, you would think there's apex, there's lions and leopards and you're not a hacker. So you need to camouflage yourself.

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Now they're not in color. The Lions are the lions in the Greek on the zebra. So why are zebras? Black and White? or white and black? depending on which way you see the world.

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How are they camouflaging? They don't they're camouflaging themselves selves? So what they did was they one zebra zebra got taken first.

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The one that link the one that had more black than white one that was taller or shorter the zebra that stood out was the one that I end said because the lions as a pack they want to find target without communicating each other's presence so how do they know what we want the one that stands out? So the Prophet says the same words he said to us a lot of us sell them at the walk the chiffon it come after the lamb the sheep that is that has moved further away from the gym stick you know with your MSA stick with your brother sisters isn't Of course mean don't make friends who are not from within our tradition. What it means is that those he does comfort with those who we pray

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together with those we celebrate or Milan and aid with those who we find a greatest affinity with internally and externally must be that greater zebra. Pete you're all zebras

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just camouflage with any job and in fact the strongest zebra not the one outside of the package though that positions itself in the middle you know when they looked at this, you would all you know the the the one that's going to lead the pack it's going to be you know at the front, you know I'm smarter than that. It's in the middle and the more strong The more you know capable you were as a zebra or you surrounded yourself by those that were weaker on the periphery, because it allowed you to have success as you move forward. In life. May Allah subhanaw taala grant you the greatest success while Selena Manuel selling music robotic Allah so you know how do you know whenever you

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know that sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?

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I don't have any time for any questions. Yes, we'll take 2123 Yes.

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Given this is not a reality,

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martial law. Great question. So I'm going to correct things right to conceptualize things. Islamic knowledge was not disseminate as a curriculum thing in schools. That was actually not the hat. It was always in the message.

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And the messaging, we're always you know, the concept of the Mecca. One of the strongest Islamic communities in the western or the South African Muslims, if you get enough to travel to South Africa, it's amazing. And the reason for their strength was that the South Africans organize themselves where they would build the masjid and then they would have tallien for the children that is very rare that you find a South African Muslim who was literate in reading accurately, who isn't a doctor but also happen, who's you know, wonderful. I mean, the South Africans there, right. That was

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What saved Islam over the last three 400 years, right in community, unlike, for example, the camera leaders who came to Australia, so the leaders who came to Australia they set up what they did is they set up the magic for prayer, but not the school or the bottom of a room with. So it becomes important to have University of Western Australia for analysis where we rent a room for kids to learn total, and that the informal process of the Koran was always meant to be something governed by the community collected. The second issue that we have is the single mother problem.

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And I'm not split single mothers are the problem, but that the community is not supporting single mothers within the community to have big production programs. So you find especially where there's a lot of young people in danger, doing crimes, when you look into how it led them up to that place, whether in Australia or America, whether you look in in any of the Western countries, which is our frame of reference, it is something that straight is back to having positive mail,

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leadership figures in their life and in their purse,

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even if it's not their own father or their brother. So that's one of the bigger problems that you and I as, as young Muslim men need to how can we tackle that because Islam was meant to be a learned behavior, not an A Shinobi learn and those who come to tea very few. Even in office, I said that there were only five of us who could give

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right? They're called the bad dealer. The five Abdullah's that was it. You couldn't just walk up and say, Hey, Bella, can you answer that call here say I don't know, go talk to

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my wife. Give me

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a shout Allah.

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They were very few numbers. So we find a complaint.

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The difference between

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those who call people to good and those who are meant to be learned and able to troubleshoot the problem. So where do we need to begin it's it's really those two things more accurate, more accurate, more young people to learn the basics of Islam to become competent and fine math. History, the basics, which is what I was trying to get to mastering the basic basic set is to support

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outlier communities and facts to support new immigrant families to support single mothers to support

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those who find themselves at within their homes. It's for that reason that you will find when you have a lesser debt, but when I have a lecture that will be 70% ladies 30% it's just just how anyone in the world you go to London, I go to Toronto, earth you do a lecture there'll be like 500 people 400 sisters below you ask for volunteers 90% sisters, they're all ready to roll it's few of the brothers that really get engaged because they haven't been led to the measure by you know a father an older brother and it's something we really do need to do better because yes my brother

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And that's why I'm here at the university there's so many young as I follow you, there's so many things that are happening and barbecues and in order to see young people here with us although it's a university setting, this is exactly what we're modeling you know this is exactly what is even ended by what I'm trying to express is that

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it's a marketing problem is not very far if you don't market it in the way that we should there. It requires young people to kind of market it a little bit

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forget those

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were always taught and are just Limbo you know don't don't be be you know, don't talk to her job because she'll get offended. Don't you know the remote you know, ending it which shouldn't be going there and it's totally the opposite. I'm not saying be offensive.

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But I'm saying some convert. You can't just have the elephant running around. Not just standing in a room. He's like destroying the room.

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In the

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sun's beautiful.

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You know, so

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I think that's one of the bigger problems, we have this

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culture thing.

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It's like, Oh, I don't wanna we're very PC. And actually Muslims, we were, you know, we, we have this sense of see a demon and I noticed you're not sitting in front of other people I can say behind your back on saying to hurt you because you know out your back, but

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you need to stop it because I'm better you I'm just telling you what it is. And if it was me, I asked a lot to put in your heart to me what I just said, That's it, and you can take it or not, I'm still with you. But if I have to tell you that this isn't right. So I think that, that that's missing within our customer. And as well, for

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somebody who speaks to our audience, something that I struggle with as well. Because you know, especially within my culture within, you know, sometimes I have to rein in a student. And yes, I'll do it in private, and so on. But there has to be owned in a culture that is set, we have that, that helot, and column is clear. And it's not just better or worse.

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Why better?

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Think each community is different. So for example, the curtain community is very different to the Wi Fi community, I am giving you a hug, but

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we could show

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that the universe, even just within the same city, there's different different needs different approaches, there will always be in the amount of hits on the law, Harley Davidson, and the light never is put out. But if it grows deep, so it does require synergy and cooperation and putting hands together and

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aligning with those who have a commonality of seeking a similar

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come and a similar process to get there.

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I think at times,

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we have the same does in the home of the Prophet, I sell them from the very early days where people want to lead rather than just fools and you know, it's not well, who's going to be in charge and who's going to be that, at times, becomes one of the great hindrances within our community, even if you're in Perth. Um, I think that the second

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issue may be that is resources. People don't like to commit to long term things, whether financially or with time, but I think locking people in and putting commitments is something that is very important. Dr. vulcanite a very difficult time because I never commit

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unless I'm sure I can fulfill, right, you know, my mobile phone, I asked him, you know, sometimes it'll take me two or three days to respond to it right? I know it frustrates the heck out. But I would not guess unless it's Yes, I don't want to say

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unless it's noticed, I need a couple more shift this and shift gear. My initial answer was no, I'm busy. I have other things today some problems.

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But I would rather than not so prioritization of those can be really important as well and Sharma getting people to learn and you don't have to be the teacher, the D to those who are looking to become scholars. And that's why I said the very last point is we have to have

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enough for the community for them to benefit from that you don't need a chef or a chef to come teach that you have that person. Five or 10 people in the university who are able to

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do it. But they given that space May Allah make it easy for my sister in law he better he comes to handle a lot more behind

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the shed water you