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In Alhamdulilah Hinata who want to stay in and who want to stop

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when I will be learning truly am fusina woman say you are Medina, Maria de La Villa Villa, Villa Villa Villa Villa la de la sharika. Why should one know Mohammed Abdullah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa early he was suffering he was certainly more bad. Always we begin with the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We send our prayers of peace upon the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we testify with firmness conviction that none is worthy of worship of Allah, that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his worshiping slave and final messenger. I continually advise and remind and exhort myself in you to the taqwa of Allah azza wa jal, and this taqwa is to be in the

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obedience of Allah consciously intentionally seeking and hoping for Jenna, to be distinct from the disobedience of a law consciously intentionally using the nor the whacking given to the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to know right from wrong, consciously and intentionally seeking distance from the punishment of jahannam. May Allah subhana wa Taala protect you protect you and I from it. Allahumma me.

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It's my honor to be with my brothers and sisters here today with my beloved brother, Dr. Zakaria, Matthews. Hello, hello. And I ask Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to make the time that we spend together a time of Rama and mercy, and an interchange of anything that is not fair and beneficial for both myself in you. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make the moments that we spend together, approve for us in our alpha because of our practice of it. Soon after, and not against us alone.

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I want to talk about, you know, 20 lessons 20 principles, and these 20 principles. I've changed them a little bit I spoke in Kuala Lumpur as the doctor introduced to a group of sisters about achieving success and happiness in life. And I've altered it a little bit just for our time, here together in sha Allah 20 essential steps that produced within us a contentment internally within ourselves.

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And results in firm action, and the methodology of life that insha Allah leads us to a success in the alpha. And when we speak about excellence, and we speak about the pursuit of the sun, it's important to point out before we begin that it is never actualized in its entirety, meaning that from the moment you are born until the end of your life, your aim is to live a life seeking

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but to actually consolidate it and hold on to it and attain some sort of perfection of complete, unhindered excellence is an impossibility. The only one who comes to achieving that completeness between themselves and a lot is the greatest of mankind, Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Nevertheless, the standard that is set for us and this is the process that we have in that footswitch and has learned that good example of the prophets like Selim is that there's always something we can improve in our life. And there's always one facet that we can excel in and proceed upon seeking that final completion of personality, diligence of action that makes us from those who

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are praised by Allah. And I want you to focus on that word.

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That a loss of hundreds Allah mentions you for what it could be for your honesty at work.

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You're rearing have your child,

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that Allah that that the one who created and innovated and brought forward the heavens and the earth focuses upon what's at the attention of the angels upon you for what, for something that you have thought to make perfect, hoping for him Subhana Allah to reward you for it? In what kind of capacity in one thing does it have to be worship? No, in the simplest things of life, and some of those who attained the highest pursuits of spiritual nearness to Allah subhanho wa Taala that we remember today for their eemaan and for their actions of knowledge and you might look at other aspects of their life that may be deficient and may not be complete, but in particular things they distinguish

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themselves between them

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Allah subhanho wa Taala that until today we remember their names. Everyone today thinks of Asya the wife of Phil

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remembers he says mother money and Molly has set up for being a righteous woman who worship Allah subhanho wa Taala, who was developed and chased within herself. There are people who were never recognized by their peers and never held in Granger by those who they live amongst. They went life unwitnessed but Allah subhanho wa Taala recognized them for who they were.

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The first step

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is to trust.

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The first step of having that consolidation of excellence and a spirit that lifts us up above the clouds

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is to trust our faith. A loss of Hannah to Allah has something written for each and every one of us. And sometimes the things that we focus on will not be the things that will actually distinguish us. And sometimes the things that we look down upon will be the things that we will hold us into the highest esteem in the afternoon.

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I begin with a hadith narrated by the man Nativity, were two men, two parents, a father and mother will be brought in front of mankind on the Day of Judgment.

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G will be brought in front of humanity and they will be worried they will say they will ask themselves, why are we being put forward? They don't recognize something that you know something amazing that they've done what happened

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for you.

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They will be given to adornments, wattage and manure and a crown that woven with light both of whom is lava is shams, the light and brilliance of that crown exceeds the radiance of the sun, fire fool and in muda, aka Bhima kusina. This is the engine. Why Why do you give us this? What did we do? Think you made a mistake? We're not the ones Yeah, I think there's another there's another hammer than Khadija I don't think it's me and her.

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And along will respond that you've been honored this way be the one of the common core

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because you supported your child to take hold of the arm

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to learn it and apply it. But I lemahieu happy wha wha shabby he learned that he memorize it and live their life in accordance to it.

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Excellent.

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They never estimated that this was something significant and therefore you hear the words of the prophets I seldom learn Iran nominal novicida do not ever underestimate a righteous deed that you might perform how small or insignificant to you it may see. Trust your feet. Look at your share in life. Don't say I'm a stay at home mom.

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Or I'm an employee of a company. You know, I come I go I drive places. But excel in whatever capacity whatever you have been given trust the faith that you have.

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There was one brother that I know. And I won't share his name because he asked me not to share his name. I know this brother, who he's a taxi driver. This brother Joseph l'affaire has had four people, four people, except Islam in his taxi. Just in his discussions with them. They became regular customers that first they took his card. Every time they go to the airport back and forth. They like chit chatting with him.

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For people in the course of his years as a humble taxi driver to him, it's something you and I might say what you know, what is it? What's he? How is that going to give him a pathway a bridge to gender for people come to Islam.

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Trust your faith, trust where you are in life. Look at the moment that you have and trust that Allah Subhana Allah knows what is best for you. Trust the fact that you've been divorced. Trust the fact that you struggling in a marriage. Trust the fact that you've been given a child who's difficult to raise trust a loss of Hannah wants to honor that wherever you are in life, it is not beyond his knowledge and power and authority subhanho wa Taala and use it as a means to find excellence in your life.

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Second,

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master the fundamentals.

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And in anything in life. It's the most basic elements that are repetitive and consistent in your life that will matter the most. And as such, the one ibadah that the prophets I seldom itemizes and highlight as being the consolidator of the rest of your deeds and

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Life is solid. It's the one thing you do every day for the rest of your life.

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Master that fundamental

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master what you say in it, what it means, why you do the actions in it that you do why you do it in that order? Why do you stand then you bow then you prostrate? Why do you read the Fatiha 17 times a day? Why when the man recites it and says, I mean you say it and beg of a lock the same?

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Why do you say Subhan? Allah Subhana. Allah, in your bowing and prostration? Why do you repeat Allahu Akbar so often in it, at every movement in it, except one place where you rise up from your bowing? You say, send me Allah, Who do you mean hamidah have been our local? Why?

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Why are you giving choice into what surah you will read after the Fatiha in the first two or

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three ponder. This is an action that is so significant, you will do it every day, in sickness and in health,

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in travel, and at home,

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in poverty and in wealth,

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as young or as old as you may be, once it's an obligation, it will not be lifted, until you are buried with someone praying it for you.

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It's a fundamental. What does it mean to you? Have you mastered it? Do you are you coherent in why and what its aims are? Do you know its rules and regulations? Does it touch your heart? Do you look forward to the next time you will perform it?

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Do you do the voluntary suburgatory extra activate? Does it wake you up at night? Is it on your mind? Does it curl your heart? And if it doesn't, why?

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master the fundamentals that are essential parts of your life. Begin with the most fundamental fundamentals of solar.

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You say probably I hate talking about color. But you know excellence could be in many things. You begin by saying that you will never find excellence in those other things until you have the fundamentals in order. That brother who was telling you about that humble brother who drives a taxi that doesn't want to be known, doesn't want me to share his name with you. The reason he is successful and Allah opens hearts on him because of Salah. He's that taxi driver that you walk to the masjid for fetch, and drive by in any shift begins and ends there

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is mastered the fundamental, the hearts can be open. His tongue can be heard his words. Although stuttered and accented, and not fluent, as many others are, have more power and inspiration than those who speak eloquently. fundamentals.

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Number three,

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learn from your parents.

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Information particular their mistakes.

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See what you saw in the life of your parents that you don't want to see in your life.

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See the dissension that they might have had the arguments that they might have done in front of you look into their life, the way your children looking to yours.

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Be on guard

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to financial ramifications that may have harmed them that can harm you.

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Focus on the partnerships and friendships that they made that benefited them or harmed them. Don't repeat it. Look to your parents. Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Quran speaks of your parents It was such a capacity and give so many examples of fatherhood, motherhood, adopted parents, adoptive parents, single parents, single mothers, single fathers give so many examples just to show you that these are the people who socialized and sit you eyes make a situation of your life that you find as being the most educated processes in your life, the first five years in your child's life. And in your life, the first five years of who you were, contain the information that would lead to 80% of

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the knowledge that you have today and until your death how you deal with your anger. How do you deal with your emotion, whether you will have jealousy or tolerance. Whether you will like for others more than what you like for yourself not just equal or whether you will despise when others have more than one

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You have all these things are absorbed in those early ages, from what your parents have done, learn what has happened and what was good embellish it in your life. And what you have identified was unacceptable. Cut it out

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and do not repeat.

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I will never be Mohammed's Allahu alayhi wa sallam.

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He would say things

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to people that you know, in our context today would just floor someone would put them you know, astound them. man comes to the province as your soul I want to come to Hajj the Prophet says, No.

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You have parents? Yes. Okay, go stay with it. I want to go to school, I'm gonna come with you on this battle. People are coming to Medina, they're coming to kill us. You have parents for him if he had stayed with the maker Jihad amongst

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some of

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your parents hold the place of nobility and honor in your life.

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And as much as you might think

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that they have strayed from the past or they don't know enough or they're not, you know, in tune with the times or I you know, I see where they went wrong and all the things that I just said, a loss of Hannah who wants to Allah has raised them above you who raised them above you a level

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that till their death, they're your responsibility as you were their responsibility in your youth, till their death. They are yours. In my abdominal Kibera in Dhaka, when they arrive to that maturity of age, will you add that? Not in the hurry? Will you in your custody with you, under your concern, and oversight and responsibility?

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What if they don't like faith? What if they hate a law? What if they opposed our interview Mohammed so I tell them, what if they waged jihad against me for faith?

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Be there Sahabi

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was off duty.

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Be like Abu Bakr was to Mohammed. So I said

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that we're in tjahaja, that if they fight against you,

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don't ever separate from them.

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don't obey them in sinfulness, but don't ever degrade them from that honored status, learn achieved, mimic what is good and protect yourself from what is not.

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Number four,

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practice Islam is it.

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I mean, actually practice it.

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Like, it's something you have to do day in, day out. It's a practice, it's literally practicing that action. You pray so often in the day because it's practice. You practice so often so that you get good and fluent and easy. And it's implementation. You become a well oiled prayer machine. You go up and down and you're good with the sweater, your knees don't create your hips are not at a place you are fluent in the solder. Your tongue is released with the re citation of the Quran because you practice it every day you're looking for an everyday you read the vicar of the morning, every day you make. One of the most difficult things is to become accustomed to asking a lot for things that

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you actually ask a lot. And you ask a lot with such diligence that it becomes habitual. It's just something it's a part of you.

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When you hear that you're out of the prophets of Allah, whether it's Ibrahim or new or Moosa. You hear them a bit fiddly when he while he died, they always had your heart for themselves and others. What do you mean?

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Oh ALLAH forgive me, my parents and anyone who entered my house, who was a believer. What do you mean our minute and any believer who didn't enter my house, expensive and quick and facilitating goodness for yourself and others? You hear the DA of Musa alayhis salam is shocking somebody will suddenly

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have the

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Holy release my tongue open my chest, make my burden easy release my tongue so that they will understand me give me an assistant may come from my family make them my brother. I know who I want. It's hard on me.

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I want him for these reasons which to be ezri strengthen me with him. Why should he Kofi Emery bring him so he can join and carry this task?

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Kingdom sadaqa Cafiero it will help me remember you more when a screw rocker cathedra and be ever thankful of you in a cocoon Sabina vasila I recognize you will never from those who turn their site from us. Yeah Allah

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Master,

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that mode of eloquence be from those who practice Islam. Dedicate with yourself, say, you know, this is something new, I want to try it. And I want to become good at it. Practice fasting Mondays and Thursdays. Practice making the thick of the morning, then the vicar of the evening practice praying Sala in Jamaica, make a plan of how you're going to do it. It's a process of training that you got to go from this place to that place. And I want you to understand that shifting from one area to the next is a very difficult process in Islam, going from a Muslim to a good Muslim is a huge jump.

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And becoming a better Muslim is even more difficult. Becoming a great Muslim is far off from being a good Muslim, which is a huge leap from being a believer, and a Muslim.

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It takes practice takes effort, it takes a battle plan, I want to be a better Muslim. And these are the things that I will sacrifice in my life to attain, these are the things that I will excel in to achieve it.

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practice Islam.

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Number five,

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is important knowledge in

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is a foundation. It's the step you stand on to reach a higher place.

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As much as you want to jump, it's just easier to put a step that you can step on that you consolidate and you can reach higher. And the more steps you add, the higher that you can reach in an option law having a body. Those who fear Allah more readily are those who are the servants who are endowed with knowledge. And that will amount here it's not the amount of books, it's all a matter of action.

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Remember, Shafi says a lot of you man.

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The knowledgeable one is the one who puts into practice the thing he knows he should implement. That's the that's the odema who are learning and putting their pursuit of knowledge into due diligence. Action, so in is significant.

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And the more you learn about a law, the more you grow in loving a law. The more you understand why you should have greater hope in the law. And the more you desire to be ever more fearful of a loss of hydrometer either. In an taqwa element, cleanliness of the heart and piety of the heart, are two things that are locked together eternally forever. They're not separated. Those who learn for the reasons that bring them to Allah find comfort and newness and quarterback to a law, unlike those who just worship a law without knowledge, begin to learn. Look at the things that you need in life. How is it that a Muslim has lived a life where they find themselves not in their teens? Not in their

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20s? Now they're in their 30s and above, and they struggle with reading from the Quran. How is that possible that a person has not used internet sites, web forums, classes offered in massage it up and down the city in Sydney, inviting someone to their home to teach them and privacy if there's embarrassment, using any resource of their means that they can find a way to hold the book of Allah and be able to read it

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is not one ashamed of not making that simple step two knowledge, that simple desire to come and become more acquainted with a loss of Hannah Montana.

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Number six,

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don't want to get controversial, but it happens.

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Don't let people

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mess with your head.

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I don't know any other way to say it.

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Don't let people influence you

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to react in a way that you normally wouldn't. One of the shades of extremism, even within our community within extremist and extremist circles, is that the narrative that they discuss is they did this to us.

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So this is what I'm going to do to them. That was not 100 some of

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them was not reactionary in that capacity. The Prophet would do what he did whether anyone did it or didn't do anything to him. Salahuddin said.

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For years they abused the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. For years, the Prophet would say to the Sahaba, in whom you are people to start, you know, you have no patience. They were people who came before us that a saw would cut them in half, and they would not leave their faith. There were people there were prophets of Allah. He tells us

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Ozzy's have a visa for the re the Huskies of shefa. On the day of judgment, they will come and they have known the following them and messenger of a law that was sent and not a single person followed him.

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They remain maintain the path.

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We are people who are not reactionary, we do not absorb what someone has done and translate it into a negative or into a reaction to how we were treated.

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In fact, we are the opposite.

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We are those who take the harm of others and give them back to

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the Prophet Mohammed twice lm says, narrated by a man with a wood via de mezzaluna d u haul it to NASA, the example of the one who mixes with people, we have the hangman, and is burdened, broken back by the harm they put upon him and her of following the law is more righteous and more blessed with a lot than the one who sits at home and not contain any burden from others. sitting at home comfortable and just going to worship us

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know the one the one who's out there in the real world, who's living a real life who's burdened by the troubles of life is more preferred by Allah subhanho wa Taala

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the hangman and other how many people insulted I will never be human.

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We don't remember the insulators we remember him in Excel exalt, exalting him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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they would come to the prophet to his face, and they would say a Somali,

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Somali, poisoned beyond you.

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And it's a play on the greeting of a Solomonic

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and the Prophet saying

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to you what you said, Why would he say what? Not what Allah who said because of all this in the Quran, indefatigability acid, when you are given hardship, when you are given old insults repel it with something better than what you were given. A Muslim never responds with equal vulgarity. Never responds with equal violence never responds with equal hardship upon others, it's always mitigated and less than what others have given us. But when someone does good by us, we give them more than what we received. When we eat.

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When someone gives you a greeting, sulamani Hi, you

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give them the same and greater than what they have said Salalah honey, listen, this is who we are. Don't let people influence you.

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Don't let friends influence you. How many homes have been wrecked because of that friend? Who says I can't believe you let him get away with that. How many homes have been wrecked? Oh my God. He did what?

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How many?

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How many times do we have to receive calls are attended to people's needs. Because that one person planted that one seed in someone's heart and mind that polluted everything around them.

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Don't let people mess around with your head with your heart.

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Hold yourself to a higher standard. You want to excel and find success and excellence. You have to be on guard to the loose tongues of others to the words that others say except the good, ignore the wrong. Find those who will nurture and protect and will enable you to righteousness and cut out and push away those who lead you away from Allah and His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Number seven.

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Respond to failure. It takes a response you know, many people who fail in life, they just sit down. I'm not going oh my god, I feel hollow.

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What do I do? I got to try something new. Maybe

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I just need a break.

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No responding to failure. Overcoming the feelings of defeat

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is the hallmark of prophethood. That's what prophets did that if you were to say what was the job of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. One of the greatest things is that he showed us how to respond to failure to difficulties. Do things you wanted but couldn't have to hope you wanted but couldn't attain. He wants his uncle to believe he won't. He wants his grandfather to believe he dies.

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believer

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in Nicolas. Mohammed, you will not need to God is just someone just because you love them.

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And there's others go.

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Don't wait for him

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either. So what does the Prophet frown when the blind man called out? Yeah, Mohammed, Mohammed.

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Mohammed Mohammed, tell me about your God, the prophet sitting there with the Shroff of Christ, the chieftains, and this blind men who seen as are all the Luna, the lowest of the caste in their society. They begin to scoff at the Prophet Mohammed Salah I sell them to sell winavi you make us equal to that man. Now a lot everyone got up and left the profits Eisen. He frowned. He's not frowning at the blind man. He's frowning because he can't turn their hearts disappointment failure tall if they send out children and the imbeciles and they stoned him some a lot. He was seldom causing the blood to descend from his head, that it feels his shoes a lot. What do you

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what are you going to do?

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You're going to give up?

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Are you going to proceed, respond to the failure.

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The Sahaba were taught this lesson on the day of today of wonderous lessons

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that they have offered NSM the novel or the Allahu Allah.

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He was late coming out of Medina to join the believers in that battle of narcissism Bahar.

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And when he comes he came late, that the tide had turned against the Muslims, the Muslims who were in authority and power, you know, they thought they were gonna win. they disobeyed the prophets, I send them the archers who were ordered to remain on the mountain descended and pursued the dunya and they were encircled by holiday money, and the Prophet was injured on the law while he was selling them. He was heading up in alpha, that little little cave in the mountain of food, and people are throwing arrows and spears and the Sahaba are trying to defend him. And another comes and there is a false crime.

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Someone screams out putana Mohamad we killed Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a liar.

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And the Sahaba heard this rumor heard this sort of the aroma the lion heard this or the Allahu and

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put down the sword and spear and shield Omar And Pharaoh put down things sat down on the ground. Yep, crying

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unassuming.

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So how do you don't hear much about except on that day?

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He comes in he sees the scene.

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What are you doing?

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Rasulullah we hear the Prophet is dead.

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Moved to Allah Masha Allah said stand up and die for what he died for. Now. That's us now.

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Rasulullah what value is there in your life if you leave if you leave after the death of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam

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everyone got up. And at that moment he says to sad

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to say I didn't hear about

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a God has generously offered. I smell Jenna offered and he went and fought valiantly. When they found his body no one could identify him except his system in banana. From the smallest finger. That's the only thing she could write. Yes, this is his finger. That's how mutilated and how cool the people of orange were. They desecrated the bodies of the Sahaba no one can identify him except by his finger.

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Stand up respond.

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Sahaba were taught that lesson. Now love reveals to the prophets I send them Mohammedan Ilana soon hammock is only a messenger as a matter of patina, if he was to die or to be martyred.

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Will you turn back,

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turn back and give your backs to the faith and sit down. No.

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You have to respond. You have to re energize. You have to reclaim success. You have to believe in your fate. You have to stand up and move forward. Even when humbled and brought to your knees stand up and move forward.

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And that was the way and the purging of the Sahaba by Allah Subhana Allah to teach them the need to develop a response to difficulties. Number eight, and I know we're running out of time.

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Fear is an illusion.

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You're only afraid of things that actually don't work.

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Make sense when you think about it. You know, when you describe fear, it's usually things like people are afraid of the dark. See a big grown guy who's scared of the dark. You see, you know, this big brother, big beard, this guy, and you put up a spider in his room, he's screaming.

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And running up the room, online fear, because it's an illusion. It's an illusionary mechanism that your body has, each and every one of us is capable of emotional fear. That development of fear within us is natural. But fear that overcomes us and keeps us planted in our place that we cannot move forward. It's simple, simple.

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Your fear cannot restrict you from moving forward in life. You have to overcome. And the moment you step, little incremental steps, you find that a loss of hundreds Allah aid you and assist you. And this is something that Allah does as a process with all of the prophets of Allah. Allah subhanaw taala says that either stage a solution to the moment that the messengers were brought to despair, while of Unknown, Unknown cuckoo they thought it was a light What? Where is the victory? Where is the health? JOHN Ascona then deliverance comes and success is a thing you have to walk through the difficulties and the things you fear that are in fact, once you cross their threshold, only an

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illusion in your life.

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Number nine, and I don't mean to be corny, and I hope Nike doesn't sue us. Just do it.

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You got to just do it. Sometimes you just got to close your eyes and step forward.

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You've got to get on with it. You gotta get on getting on. You have to just keep getting on and moving on and, and working at whatever it is that you seek success and excellence in. It's part of the process that you will be hindered. And you got to keep moving forward. Just do it.

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Number 10.

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Even more corny, you can't do it alone.

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You need to surround yourself with those who will push you to do it.

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Could you imagine if the prophets lie Selim came down from the mountain of hip hop. And his wife was like some wives now, you know, just saying.

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He comes down and says guess what happened?

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She goes, listen, we got bills to pay brother. You're getting on that next trip to Syria, mate. I don't know what you're talking about here. We got real life stuff here. None of this stuff. Khadija was supportive. She heard what he said he was something unheard of in her people. But she believed in him. Some of them are hot. He was selling them when others would you know.

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She read she re energized him when he was breaking when he was so fearful. And he was so scared that he had to be closed and covered with extra clothes just to stop him from shivering Salalah what he was

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he was physically fearful physically manifesting what he had experienced. And she says in the law, Hannah Yazoo ABA, Allah, whomever bring you harm, you are the one who carries food to the needy, and visits the sick and cares for the orphans and cares for your family. So Lola, honey was him. I trust everything will be okay, supportive. You need people who will push you and plant your feet forward ever so slowly, but ever so continuously?

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Number 11.

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Excellence speaks for itself. What does that mean?

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Sometimes people are skeptical

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of whether we can accomplish something or not let let as a motivation be for you. That your words won't do the talking but your achievements will.

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I'm going to do it in sha Allah, I'm going to do it. I trust Allah. I've taken the means to do it. I'm faithful to my project. I'm faithful to my dream. I'm realistic in its pursuit. I'm trusting a lot. I'm making your art to Allah and I've gathered the team that's going to help me and push me forward. Let excellence the thing that you will do be the thing that will speak and represent itself. And that was the habit of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. That was the habits of the prophets of Allah. They would come to a point where Allah would say well show them the Messiah, throw down your stick. There you go. Here it is. It's a demonstration that the excellent and the truth will be

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main benefits and know and recognize that anything you set as an aim to improve between yourself and a loss of planning what to Ana in in world

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pursuits and you put your trust in a law and give your assistance and gain assistance from others, Allah will give you an ability to achieve that mean the means to it lahoma, amin

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number 12.

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Expect your job to be answered.

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And sometimes, you know, we have to hear the words of the prophets I send them. Islam, you stand up the hajikko man and you draw is answered as long as you don't hurry it. You don't say Hey, where is it? I've been making God for a year. I haven't. It hasn't happened. The moment you feel skeptical that it will be answered, it definitely will not be answered. believe that your draw is heard but a loss of Hannah, what's your honor, and it's entered even if you don't understand the way it is answered? Perhaps the answer to your draw was that harm that was to befall you was averted. illness that was to strike you was tapered and lessen

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poverty that was soon to arrive was removed from your path. And that was an answer to

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that was understood and answered by Allah subhanaw taala in what is best for you, rather than what you are seeking in a confined aspect of seeking His mercy Subhanahu wa Tada.

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Number 13

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when it's time to change, change,

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when you see something isn't working, don't just keep hitting the wall. You know somebody who is you know, I'm going to break through you're not going to break through and just keep head butting, you know, when it's time to change you have to change you have to change tactic change tactic, even the prophets I seldom would you know, I was speaking to the students earlier today in the in the beta program. I gave them the example on the day of bed. When the Prophet came out of Medina. And he knows the army of course he is coming. He camped out in one place. And one of the Sahaba said Yano su de la seisen.

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Allahu Amara, did our ma order you to be here to sit in this to make our camp here. Or is it your choice? The Prophet said don't Allah did not tell me came here. Put the army here. So the men said Yasuda, these people are coming out of the desert. They haven't had water for days. Low Mana homina. If we go a little bit further and block them from access to water, it's more strategic.

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The Prophet didn't say, I put my foot down here. That's it. Get in line woman. Get in line, son.

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That's the decision that says no.

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Don't be inflexible. Don't let your pride overcome you.

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Don't let people say oh, he made a mistake. No, it's not a mistake when it's time to change change.

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So the Prophet ordered the camp to change man.

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Even though even though whether he was the camp in Medina itself, Allah was gonna give him victory. You know, the Sahaba they know Allah is gonna give them victory. The Sahaba the Sahaba didn't just say Oh, it doesn't matter what's going to help us anyway. Jubilee is coming, man. Don't Why are you bothering the prophet like that? Don't you know gibreel is coming, asking about these silly things. Oh, you gotta ask about this silly thing, even though you trust the law, and you know it was gonna help you and you've made your calculation. Now. If there's a slight adjustment that needs to be made, make it change when it's time to change.

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The best. Number 14 the best is usually the simplest in anything in life.

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It's usually the simplest things that actually will give you the most value. It's the really simple things that you do that will earn you the greatest reward with a loss of credit. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says

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that a person makes will do properly as

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well some narrow cotton and praise to Raka voluntarily to unlock voluntarily. Higher Amina dunya mafia is better than the world and all it contains.

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The best is usually the simplest.

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How do you clean away your sins so Pamela who will be

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the prophets I send them says the one who says to Panama will be hungry 100 times his sins are forgiven, even if they were the size of the oceans, the foam on the oceans.

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That's it simple things like that.

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I used to

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kursi protects me. Yeah, of course he protects you, protects you and your neighbor, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from Madison Avenue Miss Ruth, the one who recites ayatul kursi at night, the protection of a law descends upon his home was Yara and is your neighbor sitting there watching TV and all of a sudden no one robs him. He doesn't notice because your reading is of course he simple things they don't things. The best is found in the simple things that we overlook.

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Number 15.

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demand the best from others

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by giving them the best.

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Don't allow anyone to get away with giving you half of what you deserve. Nope. demand the best because you've given the best.

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The hoonah Mr. Ludhiana him,

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give good. And you will receive good Linda, Dina axonal personality are those who do you good Allah will give them good and more than the good that they have done.

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That's a law of life. No one does good except they will receive good no one helps except they will be held. No one is in assistance of others except a lot of assistance. No one's weren't merciful to others except the Lord will show them mercy. You will receive the best when you provide others the best. That's how you demand the best. You demand from Allah the best.

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The Sahaba they you know the prophets I send them they would make custom upon Allah said the abbey will cause for the law and the prophets I seldom said either.

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When when he makes a call somebody says Oh Allah do this for me, Allah will do it. Wow, that's powerful man. The Sahaba in the battle, they will actually they would start the battle. And then you know, when there was difficulty, you know, this is when sad would be the commander in the day of B or more Canada you know, the battles will be happening. And they would look too sad this a young fellas you know, it's about time.

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Ashkelon, you know, the prophet said it's finished. And it was true.

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When he would make you are answered in this moment.

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Because he gave always the best towards Allah the best of intention, the best of a bar that Allah subhanaw taala

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honored him in that regard.

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16

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restrict your emotion.

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And it's important when we say restricted, it doesn't mean ignore it, or bottle it, but restrict how it influences you. You know, when the prophets I said, we all memorize this howdy latos law, blah, blah, blah, blah. Don't be angry doesn't mean don't be angry. It means don't let your anger influence you in your reaction to others. Be careful in how you react, don't cry too much. Don't laugh too much. Don't be depressed, too much have that moderate balance in your life that you are able to hold yourself in all your emotional conditions. The profits of a law they would be tested by a law they would be a wall of serenity when inside they were full of fear and apprehension

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sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all of the others were similar in that capacity. So you learn to garnish and to garner your emotion and use it to help you attain that which leads you to success. The final

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points.

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Number 17

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is seek to do what you love, love what you want to do. And anytime that you want to achieve excellence, you have to develop passion, you have to enjoy its ups and downs and the difficulties. And when you speak to any successful person, they always tell you, you know i i enjoy what I do. I love going to work in the morning. I love looking after my children. I love studying, I love teaching. But you know all these things, all these difficulties are in the way. But that's all part of the passion for what it is that you seek to find excellence in and unless you have that love, you will never attain excellence in that sphere. Unless you begin to enjoy a bother you will never be a

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successful worshipper of a law. Unless you enjoy the struggle of struggling with the Quran and learning how to pronounce it you will never master its reading and unless you put effort that is built on love between you and the pursuit of what it is that you see. You will never find anything you do not have that passion.

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A lot of what you are pursuing may be a waste of time. You need to reconsider you need to make the change when it's time to change the

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last three points are joined together and we'll end with them in sha Allah.

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Forget the past,

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forget the past,

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ignore the future

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and live the present.

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Don't let the past shackle you. And don't let the plans for the future determine what you're doing right now

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that you miss opportunities now.

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How many sisters said, Oh, inshallah, when when we get married things will change.

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How many brothers say when I graduate, then we can get married,

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or just hold on for four years, whoa, four years.

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That's a long time.

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When I get a job,

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when I go to have

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when I finish when I, and all of a sudden, everything they're doing now is mitigated and based on some vague plan of what they think they will have in the future that is not actually grounded in the reality of their present.

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You have to ignore the past. mistakes, successes, don't just sit there and say, Oh, you know, sometimes you sit with somebody, you know, Brother

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25 years ago.

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I was.

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Okay. What about? Oh, you know, things change. I know, things change. Don't keep recounting the path. Or the you know, the don't keep looking at old bank savings. Oh, my God. You know, could you imagine how depressing it would be if we kept on looking at former petrol prices, like from five years ago? When it was like 80 cents a liter. Wow, depressing people reliving the past. You can't. I was, we were driving through Auburn. And I just, it was just I thought it was striking. There were barbershops there. And they had a sign that said, $7 a haircut. I'd pay the man $14 $7 that's cheap. So I asked him probably I go, is it really? $7 a ticket? He goes, No, no, when you go in, it's

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actually 15

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you know, the signage hasn't changed. You're living in the past. They just didn't scrape it up a window and write 15 right?

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Cuz $7 a haircut I'd be like, I'd buy all the brothers that are going to come on brothers. It's a haircut party.

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That's you know, people sometimes we live in those old old age

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old past experiences old past flames old love, old past business opportunity level. If the prophets I send them says low. That word low had I, if I had

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if I had done is a word from the shapefile because it's the past. There's no level.

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There's future. But that future don't target it and put your site that you're seeing that but you don't see anything that you can be beneficial benefiting from in your present. Don't say Oh, look, I just got to stick with this job. I hate this job. But if I stick with it for three years, then I can have a better job then I'll get promoted. What if you don't get promoted?

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What if

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What if so don't make your decisions just vaguely on the future when it's not guaranteed? But live in the moment appreciate what you have been given by Allah subhanho wa Taala now, live now and see what benefit you can find in the here and today. If you haven't eaten it could fire so Temecula homovanillic a shadow Allah Allah Allah and a staphylococci salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.