Sitting With Allah – How To Grow In Spirituality

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Yahya Ibrahim

Channel: Yahya Ibrahim

Topics: Spirituality

Episode Notes

There is nothing more beautiful when Islam is internalized and manifested in action.

There is nothing more hideous when Islam coats only the exterior without ever reaching the heart.

Spirituality is the key that differentiates these two types of people. In this crucial session, Shaykh Yahya Adel Ibrahim will share the ways we can attain an interior beloved to God and people.

Episode Transcript

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Clapping for you makes you feel a lot better. Thank you so much, everyone, people that are just coming in. Now, if you haven't already done so please download the app. I mentioned this a bit earlier, in order for you to keep up to date with the schedule for today, any changes that need to be made, please download the app. How many of you on Apple?

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us here in the UK for 2017. Let's get lost for sure. Yeah, Brahim.

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Brahim is Canadian by birth, Egyptians were rich ancestry. And since early teens has been actively involved in the western galaxy, he was blessed with numerous opportunities to meet, translate, study and teach alongside some of the Islamic world's top scholars. And he began memorizing the Quran at the age of 16 and finished 20 months later receiving a certification and proficiency and an instruction to teach. Shakespeare here is a regular lecturer to Muslims and non Muslim audiences around the world. And he is committed to spreading a message to Muslims that empowers them spiritually and helps them integrate into the broader communities. So the school and its

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constitution,

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its laws and its guidance. It's good and it's like it's

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in your heart is intentional and predates mankind.

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My

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question was,

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so the Lavalier he was off he he was

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Yeah, you

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yohannes

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Marija Castillo manisa What's up Allah Allah

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yohanna Nina hamanako bajawa Kudo, colon Salida.

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Lima, nada.

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Always we begin with the price of a bomb. We send our prayers of peace upon whenever you Mohammedan somebody

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I always remind myself in you a couple of love. So Gentlemen, I pray that Allah subhana wa tada blesses us with an inner piety and a consciousness and awakening of self. That is of greater words and capacity than when we seek to show each other publicly in our day to day life. Allahumma amin,

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my dear brothers and sisters, it's an honor and a privilege to stand on this weird stage.

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Something sometimes I look at that screen, I can't even recognize myself anymore. I don't know what's happening. Like seriously brothers, you're gonna use some newer pictures that have a lot to do.

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We'll do our best anyway.

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Lots of data is almost

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I repeat that

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a loss of data is

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the ever Merciful, the Lord have mercy.

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The keeper of all mercy that we enjoy and interchange amongst each other.

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That there is no kindness, no moment of humility, no moment of success, no moment of celebration of bitterness of sorrow.

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There's no happiness or sadness. There's no elevation or dishonor. Except that comes with that scale. of a ma is a rough man.

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And each and every time that I sit with myself, I'm worried.

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And I want you to understand

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that those who will stand on the stage before you today, beginning with myself I wish to admit

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or as fearful, as worried,

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as apprehensive about their outfit on insha Allah as you.

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And I want you to understand that it is not just simply because somebody who knows more, or has read more, or has studied with someone, or has lived longer, or has been given more opportunities than others. It's not because someone has been given a position where they stand before people that that somehow makes them better in the sight of unwashed men than others.

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And therefore, I sit with myself and I worry.

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I worry about the Miss prayers that I have in my life.

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That until now, I make attempts

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to make them up.

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I worry about income and kindness and injustice that I have with my with my wife with my children.

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I worry about my job and whether I'm compensated more than I've actually given.

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I worry about what Allah knows of what's in my heart that may be different to what other people see of me with their eyes.

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I worry

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that Allah subhana wa tada Jada with his mercy,

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that I may end up earning his round.

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And the mercy of the loss of Hannah was out of shelters assault, and covers assault, and hides many things from us.

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Now most of which Allah has made it between us in a very simple covenant that our prophets have a lot of body was settled and was sent to deliver as a message for you and I

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see a smile isn't about all those big fancy words, not about dissecting the hole and and knowing this and not having that rationale. Like, I got to know everything before I can become a really good Muslim.

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I want you to understand that a loss of Hannah Montana seeks you

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want once you

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they'll also kind of know what to either opens for you avenues and doors and opportunities, even at times, in our lowest point

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to identify him and to salvage ourselves with him. And I want to begin with that effect you've all heard, but I want to contextualize it for you.

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All of us have heard of you know that Hanif it's it's in the symbol hottie and virgins of it and all the different books of study. Within there's a woman of the knife male protects all of us.

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And this lady, she has done disrepute to herself to society, you and I, if we were to see her, and you went on with our outward eyes, we would not have the level of chivalry and mercy and compassion to acknowledge that she could be one of the people who will want would favor. That's what we see.

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She gets herself over to others for profit.

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And profit, like settling says that there's a woman

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who saw an animal need distress that couldn't give itself water it's painting. See, you and I, we walk by humans, not even animals. We walk by humans with such indifference, that we're worried more about a dream that we're going to have than another human beings existence.

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There was a Burger King commercial. I don't know if you've seen it. I'm sure you have his Bible, where they were filming people in a Burger King shop and this young child is being bullied and customer after customer. 95% of them ignored that child and went out and spoke about their mishandled hamburger. They worried about a sandwich more than a life. And we're from that 95%

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but this woman, who had been traumatized and abuse had been hurt, had been taken advantage of that the prophets lie Selim described, she saw an animal talk as if you could picture that scene passing by paint

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To eat or drink fend for itself, she sees it and hundreds around and are aware of it, but don't see it.

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They see it with their eyes, but not their hearts.

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And her heart is alive, even if her scenes are darkness.

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And she fills up a shoe, she doesn't even have a container, she filled up a shoe and gives it water. And that animal that cat, that dog it drinks, to its satisfaction for shakalaka it means you're onto a monster in gratitude. So if you're

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overseas or abstain or gone white

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by a rough man, I want you to take that moment.

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And I want you to look at the heartbeat of the alarm line.

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Where he says, Wait a minute to sow over him now. The first

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person from Alabama from the believers, who Hellfire shall be kindled on shall be blazed because of the mentoring

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for

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an individual who acquires knowledge, and when given a platform to teach it and learn the line, and was a reciter of a master plan, and it was said to him

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after a while show them his blessing. What did you do with this knowledge you were given on a tandem today? All I learned and I taught and I recited for you for the kids that it said you lie.

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In tandem can

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you learn because you work happy to be praised. And we have a poison currently within our community,

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within our Western Muslim community, of that celebrity status, where we acknowledge people in a way that may not be at a level that I or anyone else is deserving of. And the scales of what is right and wrong is with a man it's not with the stage and the platform.

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And the glossy videos and the sound ones.

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What did you do with it I taught and I recited and it was for you Oh Allah, Allah cadet, no, you lie. You learn.

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And you taught, and you recite it so that you would be praised for it and compensated for it.

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And that was your reward

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for

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the particular

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order in order for that person, to be Dre on their face and humility that you have now until they are cast in how

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to eventually come out to the mercy of Allah.

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There comes a time

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when those of us who are learning

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need to wake up and worry more about ourselves than those who we seek to teach.

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And I want you today in the next 1015 minutes that I have left with you to take with me a methodology of acquiring an Inner Awakening between you and a law and a balance that sets you right with a rough man.

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It's not about what you show others.

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And if you are worried more about what people see of you, and if you care so much about what people think of you, you are ruined inside you are hollow look at the imagery that a lot gives in the Quran. He talks about people who have levels of hypocrisy, can

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you look at them and they have like hollowed blocks of timber. You know, when you look at that huge timber structure, structure, that huge used to be a tree.

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It had life. It had things that grew from it and lived on it. Millions of insects that were sheltered by water that was blowing through it, it transpiration the oxygen that you and I breathed, it provided shade and fruit and shelter.

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But when it dies inside when it's cut off from the mercy of a lot as you and I as human beings at times we bring to ourselves. When that happens, the only thing we're good for is to be put into fire.

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And the concept of APA, you know, when you talk about a stick in Arabic, it comes from that same concept of St. JOHN of sinfulness. Because you were a living, being loving of God, and then you killed your faithfulness in a lot internally, that makes you nothing more than a whole empty piece of wood. And the action of a believer is like a tree of faith, a tree of life.

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And you and I need to worry more about what's inside than what's outside.

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The prophets lie Selim was worried about what was inside, more than what was outside. And the Sahaba were taught to worry about what was inside more than what was outside the prophet SAW, Selim would say, as is again, nothing. So he, he says that the things that I fear most for my movement, a shoe

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is that a person will join partners with our Lord with a law in a in a manifest. He didn't wait in a silent, subtle way. And they said, What is this he didn't shift, he said that we are. Instead a person will do things worried about what people steal them to the extent

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that a person will stand in prayer.

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For you, thank you for that.

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But the prayer is just that little bit more, better, longer, more eloquent in the reading and flow and choice of Sudoku as they recite out loud just because one other person joined them in prayer. There's a lot that's normally

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now that arise.

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And every method Have you ever let yourself alone in prayer with bla bla, bla,

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and all of a sudden now just one puppy and one miskeen one sinful soul stands next to you. And if

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it could be even rock as you want to show up, everyone knows that. I mean, I got a showman and it

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is one of those as well.

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The duplicity of the soul.

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Or we appear in one face.

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But we have another

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is a fatal flaw that you and I must overcome.

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Second,

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is that your soul inclines towards seeking out a lot. It wants to know a lot. You have a filter that calls you that summons you that seeks for you to approach a monster Panama to alphalisa. But there's these outward pressures on you and I, you heard chipping a bead, he spoke to you about the shake on and the four ways that we sometimes self delude ourselves and taking making ourselves. I see for a lot Who are you to correct me?

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Do you know what I know? Where do you learn and study?

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Who's your ship? How many classes you attend.

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If it's there, I can have it. If it's free, taking more.

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You got to do it to the max, don't hold back.

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Drop it like it's hot.

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Those are the kind of inclinations that are sold battle

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in its desire to come to a loss of

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a lot. So a Jedi has built in your heart a compass there is nothing you and I possess that is more valuable in all of our existence than a compass city, then a good heart.

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Notice of all talks about a good heart. He doesn't talk about good deeds.

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And also kind of abandoned doesn't say that the one who comes to him on the day of judgment that their deeds are what are of value that the prophets I said that he says

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no one will enter paradise on account of their good deeds because you can't pray for fast or good or be charitable enough to earn gentlemen.

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They said what happened to

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you or messenger

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said when

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I have earned some a lot while he was 1111 years ago.

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My aim is to

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Receive and be enveloped by the mercy of my Lord, that I can find a standing between myself and him on the day of judgment that can give me a place in entry into

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your heart. 11 as

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your heart is, what will be your greatest salvation on the day of judgment?

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And what is in your heart? If it's true, it means what is outward? Correct? What is outwardly correct does not necessarily make your heart true. I repeat, if your heart is true, it'll show because don't step to me and say, Oh, really, I got a good heart chip. But you know, I misspoke.

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My heart is good. Allah knows I wanted to pray.

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It's in here, inshallah, just make it don't make God's Will under the prayer method was that way. No need to

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set your alarm. Get somebody to wake you.

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It's not just

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it's not only my heart, I intend to shed light. Allah knows how much I want to wear.

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But no

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one knows. And

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Allah knows you're going to win?

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No, but not yet.

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It's a commitment. What's in your heart begins to show outwardly. But not necessarily what you begin with outwardly, if your heart is disease, then what is outward will naturally make a change inwardly, you have to begin with your heart, you have to worry about your heart.

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And that's my second point with you in Jehovah. How do I and you work on my heart? What do I need to do?

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What in the prophets I send him to do? And what did he encourage the Sahaba. To do? One of the first and most important aspects is to recognize that there's illnesses of the heart, and that they require a plus topia, they require a cleansing, and they require a retraining.

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And if your eyes are infected with pornography, my dear brother, it's a problem of your heart. It's not just your eyes.

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If you're struggling to control your tongue, and you speak ill of others at work, even their presence and out of their presence, it's a problem of your heart. If you get so angry that you lose control, when you say koloff, and you get you're regretful for it, it's an issue of your heart, you have to recognize that your heart has a disease and has a problem.

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And the first problem is recognizing the problem.

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Second,

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in taking steps, gradual steps towards purging your heart of those illnesses. And you've got to actually look at yourself and say, This is my problem in life. This is what's holding me back. These are the things that I need to improve. No, this is the company I need to disassociate from. This is the company I need to pull into my life. This is what I have to say to my mom, instead of saying this visit the respect I wish to receive from others and the dignity that I wish to cloak myself with, visit the salon that I have the greatest difficulty with, and you begin to measure your success in terms of self improvement, because they're not mutually inclusive.

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Not because you're successful means you've improved as a person, you must improve with success.

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self improvement, and success don't always join each other. They're not always inclusive with one another.

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And many people may see you as being successful in a metric sense. They can measure how many stories you've learned, how many classes you've attended, how well your airbags improve. But you know, you haven't improved as a human being, that your heart has not changed from what you used to be before you learn to recyclable and in that way, before you attended that class, it made no change to what is inside. And that's a great warning from our prophets of Allah. He talks about the extremists that we still see in our time today. He said that you will see people who when they recite the full iron, it will flow from their tongue that when you see how they devoted they are in their prayer desktop.

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You're gonna compare how well you pray to how well they pray. And you're gonna say it's like I don't pray look at this man. Look at her. Look at how she's bail. Look at how she stands. Look at your talk, look at everything around their physical, mental, but there's no tenderness in the heart. There's no compassion in it and the prophets. I said

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said that their words are on the tongue, the whole ad is recited with the tongue when I'm jealous, but it is not descended

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through their trachea, meaning it hasn't touch their heart.

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It had no effect. So you have to measure the success with what you know, of your own self development and improvement, when

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you know yourself better than anyone does. And that's why I'm the Day of Judgment, Allah will say, Canada, America.

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It is enough that you are a judge for yourself.

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You're the one who knows yourself.

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Third, as it relates to the heart, is that it is an ongoing battle that you can never, ever give up.

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And there's days where I struggle with failure as much as you

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there's days where chef when he where he demands of the how long struggle with

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as much as you and I were both on the same level.

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The competition isn't between you and anyone else, it's you and yourself. And there's times when it is difficult for me to get out of bed. It's times where it's difficult for me to do the right thing to say the right thing to ask in the right way for forgiveness for an insult that I've done.

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And it's an ongoing battle and there are many more battles that you will lose that you will prosper in the game.

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I know that a loss of Hannah who went to either test each of us in our different ways.

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The most terrifying verse in the Koran, according to already mama Shafi

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is in sola.

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And it's a section of a verse while most of Hannah tada says, one that can Allah.

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And your Lord is not forgetful.

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It's one of those verses that gives you such hope.

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But it's a verse that terrifies you, your Lord will not forget the good you've done.

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How much money you spent in pursuit of knowledge, how many hours and minutes you gave up the shift that you could have been doing today, at your part time job, no one knows how much you needed to be there and that money would have helped. But you decided that you're going to be here in one that cannot focus on what doesn't forget. A lot doesn't forget my footsteps

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and airplane miles

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to stand before you.

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And you will look back next year. And you'll wonder, I wonder what did I do that day? Did I even give up you forgot everything when that came out of what can I say about your board will not forget the good you've done. But equally, you Lord will not forget

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your injustice

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and your injustice between you and Allah, and importantly, your injustice to others. I leave you with this final quote. And I praise them and also economy which I like gives me other opportunities in this life to stand before you in his worship and in this act of rebellion. And then if we don't join each other again in this life in this way it is worship. That also kind of joins us again agenda to

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remember soufiane

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he's one of the peak authorities of our faith. He's a student of the Sahaba he was a person who was a pretext to the modern Sunni Islam that you and I follow. He's a person who was known as Arabic as as that he was a person who attained knowledge to a degree that was certified that he lived his whole life and died in what is pleasing to Allah.

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He would say

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a lot, I would be happy to meet a lot. Be somebody

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with 70 things between me and a lot that I air in my life between me and a lot in 70 different ways meaning in a large number of ways. hyoni is more beloved to me, that I meet a law with one error that I committed to another humanity that I had injustice between me to one other person. And that's the last word of advice that I leave to myself and you today. Monitor your life with a lot as you worry about your sada as you worry about your car mess, you worry about the technicalities of our fate, monitor your heart and it hasn't. It's anger. It's envy. It's jealousy. It's desire as it relates to other human beings. Be careful that you have no limitation between you and other beings.

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There are lots of hands on with the other will absorb you. But you have limitations of the laws

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fettered mercy that you will forgive you.

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Allah has given you that opportunity that you just ignore what other people you've done to them. On the Day of Judgment you will stand before every other human being. The prophets I seldom said that even two sheep, one that used to injure another because its horns were bigger, a lot more replace their horns to get justice between them.

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One man cannot

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your Lord will not forget most of you to

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fill this hole with his mercy upon us. May Allah subhana wa tada shelter our teens from the knowledge of others. May Allah subhana wa tada make myself and all of those who will speak to you today and all of those who guide that we're all men, whether they take these platforms or others from the best of examples in their private life and in their public life. Male most of how they went to Allah forgive me what you don't know what me male most of hadn't went to Allah make me and others better than what you think of us. May Allah Subhana Allah bless your life would hit light in the darkness that we live in.

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Now whenever you

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do something with love and sincerity, and ceremony

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beer

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like beer.

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That was an excellent talk [???]. Thank you so much for those very inspiring tours. I kind of miss the old [???] yeah, by the way.