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Yahya Ibrahim


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All right, so I'm on a court of law.

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You guys are right there.

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Trying not to be too loud.

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Always. We begin with the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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And we send our greetings of peace upon the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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So we always begin by saying and hamdulillah

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and there is a beautiful Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. It's in Sahih Muslim, which is an authentic hadith where the prophet SAW Selim says In Part of this Hadith, Kelly met or the word Alhamdulillah, Tamla Nisa than it feels the scale on the Day of Judgment.

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Now, when I first heard this, I thought, what does that mean? Like?

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I say 100 law all the time I sneeze? And I say

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hamdullah. Like, why is that so significant? Why is that something that is so significant than the prophet SAW, Selim says, the utterance of it, the belief in it

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feels your scales on the Day of Judgment, even if the scale was the size of the heavens.

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That's powerful.

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The word of Hamdulillah, it doesn't just mean Thank you.

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Or Bless you.

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It means whether in good or bad, whether in comfort or hardship, whether in joy or sorrow, whether in happiness, or depression, whether in prosperity or poverty, whether in jubilation or

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sadly, you know, for many of us, we will have someone who will depart our life.

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Whether it's at the joy of a birth of a child, or at the death of a loved one, we're taught to say, and hamdulillah and the meaning of that word, is the recognition that the totality of your whole life. Everything that you are, who you are, what you own, what you wanted and missed out on what you've been given with no effort.

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What you have to work and struggle for.

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Everything, everything you have, its source is only and solely Allah.

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And the moment you say Alhamdulillah, with that recognition, with that cognitive presence, with that awareness of a law, you're doing, Vic

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that's thick.

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It's now when you sit after prayer, and you say Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah. It's not your tongue moving with it. And Allah says to the Prophet, Latta, telogen v. lisanna. Don't make your tongue hurried with the reading of the iron. It's not a race to finish it or to memorize it or to know it or to utter it. Its intention is your heart,

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your heart and therefore the Prophet warns us about a group of people.

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You know, when we talk about extremism,

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it's not this shadowy

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you know, dark figures in you know, represented to us in the media. It's not extremism can even be here. It can be you know, your neighbor. extremism as it relates to Islam is anything that is not of the way of the Prophet Mohammed Salim. Whether addition or negligence, whether addition or subtraction. Anyone who puts forward something, knowing it contradicts what the prophet SAW Selim sought to bring this towards, is a form of extremism. So you find that there were people living with the prophet who were extremists and the prophets I send them would say to them, how they can open up their own. He would stand up on Friday prayer and say, destroyed are those of you who go to extreme

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destroyed are those of you who fast every day and not take a rest destroyed, are you if you wake up all night in prayer.

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And not rest yourself or sleep. Destroyed is the one who says, I'm not gonna get married. I just want to worship Allah. I don't have time I'm, you know, I'm not gonna go for a worldly education. I just want to learn the Quran. That's it.

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It's extreme. it contradicts the way of the prophets I send them. In the same way.

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It's extreme, that the one who hears about the completeness of our faith comes and knows its purity, and seeks to pollute it and alter it. Take away from it. That which was always a part of it. All right.

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I asked after our prayers, a question I said, you know, in the group six used it awesome. And also to the middle way, moderation.

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Why is that so important? Why is that significant? Anyone? venture a guess?

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Why does a law guy look, Jonathan? Allah says, I intended you to come I've made you. I've given you a way of life that compels you to be dead center in the middle of everyone else. Not this way. Not that way. Why is that? So significant?

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Use of

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avoid extremism. Okay.

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If you're going to build a building, and the engineers here,

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no good

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wretched people. No, no, no.

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No, my dad was an engineer a lot of success.

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You know,

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I can give you a simple diagram, right?

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That break right there.

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Out of all the bricks there, Which do you think is most firmly in place? is the most secure?

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The middle? That one right there? Why?

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Excuse me?

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Not just is it protected? Like, not just is it protected from erosion or things falling on it or something falling away from it.

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But it's also protected. It's not just protected from outside sources, but it's also protected from internal force. That's why I was asking for the engineers.

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Right? The stresses internally in the structure. And when you have you know, buildings that fall down or things that crumble, what happened was that middle break that middle pillar, that middle support, was not really dead center, might have been a little bit off.

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Something might have eroded here that pushed it off balance.

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And the owner of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has always been intentionally set by a lot to be the protected oma dead center. You had mentioned that came before us. Now I want you to think since the time of Ibrahim alayhis salam, for 1000s of years, this earth was never missing a prophet walking upon its surface. Not just one, but there would be messengers and prophets roussillon tatra in large numbers together, you'd have Moosa and Harun and newsha, you'd have zekeriya and yahaya and Isa, you'd have Deadwood and Suleiman, you'd have Ibrahim and loot. You have more together.

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And then something happened.

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After Isa Ali Salaam,

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it stopped.

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And that's when people kind of got scared.

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What you found after Isa was raised up for us as Muslims, we believe we was raised for others crucified, whatever it may be, no one

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claimed even amongst the Jewish tribes, right, our cousins and faith, no one amongst them, was celebrated as the next prophet of God

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went quiet. And for 600 years, nothing descended from heaven to this earth. There was an imbalance. The shift changed so dramatically, that which used to give balance to the earth for six

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100 years stopped. So we took a great man

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salallahu alayhi wasallam.

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To set the scale was back.

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It took a great message or an to set the scales, right? It took something foundational. It's almost like a brand new beginning. And now you notice and you can think to yourself, why the profit that came at the end of times I sell them didn't come from his heart, but it came from smile, a new beginning. Because from his smile, there were no profits.

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And his heart ended with Isa alayhis salam

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and the change in that momentum the change in life came to us with the message of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam dead center.

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So what does the law want from you and I? You know,

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what's my aim? What's your aim in life?

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Are we here to change the world?

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Can you change the world?

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Can you

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individually Can you?

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Never nearly impossible. No one man can change the course of the world after the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Right?

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But a grouping of people

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who have believed in the loss of Hannover, Allah can make concrete changes personally in their life, and in the society that they live in.

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And your aim in life has to be that noble pursuit that sets the world Alright, that brings back that balance. And after the Prophet Mohammed sigh said limbs passing. May Allah subhanho wa Taala send his most choices, blessings upon him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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after his bow after his passing, the balance began to shift again. And the prophets I send them tells us that after since his death, no year will come except the one after it will erode more and more and more and more away. And the prophets I sell them tells us the first thing that will be lost from our nation is who should be in prayer, humility in prayer. The Prophet doesn't talk about a man and trust. He doesn't talk about, you know, authority and strength. And I don't want you to get confused and think I'm talking about ruling the world. Because that wasn't the aim of the prophets of Allah. Did any prophet of Allah come wanting to rule the world?

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Moosa Moses, right? He's this great prophet of a lot. He spoke to a lot directly. Allah sends him to Pharaoh says, Go to Pharaoh. In the huhtala. He has overwhelmed all sense. He's gone too far in everything in every way. He's destroying everything. Go to Pharaoh. Tell him to believe he doesn't believe Tell him to let you go.

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Pharaoh eventually after nine major signs don't believe the movie about 10.

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Grand tells us.

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He likes Moosa go with Benny it's either in the middle of the night they run away.

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At bamboo Pharaoh. Pharaoh follows Moosa with his troops. And Allah tells us that the ocean split and Moosa and his people crossed and were saved. And I want you to think of this moment just in your mind. There you are, you're standing with Moosa, you're saved, and you look back and there's Pharaoh coming. And you see the power of Allah bring that man who called himself a god to death, killed him and his soldiers.

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What it means to do it is seldom

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Did he go back to Egypt?

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Why not?

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Like you and I, we got a good job Moosa. hamdullah.

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All right, kill him. We got him out.

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Let's go back. It's Egypt, man. They got gold. They got pyramids. I'm Egyptian by the way.

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To get the Nile is the breadbasket of the world, their whole armies dead, their king who they worshipped other than God, you killed them, by the power of Allah. You be the king. Not because you want to be rich, but because you want these people to believe in Allah. What does Moosa do a lot tells him to wander the desert for 14 years in thirst in heat.

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in trouble

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40 years why not just go back to Egypt? Because a Muslim, our aim was not to dominate the world and to rule the world and I've got to be king. Allah tells us in the Koran that the prophets would be sent to mankind for contemptible. Some of them would be delighted, denied by the people were funny, to ruin and others that are there, people would just kill them. prophets of Allah would be murdered. Their aim was never governess. The aim of a believer is never to tell people what to do. It is only to show them the truth in their conduct. And therefore we have this thing called sinner. When we talk about soon, I don't want you to think it's a set of rules. It's not do this Don't do this. This

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isn't that this isn't. No sooner is a natural way of life. And I want to end with this because it's getting late. I'm gonna talk about this all week, all weekend, not week, weekend.

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Sooner is you are who you are, with the flaws that you have, with the you know, with the crazy things that no one knows about you. Except maybe your parents.

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You know, everyone's got these little things. You're weird. All of you.

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I don't know yet. But you know, some of you it'll come out as the weekend progresses, I'll be like, say you're weird.

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That's it.

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Everyone's got their own idiosyncrasies, their own deficiencies, their own habits, their own mistakes. At the time of the profits, I sell them. There were sahaabah. See, this is what sometimes you're not taught. What you don't hear. You never hear. Sometimes you do hardly hear any man stand up on Friday prayer, and stand up and tell you that there were Sahaba who committed adultery at the time of the Prophet slicin. You never hear any man stand up and tell you there were Sahaba who stole

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your net people. Sahaba people who lived and saw the prophets like Selim would stand behind them in prayer. You're never told that there was a haba who are alcoholics.

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Right. You hardly hear about the humaneness of people who had to fight every day of their life to be good Muslims. Don't think just because they lived at the time of the prophets I send there as I like to do Okay, let's go pray. That's not how life was. They were difficulties. There was the hobbit who got married and divorced. There was the haba who were wife abuser, there were sisters Sahaba, who stole from their husbands. husband comes to this lady, she keeps stealing stuff. Right? Who would rebel? There was all these difficulties, that normal human beings just like you and I endured, that are set and intended for us as lessons in life. That's also not, that's also not how the Prophet

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manage those situations and lead people to Allah, you had people. And that's why you hear these Hadith. You know, the Imams, usually they tell us these Hadith encouraged us to repent to Allah. You know, the Prophet says, he's saying to the Sahaba, there was a man who killed 99 people. And he went to one of the worshipers of Allah Abbot. And he says to him, I killed 99 people. Do you think Allah will forgive me? If I asked him for forgiveness?

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He's the man isn't a scholar. He goes, You killed 99 people, man, what are we talking about? So he kills them.

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Makes it 100. He then goes to a scholar. And the scholar says, who can stop you from asking for forgiveness? Who can stop you?

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I'm not I can't guarantee you it'll be accepted. But who can stop you from asking for forgiveness? You think the prophets I send them is telling the the Sahaba that Hadith? For what reason?

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It's an indirect way of saying, Listen, doesn't matter how big your sins are come back to Allah. He's talking to who? Sahaba he's talking to his people. He knows them. He doesn't want to embarrass anyone. So how about we come to the Prophet profits walking in just about to lead the prayer. It's coming through the door, and then stops him says wait, so let me just gotta tell you something. Prophet says What is it? This isn't Buhari?

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What is it? And the man says,

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about tomorrow? I kissed a woman.

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I was like, What? It's almost like when you read the Hadith, it's like, you're making a duel going to the masjid. And, you know, I kissed a woman who came to pray. He was like, that's it. It's like, What? How does that happen? And you and I, the first question is, who is she? Who is this woman kissing people on their way to the mosque, right? We kind of get her talk to her dad or something right? fit now on the highways to the mosque. Right. That's how we you know, we

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kind of think of this issue. The Prophet says, Listen, Dan and Sally, don't talk about this stuff. Now let's pray first.

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So the Prophet leads a prayer. The man prays science behind him.

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Soon as the publisher said, I want that I want instead of sitting is normally doing music after prayer, what does he do? He gets up and runs.

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yet. They've never seen him do this. So I saw the problem, you know, picks up as he's just jumping over the people trying to get out before this guy asked him again, what should I do?

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So because the Prophet wants to be merciful to him,

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but the man says, Yeah, those who love Don't leave. I was like, man, okay.

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The man runs up to the Prophet.

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And he says Yasuda law in our messenger of Allah, I did something big.

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lm to suddenly Didn't you just pray? He said, Yes. He says, Allahu. Allah will forgive you. Now I don't want you to go. That's a good man.

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When prayer?

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No, that's not what it means. Could you imagine the gravity

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of face facing the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was such a grievance. That takes guts that takes repentance before seeing him. salicylate. That means that man has made his peace with a law but he just wants to be sure.

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Like he he's regrets it. It's because Toba is regret. It's not some formula. You say you're something big that you do. It's regret right and net them. Toba? Regret is the essence of repentance to Allah. That's all it is. So the man has done that. So the prophets I send them says, Can you just pray with us? Yes. Okay, you know, carry on. Don't do it again. But you know, carry on. That's the simplicity of the life of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I want you and I to live here.

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That mental break

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is a special break. The only way you can get there is that you have to know

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how to place yourself there. You have to learn why that brick is there and not there. And if you're there, how can I get there?

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The whole purpose of your existence is self improvement. I want to leave you with a statement.

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You don't want to become a better Muslim, you want to become a better human. Does that make sense?

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That's the essence of Islam. essence of Islam is this you don't want to become just a better Muslim. You want to become a better human because a better human necessitates as a Muslim for you that you will develop your relationship with Allah subhanaw taala.

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So we're going to continue with our discussions over the next two days. And just last Saturday and Sunday, we're going to talk about knowledge, real knowledge. I'm not talking about memorizing Hadith, or just verses from the Quran. I'm talking about what Imam Shafi tells us, he tells us a moment NASA knowledge is what benefits you is what you're going to use. It's the thing that changes your life. It's that 100, not 130, that 100 that makes you stop and do something else that makes you wake up from a moment that you may have slipped by. If you change something, you know, in your heart, you know, you need to change it. But you just need that little bit of encouragement, whether

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it's the word of a law, or a statement of his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So we want to rehearse that we want to talk about knowledge. And we want to talk about the power of change. And I want I want to show you how there was a hobbit who changed from the, from what you would say the most criminal behavior to becoming the greatest examples of piety that you and I measure ourselves by their standard today, I want you to see that transformation of someone like Armando blue Katara, the Allahu anhu, from a drunkard from a person who was known for vulgarity to a person that is on his way to kill the Prophet. So I sell them to a person who abuses the sister

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punches her in the face brings blood from her

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to that split second where he hears something from the neuron that resonates in him. That changes his life.

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I want you to see that I don't want you to hear or model mahatama the Allahu anhu when you think of this iconic mythical myth, you know, he's like mythology. No, he was a human being who was

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I was blessed to be and live near the messenger Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam but who struggled each and every day to be the best human being he can be as a Muslim.

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Final funny story from the life of the prophets I send

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the Prophet used to have a companion. I won't tell you his name. You can find his name online. What do they get?

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Do you get no man not chocolates? This is a tough one.

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All right. There was a man of Sahabi you find his name you get until Sunday

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to come up with his name. I'll even give you a hint. One of my friends do you guys know Omar Suleiman, you hear of Omar Suleiman American guy, tall guy,

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Google him.

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He has a YouTube lecture about this incident.

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All right, about a man who used to play jokes, practical jokes.

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This man,

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he sees that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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It's a time of poverty. And the Prophet used to be walking everywhere. This man was poor. So he goes up to one of the camel merchants. And he says to him, I want to buy this camel for the profit. So I want to buy this candle. And the prophet will pay you some money and sell them now when you would say that you would never think someone comes to you and says, The Prophet of Allah is going to send money. You're not going to say no, no, no, give me the money first. What are you going to do? He isn't here. Right? So he takes the camera and gives it to the Prophet he says he also loved this a gift to you. He hasn't paid for it.

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And he's told the man he's taking the camel from the profits gonna pay for it. So son, there's a prophet SAW Selim in Medina riding this camel. This guy sees the Prophet so I go to the Prophet says Miko Mr. Lamb, thank you. And the man's like, thank you for what?

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And, and the Prophet says thank you for the camel. Because like, now the guy

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is shy. Now would you come and shake down the prophet SAW Selim. So Where's my money? My money? You're not going to do that. Right? So the man is kind of shy. So who does the man go to? It goes back to that. So hobby not going to tell you his name. goes back to the topic is Where's my money goes? No, no, no, the problem is got your money.

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Because what are you talking to? I can't go ask the Prophet for money. He's already riding it. The man says, Well, I can't do anything about it.

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Alright, find out that's the hobbies name. And I want to talk to you about is that ethical?

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You know, what's that ethical? He sees a rich man with so many cars. For example, just say you know, a rich Muslim rich, it's got everything. But he's kind of you know,

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you gotta pull every dollar out every ringgit out here Give me wondering it. It's like you pull his teeth out.

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So you see this Muslim so you kind of misrepresent the truth.

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And you give someone who is honorable something that he deserved. So I sell them prophet deserves the camel, that man should have given him a camel or given a debt, whatever it may be. So he kind of made that link between them.

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And now that man who's rich doesn't really need the money, and therefore is too shy to ask the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for it back, give me back the camera or give me the money? Is that ethical or not? We'll talk all about that inshallah. Tomorrow, find out the name you got till Sunday. Till the time. Sunday. You know the night you googled the name Shame on you. Okay.

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Oh, you listen to the twins of faith? Who is the Sahabi?

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It doesn't matter.

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Okay, don't tell your group. Alright, she heard it a twins of faith. All right. In Sharla, you find out the name of Sahaba. And what you'll find is that when you read this, the hobbies biography or you listen to that talk that Omar gives. You're going to hear about some funny moments.

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In the way the Sahaba used to live with the prophets. I said sometimes the Sahaba would have a spitting match as to who could spit a seed, a watermelon seed furtherest and it's funny. All right, normal people. Not mythical icons, normal human beings. Okay, we'll talk about them in chat law as we proceed subhanak alohomora ham decrescendo, learn to suffer virtually any questions doesn't have to be about what I said. I know you guys are tired.

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We can do q&a later. But if you have any questions ask

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Have you ever met

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non Muslims who behaved more ethically

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than Muslims?

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So what I'm saying is, your aim shouldn't just be a better Muslim in the conventional sense. Oh, I'm gonna do my five daily prayers.

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Okay, yes, that's what we want.

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That our time doesn't show. What what you find today is when someone says, oh, they're a good Muslim. What's the image that comes to mind?

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Pray Well, she wears a scarf she wears. You know, there's a lot of there's a lot of sisters who wear scarves who wearing a cobs, who do not represent the a flock of Muslims.

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That's the that's the issue. There's a lot of Muslims, who do not represent the ethics of disagreeing with one another of hospitality.

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It's your problem.

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In all cultures of the world, Arabic culture, Asian culture, when someone has a good standard of character, you say he's a good human being. Right? He's a decent human being in Arabi in areas say hola in San, you know, he's a, he's a he's, he's, he's a good man. Right? That is the balance that we want. That someone sees you. And the conduct that you represent, is the pinnacle of what all human beings appreciate, which is Islam. But your aim isn't, I just want to be a better Muslim in that conventional sense. It's a worldly, universal moral

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showing of your faith. And that's the way of the Prophet Mohammed Lysander. He was, you know, in Arabic culture, we have this statement of an incentive, Carmen, the real man. Anyone know what a real man is? In Arabic culture?

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No. Okay. That's a second prize.

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What is it? You have to have three things. You have to have three characteristics. People say the Arabs would say if you have the three, three characteristics, people say, Oh, yeah, this man. He's got this, this and this. They say, Whoa, he's a man. In some common he's a complete man. Not half and half. You get a lot of half and half today.

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All right. So that's my that. That's the explanation of my statement. So thank you for bringing it up. Hopefully clarifies it for everyone.

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And the others come on.

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Yes. Yeah.

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I don't know if you heard that at the back. But, you know, when you she said when she started charity work, it didn't necessarily begin with her starting her Islamic practice, but she started to volunteer time and effort for the service of others. It naturally brought her to increasing her practice as a Muslim. It inspires you to that. Now, there was someone Yes. Someone had Yeah, yes.

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There's one question about current issues. What is your opinion about religious tolerance? Basically

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there are many multi motivations.

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Multi thinking, so what's your view on

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themes? Like I don't think anyone's gonna come and say bad. It's a good thing.

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It really has to shift from tolerance. It's, it's not I just tolerate you. Okay, I'm just gonna let you do it. I'll just tolerate it up to a point.

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Living in countries such as Malaysia, you know, the even the the words of the city like kuala, like you're a mix of, isn't it like muddy mixture? You've come from like, you know, all these lump? Yeah, yeah. All right. I was reading about it, right. You've come from all these days, the mud would come because there was team and mining and it would come from all these different places. And it mixes together in the river, right? And where that river was set, that's Kuala Lumpur, because everyone came and mixed. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, method Olivia to Hamilton. And as one other example of the one you highlighted, NASS goes out and mixes with people, meaning non Muslims,

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and bears, the difficulties they place on him, the hardships they put on his shoulder, the difficulties of that relationship with having to mix with people who don't understand you all the time. The one who goes out and intends to mix with people is better what I had barring the law is better and more loved by Allah than the one who sits in isolation in the worship of Allah. It's your duty. It's your job, to represent your faith to all types of people, the one mentor of alumina ones who wants to accept it as faith, let him omniture affiliate for the one who doesn't leave him.

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Let him Dino for Malia Dean. Yours is your faith. This is my faith. The Sahaba reached the doorways of China. Sadly, every walk costs the uncle of the prophets I seldom rode all the way to China, Abu Bakr Ansari, was buried outside the outskirts of Constantinople. Right? They spread all over the world. And you are a byproduct of Muslim fishermen.

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Muslim textile merchants, Muslim incense, you know, sellers, how did Sam come here? to these places? How are we sitting in genda? bike? Talking about Allah and His Messenger Mohammed sigh sell them 1000s of kilometers away from Arabia? How is it that the number one most populous country of Muslims is a non Arabic Indonesian country? How is that because Islam was not intended to be segmented for one group or one people. So what you have is Islam thrives under all isms, communism, capitalism,

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anything, it's there, millions of Muslims in China, millions of Muslims in Russia. That's a part of who we are. And our representation was never, as I said, it's mine. It's my way or the highway. That's not how the Sahaba live. We'll get through that as we proceed. It's not the way even of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, right? Our way is that way of securing ourselves, which secures all others. And if you look at this, again, that brick is what secures these bricks. If it's not for this one that falls away, because that's attached to it.

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People must attach to us they attach to us, even if they're not from us, they find with us comfort they find with us protection they find with us the ethics that they see within themselves, right? So it's something that has to be built on. It's not just simply tolerate, but it's that mixing that the prophets I seldom speaks of. So hopefully that's sufficient Sharma

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anything else sisters brothers.

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Now I know you got hiking tomorrow, I'm going to try to bring the kids

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will slow you down. But you guys go on ahead.

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I'll hand you over to Brother Hi.