Taraweeh Khatira – A Message Of Gratitude

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The speakers discuss the importance of gratitude and being patient towards one's love for someone. They emphasize the need for gratitude and helping others in order to be grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wa Alexa. The speakers also emphasize the importance of acknowledging gratitude and helping others in order to be grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wa Alexa. The speakers stress the need for gratitude and helping others in order to be grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wa Alexa.

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You. How many of you brothers and sisters

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are here in this measure right now? How

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many of you are visiting us this weekend?

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How many of you visiting this weekend?

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Let's see how far you came from. Give

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me give me where you came from exactly.

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New Jersey.

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Get out of here, man. You're local now.

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You're no longer a Virginia. You just moved

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here.

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Lubbock. Lubbock, Texas. Then New Jersey, 100, 5,

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5. New York City. Which one's closer? New

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Jersey and New York?

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That's the same thing. Right? Okay. So New

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York. Anybody else?

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Egypt. Egypt. Egypt.

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All of us have welcome home. Anybody else?

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Yes. Where?

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From Toronto. Toronto. Toronto. Oh, Toronto is still

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here.

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It's one of the United States as well

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too. And

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yes.

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MashaAllah from Paris, France. MashaAllah. Abrahman actually came

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and his wife,

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last year, and their baby. And he's back

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here to spend the last 10 nights with

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us inshallah. That I hope your your wife

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has been recognized by the sisters from last

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year inshallah to take care of her.

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So,

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I wanna thank you very much all for

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being here with us, and I wanna also

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say thank you and for

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each and every one of you for making

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this happen.

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I mean, last night was a beautiful night.

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We were able to raise the

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amount that we're hoping to raise

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with grace, without stress, alhamdulillah,

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I mean, without yelling at anybody.

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Right? Especially,

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alhamdulillah.

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If you are not grateful to the people,

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you will never be grateful to Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala.

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With this, on behalf

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of myself, Sheikh Omar, our board of trustees,

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our board of directors, and all the volunteers

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of this community, and honestly, and all the

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families as well too. I wanna

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say

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and thank you very much for beautiful support

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for this community.

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May Allah reward

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you all with houses in Jannah.

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And the best place better than the Sirbalib

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Ajamal. Alright.

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One of the, the traits or one act

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of the traits of a true believer.

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And, one of the,

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I would say one of those signs of

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a sound heart is to be grateful

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and be grateful in general. Primarily to Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. So, I wanna share with

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you a few words in the meaning of

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being grateful insha'Allah ta'ala. Now, in the Arabic

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language. What is the word for, grateful? What

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do we say? What's going to gratitude? What's

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the word we use for that? For gratitude?

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Shukr.

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Shukr. When someone does something, what do you

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say to them?

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Shukr. Right? Shukr is basically the word of

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gratitude.

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Meaning you show me you're being grateful to

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this person. But where this is coming from

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anyway?

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So the word Shukr is actually means,

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means

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it means growth

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and means increase of something. So when you

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say to somebody Shukran,

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what do you mean exactly? You're actually adding

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to the favor that they have done to

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you or for you and the time that

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they have bestowed upon you, you're now increasing

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that and out doing them basically.

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So if someone for example

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helped you with something,

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they pushed something with you, they gave you

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something, they brought you a gift and you

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say.

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Now they have done something good to you,

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you by acknowledging it and saying

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you're increasing,

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increasing the value of what they done by

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making it public. At least to them.

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At least to them.

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So, when you say shukran to somebody,

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thank you to someone, you're just letting them

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know that you know what, I acknowledge that.

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I accept

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the blessing, I accept the favor that you're

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you're doing for me. I accept that, and

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you make it very well known to them

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that you appreciate that and you acknowledge that

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for them. That is the general meaning of

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gratitude and shukr in the Arabic language.

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Which is why, is one of those amazing

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and most beautiful qualities

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that that believers should have in this dunya

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jama.

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It's unfortunately,

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it's been denied these days because everybody wants

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to be independent.

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And when you wanna be independent, what does

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it mean exactly? You don't want to admit

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or acknowledge anyone's favor, you know, towards you.

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Because if you admit that, what does it

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mean?

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You feel enslaved to them.

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You feel enslaved to their favors. And that's

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actually the Arabic language, also in the Arabic

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culture. We feel enslaved to those who do

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us favors. And that's why you always want

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to outdo

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the favors other people when they try to

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make something for you. You always try to

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outdo them because you want to always be

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the one who's showing the gratitude to them.

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So that's now in general with human beings.

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Imagine the one who deserves all the shukr,

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all the gratitude. Who is that Ajamal?

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Who is he?

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. He deserves all the

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shukr,

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or all the gratitude from us. And the

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shukr in gratitude, it's the work that is

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It's so hard to accomplish unless you humble

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yourself. Which is why, the ulama, they speak

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about the meaning of shukr towards Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala in many many different ways. Imam

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Al Qayim

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had an entire book on these two qualities.

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A sabr and a shukr.

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Being grateful and being patient.

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2 qualities come hand in hand in order

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for you to survive in this word of

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jama'a and in the akhirah as well too.

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You're between being grateful to a blessing that

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you receive

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or being patient towards something that you have

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to deal with. So now, what does it

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mean to be grateful to Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala?

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Al Ulamada say definition of of Shukr, they

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say that, is the acknowledgement.

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The acknowledgement of the blessings

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by the heart, the tongue, and the actions.

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And making it public

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to the one that you are being grateful

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for.

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So when you say Alhamdulillah,

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when you say

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what does that mean exactly? I'm now pronouncing

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it.

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So that's 1 out of 3.

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But is it coming from the heart? Or

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just a lip service?

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You gonna have to ask yourself this question.

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Is it coming from the heart or is

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it just a lip service?

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Maybe it is coming from the heart. Now

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the question is, how you gonna translate that

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gratitude?

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Allah blessed you with wealth. How should it

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show on you? Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala blessed

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you with health. How you gonna translate that

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into your actions? Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala put

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you in a situation, circumstances

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way better than millions of people around the

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world.

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How are you now displaying this gratitude through

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your actions?

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So, if you wanna be grateful to Allah

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subhanahu wa ta'ala, you're gonna have to make

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sure that you do these three things.

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You bring it from the heart, being grateful,

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and number 2, you bring it on your

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tongue by acknowledging it, and also through your

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actions as well too.

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Which is why our ulema, they say there

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are specific conditions for gratitude to be accepted.

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Number 1,

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that you acknowledge

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this blessing and this nirma, and attribute it

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to the one who is bestowing it upon

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you.

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You know sometimes people will not, I don't

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know if you've seen that. That's basically seen

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that among kids.

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When kids, kids

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do something for another child. What do they

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do?

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They take it, you know, out of entitlement

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and they're not willing to say thank you.

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So this basically they snap it from their

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hands and they're not away with it. Why?

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Because they don't want to say thank you.

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Because they think that, you know what, no,

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if I say thank you, that means I'm

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acknowledging it, that you are better than me

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in that sense. This is a kid's attitude

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of Jema.

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Adults today behave with Allah Subhanahu in the

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same way.

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Allah given them all these blessings,

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and they're taking it, acknowledging it, who? To

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themselves.

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I'm smart,

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I was clever,

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I did it my work,

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it's my this, it's my that, and they

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never attribute that to the source of Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. So, the first thing that

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you acknowledge that nirmah,

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I know that and attribute that to the

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one who bestows it upon you Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala.

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The second thing.

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To love

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the person who is bestowing this upon you.

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Because if you acknowledge that nirma

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but you still don't love him,

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what's going to happen here? Are you going

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to say anything about it? Most likely not.

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You're gonna

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feel, you're gonna feel that that guilt and

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probably

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animosity towards that. Why? Because

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they have that blessing that they're bestowing upon

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you. So they're better than you and you

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don't like that feeling. Your ego is gonna

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kick in. And the shaytan is gonna stop

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blowing that ego that you would never admit

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that to be to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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So you need to love the one who's

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bestowing this upon you. Now whatever was between

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human beings, what does it mean to love

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someone who's giving doing doing you a favor?

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Someone just carrying a bag with you. You

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have to love them, go and hug them

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and give them a kiss on you? Not

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necessarily,

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but at least, at least appreciate it in

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a way that you have no hard feeling

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to that individual.

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The the third thing,

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that you praise right now the meaning

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that you are, you don't just acknowledging that,

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you're not just gonna doing it out of

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love, no you don't need to You're gonna

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have to proclaim that and pronounce

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it by saying thank you very much. And

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the words of Tana are many, When it

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comes to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, there are

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so many. And the best way to do

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upon Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is through what?

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His beautiful names and attributes.

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So if you wanna praise Allah, what are

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you gonna say?

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With this beautiful names of Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala and all the amazing thing that Allah

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bestows upon you. Also saying,

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Now that's why the first thing we do

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when we wake up, what do we do

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is we make a dua.

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You thank Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala that he,

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brought you back to life after you've been

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dead.

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And then, that's one of way of acknowledging

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala with words as well

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too. So, you always have to keep that,

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and remind yourself for that. And, the last

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one here is that,

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using these blessings and nam in a way

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that the one who's bestowing this upon you

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will be pleased with.

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What does that mean?

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Your, your teenage kids, when you give them

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their first car, What kind of car are

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you gonna give them? A fancy car or

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a car they're gonna destroy first?

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Well, that depends. Right? But, usually when you

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give them some when you give your child

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something

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and you see them the next day, they're

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just throwing it to the corner of the

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house,

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and they don't pay attention to it. How

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would you feel about this?

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You as a parent.

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I mean just like, what is this?

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Wow, you're so ungrateful. That's what we tell

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them, right?

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You're so ungrateful.

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Like I've brought this, I've brought that and

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they're not acknowledging it at all because they're

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just throwing it to the side.

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A lot of us unfortunately,

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dealing with Islam of Allah Subhanahu Wa'ala in

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the same way, in the same fashion. There's

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so many and

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we're not really paying attention to it.

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Because our mind is focused on something else

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following this, from this dunya. So, if you

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Allah, if Allah blessed you Alhamdulillah with physical

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strength. If Allah blessed you with with prosperity.

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Allah blessed you with status that you can

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reach out to somebody and change someone else's

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power situation.

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If Allah best you with a skill, whatever

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that is, then you're gonna have to use

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that skill,

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that status. Whatever that was Allah has bestowed

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upon you, in a way that is most

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pleasing to him first and foremost.

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Because Allah gifted that to you. I need

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to be grateful to Allah subhanahu by doing

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that.

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Now,

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how much

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gratitude should we show to Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala? And how often?

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Obviously,

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being grateful is what?

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Is a lifestyle.

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Which means, it's not just, it's it's not,

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circumstantial.

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Only if I see something good I'll be

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grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Like, what

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are you talking about? You're already having it

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good already.

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You'll be more, alhamdulillah, I mean look at

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you right now. You grow up in this

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life and Allah subhanahu made your life difficult

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or easy. We arrive at this moment in

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our lives. So, we've been hamdulillah, we blessed

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with food, we blessed with health, we blessed

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with this. Yes, we went through trials but

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look, we still, hamdulillah, survived through all these

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trials, made us stronger even.

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So, you need to be grateful,

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you know, and, and for everything that you've

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gone through.

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Not just to wait for something new to

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happen to be grateful for. So, being grateful

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is an act of Ibadah, that's required in

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every single breath.

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Not just every single minute of your life.

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says when he create

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man

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So, we have shown this man, this human

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being, mankind, the path.

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So they are between 2 things,

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There between being grateful

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Or, being extremely ungrateful.

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So what does that mean? Look, the Arabic

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expression is beautiful here. Allah says

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and he says kafoor.

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What's the difference between saying

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and kafoor.

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So the word kafoor

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kafoor that sound that the Arabic scale for

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Faul is actually means it's there's there's intensity

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and there's actually exaggeration.

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So mean being ungrateful,

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is probably the standard, unfortunately among human beings.

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But Allah acknowledged that some of us are

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shakir, grateful.

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But being shakir,

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not as much as being kafoor.

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Like even you pronounce it you say kafoor

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a lot.

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But when Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala spoke about

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human beings in regard to being great what

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did he say?

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Sounds like what?

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Kafour.

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Here, he says,

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means extremely

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grateful.

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But he brought it in a, in a,

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in a context of what?

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Few among my servants who are truly

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grateful.

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Like yes, there are a lot of them

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are grateful,

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but how many of us are truly

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grateful? He says, Khalil, few.

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Just

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few. Which means, unfortunately,

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it's the nature of man not to acknowledge

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anyone's help or assistance or favor upon ourselves.

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And that's why unfortunately a lot of people

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here in this world right now, when they

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see themselves being independent

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and smart enough, and they can figure out

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things on their own. What do they do?

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What's the first thing they do? They deny

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Allah subhanahu to existence.

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They don't need they don't need them anymore.

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Because they think they can do it on

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their own. That's one of the greatest sins

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that you can commit in this life.

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Because Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is sending all

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his blessing to you and you deny him

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his heart to be acknowledged subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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So remember,

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few among my servants who are truly grateful.

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I don't know how many of us over

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here can count among the truly grateful.

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Yes, you might find a lot of Shaikhireen,

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but how many of us are shakur?

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That's what matters here. So, I need you

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tonight inshallah before you go home. Think about

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it. How often do you go and do

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thanks to other people? Because it's so in

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the hadith that if you don't thank the

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people, you don't thank Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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Why you need to thank the people to

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be grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala? Because

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how does Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta distribute his

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blessings?

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And his risk provision that he's bestowing upon

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you. How does that work?

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Through other people.

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He's bestowing all these things to our other

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people around you. Your spouse, your child, your

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parents, your co worker, your friend, your neighbor.

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All these people, all of them. Allah subhanahu

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wa'ala using them as mediums

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to convey his

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upon

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you. So if you're not gonna acknowledge them,

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you're acknowledging Allah subhanahu wa'ala with his blessings

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already.

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Making sure, tonight inshallah before you go to

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sleep, think of few people that you need

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to thank.

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Think of few people. Who are these people

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that you know what, you don't pay attention

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to their contribution into your life. You don't

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pay attention much really. Could be somebody who's

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always in your face, you never thought to

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tell them, thank you very much for being

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here around me.

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Maybe you never actually thought about that. Just

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think about us you can become among those

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who are truly not just Shaikhin, but shakur.

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Finally,

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to show you how,

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important that is a jamaah. Abu Khattab radiAllahu

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ta'ala.

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One day was

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in Mecca.

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And he hears a man saying, Allah

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You Allah, make me among the few. You

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Allah, make me among the few.

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Make me among the few. So I'm gonna

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stop him. He goes

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You need to be explicit. You need to

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tell Allah what you want from him.

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So he

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says,

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I read the words of Allah

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Few among my servants who are truly grateful.

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So I'm asking a lot to make them

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among the few. That's what I'm asking.

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You Allah, make them among the few. There's

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been reference in this ayah over here. So,

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Umar Rulillahi looks at him and goes, SubhanAllah.

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Everybody understand better than Umar Rulillahi.

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So I want you to be like this.

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Just ask Allah subhanahu wa'ala tonight to make

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you among the few.

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We ask

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Allah to make us grateful.

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We ask Allah

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to make us among those who are truly

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grateful.

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We ask Allah to make us to give

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us the ability to acknowledge the blessing that

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he bestows upon us. We ask Allah subhanahu

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to make us among those who always present

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for this blessing. We ask

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Allah to increase our love in our heart

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for him, You Rasulullah.

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We ask Allah, Azzawajal, to give us the

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ability

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to use these blessings in a way that

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is most pleasing to him. And we ask

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Allah

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to increase our love for one another and

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make us grateful to other people

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We ask Allah to make to make being

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grateful one of our trades, you Allah, in

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this dunya. And we ask Allah to bring

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us among the

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provide for them.

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You Allah, the entire world give turn their

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backs against them. You Allah, we ask you

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to be there for them.

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Provide for them from the blessings that bestows

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upon the world

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We ask you to provide them for water

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and the

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food Give them

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We ask you to to increase your blessing

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upon them, you Allah.

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Deliver them from this misery, you Allah.

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Give the victory that you promised.

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You Allah, we ask to protect them. You

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Allah, in this very special night. And you

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Allah, we ask you to restore peace and

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tranquility into their hearts, into their lives, You

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Rabba Alameen. And the way we all got

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Ta'ala, to bring us all together.

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Ta'ala, to bring us all together.