Muslims in Trump’s America – Analysis & Reaction

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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayidina Muhammad Ali he will be a gem wherein we began as we began all of our talks by praising Allah subhanho wa taala. For indeed it is Allah subhana wa Taala who gives kingdoms and power to whomever He pleases you to hit commit him and Yasha he gives wisdom to whomever He pleases to resume and to shop. He gives power to whomever he pleases. What to the lumen Tasha, and he takes power away and humiliates whomever he pleases. And Allah subhana wa Tada mentions in the Quran, the story of Nimrod and Ibrahim and Allah azza wa jal says that fit in that neighborhood got angry at Ibrahim, why? An Tao Hula, hula mulk,

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that Allah was the one who gave him ruled the kingdom and the power. So it is Allah who is magical Mulk it is Allah who is the King of kings, it is Allah who places whoever he wants to place, and whatever position he wants to place of the names of Allah is that market demand and the one who raises up and the one who places and the one who debases and the one who puts down. And so Allah azza wa jal is the one who is fully in charge. And there is a wisdom that indeed he and only he is aware. Today, as we know, we are all of us, reeling from the effects and the reality of what has just happened yesterday in our country, and SubhanAllah. So much can be said and I spent most of

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today, trying to really write down my feelings and thoughts. And the way that I'm going to approach the talk today is to offer seven points of reflection on the victory of Donald Trump seven points of reflection that I believe in shallow data are Islamically beneficial, then I will hand over to others who will talk to you about some of the civil rights issues, and some of the perhaps potential Islamophobic issues that we might be facing. So seven points in sha Allah Huhtala number one, one of the first things that actually, I felt as soon as I found out the news was humility, in the sense how wrong so many of us were Subhanallah no one was predicting what happened yesterday, every

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serious media pundit, every expert, were so confident that it's just a passing phase, and even myself and I am guilty of this 100% And I do not make any excuses. Will Allah he it was as if you're clean to me, that is just a phase that's not going to happen. The reality is Insha Allah, I need the lesser of the two evils will come to power, and yet how wrong all of us were. And this truly shows how little our knowledge is. How certain 24 hours ago 48 hours ago, a month ago, a year ago, how certain everybody was and as Allah subhana wa Tada says, We're fo Cooley, the Illman Haleem. Everybody who thinks he has knowledge there is Aleem who is above that person. So this should teach

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us humility. Don't be so sure. Can I speak to myself before anybody else? Don't be so sure so arrogant about any of these facts or whatnot? And by the way, just FYI.

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Yes, it is true. Not a single mainstream expert and pundit predicted this. But there's a small handful of people who did predict this. And perhaps the most prominent amongst them, is somebody by the name of Professor Alan Lichtman, Allan Lichtman, Professor Alan Lichtman has studied every single presidential election for the last 200 years or so. And he has predicted for the last 30 years of his own life, every single prediction accurately based on surveys and statistics that he does, believe it or not, and he's written a New York Times best selling book called the keys to the White House, believe it or not, and this is the famous guy that predicted the predicted Obama before

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anybody else did. He predicted so many things, and not because he has some element of hype. He's doing mathematical surveys and statistics, believe it or not, this guy predicted a few weeks ago, just two or three weeks ago, he said, after all the surveys he's done. He was the one of the few voices that saying Trump is going to win, he was sidelined, and SubhanAllah. Here we are another voice that predicted Donald Trump, by the way, is Michael Moore, the American movie maker who definitely has a pulse on America. Michael Moore had written an article months ago, and he said I hope you guys prove me wrong, but Donald Trump is going to be the next president. And he gave his

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reasons. Five points why. And he actually predicted the swing states. I think four of them have not sure exactly, but at least four of them he actually predicted the swing states that you guys were not concentrating on in rial

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The tea there are disenfranchised are going to go to Trump. So the first point humility, every one of us should take a little bit of lesson from this that don't be so arrogant about what we think we know. Because in the end, only Allah subhanaw taala knows the second of the seven points today. And each one has one word, shock, shock. It's okay to be dazed. It's okay to feel shock. Shock is a human emotion. And to an extent it is completely normal and not to compare stuff for the love. But yeah, and our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the in the most difficult time of his life, which is the incident of thought if right, we learned that he himself said that, you know, after

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that happened, I didn't, I didn't know where I was until I reached, you know, the worthy of such and such, it's where he sat down and had the grapes. So literally, it's as if he was in a type of shock. Now, not to compare the incident of thought to this reality. But the point is, I'm comparing the reality of shock, that shock is a human emotion, to feel numb. Many of us today, were honestly just going through the routines. I know, I was like, just I mean, you just don't feel normal. You're trying to cope with the reality Shala. That's completely that's completely normal. And we have every right to be shocked, because this is the first candidate in the entire history of this country, who

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is coming to office without ever having held any office. He is the first candidate in 280 something years of this country that is coming to sit in the White House without ever once having one day of experience and public service. There are some people that have done this, but their lives when the military Eisenhower and others that's that's a very excellent, you know, you know, a way to get in, that's very, you have your experience, what not, you've done service to your country. Trump is the first person ever, without a single qualification. He's going to walk over and take charge of the most powerful country in the world. Of course, we have every right to be shocked. How can we not be

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shocked when the type of rhetoric that we've been exposed to for the last year is simply unprecedented? I mean, I don't have to you know, list here for you the the more outrageous things that he said, not to mention I'm in the masjid and I'm not allowed to say and quote what he himself has said, because we're sitting in a sacred house of God. But just to think about what he said about the Tinos about Muslims about the disabled and mocking a disabled person. I mean, will light how can we not be in shock making fun of African Americans blacks, of course, his his backlash on the Muslims. Of course, the whole very awkward issue of preying on women, at least a dozen women have

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accused him of what they've accused him of Subhanallah I mean, what is to be said his narcissistic, you know, tendencies, his bombastic style, decades, even before this, his decades of, of living, you know, the, the the very, very flamboyant lifestyle that is not becoming of a leader. This is not becoming of a leader, and that's why he was put on on Celebrity TV. That's why he was put on daytime television because he is entertainment. That's exactly what he is. And for somebody like this to now become the president of our country, I mean, Subhan Allah, not to mention his dubious business practices, his numerous failures, his sham University, I mean, as an academic, I know this more

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about complete fraud. He opened up a university without any accreditation, right without any type of actual academic backing. And he it's just a money making scam. Of course, the university was then sued, whatnot, is just put onto the site, Trump University. This is the reality of this person. Now. We're going to make him our president, unprecedented in our history. I mean, he claims to be a Republican. You all must know last month 50 of the senior most Republicans publicly dissociated themselves from Donald Trump. None of the previous Presidents have endorsed him. Not a single Republican president has actually voted for Trump. Can you believe this? A Republican president

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himself is not voting for the previous ex presidents are not voting for Trump, the previous directors of the CIA, the FBI, numerous of ambassadors have publicly distanced themselves from this person, yet he's still one. So yes, point number two shock. Which leads me to point number three, hindsight, looking back, all of a sudden, everybody's an expert when you have to look back.

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Hindsight is 2020 SubhanAllah. Everybody looks back and says it was so obvious, right? The same pundits that are now on television saying yes, we should have seen the signs 24 hours ago, 48 hours ago, not a single one of them did. Okay, hindsight, hindsight is 2020. Now in our religion, we have to be careful about hindsight about looking back. If we look back with one knee, it's okay. And if we look back with an another near it's wrong, if we look back with the knee of benefiting of learning lessons, that's permissible. And if we look back with the knee of oh, I should have done this things would have been different if I only did that. That

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It is not worthwhile. It's no use crying over spilt milk. And our Prophet sallallahu sallam said, Let not one of you say if I only did this, then that would have happened. Because saying if I only opens the door for shaytaan. So when we look back, we're not looking back for the sake of oh, if I'd only done this because it's done, Hollis. Okay, he's in nothing we can do about that. But we look back in order that we benefit in order that we learn from the reality of what's going on. And yes, indeed, hindsight is 2020. It is pretty obvious when you look back about the mistakes that are taking place from the manipulation, the Democratic manipulation of Bernie Sanders, the Clinton

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sidelining Bernie Sanders, and there is an pretty much an undeniable reality that if Sanders had been running for office, then it's pretty much undeniable that he would have in fact been our president. Right? So the Democratic Party has to take the lion's share of the blame here. It is a major failing of the Democratic Party itself, for sidelining Bernie Sanders for ignoring and for manipulating these are now actually almost criminal offenses that Clinton has done. Another thing that again, hindsight is 2020. That clearly and Michael Moore predicted this and mentioned this that a lot of people simply ignored the disenfranchised blue collar workers across the country, they

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ignored the lower and middle class blue collar workers, who were simply angry at all of these economical policies that were detrimental to them. They're working longer and harder and getting less and less money. And this was no doubt the number one factor why large groups of people voted for Donald Trump, we need to be frank here. Not everybody who voted for Trump is a bigoted, racist, many are, but not everybody. And we as Muslims need to recognize that there are many people who voted for Trump, primarily because of economic reasons, they thought that he'd be better for the economy. So that's definitely Hindsight is 2020. Another reality of hindsight, and Michael Moore

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mentions this as well. He calls it the last stand of the angry white man, this is Michael Moore speaking, who himself is an angry white man. But on the other side of the political spectrum, Michael Moore himself, he mentioned this, he goes that the reality is that the angry white man, which is middle class, and even upper class America, Caucasian America is scared, the face of America is changing, and the melatonin content is increasing. Okay. And this is terrifying. White America, we saw this with the election of Obama. And that was like the last straw. This was now a reaction from that, that, that demographics of people, and this is a visceral reaction, they

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literally think they need to fight in order to survive. And so publicly and there are elements of racism here, publicly, they're in polite conversation, they might not be racist, but when they go behind the booth and close the curtain, they know exactly what they want. And all you need to do is to look at Brexit. This is a global phenomenon. Look at Europe and its relationship with the immigrants. This is a global phenomenon. It's not just in America, Europe, and the Western Empire is changing. And they are terrified at that change. They don't want it to change. And so these reactions are in hindsight, expected, we should have seen this coming, that there is this last

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stand, we need to fight to the end, no matter what the stakes, and if Trump is the only guy that's going to build that wall, if Trump is the only way you guys are going to ban the immigrants, then that's the way they're gonna go forward. Even if deep down inside, many of them recognize this to be racist, but survival of the fittest it is their country according to them, and they want to keep it the way that it was. And of course, another main factor, which is pretty obvious, this is not hindsight. Everybody knew this.

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The fact that no one no one was enthused for Hillary Clinton, this is a reality that one of the most corrupt greedy politicians sure eyes has been on the prize for the last four decades. She has been eyeing that seat, and she has done everything to manipulate herself to get to it. And people are disgusted for raw greed. They don't like this type of, of greed for power, everybody. So even many of her supporters were grudgingly supportive of her as it is well known. These two candidates were the most despised presidential candidates in American history, both sides of them. And so it was the lesser of two evils. And so the fact of the matter is that because it was Hillary, because she was

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not popular in many segments, even of the Democratic Party, a lot of people simply did not vote for her or vote a third party. Right. And third party, by the way, is an interesting point here.

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A lot of people are pointing out that if those third party voters had voted for Clinton, she would have won there is an element of truth to that, at the same time.

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I'm not I'm not blaming third party voters in the end of the day, that's the whole point of participating in a democracy, you vote for the candidate you like. But there is a claim of truth. Here. Also, of course, many people did not vote. So in the end of the day, the fact that Hillary was so despised was a major factor why? Why somebody like Trump is being elected. And of course, in hindsight, hindsight, is 2020. Of course, one of the main factors that is propelling Donald Trump into the White House, which is actually a disadvantage in many for many people's eyes, it becomes the number one advantage and that is he is an outsider, the fact that he's an outsider, is actually

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considered to be a plus by the people who voted him in why, and this is a very big testament to the reality of politics in this country. People are simply tired of politicians. They're disgusted at the hypocrisy at the double standards, they do not trust their elected officials. And so voting for Trump was, in fact, a vote of non confidence for mainstream politics. That's really what it was. It's not that they like Trump, many of them. It's simply that okay, at least he's a fresh outside voice. And what this indicates is the amount of cynicism and distrust that mainstream America has for its own political offices for its own politicians, for the White House for the Congress, and

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that is a scathing critique of this country, by its own people. The fact that an outsider with zero experience is actually preferred over every single experienced candidate is a scathing indictment of the political class for this country. And this country needs to think about that reality. Point number three was hindsight. Point number four. Now, one of the emotions that I definitely felt was to point out the hypocrisy, the hypocrisy. How dare any Western pundit, any politician, criticize us Muslims for disrespecting women? How dare anybody call us out for backwardness? And our values? Tell us that we're suffering from bigotry and hatred, not that there are no problems in the Muslim world.

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I mean, nobody's denying that Wallah. We have problems in the Muslim world. But who exactly are you middle class America? Who exactly are you to tell us about values of women and respecting women when you've just endorsed and elected the most misogynistic woman groping Miss America beauty pageants sponsoring thrice married to supermodels philandering excuse of a human being? I mean, please stop calling the kettle black. We have to be very clear about this. No, one of these pundits has the right to open their mouths and talk about our values anymore. They've just elected the most racist, xenophobic bigot that has run for public office for the last half a century, the most misogynistic

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person, and they have the right to pontificate and talk to us about our values, also the hypocrisy of democracy. And this is a very, very dangerous issue, because whenever a Muslim cleric talks about the hypocrisy of democracy, they read in Islamic fundamentalism and radicalism, I'm not speaking here as a cleric, then let me speak as from a politically from a philosophical perspective, let me quote you Chomsky. And as an American Muslim, I have to make this disclaimer because Allah knows the new world we're entering now. And Allah knows what speech will become criminal criminalized in this in this next few years. So the disclaimer is very clear. Even as I criticize democracy, and I'm

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going to criticize democracy. We understand we are American Muslims, we understand we have to abide by the Constitution. But the Constitution allows us the right to criticize aspects of the Constitution. And the Constitution allows us the right to point out the hypocrisy is of status quo. So from a political perspective, not from not from a theological one. The reality is that democracy is a seriously flawed political enterprise. And we all of us, Muslims and non Muslims need to stop treating democracy like a god, we need to stop using terms like democracy and freedom as if they are sacred religions. Democracy is very, very easily corruptible, it is susceptible to some of the worst

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flaws of humanity, as we have seen. One of the greatest critics of this is of course, Noam Chomsky, and he's pointed out he has some very famous phrases of them as the illusion of choice and of them is manufactured consent. He has a book

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called Manufacturing Consent, I encourage all of you to read this book is a very simple book, little booklet here. And it essentially and Norm Trump's, you should all know, he's not some lunatic crazed conspiracy theorist, he is one of the most erudite political commentators alive in the world today. And he's considered to be of the most intellectual philosophers alive. And he comments on on issues from obviously, linguistics to politics and whatnot. By the way, in this book, Manufacturing Consent, he actually demonstrates how the mass media works against the people's best interest, and essentially brainwashes the people indoctrinates them so that they think they have the illusion of

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choice, but in reality, they don't have an actual choice. The fact and this is Chomsky is not some conspiracy theorist, Chomsky is pointing out that mass media, which is controlled by mega billion dollar corporations is essentially manipulating the people's minds, subconsciously. And it's very clear, it's not as if there's some hidden wavelength, this is very clear, and he demonstrates this to into believing what they want them to believe. And we as American Muslims fully understand this reality. We were used as a political pawn in this vicious game, we were used as a sacrificial pawn. The whole reality of how American Muslims were presented was essentially, that Donald Trump would be

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the knight in shining armor that will rescue the American damsel in distress from the evils of the invading Muslims. We were made into a bogeyman we were made into a monster. And the fact of the matter, we all know this, there is no major threat from ISIS from al Qaeda. Since 911, ISIS and Al Qaeda have not launched any serious attack. These are just lone wolves, individuals that radicalized in their own basements, we have more of a threat from right wing Caucasian mass shooters than we do from any radical Islamic groups. And even those radical Islamic groups. They don't pose an existential threat to America, what is the max, they could do kill a few civilians, that's pretty

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bad. That doesn't compare anything to what so many other factors of failing economy, our national debt, right, our gun laws, we have 1,000,001 Problems internally. But to point out the bogeyman, look at those Muslims over there, we were used as a vicious pawn to sacrifice in this game of politics. And this is the reality of democracy. This is democracy. And democracy, therefore needs to be called out for what it is. It is a system. It's a tool, and it has some perks, but it definitely has some very, very clear negatives and disadvantages. And we need to point this out and stop pretending or stop claiming that democracy is infallible, that democracy is the best way forward. I

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mean, subhanAllah, we used to make fun of Arab regimes voting for dictators, you know, in their polls and whatnot. Now we in America have done the exact same. Okay, we used to make fun out of Middle Eastern countries, what not now, what's the difference here? Why can we make fun of China in North Korea? The reality is, we're electing the same types of people. So point number four was hypocrisy. To point out the hypocrisy of all of this liberalism and humanism is secularism. Spare us all of your husband read or experience all of your advice. You have demonstrated your own reality by electing this bigot, the xenophobe, this misogynistic, Islamophobic excuse of a human being, don't

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tell us your values. We have seen your values so that we have to be very clear about this. Point number five. Now, point number five. Fear

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no doubt. At some point. Some of us did have this feeling of fear. Understandably, we are scared. It appears as if bigotry has become mainstream. It appears that the official domestic policy is now Islamophobia. It appears that Islamophobia is now mainstream, and there's no doubt that people are understandably scared. I mean, Donald Trump has listed on his website, as his national advisor for Foreign Affairs will lead Ferris, and who will make you understand who is Walid virus Walid virus is a Maronite Lebanese Christian, who trained back in the 70s and 80s, with Christian militia, and those gangs that he trained with Allah knows his particular role, because who's going to tell us but

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those gangs were well known for massacring Muslims, the very gangs that he trained with you all know Lebanese civil war in the 70s. You all know this, what happened here? What is virus is a product of that civil war. And he was one of the the gangsters that's known while the gang was known again, I'm not saying he himself, Allah knows what his role was, but definitely we know for a fact that he was a part of those

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militias and gangs that goes around massacring Muslims killing people. Now he comes to America. He came to America something 20 something years ago, and post 911 He became an Islamophobe expert. You know, there's like five or six people post 911. They made a career out of Islamophobia. They made a career out of being internal experts. Okay.

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Brigitte Gabriel as well, right and Ann Coulter, all of these people will talk about others as well. One of the viruses one of them he's written many books in the New York Times bestseller he his his income is now from traveling across the country. Speaking at Tea Party rallies for massive amounts of honorariums of income. He's a multimillionaire, and his main message, of course, is all Muslims are terrorists. This is his now what do you forest is listed officially, as, as Trump's advisor on Foreign Affairs. That's terrifying. Okay. Ted Cruz. I don't need to tell you who Ted Cruz's Ted Cruz and we know his association with with with Trump, as well, we know that for a period of time Frank

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Gaffney was listed officially now these days. He's not on the website, but we know that he is very close to Trump.

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And Frank Gaffney, I mean, subhanAllah this guy is the most bizarre conspiracy theorist islamophobe out there. I mean, he's not even saying Frank Gaffney has a videos to Glog on and check on you have some time. His videos are very few people. 100,000 2000 people watch those videos. And he's claiming that President Obama not only is a secret Muslim, he's actually a card carrying member of a quandary. Muslimeen

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I mean, this is the person that Donald Trump is getting policy advice from that Obama is a whiny, Yanni. Honestly, you wonder, and it's terrifying. And of course, I can give me you know, is it was it the symbol of NASA something like this, I forgot which symbol like he read into it that oh, this is the sheer utilization of NASA they have this crescent or something on the Muslims are coming and taking over if he's, I mean, was just literally he's a crazy man. And now he is an adviser to Donald Trump. Okay, and the list goes on and on. I mean, Giuliani, I mean, you know, on and on and on. Honestly, we are definitely worried about the people that he is circling himself around, right. So

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yes, there is an element of fear. And no doubt if these people truly are put in charge of domestic or foreign policy. That's not a pleasant idea to entertain. Nonetheless, when it comes to fear, we have to become theological here. Because Allah subhanho wa taala, criticizes fear of any other entity other than Him. We have to turn to our Aqeedah our iman, our Quran, our Sharia, and ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala reminds us over and over again, that fearing anyone other than him, is not a sign of good faith. What action nurse will Allahu Akbar and Tasha, you're scared of the people send the Quran. You're scared of the people. But Allah has more right that you are fearful of him. Remember

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in order to

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win the battle of zap took place. Remember the difference between the Menaka Cohn and the Sahaba remember the difference between the hypocrites and the companions? When Allah subhanho wa Taala told us in the Quran, the difference between them that Allah says in the Quran that

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Alladhina Allah Holman NASA in NASA cada Gemma, Allah confer show whom when the people came to frighten you, and they said Don't you see everybody's come to attack now, as I remember, the Muslims were trapped in Medina 10,000 people outside the gates right the Battle of the Trench was dug the trench was dug right? Then when I feel own are scared, then when I feel caught are trembling, and they go to the Sahaba and they say that what are we going to do? Aren't you scared? What's that? Can't you see what's happening in the NAZA? By the Jama Allah come * showhome be terrified of them. What did Allah say of the sahaba? What happened for Azada, home Eman? Their Iman went up what

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Callooh has spoon Allah who were near Milwaukee. This is a phrase that we will be repeating many times in the next four years

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has sworn Allah who won era Milwaukee. This is a phrase that we will have to repeat, and it will bring us comfort and solace. It is the phrase that Ibrahim alayhis salam said when he was thrown into that fire that number was built when he brought him was thrown in. All he said has when Allah who were near Milwaukee, and from that phrase what happened called nya

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No corny bargain was haram and Allah Ebrahim. It was the phrase that our Prophet sallallahu sallam said, when the ZAP surrounded Medina, and they did not have an army, the Muslims did not have an army. They had nothing to fight 10,000 People with. So what did the process that I'm saying, Allah is sufficient for us has been Allah, I don't need an army to fight the ASVAB has warned Allah, Allah is sufficient. We're near Malwa keel and what a great protector and a great source to turn to is Allah one airman Joaquin. So fear, I understand we feel it. But it is a battle of our own Eman to overcome it. We need to wipe fear out of our hearts and fear the one who is worthy of being feared.

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And fear and Tawakkol are linked together. Because you can't have one if you have the other. Right. If you have to work, fear will go away. If you don't have to work will fear will come fear and Tawakkol are linked in that not LinkedIn directly but indirectly, and that if you have one, you can't have the other. So when you have your clean in Allah Tawakkol in Allah fear will go away. So when it comes to fear point number five, I understand there is an element of fear at the same time, we need to overcome it and turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala and battle that fear within us. And this leads me to my 6.6 point as I said there are seven points.

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Six point Action.

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Action. Now more than ever, we understand the importance of community activism. Subhanallah if 911 woke us up, if 911 caused us to smell the coffee, right? This is breakfast.

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This is forcing us to get out of bed now. Okay, we have smelled the coffee. Okay? Those of you who are older than 3035 You know the reality pre 911 of the American Muslim Ummah, very apolitical, very quietest. And we knew and realize, now, that was a mistake. We cannot afford to be quietest. Wallahi we cannot. Each and every one of us And subhanAllah, there's no blame, I'm going into going back. But the reality is that, not just Muslims, if a number of other groups have worked together, this wouldn't have happened in hindsight, but we accept Allah other and there is wisdom in it. But we benefit from the past, as we said, we benefit from the past, Clinton did win the majority of the

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popular vote, we know this, she won the majority of the popular vote, I mean, for those of you who don't want to go into American electoral politics, but all of you should know the basics between electoral colleges and the popular vote, in terms of sheer majority, Clinton won. And it was quite literally, you know, a very close race. And I'm not blaming anybody. And I don't think frankly, in this election, I don't think even if the Muslims put all of their weight behind it, we needed to help other minorities. But if two or three minority groups did cooperate together, I think it's pretty clear in hindsight to say this, that this push could have happened, because in most of these

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swing states is just 1% 2%. And the third party vote and whatnot. I mean, you know, in any case, the point being SubhanAllah. I mean, it clearly shows community activism does have an impact. It shows that our presence here can, it's not going to be decisive. We're too small for that right now, less than 2% of America 1.5% of Iran, that's how much we are. But still, if we were to have mobilized our networks, or forget the past, in the future, if we work to bring about a new understanding of Islam, to the Muslim community, to humanize ourselves, to eliminate the sphere, a lot can be done. And this really shows us that we cannot be idle anymore. Subhan Allah, the way that I perceive this, that

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look, in the end of the day, Allah has placed a test on us and it is a major test. It's an obstacle course. These are obstacles that Allah has placed in front of us. And the goal is to try our best to overcome these obstacles, obstacles, and if we try our best and here's the beauty of our religion, Allah doesn't judge us if we actually crossed the obstacle or not. Allah judges us if we tried. Allah is not going to judge us if we actually won if we actually got over to the other side. That's the beauty of our religion. Every other entity Corporation boss, CEO, Professor teacher will judge you based on the actual result, not your effort. Nobody cares about your effort. You could have zero

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effort if you make 100. In my exam, you make 100. You could study for the whole semester, if you fail my exam, you fail. I don't judge your effort. But Allah azza wa jal is the only entity who judges effort and Allah

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doesn't care about your success or not? Did you succeed or not? That's not relevant even to the equation. Your gender is linked to your effort. And these are obstacles that Allah has placed in our lives. And the goal is Jana. The prize is Jana. It's very simple. So we as Muslims need to reorient what is going on here. Why is there so much fitna and facade? Why are these trials coming here? Because that's what life is. And subhanAllah every one of us sitting here at least, the problem is not every one of us is sitting here or involved. But every one of us sitting here can testify himself or herself, how the political climate has made us a better Muslim. Isn't that the truth?

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Every one of us can testify to that, that is sitting here. Unfortunately, for every one of us sitting here there are many who are still living heedless or oblivious life's the political climates, no matter how bad or evil it is, it's kind of made us reconnect with Allah. It's made us reconnect with our tradition, our heritage, our religion, with our values, that many of us are now understanding that I can't run away and hide. I need to be a Muslim and a visible Muslim. I cannot be silent in the face of bigotry, of oppression, of racism, of xenophobia, of Islamophobia, you see in that reaction is the wisdom of the obstacle. In that reaction, that is what Allah wants to see.

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And in sha, Allah Allah, that's what we're going to have to do for the next four years, as Allah says, and I have a host of pseudo pseudo shorthand. I don't have time to go into that now but listen to it online. That the whole point of Surah Shara when the Prophet system was feeling demoralized, remember, early Makkah, when he was feeling demoralized, like what am I going to do now? All of these Islamophobia comments all of this, you know, opposition. So Allah says, I'm not sure halacha Sadhak Waldo Ananda was recorded the uncle of Allah will find Allah reminds him of the blessings. Don't feel sad, look at all these good. Then Allah says for in nama. I personally use run in the

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mallards to use raw for every difficulty Allah sends down to ease. For every difficulty Allah says down to ease then what was he told for either for raga fansub when you finish doing one thing, stand up and do another.

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For either for all tough on sub. When you finish tactic a move on to tactic B when you're done with plan a move on to Plan B when you spoken to x move on and speak to why when you Subhanallah the world is vast, and every one of us for either ferrata we have a role to play. Every one of us we have something we can do when we finish doing it fun sub stand up and do something else. It's no time to be lazy. It's no time to sit on your behind and blame everybody else. It's a time of action, a time of activism, a time of rediscovering our faith and our role. And that is the whole purpose of these obstacles so that we can battle them through our actions. And the seventh and the final point

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therefore, is the most important one. And that is hope. Optimism. We always are commanded by Allah to look on the bright side. We are commanded by Allah to be optimistic. Being optimistic is a sign of Eman Hadith in Bukhari, alpha Lumina, Eman looking at the bright side seeing something positive to far all mineral Eman. So being optimistic is a part of faith. And the fact of the matter is, yes, we are in shock. But we have to believe that Allah knows what we do not know. We have to believe Allah Who Yeah, I don't want to lotta and the moon. We have to believe that Allah is Hakeem and Allah is hubiera and Allah is Latif. And that is our Eman and you know at the end of the day Subhan

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Allah Okay, the guy is definitely definitely has a long list of faults and whatnot. But Allah knows what the future holds correct as of yet is just talk Correct. I mean, right now, right before finishing this lecture, one literally less than an hour ago, the independent which is one of the most prestigious newspapers in England, reported that Donald Trump has removed any reference to the Muslim ban from his official website. Now. It's taken out. Allah knows, is he kind of realizing that I don't know what I got myself into now, you know, I'm saying because I thought so from looking at the conference yesterday. You could kind of tell that he had no, I think the most surprised person

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who won was Donald Trump himself. Right? It was like he couldn't believe he actually won like Subhanallah you know, and no matter my feelings for Hillary Clinton, but you have to admit that definitely sadness was etched over her face for 70 years. She's behind the price, right? And now she knows her loss. It's gone. That's it? Nothing and no doubt you would have spent a very, very traumatic night last night in any case, what typical a Yamo nuda we do have been a nurse, this is I have the Quran. These are the days we distributed amongst the people and the context is power. We distribute power amongst the people one week this will have power another year this will have

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Power what typical a Yamo nada. We do have been a nurse. This is the reality of the Quran Allah azza wa jal is telling us this is the reality and it gets back to my point that hope, we have to have hope. We have to believe that everything happens by the decree of Allah subhanho wa taala. Let us memorize this verse in Surah Toba one of my favorite eyes of the Quran Gulin you see banner in Khattab Allahu La Nina who am Alana one Allah He fell yet our killing with our colon you'll see burner in llama Khattab Allahu La Nina say nothing will come to us. Nothing will happen to us. except what Allah has decreed for us who are no learner. He is our protector. Memorize this verse.

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Nothing is gonna happen except what ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada has decreed for us and realize as well that Allah has told us that an evil typically brings about good why certain Takara who che and Wahoo or highroller come

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faster and Tucker O'Shea and warrior Jihad Allahu fi he hates Iran cathedra it's possible you don't like something, but Allah through it will bring about a great benefit. Twice in the Quran, similar verses twice in the Quran. Similar and then there's more as the motif. And of course, the greatest example for this is the incident of her labia and SubhanAllah. And again, please go back and listen to it. We will Allah has such a moving moving topic of the Syrah such a moving topic, the Sahaba were so demoralized on the day the treaty was signed. You all know what happened with Baba Radi Allahu Allah and that day, the Sahaba came back, dejected drudging there in the sand just so sad

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because they could not understand why how I mean we were just wanting to do ombre etcetera, etcetera. And Allah reveals the beginning of feta

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in for to Hana, look at him movie now. We have given you a victory. Look at the Eman of the Sahaba when the I came down Allah did not explain when how what Allah did not clarify how the victory would come. Hindsight is 2020 Looking back who they be it was the biggest victory given to the Muslims far bigger than even but then in terms of the spread of Islam in terms of the conquest that took place of the hearts not a physical the hearts as already said that quadruple the amount of people accepted Islam after her they be then had accepted Islam in the previous 20 years. Four times the amount accepted Islam but Allah revealed enough at the hands of a Tamil Bina the Sahaba have no clue how.

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What happens there Eman soars up. Allahu Akbar. It's a factor. It's a factor. Okay. Now we don't have the luxury of having a particular ayah reveal for us. That was for the Sahaba but what we do have is the generic text of the Quran and Sunnah. Yes, true. Allah did not reveal and is specifically for anything happening in our era or place. But Allah did tell us and our and our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us so many realities, that there is no such thing as evil for the Muslim that the Muslim is always a winner that no matter what happens, the Muslim comes out of Victor. This is the reality the Quran and Sunnah is very clear, and we can use this for each and

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every situation so their brothers and sisters, we are not allowed to lose hope. We're not allowed to despair, wala tahini, Walters, then who were untouchable alone. Don't despair. Don't grieve, you shall come out as victorious as Allah says in the Quran In Kuntum Mini. This is very clear what I tell you what our ties are. No, don't despair, don't grieve and you will come out victorious in the end and realize that having personal run in Allah having good thoughts in Allah subhanho wa Taala This is a necessary requirement of our faith. And upon the abitibi Allah says in the Hadith could see, I am as my servant thinks of me, if he thinks good thoughts, that's what's going to happen. And

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if he thinks bad, well then that's what's going to happen. Every one of us for the sake of the Ummah needs to have good thoughts. Every one of us needs to have positive attitudes. We need to put our trust in Allah subhana wa Tada that something is happening for the good for the good of us here and for the good of the whole Ummah and for the good of the whole world. We're gonna have to believe this and with that positive acid attitude, this is Quranic, it is Islamic, it is going to happen. Realize brothers and sisters have the most amazing stories in the Quran

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is found and most that's the most common story found and most as the most common story in the Quran. Notice what Allah says in the beginning sort of costs us in a frown Allah fell out of the woods. Shia surround was a tyrant in the land, and he divided up his own people. He split up his own people Yes 3045 At the min

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Boom he took one as slaves you the bigger of a home and he would kill their children. Why is there any sound leave their women in who can aminal move see Dean? What an evil tyrant he was. Okay, what's the next verse 182 nm. Munna Latinas today for but we wanted to bless the persecuted through the evil of frown. We want it to bring about a revolution and make the oppressed the ones who were ruling in the land to give them a land and that is the holy land that Allah azza wa jal gave the Bani Israel. So Allah is saying that frowns evil would be used against him. And the people of the children of Israel did not realize this. We wanted to bless the children of Israel even through the

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evil tyranny of frown. Now insha Allah this person is not as bad as around he can't be as bad as frown because Allah tells us fit down was the worst person ever in this history. The worst human ever was to down we will not damage the ugly two out of it. I want to shut that up the worst human beings was found. And yet Allah use the evil of fit our own to bless the believers in the Quran when we do a pneumonia Adela dinner, so therefore, so if round could be used to benefit the believers in the time of Musa then we have to have Yaqeen Ukraine that Allah azza wa jal is going to use people that might be moved in, might be fastened in might be stuck about when Addo fell out. Allah will use

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them to bring about a good that is a principle of our faith that we simply cannot deny brothers and sisters, we need to believe that whatever is happening is happening for our good whether we see it or not. We need to have your clean that hair and Baraka will come out of each and everything that is happening to us. If and only if we put our trust in Allah, we roll up our sleeves, we tighten our belts, and we work together for the betterment of this ummah and the betterment of this country. Insha Allah, Allah, Allah, this is the first day that we are still reeling from what is happening. I hope that in sha Allah, the days will prove what I'm saying quickly, rather than in a delayed

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fashion. And I am confident I have been because Allah told me to have it that we will look back on this day and on this time and on this season, and on this era, years and decades from now. And we will see the hair that came out of it. Just like we look back at incidents that took place 15 years ago and other catastrophes and we say You know what, yes, it was bad. But the good that came out of it, the good that was generated was necessary for us to be where we are today. And I pray that insha Allah Who to Allah, every one of us will see in our own lifespan swiftly rather than in a delayed fashion, the head and the baraka that has come out of what has happened Inshallah, with that