Palestine Historical Significance | Q&A Session

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Okay, our first question as a Jew, what can I do to bridge the divide between our communities? First and foremost, thank you very much for showing up to a round of applause for the non Muslims that this person or audience

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the very fact that you are here is building bridges. And firstly, I want to speak to the Muslims directly.

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All too often in our frustration at what's happening in Israel. We do say and do things that are under Slavic.

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And our anger towards Israel

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very frequently becomes anti semitic, it does we have to be clear in this regard. We should not be saying the Jews do this, the Jews do that. If you have a criticism be specific Israeli policy, such as such, of course, theologically. We have our disagreements with Jewish theology, Christian theology, we can discuss that interfaith but historically we have never had animosity. With Judaism as a religion. Factor the matter I gave a lecture two weeks ago, it's online, the history of Jews and Islam. Every single time Christianity persecuted Jews, the Muslim ummah, the Khilafah, welcome them.

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And that is why before the creation of Israel, some of the largest population of Jews were in Muslim lands, all Muslims learn your own history. Morocco had a massive Jewish population. Yemen had a massive Jewish population, but the dad had some of the largest synagogues. Cairo had some of the largest Jewish populations. Why? Because Christianity persecuted Jews as a race we never did. And in the 12th century, the King of England actually banned Jewish people from living in England for 350 years, they were banned. Only in the 17th century were they allowed back in? When Shakespeare wrote his plays, read The Merchant of Venice. Look at how he describes the Jewish merchant. Can you

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believe he never met a Jew? And yet the stereotype that he had, this is in Shakespeare, you want to talk about anti semitism bring in Europe don't bring in Muslims. But sadly,

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because of current events, sometimes we do say things about Jewish people that are just wrong. And we blame Israel on Judaism when we should blame Israel on Zionism. Our problem is with Zionism. And we say, bluntly, Zionism is racism. Zionism is apartheid. How could it not be? As for Jewish people, of course, as Muslims, we understand that they have beliefs different than ours. And we'd say to them that, study your faith and study our faith, you're going to find similarities, we hope and shallow to embrace our faith. If you don't embrace our faith, like Cambodia, Cambodia, then we're not going to be animosity because of your faith. That's the decision you make in this world. But

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when you choose the path of apartheid and Zionism, that's a whole different aspect altogether. So your question, how can I help? We need allies within the Jewish people more than any other peoples, because the accusation of anti semitism is rampant. And we as Muslims need to up our game, be careful, but then also, those people who have a Jewish background who recognize that there are many, there are movements in the ultra orthodox community. They're called Torah, Torah, only due to Torah, Judaism. I forgot them. I forgot that I think Torah Judaism, yeah, there's movements in the ultra orthodox community that are very anti Zionist. At the rally on Saturday, 1000s of them showed up

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dressed completely like the ultra orthodox, and some of them I met their rabbis I met them. And they said to me, they said to us, that Zionism is a cancer for our community. Zionism has done more damage to the image of Judaism than any other issue in recent memory. So many Jewish people are anti Zionist. How can anti Zionism be anti semitic when you have Jewish people that are anti Zionism we need and welcome your support. One of the best things that you can do is to educate and then to publicly support. There are a number of people that we've invited to on my mosque as well our mosque as well. of them. Miko Pillet M i k. O p LED Google his name write it down. Miko Pillet his he grew

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up his grandfather was one of the founding fathers of Israel signatories on there. His father was a military gentleman the idea of his father invaded in 1967 and walked in Arcsoft with cat with military his father, and Miko pillared grew

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up in a very ardent Zionist family.

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And listen to him. He says, his whole life he was taught a myth and a lie. He was taught that the version of history that he believes is completely disconnected from reality, what they're taught. And this is the average Jewish family. What they're taught is that Palestine was an empty land. And Jews came and built a massive civilization, and the Arabs hate them because they're Jews. I know. It's so utterly simplistic and ludicrous, but that's the image that is taught to them, that the reason why the Arabs hate us is because they're Arabs. They remove politics, they remove history, and the expulsions are not mentioned, the massacres are not mentioned Zionism, as a philosophy is

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not mentioned. And the sad reality as Miko. Pillet himself says, you can grow up in Israel, and you see the apartheid but you don't see it. Because just like imagine you're a white person in America in the 1800s. You can ignore slavery and live a nice life. It's awkward looking at slavery, right? It's better for you easier for you just ignore slavery, and you can live a nice life. That's what happens when you are an Israeli Jewish person in Israel, that it's awkward to look at how Arabs are treated, it's awkward to imagine the 70 Plus laws that are discriminatory, Israel, even the Arabs that have Israeli citizenship are not treated the same. Go speak to them, I spoken to them. There is

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social and legal pressure at every single level, ownership, education, jobs, they face discrimination, even as Israeli citizens because there are Arab Muslims that are Israeli citizens, but where they can live, the jobs they can get. And even right now speak to the Philistines Whose relatives are there if not the West Bank in I have my some of my friends, their cousins and distant relatives are living in Jerusalem, legally under Israel. And they're not allowed to their their monitor their WhatsApp is monitored. They cannot criticize. If they have a Pro has a flag or something. They're gonna get arrested. There is no freedom. If you're an Israeli an Arab if an

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Israeli Muslim, you don't have those freedoms. Israel is not a democracy. Only for Jews just partially Yes, not for the other people. No, it's apartheid. It's classism. It's blatant racism. This is if you have citizenship if you don't, it is blatant apartheid. Worse. In fact, Nelson Mandela visited because Nelson Mandela visited. And Nelson Mandela said that what is happening in Palestine is a form of apartheid. Nelson Mandela's grandson, Google, his name forgot his name Nelson Mandela's grandson, who grew up under apartheid. When he visited, he actually said, what is happening to the Palestinians is worse than what happened to us Africans in South Africa under

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apartheid. He literally said, It is worse than apartheid. Why? Because South Africa, they didn't want to kill us. Whereas Palestine, the Israelis really do want to eliminate or get rid of your Achilles in South Africa, they wanted the African to remain and be second class citizens. They didn't want to get rid of it. They want to be servants. They wanted to ask for Israel. It doesn't want people in Gaza to be in Gaza. It wants to get rid of them ethnically cleanse, if possible. So my advice and my encouragement to you who is visiting from outside is that become an ally from within, become an ally within your own community, speak out and demonstrate to the world that we are

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Muslims, who are simply preaching and speaking the truth. And join us in this cause of speaking and tricks and preaching for the truth and educate, become an activist start. If you're on campus, if wherever you are, just start talking to people of your own background, people that are neutral, convinced them and one of the things I strongly encourage you to do, if you haven't already done

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is to visit

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yourself go because and this is why I myself would take large groups of people. Last year we took 150 people from America 150 people, because nothing substitutes looking at it with your own eyes.

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Every single person we took is just the blatant two states that exist the state within the state. We don't even visit Gaza. We're talking about Jerusalem. We're talking about the airport. We're talking about racial profiling. You're walking in the streets. This happened last literally. This trip. Seven months ago, I had 150 people. We had a Caucasian convert to Islam wearing the hijab. And she was walking with our group and she's Caucasian. She was literally singled out and brought forth for no reason other than the fact that you know she's a person of a different complexion. And she's like, why are you with these people? These people, okay, taken to jail.

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strip searched

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and interrogated. And she said, I'm just coming as Melissa, what why did you become a Muslim? The guard is asking her, why did you become a Muslim? None of your business, but they have the right to get away with it. Okay, another case again, because I took girls and course every year, we had another convert

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four years ago, you know, Caucasian convert, and the Israeli guard asked him, Why did you embrace Islam? He goes because I found spirituality. And you know what these really guards said, Why didn't you choose Buddhism over Islam?

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Like you shouldn't know anything but Islam. This is the Israeli security guard, the blatant Islamophobia, you have to see it to believe it. You know, the sister was so distraught, she was crying six hours, we didn't know where she was. And she was literally stripped by other females female guard strip searched the indignity. Why, because she's a hijabi. But she doesn't look Arab and whatnot, well, you must some, you must be a terrorist or whatnot. So the when you see it yourself, and you experience the discrimination, and you see the two laws and how people are treated,

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you come back a different person. So if you're a person of a Jewish background, guess what, you get a free trip, I don't get a free trip, you get a free trip, you know, this is a Birth Rite of Passage, you can apply as an American who has a Jewish heritage, you will get a free plane ticket, you will get two weeks paid vacation, you will get an entourage and a tour, right? And go on it, I'm telling you to go on it. Because when you come back, you will be a different person, because you would have seen with your own eyes, the reality of how your people are treated versus or other people are treated, the two are not the same. So what you can do is exactly what you're doing now,

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this is your beginning process. May God bless you May god increase your sincerity, may God help you in accomplishing this and continue to be a part of our communities and others and just just talk just be just be proactive, and you will find a way to be even more effective in this regard. Next question we have here so I'm trying to be fair, let's see. Let's do that. So you can upvote the questions. Right. Okay, how do I see which ones are the most voted is how do I popular? Oh, it's already organized. Okay. So as Muslims, how do we respond to their process? We have a two state solution

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to any Muslim who brings this up. Listen, there is no easy answer to stutter one state the problem is

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history has complicated a solution, there is no easy solution to state solution is problematic. Why?

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Because, firstly, according to which borders

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according to 1947, which the UN decided Israel is not going to accept that, according to 1948, according 2067, according to which two states what you are literally giving Palestinians crumbs, and you get the whole pie. And even those crumbs, the little pieces of land you give them no independence, no border control, no air force, no government, the Israelis are going to control everything. They're not even actually willing to give them an independent state. Will the state have armies? No. Will the state have defense? No. Will the state be able to No, no, no. Well, then how is it a state.

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Along with that, as I said, the land that they're being given is land that itself is of the worst arable soil, it is much of the ocean coasts, which are where the fisheries and whatnot occur have been taken by Israel. So they're not being given to equal states to states. According to 1947. Two states even after 1967, they're not giving that number to what is the one state solution problem. The one state solution problem has multiple issues of them.

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Israel, Israelis do not want one state, because the number of Palestinians is roughly equal to the number of Jewish Israelis. So to stay a one state solution. In a secular democracy, you are basically ending the Jewishness of that state. And the Jewishness of that state is central to Israeli identity. It is not a democracy. They claim it's a democracy. It's not a factor that either if they actually said one state solution, and everybody has equal rights, perhaps Perhaps we can begin a dialogue about okay, if everybody has the same citizenship, maybe let's see what we can do. By the way, I'm just saying perhaps a lot of people have the Muslim mentality America would say no,

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why is that? Because they're gonna say, these are. These are people who have usurped the land and the responses

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Islamically you're right, legally, how many generations does dissenter the father continue on to this

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on what if a native Indian were to come right now and say this Masjid used to be a native Indian property? Technically they might be right. So Islamically of course the land is walk for Allah azza wa jal in the UN we can bring in Islam, they can bring in Judaism, correct. And the UN we cannot bring it Islam they cannot bring. So even if we were to say one state, the issue comes.

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Number one, the rate of return.

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There are 9 million Palestinians in this audience. I forgot to mention second up, but very quickly, second Nakba, how many second open it 6790 67 fewer hands raised 1234 fewer hands raise. So we have 9 million Jewish people in Palestine people around the world from the first and second Nakba. They want the right of return.

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If you allow them to return, you're gonna have 70% Palestinians 30% Jewish people, right, the whole country is gone. There is no way Israel is going to allow this. So Israel has dug itself into a hole from which it cannot get out of neither one state nor two state is going to be effective. So Israel has a problem that has no solution. It has no solution. Because no matter how evil Zionists are, they do understand if they were to just Exterminate 2 million people, then that's going to be a crime that will never be forgotten in all of history. That what they're trying to do you know, the tactic of Israel is very simple. They're trying to create circumstances in which Palestinians will

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voluntarily flee, like they did in 1948. And then they can say, Oh, well, we didn't, we didn't force you guys out, you chose to move to seiner. So that's why they want to move them to Sinai. That's why they want to move them to Jordan. They forcibly making life very difficult doing everything from their perspective, one level less than a genocide. We call it a genocide. They're saying, Oh, it's not a genocide. This is defense. Everybody knows what they're trying to do. What they're trying to do is make life a living hell for the people that was such that if Egypt were to say, Okay, we'll give you Sinai, if Jordan were to say, Okay, we give you this area, if the Arab countries where they

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say we allow, and that's why Jordan and Egypt are freaking out, because they don't need more people right now. Let's be honest here. It's nothing to do with Islam or not. This is their mentality. And again, it's the reality of the world. They're like, we can't we already have economic problems. We're already having housing problems. We're already having food problems, we cannot take another 3 million people. And that's why Egypt is so adamant. We are not going to allow any refugees. I'm not. I'm not defending I'm just explaining from their paradigm. The same goes for Jordan with utmost love and respect. I know I'm gonna get in trouble for this. But more than half of Jordanians are often

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the Philistine. Yeah. And I'm going to troll them. Sorry, but it is what it is. You all know this, right? They don't want any more when they say we've done our share Hollis into a number. Also Jordan realizes and others realize why should other lands accept Palestinians, it's their land. Why should we accept them because they need to stay where they are. It's not fair for another country to accept Palestinians. Palestine should accept Palestinians. But of course, Israelis don't want that. So what Israel wants to do, the ideal goal for them is to pressure the people of Gaza, the people of the West Bank to voluntarily leave, leave. And when that happens, they can say, no genocide, no forced

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expulsions, they chose to leave. But you understand it is forced expulsions? That's what they're trying to do. So

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I don't have an answer, because there is no answer. What is the way forward? What is the solution right now?

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Israelis will say, suppose we find a good Jewish person there are there. There are many Jews in Israel, many Israelis

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who are against the apartheid protests against the Tanya, who some of the families of the people who were taken hostage in Gaza, some of the family members have actually come out and supportive as they can you believe that? And they're like, Look, I know what they did was wrong. But what we're doing to them is wrong to they literally said this. So Israel does not have a realistic solution. And the world does not have a realistic solution. Because what do we do? The Israeli is going to say, my great grandfather came from Lithuania. I understand he came illegally, but now he came. I've been here three generations. What can I do?

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And he has a point from the law. He has the point for Lodi. It's not my fault they came in now what do you need to do? And he's gonna say okay, even if I left the person if I can just take him back to my house if his grandfather lived there. If my grandfather kicked his grandfather out, he's gonna say that happened back then why should I have to pay I've inherited this house I purchased this house. And that's the way of the world and technically technically they have a point here. So what is the solution then? I don't know. There is no solution. Blame the United Kingdom. Bless

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Israel blames Zionism. And what do we do now? And that's why it's such a problematic, problematic reality. There is no realistic political solution. The two state solution is unfair, and it's dead. And neither side really wants it. The Israelis don't want it because they want the full state to be theirs. And Palestinians don't want it because it's not freedom. It's not it's giving them crumbs. They don't have anything. And it's only for a few people. How about the millions out there, the one state solution might be more reasonable, but many Palestinians are against it for the simple reason that you're agreeing to what happened in the past. And you're going to, you're going to acquiesce to

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the acquisition of land. And you will say that what happened is legitimate. And they have a point to and many Palestinians in this audience are going to say, How about me? Where's my agency and my nationality? I was kicked out of my land my grandfather who never had nationality, because of this, I wanted back, and it was a no, no plan is going to allow the right of return. This is not going to happen. You know, realistically, so sorry, to be so blunt. But there is no pragmatic solution that I can think of, which is why it does become a little bit depressing in this regard. Well, the one

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question here two are the same here is that?

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How can we teach college aged kids to address activism when facing restrictions from admin? And the same similar question how can a young person make long term goals?

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Who do I connect with what I need to study? So with regards to activism,

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with regards to pushing the boundary, you need to speak to people who understand the repercussions and who know what the law is, and who can tell you what you can and cannot do. I personally, this is my my two cents.

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don't advise a young person to do something that will cause them to go to jail is just not wise right now. Try your best to push the boundary without getting into actual trouble.

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That's my personal advice. Because you're not much good to us and Jill.

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But just because your student University, your your your just because your university has made it difficult. It hasn't made it illegal. Figure out ways to push the boundary, get mass support, get petitions, get donors involved, work within the system to try to change the system as much as you can. Specifically what you can do invite people to address the broader student audience. Miko peel, it is a good example. And by the way, just to give you an idea of how dangerous America now is, in one particular instance, a professor of a Palestinian background invited me co pilot

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and he was fired from his position and job because he invited me co pilot. This is in America.

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This is in America, Miko Pilla tweet a look up his Twitter, the name is there. He literally lost his job. on a technicality. They didn't say because you invited my co pilot, but literally the next week, he was let go. Everybody knows why. Look at this scandal that's happening at Harvard.

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I'm allowed to say that because I want to

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look at the scandal is happening over there. If you don't have a job, don't worry about it.

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Look at the scandal

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Wallahi shameful. The President is fired. Because she didn't even though she bowed out even though she did bow down but not enough. She showed servile attitudes but not enough. She was literally let go. And another person brought because of the power of the lobby. Look at this is the reality of the world we live in.

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So I'm not asking you to do something unwise, but the tide is changing. And every one of you has a role to play. There are two battles going on. There's the Battle of the physical the Battle of blood, the Battle of actual interfaces. We're not over there. There is another battle that's not physical, no blood involved. No guns involved. No weapons involved is the battle of words. The Battle of mind the Battle of perception, the Battle of the media, the Battle of image this is the battle every one of us is involved in every one of us is involved in. We now know for a fact. Twitter known as no X and Instagram and Facebook are suppressing pro Palestinian accounts.

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Unbelievable the blatancy Elon Musk has taken out

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accounts that are pro Palestinian, even though he allows for right, he allows blatant racism, he allows blatant Islamophobia but when an account starts spreading Palestinian news images, those accounts

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I either get banned or they get shadow banned IE. And I know that because I know exactly what happens. I have I forgot how much because I'm not vulnerable on social media. I have 890 million people on Facebook, something on Twitter. When I post something generically some good you know, tweet about Islam be good whatnot, mashallah hundreds of 1000s when I post about Israel or Palestine, it doesn't get that reach. And in the beginning, I didn't understand what's going on. Why can't the same audience get note? Because Facebook, Twitter has algorithms. Even if you subscribe to my page, you're not going to see everything I post. And depending on the content, Facebook will

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decide to amplify or censor.

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So how do you beat the algorithm? sheer quantity, if every one of us retweets, if every one of us amplifies the algorithm cannot fight back, it's an algorithm. It's not a human being doing it. So every one of you has a role to play in spreading in educating that's what we can do just keep on pushing the boundaries as much as you can.

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Question here as Muslims do we support liberals

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or we support preservatives.

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It's not an either or. And this is

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a level of maturity for listen to my heart, but today

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it's not an either or.

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Every single scenario needs to be looked at and weighed pros and cons. Right now, the priority for us is the war taking place in the USA.

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I am a Muslim Alhamdulillah despite my enemies saying to me, I'm a Muslim. I say the Shahada.

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I affirm mainstream beliefs about sexuality. I affirm Allah azza wa jal created man and woman and the two should marry. I affirmed there is no marriage between the same genders and intercourse between the same genders is a sin and far harsher and haram.

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The question now is what do we do with our politicians who have made laws in contrary to this?

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What do we do?

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This is a difficult question.

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When 15 years ago, this question was being debated.

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If we could have had an input, maybe we should have had some type of input back then. Now this question has been resolved. The Supreme Court has weighed in, all politicians are saying the same mantra, no politician, no politician, even from the conservative side, is publicly saying that this should be made illegal. It's a done deal. You understand what I'm saying? Here. It's a lost battle.

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Muslim politicians have also then decided to not fight this battle. And they're saying the same thing.

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Should I criminalize a Muslim politician for saying something on Islamic when any other person in his place would have done this exact same thing?

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In the end of the day, this is a lost battle. Everybody's singing the same tune Muslim or non Muslim. So should I and here's, again, the awkward reality.

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AIPAC has publicly given $15 million

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to any opponent of the one Palestinian and Congress.

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You guys know this $15 million to the opponent of the one Palestinian American in Congress, this Palestinian American Muslim a lady she stood in Congress, tears down her face, screaming at American foreign policy saying you guys are bombing my own grandmother and Eliza.

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Nobody else can say that.

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The passion, the power and the connection. She has consistently stood on the side of Palestine by the way, please Don't misquote me and put me and Sam endorsing everything is our problem. Billahi as a community, we are still in kindergarten. I say something like this and one of you guys has suffered or is going to take it as your so called the endorses a coffered can Oh, the biller Calm down, chill, relax, relax, brothers and sisters. Don't be so eager to throw people out all the time and make duck feet and whatnot. I'm telling you facts. The facts are we only have one Palestinian Muslim in Congress. That's a fact. The facts are she has consistently been a vocal voice of support

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for Palestine. The facts are the Israeli lobby has given $15 million to her opponent and the facts are the Muslim community hates her.

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Why? Because I'm not going to defend her. She said things she shouldn't have said about LGBT. This is the awkward reality I talked about in the hotbar that awkward way

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allottee between purity and pragmatism,

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she cannot enter a single Masjid in North America. I'm not saying she should Don't misquote me, I'm just giving you the facts. No community would invite her. Why? Because of morality issues?

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What do we do? I don't know, I'm not a politician, but I do know, simplistic canceling and Kapha and pitta and kapha, you still haven't solved the problem. spout as much Kufa and beta you want, we still have Huzar being bombed.

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And the few people in Congress that are standing up, we need their support, they need our support. Do you agree with me in that much? Do you agree with me that much? So that what is the way forward? I don't know. Can we be mature enough as a community to understand that our congressmen and women are not for kaha, not Obama, not muftis, and that they're gonna have problematic views that I'm going to preach against from the member. And yet still, we can support them when it comes to voting because we're there helping the Muslim community, can we reach that level of maturity? You say, no.

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It's not going to happen.

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Because you're not going to have a Molana in Congress. That's why

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you're not going to have a Maulana and Congress.

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I'm not going to run God forbid I ever run to the villa. And if I were to run, I would lose in a landslide. Because I'm not politically correct. I'm gonna say, We are the biggest supporters of genocide in the world today, you think I'm going to be elected, I'm going to say our support of Israel is more than illegal, you think I'm gonna be elected. I'm gonna say I want, you know, Muslims to be whatever I'm gonna say, you think I'm gonna be elected, the people you want are not going to be elected. I wish there were they're not going to be. Beggars can't be choosers. And right now we can't choose. We have a few people in Congress that are of a Muslim background, every one of them

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has been pro Palestine. Alhamdulillah. We thank Allah for that. Can we support them? Because of Gaza? Even as we criticize them for other issues? Can we reach that level of maturity? You say, No, have you changed your mind? He's changed his mind. We've gotten 100.

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So when there's hope for you, there's Oh, for all of us, we have to reach a level of not so we can't be

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binary 01 Manichaean, we have to be multifaceted and nuanced.

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If you want to be in the political realm, you have to choose your battles. Let me ask you, dear brother, not just I'm not trying to put you on the spot.

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Do you think that

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we're going to find a politician that says, We should shut down all pagan temples should should be banned in America?

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No, but should it is a worse crime in the eyes of Allah than LGBT?

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Is that not the case?

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The same freedom that allows the Temple of Satan to open a temple down the street allows us to open this mosque.

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We have to support religious freedom.

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We have to the same freedom that allows the Church of Satan to open a Satanic Temple is the same freedom that allows us to open this mosque.

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What are you going to do? That's what you did you attend the hotbar. I said in the hotbar with utmost love and respect. We cannot outsource our photographers to scholars that don't live amongst us. We can't. They're never going to understand the realities that we face.

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It's a very different world. And there are many people that live here that have studied in, you don't like me, throw me out the window, not literally metaphysically go to other shields that have lived here. Go to other Obama that are born and raised here. Or have lived here at least 20 years and are involved in the broader community. Don't go to Obama that have 20 people in their Halaqaat. And that's it. No, go to an item that is an activist an item that is involved in the community. Any chef, I guarantee you you're not going to find a chef that is active for 20 years in America and really has a broad base and his preaching and teaching and believes that voting is out on. It's not

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going to happen. Yes, you will find chefs that have only 10 students in the basement of the Masjid. Yes, that will say that. But activist real shift doesn't happen. So find clergy and odema that can relate to the real world.

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With regards to such politicians, my philosophy is

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we have to understand, politicians are not our role models ethically and morally. That's not why they're in office. The prophets ism said the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets.

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If it is the scholarly class that we look up to, for morality, for ethics for Shetty out for

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politicians are not moral authorities. Does this mean that I am saying they can do whatever they want? No, please Don't misquote me. I'm simply saying politicians, they have a function. And their function is to make life livable in this world. So we choose politicians that make life most comfortable for us as an ummah. And we weigh the pros and cons, this issue of LGBT is just like the issue of sharing amongst politicians, no politician is banning *. Correct? You're not going to find what so now you find a Muslim politician, that Muslim politician is going to say, I support the freedom of all religions. You and I will not find that problematic. Correct. Yet, that is a bigger

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problem for kaha technically than the LGBT issue.

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Because we should not allow the freedom to worship shaitan shaytaan does not have the right to be worshipped. I was a biller. But in this country, you can do nothing. You understand what I'm saying here? So I hope that answers the question to show that anyway.

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Yeah, so how much time do you have left? Guys? What time do you go to sleep? Here's instance, cold weather. I mean, like, I don't know.

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It's very cold, I want to be in my cold blankets and whatnot.

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You explain why the US supports Israel now can explain why no arrow country supports Palestine in terms of money and weapons, La Ilaha, illa Allah.

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I, to be honest, I'm not a political analyst. But unfortunately, a number of Arab countries have agreed to normalize relations with Israel, for the sake of political gain and power.

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So, once again, America has promised a number of college countries, that if you normalize you open embassies, you have direct flights, you form political alliances, we will increase your military aid give you more grants gives you more economic power. And so they have agreed to this, they have sold the religious aspect of OXA. For the dunya, we aspect of stronger economy.

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This is the simple fact of the matter. And it is very painful, and it is true.

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I have no defense. And that's all that can be said. All that we can say is that until we find the rulers that will come and help us.

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We will have to do what we can ourselves.

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We cannot just blame the rulers and badmouth the rulers. I'm no defender of the rulers. But I know one thing on the Day of Judgment, Allah is not going to ask me what the king of another country did. Allah is not going to ask me what the Prime Minister of the country did. Allah is gonna ask me, what did you do? So I'm more worried about that answer. And I'm more worried about what I will say what did I do? So I have no defense of our rulers, and I am dismayed, disgusted, ashamed of some of them that have literally agreed to sell the Palestinian cause for a check. Literally, that is what is happening here. Disgusting. But I also know that my disgust is not going to get me into Jannah. My

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anger and frustration and curses is not going to earn Allah's pleasure. I still have to do what I can for myself. And so I am more involved in my world of activism of preaching and teaching. And I urge you to do the same as well.

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My neighbor is a Jew, should I move what

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I just mentioned anti semitism is somebody asked this question, this is an anti semitic question.

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If your neighbor is a Christian or a Jew, your job is to be a role model example so that he or she sees the beauty of Islam and you be even more kind. Even more neighborly. On the day of Eid. Make sure you give sweets, if you're out of give baklava if you're this eagle up German.

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Agreed. This is what you do.

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And if you are tested with a very bad neighbor,

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who's abusive and whatnot, spatula, you have the right of law if they're abusive, anybody Christian Jew, anybody if they're abusive racial slurs at you making life difficult, then you can get the law involved Don't be passive in this regard. But if it's just like you're saying their identity is different than what not what are you going to do and live and let live? Let them do Cambodia Dean what else you expect to do? So be careful in this regard? We're living in a society in which lots of people agree to disagree, agree to disagree in a similar manner and give Dawa through actions Shala let's go for another 10 minutes, guys. Is that good? 10 minutes, right because I know we want to get

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back I want to get back

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Tibet and get in that cold. And then somehow, I don't know how you guys live with this cold Wohlers panela. Anyway,

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let's see, I want to get the questions that have

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Is it advisable for Palestine to temporarily give up instead of losing their lives and perhaps regroup to take back home after we strengthen ourselves in the US?

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Every person is responsible for judging this himself or herself.

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Every person of fellows thenI background,

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that's their choice to make. It's not my choice to make.

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I will tell you, though, that in my own experiences, most of the Palestinians that I have met in Palestine

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Subhanallah, they refuse to leave,

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they refuse to sell. They refuse to give up.

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I know people, one of my friends in Jerusalem, owns a shop in Jerusalem, he has told me that he has been offered $10 million $10 million for a shop that is smaller than like, literally 20 feet by 20 feet, but it's in

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Jerusalem. He has been offered 10 million by American Zionists.

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And in fact, one of them said, here's a blank check, write any number, we'll get it for you.

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And he said, I would rather die a million deaths than take a penny for you guys.

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This is the spirit of the people a Philistine.

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So that's the decision they made. And may Allah bless them in that decision. But suppose somebody in Gaza says I cannot take it I have to leave. That's their choice. Who can? Who am I to say anything? Wallahi brothers and sisters? I don't know if I could have lived in those circumstances. I mean, let's be honest here. I don't know if I could live and bombs falling and whatnot. If I have the opportunity to leave, maybe I would have no I don't know. So let every person decide on their own. And Allah will be, you know, merciful to all who are sincere. That's not a decision we have to make. Thank Allah, we do not have to make it.

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Is it haram to look at the people who support Israel, then you better close your eyes while they live in America, man. You cannot open your eyes in America. Be realistic, guys, please.

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How can we avoid peer pressure from your non Muslim friends, especially when you're younger?

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This is the struggle of life or young men and women.

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Whether it's alcohol, whether it's drugs, whether it's porn, whether it's dating, whether it's Israel. This is how you become a man or woman. This is how you come of age. And sometimes you might slip May Allah forgive you at some times, you're going to be firm, you're going to be proud of that. And in those slips, and in those struggles, and in those overcoming you will form your personality, you are shaped by your middle school, high school experiences, or young men and women, you are shaped, you will become who you will become based upon these little things happening right now you might think the world but in reality, it's a very small part of your life, you know, right now, it's

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your life. But when you're 3040 50, you're gonna look back and laugh. Because it is very trivial. Once you get to that stage. I understand we were all young once upon a time, I understand when you're 1315 17 your clique, your group of friends, your high school.

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It's a very, very tough environment.

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But in answering those challenges, and in overcoming those mini battles, you will form your own personality, you're going to come out scarred and wounded, but better for it wiser for it braver for it. So don't give up, fight back as much as you can form your own personality. And I'll tell you one thing, if you're going to give up when you're 13, you're going to give up when you're 17. You're going to give up when you're 27. But if you're going to stand up when you're 13, you think you're gonna give up when you're 30. No, so be brave, be firm, and you want a role model, the Prophet Ibrahim alayhis salam, when his whole people surrounded when the kingdom rude said who did this when

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they were gonna throw him in the fire? He was 13 years old. Ibrahim was 13 years old. And Ibrahim said oh that idol did it. Go ask that idol. You want role models you will find them so I urge you to discover your inner strength from Allah subhanho wa Taala and fight these mini battles. Knowing that when you do so, you will become a leader when you're older. In sha Allah Allah

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final questions here. Let's go to 930 ish inshallah. Let's see.

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Okay, this is a very legit question, very legit question and it's

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is a very real question

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the balance between enjoying dunya versus helping fellow steam.

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Listen at some level all of us are living a comfortable life way above and beyond with the people of Philistine art.

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Every one of us has to make a decision we thank Allah we thank Allah that Allah subhana wa Tada has mandated zakat,

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because Allah has told us what is the bare minimum? We thank Allah can you imagine if that wasn't mandated. So we thank Allah that Allah has made our religion easy, wah Ma, da da la confit demon how to judge, you read the load with normal user. If we give the minimum. We're not necessarily good people, but we're not bad people. We thank Allah, if we give the minimum, at least we have saved ourselves from Allah's wrath. Now, after this, you can gain higher levels by more sacrifice.

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At the same time,

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you must take care of your family to a reasonable level, because the obligations of your family are a priority that is for the eye in on you. And your obligations, they are a priority, that is the key fire. And the fact that it takes precedence over the fourth key fire do not cause any long term damage to your immediate family.

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And that includes education, that includes investing in their own future at the cost of hotkey fire. At the same time, to be frivolous, to be extravagant, to spend spend 10s of 1000s at this timeframe, the fact of the matter is it doesn't bode well. It's not a good sign as well. The least you can do is cut back on your own personal extravagance. You don't have to go for the luxury vacation right now. And

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have a middle ground, give a little bit more for sadaqa. And save for another day in sha Allah, Allah one time is better. There is an element without a doubt there is an element, when there's tragedy going on. Your heart should reflect that tragedy. And it's a healthy sign. All of that having been said, technically speaking, if you do the minimum, you are not sinful in the eyes of Allah. So you all decide and have given detailed lectures about this. The beauty of our religion, it caters to humanity as a whole. It doesn't just cater to the ultra religious, it doesn't just cater to the highest level of Taqwa. It caters to everybody. And so those people who are struggling with

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iman, they're told the bare minimum and if they do that, okay, they've made it past punishment. And those people who want to get to the highest level, they're told how to get there. And in the middle are millions of levels and you can decide where you want to be when it colander Raja tune Mima Amira, everybody's gonna get the dollar job based upon their family. The same goes for extravagance and and living simply the same goes for you know, Dean versus dunya. The same goes for how much fun you should have versus how much Ibadah all of this you have the minimum that is required. You have the max that the process that I showed you and between the two you have a whole spectrum and area

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you will find your comfort zone and the goal is to keep on pushing yourself to go higher and higher and higher so that you meet your Lord and you're at your highest peak and with that inshallah Allah I think each other we've had a long and productive day. I ask Allah subhana wa Tada. Let's raise our hands into up I ask Allah subhana wa Tada to bless this gathering. I ask Allah subhana wa Tada to cleanse our hearts of any evil. I ask Allah subhana wa Tada to make a strong and righteous and pious. I ask Allah subhana wa Tala to bless us in our progeny after us, I pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala that the people of Azusa see their victory swiftly and immediately. Oh Allah send your help

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upon the people of Huzzah. O Allah send your aid upon the people of Huzzah. O Allah send your support upon the people have fell asleep. Oh Allah show us a day where is achieved where glory is achieved? Oh Allah make Masjid Al Aqsa, a safe place a safe haven for anybody to go worship there. Oh Allah. Oh Allah allow all of us who have not gone there to go and pray there and safety and peace so Allah, Allah Allah grant the people of Philistine who have passed away grant them the death of a shahada, Allah, Oh Allah, those that are hungry feed them Oh Allah, those that are thirsty Allah give them water Oh Allah, those who are secure them Oh Allah, Oh Allah give them aid give them

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comfort give them suburb give them Nasri Allah until we you until Aziz who until Jabbar your how you yaka Yo Ma Sammy I do. Yeah man Beardy Hema Lakota coalition. Well, who are you God? What are you? Who are they yada yada they will kromm Ya Robert Salawa sir, very horrible. I should have him send your age or not assault upon the people.

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Let's say Allah, show us your strength through them. Oh Allah show us your power through them. Oh Allah, Oh Allah grant victory to them, Oh Allah, they are oppressed to Allah and you answered the prayer of the oppressed. So answer the prayer and help them Allah help them against the tyrants help them against the body mean hold them against them, what do they mean? Hold them against the facility, until we will enter the zoo until kahawa. untouchable, Oh Allah, this gathering that has come here, Oh Allah, allow us to be activist for their cause of Allah. Allah was to be empowered, allow us to speak the truth allow us to act upon the truth of Allah. Allah Allah sent Emma and upon

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our hearts and courage upon our hearts. So Allah, Allah was to help them in whatever way possible that Allah, Allah allow us to live as Muslims and today as Mormons and to be resurrected with the prophets and the righteous and what a righteous companionship they are, who are through that word and hamdulillahi rabbil Alameen wa salam Allah who was sending him about a calendar humbly while he was my name, which is akmola Heron until my next trip in Cincinnati, which will not be in the winter in the summer in sha Allah Tala in sha Allah Docomo la cara Santa Monica rahmatullah wa barakato.

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me down