Wisdoms of the Quran #26 The Reward For Being On The Straight Path

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The speaker discusses the concept of persistence and how it is essential for individuals to stay firm and persist in their worship. They stress the importance of staying firm and persistent in acts of worship, as it is the goal of the time. The speaker also provides a reminder that individuals should be mindful of their actions and not just focus on one thing.

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Today was our

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final actual maxim or wisdom or gem. We

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have one conclusion left.

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And for the

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last Qur'anic wisdom,

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I chose Surah Hud, Fastaqim

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kamaumirtah.

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For the very last message, I want you

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to take a message

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that will persist with us after Ramadan,

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and that message is about persistence.

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Fastaqim

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kamaumirta.

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Stay firm

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and keep on going as you have been

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commanded to do. Fastakim,

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the Islamic concept of Istaqamah,

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which is encapsulated

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in Surat Al Fatiha every single day, at

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least 17 times when we say,

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That's the same concept of fastakim,

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istikama.

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Keep

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on persevering,

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keep on persisting,

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keep on walking down the path, don't give

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up. And this concept of persistency,

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this concept of istikama,

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it is a constant theme. I quoted you

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Surahood,

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but I could have quoted you any half

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a dozen of verses.

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For example, Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says,

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We are telling you, You Rasulullah,

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you and Nuh, and Ibrahim,

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and Musa, and Isa, the same commandment.

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That what?

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Have the same firmness in the deen. And

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Allah

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commands the prophet, sallallahu alaihi wasallam,

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that fadru, call to Allah

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The same phrase occurs,

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call to Allah and be firm in what

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you have been commanded to do. Do not

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waver left or right. And when Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala appointed Musa to go to Fir'aun,

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Musa prayed to Allah, Oh Allah, help me,

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give me my brother,

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give me my brother Harun, so that we

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can go together. Allah says,

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I have given you your dua. Then what?

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The both of you do not give up.

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Be firm, be consistent,

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persevere.

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Allah tells the prophets, istakim,

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istakimah.

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Allah tells Ibrahim Musa, isa Anur, and our

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prophet, sallallahu alaihi wasallam,

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do not waver back and forth. And that

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is why

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when Iblis was thrown out of Jannah, what

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did he threaten Allah? He threatened Allah that,

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oh Allah, because you have done this to

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me, he blamed Allah, oh Allah, because you

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have done this to me,

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I am gonna tempt them away from the

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Istikamah.

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The job of Iblis

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is to waver our persistence.

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The job of Iblis

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to destroy our Istikhama.

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We are told to remain firm. We are

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told to keep on going down the path.

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We are told to go to the Surat

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al Mustaqim,

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and Iblis knows that if we stay on

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that sirat, he shall fail. So what is

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his one threat to Allah? The one threat

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to Allah,

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Iblis said, I'm gonna attack them from every

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single angle to try to get them where?

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Away from the siraat. That's my goal. I

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want them to not have Istikamah.

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So what is Istikamah?

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What is this concept that Allah tells all

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of the prophets, that Allah told Ibrahim

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and Musa and Isa, that Allah tells Harun

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and Musa, Istikima.

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What is this istakama?

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Ibn Qayyim says istakama

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is the persistence of the heart in worshiping

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Allah. Because when the heart is persistent, the

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body will follow. That is

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is not a one off religiosity,

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and that's the danger of some of us

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during this month of Ramadan,

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because a one off religiosity

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is not istikamah.

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Istikamah

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quite literally

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translates as persevering,

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persistence.

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That's what istikamah is. So when Ramadan is

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coming to an end, we have to be

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especially

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careful that we don't just float up with

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the wave of iman and then come crashing

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down. That is not what Allah has commanded.

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Allah has commanded

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constantly, he has commanded

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The constant theme of the Quran.

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So as Ramadan is coming to an end,

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o Muslim, the religiosity

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we have been infused with, the spirituality

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that has made us, alhamdulillah,

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so strong during this month. We have to

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share, and we have to save, and we

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have to make sure that we hold on

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to the maximum

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percentage that we have. When Allah blesses us

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with a monetary investment, what do we do?

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With a monetary gift, what do we do?

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We take as much as we can, the

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wise one, and throws it in an investment.

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We put it into something that we can

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benefit from. This is the purpose of Ramadan.

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Ramadan is a bonus of iman. We have

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gotten a massive chunk of iman. Now that

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iman, the goal then, the wise person is

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that we save that iman.

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We apportion that iman, and we put it

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into our bank of istakamah,

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we put it into our heart of istakamah,

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so that it propels us until the next

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Ramadan, and then the same thing happens again

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and again and again. O Muslim, istaqim,

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persevere,

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persist. Remember what our Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam

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said.

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The most blessed of all deeds to Allah

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and the deeds that Allah loves the most

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are the ones that are persistent

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even if they are small. Persistence

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is what pays off. Persistence is what Allah

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loves. Persistence is how religiosity

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is dictated. So when Ramadan comes to an

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end, then make sure your life style and

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your schedule post Ramadan

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is better than it was pre Ramadan.

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Make sure you are now

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persevering and persisting

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in acts of worship, and in better akhlaq

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that you didn't have before Ramadan. When you

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do so, then you will live up to

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the concept of istikamah.

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And what will happen to the one who

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has istikamah?

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What will be the blessing of the one

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who has remained firm upon istikamah?

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Allah tells us in the Quran,

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Those who live their lives with this tikamah,

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they shall get the VIP treatment.

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The angels will come down in flocks upon

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flocks. The angels will come down. Our Prophet

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sallallahu alaihi wasallam said, These are the angels

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of death. They're coming down to welcome the

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soul of the righteous.

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So, Inna ladhinakalu

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rubunallahu

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thum mastakamoo

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Notice to the very end, they said Allah

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is our Lord, and then they were firm

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in that. When the angel of death comes,

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he shall have with him an entourage of

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VIP angels, and all of them are going

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to say, be calm, relax, we're here, we're

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gonna take care of you. We took care

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of you in this world, we'll take care

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of you in the akhira.

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O Muslim, as we come to an end,

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remember the Quranic maxim of istikamah.

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What is beneficial

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is not a one off religiosity.

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That's not what Allah is looking for. What

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is beneficial is persistence,

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is perseverance,

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is continuity.

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So now that Ramadan has come to an

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end, then continue in the worship of Allah

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and persevere and persist so that, insha Allahu

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ta'ala, when it is our time to go,

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we too will be welcomed by the very

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angels that Allah says, and we wish to

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hear as well, latakafu

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walataazanu

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because we had istikama.

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May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala make us of

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those who have istikama, and may Allah guide

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us to salatulmustakeem.

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that will be our conclusion.

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that will be our conclusion.