Malcolm-X and The Three Qualities of a Full Life

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final messenger. The best of speech is a book of Allah. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. May Allah Subhana Allah make us amongst those who listen to the best of speech, the book of Allah and follow its commandments. And may Allah Subhana Allah make us amongst those who come to know the best of ways the way of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and make us amongst his followers Allah whom Amin Allahumma Amin Allahumma Amin, Baba Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam ala or Anwar al higher,

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and if any of these three combinations is missing, there may be live but it is not a full life. We enjoy life to its fullest. When there is mobility, ability to move. When there is sensation perception, call it feelings and when we have the ability to think

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That's why they say, if you can feel pain, it is indicative that you are alive. What if you feel the pain of others, then you are truly a human being?

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Perception, sensation, our ability to feel.

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Then the Quran speaks about a kind of life, but it's as good as being dead.

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Your aura Banerji Allah Allah a woman can ma then your inner world your Anna who Run DMC behave in nurse comm and meta Luffy Voluma delays Ebihara regimen Hmm. Because because we usually have caffeine in America and Milan. The Quran gives this parable

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about people who have a life but it is as good as being dead. Allah said, Is it conceivable that one who's being dead, and then we revive them we gave them life. And We granted them light through which they are able to meander the way amongst people are they like those who are still living in deep depths of darkness, unable to get out of it or unwilling to get out of it? And seemingly good has been made the behavior of those who deny the truth in their own mind. See, the Quran is telling us about a man or a woman that was dead. They were not biologically physically dead. Either they were spiritually dead, or they were intellectually dead.

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Then Allah subhanaw taala revived them give them life. Watch your Allah who know Ron yam, she behave in nurse and we grant them a light through which they were able to make their way through people.

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Every time I read this verse,

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one person comes to mind.

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May Allah bless his soul. Malcolm X.

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Malcolm X comes to mind every time I read this verse, Men cannot

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Natan, one who was dead,

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he was dead, this man was dead.

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Then Allah Subhana Allah gave them spiritual life, which

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she behave in us. And We granted him a light that he used to walk amongst people with

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common method who fell fallen that is he liked the one who's still, you know, jumbling in the depths of darkness. That was about 57 years ago. Malcolm X was assassinated. May Allah Subhana Allah bless his soul, Europa, Allah mean, the man left so much impact. We talking about him simply because this is the time that these things are coming up. It's also black history month and every now and then we want to seize the opportunity to address issues that are relevant to us.

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You know, in this session, I'm going to help Bob I believe he was looking at this verse, made a beautiful comment and he said sometimes people with the worst history have the potential to make the brightest of futures.

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People with the worst history have the potential to make the brightest of future. This is what this verse is telling us can animate and

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they were dead, morally dead, spiritually dead all kinds of intellectually that

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Allah subhanaw taala speaks about giving this person life and as a result Jana Allah who know rhenium she behave in us, gave them an amber that they use an Atlanta that they use, they made their way through people Latifi Jamila fakie tabula Allah Allah Allah who know Ron emcpe fineness Rabban Emma Khawaja Allahu Noorani MCB he been a nurse will fi bein you forget Yanni. If you look at user Muthana whoop, Allah gave her like a good spot to fill in empty min Allah as why to be near empty min Allah to Allah Allah, Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah you're done as back to be NEMA as well to finish my Farragut Allah Allah Allah Allah, Allah Allah Allah anak Murthy rugged are the math

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all the fineness of sorrow, sorrow. There is a beautiful play with prepositions here in Arabic. The Quran says that we gave this person knew we gave them light, they use that light, not just for themselves to walk and make their way. But the light that they used. They were able to see and they gave others the ability to see as well.

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Was not just about me, myself and I it was light that was given to them. And through them, it was also given to other people as well.

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All of this impact that we see Malcolm X has done, he did it in 11 months and 13 days. You know, Malcolm X Allah Hera, amatola, al Hajj Malik el Shabazz May Allah bless his soul, he went to Hajj. And he only lived for 11 months and 15 days after they hatch. Out of the 11 months and 15 days, six months of that time, he was outside of the US visiting different parts in Africa, staying in Makkah, and then going to Egypt and then to Ghana, and then to Sudan and just visiting and then six months later, he comes back and the man is changed, but then he also changed other people. Let me tell you what he said. This is the letter that he sent to his family. And I quote, he says,

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Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality. An overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood, as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient holy land, the home of Ibrahim, Mohammed and all other prophets of the Holy Scripture. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless, and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors. You've got to remember, this is happening back in the 1960s. When there is segregation. This is for whites. This is for blacks. You can sit here you can drink from this. You cannot go to the school you cannot be on this side of town and the him. He's talking about what he's being seen for

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the past week.

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Then he goes on to say

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I have been blessed

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As to visit the holy city of Mecca. I have made my seven circuits around the Kaaba, led by a young moto wolf named Mohammed. I drank water from the well of zamzam Island seven times back and forth between the hills of mountain al Safa and Marwa I have played in the ancient city of Minar, and have preyed on the amount of art of art, there were 10s of 1000s of pilgrims from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue eyed blondes, to black skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood, that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non white.

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My experiences in America had led me to never believe in fathom that this can happen between the whites and the non whites.

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America needs to understand Islam. Because this is a one religion, that raises that raises from a society that raised problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met dogs and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white. But the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.

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I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color. Then he says, You may be shocked by these words coming from me. Oh Allah, here we are.

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Because prior to this, Malcolm X was the spokesman of the Nation of Islam. He was preaching all around that contrary to the white belief, know that they say that there is something about when people are fighting oppressor when people are fighting their oppressor, they have a tendency to copy their oppressor by just doing the opposite of it. What does that mean? So if you're preaching that God is white, now as oppressed, you get up and you say, no, no, no, no, God is black.

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Santa Claus is white. No, that's nonsense, man, Santa Claus is white is black. So what you're doing is that you're really copying your enemy. There is nothing good about this. So he's telling us he said, Look, he was teaching and preaching that black is inherently good, that white is inherently evil, in reaction to what was happening back then. And by no means this is an excuse or justification. We're just trying to understand why he is telling us that people may be shocked by him saying these words, you may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen an experience has forced me to re arrange much of my thought patterns previously

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held. And to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. I love it. Pay attention to what he's about to say next. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge and false it I have always kept an open mind which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

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The I had convictions,

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but when I found out the truth, what I did is I gave up my convictions. You know Allah Subhana Allah says was your alna Allah who know Run DMC behave in us. And we have made granted this person no light, Yoshi fineness.

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Though terminal in the Quran is mentioned in 49 different places. 14 are in different places, the Quran speaks about nor

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it all always in the singular form. And then the Quran also speaks about Zulu man, many darknesses but there is something interesting about light and darkness. If we turn off all the lights in this place in this hall, it'll be very dark. But the minute you turn on the lights, the darkness goes away. And the question that we have is, where does the darkness go?

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Literally like physically

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Where does the darkness go? See what happens is, darkness has no base.

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Darkness only exists because of the absence of light. But because once light comes, it has no base it vanishes.

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So this man, Allah subhana, Allah says, Allah has given him No. Once that note came in said, Then he said, all my previous convictions is that I was ready to give up, despite of all the of everything and however it is that I spoke.

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He said, I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth. A believer is a lover of truth. Think I told you before that the term hap truth appears in the Quran in 256 places, a believer is always looking for truth. There is something in psychology, social psychology that they refer to as, you know, dissonance. Cognitive dissonance. And that is what happens to people when they find out that the convictions that they have held is actually no longer true.

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This term was coined back in 1951. And it was a group of people they were called the seekers. The secret is believed that on December 24, I think it was there was going to be an out of out of Earth saucers, that they were going to pick up the believers, and that the believers are going to be saved and everybody else is going to drown.

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To journalists decided that we want to check out who these secrets are. They joined them, they pretended to be part of the secrets, and they just played along. They just want to see the end of it. These people were so convinced, they quit their jobs. They sold their property, some even divorced, their unbelieving spouses, the boss husband divorced this, let go of the children. And they said that a 1201 on the 24th of November, December, whatever the day was, the sources are going to learn they were going to get in, they're going to be saved, everybody else is going to drown.

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And these two journalists are sitting there with them. It's 11:50pm. And they're all sitting and everybody's just packed and they're all waiting for the saucers. It's 1201.

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Now, so So showed up

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to 1210. Everybody's very tense right now. It's 1250. Now all sorts of showing up. It's when m, and then it's two m and everybody's very anxious. And it's 3am. And it's 4am. And it's 6am the next day and no saucer showed up.

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Now you expect the secret is to say oops, by bad we were wrong. And say you know what?

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Something, Something is not right. But then when you are faced with cognitive dissonance. Now there is clear evidence that your previously held beliefs are no longer valid. What are you going to do about it?

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A good man

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that is not full of pride. They would give up their previous convictions, like Al Hajj Malik el Shabazz did give it up because I was wrong. Despite the fact that I was publicly preaching this for the past 10 years. In this seven weeks, I changed my mind completely. Now. I'm a different person. What I was telling you was wrong.

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Because I was seeking the truth. When I found it. I did. So what did the secrets do? They said, We were not wrong. They were really wrong. No, no, no, no, you guys don't get it. See, we were not wrong. Because of what we did we save everybody else.

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What happened? Cognitive dissonance. You don't want to give up. You don't want to give up the previously held truth, even though every evidence is pointing out that you were wrong. He goes on to say, during the past 11 days here in the Muslim world, I have eating from the same plate, drunk from the same glass and slept in the same bed or on the same rug, while praying to the same God with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the bluntness of blonde, and whose skin was the whitest of white, and in the words and actions and in the actions and in the deeds of the white Muslims. I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslim

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themselves Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana.

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We were truly all the same brothers, because they believed in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior and the white from their attitude. I could see from this, that perhaps, if White Americans could accept the oneness of God, then perhaps to they could accept in reality, the oneness of man, and cease to measure and hindered and harm others, in terms of their differences in colors.

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No Subhanallah this man comes.

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Let me just give you an idea of what Malcolm is talking about here.

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Malcolm alira, amatola believe that there is nothing

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nothing good can come out of white America. So much so that he tells the story that one time a young woman came to him and she was so enthusiastic about the Civil Rights and the civil liberties and, and she came in with so much conviction and she asked Malcolm and she said, What can I do to help your people?

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And Malcolm looked her dead in the eye and he said, nothing.

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You can do anything for us.

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He comes back and he says, No, man, everybody is redeemable.

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Everybody is redeemable, including the white racists in America. They are also redeemable.

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What does it take is that well, if we all acknowledge the same one God, then maybe perhaps we can also acknowledge our same who humanity as well.

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What I love about this story is you know that saying, If what you believe in, does not impact how you behave, then what you believe in is not important. Some of us go to Hajj

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we leave here. We are racist. We go to Hajj, we'll come back and we still racist. And this young man had was good man. I saw people from Asia from Nigeria from Turkey from that part of the world. I saw the whites and Yeah, but see, you went racist. You came back and you still racist.

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Some of us live here. Sexist. We go there and say what how was Hackman suffer and what have just killed my feet man, gone between southern white man it was the most difficult part of Hajj. The most difficult part of how towards us commemorating what a woman did. You leave here sexist, you come back, you still sexist and you say man had was great.

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Which was great. But the outcome in you was not great.

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What happened? If what you believe in does not impact how you behave? Then what you believe in is not important.

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You can be eloquent all you want. And let me just say for the sake of transparency, Islam is not racist. But many Muslims are.

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Many Muslims, potentially amongst all amongst us are racist.

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Pay attention to the way that you speak about people.

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Pay attention to the way that you speak about African Americans.

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Despite the fact that you make your money by a store that you own in the midst in poor black neighborhoods, yet you speak so ill of them.

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Despite the fact that you will be the one selling the liquor and the alcohol and the beer they're, you make your money you're very good life out of them. Yet you speak very ill of them.

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Wallahi I'm not saying this because I am black. I'm saying this because this is sad.

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I have people who come to me and say she has many

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elements. This one you can add the doctor

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Wallahi

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they would be talking to me, obviously, I really don't like going to South Memphis a lot of a beat there. A bead is the literal translation of the word nigger.

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That is money. Don't be mad at me. So they want me to be understanding but they themselves are not willing to be considered it.

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You have people coming in mostly via shale. Bent people at their forehead abt

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we got a catastrophe going on. What is it brother? See? Why just found out that my daughter has a boyfriend who's a nigger

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I'm not sure whether the masiva is is it the fact that she has a boyfriend or he's a nigger? I don't know.

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Because he I'm not saying that I'm just saying disorder, we pay attention, man.

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Pay attention to the way that we talk. You want me to be understanding what you don't want to be considered? You want me to have an open mind, but you're not willing to have an open heart. We speak about them this way. And then see, the problem is we tend to see them as they have been portrayed. And that is not fair.

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It's not Islamic. It's not ethical. It's not good.

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Especially being minorities. And that's not how you see other people.

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That's just unacceptable. You can speak all the good about Islam that you want. What What good is it? If what we believe in does not impact how we behave? Then what we believe in is not important.

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That will fit in haha Montina you know, prejudice said leave that behind the prophets, Allah Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, sinner, leave that behind for in the HA Montina it stinks. When people speak like this. It stinks. It's really not good. So as we remember, people like Malcolm X, you know, what I found to be so impressive about this person, may Allah bless his soul out of balala when he comes back and he immediately, immediately as he spoke, he has an impact on 3 million people. Just immediately, the man many African Americans would say, our struggle earned respect worldwide because of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, both were Muslims.

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We can potentially, like Malcolm said, we can potentially be part of the solution. In fact, he is saying that we are ultimately the best solution. But right now unfortunately, we have part of the problem.

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May Allah subhanaw taala increases in understanding our bill Alameen Aquila, Coppola, Allah Allah welcome First of Euro who in the whole world.

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Hamdu lillahi Wa Kafa salat wa salam ala Rasulillah Hello Mustafa alum and the author. Dr. So the Quran has these two examples. Somebody who was dead, then became alive, and then he has this Lanter that he's walking, but he is seeing now on other people are seeing because of his life as well.

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And then the Quran said, came and met Allah Who feels velocemente they said the hydrogen minha Is it conceivable that this person be like somebody else that lives in the depths of darkness, and Subhanallah there is an example for this. And it just happened to be that also today is the day 1994 The 15th of Ramadan. Baruch Goldstein, a Jew from Brooklyn, New York, who happen to be a medical doctor, while people are praying Fajr in Hebron and Haram al Ibrahimi takes his rifle goes there, kills 29 people and injures 150 of the people praying there may Allah bless their souls Europa lemon, this is the person that is involved Matt,

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Alicia, Ana, Paula, or Bill Anna dunya. Europa Alamy. And said that this is the person that is in total, not depths of darkness is motivated by hate, a sense of superiority. Everybody else is inferior. They are so inferior. They are only good when they are debt. That is what prejudice does.

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Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa salam ala Mara Falconbridge, you're going to be sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but that will happen while I'm too nuts. He said literally, arrogance is about the rejection of truth, and the belittling of people.

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This was Malcolm X, he comes back and he goes no, can never reject the truth. And you can no longer belittle people. But Goldstein Botha will help you to notice, rejection of truth and belittling of people, belittling them so much that you feel justified in killing them

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in the month of Ramadan, in the masjid, while they are praying.

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May Allah destroy the likes of Baruch Goldstein? May Allah give the life of the

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People like Malcolm X era Pillai lemme, to conclude. One thing I've learned about this is

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do not underestimate and do not give up on people.

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The Quran is telling us this. Remember what said I'm really upset? Sometimes, the people who have the worst history potentially can make the brightest of the future.

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Malcolm X had the worst of history, but yet made the brightest future. The worst of history can possibly our brother,

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our sister, our sons, our daughters, please don't give up on them.

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Well, Allah He please don't give up on them. Chances are, Allah gives them life. Chances are, Allah gives the new the newer is used then not just for them to see, but also for everybody else to see.

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May Allah Subhana Allah enlighten our hearts, may Allah Subhana Allah protect our families. If any of us are or loved ones are going through difficult times may Allah Subhana Allah ease our pain. If any of us or our loved ones are not feeling well may Allah Subhana Allah grant us a speedy recovery. If any of us or our loved ones have lost the way may Allah Subhana Allah bring us back to his way. Allah who may not have been looking at Ramadan, Allah who may already be living out Ramadan What is it gonna see his holy hell family will have called Robin a Filipina Zubin, aka Farah Anna. Tina autofunnel. Abrar Rabbana. Athena for dunya hasenhuttl woeful after there hasn't been opened either

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but not about Allah in the Lucha mobile Atlas anyway. Oba when Han Sasha it will make it all better. you're ever looking to the Quran for the Quran. Allah has got to come. Watch kuruva Island, he has it commodity karula Akbar Allahu Allah.

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