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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. salat wa salam ala Rasulillah Salam salam ala Masilela Muhammad you all I'll say them Ahmed while he was still finishing the prayer, if I could request all the youth

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all the youth to come inside the main prayer hall and sisters can also come to the main prayer hall

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Morning

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everyone

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should have

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one more time Slammer come to LA barakato we are very honored that brother yuusha by the way, he does not want to be called Share futures he so, I think from here on Inshallah, we're going to call him brother You shall. That's what he requested. So, he's among us and as we have announced that it's an opportunity for us to meet him and he will say a few words, but primarily we want to make it interactive and the way that we are going to make this interaction inshallah Tada, you will have

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the card to write your questions.

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We're going to open

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them for things to fill out.

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All right, so the note cards that you will receive, I'm assuming primarily the youth they will receive.

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That's okay. So let's push it back.

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The note cards, don't write anything on the note cards. Brother USIA will have something for you to write whatever his plans are, He will make us write something. So without any further ado, as I said, this is a great honor. Even though we're two big events going on the community mas have a youth festival some kind of program going on as well as some big wedding going on in the community but it's a good attendance Mashallah. So inshallah I'm gonna give the mic to

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the user and we're going to keep it

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in an organized fashion the way that he instructs us to to do it inshallah.

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Spit out 100 Allah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah were either already he was definitely he edged him out

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and about was salam or aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. To whom

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How was everyone?

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Hamdulillah you guys all remember that I told you sitting here many times that the affair of the believer is clear in its entirety. Whether you're having a good day, when you're having a bad day. For the believer, it's all goodness. So we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala for the good. We thank him for the bad. This is part of having sugar free

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loss of Hannah Montana. Gratitude is not just being thankful for Allah when he grew into some good. We had a talk here about gratitude, gratitude. Sugar is not just about being grateful and thankful to Allah when he grants you good gratitude is being thankful to Allah subhanahu Atlanta when bad comes your way as well. Because you know that Allah's plan is perfect for our lives. We've talked about that here as well.

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So we think Allah for all of it, this is the the epitope of being a grateful servant of Allah subhanho wa taala. And I've always told people, that if you want more good in your life, then be grateful for what you have in your life right now. If you want your your your business to be more successful, than have gratitude for Allah subhanho to Ana, letting Ceccato lazy then know that if you're grateful, I'll give you more. This is the clear cut path of increase, according to the book of Allah subhanho wa taala, that when Allah grants you, you thank him when he takes from you, you think him, just keep thanking him, keep thanking Him, trust me, the path of gratitude is always a

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successful path. No matter what, remember that. It's always a successful path. You thank Allah subhanho wa Taala this doesn't mean you can't get upset. Yeah, we are. We have emotions. We're human beings. We're not toys, we're not robots. You can get upset. You can get angry, you can be sad. All of those emotions, the range of human emotions are all permissible. As long as you remember. After that, to be grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala grateful to Allah azza wa jal because we could be in a much worse condition than we find ourselves in today. This is part of the thing that you know, kind of upsets me when I see us as an ummah, especially in the West, tearing each other apart, when,

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when the Ummah is being starved to death as we speak, according to the latest UN study, within the next 20 years, 15, maybe 10 Maybe the entire population of Yemen may cease to exist. Allahu Akbar, the entire population of Yemen, the people of Yemen, whom the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said, We're blessed people, and that Iman came from Yemen said that they might cease to exist, not because they they've been destroyed or killed or slaughtered because of starvation and famine and hunger and thirst, Allahu Akbar,

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you will see what is happening in the people of a sham that is still going through, you know, trials and tribulations. We talked about these things before here and how to view them. Look at the concentration camps that are Uighur brothers and sisters are being put into where they're actually being brainwashed now, to turn them away from Islam, being forced to drink alcohol in the month of Ramadan, forced to erase their identity and get married to non Muslims. In all of this stuff is happening all over the world. The Rohingya, the things that they are going through the what is happening right now in Sudan SubhanAllah. So much is happening because and look at the small things

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that we look to bicker with each other about it's absolutely mind boggling. It's almost as if we live in a bubble that we don't see the rest of the world existing. We live in some little bubble that has this utopian world where you feel like everything should be our way. When not realizing outside of that bubble. The Ummah is bleeding, the OMA is suffering. Imagine how they would look at us and our big rings, when they can't even find grass to eat. La Allahu wa stand May Allah subhana wa Taala help us in increases in grants Eman and safety and security and brotherhood and sisterhood in sha Allah hotel. I want to be very short and sweet because I wanted to make this interactive in

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sha Allah Who Tana.

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Again after last night, my decision is still up in the air. But I have drawn back a little bit and said I'll give it some thought. I'm sure I'm still gonna give it some thought I still have to do

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I still have to do that which is right for myself and my family at the end of the day. But you know, I am also a very logical person at the end of the day.

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This is kind of a fill in

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to what our dear chef Maduro said in the cookbook on Friday, when he spoke about a question when he said Samantha then what? What's next? What's next? What's next in your life? Allah Jalla wa Ala asks us a question in the Quran, which is a beautiful question that I think our youth need to be in tune to. Because I like to ask our youth this Allah when I have a chance to speak to a young brother or young sister I asked them this question as frequently as I can. Allah asked us in Surah to tech when Allah says for a minute at heaven. So where are you going for aim that afternoon? Where are you headed? Where are you headed? In? It's in? It's supposed to be if you look at the pros of the verse,

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the way it's laid out linguistically, it's almost to catch your attention. The way Allah is talking about himself praise himself for a new moon in Hawaii in Baddeck ruler I mean,

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where are you going? This is nothing but a reminder from the Lord of all mankind. As a Muslim, especially as a youth, there are two things that we cannot live without. We cannot

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function as Muslims, especially as youth, without two things, that is vision, and purpose, vision, and purpose, define everything about us. Without these two things, we are just like the rest of humanity, wandering aimlessly, just trying to get through each and every single day seeing what comes next. And that in no way where you find that to be a recipe for success. You have to know where you're headed. You have to know where you're going. So you have to have a vision

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and the vision that every believer should have, especially our youth, a vision that every believer should have, especially the youth, the first and foremost of that vision should be to please Allah subhanho wa Taala above everything else, to please Allah Joseph jello, and above all other things, all other things, this needs to be the pinnacle of our vision. What do you want to do with your life? Please Allah subhanho wa Taala it doesn't matter if I end up in a in a higher ranking field of medicine as an astrophysicist, if I end up as a street cleaner, whatever it is, my vision of my life to please Allah subhanho wa Taala with everything that I do. And one of my dearest teachers, one of

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the very first people who taught me about Dawa back in the early 2000s. He also was the catalyst for a shift use of SDS to get started in that hour. He was also the catalyst for Imam Suraj Mahesh to get started in our May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive him, Rahim, Allah, Allah, He unfortunately, passed away in Pakistan quite a few years ago.

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He used to tell me as a young Muslim, you shall make sure that everything you do

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is pleasing to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and you know how you can guide that? I sit down, he said, ask yourself, can you say this villa before doing it? Ask yourself, can I with a clean heart, with a clean heart with it with a good conscience, say Bismillah before committing this act? If you can, then it's something that is probably pleasing to Allah subhana wa Taala pursue it. But if you know deep inside, there is no way in my right mind. I can say cleanly Bismillah before committing this. He said stay away from it. It's not beneficial for you and you'll regret it on the day of judgment. He said, So remind yourself of that. And then ask yourself, will this deed be pleasing to

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me when I read it in my book of deeds on the Day of Judgment? When I am standing on the plane of piano, waiting, watching the scales be brought in front of you watching the sky crack apart? Watching Hellfire be brought near watching gender being brought me in watching people run like mad? Are you going to be happy with having done that? On that day? He said, Because trust me on a day, that is like 50,000 years, you will have enough time to recount every single thing you did in your life more than once you will remember every single act because the angel will bring you your book. And what are you going to do? You're going to start thumbing through it and you're gonna have plenty

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time to read the whole thing. He said, when you find that page in your book, are you going to be happy with doing what you're about to do? If not, just don't do it? Don't do it. Now, of course, we're not always going to be able to follow that we're not perfect. Only the men are perfect only the NBR with the best of us we are sinful. I taught you in this masjid, the process of sin with ALLAH SubhanA who were to Anna is filbur The Prophet Koulibaly Adam Hapa every son of Adam commit sin, Al Cairo Hopko. Ina baboon, but the Best of those who sin are those who repent. So when you make a mistake turn to Allah. He said that should be the vision of the believer because Allah tells

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us

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indeed, in the Messenger of Allah, you find a sweat on Hassan, the best example. We like to say that verse Allah right, the Messenger of Allah is the best example. But unfortunately, you find this Allah with many verses in the Quran, we will read a verse without reading either the previous verse or the following verse, to see that there are stipulations around the first we just read, that there are catalysts to the very first we just read. There is a catalyst to the verse

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of those who will take the Messenger of Allah and he said unto him, as a certain Hassan as an as an example, a beautiful example. Who are those people, Lehmann, Ghana, your doula Will Young and accurate with that, could Allah cathedra those whose hope is where? Where is their hope? Where is their hope? with Allah subhanho wa taala. What does that mean? That means that they see Allah subhanho wa Taala before them as if he's there, these are the people of xn. The Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam which he said is the highest level of Eman in the hadith of Gibreel. These are people live in Cana your DuBois. They are people who are out there hope is with Allah subhana wa to

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Ana, they live their life, putting their hope and trust in Allah. So they have Allah has the vision in front of them, that they know that this entire life ends with Allah subhanho wa Taala It began with Allah when he said, Be and you

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Where, and it will end when we meet Allah subhanho wa Taala This is our life from Allah to Allah. This is why we say when someone passes away or is not just for when someone passes away when some calamity strikes or when some bad news is given to you. Inna Lillahi wa Alayhi Raji on, we come from Allah and we're going back to Allah. So Lehmann Khanna, yo, bajo is reminding us of our purpose is that we will go to Allah subhanho wa taala.

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William and ask him, so they remember the last day, they remember the last day. They remember the final day, no matter what's going on in their life. They're not just worried about today. They're thinking about the last day because the last day I've also I think spoken about in this Masjid. I've been here six times Hamdulillah that Yom will ask it means the final day. The Prophet alayhi salaatu wa salaam a group of Bedouins came to him. And they asked him Matt to say Rasul Allah, when is the hour, every prophet was asked this question. When is the our own messenger of Allah. He looked at the group, and he pointed to the youngest one amongst them was a young kid. He said, If this one

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grows up to be an old man, all of your hours will have already started. yeomen accurate for you is when

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the moment you die, the moment you die, your day of judgment begins.

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You see, that's what we don't comprehend, especially as young people, we see the day FTM as some far off, you know, some far off thing. This thing could be millions of years away. No, no, no, no. The moment you step out of this earth, and enter what is known as the borders are the barrier that cuts off this life from the next life. Your Day of Judgment has begun. Your Day of Judgment has begun.

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Your soul will be taken out either sweetly and gently or it will be yanked out. Your soul will ascend to the heavens and either Allah subhanho wa Taala will accept it, and granted favor and honor or he will reject it and say put it back where it came from despised and rejected from me. This is the only two options for everyone. When that soul is put back into the ground in the ground with its with its body and its remaining with its body, the grave will squeeze it and then it will either open slightly, and then the door of Jannah will open and it will say if you had believed and obeyed Allah, this would be your destination, and it'd be shut and then door to jahannam will open and say

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because you disbelieve in this obeyed, this is your final destination and the fire will pour into the grave. The punishment will be brought in furnishings from Jahannam will be brought into the grave, and their grave will be a piece of Jahannam

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the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa sallam said that the punishment of the people of Jahannam in their graves is so severe is so severe that even animals hear it. Even animals hear it. And one time he went to his companions and he told them that he could hear it he could hear these cries in the screams. He said I would make dua to Allah that He would allow you to hear the punishment of the people of the grave, but I am afraid if I did so you would never bury anybody ever again. You would never put anybody in the ground if you heard that. Or that person's soul will be put back in their body. There the grave will squeeze them because it squeezes all of us. It welcomes us back home says

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yes, you were created for me now you're back to me. And then it will open up very wide. greatly expand for them. And the door to jahannam will open and it will be said to them had you disbelieved this would be your final resting place and it will shut to never be open again.

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And the door above them to Jana will open and it will say because you believed and Allah has favored you this is your final destination and pieces of their their property and Jana furnishings from Paradise will be brought into their grave, and a beautiful person will come and sit next to them. A beautiful person will come and sit next to them and they will say who are you such a beautiful person and they will respond and say I am your good deeds here to keep you company.

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To the day you meet Allah subhanaw taala and then angels will come to them every day morning and evening and remind them that the Promise of Allah is true.

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Jen is for you. The Promise of Allah is true. Jana is for you. And a evil looking horrible figure will come and sit next to the people of jahannam. And they will say who are you oh despicable looking wicked thing. It will say I am your Salah, yet I am your sins, your evil deeds here to keep your company to the judgment and they will be reminded about the punishment of Allah. And there are two calls that are called out by the people of the graves every day. One of them the people of of Jahannam are asking Allah to never start the day of judgment. Never allow it to happen. Keep us in this condition will take this

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and the people of Jana are yelling and screaming to Allah Akiva. Allah

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Even my Lord established the hour.

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My Lord established the hour because I want my reward.

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That is the reality of this life. And that's why Allah asks us in Surah to take we're for where you going.

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Because you will end up in one of those two places, there is no third place. There's no fourth place. This is it for the believer. So if you don't have a vision, to please Allah subhanho wa Taala with your life, if you don't have a vision of akhira

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with that God, Allah cathedra. And they remember ALLAH greatly, then you not only will not take the Messenger of Allah Alayhi Salatu was Salam as an example, because that was his example, the most, the most obedient slave of Allah subhanho wa taala.

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But you also will not find yourself in the better of those two places.

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So this is why Allah Jalla wa Anna asked us for independence, and then also having a purpose. Having a purpose, knowing what you want to get out of your life, what is it that you want out of your life, if you want out of your life, Jana, then you have to do the actions of the people of gender, you have to work for them. If you want to get a PhD or a doctorate, you have to put in the work, you have to put in the work, you have to study, you have to go to school, you have to put in the hours, you have to make sacrifices. All of that is there you have to do it for year in year and year out day in day out. If you want to get a raise in your job and you want to reach the highest echelons of

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the corporate ladder, you have to put in the hours you have to put in the work, you have to put in the effort, there has to be a purpose beyond that. Because if not, you're going to be one of those people who are stuck running the rat race, waking up doing the same thing each and every single day waiting for the angel of death to come and find you. And that's not really a very fulfilling life. The people of purpose are people who can see the end of the race before they start even running it.

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If you are going to run a race, this is an analogy that I like to use. And I teach this on my Dawa workshops, if you are going to run a race,

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and I'll end with this, if you're going to run a race, and you show up at the beginning of the race starting line, we all show up and we say how long is this race? And they say there's no ending. You just start running just run. Okay, a lot of us are just gonna be like nothing's, there's no reason to run this race. It has no purpose. It has no purpose, right? Why am I going to start running when I don't know where I'm running away? And when I'm gonna stop, but those who do start running, they're not going to make it very far.

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Because when you get tired, what are you going to do? Drop out, that's it, I'm done. There's no end. I'm dropped out, you get a cramp, your leg starts hurting, your knee starts hurting, okay, from the laptop. There's no purpose to this race. But now if we show up at this race, and they say it's 10 miles, 10 miles, and you say, okay, 10 miles in your head, you've put that there 10 miles. So you start running one mile nine to go two miles eight to go three miles seven to go. When you get to that eighth mile and you get tired, what are you going to do? You're going to keep pushing, you're going to push through the pain, you're going to push past the tiredness. When you get a cramp.

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You're just going to block it out mentally and just keep going. When your knees start hurting. You're just going to keep going because you're almost there you keep you can see the end, you can see the finish line. This is the difference between having a purpose and not having a purpose. Those people who don't have a purpose in their life, when hardship comes to them, they give up, they become depressed, they become despondent, they turned to alcohol, they turned to drugs, drugs and crime and all of these things. Why? Because it helps them to bury their minds to a life that has no purpose

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to a life that has no purpose and a lot of them end up suicide. Because if the race has no end, when things get tough, they step out of the race literally step out of the race of life. This is the difference between those who believe and those who do not believe as believers we have a purpose, that purpose is paradise, that purpose the in purpose of all of our lives. Insha Allah Who to Allah is Jana, may Allah grant us all of it in sha Allah, I mean, fit of those. I mean, so we will construct our lives like someone who wants to go to paradise. And if times get hard, we push through them. If we make mistakes and fall out of the race, when we wake up and realize the deviance we've

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been in or the sin that we've been in, we find our way back to the race track, sit out there almost again. And we start going forward again in sha Allah Who to honor our youth, you have to have a purpose. You have to know what it is that you want out of your life. At a very young age, you need to be purpose driven. You need to be purpose driven. This is what has allowed fortune 500 CEOs to make it in this world as they have a purpose. Do you think Steve Jobs made Apple what it is today, without waking up every single morning with a purpose without waking up every single morning know what he wanted to do? What did he want to do? He said that he wanted to create technology that made

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people's lives easier before they even knew that they needed it. That was what he wanted and he strove hard for it. And he went through difficulties he went through hard

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chips he was fired from his own company tried to start an alternate company Nexus that absolutely turned to nothing. And then came back and turn apple into one of the biggest companies in the whole entire planet from a simple purpose that He stuck to. He stuck to it. One simple purpose. Nothing deterred him from it. When we look at the life of our Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. His purpose was to worship Allah subhana wa to Ana and share Tawheed with the world. That means when they called him a magician, he didn't care. He when they called him a soothsayer, he didn't care when they call Him a liar. He didn't care. It hurt him, of course, because he was human. It hurt him. When they

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threw camel guts on him around the caliber, he didn't care. When they threw him out of his own city. He kept going, when they turned away from them into eighth, he kept going. When they fought him in the Battle of brother, he kept going when they fought him in the battle. He kept going than they fought him in the Battle of conduct, he kept going, and he kept going, and he kept going. And then at night, he would stand and pray to his feet cracked in blood. And when he was asked why Allah has already forgiven you your sins, he said it because shouldn't I be a grateful slave? My purpose is to please my Lord.

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He was a man of vision and a man of purpose, some Allah and he was, and he inspired those around him to be people of purpose, to be people of purpose, to be people a vision. This is why in a very short amount of time, in one generation, one generation after the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam.

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The Hula Farah, She then took Islam, all over the globe, took Islam all over the globe took down the Roman Empire took down the Persian Empire,

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because they were following in the footsteps of a man of great vision and purpose. Look at what they accomplished. I told you the story of Musa abdomen, the very young boy who took Islam to Medina before the Prophet took Islam to Yathrib, which would then become known as Medina of the Prophet alayhi. Salatu was Salam. He was a man of purpose. He had a reason and a vision. We can accomplish great things if we fine tune our purpose. If we fine tune our vision.

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People ask me what is my vision that is my vision is to give our youth a vision, to give the community a vision, to give you a vision going forward, that if all of you were if Allah subhanho wa Taala tonight, said everybody age 14 above I'm taking their souls that this Masjid wouldn't turn into an empty building in a week in a month in a year. That is my goal and Chavo Tana is to have the next tear.

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Amma ready to go, the next runners in the race ready to take the torch at any moment at any moment's notice, ready to pick up that torch and carry on and do better than we were doing in sha Allah who our goal is not to make our children.

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Like us, we want them to be better than us. We want them to be better than us.

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That is by giving them a vision and a purpose. Insha Allah Who to honor that is my goal is to give our youth that definite purpose and vision, but overall, above everything they want to accomplish in this world. Let them know that yes, you can be successful in this world, and be a good Muslim. Yes, you can be wealthy in this world and be a good Muslim, you can have all of it you can have your cake and eat it too. As long as the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala is the overwhelming factor in your life. Allah can give you everything. Allah is Allah Nee, Allah is the One who is rich, who doesn't need Allah is the One who can say couldn't you couldn't be in it is he can give you a whole

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world and everything that is in it. If you're worthy of it, He'll hand it to you, you will open the doors for you. But your version, your vision and your purpose has to be correct. your vision and your purpose has to be correct. So that is my goal for our youth in sha Allah Who to Anna. Now, I'm going to take some small questions and answers in sha Allah, let it be about you know, this, this whole topic of the youth and in going forward in sha Allah Who data because even if not, I'm not here, and I don't make it here. You know, I want you guys to have a good understanding of where you want to lead your Youth In sha mountain. Because it's not just the job of the youth director to lead

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the youth to penalize one person. One person can only do so much. It is the job as they say it's an old they say it's either a very old African proverb or a very old native Native American proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community, it's a communal effort. These children this boy is my son. This is the way we look at this ummah.

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This boy is my son as well. I should view him and see him as I see my own children.

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That is the way we should treat each other in this ummah. Your children are my children, my children are your children. I would hope that if something happened to me tomorrow in this community that you would look after my children inshallah with my family because the family that is the type of community that I would like to see you guys develop in sha Allah Jota Anna, for those of you who are are the youth who got the cards, make sure we started handing those out in Shama Huhtala, please, everybody that is part of the youth you consider yourself a youth. Make sure you take one of these cards Inshallah, before tonight, I want all of these cards back, and I want you to put four things

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on them in Shama four

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Things, four things. Number one, number one, would you like to see me as your youth director? Yes or no? You will come to find out if I'm here long enough. I'm also a person who's very blunt. Sometimes you just have to be blunt. That's that's the way things get done. be straightforward with each other. I've unfortunately, learned that we as Muslims, we know how to talk around the bush. We don't talk around the bush, we talk around the forest. You know, we go in circles and circles and circles before we ever get to the point. Be direct Shala. Would you like to see me as your youth director? Yes or no? No problem with that. No, no. On the paper on the paper, inshallah hooter Anna on the

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paper, yes or no, right. Four things, four things. 1234. Number one, would you like to see me as your youth director? Yes, sir. No, leave it at that. Number two, number two.

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And keep it short. Don't write paragraphs and not read the whole story in a very short framework. What are what would you expect from a youth director? What do you expect from a youth director? What are some things that you would expect? Whether it's me or anyone else? What are some things that you as the youth would like to see as youth director, because one of my number one goals and I told you this when I was announced as a youth director, that one of my number one goals is to give the youth a voice, to give the youth relevance to give the youth a voice to be a representative for you, a mouthpiece for you, and it won't be my mouth speaking it's your mouth to be a voice for the youth.

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So what would you like to see out of your youth director? Number three, number three,

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brothers, sisters, please limit limits so the youth can hear me sha Allah, this is important, extremely important. Number three, what are some programs that the youth are already doing that you would like to see continue? What are some things that you are doing some programs that the youth are involved in right now that you would like to see continue? And number four, what are some programs that have not yet been instituted, that you would like to be instituted that you would like to see happen in sha Allah Hutan because that's the goal the goal of the job of a youth director is to help guide the youth to help kind of direct the youth not really to to lord over them and tell you what

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to do and what not that's that's not realistically workable for our youth. We need to know what is your mind I need to know what is in your head what you want to see continue and what you would like to see added inshallah So those four things number one, would you like to see me personally as a youth director? Yes or No? If it's no, it's fine. No, it's fine. And be in feel free to comment positive negative don't care. Number two, what are some things you would expect from a youth director? Number three, what are some programs that you have going right now that you want to see continue? Number four, what are some programs that are not going on right now that you would like to

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see implemented or instituted in sha Allah Who to honor that makes sense to all you guys. Okay? And before Isha, before the program was over before the issue in sha Allah Who to Anna, make sure you pass those back to the to the youth representative on the brothers and sister side or you can bring them to me directly, so that I can have him I can look them over, but in the law, he to Allah Now, I wanted to make this interactive in sha Allah. And I don't want to take too long I want to be able to you guys enjoy refreshments and pizza and, and interact.

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Are there any questions based upon the topic that I discussed today? Or, you know, the youth programs or outreach programs in general that you would like to see answered by me again, I'm on the fence about this thing. But if I can still answer these things, because I've been thinking about them for quite a few months now chama any questions

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because

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they wanted to introduce know my wife would kill me if I do that no, out afterwards.

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Okay. Any questions regarding those those these topics in sha Allah hooter, Anna?

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Anybody?

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Know? Yes, sister. And please, please, for this topic.

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I know you guys all are in school, and your teacher has told you a million times. It does not take your mouth to write. Right? It doesn't take you does not take your mouth to write. So please just keep that in sha Allah Allah. Keep it quiet. So I because it's respectful for the person asking the question, as well as the person answering the question in sha Allah. Yes, sister.

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And helping my children see the vision more clearly. How do I go about it? Just some basic things, how you started and how you've done it in the past. Okay, the question was, you know, the two things that I mentioned about giving the youth was vision and purpose. If I'm here hamdulillah fine. I can help institute that. If not, how can parents how can parents go about trying to help their children with that? Insha Allah hooter, Anna

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and I think I've touched upon this before here. A lot of it begins with the relationship you have with your children between you and them. Because two things that I want

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want for our children, my own children is number one, to love Allah subhana wa to Anna, know that he loves them. And also to respect and fear Allah subhanho wa taala. Anna, you understand, in order for them to do that they must have those attributes with you, your children must love you, and they must know that their loved. You know, unfortunately, you know a lot of us culturally, we have problems expressing affection to our children. For some reason, I'm not sure where we pick this up along the way. This was also part of the culture of the Arabs at the time of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam, when he would kiss his children, they will look at him as Why are you doing this. And he

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would say that if you don't have I have loving affection, my tea would exemplify that by kissing his children, his grandchildren, he would get off the mimbar when he would see her son and her saying in normal Juma coming towards him. If the man did that today, we'd probably think that the whole of Salah is invalid, he would get off them in modern walk down, get them, pick them up and bring them up to the member with him and pray with them. He showed the love of his children and grandchildren. So we must know we must teach our children they're loved. Because you know what happens if your children don't find love at home by the sisters is extremely important. If your children don't find

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love at home, they will look for it elsewhere. And it causes a great deal of problems. If they do not find love and feel loved at home, they will look for it elsewhere. So they need to be able to show love, allow our children to show emotion. Yes, and the boys to it's fine to be emotional brothers and nothing wrong with having emotions, we are not robots, you know, we we are allowed to have emotions be emotional. So that as well as there should be some boundary set for them to know to have respect in fear of those boundaries, that that they respect you and know that if they cross certain boundaries, there will be repercussions. Because if you don't teach them to love you and

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respect you and have fear of you that they see everyday, how are you going to teach them to have love, respect and fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala whom they never see. So that's very important. Shala it begins with that bond between the parents and the children inshallah that will be the catalyst for them for the rest of their life. I see you sis, just wanna see if there's a brother real quick Inshallah, then I'll come to you. Is there any brother that has a question? Yes. Actually, what it comes from?

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Okay

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Absolutely. The question was, the brother is from UT Dallas. And, and he's part of the dowel program there. And you know, he knows some people, they can could use some Darwin shot low to Anna, if I were to come as part of the the youth and outreach. And I also will end with explaining how I would cooperate with two things, because to me, they're kind of one in the same. But anyway, one of my goals as as an outreach director, because part of that what that means is basically a representative of the community reaching out to the broader community. And that would be to establish relationships with all the MSA is the high school MSA is the, the collegiate MSA is and offer the services of

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myself and the community to them in sha Allah Who to Anna, to know that you guys are not out there trying to do it alone. Because unfortunately, what happens with a lot of MSA in America is, you know, you choose an MSA and it's always it's always changing, right, people are graduating people are leaving. And but nobody ever teaches the next one's coming up what you guys reinvent the wheel every time the MSA changes hands. And that's unfortunate. So one of the things that I want to try to develop with the MSA is is guidebooks and logbooks and things that you can just hand on to the next, you know,

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board of the MSA or the MSA in general, so that they can know what you've been doing and how to continue to those things and know the resources that you have at hand. Like hey, Epic is a very good resource for us for that raw materials for our programs for things that we want to institute here in sha Allah Who to Anna, you know, Epic is there for us. All we need to do is make a phone call send a text or an email, and we have someone that's what it means about outreach, you know, being able to have that reciprocating relationship with all of the mshs college and high school in shallow time.

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Yes, sister.

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Yes, this is timely go when it comes to them. I know that this is mostly a youth centered activity but I just wanted to say which is a community is a meet and greet. We just wanted the viewer to be here. But just wanted to say welcome to you and to your family. To our to

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All of our epic masjid and I'm sure that I speak for a large community of parents that we are very excited about, inshallah the what you can, what you will be able to inshallah bring with you and your family to this OMA to this community, I really feel that our community will become stronger inshallah and this will have a ripple effect to the surrounding mosques as well and the surrounding community. So inshallah Dallas can be a stronghold, and a positive example for all for it not just not just for our beautiful state of Texas, but for our country and for the surrounding the surrounding areas as well. So I'm sorry I don't need to be rambling. I just wanted to say welcome

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and we are very, I hope in sha Allah, you and your family decide to make Dallas your home and inshallah we will be very excited and very proud to work alongside you in sha sha Allah Jota Anand Sharma Yes, my my wife and daughter are here with me today. There's somewhere somewhere around here. But they are here with me today in sha Allah hooter. Anna,

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somebody Yes, brother when it comes to them. My name is Adil, I actually have three daughters Michelle, your three daughters? Yes, may Allah bless you may Allah make them the entry into paradise for you and

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what my question is that we have great role models male role models, and you're leading the youth here And Alhamdulillah we would like to ask from personally as a parent, I would like to see you know, more events or more specific events for for CES so this is

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I don't see anything that I can bring my daughters to the mosque and a lot of things happen after a shower which is unacceptable for me it's too late for my daughter's Okay, we are in the habit of praying ish and going to bed. Yeah. So I don't see that. So I would like to see what your charter have anything specific to raise girls as as leaders and and be involved with the with the masjid and, and because they're also youth, they don't feel like they're part of this Masjid that much. If that's my struggle, that's the things I need to know and find out what are these things that the youth need to do what things need to be addressed, you know, our sisters Subhanallah they are the

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backbone of this ummah, you know, I mean, like, literally the sisters are the backbone of this ummah, we do very little without them, any brother who has been married for a period of time know that your wife is the backbone of your home, you know, I have accomplished very much without my wife and her her efforts in the past, you know, decade of my that was very little I could have done without my wife SubhanAllah. But we need to, you know, empower our sisters, you know, to be able to take leadership roles up in the next generation as well. This is something that needs to be targeted as well. Of course, we have most Do we have the majority of programs will be for brothers and

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sisters together, you know, this is across the board. But we also need to have brothers only programs where we're teaching our young brothers how to grow up and be men, you know, and that's something that's very much needed. There's some manliness training courses I took spoke about this I think when I was announced in sha Allah Who to Anna teach our young brothers how to grow up and be proper proper men and leaders of their households and leaders in the next generation. The same with our sisters and and this is something that I plan on working with the sisters with because sometimes it doesn't come so well from from a brother, you know, sometimes it seems very condescending, very

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misogynist, and et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. So I'll be working with the sisters to find leadership within the sisters, the sister community so we can have some role models and examples for them in sha Allah Who Tana they are out there and they're around we just need to mold and shape that inshallah for our sisters program. Baraka Luffy yes sisters in another sister had a question. Anybody have the microphone?

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Anybody going?

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I think there's a hand over there there's a hand over that way.

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Well, you guys have given me some some homework to do

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is exactly what I needed.

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Okay, we'll take a brother real quick and then come back to the sisters inshallah Tiana. So I want to complete letting him sit down. But I have no doubt that you will have shone like great programs for our youth. My question is for the youth who do not come to the masjid Do you know for example, I mean, you probably know that some parents really have struggled with with their children for some reason or another. So for those kids, do you have a special program? Do you have a way to approach the actually have some plans? The question was, you know, having programs for the youth that come to the masjid is easy. They're here. What about the youth that don't come to the masjid? How do we get

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them to the masjid? Um,

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You know, I would like to be able to lay all that out for you. That's one of the things that I would have to say to you trust me, I have some very good ideas in mind of programs that actually can get the youth here.

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They're not going to come mostly for just how to pot they have to have some incentive to come. And and I've worked with enough young brothers around the globe for the past, you know, 10 years to learn some tips and tricks and you know, things of that nature to get them to come, they might not be coming for the reason they think they're coming for or that we want them to come for. But I'd rather than come for any reason whatsoever. Because if they're here in the in the building, and they're coming for an alternative reason, but they'd have to listen to a short clip, in order to get that reason that they're coming here for you never know who might be touched. You never know. All it

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takes is for them to hear the words of ALLAH SubhanA wa it's out of the reminders as Allah gentle, Allah commanded us, remind them, remind them because the reminder benefits the believers. So we have some programs to adjust for that in sha Allah hooter, Anna but they are just ideas in my mind that have to go up the chain of command and you know, have to be approved and things of that nature. So I'll hold those back. But trust me, there are some certain things I have planned for just for that specific target area of youth that don't come to the masjid in sha Allah Huhtala programs that will happen here and programs that will happen off campus to give them a a neutral place to come and

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Shama who to Anna and spend time with us. So there are things I've thought of just about that in a long time. And part of the plan that I probed proposed to the masjid before coming was targeted that area specifically and hamdulillah so there is a plan for that inshallah. Tada SKUs Yes, sister, slum Lincoln brother.

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I am the secretary of epic sisters committee here, masha Allah, and I'm speaking on behalf of all the sisters, mothers and young girls and boys, all of us here.

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We're very excited and happy when we heard that you're joining us. But yesterday we were very sad when we heard that you might not be joining us

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I hope you make us happy today by saying that you will join us in sha Allah insha Allah after this, I will be having a sit down meeting with with the leadership of the masjid and we'll be mulling over some things you'll know in the coming days. And I just want to make it clear that that email that was sent out does not represent us. Yes, we are actually the opposite of what that email says. Our daughters and sons need you should we strongly believe that they can learn a lot from you.

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And based on your experience, your background and your vision. We really looking forward to growing with you Joe Montana inshallah.

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Inshallah Shama will take 20 questions today. Keep going, keep going. Today, we don't want to take no for an answer.

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So please, please reconsider your decision. Inshallah I am reconsidering. I haven't said yes. But I'm, I'm, I'm on the fence. Yesterday, I was over the fence. Today I'm back on it. And

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so I have another sister who teaches a lot of classes here. She would like to say something Chaga said.

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I sound like

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I'm a mother of two boys, 19 and 15. And like, a friend said, we speak from anyone. When we say that our excitement knew no bounds when we found out that you are going to be joining our epic community. I'm going to quote you. The affair of the believer is hair. Allah's plan is perfect for us. No doubt. As Muslims, we must believe in that. Whatever happened in the past few days. We may not like it, we don't like it. Definitely we don't approve of it. But it is from the color of Allah subhanho wa Taala and only Allah knows what fair will come out of it. When we look at the life of us of Ali Salam, he had to be thrown into the well in order to reach Egypt and then become the minister there.

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So we're positive that the hair is there and we will see it very soon. As Muslims, we also believe in the Cadore of Allah subhanho wa Taala we must believe in that.

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Regardless of any logic in this world, if you are destined to be part of this epic community, there is no way you will escape us in sha Allah. Just alcohol now Hayden.

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You see the Masha Allah, the fear the believers higher in the plan of Allah is perfect and you can't escape us. The sisters used to own my own words against me that I've used here.

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That is a very wise thing that you learn young men and when you get married, that your wife will use your own words against you. Be careful of what you say it can and will be used against you.

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And you can't escape it. So Insha Allah, huzzah. Anna,

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I have one more sister who actually teaches a lot of classes here at Epic. So I'm gonna get the mic to him in sha Allah Hutan

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a solid converter, you Chevron's. We would like to welcome you to our community. And like others, people said, we are very happy that you're here. And I just want to say this being among Muslim women being a mother and being an educator in the community, I strongly believe that Muslim women need to understand their responsibility towards themselves, their families and their communities, and the environment that we are living in, we have to understand the forces that are shaping our community. And I think with your background, with your knowledge and the work that you have been doing with the youth, not only will you benefit our youth as a youth director, but as an outreach

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director, you will help the women in the community alongside the men understand that what the environment is all about and how can we use and understand the environment around us to fulfill our responsibilities toward ourselves, our families and our communities? So like everybody else's, we would we would like to say that and we would like to say to Allah subhanho wa Taala before you that may change your heart and you feel comfortable inshallah in joining

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us inshallah. Inshallah.

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One more question and then I'm going to just lay out Senate small thing and gentlemen, salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. designs are not here at four o'clock. This is my last question, because we give the sister three or four and we then have, that's fine. That's okay. That's okay. So my question is about youth,

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young men and women who leaves Islam. Many of these kids grew up in the masjid many of these kids went to Islamic school, but Subhanallah at one point, they flip, they leave the religion.

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And I'd like to know, what make someone who again, grew up in the Islamic environment, suddenly change their mind and leave the Islam. And what's sad, they start arguing about the new religion that they taking, they are in the right path, and we as Muslims are on the wrong side. And what can we support parents? Who lost some of these children? Again, because I know you have, when you talk to these kids, you have to have some experts to deal with these children who live in Islam. And finally, have you ever experienced such cases, and you've been successful to bring these kids back to Islam? Finally, I'd like to remind you, the weather in Minnesota is terrible in the winter.

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It's an minus 20 for four or five months in the winter, here in Texas is totally different. I've been there for nine winters. The question was about children who, you know, grew up in an Islamic household go to Islamic school who ended up leaving Islam? What could be the cause of that? And, you know, what are some things we could do to help? And have I been successful in that? I'll just answer the last one first. Yes, we've brought children back to Islam Hamdu lillahi, Rabbil Alameen. That is not a success of my self whatsoever. Because in reality, we know that the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said repeatedly in his cookbook, that HYDRA, whomsoever Allah guides cannot be misguided, and

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whomsoever Allah allow us to go astray can then be guided except by him. But always when I when I dig deeper into these issues, there have been warning signs that have been popping up for a lot longer than then then the parents led on initially, you know, I, when I have to dig deeper, these things of warning signs have been popping up for a long time now, but the parents have either, you know, played it off. And you know, the kids, they're, you know, their minds are, you know, they're there, they're going through phases, they find a way to excuse it in some way or some of the thinking, you know, that I'm there in my house, they're going to Islamic school, they'll be just

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fine. There's usually always warning signs that you've missed, you know, or ignored, that should have been dealt with straightaway as soon as in as soon as they popped up. So those are some of the things that we can do with parents is have some of that training to see these warning signs coming up towards your kids, especially when it comes to like atheism, agnosticism, you know, Darwinism, evolution, you know, all their trigger signs, trigger warnings that we can start teaching the parents to look for, and addressing them, you know, way way before they come out of hand. Because usually a lot of the the age that parents bring children to me who have left Islam is like 1718 I'm

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like, Whoa, you know, it's a little tougher that age because they feel like they know everything by them. You know, it's too late because they know everything. I can't tell them anything, because the compendium of all knowledge that has ever existed in the history of mankind.

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their brain already, you know, so it's a little bit tougher.

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Because usually there was warning signs, as soon as they were in middle school, or as soon as they started high school 12 1314 If you'd have caught it right, then you probably wouldn't have to bring them to me at 17. But at the end of the day, we know that that hidayah guidance is with Allah Jalla wa Ala, sometimes, you know, what we want is not what we get. But we we would try to have some, you know, some training classes for parents, that is an area that I would love to deal with, because we are seeing way too many of our youth lose Islam. A lot of it on high school campuses, or college campuses, a majority of it due to science, science, the very knowledge of the creation is being used

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to deny the Creator, it's like,

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it's one of those things where just want to knock your head. So we will deal with that. And Sharla hooter, Anna. And part of my goal and outreach is to blend these two things together, that to me, I don't see them as two conflicting roles. They blend together, our youth are the future of outreach, our youth need to be the one taking up the role of help sharing the message of Islam. As part of outreach, we want to do things like our training seminars, where it's not me taking up the entire role of outreach, it's me helping create a team that can do this in sha Allah, Allah that run like a well oiled machine. Whereas if I'm not even here, that machine just keeps running and keeps chugging

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along. Because any leader who is needed for his for for the for the organization to continue to run is not a leader. He's not a leader, as a slave driver, or true leader should have a very well oiled machine running that it doesn't even notice his absence, if he's not even here for a week and never we would know, because everything is already set and running. So those things but also establishing relationships with the churches in the area and the pastors in the area. You know, because I grew up in the church, I know how to speak the lingo and things of that nature. So creating relationships with the church with the with the synagogues, with civic leaders, trying to show that Epic is here

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to service the community, helping out with homelessness, helping out with poverty, helping out with drug and crime. All of these things need to become a part of our outreach to where epic makes this community of East Plano better, better that people can come to East Plano and know that the reason why he's playing it was better now than it was five years ago is because of that building called Epic cost ease Plano Islamic center. That's my goal in shallow Tana for you not to even build a mansion East Plano without mentioning East Plano Islamic center in sha Allah Who time and the services that it offers to the community and lastly for our youth insha Allah Who to Anna I come I

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really want to be able to work with you guys and it's not just about sitting here giving you guys talks. That's not That's not what I want to be about inshallah it's learning from you guys learning what you guys are about and want to go showing you guys that I am I am still a young man at heart Don't let these gray hairs on my beard fool you. I'm still young man at heart. And I heard a lot of our youth are Car Guys How many of you like cars for the boys and the girls sisters? You can like cars you can like cars. Yeah. Who wants to see the first cars on coffee at Epic and shout along to Anna had insha Allah if I'm here we will have one established in sha Allah Who Tana Carson coffee at

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Epic. And I'll bring my children Shama this young mother, they have a question and then we're wrapping it up, then he brother

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Okay, shall OMA

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inshallah

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we have a young man who wants to ask a question, then we're going to talk something really quick before Aisha about reverse, reverse reverse, which is near and dear to my heart. It has to be because I have myself a reverse. Yes, young man.

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I just wanted to ask you about like, from when you converted to Islam, what was the main? Like, what was the main thing that made you change this land? Because I want to know this because so like, we as youth, we can implement this in our generation and even at public school, we could show it if it's like manners, or what what is your knowledge?

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So more people can join Islam and make a difference in the world? Shama? The question was, what was the catalyst to make me accept Islam when I reverted to Islam? It's it. It kind of is a long story that led up to a certain point. For those of you who haven't seen the video, you can watch, you can go to YouTube and Google or I mean, Google, you can go to YouTube and search how the Bible led me to Islam. And if you just want to fast forward to like the last 20 minutes, it's the part from where I accepted Islam. But what made me accept Islam was the verse of the Quran valley called kitab. Allah Buffy with the pin that this is the book that has no doubt in it and it is a guidance for mankind.

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That verse made me want to read the Quran. It made me want to challenge the Quran. It made me want to disprove the Quran. And in order to disprove the book, I had to read it and I had to dig into it and I had to try to find the fault. It was that search to try to disprove the court

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As the book of Allah subhanho To Allah is what eventually led me to see that it was the Book from Allah subhanho to Ana. The day after I finished reading the Quran was the day I accepted Islam in 1998 Alhamdulillah so that always has wait for me that the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala it is the miracle of Islam it is the miracle of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam it is what is the reason why Islam is still relevant for the 21st century is because we still have the unadulterated Qalam of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada

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they want me to read this

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there's a question. There's no There's no question

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I expect support and a voice from a good youth director. No. Yes, I would like you to be our youth director.

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Sean Lowe Charlottetown Lastly, so we can pray Salat Alicia and Sharma?

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Yes, the reverse. We want to

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Subhan Allah is upside down.

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Masha Allah may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you guys. Alhamdulillah Allah, Akbar, masha Allah, and hamdulillah May Allah bless you guys, this is too much, too much.

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You guys know how to twist arms? Let me tell you, I should know that I'm in the South. You know, you guys know how to twist arms. If you'd have brought a glass of sweet tea with this bit of an all over with

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Alhamdulillah May Allah bless you young man in sha Allah, Allah. Again, you know, I'm putting this into can serious, serious consideration. May Allah reward all of you in shoma Jota Anna, and please forgive me for any shortcomings. On my behalf. Know that, you know, at the end of the day, I love this community to have sincere love for this community, sincere love for the youth. If not, trust me, this decision would have been very easy for me to just say no, from the very beginning. But you know, the love that I have for this community, the feeling that I have when I show up here for Fudger and there's 250 People at the masjid, you know, which is more than than Juma and most places

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in this country. Just it's a different vibe from me here.

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You know, if I wanted to make just an emotional decision, say yeah, sure, you know, but I also have to make a logical decision as a father and a husband, you know, who's responsible for shaping his flock but I am I'm very, very much reconsidering Thank you very much system Shama.

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Okay, the home of reverse, one of the goals that we have for Epic is to make epic, an EPIC Center. And I see I throw that in there and Epi Center for reverse in America. Because reverts in America as huge as as as was shown last weekend, according to the research that over 70% of new Muslims leave Islam within the first three years 70% That means we're losing more than we're gaining. We're losing more than we're gaining. Why? Because we as Muslims are very good at selling our product. We're not good. Actually, the product is so amazing that it sells itself. But people are buying Islam. What I mean by that they're accepting Islam, but our customer service,

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our customer service is deplorable. It's non existent. It's horrific. People are buying our products. And then the moment they have a question, there is no customer service. There is no one that's it, the Masjid is locked up, then they'll have nothing. We're giving people no help after they accept Islam. So why are they leaving because of us. Because of us, Allah, Allah, Allah is going to ask us about these things. We need to have established protocols in place that are from the beginning when someone takes your head or even before that,

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all the way through their integration into the community within the first three years, to them being able to be a functional Muslim on their own. And if we do not have a full fledged program and protocols in place, we are failing the reverse before we even help them get to take Shahada. We need to have that in place. Insha Allah Who to Anna, there needs to be brothers and sisters who are on board with that, that are ready to take up that mission of nurturing new Muslims because new Muslims come into Islam with so much baggage, so much baggage. I brought so much baggage into Islam. It took me almost you know, it took me well into my first decade of being a Muslim. To learn that I was even

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dragging this baggage along. Nobody helped me out. I was fumbling along by myself. I don't have any Muslim family. Most of my family is not even around today. You know, most of my family has died. I don't have an older brother. I don't have you know, cousins to call or talk to. I fumbled around by myself for a decade. You know, trying to figure out my way in this religion and hamdulillahi rabbil Alameen Allah put certain people in my place into my path to help them

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be on that mission or Allah knows that I would have been one of those statistics. So we have to make sure that we are not only bringing new Muslims into the fold of the community, but we keep them here. If you guys are giving out how many average how many shadows you think happen here every year?

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200 A year 200 A year? Are there 200 new Muslims in this room right now. That's a problem.

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That's a problem.

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If there's not at least 150 new Muslims in this room next year, that's a problem. That is your fault. That is the fault of this community. That is the fault of this community. If there are 200 people taking shahada this year, there should be 400 new Muslims at the end of next year because you didn't take it 200 more. And they should have gone out and brought more people. That's the way Islam grew. That's the way Islam spread. This was the Sunnah of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. This is how the Companions became who they were the greatest generation and spread and became such a huge nation. We're failing in that we're having to emigrate our communities. We're having to literally

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emigrate our communities to fill our misogyny. How long is that going to last? If Trump gets another four years

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might be all over and done with. But you get what I'm saying. We need to start keeping these new Muslims around. That's by make we have to make them feel like this is a home for them. They need to make to be feel welcome. They need to be made to feel part of the community, not just if they become a desi, or if they become an autumn. No, we need to make them feel part of the community exactly how they are with their identity as an American as a Reaver as whatever they are. Whatever they are, white, African American, Hispanic, Latino, whatever they are, we need to be accepting of them. We need to stop expecting them to be perfect Muslims the moment they walk through the door Subhanallah

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we've been Muslims as most of us our whole lives and we're not perfect Muslims yet. We're expecting Rome to be built in the day as soon as they entered the door and they say a shard to Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, we hit them over the head with the photo book spam. Here's the halal and haram Salam aleikum. See you next Friday. It doesn't work like that. It does not work like that. So we need to be receptive of that inshallah. And we need to be caring about them. We need to know their problems. If someone accepts us, then we need to know what they are going to face when they walk out of the door today and go home and tell the people where they came

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from that they're Muslim, are you going to have any problems? Are you going to have a housing issue? Are you going to have a financial issue? Are you going to have a safety issue? You know, are you married? Is that going to cause all of this stuff we need to know? If not, we're just sending them out there with no idea what they're doing with themselves. And it becomes overwhelming. They say, You know what, this is just easier just to leave this thing alone. Most of and one of the polls that wasn't shown, that wasn't shown is that what if you if you do an exit poll, we did exit polls years ago, about people who have left Islam, most of them still believe in Islam. They've just left the

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practice of Islam. They've left the practice because it was too confusing, too difficult, too hard. No one helped them, they will still tell you Yes, I still believe later. Hina Muhammad Rasool Allah, I just, I just can't keep up with it. Because we haven't helped them. So we want to make epic insha Allah to Allah, the home of reverse that every community throughout America, if they want to know how to deal with reverts, we need to get on the phone to Epic and find out what they're doing because in the past three years, they have 500 new Muslims that are still in their community that are like you know, half of Juma population now, so we need to find out what Epic is doing in Sharla

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that's what we want to do with reverts in sha Allah and then be able to make them the next leaders of our make them the next leaders of that where they make amazing days. If you look around the world today, and please do not take this as praise on myself, I finished with this please, please, anyone who knows me knows that I do not like praise whatsoever. I refuse to be called chef. I don't like none of that. None of that and Brother You should this another person like you. But if you look around the world today, the most well known global do X the majority of them are reverts. The majority of them revert like people like a few semesters of the Raheem green use of chambers. You

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know, people that came from bottle came from misguidance into guidance when they see and realize that and know what it's like to be in that sickness in that darkness. In that devastation and depravity. They are more concerned about the people who are there are now that look like them that were raised like them that they grew up with them. So they have some concern. So if we can raise some of those new rewards to go out and go back into their communities that they were born and raised in the call the message of Islam, you can have 1000 reverts in this community in the next five years. It's not impossible, it's absolutely 100% possible, we just have to put in the work, do

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good with sales, do good with customer service and Shama Jota to duck Allahu COVID And may Allah subhanho wa Taala word all of you in sha Allah, I look forward to seeing you guys around in sha Allah. sha Allah this will not be less time you have me here in sha Allah just like that okay and instead I'm Marty Cobra Hamza Allah here but to get to that very quickly. We'll have some snacks and tea in the multipurpose hall, both in the brother and sister side inshallah and inshallah we'll have those on for the show.

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I've been told that the latest list for the epic membership have been published in the wall.

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My understanding this could be captured by this as of all the way to the today. Okay, so as of today anyone who have signed up for the membership, your name should be on the list. If for some reason if your name is not there, you are encouraged to go to the epic website and sign up for the membership please. Zack Lachlan sound clever. If you have missed the program that we have interacted program with whether you share it was a mashallah was a well attended program from McGraw Patia he is here if you have any question but inshallah we'll be meeting him in a closed doors slowly with Allah