Syrian Refugee Camp – A Living Nightmare

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Zahir Mahmood

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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim

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al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen

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wa salatu salam

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ala rasulillah Karim. While early he was high he woman severe hunger son in law yo matino about their respective brothers.

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Elders, sister Islamic law

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in our heritage,

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the unsolved, the unsolved and the time of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, those who help the migrants have a special status.

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The message of Allah went to the degree of saying that if it was not for the migration, if it was not for the hegira, I would have been a man from the inside.

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Why? Because the answer were the people who gave refuge to the Muslims were just a handful at the time.

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And they gave them home. They gave them a boat, for people who have been persecuted for a decade.

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And this is where they found solace. This is where they found tranquility. This is where the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went, and the anzar embraced him.

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They said to the Messenger of Allah, just before he migrated, they said we will sacrifice

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our families, our wealth, and everything for you. But message of Allah tell us what we will get rid of in return.

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The Messenger of Allah said what you will get in return is gentlemen.

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Just one word, that's all he said. Jen garbage mnemonic or the alarm who was sitting there, he said, Robbie, help Bay what a park.

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Tomorrow you're gonna be looking for bargains. Yeah.

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Boxing Day.

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He said Robbie, Halle Bay. What a buck.

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A business which will never ever fail.

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And, you know, I just came back a few days ago, from a journey where I went to a country, which has many, many refugees. Lebanon.

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Lebanon, is has about a population of 5 million, they say is the 16 million refugees, Lebanese outside Lebanon.

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It has half a million Palestinian refugees. And it has a million Syrian refugees. At the height of the Syrian crisis, it had over 2 million Syrian refugees.

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And this is a G place. But I really want to focus on the places that we visited.

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So we landed in Beirut, booked into the hotel. Next morning, we went to a place called Seder in say that there is a camp called either Hillary Hillary, which means the sweet spring. And this is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon is half a million. But there's 120,000 in this camp.

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security's really tight first day, they said, We have to go back secondary, we have to get permission again. And they allowed us to go in and what like, I have never seen anything like this. It's a country within a country.

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Soon as you pass the checkpoint, it's like you're in Palestine. Now even like you're in Palestine, like you're in Gaza. There is no sign of Lebanon at all.

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It is Palestinian flags, Palestinian leaders, even the streets, there's only approximately a mile radius. There's 120,000 people who live in anal hallowee. The streets are narrow, because initially it was small, it was just a handful of people. And then it grew and grew

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places congested. You can barely get to cars past many, many, many places. They hardly any field for children, and the environment also feels like you're in Palestine. So anybody who knows Lebanon, Lebanon has about 35% of Christians, the figures differ. The rest are Muslims and then Muslims are divided 5050 into Sunni and Shia.

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Lebanon is quite a liberal place.

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Soon as you go into a scene and Halloween is totally different, you got the hedge jobs, you got the bids, I was approached, I was about the only person in Beirut, who wore a job

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as they can have a more Arab these guys.

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You go into a totally different world.

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for 17 years, this camp has existed from 1948.

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And you know why it's like this, why they allow it to be like this. And why is like this, because the Palestinians keep the dream alive, that one day we will go back to Palestine.

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And this is why honestly is like you just walked into part of the IB to Gaza. I've been to Palestine, Jerusalem. This is like you just walked into Palestine.

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And I was like, I was thinking to myself, you know, with all these countries, Muslim countries, normalizing relationships

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with Israel, it hurts us. Every Muslim speaks about it. It hurts us here in the West. It hurts us. But I was thinking to myself while walking, I think I wonder how it hurts these people.

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for 17 years, you've lived in a refugee camp, with the hope that one day you will go back and your own Muslim Brothers, and your own Muslim sisters, and your own Muslim leaders set you out.

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This was the place of issawi mirage. This was the place the only time in the life of Bob and his 10 years of California. He walked he we traveled all the way from Medina to Jerusalem to pick up the keys.

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This was the place with sallahu de people I knew the hundreds of other leaders spent their life, their sweat and blood, dreaming of liberating this place.

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And it hurts us and I won't lie I when I was there. I was thinking, I wonder how it hurts these people

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wonder how it hurts these people?

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So we were there. We went around. We visited a few families more we were there for relief.

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So we met a sister who was a Palestinian but Syrian refugees. So she came from Syria, but she was originally Palestinian. We went her she had two children who

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were quadriplegic.

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She She was bringing these two children up herself. Her husband had been imprisoned.

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And A while later she got the information that the husband had died. There's a brain hemorrhage. They know it's not brain hemorrhage is torture and eventually they end up killing them. You know, honestly,

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you know, this was a repeated theme through and through.

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You know, I have been in the charity sector everybody knows so far homeless project other projects, by the grace of Allah I driven on the first Viva Palestina convoy all the way to the za I've been to Turkish border Syrian border. But you know, this journey, honestly, for me was a eye opener one line.

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One lies within the eye opener. So she got the news that her husband has passed away.

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So she's bringing up these two children. She can't go work for 24 hours, but she's got a roof over her head and hamdulillah and she lived in a house.

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Then we went to another house in Seder. Which lady same husband

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imprisoned, got news a couple of years later, some sometimes you get a letter sometimes it's a phone call. Sometimes just somebody else in prison will come and tell him your husband's dead.

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She will bring it up. six children, five children.

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And the first child the first child wasn't even her biological child. She was 21 she the girl was about this year she had growth problems brother artists it actually I did a video on that one. But I did a video on the first one. she she she has epileptic fits twice while she was we were there. She felt like this

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story, even her biological child. It's a husband's child.

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And she would bring it up own for children and this child

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with nothing

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with nothing

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amazing

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I mean, me and the brothers we were discussing within Wow. And this was just a few. We had a few other places. Well, from there the next day we traveled to the Bekaa Valley.

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So there, the beaker Valley is in a valley, it's about two hours from Beirut. And it's, it's, it gets quite cold. So in the evening, it was quite cold daytime, it was fine. But come winter actually can plummet to minus 10. And you know, the cold over there is honestly not like the cold in the UK, go seeps into the booms.

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So we were handing out winter packs. So there were making lines. They were the brothers on one side, and the sisters on one side. And I was looking at these people.

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And I was thinking to myself,

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you know, these were people who had noble lice once upon a time.

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They were just like me and you. They're most likely even had more than me and you.

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And I was thinking to myself today, as imagine today, if my wife had to see me line up in a line to take out handouts, one lighthouse, I think, these got this, this man must have been the fruit of our eyes once upon a time.

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This man must have been his security. She looked up to him. And now her husband has to line up for a mattress and the lights of me and others have to give it to that person.

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I mean, do you see your father lining up for hand outs?

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You know, Allah says typical a young new dog will have been in us. These are the days that we rotate amongst people.

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Today, you're up here. Today, you're down here.

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That's materialistically there is no lie guarantee that you and I tomorrow will have a two pennies to rub together.

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Today you and I

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can't take out 50 pounds out of our pockets 100 pounds out of pocket to give to your destitute brothers and sisters.

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And then if you and I were in the same position, we will cry anal oma with the oma

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with a lot minooka Jessa did ya the believers are like one body. If the head hurt, the entire body feels discomfort. And I was thinking about the brothers who had to see they they own wives line up to get a winter pack to get a few blankets

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to get a few other things.

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And one lie.

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And the fact that we are giving doesn't make us any better than those who are receiving.

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The only way we can give is that there are people who are receiving even they have a sound upon us and a favor upon us.

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You know I shed the light on how often when she would go and give sadaqa

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he would say to the person because unless you have a law said earlier earlier how you mean to sofa the hand that gives is better than the hand that receives but that is not just that we're here to give less encouragement to give doesn't mean that you're better than that person. In the time of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Muslim women are made up of no made was that man, the youngster who set the trend. The clothes he wore in Makkah became the trend in the Hejaz. them. Nobody had perfume better than Muslim Naomi, you could walk half an hour after Muslim nomade had walked down the street. You would smell that perfume. He had the best clothes, he was the most

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handsome of individuals. And then he embraced Islam and his family disowned him and come a day in Medina. Muslim near may it comes into gathering of the police a lot of them and he barely had enough to cover it's over.

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And the Sahaba put their eyes down. When they saw musubi made and when the message of love sorry we began to cry.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said I saw must have been made in Makkah. And by a line ever saw a man who had better clothes and must have have now made softer hair that must have never made

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and look at the man what he sacrificed for the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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and then the Messenger of Allah said but a day will come.

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You will change your clothes twice in a day.

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And the Sahaba asked Thomas Ebola. Will we be better today when we barely have clothes to cover our body on that day when

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We will change our clothes twice in the day. The Messenger of Allah said in the eyes of Allah and that's the only thing which counts. He said in the eyes of Allah you will be better today than you will be on that time when you will have clothes that you will change twice a day.

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I share with you a lot on how because of the hobbies that they hand which is giving is better than 100 you're receiving.

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She would say place the southern car next to the person and don't give it in his hands.

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Maybe he will think because he knows the hobbies that you are better he is better than that individual.

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You know we went to a we went to a place we went to a family.

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Same story, same story. husband had been killed Dora letter you know we you know in the West we talked about closure.

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We want closure to the matter. We want to know where our families are. One law II we found not one family who had closure.

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Now one family who attended the janazah. Now one family knew where their husband or their father was buried.

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This sister had four or five children.

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I put the put the picture on my Facebook.

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Young children the youngest one must be a four or five.

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She goes at age two o'clock in the morning to work.

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She comes back

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at six o clock for 10 hours her children are unsupervised and nobody to look after them. The eldest one must have been about 1213.

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She saw the UN have made these camps in every tent that they place. These

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kind of stones heaters. They don't have the wood. They find plastic they find garbage

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to fill it up and to light it. That's the fuel. Imagine 10 hours every day. How much does she earn? 60 Pitts.

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60 pence. And, you know, look, I have been to many places where there's poverty. I came from Pakistan just about a month ago. And one of the reasons I went to Pakistan was because we were looking at project to do in Pakistan. So I went to all the carnival dossiers etc. You know, people who live in tents. There's a difference between the poverty here and the poverty in other countries.

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You see the hurt in the eyes.

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You see the emptiness in the eyes, in Arma people are born in poverty and they grow up in poverty. That's what they like. They know poverty from childhood. But they haven't seen more. They haven't seen the fact that their dad has been killed. The uncle has been killed. They've left their homes that they don't know what tomorrow holds for them.

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Seven years were people in a beaker Valley were in the refugee camp seven years

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and you know, May Allah give designs here to you know, the brothers one law he there are so many people will look one law he with so much heart It's unbelievable.

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You know, as soon as I put that post on my thing, so many brothers contacted me sir, can we sponsor that family shake and we sponsor that family, you know, honestly, may prefer RF with it. You know, when you walk out there, you think I got to make a change.

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We got we got to make a change. And even listen, even if you don't give a dime. Listen, even if you don't give a penny I would advise every single person here to go on the field trip.

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Every single person because it will bring your life into perspective.

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We see videos all the time of this happening in Yemen, this happening in Syria, this happening in Burma by Allah when you're on the ground, the impact is totally different.

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Even if you don't intend to give a penny go to a field trip, go next month when it's winter, whenever it permits minus 10. And the grandmother that we met a grandmother, she was raising her two grandchildren. Her husband had died her husband had killed by the Bashar regime. Her her son had been killed the father the mother had left. So often what happens within these families is that the mother now can't manage to look after the children. She's traumatized. So the custom among Syrians is that the father's

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Syed will look after it.

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So you see this quite often. This grandmother, he must be near a 70s she's sitting there not will lie I'm looking into the eyes of these children.

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And his emptiness. Imagine your grandfather's dead, your father's dead your mother's left.

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And the grandmother is telling us that this, the stove, it's broken, the heat is broken. And she doesn't have enough money to fix it. And this is in a place called aerosol which is just made of Syrian refugees all mountain it's slow there the snow is in the UK this low comes up to here.

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And this is why brothers honestly one lie. You go there it will bring your life into perspective. I can guarantee you you will come back guarantee you and if it doesn't happen I'll pay for your ticket

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I can guarantee you you will come back during shocker what you have

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many of those huge problems you will have no longer look huge anymore

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because you've seen what other people go through

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you know honestly when I when I went to these tents

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every time I went and I was sitting with these families and these many families

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is another video I put up this morning on my Facebook if you want to interested have a look at it. Have a look at really have a look at that video. I can't explain if I explain it, I'll kill it.

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I'm in the 10th and I'm speaking about it.

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But you know honestly, when you see the suffering first hand of people

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and these are our brothers and sisters.

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You know we should you you give what you can.

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But honestly one line more than even giving I honestly believe this more than even giving you should save up the three 400 pound and go on to field trip.

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It will make you a model stronger it will bring your life into perspective because when you will see these people who have nothing. We have no tomorrow dimeo wise, but they're still saying Alhamdulillah

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there's a boy we met when we had to Arsalan enabled, Baja is one of the first to be bumped into.

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So we were speaking to him, again father killed by the regime. So the translator was telling us that he works. He's 13 years old is your two siblings and a mother. So the garage was there.

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You could see the garage. He works as a mechanic at the age of 13.

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What are what are children doing at the age of 13?

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School PlayStation central heating

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enough food.

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And I looked while I looked at the children I was thinking to myself

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look how beautiful the children

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look how intelligent the children are.

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A large weight hit

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the alarm testers in a different way. A lot gives us this comfort

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and ally hasn't given them the comfort. But maybe Allah is furnishing de Jana

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for enamel OCD usila because after every difficulty This is silver lining.

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And therefore brothers.

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I want to finish off with a story which came to my mind many times when like when I was sitting there, you know me and a brother RF was speaking, said You know, every time I sit in one of those houses, I just think of my own kids.

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Archie's thinking those kids could be my kids.

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You know, once

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Omar was the Alon who went and he walked around the streets of Medina.

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And this was what Omar would do every evening.

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And he walked in the streets or outside Medina and he saw this woman and she had lit a fire.

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And on the fire she had put a pot of water. And she was pretending that he was cooking because she had nothing to cook and she was hoping that the children will think that she's cooking and they will go to sleep. But they were out of hunger. They were sitting there and they were crying

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to Oman watching this for a little while.

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And then Omar walks up to and he gives us Salaam

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and Omar speaks to us.

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And then Omar says VA says What is your opinion of Omar Omar?

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She said I complained to a lot about

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this was the man with a dog drowned in the Euphrates. He was concerned that Allah will ask him on the Day of Judgment.

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Should I complain to Allah about

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it, maybe it is a new state. He said he's our Amir and he doesn't know the state of his subjects.

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And Omar went back into Medina. He went to the baitul mal. And he said, Give me a sack full of food. So they give him a sack full of food and almost a place on my back. And the key was no meat. I'll carry it. And no one said no place on my back. And he said, O'Meara, Mommy, I'll carry it. Over said attack.

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Rubio multi armor. He said, will you carry my sins also on the Day of Judgment.

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As with you carry my sins on the Day of Judgment.

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And Omar now walk through Medina, the most powerful man on the face of this earth with a sack on his back.

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And he went to the camp, he lit the fire that aerations mentioned that the smoke was coming through his bed.

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And he cooked the food with his own hands.

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And then over sat there and the children are playing. And his woman still doesn't always overlook a pub.

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And she turns Roman and she said I swear by Allah, you are better than omarama pop.

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Then undermine me over the alarm who is David Omar.

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And Omar over the alarm who said who's a multi millionaire

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is ameerul momineen. Let's go back. It's cold. It's Doug. And Omar said I swear by Allah. I will not move from this place until I see these children smiling like I saw them crying.

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And then Omar went to Medina.

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He went to the machine ob Salalah alayhi wa sallam, and he led the foot of Salah.

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And abdominal o says I swear by Allah. I cannot explain to you how Omar cried when he led the foot your Salah

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because he saw believers

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crying out of hunger.

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So brothers,

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my plea to you today we don't normally do this is that today we are collecting for the winter pack for Syria, Syrian refugees. It cost me normally what we make of Jamal goes to a sofa. But today especially we're going to do it for the Syrian refugees 100 pound will secure us secure you a pack for five people. Wherever you can give

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whatever you can give, give a penny

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message of Allah said give a half a date. And even if you can't give half a date, just say something nice.

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Somebody comes at us even if you can't give a half a day just say something nice. So inshallah we request you to inshallah donate. My last month of reward you met last month Allah assist our brothers and sisters. May Allah sponsor alleviate their suffering. May Allah subhanaw taala grant them gentlemen, for those for the suffering that they've gone through, may Allah Subhana Allah grant their martyred genital for those last panel dollar destroyed the tyrants of this oma May our last panel, unite all the families in general for those and May Allah make us a source make you and i a source of the alleviation of this suffering Baraka Ladakh, located