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What Can We Learn From The Life Of Nelson Mandela

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Zaid Shakir

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Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala ZD mursaleen molana Muhammad wa ala early he was hierba he woman Surya homebirth son Illa Yomi Deen about respected brothers.

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Sisters,

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distinguished guests Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah.

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guys put the stopwatch on otherwise I carry on for an hour.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala

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has a thing called sunna's.

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Allah speaks about the suddenness in the Quran and he says, Len taggi the listener tiller he tub de la with the Wheeler

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that you will never find any change in the sun as of Allah, they will remain

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his son as in the creation, let me give you an example.

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Water boils at 100 Celsius.

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So always done that and shall always do that that is a son of a law. If tomorrow, it boiled at 65 the next day at 25. The next day of 14 the next day and 93 life would come become quite difficult. This is a son of Allah in His creation.

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Fire burns

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with a few exceptions, like the story of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, but that exception is not the norm. So if you decided to stick your finger in the fire and it burned, then that's your baby.

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This is a song of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Similarly, regarding change Allah subhanaw taala has some suddenness.

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Allah says in the Quran Pooja al Huck was the Heckle bottle in Alberta, Canada hookah. When the truth comes. barthel disappears. falso disappears it vanishes, because the nature of falsehood is that it cannot stand in front of Huck.

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What is Huck? It's Islam. What is bottled? Its disbelief.

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Now you must be thinking, we have the Huck.

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How come we're in the decadence that we find ourselves and how come the bottle is in a state of dominance? Mufti Shafi Rahim Allah, the father of Mufti Ducky, here's a Tafseer of this ayah.

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He says, if you ever see that the people of Huck the Muslims are not dominant. They're not at the four

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then know that the people of Huck have characteristics of the people of Barton. And if you ever see the disbelievers dominant, they know that the disbelievers have characteristics that the Muslims should have had.

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And today's society is no different. The reason that me and you are here in the West, and not in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, and one of the Arab countries is because maybe there are many characteristics that the Muslim should have had, we find them here.

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And similarly, regarding individuals, the same subnet exists. You see certain people

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who may be non Muslims who may die, not on Islam, but they have characteristics that the believers should have had.

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And this is nothing new in the time of the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam there are many examples. Let me give you a few example where the prophets Allah solemn, praise people who are non Muslims who died on the cover, but they had characteristics good characteristics, I will worry about Book Three was a man when the Muslims were boycotted for two and a half years and sometimes they would have to eat nice boy leaves and eaten

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And Apple buttery try to have the boycott lifted, and the Battle of burger came and above three was a disbeliever he was fighting on this side of the machinery key. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, If you face a ballbuster in the battlefield, then try to not engage him try to avoid him. This was where in the battlefield, he's fighting against the Muslims.

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multimillionaire ad when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam came back from dive I spoke about it yesterday, and he was pelted with stones and he came to Mecca. The brothers Allison had no protection, nobody to protect him. He was as vulnerable as Bilal and the other slaves. his clan had lifted their protection. And he sent a message to the leaders of grace give me protection, none of them gave him protection beside multimillionaire ad. He came to the Kaaba with his sons. And he said, I give Muhammad protection Nobody puts a finger on Muhammad.

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And then came the Battle of Babel and the prophets Allah Salaam, captured 70 of the Mashallah key and the prophets Allah Salaam said multimedia died. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, if he was alive today,

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I would have released all these men free if he had asked me, I would have read them all.

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The prophets Allah Salaam said regarding the Joshua was in a Muslim. He was a Christian at this time. He said in American Idol. He's a just ruler. He's a just ruler. Look at dub, there was a Persian and this Persian leader his name was amateur one, they just he was known as an usher one that just

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uses the restroom. Omar has had his entire biography read to him.

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He wanted to see what made the man tick. He was the most powerful man understood one on the face of this earth, the superpower, the leader of the superpower, and he was known as just and then Allah subhanaw taala turned the tables and data became the most powerful man on the face of this earth. And the Zoroastrians came with a delegation to Medina.

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And they go to the house.

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And it's a mud hut, the most powerful man on the face of this earth, and he lives in a mud hut. And he says, Is this the house?

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says yes, this is the house.

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And then they go to the machine and they don't find Omar. And they asked one of the boys, have you seen amirul mumineen? They said, Yes, we saw him lying under a tree. So they go to this tree. And they see Omar, the most powerful man on the face of this earth. He's lying under the tree. The sun is his pillow, and the heavens are his blanket.

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And there's a Russian delegation is shocked. And they say impromptu. They say, have come to alpha delta fermenter for nimitta is that you ruled and you were just you were just, and therefore you bought security and you sleep wherever you wish. See, he studied the life of an usher one.

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And he said with the message of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but he learned from it. There were lessons from him, they learned and you know, today

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is no different. Nelson Mandela, what the man achieved the greatest leader of our times the greatest statesman of our times, the most popular individual of no face of this earth. And what I want to do with his life, is that I want to draw some parallels with the seed of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, that this is our legacy, how comes we've left our legacies, and as the people are adopting the legacy of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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One characteristic that melcer had was empathy. You know what empathy is? empathy is the ability to put yourself in somebody else's shoes and relate to that person. Its ability to care. You look at the life of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam, he had this ability, even before Islam, when the first revelation descended upon the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he's in the cave, and he comes home. And he says to his wife, Khadija the olana, he says, me, Louisa meluna, cover me cover me. And she said, What happened? And he told me about the incident of the revelation. Then he said, to me, I feared for my life. And what did she say?

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She hadn't prepared a talk on the life of the Prophet Salah Salem. It was impromptu. She said de la la isla de colo Abba de la casilla Rahim. Allah wa taxable makhdoom. She said by Allah, Allah will never forsake you. Because you have the characteristic this

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Before Islam, you you rejoined you reconcile ties, you carry other people's burdens you care for those that nobody else is ready to care for. When at the heart, he became a Muslim, he came to Medina. He was a Christian, and he was a prince. And he comes to meet the prophets, Allah salam, and he's walking through the streets of Medina. And this African slave woman comes through the prophets, Allah Selim or a freed slave, and she stops a messenger of Allah. And she said, a message of Allah speak to my boss.

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He overburdened me with work, I can't bear it. And it says, When I saw that woman stopped the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam, he wasn't a Muslim at that time. When I saw him being stopped in the middle of the street, I knew this man was in a king. No, was he a prince, because you don't stop kings and princes in the middle of the street, but he was Ramadan, al al amin, and then the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to her, he said, Take my hand, and take me to any street in Medina and asked me for assistance, I will assist you. The lowest person that you could have in society at that time, was those who had been slaves who are African or African of

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origin and who were females. And what's the message of Allah saying, Take me to any street in Medina, ask me for assistance. I will assist you this was the compassion and the empathy of the province, Allah Allah, listen, it wasn't just limited to the Muslims or the Quraysh. It was, it was wide. And you see this characteristic in Nelson Mandela 27 years in a prison for his people for a struggle, not one day, not two days, 27 years. He fought for his people. He emancipated his people from the wretched Arab regime of apartheid. 27 years for what he believed in

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and see the amazing thing about Nelson Mandela, that this empathy wasn't just limited to the Africans or to the blacks.

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It was General, he cared about humanity. Let me let me quote a few of his statements, especially related to the Muslim God, the vast majority of the crowd is Muslims. Let me give a quote. And when you hear these quotes, you know, by the end you come to the conclusion, a man's a radical.

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He said about the UAE, he said about America and Britain. He said they are undermining the UN. He said about bush. He's a small man, a man with no foresight.

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A man who wants to plunge the world into a holocaust. This is a michael moore speaking. This isn't Tony Benn speaking.

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And listen, with all due respect. I know there's a huge contingency from America here. If you got a problem with the statements, speak to Mandela.

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He said about America. He said the war in Iraq for war for only oil. He said, If there's a country on the face of this earth,

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which has committed unspeakable atrocities, it's America.

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He said the most he said the South Africans can never be free until the Palestinians are free. We can never have total freedom until the Palestinians are free.

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In 1990, when he went to Australia,

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he called

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he called Israel a terrorist state.

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What relationship did Nelson Mandela have with Iraq or Afghanistan of Palestine? He had no relationship. He was an a Muslim, but he had empathy. He couldn't take anybody being oppressed.

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And this was amazing characteristic. He had a concern for humanity. And this is how believers should be. Let me recreate Nelson Mandela for you today. His name is Shiv Abdullah Mandela.

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And he says all these statements I just mentioned, he would be on 100 watch lists.

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But does anybody have the guts to call Mandela a terrorist? No.

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No, nobody has the guts. And this is why for Muslims, our battle our battle is not just a Muslim battle. We should have the empathy that we see in the light

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For the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for humanity, not just for the Muslims, if you want people to fight for your cause, then you must fight for the cause of other people. Don't be selfish.

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You know, we speak about Palestine. Let me let me give you example of Palestine

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after operation cost later, and I don't really want to blow my own trumpet, but I just want to mention this after operation cost late.

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We were in the first Viva Palestina convoy, which went to Gaza.

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So when we came back, I wanted to open it. I wanted to plan a billboard regarding Palestine. So I managed to find a shop in Coventry road, which is the most visited place in our city for the Muslims.

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And I wanted to open a shop, which would be a permanent reminder for the locals about Palestine and all the proceeds would go to Palestine. So I decided to check on the net. Is there any similar shop and I found a shop in Edinburgh where all the proceeds will go to the Palestinian cause. So I jumped on the plane, I went to Edinburgh, I told a taxi driver, here's that just take me there. He takes me and he parks outside the church.

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I said you sure you got the right address?

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It looks like a church to me. So that's the address you gave me.

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So I go into the church.

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And inside the church, there is a shop where every penny goes to the Palestinian people.

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vast majority of our massage in UK must speak about Palestine.

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The second quality

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I want to speak about is having a principal, the province Allah Allah was the principal man. He's Allah, Allah, Allah was a Lama. When they came to the message of a lion. He started the message. What did they say to him? They said, Oh, Muhammad, is that wealth that you want, that we will give you Well, we will give you half the wealth that we have Quraysh half the state wealth is yours. Is it women that you want, then we will marry you to the most beautiful women?

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is a leadership that you weren't then we will make you a leader? And what did the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, the brothers Allah Allah alayhi wa sallam said, if you put the sun in one hand, and you put the moon in my other hand, I would not forego spreading this message. This message is a mission for Mandela 27 years in prison, what did they say to him? They said to a Mandela.

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relinquish your struggle, and we will give you post. We will give you honor. But what did he say? Did he accept it? No, he didn't accept it. He said he revived the Sunnah of use of La salatu salam when you saw a nice latos law was in prison is a color A B? Is it oh my lord a CG

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una de la. He said I rather be in prison then except what they call me towards a rather rotten prison then except what they will call me principled. How principle are me and you

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know, really, they write an article about our organization or our imamura Masjid. And we get flustered and then we speak about the sacrifice of the self. You know they write an article about one share and all of a sudden all the Muslim organizations say bro leave that share for long. These are shallow he's too hot. What do you mean is too hot? You see shaking a miniskirt.

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And then we speak you have a non Muslim who's more principled than many Muslims. As as Dr. tariq ramadan was speaking the other day Muslims should be brave. The prophets Allah Salaam saw refuge from being cowardice,

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being cowardice. We are we are meant to be people who have you know firm beliefs be word for the era. this dunya is a missoura

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It's a field for the opposite of what you sow is what you will reap by Allah subhanho wa Taala. You know, I lived in South Africa for three years.

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Just before the election, my studies finished so in the apartheid and tail end of the apartheid regime. I lived in South Africa.

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And I there was much talk three months before the election I left there was much talk from the many of the blacks that when we will take when we will come in power. They see that house of the white man day. That's my

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You see that house of the coolie Indian? Muslim, Hindu, that's my house. There was much talk like this. And this is why Nelson Mandela he said, he said amazing statement. He said I fought white dominance, and I fought black dominance. He for both dominance is and then he created a society

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to the best of his ability, which he tried to create harmonious and harmonious society. 27 years in prison is a long time for the venom of revenge to run through your veins 20s hundreds of years of seeing your people being persecuted. That case the Muslims in South Africa, the cape Malays have been there for 300 years they were brought over as slaves. And you can imagine what the blacks went through persecution, torture, murder, and you come out to present

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and there is no revenge. There is no bloodshed, whose son is this. This is a son of the believers. Let me tell you a couple of examples in our history. Salahuddin Rahim Allah when he took goods when the Crusaders took goods, the Russians mentioned that they took babies from the arms of their mothers, and they smashed their heads against the walls. They gathered the people in the machine and, and the Christian Chronicle has mentioned that they slaughtered them until the blood of the Muslims came to their knees. All this was recorded in history, all this large loud, he knew. And today he comes in as the conqueror. And he enters and there is no revenge. And Stanley lane tool

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says that the Muslim leader showed the Christian the meaning of mercy.

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And then they came to the church where East LA salatu salam is assumed to be buried. And then they said to

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sala de they said, Oh, Salahuddin, let's break this church down, we don't believe is buried there. Let's break it down. And the wall will finish. The longest war in history is the Battle of the Crusaders. 200 years it lasted just Christians. 6 million Christians died in the crusades, and many more Muslims. They said let's resolve the issue. Break it. Game over. What is louder and say? Loud? He said, a man who was better than me.

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Took God's and he did not break it so I will not break it. Who was that man? That was Omar of Norfolk Barbara de Allahu. And if Nancy Rahim Allah says, it is not for the virtue of sallahu. Dean. It is enough for the virtue of slow Deen, that history will remember his name with Omar on top. Who will who will remember your name and my name? How will we be remembered? No Salahuddin is gonna come You know, two weeks ago I was in Syria. I don't have time. But will la he? It was it was minus zero. He should have seen he should with children walk around without shoes. Somebody just sent me a clip

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of a six year old child. And his final words were what his final words were so but also a bit cliche. I will tell Allah what I've seen.

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10,000 people in one camp I saw no hot water. 6 million people displaced 2 million outside Syria. And you complain about your lot.

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You complain that you have it hard.

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You should do should have Allah subhanho wa Taala that will Allah has given us

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will law he so Mr. Mandela he baby brought the son alive.

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He bought the sinner who alive he bought the son now the prophets Allah Salaam alive when the prophets Allah Salaam went back to 14 Makkah

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and further after 10 years in exile. Today the Muslims are coming back and the Muslims are the superpower. The Moroccans don't even put up a fight. They don't even bother with a fight. And when they enter into Makkah, can you imagine all the memories? All the persecution comes back by Allah there was never a day where there was not new persecution. Not a morning with a new trial, not an evening with the new tribulation. Can you imagine they enter into Makkah, and they see the place with Samira de

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anha is martyred. The memory comes back. They see the place where Bilal is dragged through the streets of Makkah until his skin peeled from his body. They see the place where hubbub is made to lie on hard hot charcoal until his skin melt from his body. They see where they were boycotted for two and a half years. All these memories come back.

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And once a hobby saga the Alalu in the heat of the moment, he says, A yo yo mal Hama, today's the day of bloodshed. Today's the day of retribution payback time, as a province, Allah selama heard him and he said southcombe here, he said, change that into a yo yo mahama. Today's the day of mercy, today's the day of forgiveness.

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And then everybody gathers by the Kaaba, the Muslims are there, the masuku Guna there

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and they're shaking in their boots. They don't know what's gonna happen to them. And the province Allah Salaam says to them, what do you expect of me?

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And they say you will carry your father's carry your grandfather was Kareem, your honorable and the province. Allah says it is a boo and tomato, la La, la como yo. He said, Go you are free. There is no reckoning upon you. After all those years of persecution says go, you are free. There's no reckoning upon you. And then the province Allah so you know, they say about Mandela. He emancipated the blacks, no doubt about it. But let me tell you another story. 1400 years ago, in Makkah, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sitting there and all the Sahaba are there. Those who were in the Battle of butter or hold those who are debaters one, they are all sitting there and the end

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of the 10 will guarantee Jenna sitting there the two father laws of the province Allah O'Meara sitting there, the two son in laws of the province, Allah Salah of man and Alia sitting there, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam looks around. And he says, where's Bilal?

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He says, where's Bella? Bella, he stands up, he said, below, climb on the roof of the Kaaba, and give on. The roof of the Kaaba was the most holiest roof not just to the Muslims, but also to the machinery key. Because the province Allah Silla wanted to show a token of the society that he came to create that Bilal left the servitude of man, and he went into the servitude of the lord of man. And this is how Allah subhanaw taala elevated him.

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You see, 1400 years ago, the province Allah Salaam dealt with the issue of racism, and we still have it within our communities. In reality, we don't need any outside interference. We are good at breaking our communities up.

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When a Buddha or the Allied who said to Bilaal Yagna soda, or you set up a black woman

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below the line who went to the professor, last element, he complained, and the brother is the last color blue. And he said, Oh Buddha, did you actually say that? And he said, Yes, so messenger of Allah, and the brothers that came around.

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He said, You're a man who still has the traits of ignorance in him.

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And then the province Allah Sallam said, amazing thing. He said, I Mohammed am equally the son of a black woman as I am a white woman, because he was breastfed by a black woman.

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You see this society that the prophets Allah Salaam came to create 1400 years ago,

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he sold without suffering, how was Bilal elevated below the alarm was being tortured in the province a lesson and walked past?

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And he said to the Sahaba, he said, Is there anybody who can buy Milan and Abu Bakr radi Allahu goes and he goes to Amelia. He says to him to sell me Bilal, and Amir says I'll sell it because you corrupted him in the first place. And he says how much

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he said I sell him for 10 gold coins. And Abubakar roseola goes home and he brings 10 gold coins and he gives it to him.

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And he takes the dead 10 gold coins and he began to laugh. And he says what's making you love?

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He said I swear by Allah. If you had haggled with me,

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and you had offered me one gold coin for Bilaal, I would have accepted one gold coin.

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And I said I swear by allow my viewer to haggle with me. And you had asked me for 100 gold coins for Bilaal. I would have given you 100 gold coins.

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Brothers, sisters, do

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somersaults after let me finish my talk.

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He bought Bilal, and then he freed Bilaal. And then what would he say? He would say below say you do not belong below is my master, the greatest creation after the MBR to walk on the face of this earth called Bilaal his master he bought him what would

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say the second greatest creation to walk on the face of this earth? He would say Abu Bakr sido una de casa de la Abu Bakr is our master and he freed our master. And today you have these beautiful machines, million pound machine. You call it machine a Bilaal. But if below came, you wouldn't allow below to become a committee member because he doesn't come from your village or your country.

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You call it Masuda. salmaan or roomie? salmaan. The Roman the white man, but if someone came on, sorry, you're now from Egypt, you know, Masri. We can allow you to become a committee member, possibly Hosni Mubarak. Yes. You know.

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Sorry. Sorry, Bilal. We know the sacrifice that you made. But you know what you're not from India, and we Indians and we Pakistanis are the chosen people. So we can make you a committee member 1400 years ago, and you have to still have the same problem. The problem is Allah Salaam to Obasanjo Buddha, Buddha You are a man who has the traits of Jai Liang, you, you have the shades of je Leah in you. And then the prophets Allah Sallam said, Whoever has the traits of Jay Lee, he would dwell in the fire of jahannam and the Sahaba said insomma in Salah even if you praise or false, the prophets Allah Salaam said insomma in Salah even if you praise only false, he will dwell in the fire of

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jahannam

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Let me make this quite clear. There's many movies if I'm wrong, they can rectify me afterwards.

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To be racist. Is as haram as eating a pork sandwich.

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You talk about it on MMA.

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You talk about it on MMA.

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And then you break the on MMA.

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You talk about Bilaal Let me tell you if that's your approach, and your organization, or in your homes. Then take Bilaal next time you read a book save or forget we all meet to Bilaal with a mid sell man with a mid sohaib because they know the right time for us.

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My time is up.

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My dad respect your brothers and sisters. We the believers, people have a legacy.

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Nobody's gonna change our status quo besides ourselves.

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Nobody's gonna come. You know there's a poet he says a beautiful poem.

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He says people come to the graveyard of grave or Salahuddin and they say Kamiya sala de la comme Tamia, sala de sala de standard from your grave stand up. Don't you know what's happening in Palestine? Don't you know what's happening Iraq and in Syria Kamiya sala de estar camara de una Camerata la meto Kizuna who Camerata llg Doris Juanita Julie doula who

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owner

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he says Stand up, stand up until his own grave begin to complain about the rancher the stench around it.

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The poet's has how many times in a year are you gonna wake Salah who beat up? Oh Salaam did come to Canada we're having a tough now. Come to America is getting tough.

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We can't handle the heat.

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He said how many times in a year are you gonna wake up Salahuddin is that how many times are you gonna whip out in because of your own cowardice? And then he says sarcastically, he said Is it true that the living ever started asking the dead for help?

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That we started asking the dead for help. And therefore my dear respective brothers and sisters.

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The man Nelson Mandela, the man left a legacy. He died on this belief, but he did no exaggeration. He globally revived many of the soldiers of the profits and loss of the Center for Tim aka the son of forgiveness, the son of being principled

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and these are our legacies.

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This is a real legacy that we need to recapture.

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If we want to regain that glory that we had once upon a time, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make this oma great again. May Allah subhanaw taala alleviate the suffering of the believers and and non Muslim wherever they may be. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make he said oma, which Allah subhanaw taala speaks about in the Quran, the Hara alma mater, las panatela remove the sickness of racism from us. May Allah keep us united in this dunya and May Allah subhanho wa Taala re unitus agenda for those rockmelon salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.