Zaid Shakir – Disciplining The Soul

Zaid Shakir
AI: Summary © The importance of character refinement and the need for people to see the tradition as a source of reference and a productive exercise is emphasized in the title of the book of the Prophet sallama. The importance of physical presence and the need for personal commitment to change is also emphasized. The speakers emphasize the importance of transformation and the need for people to be conscious of their actions and representing their own reality. The negative impact of bad character on people's health and behavior is also discussed, including the importance of having a good character and following scripture to achieve success in life.
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah

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wa Salatu was Salam ala CD mursaleen Sayidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam teslim and kathira Robin Allah Al hamdu kameyama li li Jie allele which will have the missiles ponic Savannah calendar, Ethan, an indica anti combat athlete and F sic. Along most fugly was Selma barik. ala Sayidina Wahhabi Vina Mohammed while early he was so happy he was Selim tasneem and kathira. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Alhamdulillah. It's good to be back here. Actually, I think, is this the first class I'm teaching here? In Allahu Akbar, this is history in the making.

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Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Yeah, this is history. We just saw all you folks out there on the live stream, just

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marveling in the fact that this is the first class I'm teaching here and the new home of the lighthouse, and the new lighthouse. The lighthouse was always the right house.

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But now is a spacious right house. So my lord bless all of you, and all the believers who work so hard to make this possible. So we're reading an abridgment of the meme ghazali is here Luma, Dean keytab riada to nuts. So the chapter dealing with training the soul and the soul it deals with character reformation character refinement, which is a very, very important subject. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned in an eight to 10 minute the Hacienda or macadam and o'clock, I've only been sent to perfect good character. So the essence of his mission was the perfection perfection of character. And this is a subject very important because we have people who pray and

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fast but the character is wretched. And as a result, the their

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salvation is jeopardize the profits. So Lola sallallahu, wasallam mentioned Xl caillon s and x Luma EULA canon SL, Jen netta. Talk about law, US law. The thing that interests people into paradise more than any other thing is consciousness awareness of a law God consciousness and good character has no hook. So the religion is something that refines our character. A lot Allah mentions in the Quran and last saw that aterna and in fashion one more car, while at the COO boy Akbar, the verily the prayer Ward's off indecency and lewdness. So if you find people there, they're praying, they're fasting, but they're indecent and lewd. Then their prayer isn't doing what it's designed to do, meaning

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they're not approaching their prayer in the proper way. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was informed about a lady. They said she fasts all day. She prays all night, but she has a sharp tongue, a sharp, abusive tongue. He said Salalah while he was selling the hierarchy, her here in LA. He said there's no good in her she will be in the hellfire. So her prayer and her fasting didn't impact her character. And therefore, as we mentioned, her salvation was jeopardized. In this case, it was lost. Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said here for nor

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she'll be an Hellfire, then that's her fate. That's her destiny mellow waters off from those inconsistencies on the sheriff who abridged this work, shake jamala Dean and costumi who was a Syrian domestic and scholar who lived in the latter part of the 19th century in the early part of the 20th century. Some people might refer the shakeout costumi as

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But that's not the case. He was a scholar who is very critical of some of the

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decadence and negativity that had afflicted the traditional approaches to Islam. But his criticism did not need him to discard the heritage of

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The scholars of the schools of law the scholars of the schools of theology, so this is a beautiful aspect of the man costume. He was critical on the one hand, but he was respectful on the other hand, so his criticism was constructive. And his efforts to reform were motivated by a desire to see the tradition be relevant, because tradition doesn't mean stagnation. Solomonic minimum Ebrahim.

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Tradition doesn't doesn't mean

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stagnation stagnating oneself in the past tradition means rooting oneself in the past, by using the past in ways that are relevant in the present and beneficial in the future. So tradition is dynamic. If you look at, for example, the projection of the science of sooloos jurisprudential principles. The earliest compilation in that area is the man machetes book or reseller. If you look at the reseller and then you look a little later

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or significantly later, at Eman juhayna, Germanies book and also loose.

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Alberta hand and then you look at Mmm, Lazaridis, which was just one generation after Mm hmm. And haramain and Mostafa, and then if you look at Fokker rodino Ross's work about two or three generations after that you see a steady progression, you see a steady refinement, you don't see everything in the reseller reproduced by amendment haramain and then reproduce by men because at the end, they're reproduced by men, factory dinner, Razi, and the shafia line. You see progression, you see evolution, you see change, you see, are considering the work of other schools and other scholars, and a system that's relevant to the intellectual climate of each of those respective

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areas. And so an amendment passed to me was that type of scholar, he was a scholar who wanted to see the tradition remain relevant, and in his view to remain relevant. It had to be critiqued, but it had been had to be critiqued in ways that were reverent. So his relevance wasn't rooted in discarding everything and ignoring everything. And so that's reflected in this particular compilation, who is a bridge the the here and a very productive way and making it more accessible for this type of a setting so we were to read, word for word and this type of setting, we wouldn't get very far hopefully it would be a productive exercise, but this would allow us to cover

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significant ground and to get the main points. inshallah Tada, so May Allah bless em Allah Sally, the author of the original work here Luma Dean won the monumental works in our Islamic heritage and May Allah bless a chef, Jamila Dino costumi, a very prolific scholar for his work and abridging the original. So he says Raheem hula column was funny for him the whole law, when I found a law will be he will be called edge nine key taboo, we are the to nuts. So it says the book of training the soul,

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whatever, we will attack the Taliban, more allegedly and radical and disciplining or refining character traits, and curing the diseases of the heart. So these are some of the things we're going to deal with in the context of this particular lesson. So it starts as is customary Bismillahirrahmanirrahim In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful The one who extends his mercy to his creation His creatures, or we can say the one merciful to believers in the one generally merciful or cannabis, meaning or a hammer. So one generally merciful his trait or a man, his name are men, but his extension extending that to the believers or cannibal me Nina rahima. So there are

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many ways we could translate Bismillah Rahim. The important thing is that we start with it as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. First of all, Allah opens his book Bismillahirrahmanirrahim the Quran is open with the best mela. So the most half begins with the best manner. There's discussion rather.

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It's an A yet numbered area or not.

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The 100 thieves say no, the chef is say yes, but there's no discussion if it's part of the Messiah.

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That's unanimously agreed on. And so law opens his book with the best meta, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam advised us and counseled us kulu unring the bell euphy, Hebei, Bismillah Allahu Akbar, for who apthorp is, any affair of any import that's not began with the best Bismillah is cut off from blessings. So we should strive and endeavor to open our affairs with the best Miller to open any honorable thing with the Bismillah. But this honorable things or things that are low in base we shouldn't so if you squish a roach you shouldn't say Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim.

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Or if you relieve yourself, etc, those things you don't start with the Bismillah but anything of significant import that involves some good or something noble or virtuous, we should strive and endeavor to begin it with the Bismillah and then it says Alhamdulillah Hilda De Soto, Rafael Mora be Ted biri. So he said All praise is due to a law and again, the praise This is also following the book of Allah. So customarily, our fares are compilations our dresses began with the best Miller unless it's sooner not to do so. So the whole bottle jumar is not so not to say the best meal and then before the hamdulillah. So the mmusi says in Alhamdulilah Meadow who understand when it's time

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when a stock film, he doesn't say Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim and Alhamdulillah so the sooner in that case is the start. But unless there's some notable exemption from the sooner, then we follow the best manner with the hamdulillah. So Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, Al hamdu, lillahi Rabbil alameen. So the best mela then hamdulillah. So this is the order that most of our scholars follow in their compilation. so here also Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, Al Hamdulillah. Allah The sorrowful, omura pithead biri, the one who disposes of affairs based on his arrangement. So a lot of Tyler arranges the affairs of his creation, and his Ted beer, his arrangement is the arrangement that's effective,

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and that's that has the effect and his creation. And we should never lose sight of that because our fare is part of that divine arrangement. And if we understand that we never despair.

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We never despair because we understand that we're just living out the decree of a law.

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And if we're living out the decree of a law, we're pleased with his decree

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or regard the law. We're pleased with the law. Tyler's decree was a in a Surah 10 insanity be Hursley Taka Lima, he will talk to dearly and he's adorned the appearance of the human being, by the goodness of his ability to set things straight, and to properly measure them out. So a loss of honey subhanho wa Taala. Look how he's he's beautified us. He hasn't made us unbalanced. We don't walk crooked. Unless we're afflicted by generally speaking, we walk upright. And we're balanced. We don't lean back, we don't tilt forward, we don't lean to the left we don't need to, to the right, we're upright. That's one of the virtues of the human being a lot of time has made us permanently upright

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for muscle well, and then that's a physical virtue, because it allows us a perspective that no other creature has. The perspective from which we see the world is a perspective no other creature sees the world from and he's made our hearts point out.

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So by being upright, our hearts are pointing outward. Again, that's the distinction no other creature has. There's no other permanently upright creature. Some are at an angle, some are on all fours in their hearts are pointing towards the ground. If they're at an angle, their hearts eventually point towards the ground but our hearts point out and they never hit the ground

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and our normal course of affairs, so this allows us the ability to come together based on the bonds of our hearts coming together to defend Kowloon with Colonia amatola he is a cometh come from Ida LFA no cannubi come for us back to be near let he a whiner. Remember how you were enemies. What am remember recall the blessing or the favor of Allah upon you how you were enemies,

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is come to my dad, the LFO de novo Rubicam, and he's joining

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in your hearts. And so the physical uprightness allows our hearts to be joined, our hearts are pointing down, they can never join. They're not pointing towards the sky. We could be made to lean back. Some people walk like that, but they have to force it.

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But we're upright and our hearts are pointing out. And so once the laws join the hearts, he enjoins upon us not to break the bond he's established when he says, What letter daboo letter has to do with a letter, wallet energy shoe, wallet Abelardo wallet.

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So literally don't turn your backs to each other, your doober let addabbo because when you do that, what do you do you turn your hearts away from each other. And the the magnitude and gravity of doing that is you're breaking a bond that allows established, if control mad at that LFA no Palooza come for us back to mini and that he acquainted he joined your hearts and by his blessing you became brothers and sisters, by the blessing of a lot. And so it's not appropriate for a human being to reject the laws blessings, that's something that invokes the punishment that will incur for tune in either the lasha deed, if you reject my blessings know that my punishment is severe.

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And is bad manners with Allah subhanho wa Taala

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to break asunder what Allah subhanho wa Taala is joined.

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So May Allah give us tofik in that regard, from Allah wa forward or forward wa pasin and allottee LHD head in Abdul Tesh, Miri these are beautiful statement. He says, and he Allah has disputed

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the beautification of character, to the effort and exertion of this servant, and his seriousness. So we could have been all in nature and nurture. In other words, our characters set. And that's it. But we're not they were nature and nurture. And we can overcome nature, to the extent of how serious we are about the nurturing we provide ourselves, or how open we are to the nurturing of others.

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And this is a beautiful characteristic of the human being. The wolf boy who ended up with a pack of wolves was walking and howling, and behaving like a wolf.

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Because the human being has that pliable nature to his or her character.

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And they could never teach him how to talk. And eventually that thing, they found him when he was 10. And he died at 17, something like that. He couldn't adapt to human ways and human conventions

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at all. And so we can move beyond this character that we have, and allows given us that ability. And how far we rise is based on how hard we're willing to work, and how much we're willing to exert ourselves. That's beautiful. Because we only have ourselves to blame if we don't get where we think we should be. Because law laws given us the potential to reform ourselves.

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So we're for Wada,

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testing and o'clock.

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LHT had an app with Kashmiri so Shan Mara is literally roll up your sleeves and get busy. As you roll up your pants coffs sounion ready to do some work, rolling up your sleeves and get busy. That's so it's an allegory for getting busy. So we should all be busy with the work of reforming our character and it's hard work. It's not easy work. And that's why so few people succeed in it.

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So few people succeed because it's difficult work,

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to confront your nature and then to work and work and work and work and work and work and work. to gradually reform it is not work that leads to revolutionary change. We were growing up there was a young man who was Tara night tyrannized being like the whole school. His junior high school.

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His guy's name was tank Maldonado the column tank because he's like bigger than everyone else. Don't tank Maldonado was like terrorizing everyone. And then one day I'm not trying to be offensive to Christians. Like tank got saved. He got the Holy Ghost

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He went to like Job Corps something. And then while there's a Job Corps, he got involved with a Christian group and he, he came back, he was so nice, like people were like, tank tank, save that tank is nice now. And tank was nice for about three weeks.

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Then he started terrorizing people again, because it was too rapid, it was too sudden, big changes change that comes gradually

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is change that comes gradually. A sudden change can be disruptive, they have earthquakes, you never feel like they slide real slow, like an inch a year, you never feel it. But the earth is changing, and those plates are moving. And over 100 years, 200 years, it will be noticeable, then you have the 8.0

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that's when the whole island of Indonesia shifts 12 feet in about five seconds. That's what happened, the earthquake that produced the tsunami, tsunami and what 2005 or so Indonesia shifted 12 feet in like five seconds. That was extremely destructive. And so deep and meaningful changes change that unfolds gradually, it unfolds gradually unfolds, one every, every Subhan Allah, while hamdulillah every verse of Quran, every Raka in the middle of the night, while people are sleeping every minute, during the fast that's undertaken voluntarily. That's how change is affected very slowly, by the short change. The short change, a lot of times, when we are looking for radical

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change, nothing really changes is like a ton of water dropped on a rock, you just open the floodgates and you know, the rock that very clean that changed. But other than that, not much change with the rock. We mentioned this before. And it's a parable that's used, if you took that same ton of water, that's a lot of water,

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how many of our gallons that will be, and you dropped in in one spot on the rock one drop at a time, it will knock a hole in the rock. So that's deep and permanent change. So the ton of water on the rocks. And the clean rock like a year from now the rock is dirty again.

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But that hole that's not in the rock, no one's gonna undo that.

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And so that's the kind of change that we should look for. And that's the kind of change that we should work towards. It's just little by little nothing dramatic. You know, I'm not just a new person overnight. But gradually people start to notice you know, Subhan Allah brother so and so used to be man I was scared to talk to the brothers very sharp tempered, is common down Subhana Allah, you know, etc. And then the system as upon Allah

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want to give us a lamb so many times this is sister talking out of brother, but I was afraid to

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but some I just was inspired. I saw a lion like last week I hadn't seen her for a year she's like something changed. I was just motivated to go Europe because

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because she was working on herself. She was working on herself, the wife of the Aziz, though she was ready to seduce youth. But as the years pass, and don't blame me, I'll prove it. I'll get all the women. I'll show you can control yourselves either. Then give them put a knife next don't use have come into the room like Mark lost control. See, he tried to say I was guilty, you can control yourself either. But As the years passed, well, now Beverly will never see an unnecessary amount of the soup. Now she can blame herself. I don't absolve myself from any blame. She was working on herself over those years. And so she was transformed from that woman who was free of all blame. Even

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though his shirt was ripped from the behind from behind. She was trying to run away. Still is not my fault. He just looks too good. Is his fault. He should look so good.

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And you try to blame me. I'm not guilty. I'll prove it. Come in here. Oh, I see. You can't control yourselves either. So why are you blaming me? But then what happened? transformation? So use of spending years in the jail. And she's going through some work. She's working on herself and she reaches a point of spiritual maturation maturation. Well, now, let's see. I don't absolve myself of any blind what a few years ago you said you blameless

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and so that's that's the kind of change that's possible. Why? Because the law has

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given us the ability to change ourselves and to transform our character, but as he says here will fall Wada

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tassin and Akala t LHD. Head and Abdi watashi, Miri,

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to the exertion and the seriousness of the servant. How serious are we? You know, do we want to change? Or do we just want to be changed? Do we want to change? Or do we want to make excuses of one a serious about changing and growing and maturing? We don't make excuses. We don't sell, you know, so hard now, everybody's doing this. We talked about that in the past. That's the

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the region, the pain and the region, the cavalry and the foot soldiers of Satan. Those are those crowds that we're referring to. We said everyone's doing this. Everyone's dyeing their hair purple.

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Everyone's following shaytaan

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though everyone's getting tattoos, everyone is falling. shaitan if you have a tattoo, I'm not trying to say follow me shade. I'm talking about everyone. You follow me? Not you.

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All right, everyone's getting tattoos. Well, did they read keytab al Qaeda is the book of the major sins where it's described as being one of the major sins? No, because they don't they're not worried about the cupbearer. They're following shaytaan shaytan is making the cadet or the major sentence enticing to them that they shouldn't be enticing to the Muslim, they should be repulsive to the Muslim.

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What's the half the wider Liebherr betawi who are leery

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and he says and he encourages him

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to reform his character, character traits by

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putting instilling fear into him and warning him. So allow users to leave. And that's part of the old time religion like like the new time religion, we don't want any putting the fear of God but some of us had grandmothers, right. They weren't Muslims. But what did they say? Brahma put the fear of God in you. Someone needs to put the fear of God in that boy. They have methods to

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write, but we lost that old time religion. Now everyone wants to tread gently, you know, I don't want to give them a C Ha. I might offend the sister. And I step on the brother's toes. Let me skirt gingerly around the problem, and just let people ride roughshod over each other.

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Why? Because we don't want to scare people while law uses a law puts the fear of God in us puts the fear of * in us. And if we don't have those things to check us, where does the cheque come from? If we're not

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afraid if we don't have yet we're not at the level where we're motivated by love. Or we're not at the level who are motivated by the quest for paradise and imagining the pleasures and delights of Paradise would better be at the level where we fear the Hellfire

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because once we lose that, there is no lower motivation.

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Is it love is the highest fear of * is the lowest once we lose that was left

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like amendment dear it says

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Raja alpha alpha Allah Raja, he was Cyril mo laka Valenti,

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he says, give preference Raja tarji

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to fear over hope this at the beginning of the path. Eventually hope becomes a greater motivation. But at the beginning we better have the fear of Allah. And we should be able to instill each other and warn each other so he says, Rahim Allah.

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Allah Soto Rasulullah was the half the who and he encourages him on the behalf to rectify

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one's character with Wi Fi, he will clearly by instilling fear in him and warnings was the hella Allah Colossi bed he can leave and allottee be toffee he will taste theory.

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And he says that he's made it easy for this selective His servants

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to rectify their character by giving them divine facilitation by pushing them forward with Divine Providence and the ease

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He provides so some people is easy to read to work on themselves spiritually. They have a greater an innate propensity.

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They have a greater innate propensity. And that's what tofik is, is like the person who just decides is listening, smoking is bad for you.

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Heroin is bad for you.

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And so he takes the cigarette out of his mouth, throws it down, stomps on it, takes the pack out of his pocket, flushes it down the toilet and never smokes another cigarette that's healthy

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as opposed or do you just like

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locks himself in a room and cold turkey. That's it.

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And never touches

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dope again. But then the other guy quits 100 times and starts back,

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tries the patch tries the filter and cuts the cigarette and half cuts off the filter takes the nicotine tablets does. But there's no trophy

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or the guy in an auto rehab and an auto rehab. And another we have some people prison is rehab.

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And prison it looks like Miss America. Pumping Iron. Clean, gets out three weeks back in the alley.

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Amongst the trash

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a lot give us tofik a lot of tally give us tofik that's that's that's that's tofi

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the one who just can put it down. And that's it the one who can recognize their character flaws. You know what?

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I'd be telling a lot of lies.

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I'm not going to do it anymore. It's not right. I'm misleading people. And that's it. And a lot of gives the tofik and they stop lying to people.

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They just cut it off. That's tofi. And so law says and we don't know who the hos are, you know, the hasa the people who have the big turban

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and you know, the long

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robes and the shawl and all the outward paraphernalia

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of spirit spiritual journey that's that has an impact of one sincere but at the end of the day, it could be the guy he can't even afford all that you can afford to buy a big turban that's a lot of cloth.

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He can't afford five meters, five yards of that real nice

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muslin or whatever you call it, he can afford it. You know, he can afford you know, he doesn't have the connections in this country to order the special jollibee or the special shawl soda guys just you think man, he's just got on a T shirt and whatever slacks you can afford.

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And but he could be amongst a co OS. So that's the person is not lying. That's the person who doesn't slander anyone that's the person restraining their tongue. That's the person who's not longing for the dunya in their heart. That's the person that people can rely on. That's that's that's a law knows. Allah knows but there they exist. And they have tofik from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the path is easy. Some people they go to a shave, and they say she you know, see the journey. I want to tread the spiritual path and he says, I can't help you. You already there. Seriously, there's people there they're already because they had tofik from Allah subhanho wa Taala

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or they spent a few weeks with the chef and the shake, say you know

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you don't need any more work here there

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are the characters reformed, their tongue is rectified. Their heart is filled with the remembrance of Allah that's all they think about is a loss of Hannah Montana as vo Robbie john Lowe law Matthew Colville euro law say nothing in my heart but a lot and when they say that is serious

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a loss of faces mean majestic is a law there's nothing in my heart except the law and they say they're serious. So those are the house and he says those those people along makes it easy for them to reform their character will say hello hello how are you? I'm very bad. He turned 11 o'clock metal fee he will taste theory

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was Salatu was Salam O Allah Mohammed Abdullah wannabe, he was a shitty he went to D and E

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says in blessings and peace upon Mohammed, the servant of Allah, and His Prophet, and his, his his prophet, and the one who gives glad tidings from him delivers glad tidings from him

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and the one who delivers warnings. So the Prophet solo Solomon is translated servants. Some people said, No, you have to translate slave. But, you know,

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every slave is a servant, but not every servant is a slave.

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So a slave serves but a servant

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serves willingly. A servant can serve voluntarily a slave can't serve voluntarily, a slave is forced, a servant can serve out of love. Most slaves don't serve out of love. If you saw the movie 12 years of slave, there wasn't a lot of love for the master in that situation. And that was the norm for slavery that was based on someone's journal. That wasn't a that was their diary for 12 years, Solomon Northrup of upstate New York kidnapped and forced into this so he's just documenting, like Malcolm said, you know, some of those slaves hated the master.

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If the Masters house caught on fire, they pray for strong winds come along, fanned the flames.

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They hated the master.

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But the prophet sola seven loved

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his Lord. And as we said, that's the highest motivation.

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And so that's a motivation to serve out of love.

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To serve out of love,

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and to never sink to any of the motivations that slaves can think through. And this slaves I Malcolm said, they love the master. If the master got sick, this Muslim master we sick.

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They love the master more than they love themselves, but not every slave.

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Not every slave. And so a servant can serve out of love, a servant can serve voluntarily.

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A servant serving can serve out of a sense of duty.

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But most slaves don't have those motivations. That's why we use that translation is servant, Allah Mohammed bin Abdullah, the servant of Allah wannabe he and his prophet, what the shear he and a deliverer of glad tidings. And we we have to be deliverers of glad tidings, because we're in a day and time where people are motivated

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by promises of good and some people exploit that you have the gospel of prosperity. You join this religion, you'll get rich.

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And you have some Muslims who preach the gospel of prosperity, but that's not the way of our profits. So So he said, If you join this religion, you prepare yourself for poverty.

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Khadija came in rich and at the time of her death, on the other hand, she lost most of her wealth spending it for the omen. Abu Bakr lost most of his wealth, freeing slaves.

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radi Allahu anhu

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so hey by Rumi came to, to Mecca penniless

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and he got rich. And when he may hedra, he packed up all this stuff. Got the caravan ready, I'm making hedra to Medina say you make a huge robot. Your wealth isn't making hedra

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So what did you say? You know, all right, just keep my wealth. I'm going I'm out. So if I leave you that, can I go?

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None. Robbie has to hate suhaib engaged, engaged in a profitable commerce.

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He engaged in a profitable common commerce. So May Allah bless us engaged in a profitable commerce. But we should give people good tidings. Usually, we interview warning people. We should give people good tidings come to slam. You can be part of a universal brotherhood and sisterhood. And look at this gathering here. Humble gathering but look at how many races and ethnicities are joined together here in perfect harmony.

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No one has any discomfort sitting next to someone who might be of a different background. No one has any different

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Comfort, being in the presence of someone from another socio economic class. There's some rich people in here, believe me.

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And there's some poor people is no need to emphasize that. Say, you don't have to say Believe me on that one. There are some rich people, there's some poor people, there's some middle class people, black folks and white folks. Everything in between, and perfect harmony. So people are desperate for that.

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Right, that's what Black Lives Matter is working for right? To be respected,

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to be respected, to be treated like everybody else. And so we should take advantage of that. First of all, we have to enhance it ourselves. We have our problems. hamdulillah they're not

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like that here, by the grace of Allah. But you go I mean, I was recently my wife was with me. We were at a gathering where people were complaining they went to the masjid and people like making faces. What are you doing here?

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Seriously, hamdulillah we should we should strive and struggle and work and sacrifice to create an environment where everybody's welcome.

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Young and old, rich and poor, black and white. Latino doesn't matter. If you say land, hello, law, you my brother, you say lemon law you my sister, then Hello, Mama Rasulullah. And this is what we can offer the modern world. One of the things. Toynbee the great historian, he said two things and his view and he's speaking from a very, very informed he studied human civilizations from 1934 to 1961.

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When he actually his study of civilizations, and then the nature of civilizations, the factors that lead to their decline and fall.

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And he said, Islam can solve the race problem. And Islam can solve the drug problem. He said alcohol

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he said Islam can solve those problems.

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Most people here in this Masjid don't drink. It's probably it will be rare. Someone who drinks alcohol after they took the Shahada, there's some that drink but it's not the norm.

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It's not the norm.

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So and and we're talking people use the drink, and use the smoke

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illicit varieties of vegetation

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and used to do and then learn Hello lon Rasulullah. That's it.

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That's the thing of the past there might have taken a year or so to kind of wean off it. But once they were off, didn't look back.

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That's the power of Islam, bringing people together, and brotherhood harmony and sisterhood. That's the power of Islam.

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The society needs it.

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The society needs it. And I'll give us 10 feet. So the Prophet he gave glad tidings

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a Yeah, you know, be our son NACA Shahid omo Basha Romana Diarra, were there in a little while he beat me he was your Raja Munira we sent you as a witness as a giver of glad tidings and as a warner and there's a time to warn when a deity led canon Teller, who and where will Nobu at min benei servire. So it says and he's the one who the light of prophethood shown from the lines of his face

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as a beautiful, powerful deep statement because the lines of your face, between your cheeks of your forehead wrinkles up and a moment. Those are distinguished by the darkness and the shadow because they protrude and the shadow creates darkness. But those areas of his face were illuminated with the light of prophecy sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So what about the rest of his face?

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Salalah alayhi wa sallam, the demarcation of your nose or your cheeks. All of these areas sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the light of prophecy shown from those areas. So what about his face? sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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learn Hello.

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What was what was the chef for half a couple happy? Maha Yi, whatever shitty and he said that the reality of truth.

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revealed itself just from the the portends and the The

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Harbinger that he represented. And in other words, just his his mere presence was an indication of the reality of truth. Before he announced the end before he began to speak the wisdom of the Sunnah sallallahu wasallam. His very essence was a harbinger of forebear a portent of truth. sobre la Juana was Santa Monica and he was happy Latina hacer momenta tell balcony,

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and upon his companions, who cut off the essence of falsehood,

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fellow Miata, Dennis who bill Khalili, he will occur theory and therefore they will not be filed by any falsehood, greater small, no, no portion of false will touch them. And again, we should try to put ourselves in a position where falsehood runs away from us.

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Some of us false who runs to us.

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So we're always wrestling with this or that problem that's rooted in fossil, but we should be so committed to truth and we should be so firm, and our advocacy of truth and our defensive truth and articulating truth and our living truth, to use a philosophical term our our ontological reality should be a, an embodiment of truth, like our, our essential being, who we are, and what we represent, should be an embodiment of truth that we represent truth. And that manifests itself in our speech and our action and how we deal with each other, how we deal with other people. And this is what changed the world. And the world needs to be some serious The world is in serious need of

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And if one doesn't see that, one is blind, or I shouldn't say that because most a lot of blind people can see a lot more than people who have sight, but one is lacking in perception. of one can see that their perception, their discernment, their consciousness, is seriously lacking. A Muslim should be a person who is conscious, conscious of his or her Lord, conscious of his or herself, conscious of his or her responsibility, conscious of who they represent. And when we're like that, we don't have time to play games.

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A conscious person doesn't play a game, a person's unconscious, literally like they're walking around in a stupor.

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Not knowing who they are, what they represent, where they're going, where they came from,

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what their responsibilities are, and those are people that just drift like a flower, feather in the breeze, waiting to be blown into some trouble

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by Muslim leaders with a purpose a Muslim does with a mission. A Muslim does with a sense of duty and responsibility. And those are the traits that that impacted and change the world. So he says his companions led in a hassle Mohamed that Hello Belfry fellow mutagen fellow Miata denosumab Bill collini. He was a theory while I became theory, they were undefiled. By this, either the smallest or great amounts

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of falsehood.

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From the call and about to follow local has been

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safer to say you deal more selling good character is an essential description or attribute of the leader of all the messengers, our Prophet sallallahu Sallam we mentioned in the

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birth to 10 million the Hacienda or Mark macadam, Allah I was sent to perfect good character. So he sent to perfect good character, his character was perfect sallallahu it was sent them and now people are sailing the character of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam you know Why not? Because they necessarily dislike the Prophet sallallahu wasallam because they want humanity to have no hope.

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And when there's no hope, shade, Tom will fill the void.

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They want people who have no hope things always been this way this the way they're gonna be the forces of evil. They're just too strong. They control the media. They control the army. They control this

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They control Congress, they control that, and a law controls them.

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They're just means for the implementation of the laws will in his creation, for wisdom he knows best. Don't look at these elements and parties and groups as being in control

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of their they're in control outcome, they go to the bathroom every day.

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If they were truly in control, that's something they probably want to ward off from themselves. To I got it, I got to make my money. I don't have time to make these pitstops two or three times a day. Now they can't control that. They can control the death. They can control if they're going to lay in a coma for five years before law takes them out. They can control they can control anything. They are themselves controlled.

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They are themselves the manifestation of a lot toddlers decree.

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They have the illusion of power. By all true powers with a lot. They have the illusion of power. We shouldn't be deluded because they're deluded.

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We shouldn't be deluded into thinking they have power because they're deluded into thinking they have power cola home American mood, total mocha mentorship with 10s, or local men, Tasha tourism and Tasha to the lumen Tasha big Keller here in Nicola Cooley, Shannon codium. All power and dominion authority belongs to a lot he gives it to me pleases withdraws it from whom he pleases, right, the old Soviet Union, the Kremlin.

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I, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev and all of those guys, they thought they had some power until a lot took it away.

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Then they didn't have power of anything. They didn't even have a Soviet Union.

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After they blink their eye, like Where'd it all go?

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So we shouldn't be deluded. And we shouldn't wait to the grave to realize that we don't have any power. They don't have any power.

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Now, I need melea we think we have money because what we earned we work hard we take every means but a law is the one that enriches us.

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A law is the one that sustains us a law is the one that bestows his sustenance on us. It doesn't come from us.

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And so the people who thought the wealth was because of their action and exertion and their wealth can they can buy their way out of any situation.

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What happened to them?

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Man in animalia my wealth is of no benefit to me now. And the ones who thought their power, they could just make a few phone calls and take care of the business. Make a few phone calls, blow up some Muslims,

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make a few phone calls and blow up some innocent people aren't Muslims.

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Going to the grave magnanni Melia hailakandi so pania all that authority and power is gone. hailakandi so pania so don't be deceived brothers and sisters.

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Non fun Hola. Hola. Hasson

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safer to say Eden mursaleen. This is the essential attribute of the leader of the messenger. We're after analysis, the theme, and it's the most virtuous of the actions of those who testified and supported the truthfulness of the prophets and messengers, such as Abu Bakr radi, Allahu, Allahu Allah, at Chateau de and upon close scrutiny, we find that as half of the religion

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So talk about law was no joke

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that said taco law and defend taqwa and detail and awareness which they never never he tacos the implement the orders in the void the prohibitions Well hello hello. Holly can naturally be cooler can happen. And host no homework is the translate that reverence and that all and that obedience to God to service for him to the service of his creation. That source no hope at tequila hazlemere cones were at VCU and has a temper have a Harley cannot be Hoboken Hudson. So be mindful of the law wherever you are. In the misdeed. You do follow it up with a good deed being waiter at will wipe it out. Well Holly can nurse at the hotel can hustle and deal with people on the basis of good

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character. don't deal with people on the basis of lies falsehood, treachery, betrayal,

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greed, jealousy and

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spite, rancor, hatred, deal with people on the basis of good character of love fidelity, faithfulness, honesty, truthfulness, courage

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desiring good thankfulness gratitude for Holly can be home can hustle charity.

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Love hope, deal with people on the on that basis? This is the way of the Cydia thing. This is the web the narrabeen. Well, hold on I'll attack at shuttleq. Diem was number two Mujahedin till 13. And is the fruits of the spiritual efforts and assertion of the righteous? And we mentioned a law he said, or causality and this this is pretty much verbatim mm ghazali his introduction to the chapter he just left a few sentences out.

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So we mentioned he said, Well, for water tasin and o'clock LHD had an aptitude test nearly and so much tested, both in the intellectual sense but also in the spiritual sense as one who worked hard and seriously towards reforming their character. And so he says, good character has no koto, was assembled to Mujahid, till Mata pain is the fruit of the exertion of the righteous. So these are the people fasted when they didn't have to fast these are the people who instead of listening to the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B, their tongue was moist with the remembrance of Allah

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you know, I don't have time for that soprano. lol hamdu Lillah Allahu Allah, Allah Allahu Akbar, Allah Billahi min ash shaytani r rajim. That's what was on their tongue.

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That's what was on the tongue. That's what was filling their ears. That's also echoing throughout the consciousness.

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And so they exerted themselves, you know, the eyes were red and heavy.

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Around 12 noon, because they were up at night praying.

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And so there was a fruit to that exertion. And that fruit is good character was similar to Mujahideen metalcon variado tone Mata mata bdn. And this is these are the spiritual exercise the sport of those given to intense worship, while khaliqul one o'clock was the year to hear Sumo Sumo munakata. And file vile character foul vile character is deadly poison

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is deadly poison. So people think just having bad character is cool. is cool now but it's gonna be hot in the near future.

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is like the guy. He just loves to smoke.

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So he asked the man he said the mouth said you need to Yeah. And he he loved the smoke like non conventional tobacco too.

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And he said, you know, the man said, if you just give up your wacky wacky tabacky and just start praying and fasting Allah will bless you. So he said I'll do I have to make a deal with you. He said I just need I just need to be able to smoke referring Jana

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so the man said he thought about it he said Okay, do

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you can smoke refrain Jenna he said Allahu Akbar but he said but in that there is no fire in general you're gonna have to go down to the other place to light up

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Hello massala rasulillah

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so don't enter into that dude just take genuine was already there with it for you and was waiting for us indescribable Abdullah Abdullah who lilibet is for the NFL Jana mela I know Nora at Wella udaan Samia Katara calbee Bashar, Allah is prepared for his righteous servants in paradise that which no eyes beheld which no ears heard, which has never been imagined or fancy by a human heart. So the any delight you get from your wacky tabacky is nothing. Nothing nothing compared to what's waiting for us. And Jenna, one more, one more, one more causal force they have and is a source of shameful disgrace, bad character. And some of us in our lifetimes. We'll stop here and those time

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for Margaret. We've seen the descent into bad character things that people that are normal now

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Some of us are old enough to remember that you would you would get in serious trouble for doing them because people had restraint and I got one time I got

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for lack of a better word weapon of weapon

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because I was downtown with my mother and she was holding my hand and you know downtown the buildings get dirty and I was just making a line on the building with my finger and she's like

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boy keep your hands to yourself and wait till we get home

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what else was sweating on the bus?

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God home

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What are you are there right keep your hands to yourself nowadays is that they think is to you make it oh write your name congratulate Jr. You dragging your feet right your name on the building put jr was here and his mom was with him.

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Think is cute. In a view you told an adult to shut up now the key thing is to you know, excuse me son put that back on the show. Shut up. My daddy.

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Is daddy like that as my boy taught him how to

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do that he would have got you the man you totally shut up what got you the manager the store seeing all that going on that he would have got you?

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down like that man. He told us man Shut up. He's gonna get you to everybody getting you now is cute. He's just being cute. You know? That that he used he saw it on Beavis and Butthead.

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Right We saw we saw that they said, some of us in our lifetime. The most of them not descending. We're supposed to be ascending. We don't follow this the styles and the fads. We don't pride ourselves and bad character.

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We teach our children and try ourselves and say please, and thank you, excuse me.

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We don't put our feet out the car window, we keep them on the floor.

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That's who we are. And that's what we should represent. And other people can do what they want.

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They can do what they want. And if the hipster Muslim wants to be hip and things that's hip, they could go on and be hip and will be square or whatever the opposite of hip is these days, we'll be nerds. But if following the sun and being a dignified human being as a nerd, we should accept it hamdulillah I'll be alert I'll be a square I'll be whatever you want to call me. Whatever the Vogue word is right now. I gladly accept it. If that means following the way of the prophets that means keeping the heritage of the prophets alive in the world. I gladly accepted. I proudly accepted, accepted with honor and distinction

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because I know who I am. And so I'm not being defined by Hollywood by all those propagates in Hollywood. I'm being defined by the by the revelation and the scriptures and the prophets culminating with our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. So if you have any questions, write them down. We'll open up with those next time inshallah because we want to leave some time for questions. You can ask questions as we go along. inshallah Allah bless you. May Allah blesses to work through this will pick up the pace inshallah and these are just introductory

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passages. May Allah give us tofik Allah give us tayseer. May Allah bless us amongst those who are the house May Allah make reforming and our character easy Mallanna make training our souls easy melon make disciplining ourselves easy. mela tala facilitate our following the way of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam hora Davina and crocodile meat are so low and sad and I'm hammered while early he was sad he was sending him in kathira Jazakallah Heron

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thank you for your patience May Allah bless you and reward everyone and they are coming together be a source of good and mutual benefit sonamarg de Kumamoto warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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