Living Islam Festival 2011

Zaid Shakir


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R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala CD mursaleen Sayidina Muhammad while early he was he was selling Ravana local ham comedian Bobby Lee Jalali watching me so phonic szczepanik Alan Seaton and Alec and I met Nate and that's the Alhamdulillah Hilaire De Anza Allah Abdi him ki tavo and Omnia Allah who Elijah at hamdulillah. He hadn't. He had one Malkin, Dr. Lola and had an OVA and hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen as salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

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hamdulillah. It's a great pleasure, great honor to be here this afternoon. And I wish I could see you I can't see a single face out there. But it's all good.

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And we thank all of the volunteers, the organizers who've worked so hard to bring this program together, and especially the Islamic Society of Britain, and we pray that all of you can, if you're not a member can join regardless of whatever work you might be involved in. The Islamic Society provides a forum for people to come together at a higher level to do bigger things like living Islam, for instance, it would be very difficult for a very small organization no matter how well meaning, no matter how well organized to pull off such a wonderful event such as this. So the Islamic Society of Britain provides a forum for Muslims regardless of their particular orientation,

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or their particular organizational affiliations to come together, and union with other Muslims to do great things and the times that we live in call for us to do great things. The topic I've been given to address this is as understanding living Islam today. And the key to live in Islam today is to understand what is the foundation upon which Muslims were able to successfully live Islam yesterday, and if we understand that foundation, will be able to live Islam today, tomorrow, next year and next month, next into the next decade into the next

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century in sha Allah tala. And one of the most important foundations is taqwa. A lot of times or the Messenger of Allah, Allah tala, we can start with Quran. Allah tala mentioned in the end by way of reminding us what occurred was finally Dino Toki taberna publikum. Maria Yeah, come and talk to law that we've given as a wasI as a testament

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to those who preceded you well, while our court was fine, leadin Uchi taberna public come to those given the Scripture before you and yourselves when he at home and a taco law, that you have consciousness of a law and consciousness that translates into a willingness to implement his orders and to avoid the things that he's prohibited. at a basic level, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam similarly mentioned all three can be talked about La Jolla as the agenda that I counsel you that you are conscious of Allah, the mighty and majestic, now to bring that and make that relevant for our time. And to go back to what I initially mentioned, in terms of understanding

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the foundation

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that will avail us today. justed availed those in the past and will avail those who will come after us, the Messenger of Allah mentioned sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as reported by a bizarre and added new Javelin and now Rasulullah he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he called it a lair who hates him a tequila hazelnut cone, while at the Seattle has an attempt for her. While Holly can NASA be Hulu can Hudson so the Messenger of Allah mentioned Be mindful of the law wherever you are. So rather you in Britain or rather you in Mecca or Medina, rather you're in Pakistan or Bangladesh or India or Sri Lanka or United Kingdom's in United States, Canada, Australia, South America, South Africa, wherever

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you are, be mindful of Allah. What the biggest fear and hostility temporary hair and any misdeeds you might do.

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follow it up with a good debugging way to wipe it out. So we know any mistakes we do is one against us any good deed we do is 10 Hasson net in our favor and has a net actually I'm fairly happy in a survey Mia def Allah dolphin kathira 700 times in our favor many times over and beyond that, so that 10 707,000 $7 million in kathira are all weightier than one. So, the problem is in Sydney where we're not massud we're not divinely protected from sin. The problem is a failure to repent. So any mislead you do follow it up with a good deed? Being waiter will wipe it out or holla can NASA be who can Hasson and deal with people on the basis of good character? We should be people of kindness,

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people of gentleness, yeah, I shall Aikido risk, or I shall be gentle with the people, we should be people of courage when the situation demands courage, people or fidelity, people who fulfill their contracts. And we'll come back to that in a minute. All of these are and many, many other manifestations of good characters should be the basis of how we interact with people rather than Muslim or rather than non Muslim, our neighbors who are Muslims, they have the right of the neighbor. And the right of the neighbor is great. As we all know, in Islam, we should ask ourselves, are we giving extending to our neighbors, the right of the neighbor? Are we falling short in that

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responsibility in that particular regard. So in all of these things, we can elaborate but we want to come back to the first one because the first one, as we mentioned, hey through tequila, hey, sequins, wherever you are, be mindful of a lot. So and also some scholars say, hey, food can be what they refer a lot of them and also in whatever time you find yourself in, we could translate it like that on that basis. But generally, it's an adverbial of place. So whatever place you find yourself in, be mindful of a lot. So top was very important. This is the foundation for us living Islam. And to go back to a verse of the Quran we want to refer to, that gives us describes for us, what does

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taqwa involve? So we want to look at that verse and then related to our time, so related in piecemeal fashion, in the interest of time, as opposed to going through the whole verse, and then coming back and looking at it bit by bit. So a lot of Tyler mentioned in the Quran, I was belaire him in a shape on the regime, lay sell into well, who would you have come cable and machinery 100. So a lot of Tyler says, is not righteousness, that you turn your faces to the direction of the Eastern Western prayer. So there are two things, two points to be made here that are very relevant for us. First of all, the essence of righteousness is not involved in a single act. So this is a

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single act. So the people are arguing, which was the Qibla.

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And so a lot of times are revealed. It's not to the east, as the Christians were saying, it's not to the west, more exactly the Northwest, from Medina, as the Jews were saying, they shall be run through one new

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mesh up to one, Margaret. So it's not a single ad. And a lot of time that goes on to describe many things that are encompassed in righteousness. And this word beer is called a comprehensive Oracle limited jamea. We have a soil in Acadia only had a word that encompasses all of the manifestations of good. And the verse goes on to delineate many of those. So we shouldn't feel that were righteous people that were on the right path that we're better than the next guy or better than the next lady, because we're doing a single thing. Well, we never missed a prayer in the masjid. We never miss Monday or Thursday without fasting. We never do this miss this single thing. No, it's not one thing

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that makes a person righteous. And secondly, is not a, a superficial thing, not meaning superficial in terms of being insignificant, meaning superficial in terms of something that's outward and manifested to the people. So a lot of time is reminding us that's not the essence of righteousness. Some people think and these things are important, but just because

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superficially they're wearing the right color Tapia or they have the right length of beard, or they have the right length of their trousers, or they have the right color clothing, or they have the right this or that.

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Or they're here to the right formula and prayer. Again, these things are important, but they're not the essence of righteousness. lacell Buren. Well, who would you have come to Madrid? Well, I kin and Roman M and I've been laughing at one mela equity Well, keytab when narrabeen righteousness. First and foremost, it starts with sincere faith, sincere faith in Allah, and the last day, and in the angels. They met this scripture here the Scripture is mentioned singularly by the scriptures, and the prophets. That's the foundation of righteousness. Well, I can build Roman M and I build one Milan will, will fit one mela at well. keytab one Navy. But that's the foundation that's not the end

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of righteousness, and a lot of time and he goes on. And he says, We're at Halle mela Allah Huggy. And there are many ways we can understand this. But the bottom line, he or she spends their wealth. In America, we have a statement when someone is

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claiming something. We say put your money where your mouth is? In other words, if you really believe that, what are you willing to do for it? How much money will you spend for it? put your money where your mouth is? And essentially a lot of Tyler's reminding us of the same message. So you claim faith and you claim righteousness. But what are you willing to spin? And many understandings of that one, where telnet Allah hug be his thumb saying they spend their wealth out of the love for him out of their love for Allah. Because they love a lot and a lot of Thailand loves for us to spend. And so they spin fishability law, where telnet Allah Huggy and they spend their wealth because they love to

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spend. So everyone has a different path to Allah subhanho wa Taala each person is different. A lot of Tyler mentions in the Quran, Allah Dena j hadn't seen a letter, no who's to bolena those who strive for our sake, we guide them in our paths faesal woonona our path the many paths leading to Allah there is unique as the number of individuals who choose to undertake the journey. Some people their path is fasting. Some people their path is prayer. Some people their path is is is is is charity, bending. Every fundraiser, they're there and they're writing a check. And they've internalized the meaning of the Prophet saying sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, ma na Casazza, Doc

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atonement man or Sadako. Never spending will never decrease your wealth. Spending will never decrease your wealth. They've internalized that because they've seen how every time they write a check somehow from somewhere, Allah tala replenishes them a lot Tyler was more better can the money that remains in their hand and they've seen that and they've witnessed it, they've internalized it so they continue to spin and they love spending that's one meaning we're at another hook be here.

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In fact, and man,

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when I tell Allah Hubby, he and they spend their wealth in spite of their love for it, and most scholars say this is the most likely meaning for a lot of Thailand mentions that we've been made to love wealth.

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He mentioned the Kazu Ian Allah nasioc Boucher Howard. Many say well, Benny INVOKANA Tara, Tara wacana terumo come 30 minute Forgotten War Highland muscle woman to me one hour. Then he came at Ariel hieratic dunya Rolando who has Nomad so it's been made alluring to people the love of their lust and their longing for the opposite gender specifically mentioned women and children, literally sons but children in general, and heaped up hoards of golden silver and branded steeds cattle branded steel cultivated fields. All of this is a word with all of the life of this world and what the law is the best is the is the best return. So we should we can love those things the law says

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been made pleasing to us, but we should love a lot more. We should love a lot more than the wealth. We should love the wealth especially if we get it and we get it in abundance and then we use it feasibility lab. We use it to support this

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namic Society of Britain, we use it to support our local Masjid. We use it to help build a madrasa for the children of our community. We use it to help the poor and suffering Muslims all over the world, we should pray Allah gives us billions of pounds or dollars, whatever the case might be. And we can spin those feasability left.

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So this is loving wealth. There's nothing wrong with that. But we should love a lot more when the Nina Ellen shed the hotel in LA. So when there's a conflict between the love of the wealth that causes us to rebound, that causes us to to monopolizing and hoarding that causes us to insider trading, that causes us to invest in corrupt businesses involving alcohol, or involving the usurpation of people's money that causes us to spend old lady's pension funds and all of these corrupt economic crisis practices that have contributed to the crisis we find ourselves in globally fine and financial terms. We say no, we love the law more. And because I love the law more even

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though I love the wealth and are going to engage in Riba to get more of it. Even though I love the wealth zoo, he

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mainly say, well then in wacana theorem, or kantara, even though I love the wealth, and they're gonna steal people's pensions fun and gamble with it in the stock market to get more money, I'm not going to exploit people abused people rip off people, and I'm not going to deny the right of the poor out of my love for the money will feed him let him have kamalu let's say any room and their right wealth, there's a well define right for the poor and those forced to ask, I'm not going to refuse the payments or care. So in spite of the wealth and a lot Tyler tells us more specific terms that this is the most likely meaning lentinan bira hotair to feel

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to feel too many Shay, in Nova happy Arlene, you will never attain righteousness until you spin from what you love. And whatever you spend, Allah knows it well. So a lot of Allah says they spin their wealth, and we can say in spite of their love for it, and for whom that will quarterback. Well your time or what my second witness Sabina was, say a lien or for cop, they spend it for the relative who's in need that will quarterback when the aterna and for the orphan both the orphan who might be a relative than the orphan who is unrelated. I see a 10th for Islamic Relief. I know they have orphan sponsorship project go sponsorship and orphan for two or two for just a few pounds a month.

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It won't hurt you in any way it might help you. You give a few pounds to sponsor an orphan and you have to give up a couple of fish and chip dinners or a few some Moses every month is good for your waistline. inshallah Omar, on the other hand, he saw a man walking in the man had a huge stomach. And if you have a huge stomach, we're not talking about you because people have big stomachs for different reasons. But this man had a big stomach because he ate too much if you have one out there is because you have a slow metabolism and

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so you only a little eat a little bit but you just can't burn it off. But this man ate too much and Omar said to him that would look better if it was someone else. In other words, if all of that excess was distributed amongst the poor and needy people it would be better for everyone for you and for them.

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So they spend for the for the orphan related anon with the poor people when mess Sikkim.

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webner Sabine and they poor spend for the wayfare Islam is the only religion that's mandated spending for the wayfarer hears voluntarily but in the verse of zeca in the masataka girl My second one Amina Allah, Allah for the Hulu whom is mentioned the wayfair why one of the wisdoms that the scholars say when we spend for the wayfair we spend in the wayfarer moves on so there's no opportunity for showing off there's no opportunity for react there's no opportunity to go to that person Yeah, remember how generous I am and just because I'm just like that I don't mention it.

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This you know, someone has the regenerates, find out the you

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know, the wafer is gone. There's no showing off. There's no reaction and another reason

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They mentioned the wayfarer is a metaphor for us as we journey through this world. The Prophet himself sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned confit dunya. Canada, Calgary, Calgary Sabine being the world as if you are a stranger or wayfair, just passing through. And as we move on our journey through the world, this world, people spend freely on us. Our parents spend freely on us, they don't have to how many irresponsible family, our parents, instead of buying food and saving for their child's education, they're in a pub somewhere, or they're in a crack house somewhere, or they're buying clothes for themselves, so they can go out and party and impress people. Those could be our

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parents, but a lot of mercy in their hearts, and they spend their wealth for us. It doesn't have to be the case. How many people spend for our education, how many people have contributed to our well being some of us whose unfortunate circumstances we might need public assistance for a period of time in our life, how many Well, many people have contributed their money and their taxes to make that possible. And how many people are upset by the selfishness that's permeating our society where everyone wants to do away with programs to assist the poor and the needy and the downtrodden, then the dispossessed and the wealth just the wealthy just hoard the the wealth, the corporation's hoard

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the wealth, and let everyone else just suffer to their fate. They said they can pick themselves up by their bootstraps like we did. That would be good if we didn't, if the developed countries didn't steal their boots, maybe they could pick themselves up by their bootstraps.

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So Allah says spend on the wayfare, just as, as you are making your way through this world, I have commissioned and disputed those who spent generously on you were say ilina those forced by circumstances to ask. And as we just mentioned, many people have to ask for assistance. Most people are dignified, is a small minority who exploit the system. Most people are dignified. They don't want to go to people and be forced to ask them for things. But sometimes circumstances are overwhelming. circumstances are overwhelming, and people are forced by circumstance to ask, and we should give freely to them. We should give freely to them. And we should understand if any of us are

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wealthy. It's not because of anything we did is because what Allah subhanho wa Taala has done for us. Now when we've done for ourselves, then the law was set in in warfare. And for the liberation of slaves there are people say, well, that one doesn't apply today. There are millions of slaves in our world today. And unfortunately, some of them are in Muslim countries, and they're in other countries, there are girls who are abducted in the Ukraine or in Guatemala or Nicaragua, places like that, and sent to Western Europe, Israel, or the Gulf area to the Emirates or the United States, and forced into a life of sexual bondage. We shouldn't be working for their liberation, we should be

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joining organizations that already exist, that are working for the liberation and lend our hands and our voices to them. Will Ferrell comm there are agricultural slaves, there are people that are tricked into coming to the west store, and they end up in sweatshops, or in China or Taiwan or other places, and then their passports are confiscated. And then they have to work. And they're enslaved in that place until they pay off the debt that they accrued, to get the passage to a western country this is going on in our world, and Muslims should be in the forefront of addressing these type of issues. Because a lot tells us we spend our money for the liberation of slaves were filled with your

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And so these are all manifestations of righteousness built on that foundation of belief. But sometimes we can get involved in these various causes. And working for the the helping and assisting the poor people, the downtrodden and the oppressed and we burn out spiritually. And the reason we burn out is we don't take care of ourselves. We don't take time to have a deep and rich relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So to warn against that a lot of Tyler then says well commerce Allah, and he says that after mentioning all these other things in the plural

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he mentioned this in the singular well karma salah and they individually established the regular prayer, as in the video

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wools they cultivate a deep and rich relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the foundation of that relationship is the prayer so much, no matter how busy you are with your work and your activism and working with the forces or the ISB or with whatever whoever you're working with, take time for yourself. Take time to do your prayer, with Sakina with admit men with tranquility, to do it slowly and recite and not rush to one and a half to get back to saving the word Allahu Akbar.

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Men are a man or he Maliki or Medina.

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sama leaves

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and then

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and then what happens? So we get back to saving the world and I 12 midnight and we've done our part to save the world. And we're sitting with the brothers and sisters, you know, I just just not feeling good in my prayer anymore.

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Just burning out. I don't know what's happening. I know what's happening. You need to slow down and you need to savor those moments of solitude with a loss of Allah tala, you need to take time the world can wait. Believe me, you take five extra minutes to say your prayer a little slower. You take 20 minutes in the morning in the evening to say that as God of the morning and evening, the world will still be there. The problems will still be there. There'll be waiting for you all right. Yeah, I assure you. Come save me now. Still here. not going anywhere. take time for yourself brothers and sisters. Well, karma Salah has a cat and they fulfill their individual obligations. They pay.

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There's there's a cat. So the other spending was voluntary. They don't give preference to the voluntary over the obligation when move for him either. And they're faithful in their covenants when they convene them. A lot of us will be afraid to go into business with a Muslim No, not me. No.

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We're afraid to ask them to paint our house. Yeah, I know. My brother asked the brother to paint his house green. He painted it red. He came back from vacation. He's waiting for a green house. It's red. He asked him what happened. The brother said the red paint was on sale. So I can make more money.

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Then he said brother the contract you sign a contract and then he says stop through law. See you wouldn't do that with the Kufa.

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He said the Kufa wouldn't paint my house read.

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Well, we have to be faithful and our covenants will move forward and we are heading either

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wasabi re so the others mentioned again move funa the nominative case now the accusative the accusative case was sabi Rena.

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nostri, harlot and loss monsoon. Nan su valen muda Jani under her savini I praise those who are patient, I give special praise and special mention to the patient ones. Because patience is is the key to living Islam. Patience is the key to be to taqwa because doing those things implementing the orders avoiding them prohibition, it might involve loss. It might involve pain, hardship, difficulty, but we patiently persevere through that. We patiently struggle through that without dignity intact, without religion and tax. So wasabi and enough in bed say what Gara, Hainan bats and all sorts of times of difficulty, hardship, hunger, starvation, calamities, natural disaster, and

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when they're tested with armed conflict, as some people in some parts of the world are. They don't violate the limits set by a law. They don't kill innocent, unsuspecting civilians. They don't disregard the rights that Muslim minorities are bound by in terms of protecting and upholding the public order and the lens that they live in. This is manifestation of being patient was salvini in a film that say what barye were Hainan backs. Our time is up so we've reached in a lot. Tyler says

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he can lead in a Sadako these are those who are truthful, or they can lead in a father coup. And we should never remember never forget rather, one of the greatest test we have in this world is the test of our truthfulness. Allah tala mentions in court an elephant. I mean, I see banners and youth Roku and Yoku, and then you will

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sell a lemon Nova hula Dena sada who will elemental care the being do people think they'll

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be left alone merely saying we believe and not be tested when we tested those who preceded them in order that allow us show which of them are truthful. Well, they are the men Allahu Allah. Dena Sadako elemental care the being, and which of them are liars. So when we say brothers and sisters, enough polarity vannucci, Juana de lillahi, Rabbil alameen la sharika will be then he can mute. We're Anna, a one on muslimeen como se Varley? Surely my prayer, my sacrifice, my living my dying, are all for love the Lord of the world, and with this I've been commanded and the first to submit as the Muslim when we say that brothers and sisters, as our Prophet said it before us sallallahu alayhi

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wa sallam are we truthful, and what we say and then a lot of times it says

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he can human moutoku and these are the people of toccoa. These are the people of taqwa. So brothers and sisters, the Messenger of God mentioned the talkin a tequila, hey, for Americans, be mindful of the law wherever you are.

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In other words, try to do these things, all of these things, wherever you are. And if you do these things, you will be living Islam. And you'll be living Islam in the best of ways, and you'll be setting the best of the of examples. For those people who are looking at Muslims and scrutinizing Muslims and looking at Islam. You'll be saying to them, I don't know what you heard

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in that pamphlet, on that television program, or in that radio propaganda you were listening to, but this is what Islam is all about. JazakAllah khairan salaam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.