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Friday sermon - sermon 1131 - Reasons behind perishing nations in the light of the Quran and Sunnah-rupture of the Arab nation
   
 
 
In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful  
 

Importance of having a single reference based on right belief and sound approach:

 Dear brother: During the hectic course of events, the speed of changes, the circumstances of adversities and up-to-dates and the abundance of suggestions and analyses, an ardent contemplating person can observe the absence or the concealment of both the religious view and the consideration of the universal norms to the extent that it leads many Muslims to commit wrong deeds, present wrong writings, have misunderstanding and suffer mismatches and bewilderment. This stresses the importance of having a united source for the Arab nation. This source must be based on the rightness of belief, the soundness of approach, taking care of the (Muslim) nation’s greatest interests and shari’a’s noble aims through having a moderate view, balanced look and sublime method of discussion. What Allah Almighty says in the following verse furthers the need for Muslims to enjoy ONE source:

‘If they had only referred it to the Messenger, or to those charged with authority among
them, the proper investigators would have Tested it from them (direct)’

Nisa’a (83).

 So, any moral question, any controversial question or any disputable question should be decided in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. The above-mentioned verse, oh brother, refers to the united source of the united nation (Muslim nation). What about these events which shook the whole world, these transgressions, these wars, these earthquakes, these volcanoes, the world financial crisis or these great events? Are not they organised by certain rules? Allah Al-Mighty says:

‘No turning off wilt thou find in Allah’s way (of dealing)’

Fatir 43. 

 There are rules, Norms, codes by which all these events can be explained:
 Allah al-Mighty says:

‘But because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and made their hearts grow hard’

Mai’da 13.

 Once people forgot the approach of their creator, enmity has been soon created among them. In case the money spent for buying weapons nowadays is spent for charity, no hungry person, sick child, or tortured man can be found all over the world. 

 

The reasons behind destructing nations in the light of the Quran and Sunnah:

 

1- The abundance of corruption and evil on the earth:

 Oh dear brother: There are nations that get destructed. And I am not pessimistic when saying that the Arab nation has been destructed now. It does not mean that it has disappeared but rather it has become weak, hasn’t it? So, what are the reasons behind destructing nations according to the Quran and Sunnah? The most prominent reasons are the wide spread of corruption and evil on the earth. Allah al-Mighty says:

‘When We decide to destroy a population, We (first) send a definite order to those among them who are given the good things of this life and yet transgress; so that the word is proved true against them: then (it is) We destroy them utterly’

Isra’a 16.

Any nation in which evil spreads deserves destruction:

 What are the reasons of destructing nations through the Quran and Sunnah only? Scientists of explaining “Tafseer” have explained the verse mentioned above saying that it means: Allah al-Mighty wants to say: We ordered those luxurious people to obey us, believe in that there is only one God who is Allah, believe Allah’s messengers, and abide by their missions. But they transgressed, disobeyed their Lord and accused His messengers of being liars. That is why Allah al-Mighty says:

 

“We destroy them utterly” 

 He mentioned that all of them were destructed while only a group of them committed transgression. So, what is the explanation of this?
 First, Allah says:

 

‘We (first) send a definite order to those among them who are given the good things of this life and yet transgress; so that the word is proved true against them’.

 Then, the following verse comes:

‘We destroy them utterly’

 The first reason is that people who did not lead a happy life followed the example of those who did and were satisfied with and proud of their deeds. This meaning is stressed by Allah when He says:

‘And they would say: "Our Lord! We obeyed our chiefs and our great ones, and they misled us as to the (right) Path’

Al-Ahzab 67.

 The second answer: in case some people disobey Allah, transgress, become tyrants while sh3er accept such disobedience, transgression and tyranny. This ignorance of the upper class is considered a misdeed for which people deserve to be punished. Allah Al-mighty says:

‘And fear tumult or oppression, which affecteth not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong: and know that Allah is strict in punishment’

Al-Anfal 25.

 The prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) wife, Zainab daughter of Jahsh narrates that one day the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) entered her house saying:

No God but Allah. Woe to Arabs, danger has approached. So, Zainab said: Oh messenger of Allah, is it possible that we may be destructed while righteous people still live among us?! He said: Yes in case evil spreads widely’. (1)

 Some old books mentioned that one day Allah sent angels to destroy a town. Then, they said: Oh Allah, there is a righteous man therein. Allah said: begin with him. They asked: Oh Allah why? Allah answered: Because he never frowned when witnessing a bad deed. 

 Nowadays, when you see your niece wearing indecent clothes, for example, you offer praises to her, her health and her study and never think of attracting her attention to her indecent clothes.

 Oh dear brother: The first reason behind destructing nations is the abundance of corruption and the abundance of evil on the earth. Any nation whatever strong it is deserves to be destructed once evil spreads widely in it. Those people who could conquer Andalusia and were near to Paris were destructed by Allah but how? Once they became indulged in drinking wine, singing, having male and female servants, so they were dismissed from it by Allah.

This hadith is accepted upon narrated by Zeinab daughter of Jahish (The prophet’s (pbuh) wife).

2- No thanks for blessings

 This is another reason behind the destruction of nations. Allah says:

‘Allah sets forth a Parable: a city enjoying security and quiet, abundantly supplied with sustenance from every place: Yet was it ungrateful for the favours of Allah. so Allah made it taste of hunger and terror (in extremes) (closing in on it) like a garment (from every side), because of the (evil) which (its people) wrought’

The bees 112

 So, disbelieving is a matter of offering no thanks for blessings. Allah says in the following Qudsi hadith:

‘Between Me and humans and elves a great situation exists. I created them, but they worshipped sh3er instead of Me. I bestow upon them, but they thank sh3er for it. My blessings go down to them while their evil deeds go up (to Me) in return. By granting them blessings, I woo them despite the fact that I never need to do so. However, they don’t do the same despite the fact that they cannot do without me. When anyone of them repents, I receive him/her from afar (I happily accept him), and I closely call those who are away from Me. I give my love to those who mention Me, love Me and thank Me. My mercy is never so far from those who disobey Me. If they repent, they become dear to me and if not, I become their doctor. I make adversities befall to them in order to purify them from sins and defects. One good deed is ten times rewarded and more (by Me) while a bad one is only once blamed (by Me). Furthermore, bad deeds are more likely to be forgiven (by Me). I am even more merciful with My worshippers than their own msh3er.

[Narrated by Bayhaki & Hakem : Mua’th ; Daylami & Ibn Asaker : Abu al- Dardaa]

 The second reason: offering no thanks for blessings. In this nice country, we enjoy security. Allah must be thanked for this blessing. We enjoy family communications and sermons given in mosques. Such blessings are only recognised by those who lack them from other countries. In some countries, if a person enters mosque once, he/she will face a questionings.

 

3-Unfair weight and breaking of covenants and treaties:

 Oh dear brother: Incomplete measuring and cheating in scales are among the reasons behind destructing nations. Under this, all kinds of cheating are included like: when you betray a buyer by telling him/her that these goods are from a certain origin, weight cheating, length cheating, measuring cheating, specifications cheating ...etc. I swear by Allah that there are numerous kinds of cheating like: preventing Allah’s and his worshippers’ rights, breaking covenants and treaties and rejecting Allah’s rules. All these reasons are encompassed in one hadith:
 The prophet (PBUH) says: 

‘ Oh crowd of emigrants, There are five destructive signs and Allah forbid that you may witness them: Once adultery is publicly committed in a community, plagues and diseases- that have never been experienced by those who were before them- will befall to them (like AIDS today). Once they dishonestly weigh or measure goods in scales, they will be punished by suffering poverty and scarce of supplies and being ruled by an unjust ruler. Once they abstain from paying Zakat (charity), they will endure droughts and were breasts not living among them, they would never see rain. Once they break Allah and His messenger’s treaties, Allah will make them face foreign enemies who will usurp some of their belongings. Once their rulers don’t rule in accordance with Quran (Allah’s Book), but rather they choose some materials from it (according to their own interests), Allah will make them severely fight against each other.’ (1)

(for the sake of football today) 

4- Competing in this worldly life:

 This is considered one reason behind the destruction of nations. The prophet (PBUH) said:

‘I swear by Allah that I am no longer afraid of poverty for you, but rather I am afraid that you may lead a luxurious life exactly like people who had lived before you. Then you will compete against each other for the sake of getting more and more and consequently will be destroyed by life itself the same as those people had been destroyed.’ (2)

‘Be careful not to wrong each other for it will result in having darkness (instead of brightness) on the judgment day. Furthermore, avoid miserliness because it destroyed those people who lived before you since it led them to shed blood and usurp each other’s legal right.’ (3)

Economical comment:

 This nice country is about 185,000 km squares. Only one quarter of its area is arable. Only the quarter of that quarter of its area is planted one part out of sixteen from 185.000 Km squares. Nonetheless, we have got 6 million tons of wheat every year, a grace of Allah Almighty. It is the second country in the world in the field of growing olives. Moreover, we have got 700,000 tons of citrus fruit.  

As for Sudan: the arable areas are about 2,5 million km squares . In addition, the Nile River pours water about four parts out of five into the sea. So, a good land and abundant water exist. However, Sudan needs about 8 billion dollars for its infrastructure so that it can feed the whole Arab homeland. Unfortunately, no one is ready to pay money by the time that Muslims have 3000 billion dollars in the American banks! Is that acceptable? Where are Muslims?

(1) Ibn Majah narrated this hadith from Abdullah son of Omar.

Accepted upon reported by al-Meswar ibn Makhrama

Narrated by Muslim from Abdullah ibn Omar

5- The spread of usury and adultery:

 This is considered one reason behind the destruction of nations. The prophet (PBUH) says: 

‘Once usury and adultery appear within a community, they will deserve Allah’s torture.’ (1) 

 How did giant world financial system collapse? It is because of dealing with usury and committing adultery. In other words, it did collapse due to buying debts, selling debts, dealing with usury and committing adultery. Allah al-Mighty says:

‘Those who devour usury will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: "Trade is like usury," but Allah hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for Allah (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).’

Al- Bakara 275.

‘ Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: For He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.’

Al- Bakara: 276

6- (Muslim) Preachers fall short of enjoining the good and forbidding the bad.

 The rulers fall short of removing illegal practices can also be added to the reasons behind the destruction of nations.
 The prophet says:

‘If illegal practices are witnessed in a community where the people who don’t commit them are more and stronger than those who commit them, Allah will befall punishment on all of them.’ (2)

 

 Actually, the majority of people are Muslims while those who commit illegal practices are the minority. However, the majority keep silent and don’t object any more. Oh brother, this is a big problem.

‘What will you do if people stop calling for doing favours and stop preventing illegal practices?’ the prophet said. ‘Oh the messenger of Allah will this happen?’ they said. ‘Worse than that will happen’ the prophet replied. ‘What is that?’ they asked. ‘What will you do if people call for committing illegal practices and prohibiting doing favours?’ he continued. (3)

 

 Today, charitable acts are under a cloud all over the world. Feeding hungry people is under a cloud.

‘What will you do if people call for committing illegal practices and prohibit doing favours?’ the prophet continued. ‘Oh the messenger of Allah will this happen?’ they wondered. ‘Worse than that will happen’ he added.
‘What will you do if a favour turns to be an illegal practice and vice versa?’ the prophet said.

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Accepted upon narrated by Abdul Rahamn ibn Massoud from his father.

Narrated by Abu Daoud from Abdullah ibn Jarir from his father

By ibn Abi al-Dounia and Abu Ya’ala al-Mousili in his Musand from Abi Umamah (sowmewhat weak in his narration)

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 Nowadays, the one who earns illegal money is considered smart, an uncommitted immoral girl is looked at as fashionable, and a hypocrite person is thought of as socially clever. Thus, sins and mean behaviours have got modern terminology. The one who doesn’t care about Allah’s obedience is seen as a flexible person, socially clever, far-sighted, and having a civilized attitude. All these terms are used by people who are deep down astray in order to cover the actions of corrupted people.

 The leader- Imam Al-Ghazalee says: ‘Calling for doing favours and prohibiting illegal practices are the greatest pillar in the religion (of Islam). For this end, all Allah’s Prophets were sent. In case these teachings disappear and knowing them and working in accordance with them are neglected, then the prophet hood would seem useless, religion would be shallow, perversity and lack of knowledge would spread, countries would be corrupted and people would be destroyed without recognising it until the Day of Judgment. Unfortunately, what we were afraid of came true!’

 So, this is what happened at Al-Ghazalee’s era. Hence, what can we say about what is happening today?! 

7- Leaving Jihad “struggle” and sticking to the worldly life:

 This is considered one reason behind the destruction of nations. After the downfall of Baghdad, 64 million phone calls- for the sake of describing some girls who are shown undressed on satellite TV channels- were made! Where is the nation?
 Some people said: this is not the nation of ‘Read’ but rather the nation of ‘Dance’. Not the nation of ‘Muhammad’ but rather the nation of ‘Muhannad’ (Turkish actor) who has been received by 35 thousand actors only when he came from his country to another country.
 The prophet (PBUH) said:

 

‘If you deal with ‘Oyenah’ (1), take hold of Cows’ tails, feel satisfied with plants and leave Jihad, Allah will make humiliation befall upon you which will last until you commit to your religion again’ (2)

(1) ‘Oyenah’ means buying something without paying cash for it because the buyer needs money, and then he/she sells it to another trader with lower price (for getting cash).
(2) Abu Daoud, Ahmad from ibn Omar

8- Not abiding by the prophet’s (PBUH) order:

 This is considered one reason behind the destruction of nations. Allah says:

‘Deem not the summons of the Messenger among yourselves like the summons of one of you to another: Allah doth know those of you who slip away under shelter of some excuse: then let those beware who withstand the Messenger’s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous penalty be inflicted on them.’

Al-Nour: 63.

“But Allah was not going to rain on them large blows while you are in their midst”

Al- Anfal: 33

 

 Oh dear brother: the prophet (PBUH) says:

‘Humiliation and shame will befall on those who don’t abide by my order. And the one who imitates certain people is considered as one of them.’ (1) 

 

The Muslims who frequently visit hotels on the New Year Eve accompanying their wives with indecent clothes, those who dance and drink wine are more than the non-Muslims who do the same. For them, this is considered as civilized and eminence. 

9- Religious extravagancy:

 This is considered one reason behind the destruction of nations.
 The prophet says:

‘Avoid religious extravagancy for it destroyed those who lived before you.’ (2)

 Oh dear brother: Allah, the Exalted, says:

‘till the earth is clad with its golden ornaments and is decked out (in beauty): the people to whom it belongs think they have all powers of disposal over it: There reaches it Our command by night or by day, and We make it like a harvest clean-mown, as if it had not flourished only the day before! thus do We explain the Signs in detail for those who reflect’

Yunus (24) 

 

Every Muslim has to prefer serving his/her (Muslim) nation to achieving his/her own interests in this worldly life.  Oh, dear brother:


 The reality is too painful. So, Muslims have to increase power in its broad concept as much as they can in accordance with the Quran order. Muslim families have to be cohesive; Muslim msh3er have to devote themselves to looking after their children. In many Islamic countries, when a mother travels, she’s coolly bid farewell to by her children.  Nonetheless, when the maid travels, they cry. This is because it is the maid who brings them up, feeds them, clothes them and even teaches them at times.
 Muslim msh3er have to devote themselves to bring up their children. Muslim students have to excel. Muslim teachers must have a message to convey. Muslim workers must work professionally. Muslim farmers have to be connected with their lands. Muslims clerks must do their best to help citizens. Muslim judges must be just in their judgments.  Muslim scientists must prefer serving their nation to achieving their own benefits. Muslim preachers must advise sh3er but not praise them. Muslim officers have to be aware that a battle with our enemies will definitely occur, and that when talking about peace, our enemies only try to cheat us, lie and gain time. Our buried resources must be pulled out.  Muslims’ factories have to be developed. Muslims’ lands have to be cultivated. The use of our water must be rationalized. All these can only be achieved through believing in Allah which can make us obey Him and believing in the Day of Judgment which can make us not hurt each other.
 Oh dear brother, all this needs a deep belief, a concept of constructing Jihad struggle.
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(1) Ahmad from ibn Omar
(2) Ahmad from ibn Abbass

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Steps to taken for the sake of be safe from what we are suffering:

 There is Jihad “struggle” against one’s self, and Jihad “struggle” for preaching. Allah, the Exalted, says:

 

‘But strive against them with the utmost strenuousness, with the (Qur'an)’

Al-Furqan (52)

 There is also constructing Jihad “struggle”, for constructing the nation. However, this construction requires that a Muslim belong to his/her nation. After that, there is the Jihad of fighting: 

1- Renewing belief:

 Oh dear brother, a solution might rely in these four points. The first point is renewing belief. So, renew your belief. Our nation did not discard belief completely. However, the belief of this nation has become weak. This weak belief have to be renewed. The prophet (PBUH) said: 

‘Belief can become shabby inside one’s heart exactly like a piece of clothes. So, ask Allah Al-Mighty to renew belief inside your hearts.’ (1)

2- Knowledge must be accompanied with performance:

 Something else can be added. Knowledge must be accompanied with performance. Actually, knowledge without performance is like a tree without fruit. In Islam, knowledge has no purpose on its own. That is why the prophet (PBUH) said:

‘Oh Allah, we trust nothing but You, we hope for nothing but You, we surrender ourselves to no one but You, we commit ourselves to no one but You, we ask no one but You, we become patient only at Your door and we experience humbleness only when worshipping You. We ask You to protect us from knowledge that is not accompanied with performance, from a heart that does not show reverence, from an eye that does not cry and from an ear that does not hear (what is good).’

‘Allah does not look at your bodies or money, but rather He looks at your hearts and deeds.’ (2)

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(1) Narrated by Al-Tabarani from Abdullah ibn Amer ibn Al-Ass
(2) Accepted upon from Abu Horairh

3- True brotherhood:

 True brotherhood is the third point. This dissension, this enmity and this hatred are not the characteristics of Muslims. The sign of your belief is that you like for your brother who believes what you like for yourself. Unless you belong to the community of Muslims, you are no longer a Muslim. Allah says:

‘As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.’

Al-Ana’am 159

‘Turn ye back in repentance to Him, and fear Him: establish regular prayers, and be not ye among those who join gods with Allah.’

Al- Room :31.

‘Those who split up their Religion, and become (mere) Sects,- each party rejoicing in that which is with itself!’

Al- Room :32.

 For this reason, the prophet (PBUH) said:

‘Believers are like brother’.

 He did not say that the group of that person are like brother. In fact, all believers are like brother. So, unless you belong to the group of believers, you are not a believer. The prophet also said:

‘Believers- through loving each other, having mercy upon each other and showing sympathy towards each other- are the same as one’s body which all its organs suffer in case there is one sick organ.’ (4)

4- Putting all what we know into practice:

 This is the forth subtle point. Allah says:

‘O ye who believe! Why say ye that which ye do not?’

Al –Saff :2

‘Grievously odious is it in the sight of Allah that ye say that which ye do not.’

 Al –Saff :3

The acts of Allah Al-Mighty that seem cruel brings good to this nation

 Oh dear brother, this fact is asserted by Allah’s speech:

‘And We wished to be Gracious to those who were being depressed in the land, to make them leaders (in Faith) and make them heirs,’

Al-Kassas :5

‘To establish a firm place for them in the land, and to show Pharaoh, Haman, and their hosts, at their hands, the very things against which they were taking precautions.’

Al-Kassas :6

 Oh dear brother, these are some steps to be taken in order to be safe against what we are suffering. And Allah is Who helps us.
 Having said this, I ask Allah Al-Mighty for forgiveness. So, ask h Him for forgiveness so that He forgives you. Those who ask Allah for forgiveness will certainly get gain. I ask Allah for forgiveness.

 

The Second Sermon

 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, patron of the righteous people, and bear witness that Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, is His servant and messenger who envoys the best manners. Oh Allah, bless our master Muhammad (PBUH), his chaste family members and all his companions.

The tear of Arab nation , and its scathing reality:

 Dear brother, I memorize a verse of poetry since thirty years, and this verse is the first in the poem, the poet said:

I scarcely believe in doubt and wonderment
These millions of people are not the Arab nation

 These millions of people who left their religion, left problems solution, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, dispute and partition ; these big problems which destroyed their structure, left all these and longed to football only.

Al-Aqsa mosque Hebraizes announce
News talk about its misery
Money are divided, honesty is traduced
Magnitude is despised, blood is like flood
Where are millions of our nation’s money?
No existence of it, where it must be used
Do you have any news of what is contriving against you
Whether the nation is narcotized with artist and player
Servility, weakness, acting, and heroic
No one had experienced through eras
Wine is drunk, strings are noisy
In respect of fluidity, it has a big value
We have a preachment in the book of Allah, haven’t we?
Qur’an has called us in order to right victory
Every dawn we have a hope, haven’t we?
Doubt and dark in the hearts clear away, don’t they?
O my nation tear irons and wake up
Sleeping people never earn glory
Comeback to Allah, doors are open
Swearing by the Glory of Allah, one who returns has a good sign
Defy boldly, the ray of dawn is widespread
Whether blindness people ignore the light of dawn
Dear brother, isn’t enough?
Isn’t enough and shame for you this diversion and fun?
They said: All of us are Arabs!
An empty slogan, where their callers had gone?
Slogans they had traded with for an era
Did not get tired?
How many times their larynxes danced
Their larynxes and speeches didn’t do anything
So, don’t care about their speeches
Don’t care about their condemns
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O soldier, when are you going to water our thirstiness?
When shall we see you in Al-Aqsa to revenge for the sake of Allah?
O media, when are you going to broadcast your anger as a blood?
Minds of generation have become sick
No values or metals were left for them
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My brother in religion, maladies had devastated us
But the squall of “Allah The Greatest” recovers these maladies
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Islam needs noble aims as well as a smart leader:

 Oh dear brother, something too painful. By Allah, my eyes are right when shed tears and my heart is right when being torn apart over what has recently happened between Egypt and Algeria for the sake of football. The ties of this nation are torn apart by a game, something not necessary. Today, sport, descendant art and exciting media form the people’s obsessions but not religion.
 Oh dear brother, I see that sport practiced individually is too much better than football since they have benefit for an individual. But what is the benefit gained from such a game that tears them apart and encourage them to fight against each other.
 Oh dear brother, we need a lot of ( awakeness) awareness, generally accepted ideas, steadfast stands, sublime aims and a reasonable person. By Allah, all these news are too painful. This is something shameful. By Allah, our news come to provide fun for people all over the world. 

Supplication

  O Allah, guide us with those who have been guided, protect us with those who have been protected, undertake us with those who have been undertaken, bless in what You gave to us, preserve us and keep the evil that You have been necessitated away of us, that You necessitate with the right, and never be imposed on You, he will never be servile the person who You are his patron, never be dear the person who is foe to You, blessed ,Our Lord, and risen above , praise be to You, for what You necessitated, we ask You forgiveness and repent to You.
 O Allah, guide us to the righteous deeds no guider except You, guide us to the best morals no guider for best morals except You.
 O Allah, reclaim our religion which is the infallibility of our affair, reclaim our worldly life which we are living in, reclaim our doomsday which we are go back to ; make life as a supply from all the welfare for us, make death as a relief from all evils .
 Our Master, Allah, Lord of the Worlds, make us content with Your lawful away from Your ill-gotten, with Your obedience away from your guilt, with Your grace away from anyone else .
 O Allah, with Your grace, Your mercy, make the right word and religion on the top, grant victory for Islam, give superiority to Muslims, Allah ,Lord of the Worlds grant victory for Muslims in everywhere, in every area on the earth.
 O Allah, the Most Generous, let us see Your ability against Your enemy.

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