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Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury’s Pakistan Tour

Assalam u ‘alaykum,

I kept thinking for the past week what to write about Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury‘s Pakistan Tour. There is SO much that should be written. I was completely overwhelmed by what I learnt from him. So for a start, here’s what happened…

Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury came from Australia to Islamabad, Pakistan from March 1st – 4th, 2013.

On Friday, March 1st, he gave us a short introductory talk. Just by that talk we knew that he knows. A knowledgeable person, or more precisely a scholar, does everything differently. His knowledge and specially his acting on that knowledge shows in the way he talks, walks, looks etc. Yes, it is the akhlaaq (character) that differentiates a scholar from a common man.
Then he gave the Friday sermon in which he talked about how the Muslim ummah has suffered all throughout history too but the suffering always ends in the end as Allah’s deen is meant to be at the top. One man can bring the change, look at Salahuddin Ayubi. That one man could be anyone, it could be you.
At night, he gave a talk on ‘Knowing Allah’, in which he talked briefly about Al-Fatiha (first chapter of Quran) and types of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah).

On the morning of March 2nd, 3rd and 4th, we attended Aqeedah (creed) classes with him from the book ‘Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyya’ of Ibn Taimiyaah. We studied all about Allah, belief in Him, what  should not be the belief about Him and what should be the belief about Him. Eveything was with authentic references from the Quran and sunnah. We were dazed, never had we known Allah like that. Never had we believed in Him as a real entity as we got to know then. Truly, without knowledge you cannot know. Don’t just assume things, know the reality. Make some effort about this knowledge like you make effort about your worldly education. This is way more important and beautiful. Besides, your deeds can never be corrected unless you know the One for whom you have to do the good deeds and refrain from the bad ones. Guaranteed!

He also taught us about the real way a student, a seeker of knowledge should be. Because without the proper respect and method to attain this knowledge, we won’t really get it.

  • A student should always give charity before coming to a class.
  • He should stand up in night prayers.
  • He should make a lot of du’a.
  • He should purify his intentions for Allah’s face.
  • If he does not understand something, then he should make a lot of istighfaar (ask for forgiveness) because the knowledge of Allah is a noor (light) and understanding of it is hindered by one’s sins.

On the evening of March 3rd, Sheikh Tawfique gave a lecture in Faisal Masjid auditorium on ‘Description of the Day of Judgement’. We felt the Day of Judgement, Jannah and Jahannum. That Day is too difficult, Jahannum is more than what we can bear, Jannah is too beuatiful to leave.

May Allah correct our belief about Himself, make the Big Day easy for us, save us from going into Jahannum, enter us into Jannah, give us the tawfiq to benefit from true scholars of this ummah, preserve them and their knowledge and be pleased with us and them. Ameen.

Hajrah. :)

Al-Aqeedah Al-Wasitiyyah

Pond of Kauthar!

Assalamu’alaikum (Peace be upon you),
Bismillah (In the name of Allah).

Have you ever been to one of those adventure fun houses where you get as many treats as you dare? In the first zone you get a bagful of sweets. You earn more points and go to the second zone and you get a remote operated toy car and then you earn more points and go to the next zone and so on.

This is what I felt when I read about Haud-e-Kauthar (Pond of Kauthar) the day before yesterday. Before that I had always wanted to get into Jannah, directly. But now I want this Haud treat first and then the next treat and then the next one, inshaAllah. Because the Haud-e-Kauthar is so bee-yoo-tee-ful! Do you know what it is?

On the Day of Judgement, all the people will rise from their graves. Sun will be extremely hot and very near. The day would be very long (read: 50,000 years long). People would be thirsty beyond limits. At that time, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would give a drink from his Haud-e-Kauthar to his true believers.

Its dimensions will be as large as the distance one would cover in a month. All its sides are equal. Its mud is more sweet smelling than kasturi . Its cups would be of gold and silver. They would be from Jannah. And they are like the stars in the sky (stars of a cloudless night). Whoever will drink once from those cups, will never get thirsty again.

Its water will be whiter than milk, colder than ice, sweeter than honey, more sweet smelling than musk. The one who will drink that water, his color would never become dark. Birds would be flying over it. Two of its water spouts would come from Jannah. It will have two domes of pearls on each side.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would go to it before us and arrange water for us over there. :D

The people who would get a drink from it would be the ones whom Allah likes. Most of them would be from the Muhajireen (migrants) and underprivileged people, those on whom closed doors are not opened, those who fulfill their responsibilities but they are not given their rights, those who are patient. Mujahid (soldiers) and shaheed (martyrs) would be in abundance. People of Yemen would be given preference (because they accepted Islam very early).

Since this treat would be only for the followers of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, he would recognize them from the marks of wudu on their hands, feet and faces. :)
People other than the followers of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w would not be allowed to come near it.

There will be some people from the ummah (nation) of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w who would not be allowed a drink from it. :(
They would be those who innovated new things in religion, things that had no origin in the Islam that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w brought. Some men and women would come with containers but would not be allowed a drink.

May Allah make us of those who get a drink from it, make us of those who do a lot of wudu only to please Allah (SWT) and protect us from being those who do innovation in religion.

This picture in no way is meant as a resemblance to Haud-e-Kauthar. It just implies that there is so much beauty in this world alone that the beauty of the next world is surely unimaginable!

Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything has been taken from authentic ahadith. It is part of your faith to believe in Haud-e-Kauthar.

LOVE, at its best <3


Whattey title, hm? Brings a nice fluttery feeling in your heart when you read the word. But then actually feeling it… Sigh! Its beyond words. So beautiful.

There is a certain kind of love which, when you go through, is at once wonderful and unique. Like no other love. And love of any kind is felt only when you know that person and it increases manifold if that person has been kind to you and has done a lot for you. Right?

I fell in love all over again with one such person, so much so, that I wanted to share it. :)

Unfortunately, people say that they don’t feel much love for that person, whom I consider so lovable. I think the reason might be because they do not even know what he was like, what was his character, what were his words. You just want to hang on to your loved one’s words, don’t you? And repeat them over and over again with a smile on your lips. And if those words are for you… Boy! You’re in the seventh heaven of delight. But what if you don’t even know what his words were? Wouldn’t that be a pity? :(

Yes, I love him with all my heart because he taught me how to live, he taught me how to walk, how to talk, how to eat, how to sleep, how to keep relations with my parents, my relatives, my friends, my enemies. He taught me how to think, he taught me how to be content, how to pray, how to deal with sadness, how to deal with illness. He taught me how to feel, how to smile, how to cry, how to deal with private stuff. Why did he do all that? Because he loved me. He loved me more than my own biological parents. He loved me so much that he wanted me to be saved from the biggest failure. He wanted to save me from being thrown into the Big Fire. The Fire that my very close ones don’t even care about. But he did. The Fire that will burn forever and will only increase, never decrease. The Fire that will be pitch dark and scary and there will be much pain and loneliness and yelling in it. He wanted to save me from that. He gave me tips that would save me from that biggest disaster. He prayed for me. He cried for me.

Should I still not feel his love? Do you not feel his love? Yes, I am talking about my beloved Prophet Muhammad 

You are supposed to love him. If you do not, then get anxious. Your faith is in danger. You cannot be a Muslim until you love him more than anything. Get to know him. There is no way you can’t love him once you know what he did for you!

Read his ahadith, read Sahih Bukhari and you’ll hang onto each word. He taught you every single thing that you would ever need to know in your life about yourself, about others, about life itself.

Don’t you yearn to see his face shining like the sun and moon? :)

He’s not a thing of the past, only sincere for His Companions at that time. He loved you, the very person reading this.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recited the verse about Ibraaheem (peace be upon him), “O my Lord! They have indeed led astray many among mankind. But whoso follows me, he verily, is of me” [Ibraaheem 14:36], and the verse in which ‘Eesa said, “If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily, You, only You, are the All‑Mighty, the All‑Wise” [al-Maa’idah 5:118]. Then he raised his hands and said: “O Allaah, my ummah, my ummah.” Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, said: “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad, although your Lord knows best, and ask him why he is weeping.” So Jibreel (peace be upon him) went to him and asked him, and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him what he said, although He knows best. Allaah said: “O Jibreel, go to Muhammad and say: “I will make you pleased concerning your ummah and not displeased.”

One sign of his compassion and love towards his ummah was that he prayed for more blessing and goodness especially for those who believed in him and followed him without seeing him.

It was narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Glad tidings to the one who believed in me and saw me, and sevenfold glad tidings to the one who believed in me but did not see me.”

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the graveyard and said:
“Peace be upon the abode of believing people, and if Allaah wills we will join you soon. Would that I could see our brothers.” They said: Are we not your brothers, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “You are my companions. Our brothers are those who have not come yet. I will reach the Cistern before them.” They said: O Messenger of Allaah, how will you recognize those of your ummah who came after you? He said: “Do you not see that if a man has a horse that has a white blaze and white feet among horses that are all black, will he not recognize his horse?” They said: Of course. He said: “They will come to me with bright faces and limbs (like the white markings of a horse) because of the traces of wudoo’, and I will reach the Cistern before them.”

The scholars have said that the wrath of Allaah and the Fire of Hell are the things that we fear the most, and we cannot be saved from them except at the hands of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The pleasure of Allaah and the garden of Paradise are the things that we want the most, but we cannot attain them except at the hands of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the former when he said: “The likeness of me and you is that of a man who lit a fire and grasshoppers and moths started falling into it, and he tried to push them away. I am seizing your waistbands and trying to pull you away from the Fire but you are trying to get away from me.”

See how much he loved us? But do you want to know what’s the cream of his love for us? He was given a free dua (prayer) that would be accepted. And he saved that for us! He will use that on the Day when we will be all alone and empty-handed and in need of someone’s help desperately. And at that time he will make dua for us. Isn’t that love, at its best? Imagine yourself getting the opportunity of a dua that would necessarily be accepted, would you ever save it for people who would disobey you (because intercession will be needed most by the disobedient ones) and you never even saw them? Never!!

Abu Hurairah r.a narrates from Rasool-Allah s.a.w, “Every Prophet had a special duaa which is accepted in the court of Allah. All Prophets were in quick in their duaas. On the day of Judgment, for the intercession of my Ummah, I have saved my duaa. My duaa will reach to every person in my ummah, who did not make any partners with Allah.” (Muslim)

Read the full account of his saved dua for us on the Day of Judgement and how it will happen,

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik said: Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us: “When the Day of Resurrection comes, the people will surge with each other like waves. They will come to Adam and say, ‘Intercede for us with your Lord.’ He will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Ibraaheem for he is the Close Friend of the Most Merciful.’ So they will go to Ibraaheem, but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Moosa for he is the one to whom Allaah spoke directly.’ So they will go to Moosa but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to ‘Eesa for he is a soul created by Allaah and His Word.’ So they will go to ‘Eesa but he will say, ‘I am not fit for that. Go to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).’ So they will come to me and I will say, I am fit for that.’ Then I will ask my Lord for permission and He will give me permission, and He will inspire me with words of praise with which I will praise Him, words that I do not know now. So I will praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a barley-grain.’ So I will go and do that. Then I will come back and praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of a small ant or a mustard-seed.’ So I will go and do that. Then I will come back and praise Him with those words of praise and I will fall down prostrate before Him. He will say, ‘O Muhammad, raise your head. Speak and intercession will be granted to you, ask and you will be given, intercede and your intercession will be accepted.’ I will say, ‘O Lord, my ummah, my ummah!’ He will say, ‘Go and bring forth from the Fire everyone in whose heart there is faith the weight of the lightest, lightest grain of mustard-seed.’ So I will go and bring them forth.”

Remember that intercession will be only for those who do not associate partners with Allah and believe in Prophet Muhammad 

Love him now, as much as you can! He did so much for you. And send peace and blessings on him.


P.S. To know the full details of intercession, read here.

P.P.S. For convenience I did not insert the references into the post, you can check them here, here and here.

P.P.P.S. Read Pen Portrait of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

7 Things You Should Know!


La ilaaha illallah = There is no deity except Allah.
This above statement is commonly known as ‘kalima’ among the Muslims.
Muslims believe that saying this kalima makes you a Muslim and is the pass to Paradise. But is it as simple as that?

There are seven conditions of the kalima (taken from the Quran and Sunnah), defined by scholars, and briefly described below. Do read them, follow and get a ticket to Paradise? ;) (InshaAllah).

Al-‘Ilm (knowledge):

Knowing. Allah says in the Quran, “So know, [O Muhammad], that there is no deity except Allah…” (Muhammad 19).

Blind faith is not at all acceptable. The person who knew that “there is no deity except Allah” will enter into Paradise.

So, knowledge makes the difference. Every person shall be asked 3 questions in the grave. If he answers them correctly, he’ll pass the final test. If he doesn’t, he’ll fail. The person who wouldn’t be able to answer the questions would say “I don’t know”. So, the difference is of knowledge.

It is said that obtaining knowledge is obligatory, which knowledge? Knowledge on the basis of which salvation depends! And that is those 3 questions of the grave.
For details on the 3 questions, click here.

If we know there is an exam tomorrow, we would study.
Prophet Muhammad s.a.w used to take out lessons for his companions from things like the flapping of birds’ wings, as quoted by a companion himself.
He taught wise words (kalimat) to kids too. (Like he once taught something to his young companion, Ibn-e-Abbas r.a.)

So ‘know’, and tell others too.

Al-Yaqeen (certainty):

This is the opposite of doubt. It’s about the certainty on the kalima and the certainty that everything other than it is false. Complete faith!

It is said in a hadith that there is no greater blessing given than certainty and health. So you should make dua for these. (I can’t seem to find hadith references; this is the meaning of the hadith).

This certainty of the kalima is a way for the expiation of the sins too.

Below is the story of a man who was certain that Allah is the Lord and can punish him.

‘Once there was a man on his death-bed, who, losing every hope of surviving said to his family: When I die, gather for me a large heap of wood and make a fire (to burn me). When the fire eats my meat and reaches my bones, and when the bones burn, take and crush them into powder and wait for a windy day to throw it (i.e. the powder) over the sea. They did so, but Allah collected his particles and asked him:
Why did you do so? He replied: For fear of You. So Allah forgave him.”

[Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, 659]

Why is there so much importance of Sayyidul-Istighfar? Because we express our certainty in it.
Click here for Sayyidul-Istighfar.

So, first thing is knowledge. And with knowledge comes certainty.

Al-Qubool (acceptance):

This is the opposite of rejection. Some people have knowledge and they are certain that this is the truth but they still do not accept, due to arrogance or some other such reason. For example, Abu Jahal knew and was certain that the message brought by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w is true but he didn’t accept. Similarly, the scholars of Jews and Christians knew and were certain that the message of the Prophet s.a.w is true but they didn’t accept.

“Those to whom We gave the Scripture know him as they know their own sons. But indeed, a party of them conceal the truth while they know [it].” (Al-Baqarah 146)

“Many of the People of the Scripture wish they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from themselves [even] after the truth has become clear to them.” (Al-Baqarah 109)

“Indeed they, when it was said to them, “There is no deity but Allah,” were arrogant” (As-Saaffat 35)

“The most hated speech to Allah is when a man says to another man, ‘Fear Allah!’ and he replies, ‘Worry about your own self!’ “[Sheikh Albani authenticated it in Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah (#2598)]

Al-Inqiyad (adherence):

Obedience. To show by actually doing the stuff. Acceptance was to affirm by saying it and adherence is to do it too.

“And return [in repentance] to your Lord and submit to Him before the punishment comes upon you; then you will not be helped.” (Az-Zumar 54)

It says in a hadith: “the believer is like a submissive camel, wherever he is led, he follows” [Ahmad (4/126), Ibn Maajah (no. 43), al-Haakim (1/96) and others – Hasan]

““Islam is to bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God; and to perform the prayer; pay zakat; fast Ramadan; and to perform Hajj to the House if you are able.”” [From Hadith-e-Jibreel, Sahih Muslim. Click here.]
So in this hadith, Islam, or being a Muslim, means to show it through actions too (prayer, zakat, fast, hajj).

As-Sidq (truth):

To bear witness truthfully from the heart. Because the hypocrites bore witness too but it was not truthful.

“And of the people are some who say, “We believe in Allah and the Last Day,” but they are not believers.” (Al-Baqarah 8)

Al-Ikhlaas (purity):

It says in a hadith, when a servant of Allah utters the words la ilaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) sincerely, the doors of heaven open up for these words until they reach the Throne of Allah, so long as its utterer keeps away from the major sins.

So Allah accepts only the sincere and pure acts of worship.

Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said that the person who will benefit the most from my intercession will be the one who said la ilaaha illallah (there is no God except Allah) from a pure (truthful) heart.

Love of Allah and Prophet s.a.w:

This too is a condition of the kalima. Loving Allah, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w and loving all those things that Allah and His Prophet s.a.w love. Loving Allah’s pious servants (auwliaa and scholars).

And [yet], among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals [to Him]. They love them as they [should] love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 165)

Someone (either from the companions or the pious predecessors) said that if you want to judge your love of Allah then, whatever Allah dislikes you would hate it even more than ‘musabbar’ (it is an extremely bitter substance and is used for weaning off babies).

Denial of Taghoot (false objects of worship):

Denying everything that is worshipped other than Allah.

Just so you get a clear idea of Taghut, “And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.”” (An-Nahl 36)

“And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.” He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was [once] seeing?” [Allah] will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot them; and thus will you this Day be forgotten.” And thus do We recompense he who transgressed and did not believe in the signs of his Lord. And the punishment of the Hereafter is more severe and more enduring.” (Ta-Ha 124-127)

If you have any confusions, doubts or questions regarding your aqeedah, clear them NOW! Don’t just let it be!

Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything is taken from either the Quran or the sunnah. But I haven’t put those ahadith in quotation marks whose words may not be exact.

Do you have these Symptoms?


Effect of Eman (Belief) on Human Life

Below are some indicators that you should have in you, if you have eman (belief). If you lack some of them, analyze and correct yourself.

Love of Allah and Prophet Muhammad s.a.w (if you don’t feel it, you don’t have eman).
Allah says in the Quran, “But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Al-Baqarah 165).
Give marks to yourself, how much love do you feel?

“Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were fearing Allah. For them are good tidings in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. No change is there in the words of Allah. That is what is the great attainment.” (Yunus 62-64).
They will not grieve; neither in the hereafter nor now i.e. in this world (as grammatically this tense is used for both present and future). They’ve got Allah’s love, they don’t care for other petty things now.
People are thrown in depths of despair when someone leaves them, but this is not the case with believers. Think of the Sahabiyya whose son was dead and she was talking normally with her husband. What gave her the strength?
Seek refuge from trials, but when you are afflicted with something then show strength, be brave!

“Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness-es into the light.” (Al-Baqarah 257).
This is for both the worlds. If you have Allah’s friendship, you’ll be shown a way everywhere.
And remember it says in a hadith, Allah gives eman only to the one He likes. Think, does He like me?

“Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment.” (At-Tauba 72).

“And whoever believes in Allah – He will guide his heart.” (At-Taghabun 11).
You will get guidance to the straight path.
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith.” (Yunus 9).

You’ll be hopeful.
“but you expect from Allah that which they expect not.” (An-Nisa 104).

You’ll be saved from distress.
“and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.” (Al-Anbiya 88).

You’ll be given a pure life.
“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life,” (An-Nahl 97).

You’ll be given reward of your good deeds in this life too.
It says in a hadith, And He provides for him on his obedience.

“Those are the believers, truly. For them are degrees [of high position] with their Lord” (Al-Anfal 4).

Obedience becomes easy.
It says in a hadith, believer is like a submissive camel, wherever he is led, he follows.

He is thoughtful for everyone.
He feels for others as body feels for its aching head.

He feels happy in giving away for the sake of Allah.

He loves and is loved.
Abu Hurairah (r.a) narrated: The Prophet s.a.w said, “A Momin is an embodiment of love and affection and there is no good in one who neither loves nor is loved”. (Ahmad 400,2).

He uses his abilities in Allah’s way.

Allah puts his love in others’ hearts.
“Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” (Maryam 96).

He is innocent. (But not stupid, he’s not fooled from the same place twice).

Shaitan has no power over him.
“Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.” (An-Nahl 99).
It says in a hadith, Indeed momin tires the devils like you tire out your camel in a journey.

From a hadith, A believer is like a mirror to the believer, he safeguards his property and he watches over his back.

He is very conscious about his sins.
It says in a hadith, A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is afraid may fall on him.

He accepts advice. (From a hadith).

Suhaib (r.a) narrated: Allah’s messenger s.a.w said, “Strange is the case of a believer, there is good for him in everything, and this is only for the believer. If a blessing reaches him, he is grateful to Allah which is good for him, and if an adversity reaches him, he is patient which is good for him.” (Muslim, Kitab-uz-Zuhd 7500).
I love this one, good in everything. We’re either happy or sad in our life so if we’re grateful and patient in both situations, there is only good every moment!

His food habits change.
He drinks in one intestine, whereas a disbeliever drinks in 7 intestines. (From a hadith).

His talk changes.
Abdullah (r.a) narrated: Allah’s messenger s.a.w said, “A Momin is not the one who taunts, curses, speaks indecently or abuses others.” (Ibn-e-Haban, Kitab-ul-Eman 192).

Hajrah. :)

P.S. Everything is taken from either the Quran or the sunnah. But I haven’t put those ahadith in quotation marks whose words may not be exact.

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