Open Talent Drawing Competition

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

Alkalaam – Open  Talent Drawing Competition

 Topic : ” I am a Global Leader”
with a one line motto to describe your drawing

Prize: Cash 1st Prize of Rs 1000/- and iLeader Certificate
 Last Date of Submission: 12 September 2016
Submit Online or at Office

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Fear of the Lord

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 لَوْ أَنْزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُتَصَدِّعًا مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ  

If We had sent down this Qur’an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.(Al- Hashr:21)


Ironically every single word read from the speech of  “The President  or Minister“ of a country grasps our attention. We glue our eyes to him and our ears are propped up. The heart pumps faster and our minds are constantly analyzing, working and contemplating .

Unlike the rest of the creation, the Quran, is the word of ALLAH swt. However many of us consider it to be the creation of Allah.

When ALLAH swt talks to us through the Quran, sadly nothing of the above happens. Man being the best of ALLAHS creation has free will power and multiple Intelligence, despite this fact he still cannot understand the word of ALLAH .

The reasons might be :-

  1. Man does not understand the communication language ie ARABIC
  2. He does understand the language, but he actually does not know who ALLAH is.(ALLAH’s power, his majesty)
  3. His head understands the language, the heart knows who ALLAH is, but his hand(body) is not aligned with his head and heart.

With reference to the above ayah what then could be the reason, that if the word of Allah (ie the Quran) were sent down upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah although it does not have a mind, heart and soul?

And further in the Ayah Allah says “And these parables/examples we present to the people that perhaps they will give thought”

The parable means that if a huge creation like a mountain had the sense and knowledge that it had been made responsible and accountable, like man, before Allah Almighty, for its deeds, it would have trembled from the fear of it. But how heedless, senseless and thoughtless is the man, who understands the Qur’an, and has known the whole truth through it, yet he is neither seized by any fear nor feels worried as to what answer he would make to his Lord about the responsibilities that have been placed on him.

There is a Hadith of the Mutawatir grade that states that the Messenger of Allah had someone make him a Minbar(a short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque) before that, he used to stand next to a tree trunk in the Masjid to deliver speeches. So, when the Minbar was made and placed in the Masjid, the Prophet came to deliver a speech and passed the tree trunk, headed towards the Minbar, the tree trunk started weeping, just like an infant. The tree trunk missed hearing the remembrance of Allah and the revelation that were being recited next to it.

In one of the narrations for this Hadith, Al-Hasan Al-Basri said after narrating the Hadith, “You – mankind — are more worthy to miss the Messenger of Allah than the tree trunk!”

Subhan Allah, apart from mankind the rest of Allahs creation, some with no heart, some with no mind and some without a  soul are moved to tears, humble themselves , tears themselves apart…….

I am amazed and wonder how a similar impact could be replicated on the supposedly best of ALLAHS creation?

Contemplating over, I’ve mentioned a few and would love to hear the rest from you:-

1.Nourishment of the head and hand via heart – Knowledge of the Quran(especially Tafseer) will soften the heart just like rain softens the hard ground, this softened heart will send blood to the head/brain, and this softened blooded brain will send signals to all parts of our body(hands)-

2.The head, heart and hands are aligned in a single direction. Our physical world is a manifestation of our Internal world -Curing ourselves from the diseases and blackness of the heart, fixing that internal flesh.
Real external change happens because of changes in the internal world of thoughts, emotions, beliefs and dreams.

اِلَّا مَنْ اَتَى اللّٰهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيْم                   
Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifq (hypocrisy)] (Surah Ash-Shuara – Verse 89)


And SO!!!!!!  I question myself, “Where am I on that Head-Heart- Hand continuity and am I content with that? “ Today?   In general?
Is the heart lying in ambush or perhaps the head in a coma?  Or is the Heart passionately leading a pointless, and destructive crusade, and the head is either silent, or shouting pointlessly ‘wake up!

And my response to that is وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ اللَّهُ
                               “And have Taqwa/Fear of Allah; and Allah shall teach you” [2:282]

And where are you, dear reader?  I’d love to hear from you.


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Itehad (Unity)

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَاذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُم أَعْدَآءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَاناً وَكُنتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُمْ مِّنْهَا كَذلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ءَايَـتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s favor on you, for you were enemies of one another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His grace, you became brethren, and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat clear to you, that you may be guided (Ale Imran-103)

The story of the farmer and his quarreling sons is well known to everybody. The sons could easily break each stick separately. But when the sticks were tied into a bundle, nobody could break the bundle. From such an example, they learnt the lesson, that union is strength.

Before I actually understood the meaning of Itehad(Unity), I was made to step behind to understand  Inzemaam.

Inzemaam to understand in simple terms is to dissolve sugar in water, the resultant is a  sherbet(juice). The original property of neither the sugar nor water exists, rather a new product is formed.

Itehad on the other hand is you mix together different substances  like cement ,Iron, Sand and  they become one but holding onto their original properties.

We are Ummat e Wahida (One Nation), irrespective of our differences in  race, color, country, the way we raise our hands in Salah(prayer) et al we are one in the  belief that  “La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah” There is no GOD but ALLAH and Prophet Mohammed(sws) is the messenger of ALLAH”

The many social, political differences arising today amidst us  is because we have considered this world to be a garden  but have forgotten that this garden is for painful strains, Neither for enjoying the roses nor for making a nest.

Am I still sleeping?


The alarm is on, it’s a wake up call for the UMMAH.

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The Amazing Camel and its Creator

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

If you ever doubted that God exists,

Meet the Very Technical, Highly Engineered

Dromedary Camel.

When I’m hungry, I’ll eat almost anything

A leather bridle, a piece of rope, my master’s tent,

Or a pair of shoes.

My mouth is so tough a thorny cactus doesn’t bother it.

I love to chow down grass and other plants

That grow here on the Arabian desert

I’m a dromedary camel, the one-hump kind

That lives on hot deserts in the Middle East.

My hump, all eighty pounds of it,

Is filled with fat-my body fuel-not water as some people believe.

My Mighty Maker gave it to me because

He knew I wouldn’t always be able to find food

As I travel across the hot sands.

When I don’t find any chow, my body automatically

Takes fat from the hump, feeds my system,

And keeps me going strong.

This is my emergency food supply.

If I can’t find any plants to munch, my body uses up my hump.

When the hump gets smaller, it starts to tip to one side.

But when I get to a nice oasis and begin to eat again,

My hump soon builds back to normal.

I’ve been known to drink twenty-seven gallons of water in ten minutes.

My Master Designer made me in such a fantastic way that

In a matter of minutes all the water I’ve swallowed

Travels to the billions of microscopic cells that make up my flesh.

Naturally, the water I swallow first goes into my stomach.

Their thirsty blood vessels absorb and carry it to every part of my body.

Scientists have tested my stomach and found it empty

Ten minutes after I’ve drunk twenty gallons.

In an eight-hour day, I can carry a four hundred pound load

A hundred miles across a hot, dry desert

And not stop once for a drink or something to eat.

In fact, I’ve been known to go eight days without a drink,

But then I look a wreck.

I lose 227 pounds, my ribs show through my skin,

And I look terribly skinny.

But I feel great!

I look thin because the billions of cells lose their water.

They’re no longer fat. They’re flat.

Normally my blood contains 94 percent water, just like yours.

But when I can’t find any water to drink,

The heat of the sun gradually robs a little water out of my blood.

Scientists have found that my blood can lose up to

40 percent of its water, and I’m still healthy.

Doctor’s say human blood has to stay very close to 94 percent water.

If you lose 5 percent of it, you can’t see anymore; 10 percent, you can’t

Hear and you go insane; 12 percent, your blood is as thick as molasses

And your heart can’t pump the thick stuff. It stops, and you’re dead.

But that’s not true with me.


Scientists say my blood is different.

My red cells are elongated. Yours are round.

Maybe that’s what makes the difference

This proves I’m designed for the desert,

Or the desert is designed for me.

Did you ever hear of a design without a Designer?

After I find a water hole,

I’ll drink for about ten minutes

And my skinny body starts to change almost immediately.

In that short time my body fills out nicely, I don’t look skinny anymore,

And I gain back the 227 pounds I lost.

Even though I lose a lot of water on the desert,

My body conserves it too.

Way in the beginning when my intelligent Engineer made me,

He gave me a specially designed nose that saves water.

When I exhale, I don’t lose much.

My nose traps that warm, moist air from my lungs

And absorbs it in my nasal membranes.

Tiny blood vessels in those membranes take that back into my blood.

How’s that for a recycling system? Pretty cool, isn’t it.

It works because my nose is cool.

My cool nose changes that warm moisture in the air

From my lungs into water.

But how does my nose get cool?

I breath in hot dry desert air,

And it goes through my wet nasal passages.

This produces a cooling effect, and my nose stays as much as

18 degrees cooler than the rest of my body.

I love to travel the beautiful sand dunes.

It’s really quite easy, because

My Creator gave me specially engineered sand shoes for feet.

My hooves are wide, and they get even wider when I step on them.

Each foot has two long, bony toes with tough, leathery skin

between my soles, are a little like webbed feet.

They won’t let me sink into the soft, drifting sand.

This is good, because often my master wants me to carry him

one hundred miles across the desert in just one day.

(I troop about ten miles per hour.)

Sometimes a big windstorm comes out of nowhere,

bringing flying sand with it.

My Master Designer put special muscles in my nostrils

that close the openings, keeping sand out of my nose

but still allowing me enough air to breathe.

My eyelashes arch down over my eyes like screens,

keeping the sand and sun out but still letting me see clearly.

If a grain of sand slips through and gets in my eye,

the Creator took care of that too.

He gave me an inner eyelid that automatically

wipes the sand off my eyeball just like a windshield wiper.

Some people think I’m conceited because I always walk around

with my head held high and my nose in the air.

But that’s just because of the way I’m made.

My eyebrows are so thick and bushy

I have to hold my head high to peek out from underneath them.

I’m glad I have them though.

They shade my eyes from the bright sun.

Desert people depend on me for many things.

Not only am I their best form of transportation,

but I’m also their grocery store.

Mrs. Camel gives very rich milk

that people make into butter and cheese.

I shed my thick fur coat once a year,

and that can be woven into cloth.

A few young camels are used for beef,

but I don’t like to talk about that.

For a long time we camels have been called

the “ships of the desert” because of the way

we sway from side to side when we trot.

Some of our riders get seasick.

I sway from side to side because of the way my legs work.

Both legs on one side move forward at the same time,

elevating that side.

My “left, right left, right” motion makes my rider feel like

he is in a rocking chair going sideways.

When I was six months old,

special knee pads started to grow on my front legs.

The intelligent Creator knew I had to have them.

They help me lower my 1000 pounds to the ground.

If I didn’t have them,

my knees would soon become sore and infected,

and I could never lie down.

I’d die of exhaustion.

By the way,

I don’t get thick knee pads because I fall on my knees.

I fall on my knees because I already have these tough pads.

Someone very great thought of me and knew I needed them.

He designed them into my genes.

It’s real difficult for me to understand

how some people say I evolved into what I now am.

I’m very technical, highly engineered dromedary camel.

Things like me don’t just happen.

They’re planned on a drawing board

by Someone very brilliant,

Someone very logical.

(Extract taken from  Moody Press)


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I am sure…

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

  By Noor Fatima Lais (Grade 3)

You can be a bit small,         IMG_3526
You can be a bit tall… 

You can be a bit small,
You can be a bit tall… 

You are very small,
yet you are big from the inside,

You are very small,
yet you can do big things,

I am sure,
I am sure

 You can be a flying moth,
but can’t fly away from your LORD!

 If you are big or small, tall or short,
It is no use,
unless your close to your LORD

I am sure,
I am sure

So watch out, be careful,
The last moment of your life will soon come
You can’t hide from your LORD!

 Your gold and richness will fade away,
Watch your time..
The day of resurrection will soon come.



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Why small things shatter happiness

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

 Narrated Al-Miswar bin Makhrama: That ‘Amr bin Auf, who was an ally of Bani ‘Amir bin Luai and one of those who fought at Badr in the company of the Prophet , said, “Allah’s Apostle sent Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah to Bahrain to bring the Jizya taxation from its people, for Allah’s Apostle had made a peace treaty with the people of Bahrain and appointed Al-‘Ala’ bin Al-Hadrami as their ruler. So, Abu ‘Ubaida arrived with the money from Bahrain. When the Ansar heard of the arrival of Abu ‘Ubaida (on the next day) they offered the morning prayer with the Prophet and when the morning prayer had finished, they presented themselves before him. On seeing the Ansar, Allah’s Apostle smiled and said, “I think you have heard that Abu ‘Ubaida has brought something?” They replied, “Indeed, it is so, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “Be happy, and hope for what will please you. By Allah, I am not afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those who lived before you. So you will compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it and it will destroy you as it did them.” ” Al-Bukhari, Vol 5 Book 59, Number 351

Happiness, Ahh! Who doesn’t want to be happy? We all desire happiness. We pursue pleasure systematically through life – it comes as naturally to us as the sunflower turns to the sun. But pleasure once obtained does not last; so once again, the search begins. Moreover, pleasure is ephemeral; it eludes the seeker at the final moment. One may work very hard and get all that the world considers necessary for a happy life, yet none of these things can make us really happy.

Sorrow is a fact of conditioned existence, it is pain and suffering that leads us towards growth. Contentment cannot come by looking at those who have more than we have. It comes when we try to look at those who are worse off, who are less fortunate than we are. A saint once said, “I cried for boots, until I saw a man who had no legs”, the more thing’s we require for being happy, the greater our chances for despair and disappointment.

Happiness is a state of mind, this is easier to achieve once we learn to be less self-centered. The more ego-centric, we are, the more vulnerable we become; even a small thing can shatter our happiness. At the material, an intellectual and spiritual level there is every chance of our being disappointed so long as we are egocentric.

Statistically, there is a bell-shaped curve, tapering off, either side, showing that extreme cases are rare, so extremely good or extremely bad people are rare.

I guess, one should cultivate detached attachment, since everything is transient. In our happiest and saddest moments, we must remind ourselves, “This too shall pass away”. In sensation no permanent home can be found, because change is the law of this vibratory existence.

وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ

وَرِضْوَانٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ

Allah has promised the believers — men and women, — gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever, and beautiful mansions in gardens of `Adn (Eden; Paradise). But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of Allah. That is the supreme success[At-Tauba:72]

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Resilience of Imaan – The Islamic way

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)

I really think that when you search for answers to something and your search is real good, just the right things seems to show up, providing you with the clues and the directions you need to acquire your goals.

This was exactly what I sensed and felt on my trip to the other end of the world.

The search for “building my resilience” took me around to places, homes, families, masjids, events who too were in pursuit of striving to achieve the same thing.

I pause to ask, “What is Resilience?”

The Dictionary states,
1. It is
the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

 The holiday season seemed as a boon to unite either the smaller families or the greater extended families (as an Ummah) to revive their Islamic spirit.

                                                               Or.. was it?

Either end of the globe there are ‘signs’ that Imaan is not stagnant and continues to flow like a fast flowing river. At times the river moves slow and at times the river flows faster and faster, and sometimes with full force. To the outsider, the force of the flowing water hitting against the rocks is a beautiful sight the eyes long to see and the ears long to hear. The fast movements as well as the slow and gentle flow of the water is what makes us who we are. Imaan either moves up or down – it is never constant, similar to the flow of water. Sometimes we like the flow and at times we struggle to keep up, but eventually we need to strike a balance , regain our resilience of Imaan, preparing us for the next moment.

Yet again I pause and ask, ‘who lays down the criterion for the balance’?

Scholars, People, me?

Ahhhh! Am I confused? Well…… certainly not, because…!

تَبَارَكَ الَّذِى نَزَّلَ الْفُرْقَانَ عَلَى عَبْدِهِ لِيَكُونَ لِلْعَـلَمِينَ نَذِيراً

Blessed be He Who sent down the criterion to His servant that
he may be a warner to all nations[25:1]

On my journey – What I saw

Every individual, working diligently to abide by the laws laid down by the creator.
Every house/family had a challenge that they were facing head on.
Every institute in search of excellence.
Every Muslim trying to be better than his neighbor or counterpart failing to forget we all belong to one UMMAH, one family with no borders and boundaries.

Alham du lillah!!!!

What more we need to do:

First define an approach/practice that lead to successful adaptation to life’s challenges second to identify what constitutes success in meeting those challenges.

 1. Set a goal – If we can imagine something, we can create it and/or conquer it. We
need to set our temporary goal/milestones that lead us to the ultimate goal.

وَأَن لَّيْسَ لِلإِنسَـنِ إِلاَّ مَا سَعَى

And that man can have nothing but what he strives for. [53:39]

2. Strive for gaining knowledge together – Allah shall definitely show his
awareness of guidance and insight leading to Jannah to those who exert themselves in

وَاعْتَصِمُواْ بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُوا

“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves” [3:103]        

3. Practice our Deen – Allah has chosen us to be Muslims in the Ummah of the best
Nabi, Prophet Mohammed sws and has not placed any hardship/difficulty upon us.
We have a role model for us to follow by a person who practiced his Deen.

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الاٌّخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيراً

             Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much [ 33:21]

Summing it up:

      Clarity of thought and action from a disciplined heart and mind, and commitment to
sharpening your self-awareness and commit to work at the boundaries of your
compassion – then we tap into a higher wisdom. It
informs and transforms
and we become an excellent instrument for a highest quality.
A wave is generated with a high frequency of Imaan.

So…What does it mean when we realize that we have within ourselves the capacity to reach the same heights of Imaan (faith) as the sahabah, or the same level of intellectual rigor as Imam Al-Bukhari or Sheikh ibn Taymiyyah, or the same purity and unwavering trust as Sayyidna Maryam? (May Allah be pleased with her)

Do we even realize that they were simply human beings who acknowledged the perfection with which Allah created them and strove their utmost to live up to that excellence, placing no boundaries or limitations upon themselves. They were not extraordinary people in their creation; they were only extraordinary because they accepted Allah’s words and thrust themselves utterly into the river of the Quran immersed themselves completely in tawakkul [trust in Allah], and taqwa [consciousness of Allah], allowing themselves to expand to fill the capacity of the flawless mold that Allah created them in, and refusing to allow themselves to be defined or demeaned by anyone else’s opinion. Nor did they allow themselves to be mentally or spiritually diminished or damaged by the harsh circumstances of life.

We acknowledge the fact that we are perfectly created. Or at least, we should be doing that now.

لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الإِنسَـنَ فِى أَحْسَنِ تَقْوِيمٍ
Verily, we created man in the best form [95:4]

  “Who made everything He has created good and He began the creation of man
from clay. Then He made his offspring from semen of despised water.
Then He fashioned him  in due proportion, and breathed into him the soul… [32:7-9]

Thus Allah gave us a perfect body and a spirit was blown into it. This body was not meant to be broken. It wasn’t meant to have limitations. The body is meant to heal, to fight, and to thrive; to move with grace and power. We are meant to be strong, healthy and resilient; capable of conquering any obstacle.

Somewhere along the way, we have become fragile – not all of us, but a great deal of us. We have grown sedentary and complacent. And, in doing so, we have lost our resiliency: we get sick more than we should, we are too fast, we get injured way too often, and we find ourselves unable to move like we used to. Fortunately for all of us, the body is wonderfully made, and it is capable of miraculous change-physically and spiritually.

As I said before, we are perfectly made – designed to be strong and resilient, not weak and frail in all walks of life including our IMAAN. We are meant to be capable of conquering almost anything: climbing any mountain, solving any problem, or simply playing Frisbee with our kids. The human body was created to have a purpose in life, not just to exist. We can regain our resilience and become the life conquerors we were meant to be. All we have to do is walk in the footsteps of the Prophet (Itteba- e -Sunnah). All we have to do is to hold the rope of Allah(the Quran) – all along the way striving to get BETTER and BETTER!!!

Factors that contribute to resilience include:

  • A positive view of yourself and conviction in your strengths and abilities
  • The capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses
  • Helping others
  • Good problem-solving and communication skills
  • Feeling in control
  • Seeking help and resources
  • Close relationships with family and friends
  • Seeing yourself as resilient (rather than as a victim)
  • Finding a positive meaning/purpose in your life despite difficult/traumatic events

Takabbal Allahu  minna wa mikum [May Allah accept from us and from you]






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