Criticism of the Hardness of the Heart by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

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Seeing on a reseller on a small booklet by inaudible hanbali Rahim Allah. So this whole session in sha Allah is about that particular

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subject and the topic of his reseller.

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His small advice is the most what to call B says criticizing the hardness of the heart, the mucus what to call B. And he begins by saying Rahim Allah and approachable hanbali I mean, I don't think I need to introduce him knowledgeable. Hanbury is a great scholar on the tradition of shapeless number of Tamia and his student ignore me benefited from what they said and what they have taught him on a large main. And he specializes really in the softness of the heart and talking about the Hereafter, and discussing the ailments of the heart and their cures. And he has this

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inclination to talk about these topics and offer them in an insightful way. So he says rusada don't feed them mucus. So this is a treaties or an advice about criticizing the hardness of the heart, where the crew is Bobby Ha. And talking about its causes, why am I deserve to be here and the things that remove it, so briefly is going to be talking about this and of course, the topic is greater than what he has offered but actually, what he has done is he did offer some insights into or some keys is to the topics itself. So he says under the Marcus vs. As for criticizing the hardness of the heart, the stiffness of the heart, he says Allah zoton says, For macusa Toluca Min baddeck Vega

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ijarah to eyeshadow, cassava says Allah says and then the hearts then hardened afterwards. So we speak in Tibetan we saw in the Israelites, it is then your hearts hardened after that. Then they became became like stones or harder than stones. So then he explained neuralgia, he says then Allah explained how did their hearts become even harder than stones? Because Allah continues to say, and this is in salted bacara we're in the middle Hey jurati Lemma de German hula. And he says among rocks and stones, rocks and stones that break and out of which water come out comes out. So even despite their hardness, they can break to allow water to come through them when the mayhem is

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Chicago Fire Robin Hood man, and among them are those that crack and the water comes out of windy Minghella, Maya Dominica Shatila and among them those rocks or stones are some that fall down out of the fear of Allah zildjian.

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So he says that the People of the Book suffered, suffered that fate which is their hearts had become hard like rocks or even worse than that. And then also he says on the law zoton says Alameda needed Edina Amano and Tasha Hulu boom Lydia karela. It says Isn't it about time for those who believe that for their hearts to soften and to be humble when they receive the remembrance of Allah azza wa jal and and the truth that had been revealed and not be like the people of the book

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before them were a long time had passed, and their hearts had become heart for Casa de pollo. Boom. Then he says also Allah says for what you know, little CFG Hello, boom in decreed it says, woe to those whose hearts are hard. When Allah's remembrance is there when Allah is remembered when His signs are outward, when his answers are repeated, their hearts hardened, he says, Woe to them. So Allah zodion in the Quran tells us that this is a sickness, what is the sickness,

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the hardening of the heart.

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That is, it is so important that Allah as noted in the Quran told us that people before us suffered that fate the heart can become as stone, if it is not taken care of the heart can become like stone, and that this is a tendency that he said to the believers, early believers, the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says beware not to be like those who were before you. Call about yourself laya Kuhn watershed, Dr. Sasha Douglas Worthen, Mensa. Hi, Bill kitabi, the hersa He says, no heart will be harder than the heart of the people or the person who has knowledge of the book when it hardens.

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I want you to think about this. He says that if you are a person who has knowledge and you allow your heart to harden, it says nothing will be stiffer and harder than your heart.

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Now do you know why that is the case?

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Because they have knowledge and they rejected what Allah has

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So he says it's not like any other heart, like the purely ignorant, can have a heart that his heart, but it still is able to soften, when it is taught and it is reminded, but when the person receives the truth and what do they do with it,

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they reject it. Not just forget, no, they reject. So when that happens, the heart has turned against what Allah has revealed. And when the heart turns against Allah's revelation, it hardens like no other heart. So you will know what the truth is, you will have no doubt about it, but you will not only neglect it, but you will also find it, you will also find it. So this will answer your question or a question that some people have, how is it that so and so knows the truth, but they decide to ignore it, or they know the truth, but they decide to fight it?

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Why? It's not that they're ignorant. But what has happened is that they have rejected it internally. And because of that, they have been deprived from the blessing and they deprive themselves of the blessing of following it. So they don't want to follow it, even though they know that it is true, out of ego, out of envy, out of pride. They don't want to follow it. And so their heart becomes like stone, nothing affects it, nothing can help it. And so they become also without mercy. And without fear of Allah and without loving of Allah azza wa jal that also answers your question that some people have, which is what so and so knows the truth? He knows more than I do? How is it that he

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earns and makes mistakes? How is it that he or she they can say these things which are plainly false?

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Did you ever have that question?

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Maybe? How is it that so and so know so much? And if they know so much, they probably have it a lot easier than I do, but how is it that they make this made mistake or defend this falsehood? Why? Yeah, they know more than you do. But what is missing?

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The heart. Because if a person knows and they reject to resist that truth, and not to follow it, then the heart will harden to such an extent that they will find the truth even though that they would know it. So it's not enough that you know, remember when we talked when we're talking about the matters of knowledge is not enough that you know, you have to know and you have to follow what you have otherwise what you know, can is you Only you know, will turn against you and you will turn against what you know.

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He says madacorp need to do DNR said madhurima abdon Bureau holberton r1 I'm in custodial services, no one had been is afflicted, or is punished with something more severe than the stiffness and the hardness of their heart. No one had been afflicted and punished with something that is more severe than the hardness and the stiffening of their heart.

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If we do a mistake, okay, especially those of us who are sensitive, that Allah as though did is watching.

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What are the things that what is the thing that we'll be afraid of in this dunya when we come in and mistake that Allah is going to do what?

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punish us? Sorry. So if we are sensitive, and if you are that sensitive, then you are fortunate, by the way, okay, some of us, you know, I've even lost that. But if you commit a mistake, you'll be afraid that Allah will punish me for it. What type of punishment do we expect?

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Give me examples. You do something wrong. And you said, Okay, I'll let me punish me. Whatever punishment do you expect?

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Hmm.

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helpfully not in this dunya. I mean, because there's punishment in this union. There's punishment in the hereafter. So punishment in this union. What type of punishment could you expect? Or he'd be afraid of? When you say I've done something wrong?

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Yeah, you become sick. You say, What if I become sick?

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Money me. Ah, so you lose your money. Right?

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That's, that's the worst of it. That's the worst of it. So mostly when we are afraid, we're afraid of what oh, my car is going to break down. Allah is going to punish me. This car is not going to be working anymore. Or I'm going to be ducked a day's pay. Right? They're going to take away my salary, they're going to take away my bonus, my son will become sick. So we're thinking we're afraid of physical things.

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rightfully so. But medical Do you notice as he says, the greatest punishment is the punishment where your heart becomes hard.

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Here, you body is healthy, and your your affairs are in order, but inside, you've died a little bit. You don't care is that's the greatest punishment.

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So you find yourself that you're sending and disobeying Allah azza wa jal, and you don't care, and you do more of it and you don't care, know that you're experiencing a sort of punishment that you brought upon yourself, but you're experiencing a sort of punishment. So the living heart is an AMA from Allah. And the heart as a die is a punishment upon a person or upon a people or upon a nation. So he says that is the greatest punishment, and another person said the same thing, but we'll see but have them be more Siva alabamian per se Albay no one who is afflicted with something greater and more severe than the stiffness of his heart. He says that hey, mala was talking about the causes.

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Okay. What are the causes? It says min haka throttle Kela me Bella erotic Rila. He says, one of the causes of the stiffness of the heart is to excessively speak, but not about Allah or not, while remembering Allah subhana wa tada speak about worldly matters excessively, and be neglectful of Allah kathrada Nicola may be ready to speak much, but not about the remembrance of Allah zodion. Now he had based this,

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on a Hadith, that Hadith is weak, that says, in a tear that took the old kalama Be ready karela A says, Do not speak often about other than the remembrance of Allah, so did that howdy this week, but the meaning in general is accurate, is valid. What is the meaning here is not telling you here to not speak anything but the Koran does not seek anything but the vicar of Allah. It's not saying this. But it's saying that the more and more and more and more that you engage in other than the remembrance of Allah azzawajal, the more and more and more and more that your heart will harden.

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And the remedy for that, of course, as we will see is to remember Allah zodion. But if you spend your day, and you're talking about this, and you're talking about that, and this dunya, and that dunya, and this dunya, and that dunya, especially if there is haram in it, or if there's no haram initially, there's haram eventually, or if you're joking around, and kidding, and this and that, and you're going to be excessively talking about things that you're not supposed to talk about, the more that you keep talking about these things, the more that you will feel that your heart had become solid, not soft, but had solidified had become hard. Why? Because he did not talk about what pleases

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Allah as loaded, but you're talking about so many other things. Some are okay, and some are not. So when we're going to be talking about remedies, we're going to be addressing this issue. But catella tulika may be ridiculed, when you talk about everything else I bought, and she bought, and I did and he did. And he said to me, and they said to me, etc, etc, etc. So you're not keeping the company of Allah azzawajal but you keeping the company of people and typically, in general, when you keep the company of other people, your demand goes up or goes down in general.

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Down the company of other people, we need other people. We need to talk, we need to socialize, but I'm talking about extremes and excessiveness, without the moderating effect of the words of Allah as origin and keeping the company alive surgeon. He says woman how not to do it. Now law has Odell breaking your oath and breaking your promise to Allah xojo because Allah azza wa jal Fitbit says febi monopoli mytho home Na Na Ma na Hulu Bahama sia, it says because they broke the covenant, meaning the covenant that they have with Allah, we curse them and we made their hearts heart. So this is this covenant that you have with Allah azza wa jal that if you break your heart hardens is

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the covenant of Islam.

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That is Allah azza wa jal has a covenant between you and him. Whether you know it or not, when you're a Muslim, when you accepted Islam, you've accepted this covenant, this ad this promise, what is this promise of Islam? That you're going to do to that when it comes to Allah azza wa jal What are you going to do?

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To worship Allah azza wa jal alone and to obey Him and Allah in return because there's a another side to that covenant a lot in return. What is he going to give you?

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Jenna, that's the covenant that's the meetha you don't disobey me and don't worship others with me and allow will give you Jenna in return. So when a person breaks that covenant between them and Allah azza wa jal that hardens the heart.

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Another part to it is if a person makes a promise to Allah xojo specific one. That is if a person makes a promise to Allah azza wa jal and does not fulfill that promise that hardens his heart or her heart as well because they did not respect Allah enough to keep that promise. So if a person makes a promise to Allah, He

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Or she should keep it as long as it is permissible. Don't break that promise. But in general

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Halloran Heron is the covenant between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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He said also Amina and also other causes that hardens the heart. And this is really relevant for us today. Can throttle the heck excessive laughter excessive laughter and notice what I said excessive laughter and what he wrote here excessive laughter. We're not talking about laughter. Right? What are we talking about? excessive laughter get throttled back. And there's as mentioned in the Hadid law took zero back we talked about this hadith A while back la took the rue de hike, Do not laugh excessively, because excessive laughter kills the heart. Excessive laughter kills the heart. Now tell me how does excessive laughter kill the heart?

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How could it possibly kill the heart? Now we say alone, not laughter laughter from time to time from time to time you need to laugh naturally is going to come to you. And no one wants you to be sad and depressed No. But how can excessive laughter okay.

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No Boundaries there is that

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there is no boundaries.

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So, you just lose right sight of what is appropriate or inappropriate. You begin appropriately right. You begin appropriately. Okay. And as long as laughter is not excessive, you begin appropriately. But as you move into obsessiveness and extreme what happens you start crossing lines. Have you noticed that with your friends, you start okay. But then as you keep laughing and laughing and joking and kidding, what does it move into insulting the other person? Okay, hurting their feelings or they hurt your feelings. So goes into things that upset Allah subhanho wa Taala. Okay. And especially today where laughter had become a profession, making people laugh, had become a

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profession and the term where the Prophet sallallahu wasallam talked about this thing. There is no such profession as a comedian.

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Follow. Now there is such a profession where you would actually turn on the TV or you go online, and you could watch a person whose job is what to make people

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laugh. And when they make people laugh, what happens?

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What do they What do they make fun of? You tell me.

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Other people, so they make fun of other people and how they look and how they talk.

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That's what is funny to people. That all of that is wrong, right? So and so is fat short, right? He has an O and speech impediment. He did this mistake, I noticed him doing this the wrong thing. All of these observations are attacks on other people, even if it's not a specific person, but if you are that person, you will feel terrible because of it. So you're attacking other people, what else do they attack or make fun of?

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If you heard them, you'll know.

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everything, including Who?

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Going Allah zoji is one of the top comedians on some of the top comedians, the popular ones, if you listen to them, they'll pass through mocking religion and mocking Allah as origin while you're sitting and listening to them. And you will laugh.

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You will laugh, or my Mark toccoa and piety

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in favor of obscenity and vulgarity.

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So this is the reality of it as it exists today. So imagine yourself listening to this all the time. And then

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somebody comes and tells you come to the masjid.

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Your heart is where far away far away from all of that right? excessively drowning in that type of laughter, that type of swamp, it's hard for it to be extracted, and to actually listen to a Koran that will affect it and move it. So the heart also hardens when there is excessive laughter Now, again, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying saying that you shouldn't laugh and you shouldn't smile. I'm not saying that you shouldn't tell jokes when the jokes are appropriate. I'm not saying that you shouldn't have fun. I'm saying that if this is what you're doing all the time, if this is the only thing that you're interested in, there'll be no place in your heart for anything

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meaningful, including the name of Allah azza wa jal, and the son of his prophet sallallahu wasallam. They'll be too heavy for you.

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It'll be too hard for you. So if you want a heart that is alive, avoid excessive laughter gets back to me to calm he says

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Also wamena Castro to actually overeating. He says also that hardens The heart is especially if you're eating heroin. So that's clear.

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Actually, any act of heroin adds to the disease of the heart. It makes it a little stiffer and a little harder, a little, a little more irresponsive to what Allah azzawajal wants. So if you want to bring softness back to the heart, you leave out Haram, or suspicious type of food, and also not to overeat. Now, what is the problem with overeating? Why does it's hard in the heart when you overeat?

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Because when you overeat what happens?

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Hmm.

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I can't hear you.

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stomach will be full. Yeah. Yeah. You hear you know, you. Yeah.

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hard to breathe. And if it's hard to breathe, it's hard to do what?

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No.

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Well, no, I mean, not to that extent, and you're not gonna die. Yeah, you're not gonna die. But I mean that, okay? If it's hard to breathe, and you're absolutely right, it's like, hard to breathe. So you only want to do what? Sit. And you don't want to do anything of value, right? You don't want to worship, right? That is if you if you're supposed to still pray, Asia, and you eat a lot, are you going to stand up and breathe.

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So I just want to relax, just want to say I'm so tired. So maybe you'll sleep and you'll miss a shot altogether. Or if you're going to pray Shut up. Oh my god, I'm so tired. I'll just barely stand quickly. Pray Eurasia and go back and sit because you just don't have that appetite or energy to do anything that is pleasing to Allah azza wa jal forget about reading the Koran or doing something. And again, I'm not saying that you need to be doing this all the time. But if you spend your whole night, okay, in other frivolous type of entertainment, and you don't do anything that brings you closer to Allah xojo than your last your night, your night should be a mix, a mix of fun stuff, but

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a mix up but also some a bear that in it, what happens, what happens is that we only lean on an emphasize fun, and we diminish this a bother to only few seconds.

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So if that is how we spend our night, of course, the heart will harden. So I eat a lot. And then I drink a lot and I sleep a lot. That's the only thing I want to do. So there is no a better or if there is a better the little term that we give to Allah azzawajal our mind is somewhere else because it is too tired, so pathologically. And he says I'm a lot more humble. He said he was asked, Can a person encounter the softness of his heart, if he is full of his stomach is full, he says I don't think so.

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So this tells you about a reason may not get to do no one ever causes also his sins, especially when they are excessive one after the other, it kills the heart, it becomes irresponsive it doesn't care about what Allah has loaded once. Why? Because at the practice, not caring. Practice not caring when you commit to one sin. And you see a stuffer a lot and you feel shy and embarrassed. That means that your heart is still has life in it. When you stop caring, Mr. Hart has died or is close to it, or is very sick. Because every time that you send you practice not caring about Allah xojo The next time I don't care about Allah the third time I don't care about Allah. So when somebody comes and tells

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you, Allah said, so I already don't care. I'm already very far. I'm already that hard has already has this barrier, these barriers around it, nothing gets in.

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So that's why the more that you commit a sin, the harder it is for somebody to wake you up.

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And you may say, just like the people of the book, we know, I know. What are you telling me? I know this hadith? I know this ayah. But the issue is that not you know it or not. The issue is are you willing to follow it? Since this person who's reminding you isn't always reminding you of things that you do not know he's reminding you of things that you ought to do

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right

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now,

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he says what mommy's musi that will cassava.

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He says the things that remove the hardness of the heart. He says get through to the karela he led a tomato IE alcohol Booyah, listen, he says, mentioning Allah subhanho wa Taala. Often a type of remembrance a type of Vicar where the heart is.

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has joined the tongue in remembering Allah as Odin has synced with the tongue in the remembrance of Allah.

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So we know that there is dhikr of Allah that is on the tongue alone. And that's the easiest one. And there's a decree of Allah as a surgeon that could happen only inside the heart where you're thinking about Allah. Here we're talking about a decree of Allah that is both internal and external, when you remember Allah, but the heart also has joined the tongue in that remembrance of Allah azza wa jal. So, someone said

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to a lesson, he said, I want to, I want to give you or I want to complain to you about my the stiffness of my heart. So he said, bring it closer to the remembrance of Allah to the vicar of Allah as origin. And we have known what he says lemenager che and Oracle he had the Hulu Viola I said this the jab and inhotim in karate, karate monteggia Bara he says we didn't find anything that is softer or more softening of the heart. And thing that will bring the truth fastest to it, than reading the Koran with contemplation and pondering. Right?

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Now, why is the remembrance of Allah azza wa jal? Why does it have such an effect? So think about those that that first person who he said to a lesson or himolla, he said, I have this problem.

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And this problem that I have is that my heart is hard.

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That in fact, can happen meaning that as we complain about physical sickness, and we feel that there is something wrong, and we go to a doctor and asked him for medicine, right, and how many times have we've done this, something is wrong with us. So we go and look for the medicine. And we go to the doctor, we have to do the same thing for our religion and our hearts. The same thing. So if you find that you are reading the Koran or or you find yourself wanting to read the Koran but unwilling to read it, you know that you should read it, but you don't want to read it, you don't feel like you want to read it, you feel that you attend to hold by you listen to everything, but none of it has

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entered your heart. You feel that the commands of Allah xojo are heavy and undesirable, whereas the other opposite path is desirable and bringing you happiness and joy. If you find yourself unhappy, in general, depressed, in general, anxious in general, all of these are signs that there is something wrong with our heart sickness.

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So just like when my hand is not working, when my leg is not working, when I have a headache, I go and find a solution. When you're suffering from all of these things, then the question is, why aren't we seeking a solution for all of them? So he says, I now recognize the problem, I have a problem here. problem is that I'm not responding to what Allah wants from me. I hear the Quran but I don't cry. I'm not affected. I'm not attracted to it. I hear what Allah wants. I don't want to do it. What is this? What is this? Is this a sign of?

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I'm envious. I'm proud, I quit, I get angry very quickly. I'm not happy even when good things happen. I'm not happy. And when bad things happy, I blame a lot as to what is all of that. That is a sign that the heart is unhappy and not healthy. So that's why he goes to someone asked him, he says, I have a problem here. What do I do about it? And that is a person who is seeking a solution. No one is going to come and knock on your door and tell you I can want to come and fix you.

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You need to seek that medication for yourself and for those that you care about. So what did he say? Victrola as Odin that's the first thing that is going to start melting that hard and bringing it back to Allah azza wa jal, because it does what it removes away what

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sin

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it removes the sins away. When you remember Allah, it takes that sin away, one sin away the second sin, the third sin, the fourth sin and so on, and so on and so on.

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It also reminds you of and we'll be talking about it reminds you of the hereafter

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reminds you a reality of this life, brings peace to your heart

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starts cleaning it. And he says nothing is better than reading the Quran with the double with contemplation.

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Now you're getting you're getting the answers. You are getting the answers at this moment, right? Whether we follow them or not. That is up to you and me but you're getting the answers at this moment at least, at least remember them. He says there's nothing better than if you are suffering from anything on the inside. And you don't have control over your heart anymore. He says bring it closer to the Koran and read it with contemplation. Understand what Allah is saying to you.

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And you will find that your heart will change

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but you need to

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Give it time. Now I'm gonna ask you how much time

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it depends. It depends on you, a person could read an idea and start crying with me, a person could read an ayah and can start crying. And a person could read the entire Koran and he did not understand or benefit.

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How long? It depends on you. Because your sickness is not not my sickness. And your need is not like my need. So you need to keep reading and reading and reading and making an understanding until though of some of those ideas go deep inside your heart and they move it and then you know, they started to work.

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So there is no one specific time where you need one page and you say, hey, nothing happened. I'm quitting. You read it for a day and you say nothing happened, I'm quitting. Well, did you just do your sense for just half an hour? What are your sentences of the accumulation of just one hour, or my sins, the accumulation of only one day? Or I've been practicing these things for years.

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I have been sitting for how many years and I want one page of the Quran. It has the power the problem is not with that the problem is with me. So I want one page of the Quran or one half on half hour of reading to fix everything

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is like taking an axe and striking rock until you reach the person in sight. How long will it take? Well, it depends on the thickness of the rock isn't it, and how strong the axe is and how strong you hit. So if you're stronger, you're hit really strong and your axe is really sharp, and the rod layer is thin, you're going to penetrate easily.

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But if the layer is really thick, and your axe is weak and you don't have energy, you need to keep hitting and hitting and hitting and hitting until it's cracks. Then you're gonna get in how long? Allah zildjian knows, but don't stop trying. So Victrola here as our gel with the board.

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It says and this is something we talked about before his will be Hamza to share. He says, the medicine of the heart are five things, reading the Koran with contemplation and having an empty stomach meaning not overeating, what the young will leave praying at night, while totaro are in the Sahara, praying to Allah making dua and the last part of the night just before fetcher, omotola Soto Sala hain and keeping the company of the pious

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You follow?

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So if you have something in your heart you we know what the medicine is, this is what can I do is read the Koran and think about what you are reading and learn from it. And don't overeat. And at night pray and before ledger that last part of the night before fudger make dua to Allah azza wa jal and seek the highest and sit with them and let them remind you of Allah as virgin.

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He says woman ha, la Serrano Italia tamale. Misaki and he says also part of it part of what softens the heart is kindness to the orphans, and those who are poor, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said somebody came and we talked about this before long time A long time ago, a man complained to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam about the hardness of his heart. He says if you would love for your heart to soften in a hubbub to anybody in our call book, femme Sahara Sally ottimi. What I mean by sakin wipe over the head of the orphan and feed the poor, meaning come close to who?

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The weak,

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the weak, the unfortunate those who are sick. Those who those who had been stricken with calamities come close to them, then your heart will soften. Why will it soften? Because you naturally will

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feel mercy. Feel that Rama?

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And you will naturally also see the boundaries of Allah azza wa jal about upon you sooner you're close to someone who's like that. You will also remember that what has happened to them could also happen to you. And that none of the things that keep you distracted and occupied is in reality, a thing to distract and occupy. That is, if what is keeping me if what is keeping me

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away from Allah as the agenda is well, and I find someone who is miskeen doesn't have any money and who needs the very basics of need, which I have and I help him. I also realize that as he is suffering, I also could be what

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suffering, so I could lose my money. So this money is really of no real value because it does not last, you will mean, it doesn't last. So if I lose it, what's going to happen to me? So you stopped relying on it, you stopped trusting it,

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you stop allowing it to change you, the more that you stay with those who are stricken with those calamities, and are unfortunate in life, they lost their parents, they lost loved ones, they are poor, they need help when you see this, you know that none of the things that occupiers Subhanallah are worthy on that. And this Think about it, just think about it in terms of the following. If my guardian, you keep everybody healthy, but if somebody comes to you, you go to the doctor, you did not do not feel well. And the doctor gives you news of a terminal illness, meaning that you have only six months to live. That's it, and only if Allah knows, basically, and eventually how long

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you're going to live, but the diagnosis is low likelihood is you're going to live for only six months.

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What is your money to you at that moment?

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Nothing right? What is a new song that's gonna, you know, be released in two weeks? What is that gonna mean to you? Will you be able to enjoy it?

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Now I'm serious. I mean, a new song is gonna come out in a month. Are you going to enjoy it?

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Okay, basketball game that's going to be played in town between this typic team and that big team? What are you going to go?

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I'm not going to see the end of the season. What is this all for? So none of these things in this life that distract you and occupy you a new movie is going to be released. So I'm going to see a movie and I know while I'm in the movie, I'm dying. Am I gonna go? I'm gonna go. So then you will discover what really is important in life, then your heart will soften. Then where do you go? Where will people find you?

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In the masjid, you will find you the mystery. Why are you in the masjid?

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to pray, because that's the only thing that is left. You know, that's the only thing that is a value. That's the only thing that's going to help you. None of these other things is in fact, of meaning. The only meaning is here. So this is what it means. Why is the heart heart because you think that you have a lot and that it is enough and you live forever when you discover that you're not all of that goes away. And you discover that the only thing that is of meaning is sitting in this life. And he says also I mean her kisara to the krill mote remembering death often as the Prophet sallallahu wasallam did command that act through the karate millet that remember death

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often.

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So it is reported that a woman came to her a Chateau de la and her and she asked her, she says, I find this stiffness in my heart. It's not responsive, it's not alive. He says, Remember that more death often because they're your heart will soften as a result. And you'll be able to do what you want to do meaning of what is pleasing to Allah azza wa jal. So she did that, and her heart changed. So the more that you remember Allah azza wa jal, and that your end is death, the more that your heart will be under control, and you'll be able to direct it the way that you want to direct it, meaning that as origin and if you don't remember death, then your heart will rebel and run away from

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you and seek this dunya so you'll be able to tame your heart by remembering death. And if not, the heart will run like a wild beast after this world and will not listen to anybody or anything. Right? Remember death and your heart will listen to you. And he says also women ha zero to avoid a bit difficult if you hadn't already have almost at him. He says visiting the graves and thinking about their end and what happened to the people who are there.

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So

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Mmm, no humble, somebody asked in my euro Colby, what is the thing that is going to soften my heart, he said visit the grave, visit the cemetery, go and visit the cemetery. And he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam zoodle obor visit the graves because they remind you of death. And the said another Hadith they remind you of the hereafter Okay, they remind you of the hereafter and especially if the visit the graves you can visit the grave of non Muslims the cemeteries of the non Muslims for those types of reflections you can also do that as well. And if you do that, you'll discover something interesting because of course there are these headstones right you know the non Muslims, they have

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these headstones and on the headstone, you can almost read the entire history of that human

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Because they tell you, okay, he was born on that date. And maybe sometimes I'll tell you, he was born in that area or in that country. And then he died on that. And he left behind, there's a story to it. So the more that you read, you'll discover the life of a person, he was born on the floor in a foreign land.

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On such and such day, in such an such year, he lived this long, 60 years, 50 years, 40 years, some die very young, some time old. And then he died in that in that year, in that place. And he's now here, and you think about it, this person was on Earth, above ground for 50 years. And he was born in the year, this and that, and he was a child then. And as I was a child, or a young boy, he had dreams about what he wants to be, I'm gonna go here, I will do that. As a young man, he had these dreams as well, and they got married, maybe or not, he had children or not, but eventually life ends. And he's there. As you think about this is one life. And this is another life. And this is

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another life. And this is another life and all those people were alive at a time when I wasn't.

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And they will come a time when I'll be underground, and somebody will be passing by. And he will see my story as well. He was born on that day, and he died on that day. And I had all those dreams. But what did I do with all of that when I was on earth? And what is my situation now under Earth. So when you see all of that it really puts it all in its proper perspective, that I may think that I have this and that, but I don't, I may think that I'm going to be alive for a long time. But I'm not I'm just one person, one story, among many other stories, and it's going to end the same way. So then you will know that let me do something about it so that when I'm underground, at least that

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home is better than what was on Earth, what's under should be better than what is on Earth. So then your heart will respond to you. If you say, remember, Allah will respond to you, when you say, read the Koran respond to you, when you say stay away from this hot arm. Now it's easier to stay away from it because I know that if I do this Hara, or follow me to my grief, if you do, this hot arm will follow you to your grave. And you don't want to see that harm in your grave. So cleanse yourself, protect yourself from it so that when you go in, you go in clean, and if you go in clean, you'll be happy forever.

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And he says also, and this is connected another roofie. Dr. Holly Keene, what is it about women as a librarian, learning lessons from what happened to parish nations, similar to what we talked about going to the grave and seeing those cemeteries and remembering that this is going to happen to every single person. So this is basically the sum of what he said about him Allah. So what's important here is to realize it as a problem. It's enough of a problem that Allah azza wa jal talked about it in the Quran. And he warned the believers not to fall victim to that common very common disease. And it's a very common disease because the problem with it is not ignorance, you can read the entire

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Koran. I'm telling you, you could memorize the entire Koran and habit,

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you could memorize sooner and you can still have it. It's not about how much you know, but it's about what you do with what you know. So you have to take it seriously. And that this life of yours and this life of mine is not worth upsetting Allah azzawajal if we want to live it, because it is going to end

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so we need to capture our hearts back our hearts had fallen victims to emit is a material assault a very fierce material assault from this dunya so we need to rescue our hearts back and say it is okay to study and to graduate and to earn you know enough money and to even be rich if you want to be rich. But don't make that the center of your life and the cause of your existence. The center of your life should be that I want to please Allah azza wa jal because whatever I do in this life, whatever I achieve in it is going to end achieve whatever you want to achieve as long as it is headed, but it is going to end. So make your achievements something that is pleasing to Allah not

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displeasing to him and rescue your heart from being too preoccupied with this world. Bring it back. How do you bring it back? keep remembering Allah. Keep reading the Koran. Keep learning the lessons there. Keep praying on time keep making dua to Allah as a soldier to protect you from the fate of the previous nations. keep remembering death. keep staying away from the Haram and if you commit something or even

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If you don't keep seeing stuff a little, frequently, frequently, frequently and asking a lot to protect you from the fit and whatever they are, and asking Allah xojo to give you a heart, that is a living heart, a heart that is free of sin free of shirk, free of a heart that is close to him subhanho wa Taala. And if you find that you are starting to develop symptoms of sickness, and I talked about some of these symptoms, if you starting to develop symptoms where you do not care about what Allah has said, you have a lot of doubts and questions that are unanswered, you are suffering from depression and tightness in the chest anxiety,

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just perplexity in general, then you know that there is something internal that needs to be fixed. So rush and fix it as you fix any external problem that you have. So I'll stop here in sha Allah, and see if you have questions. Let me know and I'll be happy in sha Allah to answer but the important thing in sha Allah is to take this and reflect on it.