Channel: Hussain Kamani
Ramadan 2015 – Day 8 – Fasting Of The Heart
Jun 26, 2015
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Today inshallah, in our reflection, we will be talking about how, along with making our body fast, how we can focus on fasting with our heart as well. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us in a very beautiful Hadith, that indeed in the body, there is a part that it is sound and everything else in the body is sound. And if it is corrupted, then everything else in the body is corrupted. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then told the companions, that part of the body, that lump of meat that I'm talking about is nothing other than the heart. And if we, through our fasting are making an attempt to gain proximity to Allah subhanho wa Taala and to gain God consciousness, to
gain taqwa, then the only way we can guard our guide our body towards the direction of taqwa is if first our heart is on the right track, Allah subhanahu wa Tada. He mentions very clearly in the Quran, that indeed the one who purifies His heart is successful, but not for humans, aka the one who purifies it, the soul, that body, that heart, that person is successful, that Allah subhanho wa Taala says in Surah, Allah, Allah, Allah Hammond does, aka again, very similar words, or last time, a lot of saying the one who purifies his soul pure first purifies his body, purifies that heart, that person is successful. And we see from the many goals the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
had as a messenger, one of them was desk, ear, and desk is the word we commonly use to refer to the process of purifying the heart. The process of purifying the heart is what we call desk ear, and when the heart is purified, and when it reached that high peak of spirituality, we refer to that point as son, what do we call that point, son or English we call it excellence. So we have to remember that there should constantly be a focus that whenever we do any other, the other obviously, with having our bodily parts engaged in it, we should make sure our heart is also engaged in If you wish, you can call that focus, if you wish, you can call it sincerity. And if you wish, you can call
it axon where your heart is that this excellent spiritual state while worshiping Allah subhana wa Tada. Now what happens is that if we don't give attention to our heart, and if we don't protect this very valuable part that Allah subhana wa tada has given us, this body part becomes polluted. And as a narrative, the Hadith earlier on the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Every time we commit a sin, a black dot goes on to the heart. And then what happens is that when this heart is covered in darkness, it becomes hardened, and the heart becomes so hard sometimes that nothing can go in and nothing good comes out of it either. Okay, Allah subhanho wa Taala refers to these hard
hearts in the Quran by saying that sometimes the hearts become so hard that they become like rock from makossa boo boo Hummingbird, Erica here collegia that these hearts become so hard that they become like rock, oh, a Shinto cassava. And sometimes we even beat the rock and how hard our hearts become. So in this month of Ramadan, we should make every attempt to stay away from all of those things that make the heart extremely hard and solid. And try to engage in all those things that make our heart heart soft and moist, and bring it to cultural Allah subhana wa tada and fill our heart with news. Now, every single act that is acted in vain, or any sin that is carried out, leaves our
heart to being closer to being hard or being sealed off, turning into that rock that they'll put on refers to,
and we should make an attempt to stay away from all of them. However, I wanted to highlight for particular things that play an excessive role in the heart becoming very hard. The first thing we learn from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in a very beautiful tradition that took Pharaoh calama belated decree law, that do not speak abundantly without having a laws of remembrance inside your speech, for in nicotra telecom decided to clean up
because of an abundance of speech without Alhaji remembrance in it is a source of the heart becoming very hard. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says he continues in that very same tradition. And the further this person from Allah on the day of judgment will be the one with a hard heart. Actually, the Heidi doesn't mentioned the Day of Judgment, Fame Fame the other Nassim in the light data, the furthest person from Allah subhanho wa Taala is a person with a hard heart
So we need to monitor what our tongues do, what our tongues see how much we speak, what we speak, obviously we should stay away from her on one companion as the Messenger of Allah that what will be one of the great sources of people going to the fire of hell and the purpose of Allahu Allah He was sending pointed towards this tongue in this hobby Sara messenger of Allah, how can you be throwing the fireball because of our tongue? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, not only will some people be thrown in the fire of hell, because their tongues, but many, many people will end up in the fire of hell because they couldn't control their tongue. The importance of controlling this
flesh that we have we tuned our mouth. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Whoever guarantees for me two things I guarantee for him, gentlemen, whoever guarantees his tongue and his private part, I guarantee agenda for that person. So let's learn to speak good, otherwise remain silent. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Man kameena Billa he will Yeoman Arthur fileopen, higher and odious. Whoever believes that a lie in the hereafter should either say a good word or or what if you can't say a good word? What should you do?
Stay quiet. My teacher used to say this beautiful poem every single time. I like it. It's a very interesting poem. He used to say Hidalgo person the naughty stuff, deca ramen, is Selena the Hadees.
That God did not like harshness and speech. That's why he didn't give a talk. That's why he didn't give a bone in his flesh, right? be soft in your speech. The second thing is that in fasting in particular and throughout the year manakamana Samia la filos Griffith mercy document a lot of molossia. He used to mention this in almost every one of his lectures. The second point that I'm going to mention, he's to say that if you wish to become the friend of Allah than promised me you will safeguard your eyes from hot on glances. Promise me you will look at hot on things and you will become a friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Learn to control your gaze, learn to control your
eyesight. Look to the ground Be humble, lower your gaze. Anytime you look at something haram immediately say what the verbal sound with a with an audible sound. Now how would I want to put the 11? Nah, don't just say it in your heart see with an audible sound. Now how would I want to put the 11 law to remind yourself you looked at something wrong and to seek protection and help from Allah to save you from ever doing that. Again, there are many narrations in this regard. I won't cover them that'll turn into another lecture altogether. Maybe in the future we'll cover this again in another reflection. The third thing is we have to stay away from bad company. When you stay with bad
company, you become like that people when you stay with people whose whose heart is hard, then you become like them. Okay, you have to stay with good people and you will become good. You stay with people who cry in front of Allah, Allah trust me you learn to cry in front of Allah subhanho wa Tada. You stay in front of people and stay with people who make jokes out of the deen and don't take the religious serious at all. For you. The path of piety is very, very hard. So let's stay in the company of righteous people and stay away from the company of those who make us forget Allah. Choose the company of those who make you remember Allah subhanho wa Taala just by seeing them. You remember
Allah subhana wa Tada. And the last thing is that and this is one of the purposes of fasting. One of the causes of the heart becoming very hard is eating abundantly. Remember was added on to the law. It says when a person eats a lot, his body becomes heavy and he sleeps and the one who sleeps, doesn't spend his time worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala and while he continues to sleep and waste his time, his heart becomes very very hard. That's why anatomy there's a very famous proverb they say, carbon Saleem, fee just means that a sound heart only exists in a sound body. You have to make sure you take care of your body in terms of what you eat, the more the more organic and more
wholesome your diet is, even that will have an effect on you. Allah subhanho wa Taala Not only does he encouraged us to eat holla but he also encouraged us to eat
as well. So first thing let's eat halal because the prophets of Allah while he listed them says it Now here the hooded agenda to justify
that body which was nourished on hot on can enter into paradise. So if you want this body to go to Paradise, if you're worried about your young, innocent kids, and you look at them and you feel that I want this kid to go to Jenna first learn to feed them huddled first. And the second thing also eat a nutritious, a hella fun, even organic and pure diet. And Amanda Kathy Rahmatullahi, underplayed he mentioned that something that has grown from the ground that is pure, right, so let's make this a part of our diet to eat healthy, eat good, and at the same time, eat limited. Remember the beautiful Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, when we sit to eat one third for food, one third for water,
one third floor, air, and you might want to learn a cogeneration from photography alone. Yeah, that
said that I calculated how many how many bytes equal to one third for me, and it was 10 bytes. How many bytes?
I'm not saying everyone's saying 10 bytes is one third, maybe, you know you're different. Okay. Everyone has different appetites. And by the way, your loved one just as a reflection point. What kind of bites was he taking with a spoon? How was he eating How many fingers three small, the small.
Little Johnny, like a small little beak, you know, 10 small bites like that. And he used to say, I'm done. I've eaten one third of my stomach. Okay, so let's control how much eat. So these are four things that make the heart very hard. Now let's cover four things that we can do while we're fasting to make our heart soft. inshallah. The first thing we need to praise a lot property. When you're praised Allah with horseshoe, when you're praised a lot with pure devotion, it automatically has a very powerful impact on the heart. And at the same time, with Salah be particular to make your delight as well. Remember the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam after his prayer was over, he
didn't get up and run the profits that allowed him it was set and remain in his seat for some time, and he would engage in with God and he would engage in law making dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And making different because, you know, there are posters that are printed in throughout the country, you can find them in masajid. And across the road, actually, that have all the different God and the remembrance of the profits of lalani, with cinemas regular and so let's be punctual in our prayer, and try to be focused in our prayer that has a very powerful impact on the heart becoming soft. The second thing is remembering death abundantly. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
that remember the one thing that crushes desires abundantly and what is the thing that crushes desires abundantly, it remember what's the one thing that crushes desires, death, the prophet said a lot of them said remember it abundantly because when you remember death, tears will come to your eyes. Because remember, your abode remembers I didn't have to lay in his yard gives a very beautiful reflection. He says at nighttime when you go to sleep, remind yourself of your death. When you lie down in your bed and you pull that sheet over your head, remind yourself that one day it won't be you who's pulling that sheet someone else will be pulling the sheet over your face and you don't
even know when it's gonna happen. So holla just today morning I received a message that uh, one of the board members of the budget that Imam and ICC someone who was very, very close to me, he passed away Tuesday morning and just last night and ICT during the holiday period he was distributing some some water to everyone. During that ami he was giving everyone a thumbs up. Today morning he went to the van to run some errands. He came back home he vomited. And he right there he felt that now move to LA Sharif. Allah subhana wa tada filled his grave with noon. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive all of his sins, and it's so big because there's no there's no, you know, how could you depend on life?
It can leave you any moment. All he did, he came back and honestly for those of the bar, you know him very well. healthy man. Right, so healthy. He was one of the uncles that every time I knew I came for Salah, he was gonna make me laugh. He used to always make jokes. Whatever put on if they were an infantry soldier, he'd make a joke later on. After that. I used to read the last verses the suit of the team, a lot of fighter setup. He used to say, with his arm up kupatana que la Santa Monica Sam, TV visitor, I
don't know why you're angry and
his wife, if you read the last verse of pseudo thought he will understand the joke. Every time I used to read something, he'd come and say something. But the point that I'm making is mental as it says to us that when you lie down, when you're pulling that [???] over your head, remind yourself that tomorrow someone else, someone else may pull it over you. And when you close your eyes, remind yourself that tomorrow you may wake up a day will come that you won't wake up again. And when sometimes there are some insects that bite you and your foot while you're sleeping, even that's a reminder. Because tomorrow there will be insects that will bite your body and will eat your flesh
and when you wake up, you won't have anything on you at all. Okay, so let's remember death abundantly. It softens the heart. The third thing is we should try to cry in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala
a person that cries as a sign that his heart is to life that's what the prophets that alarm it was sitting when he made dua for a heart that was sound He also made to offer eyes that cried, allow my Nana, to become an ally and
allow me not to become an enemy Lanza Taliban layup shot.
One after the other a lot. Save us from having a heart that doesn't fear you and seamless from eyes that don't don't cry in front of you. The prophets that alarm audio system says that a person who cries one tear in this world that one tear will have the power on the day of judgment to extinguish the fire of hell. So hot Allah so let's learn to cry in front of Allah subhana wa tada as well. And the last thing we should engage abundantly in the decor of Allah subhana wa tada by engaging in the thicket of Allah subhana wa tada Allah subhanho wa Taala says, The heart seek contentment. Alavi decree law he thought
the hearts seek contentment by engaging in the dhikr of Allah remembering Allah subhana wa tada abundantly. You know, the other day some brother came to me and he said to me, Chef, how do I do this with my heart? How do I you know, we were talking about the other day doing the cooking with your tongue and doing it with your heart? How do I do with the good of my heart? So I said to him, when you're doing good with your heart, what that means is that your heart is present in his focus on what you're saying. I remember I went to my chef once and I said to him,
that what's the best way I can do the kind of a lot. He said, Okay, I'll tell you what to do. Sit down quietly when no one's there to bother you. Just close your eyes and just go and zone out. And then imagine it's the Day of Judgment
You're standing in front of the throne of Allah. And Allah says to you, you have one last chance to make me happy if you praise me with sincerity, and I'll let you go the agenda. Then he says, Then imagine what kind of victory you're going to do, then that ticket isn't going to be one of the last one as well.
It's so hard Allah subhanaw, taala, Walla Walla Walla, that's all going to go out the window, because you're going to realize the importance of doing your degree properly from the bottom of the heart with sincerity. And at the same time, a part of that is what we call contemplation, reflection, okay. Sometimes you mentioned the names of Allah and sometimes you leave the name of Allah for one for one gathering and in one gathering, what you do is you just reflect over your state, who am I What am I doing? What have I achieved in life? What are my goals in life and these sort of Morocco bothand reflections also help a person making the heart soft repair that Allah
subhanahu wa tada keeps our hearts soft and that Allah subhana wa tada purifies our hearts allow my heart You know, full sanada was a key element Zika and Ebola sallallahu taala cetera Mohammed Ali, he was happy to read your article Yamamoto he made with me. Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh