Islamic Self Help Hadith 5 – Consistency

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This is part five of a Radio Series on Islamic Self Help Hadiths, based on the free eBook ’10 Self Help Tips from 10 Authentic Hadiths’ – available here: http://payhip.com/b/RYyW

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Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh you listening to radio will answer 90.4 FM in Durban here the 105 point six FM in the Pietermaritzburg area and streaming all over the globe via the internet. This is radio all answers. This is living Islam every Tuesday night between 930 and 10:30pm. And I am your host, is Viacom, coming to you live from the Durban studios. As we continue with our theme for 2016 on personal development and self help from the teachings of Islam. It is the second of February 2016, our first show for the month of February, and we are going to go into a very interesting and very life changing topic. Right, this Hadees that we are going to tackle today

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really gives one of the keys of time management. If you have to follow the advice of the Heidi's we are going to explain today, you're going to be following one of the most tested and proven and powerful concepts in time management. This is a concept that is taught by time management experts around the globe. And it is a concept that has been taught to us by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam 1400 years ago. Now for those of you who did not tune in over the past month, the month of January, let's put a bit of context into what we're going to speak about today, that we are now on Heidi's number five, from a book that I've written called 10. Self Help tips from 10 authentic

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pieces 10 self help tips from 10 authentic traditions, this is an E book it is available for free in PDF format, on my website, Islamic self help calm if you visit the website, or my other website, Abu maga.com, you can check out the book over there, download it for free, and follow along this week, we are looking at Heidi's number five minutes book. And what this book is about. It essentially is a compilation of 10 Hadees, which we generally study from a spiritual perspective. But in the book, we take the book, the same thesis, and we look at them in the light of personal development. And of course, as we expand upon the original and serve your living Islam, we're not just looking at one

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perspective or the other, we are looking at both. So each episode we are dedicating one episode to one Hadees and we are analyzing the spiritual aqeedah benefits of the Hadees as well as how the Hadees can help us in dunya in terms of personal development and growth. So the Hadees that we have discussed over the past month of January. We started in the first week with the Hadees that is really the opening Hadees of Sahil Bukhari and and always 40 Hadees and I chose it as well to be the opening Hadees for my book, and that is enamel armor to be near that every action is judged by its intention. And we said when it comes to Deen this Hadees means that in every act of worship that you

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do, make sure you are doing it for the sake of Allah and for noble reasons and not

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For any worldly or egotistical reasons, and we said the same thing applies in your personal life, from how you live to what you studied what you do, make sure you are doing it in a way that is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala something that's going to contribute to your Akira and not take you away from it. So that was the first Hadees that we discuss. The second Hadees which we discussed in the second week of January, was the Hadees, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told a man who was asking for money, he told him by him in whose hands is my life, it is better for any of you to take some rope and to cut, cut some wood and to carry on his back and sell it himself. You

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have to ask anyone for anything. And we say that this Hades from a faith perspective, it is used as evidence for the tradition of begging. But we said this, Hades also has a deeper meaning. And that is that to earn your own money, to work hard, and earn your own risk, color risk is a part of Islam. It is an act of Avada when it is done with good intentions. Islam is not against you having money. No Islam only asked that you earn it to Halloween, and you spend it to Halloween. That's what Allah asks of you. So Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he encouraged us to earn our own money, and not to ask anybody for anything. In the third week of January, we looked at the Hadees. And he was

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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated that the most beloved of people to Allah, those who are most beneficial to mankind, and the most beloved de to Allah, is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his difficulties, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger, that in this release, we learned that benefiting humanity is

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part of being a believer, it is part of living Islam, that we must dedicate our lives to benefiting people, what is the point of our lives if we are selfish and only benefiting ourselves. So make sure whatever business you have, whatever work you do, whatever personal goals you have, whatever you do with your time, do it in a way that benefits the oma not in something that is selfish, it only benefits you make sure that our lives become lives of value to society, because the world needs it. Now, the world really needs people of benefit will be going through a time where you know, there's just so much evil in the world, there's so much harm in the world. And sadly, a lot of this harm has

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been caused by Muslims who don't understand their religion, we need to be the opposite of that we need to change that we need to change the perspective, we need to show people to real Islam. And the way to do that is to live Islam, the way to do that is to be people of benefit. And that takes us to the fourth Hadees, which we discussed last week, which was the opposite, right? this hadith stated that the most benefit, the most beloved of people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to mankind. The fourth Hadees in my book is the one which is a foundation for one fifth of Islamic law, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam stated that da, da, da, da da, do not cause harm to

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yourself or anybody else.

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That harm is prohibited in our religion, we are a religion of benefit to this to this world. Our lives should be about uplifting and benefiting this world, not causing harm to ourselves to anybody else. So in your business, don't sell anything that is harmful in your personal life, don't do anything that is harmful. And he said it doesn't just apply to others, you don't just in Islam, it's not just about not harming others, you don't harm yourself either. Meaning you don't smoke cigarettes, you don't take drugs, you don't do things that harm your own body, and your own life. So these are the four Hadees

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that we discussed in the month of January. And we are now on hedis number five of the book and again, for those of you who just joined us, you can download the book for free in a PDF format from my website, Islamic self help.com. And this book is focusing on 10 pieces and the relationship to personal development and the one we're going to discuss today is really as I mentioned, it's one which is a powerful part of time management. But as a Hudis you know as a as a advice in terms of the embodied spirituality. It is one of my favorite pieces. I first studied this at least when I was a teenager, and it was life changing, and it's really a hadith that is so powerful. And this Hadees

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is narrated by Asia with Abu Bakar Raji Lowe,

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who stated that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are consistent, even if they are small. This Hadith is narrated in Sahih al Bukhari so it is without doubt is the Hadith and Allah

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Authentic Hades, one that we can base our lives on one day we can build our lifestyle on whether we can follow to live Islam. So this Hadees again, let me repeat it, I shall be the Rebekah rabelo and hunter rated that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated that the most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are consistent, even if they are small, powerful, powerful Howdy. So what we're going to do, we're going to go to the general short explanation of this Hadees as it is found in the books of of Hadees explanation, and then we're going to look at this hadith from a spiritual perspective, and what does it mean in terms of a vida? And then finally, we are going to

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look at this Hadees in terms of personal development, and what does it mean in terms of time management, right, so this is a very powerful, very deep Hadees. And one of the most beautiful things about the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Islam in general, or hedison, is that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one of his miracles was that he was gifted with comprehensive speech. This means that he could use very few words, to have very deep meanings, they we can take a five word Hadees, and expand upon it for a 200 page book that today we are taking a two line Hadees and we're going to discuss it for one hour. And that is just, you know, my understanding of the Hadith.

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There's really 1000s of pages written about about this hadith that I also haven't read yet, because that's how deep the words of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam are, and you notice that the Hadith that we are discussing in this program, a general write their words in a general way, and this is done so they can apply to a variety of areas in our lives, as this was the methodology of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. To keep Islam universal, and relevant for all times, you will find that many of the rules mentioned in the Quran and Hadith are general rather than specific examples. Instead of telling you not to do something specific that harms your body. The Prophet

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sallallahu alayhi wa sallam simply stated that all forms of harming your body are Haram. So this, this, Hades is now General, and it includes any form of harming your body, that that exists from the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam until the end of time, so when something new is invented, that's harmful, like the cigarette, it automatically falls under the ruling of this Hadees. This is the universality of Islamic law. Likewise, this hurry speaks about consistency. And he doesn't seek consistency in what he doesn't specify to scholar or Quran anything specific. It is left General, to be a general principle that can be applied to any aspect of your life until the end

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of time, keeping up with the universal universal nature of Islamic law. Now the Harris is narrated by Aisha btw Baccarat de la. And this is someone whose name you should be very familiar with, with biography you should be very familiar with, I shall be the abacha was one of the greatest woman to walk the face of this earth. She was the most beloved wife of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and his youngest wife. And I know that that point is controversial in the modern world. And I know that point is something people want to shy away from, and that people don't want to talk about. I didn't want to change the history books in Edit history in order to change your age. But understand,

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brothers and sisters, that we should not be ashamed of our history. We should not be hiding our history. The history books are very clear. And that was a different time there was a different generation. In those times it was normal for people to get married at that age. So we should not be ashamed of it. 1400 years later, that was a normal 200 years ago. So obviously anyone living with up until that point, they would have been married at a young age. So we should not be ashamed of our history or try to change it in any way. I show Roger and how is a woman whose greatness should be spoken about not shied away from eyeshadow on her is one of the greatest olema one of the greatest

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scholars in the history of this world. She is someone whose name pops up in almost every Islamic book you read, you will find her being narrated from in books of Tafseer, in books of Hades, in books or in books of Akita. on almost any topic you study, you will find the ration upon the ration from Asia. I've been to Abu Bakar In fact, he would not be in exaggeration to say that a quarter of our knowledge comes from her. Why? Because I show was with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from a very young age. She spent that time when most people are studying and learning. She spent it in his company, asking him questions, learning from him, you know, wanting to understand things

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deeper. And then she spent the rest of her life teaching men and women know she taught men and woman right and people would come to a house to study under her and this is how the

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Knowledge got passed the law and you will find any books of Hadees. Very often they are men directing from icbt alberca. Yes, some of them when they were related to her like a nephew or walk, but many of them were not that they studied under her, you know, what would the niqab Of course, but they learned from her and they pass that knowledge on and you will find that the early generations did not have a problem with this. They are many, many scholars amongst the first 500 years of Islam, many of our favorite scholars they studied under woman and this is something which is very clear in the books of Hadith is very clear. In the books of history. I show was the first day when many who

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followed in the footsteps over the next few generations, so I shall be the backer was an amazing woman who had narrated so many Hardison that she's listed as the fourth most prophetic narrator of Hades, meaning there are only three Sahaba who narrated more Hadees in Ayesha Binti Abu Bakar radi Allahu anhu. She is a woman who is praised in the Quran, who is praised in the Hadees, who was praised by the Sahaba, who was praised by the next generation. And so we too, should, you know, be proud of being the followers of eyeshadow jello and her and of studying her narrations and studying her life and learning from. So today we are studying one of those hadisha that she narrated, which

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is a very beautiful and powerful Hadees. This is the Hadees about consistency in action, consistency in action, in which Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam stated that the most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small. Now, there are many reasons why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated that this is the most beloved to Allah. We did one two weeks ago, where the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam stated that the most beloved of people to Allah,

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those who are most beneficial to mankind, so is this a contradiction? One Hadees is saying the most beloved in benefiting mankind. The other thing the most beloved is consistency. Is this a contradiction? No, these are complimentary. You know, when you are living a life of hardwork and nobility, you will find that whatever you are doing is consistent and it is beneficial to people. These are two different types of deeds are beloved to Allah. And together you know that it's even more beloved to Allah, that you are consistent in benefiting humanity. What more could you do to be to love Islam. So, this is not a contradiction between the regions. These are different ways,

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different situations or things that can be done at the same time. So this is the Hadees the most beloved of the to Allah are those that are most consistent even if they are small. We are going to take our first break now. When we return we are going to go into the general explanation of this Hades in terms of spirituality and ibadah. So don't go away. We'll be right back after this break.

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105 point six FM I said I'm Wally Kumara. matola he wabarakatuh you listening to loving Islam on the radio while answered I'm your host, Ismail conda coming to you live from the Durban studios and we are talking about the Hadees of consistency in which the motion in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated that the most beloved of digital

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Love are those deeds which are most consistent, even if they are small. Now, this is a very, very powerful Hadees. And,

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you know, in terms of spirituality ibadah, it gives us a very important principle to follow. You see, what happens many of us is that we go through periods of our lives in which we have spiritual highs and spiritual lows, I think every one of us can relate to this idea. There are days when we feel more spiritually high that we want to do more ibadah. And these are the days when we are feeling lazy, and we are feeling weak, may Allah protect us from this and help us to keep our mind high. And this is the highs and lows of imagine this, this is part of being human. And this is why Islam has put into place many things to keep our mind high, like praying five times a day, and

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reciting Quran, all of these things are to help us to keep our demand from falling very low, because throughout the day, certain things happen that bring it down. So what happens is, you know, you might, for example, this would be a very practical and realistic situation, just the UAE experiencing demand loads for a very long time. And something happened to give it a boost. For example, you attended an Islamic lecture, or you heard a really powerful program or radio and stuff, or you read something really motivational on your social media, whatever it was, and you've got this high that boost, right? So you decided, you know, now that I'm really just, I'm gonna go full speed

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ahead. So tonight, I'm paying 200 for four hours, right? And you go ahead and you do it, because you've got that high energy, so you go ahead and do it. But what happens after that, I decided that we have to be realistic, what happens after that, what happens up to that high goes down,

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you pray that the 100 once and then for the next few months, you end up not paying it at all? Have you ever experienced something like that? Maybe it's fasting, maybe you thought I'm gonna start fasting, you know, five days a week, or whatever, whatever it was, then, after a few days, you're burnt out and you never fast again, go Ramadan. Or maybe it was reciting Quran you'd say I'm gonna recite to Jews of the Quran every day. And after, you know, one or two days of that you just stopped. So what's happening here? What's the problem? Well, this Hadees is pointing us to a solution. In order to understand the solution, we also need to understand what's the problem, the

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problem here is that we are not understanding our human limits, right? That as human beings, when we try to make too big of a jumping adjustment in one day, it's it's unsustainable, right? Let's call it unsustainable change. And those of you who are businessmen, you can understand this, that when your business grows too fast, you sometimes are unable to handle it. Because suddenly the overhead is more and you need more staff and you need to deal with situations you're not ready for. And sometimes you can even collapse into itself because you grew too fast. Right. And so this is what happens with our with our our lives, that we are moving at a certain speed, and we decide to jump

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right up, and we end up falling right back down again. So what is being advised in this Heidi's is to take a more realistic approach to our spiritual growth. And that is to be consistent in our ibadah. Even if what you're doing is small. Now note, this Hadees does not include that which is that which is obligatory, that which is obligatory you have to do if you're not doing it you have to start right praying the five daily sold out to for fudger. For for local for for us or three for marketing for for Asia, starting with that, you know, you must be consistent on this. This Hadees does not mean small needs to get pre one times a day. No, don't don't misunderstand the Hadees. It's

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not talking about the Polaroid is not talking about the obligatory it's talking about the noir feel. And the sooner ID optional and recommended acts of worship. As far as that which is obligatory, you have to do it. And whether you find it difficult or not, that is the test you have to do it. And you have to be consistent in that first consistent in praying five times a day.

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So that is something separate, right. So don't mix up that concept with the Hadees. The Hadees is referring primarily to that which is extra, you want to do something extra

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to earn more reward, you know, to increase your Eman to get closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala whatever it is, you want to do more. So what is the best way forward with doing more? It's not a huge jump a lot of ibadah in one day? No, it is consistent, small efforts in increasing your ibadah. So what does this mean? It means for example, if you prayed a rocket after huddled in one in one night, and then you did not plead the 100 for the next two months, you will be rewarded for that. But it is more beloved to Allah that you woke up every single

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single night for those two months, and pre turaga.

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Think about it actually works out to a lot more garden than that one night. And there's a lot more quality. Why? Because when you bring a dragon you're not accustomed to it, you might rush through it, you might get distracted, you might get tired, you might choose to read shorter Sutras, you're not going to be in it as well as if you know, I only go to Dhaka to pray to you take your time, and you preach slowly and properly. And so what happens is that, very often we focus on quantity of extra ibadah, what we need to focus on is the consistency, the elastic sincerity and the quality of our extra ibadah. So this means instead of trying to recite the entire Quran in three days, and then

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not reciting it again for 11 months, why not recite Quran every day of your life for just 10 minutes, just 10 minutes, something consistent, but small, every day you make time after budget or after the whole whenever it is, for 10 minutes of reciting Quran and reflecting on its meanings, just make that a habit doing this consistently would last and you read it that is quality that is that is proper, this will have a bigger, long term impact in your life, this becomes sustained growth, right? This becomes sustained spiritual development, because what happens is that this now becomes a part of who you are, it becomes a part of your habit Did you now have the habit of

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reciting Quran for that amount of time every day. And once that becomes a part of you, you can now build upon that, you can now increase that to 15 or 20 minutes, you can now add on some other optional prayer like the hijab, or select to do her or sometime to remember less of a handle with the other, you can start building upon that which you are now consistent with. So when it comes to practicing Islam, we need to do things in a way that is consistent. We need to look at Islam in a way that is practical, that we should not have unrealistic expectations for ourselves or for others. And this is again, a problem many of us have that we give up too quickly, without even trying.

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You know, because we look at it as too big a deal. I mean, what happens with people who are trying to change their lives, right? If somebody doesn't pray for that at all. And you tell him you need to pray all five solar plus all the sooner press the winter, press the edges, it becomes too much becomes too much and the guy looks at it and ends up not very good for one or two leads, then he stops. Instead, start small. Start with the fork, once the first become a consistent habit, as in the winter, once the winter becomes a consistent habit adding this into a budget and in the center of the heart. And as these built up, you will find a sustained growth over the next six months, this

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is far more beneficial. And this has far more longer lasting impact on that person's spirituality than expecting them to change overnight. And to go from a sinner to a saint in one day. It doesn't work like that. So this is something that's very important even when dealing with converts. Right? This is one area where many of us have unrealistic expectations when somebody converts to Islam. Some of us expect them to be perfect people the next day. And and we are not perfect ourselves. I just let's be clear about this. We're not perfect ourselves. We are still struggling to be better Muslims every day. So why are you expecting perfection? from somebody who only started learning

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Islam? Did you see how unrealistic of expectations are? Now look, let's compare that to the expectations of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he sent his a habit to do Dawa in Yemen. He told him make things easy for the people don't make it difficult for them. Teach them to heat once they embrace the heat. Teach them sola once they start praying, the SCADA systems occur. Do you see the pattern here? It is small doses, consistency, building habits according to level of priority, it's not giving him the whole package and expecting them to change in one night. He didn't tell us to have a go there. And the first day tell everyone to go into a job and to pray five times

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a day attribute is the car and to grow their beards as they had their pants above the ankles and go No, No, he didn't. He didn't push everything in one go step by step starting with the heat, which is the most important part of Islam, building upon that with the five pillars building upon that will what is most important in terms of halal and haram. So, a step by step process. So whether you are trying to change yourself or helping somebody else change or helping a convent grow into the religion

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follow this Hadees of consistent yet small changes rather than wanting to change everything at one time.

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So this is in terms of spirituality and the way you can apply this to your life today is if you are hungry law already praying five times a day and already doing all of these things which you are supposed to do. They are

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The next step, you know, in terms of growing, is to start off with some small act of worship, which is optional, and recommended something which is to not or not feel, and doing something small but consistent. So decide for yourself. And I think this is probably one of the best places to start is decide for yourself that I'm going to recite Quran every day for 10 minutes, I'm not going to leave it only for Ramadan, I'm not gonna leave it only for when people pass away, I'm going to do it every day. I'm going to recite Quran every day for 10 minutes, and read the translation and think about it. Small habit 10 minutes, I mean, think about what's 10 minutes of your day, right. And this is

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always what it deserves our attention. It deserves that we look at it and we studied and we analyze it and we learn it and we live by it. It deserves that. So if you can give hours of your day, to things that are wasting your time, like television and video games, give 10 minutes the word of Allah, all of us can have all of us no matter how busy you are, I guarantee you you have 10 minutes to give to reciting Quran, you have it, you just have to prioritize and make time for it. So now you start with this. You see, Allah loves these small and consistent so I'm going to build a small consistent habit of reciting Quran every day for 10 minutes and reflecting on its meanings. This

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small habit that you add to your life will have life changing effects, it will make you a better person for the rest of your life in so many different ways. Number one, you are now in contact with the word of Allah every single day. Number two, you now have an extra source of reward of swab in your life every single day. Number three, every day you are reading part of the word of Allah and it is changing you it is making you a better person. Not only is it increasing your demand, but you are understanding it and absorbing his message and it is it is changing you. So you will read a verse telling you not to do something and you may start practicing upon it. You may read a verse telling

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you to do something you may start practicing upon it. So every time you are reciting Quran, it is transforming you into a better person. So, spend your life building up your mind in this way. With consistent, small, gradual changes. Each one will bring us one step closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the main meaning behind this Hadees so we're going to take a break now and when we return, we are going to continue discussing this Hadees from a personal development perspective, don't go away. We'll be right back after this break. The annoncer Foundation now therapy and education establishing the foundations of Islamic civilization in South Africa. youngstar Hall at

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Living Islam on radio land sir I'm your hostess Mike conda and this week we are talking about the Hadees on consistency, in which I should have been the Abubakar Rajan has narrated that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has stated the most beloved of deeds to Allah, those which are most consistent even if it is something small. This Hadith is narrated in Sahih al Bukhari, making it out and authentic Hadees, we see that the main message of this Hadees is that when it comes to your extra act of acts of worship, your sooner and Nawab will act of worship, they, you know, in that area, it is better to build consistent quality habits, even if they are small, then to do

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something large and not do it again for a long time. And you know, for us, sometimes we plunge directly into too many acts of worship in one day, especially when you go to our spiritual highs. And what happens is, we come to birth out for the rest of the week or month to do any other acts of worship. So this has been telling us not to go down that route, rather,

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as per the Hadees. The advice in this Hadees a better strategy would be to do a moderate amount of worship every day, beyond what is far as I say different is no choice about that you must do what is obligatory, but beyond the obligations beyond praying five times a day, and the other obligations. If you're adding Suna and knaphill acts of worship, start with something small and build it consistently. In this way, we are consistently growing closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And closer to our goal of being a lot in paradise. So for example, instead of praying at the cost of the of the hygiene one night and not being able to pay 200 for the rest of the week, because we were too tired.

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Instead pre touriga of the 100 every night with concentration and sincerity and reflection, this will help you to build a much more stable high level of demand and help you to grow closer to Allah with each passing day, rather than just having a one shot

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spiritual high. Now, this concept of consistency is also something which you find in time management, right. And as many of you know, time management is the area which we live in specialized in. And I have my book getting the Baraka and Islamic guide for time management, which is available for downloading from my website, Islamic South hub.com. Or you can purchase the book here at the Atlanta bookstore, along with my other book best of creation and Islamic guide to self confidence. So when it comes to time management, this Hadees really gives you one of the most powerful tools of time management, this just by following the advice of this Hadees in terms of consistent yet small

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actions, I was able last year Alhamdulillah to write four books.

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And I was able last year to read over 40 books by following this one simple advice, consistent yet small action. So how does this work put into time management. Very simply, if you have a goal that you need to put into your day, don't worry about doing the whole thing at once. Just break it up into small chunks. And consistently work on that project.

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Right in time management, we call this chunking to break a huge task down into manageable chunks. The metaphor that they give is of an elephant and say how do you eat an elephant? one piece at a time. Right? You look at the whole thing and you say, okay, we're not going to go into the pic now with eating elephants are horrendous. The metaphor, right? They just focus on the metaphor, and not the pic of it. But you know, you have something huge in front of you. And this is a problem many of us have, we see something huge and we get scared away from it, instead of breaking it down into something that we can actually manage.

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So when example reading a book, this is something that many people shy away from because they look at the size of the book and they go, I can't read this, it's too big. So for example, you have a

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400 page book that you need to read, whether it's for your studies or your own personal growth or because it's something interesting to you 400 pages. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Many people they get lazy to read because they think of you have to read 400 pages. Well, this is the problem. You're not chunking it, you're looking at doing one large task. Instead, why not focus on consistently doing the small task. You may ask what is what what's more task? How about reading 10 pages a day? How long would it take you to the 10 pages? Okay, if you're slow, slowly, the valuable five pages a day. Can you manage that? Yeah, that's a small task. It's an easy habit to develop. It's something

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you can be consistent that okay, I'm not telling you to read a 400 page book I'm telling you to read five pages a day

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35

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pages a day, within 80 days, that 400 page book is completed. If you retain pages a day, within 40 days, that 400 page book is completed, if you read 20 pages a day, within 20 days, you have finished read an entire 400 page book.

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Are you seeing what we're talking about?

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how consistent small effort how powerful you can be. This is why I advise people to read for about half an hour every day.

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Now, why reading? I mean, nowadays, we're in the age of visual learning, and everybody wants YouTube videos and snapchats. And, you know, periscopes, and people want visual, you know, they want to look into you. And nobody wants to read books, okay, not nobody, but a lot of people don't want to read books. And they also want focusing on reading. Reading is a very powerful habit. And from a psychological perspective, you remember what you read much longer and much better compared to what you see or hear. Furthermore, it has a far more transformational impact on your life. For example, if you watch a 30 minute lecture on how to pray Salah.

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After a few days, if I had to ask you, what did you learn from the lecture, you'll be able to recall a few bits and pieces. I mean, the same day, you may have a very spiritual high from watching the lecture. But a week, a month, a year later, all you remember is tiny pieces. Very few people will remember the entire thing, but the average person remembers tiny pieces. But if you read a 200 page book on everything you need to know about Scala. If I ask you a year later, you will be able to recall it in a lot more details compared to the person who watched the lecture. Furthermore, by the time you finish, read the 200 page book, it becomes a part of you. Reading transforms, you know,

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every every page you are reading and starting to impact your mind. And this is why in leadership training, it helped people to to read biographies of famous leaders just read the biographies. Because every biography you're reading, it starts to change your stature shape, you know, you start to become like the person you're reading about. This is why as Muslims, it's so important to read the biography of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he Sahaba and the righteous predecessors, because every biography that you read, you end up adopting a piece of that person's personality and lifestyle. And humbly like the answer bookstore, the US so many biographies of the

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righteous pretty sisters available for purchase. And if you actually buy these and read them one by one, you will feel the transformation. So yes, it's beneficial to listen to lectures, and it's beneficial to watch Islamic videos. But if you want long term sustained growth, if you want long term change, you need to make a habit of reading. The first verse to be revealed, was not listening. He was not look, it was equal. Read.

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Reading is the foundation of knowledge. That is the most sustainable form of knowledge. So this is why I'm advising you to make it a habit to read everyday, build for yourself a book list, right. And you know, nowadays, you don't even need to have physical copies of books, you can have a Kindle, you can have PDFs. Now my books are all available for purchase in PDF format. So you can just, you know, click the button, and you get it straight on your phone. And this is very convenient to carry that you can actually carry entire library on your phone and read it whenever you have time. And so there's really no excuse some people, you know, say don't have space for books in my house and books

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get lost in books get torn. Well, now with ebooks, you don't have to worry about that. So there's really no excuse not to be reading today. books are available to us in so many different formats. in so many different ways. And so much knowledge and literature available to us. I highly advise every single one of you to make it a habit to read both for yourself a booklist books that you need to read books that are going to transform you books, they're going to make you a better person, and decide which book you're going to read first, which book you're going to need second, and make it a habit to read just half an hour everyday. You know what's going to happen if you are reading as I

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have read speed and you read which is half an hour every day, you will read at least one or two dozen books a year, a year. Some of us able to read 40 books a year like that, just for half an hour a day. You're getting like an entire PhD education in one year by reading for half an hour a day. Think about it. Imagine every book how it's going to transform you measure how much you grow. Imagine how much of a better person you'd be that when you look back at the end of the year you'd be an entirely different

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Lesson a much better person just by adopting one consistent small practice of reading for half an hour every day. And this is something which I can't emphasize it enough president says this reading is something the oma has to revive.

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And you know, a lot of people see that they don't like to read books. And you know, when you talk to them about all the wrong books, they seem to have read them, but when it comes to the right books, nobody wants to read it. So we need to change this, I let us become the oma of Accra. Once again, let us develop a reading culture. And parents, if you have a habit of reading, your children will develop a habit of reading, because they don't listen to what you say. They listen to what you do. So if you tell him to read, and you don't pick up a book for 20 years, you're gonna become just like you. You're gonna see mom doesn't practice what she preaches. just telling a story by never seen

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read a book in his life. This is what they think you're gonna be blunt about it. This is what goes to the child's mind when you're telling him to read but you don't eat yourself. So they don't have a culture of reading, happy home library. Let the kids see that you are reading book let him ask you what book are you reading? Tell him what your book you're reading and what it's about. Right. And so did they see this as being part of life part of what the parents do? Part of what makes the parents such amazing people. And so this will become a habit in them as well and they also will read and when we have a generation of readers, they will grow into a generation of leaders as well.

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Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh you listening to loving Islam on radio and sir I'm your host is Malcolm the and we have about 13 minutes left for this program. In this week's episode we have been discussing the Hadees on consistency as I show up in the abbey rocker rajala unhandled ated that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated, the most beloved deed to Allah are those that are consistent, even if they are small, as narrated in Sahih Bukhari we say that this Hadees teaches us that when it comes to the extra acts of worship leaders, which enough will often focus on sustained growth, focus on consistent and small actions, these will have far better long

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term impact in your life, compared to doing things which are, you know, rushed and, you know, large in amounts but a short period of time. So, we said that, for example, instead of printing

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a lot of 200 in one night and not paying 200 for another month, have a sustained habit of to rock out 100 every single day, instead of trying to recite the entire Quran in three days. recite Quran for 10 minutes every day of your life that is sustained, consistent, long term effort is more beloved to Allah, even if it is small. The same applies to charity. If you are giving charity every day, even if it's a small amount, is it more beloved to Allah, because he's now a daily cleansing of your soul from greed and materialism. Now, we said this, this concept of consistency a small effort, it also fits in with personal development.

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And when it comes to time management, any goal that you wish to accomplish, the easiest way to accomplish that goal is with consistent and small effort, it really takes the stress completely off your mind. For example, you know, many young people stress about assignments, they are told that you have to write a five page assignment while five pages. So I need to research it, I need to write it, I need to reference it, I need to edit it.

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I'm going to do a five page assignment. And again, this is looking at the big, not the consistent and small. So what happens is you may have a two or three week deadline to write a five page assignment. What most guys do most young people do is they look at it, they say, I still got three weeks left to begin. I'll do it tomorrow. The next day, it's too big. I think I'll start it tomorrow. And this keeps playing on your mind until you see Oh, two days left till the deadline and you do a rush job and you get a poor mark. Now, let me give you the alternative, small, yet consistent effort. This is the alternative, small yet consistent effort, you tell yourself, okay, I

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have a five page assignment tool. And I have three weeks to do it. If I dedicate half an hour a day to working on this assignment, it will be done before the deadline. So for the next five days, I'm just going to research for half an hour. Then for the next five days. After that, I'm going to sit and write which is half an hour, the nothing which is half an hour day. And then for the next five days after that, I am going to edit it for half an hour, you will be done at least a week before your deadline by just working for half an hour a day. But breaking it down into something that's small and working on it consistently. This is how I write my books, I don't look and say well, after

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a 200 page book, I say no, I'm going to write five pages a day. That's all of your five pages a day, you write 200 pages, within three months, within three months, you have a book written so so if you can add a 200 page book in three months, you can definitely do a five page assignment. In three weeks, it all comes down to small and consistent effort. So you break it down to the planning phase, the research phase, the data collection phase, the analyzing phase, the writing phase, the editing phase, the referencing phase, and you will find your assignment is ready for submission long before the deadline. So for all the young people out there who are finding difficult, you know, to write

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assignments, simple way, this is a simple way to get it done. The same with studying if you have a 30 module costs, sounds like so much. You know, like at the University where I teach a stomach online university. A lot of our courses are 30 modules, and you have like five months to do it. So people like how am I gonna do that the modules in five months?

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Well guess what if you do two modules a day, if you do one module a day will be done at one month, one module a day, you'll be done with it in one month. If you do two modules a week. You still be done with it within five months. If you do three modules, we could be done with it very quickly. Right. So I mean, it it's not that big

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It looks big. Because you're looking at a big thing. You know, breaking it into pieces. So this is the time management tip. anything in your life that looks too big. Break it down into pieces. You have debts you have in the bank 100,000 Rand,

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where am I going to get 100,000 Rand to pay off the bank? Okay, relax, calm down, can you pay the bank 5000 Rand a month, I can start doing that you paid off within a few years, it's better than nothing. It's more than consistent, but it gets a bit a garden overgrown with compared to just worrying about it every day, you find what is more realistic thing you can do. And you focus on that. For any aspect of your life.

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You want to lose weight.

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instead of jumping into a giant weight loss program with 1000 different steps, and giving up after two days, make a consistent change to your lifestyle.

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For example, see, I'm not going to have sugar in my tea anymore. I decided about a year ago, I said no no more sugar, my coffee. I no sweeteners at all. One small but consistent effort made a big difference.

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Or you see I will exercise for 15 minutes every morning. That's not 15 minutes or 10 minutes every morning. So now this becomes a small consistent effort, you're not saying I'm gonna spend the entire day at the gym, or I'm going to run on the treadmill for two hours. No small and consistent 10 minutes a day, you will get more foot by doing a small consistent effort. Now what happens again, you let's look at from this, the citing example, when you go into doing too much at once. So you see I'm going to lose a lot of weight to this extreme diet, you lose that weight, but you gain it back within a few months. But if you make small but consistent changes to your life, not to a diet to

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your life, that this is who I am now I'm no more having sugar in my in my coffee, I'm no, I'm going to exercise for 10 minutes every day for the rest of my life, or every second day for the rest of my life, you make a consistent but small change to your life. That consistent yet small change has far greater impact on your health, then a one stop no big change.

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So this is how you do it. We gave the example of writing an assignment we gave the example of reading books of reciting Quran, we gave the examples of dieting, you can see that this idea of consistent is small efforts, you can apply this to literally any aspect of your life, where you have something that looks too big. Your projects that work, you may look like you have such a huge project to work on, break it down, there's always a way to break it down, it becomes easier, it becomes easier. You have to sit in exam, right? Just say you're a teacher, you have to sit in exam and it's a 300 word exam 300 question exam, right? So you may think to yourself, how much time is it

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going to take me to set a 300 question exam.

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And the exams in one month's time. It's simple, consistently small action set 10 questions a day, you'll be done in time. 10 questions in a day doesn't take any time at all for you. It's easy, it's not a stress on your brain. And yet you will be done on time.

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And cc many of us our stress comes from looking at things big. When you break it down into small actions, the stress goes away it becomes fun, it becomes exciting, it becomes interesting, because you know you can do it.

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So this Hadees is about ibadah we can apply to all we can apply the same principle to other aspects of our lives. But of course, the bother is the most important that we focus on small but consistent changes to our lives. And this becomes sustained growth. This becomes sustained development, sustained spiritual development, by making a habit recycle and FET

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sustained, you know, intellectual development by making it a habit to read a book, read half an hour of a book every day. You know sustained growth towards meeting your life goals by working on that goal for half an hour or one hour everyday. Small, get consistent action will get you to where you want to go. You need some work, you need patience. It will take a while but you'll get there. You'll get there eventually. And that's how life is we can't just rush everything. But you think things take time for Divi consistently working on it, you'll get a shower. So that's the honey some consistency again just to repeat the Hadees before we close off for those who joined late, I shall

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be the OB vaca rajala 180 that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated the most beloved of these to Allah are those which are consistent, even if they are small. Now next week, we move on to Heidi's number six in the book and again the book is 10 self help tips by 1010 self help tips from 10 authentic

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thesis. It's a PDF ebook available for free on my website, Islamic self help calm. Next week we will discuss how to use number six, which is about charity. And really what the Hadees is about in terms of personal development is what do you do with your wealth? If you are a Muslim?

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wealthy Muslim, what's interesting about the Hadees we want to discuss next week, is that, you know, the it's it shows that the Sahaba when they wanted money, they wanted it for a spiritual reason, not for a materialistic reason. So when they read the Hadees now just let it play on your mind for for a week. And next week, Tuesday, we'll discuss it and analyze it in details. The honeys is in Sahih Muslim and it's a very long Hadees but just renovated a small snippet of it. Some of the Sahaba from amongst those who do not have any wealth. They came to Rasulullah sallallahu 70 said oh rasulillah the wealthy have all the reward. Listen to this the Sahaba who did not have wealth they came in they

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said oh rasulillah the wealthy have all the reward. They pray like we play the fast like really fast, but they keep so much in charity because of their wealth.

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I want you to think about it. This is the harbor not they don't want to be wealthy like the other Sahaba because they want materialistic things they think about Akira the olden reprint these guys also praying we passed in detail also fasting, but he's giving millions in charity I remember used to give in charity, you're gonna have more on the scale of good deeds on the last day.

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It's amazing hoodies. Absolutely amazing hoodies and it's so much longer hoodies, and it's got some really really powerful lessons in it. So we're gonna go into this Heidi's next week in details, same time, same place 9:30pm on radio and loving Islam. I'm your host smile calm the signing off for this week. Next week, we will discuss the harissa charity chisako aku Dhawan and hamdulillah alameen wa Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh socialists