Omar Suleiman – A Dua Away #08 Dua To Change My Heart And Theirs

Omar Suleiman
AI: Summary © The importance of purifying one's heart from evil and the use of the first title of the Prophet's teachings for the rest of the world is emphasized. The speaker emphasizes the need to be firm in our actions to avoid hatred towards believers, and the importance of being directed towards others in order to build bond and keep our hearts directed towards them. The Prophet's words apply to both the heart and the body, and the heart is a piece of flesh that is constantly directed towards others.
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The prophet

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literally had Jibreel alayhis salam come to him

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and remove his heart from his body as

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a child

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and take out any portion of evil out

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of it. And then, again, as an adult,

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take his heart and clean it with zamzam

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and pour into it more faith and more

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wisdom.

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And with all of that, the most frequent

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du'a of the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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was for his heart. So what then for

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the rest of us?

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Our goal as believers

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is to purify from our hearts anything that

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contradicts the love of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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The more of your heart that Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala occupies,

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the more present your heart is going to

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be in du'a.

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And the more you're going to find yourself

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constantly guided towards that which is pleasing to

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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The more that you allow your heart to

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become full of your desires or distractions or

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grudges,

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the less capacity those hearts are going to

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have. And so when you think about the

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duas that you make for your heart, when

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you look at the Quran,

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of the first duas that we find is,

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rabbana la tuzirqulubana

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bada idhadaytana.

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Oh Allah, do not let our hearts deviate

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after

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You have guided them. Why? Because we know

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that the Quran is guidance.

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But just because your heart finds guidance at

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one point doesn't mean that it's going to

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stay upon that guidance.

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So, O Allah, do not let our hearts

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deviate from that guidance after You have guided

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those hearts.

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But then as it relates to others, we

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also find, wala tajaaafiqulubina

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rillan lil ladheena aaminu. And, oh Allah, do

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not let there be hatred in our hearts

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towards the believers. So think about it this

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way. The first dua is in relation to

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Allah.

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The second dua is in relation to our

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brothers and sisters.

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The first one is about guidance.

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The second one is about making sure that

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our hearts don't become weighed down with grudges.

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Now think about this hadith from the Prophet

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SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam.

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Abdullah ibn 'Amr radiAllahu ta'ala Anhuma, he narrates

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that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was asked,

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ayyunasi

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afdul,

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who is the best of people? So the

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Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, kullu maqmumalqalb

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sadukh al lisan.

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Everyone that has a pure heart

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and a truthful tongue.

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The Sahaba answered the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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and they said, You Rasulullah,

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Sadukul lisan narifuhu We know what a truthful

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tongue is. Famaamakhmooulqalb

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But what is this pure heart that you're

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talking about? And he said sallallahu alaihi wasallam,

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It is a heart that is pious and

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pure.

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It has no sin in it, no injustice,

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no malice, and no envy. And if you

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think about those duas from the Quran,

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if your hearts do not deviate from the

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path of guidance, and if your hearts don't

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have hatred towards the believers,

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then you find your heart arriving at the

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station of being, Mahmumul Qald, this pure heart

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that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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is talking about. Now the greatest example of

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someone who was Mahmum al Qalb and sadook

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ul lisan had a pure heart and a

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truthful tongue was none other than asadook al

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Amin

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the honest and the trustworthy one. The Prophet

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sallallahu alaihi wasallam is always admired for the

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way he was able to forgive

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and he was always admired for his truthfulness

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alayhi salatu wasallam

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even by his enemies and he didn't arrive

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at that station by accidents.

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And that's why you find consistency

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with all of the people around him that

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if you were to ask them what was

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his most frequent du'a, It was always a

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dua for the heart. Salam radiAllahu ta'ala Anha

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was asked, oh mother of the believers,

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what was the dua that you most frequently

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heard from Our Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam?

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And she said the most frequent dua of

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the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam was

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Sabbitqalbi

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aladinik.

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O turner of hearts,

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make my heart firm on your path. Think

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about it. The Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam, whose

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heart was already purified,

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whose heart was already washed,

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whose heart was filled with divine guidance,

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and his greatest concern was

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keep it that way.

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O turner of hearts,

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make my heart firm on your path. Anas

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ibn Malik radiAllahu ta'ala Anhu was asked the

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same question and he gave the same answer.

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He said that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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used to say, You Muqalib alquluob, sabitqalbi aladinik,

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O Turner of hearts, make my heart firm

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on your path.

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And he said

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that I said, O Messenger of Allah,

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we have faith in you and we believe

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in everything that You have been sent with.

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It's as if You are afraid for us,

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meaning You're teaching us to say this du'a

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so frequently. It's as if You're worried about

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us, O Messenger of Allah, going astray. And

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the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, yes, verily

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the hearts are between 2 fingers from the

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fingers of the Most Merciful,

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He turns them however He wills. And Abdul

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Abnu Amr ibn 'Aas radiAllahu ta'ala Anhuma

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narrates the same thing from the Prophet SallAllahu

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Alaihi Wasallam, but with a slight variation in

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the dua. He says that the prophet Sallallahu

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Alaihi Wasallam said

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That verily the hearts of all of the

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children of Adam are between 2 fingers of

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the fingers of the most merciful

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as one heart. Imagine all of the hearts

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of all of humanity,

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all in the hands of Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,

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yussar rifuhu haythu yasha

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that Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala turns those hearts

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as He sees fit. And then the Prophet

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Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,

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Allahumma musarifalquluubsalubanaalataatik.

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Allahumma musarifalquluub

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Oh Allah, the turner of hearts,

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turn our hearts towards your obedience.

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Now SubhanAllah, if you go back to the

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dua of istikhara,

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you're asking Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala with that

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same word,

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turn us away from that which is not

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good for us. Here you're saying, oh Allah,

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turn our hearts using the same words.

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Turn our hearts towards your acts of obedience.

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And some of the scholars said what we

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can deduce from the 2 du'as

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is that when you're asking Allah Subh'anaHu Wa

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Ta A'la for firmness for taba'at, you're asking

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Allah Subh'anaHu Wa Ta A'la to stay on

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the path of Islam and to keep you

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safe from that which contradicts Islam. And in

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this dua, in this variation of the dua,

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you're asking Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to direct

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your heart

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towards the deeds that are pleasing to Him

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Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala And we learn from this SubhanAllah

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that the Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam taught us

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that verily in the body there is a

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piece of flesh, that if it is good,

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everything else is good. And if it is

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corrupted, everything else will be corrupted. And he

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said, sallallahu alaihi wasallam, that that is the

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heart. Likewise,

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if your heart is not right in your

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du'a,

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then what dua will benefit you in place

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of the dua? For the heart. And the

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Prophet sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam also said that

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the parable of the heart is like a

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feather that is blown about by the wind.

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It turns over this way and that way.

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Meaning what? You have to have the right

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wind around your heart and you have to

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ask Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, the one who

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controls all hearts to keep your heart firm

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upon this path.

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Now by the way, SubhanAllah,

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one of the best ways that some of

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the ulama mentioned to keep your heart firm

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upon guidance

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is to be someone who is concerned with

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the guidance of others. And we find that

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our Messenger Alayhi Salatu Wasala was constantly making

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du'a for Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to guide

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others. Remember,

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and he was frustrated with his people of

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Dose. And he told the Prophet sallallahu alaihi

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wa sallam to make dua against the people

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of Dose. And the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa

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sallam said, Allahumma di dosa. Oh Allah guide

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Dua's waati bihim

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and bring them to me. Think about when

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you're making du'a for someone that you love,

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when you're making du'a for the guidance of

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another person. Even if you're making du'a for

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your children or you're making du'a for someone

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from your family and you have an angel

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that is appointed that says Amin walakabimithl

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Amin and for you as well. It may

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be that your concern with the guidance of

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others that is born out of your reverence

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for guidance itself and the concern that you

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have for your heart that allows for your

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heart to have empathy for others and want

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them to be spared in the hereafter,

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is the reason why Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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keeps your heart firm

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upon this path. And so just as Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala can direct our hearts to

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each other in so many different ways, one

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of the best ways that we can build

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that bond with one another is to make

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du'a that Allah

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Allah guide our hearts collectively

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so that our hearts are constantly directed towards

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Him and in the process

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directed towards each other.

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