Diseases Of The Heart
Channel: Riyadul Haqq
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We often pay a lot of attention to our bodies by joining the gym and eating healthily. We are always conscious of our physical state and how others view us, but there is also an importance when it comes to looking after one’s mental state and spirit (Ruh). What does Islam say regarding the mental state of a person? How can a person live a healthy life both physically and mentally by following Allah and his Rasool ?
The diseases of the heart stem from a person’s corruption of the mind. This can lead to hypocritical behaviour and negative emotions that can consume a person; such as envy, greed and malice. The leader of the hypocrites during the time of the Prophet, Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Salool, had a lot of what people aspire to. He had a pleasing physical appearance, charisma, wealth and was soon to be chosen as the leader of the people of Madina, yet due to his jealousy and hatred of the Prophet, he regularly betrayed and caused troubles to the Muslims. The reality of the Munafiqeen (hypocrites) was that they had corruption in the heart, despite looking physically fit and healthy. Therefore, we should also be fearful of the diseases which could spread in our own hearts.
Find out in this talk how to identify the diseases of the heart, how they can spread from within a person and what we can do to cultivate and nourish our hearts so that we are pure from negativity and hate.
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Last month, I
spoke on the topic of this game, the nurturing of the soul.
And I promised that
this month I would speak on the topic of the diseases of the heart.
It's a natural follow on to what I was mentioning last month.
how we are who we are not because of our bodies
our physical properties, rather, because of
what and who we are within.
It's not the body, the flesh, the blood,
the bones that make us who we are. Rather, it's a spirit that resides in us.
And in view of that,
we should ensure that we don't neglect the essence of our existence which is within the rule the spirits not the body.
the Rule of Life is and because the most of
most people is that we lavish attention on our bodies and neglect our spirits
And when it comes to health,
we all were very health conscious or your we like to be health conscious, we would like to be health conscious.
The amount of money and time we spend
on our bodies, in terms of cosmetics, medicines, supplements, vitamins, good food, superfoods.
All that although we don't always succeed because enough's gets a better office.
But to some degree, at least, we would like to and we do make an attempt to
Because we want to live.
We want to
live as long as possible. The love of life drives us to ensuring that we remain healthy so that we can live for long.
We eat healthily to live for long to look good. We train we exercise in order to again look good, and to hopefully live for longer.
But all of this whether it's cosmetics, whether it's healthy eating a healthy lifestyle, or fitness and exercise, diet and exercise, all of these things
Towards maintaining the health or promoting the health of the body, not the spirits. And it's a huge industry.
the fitness industry is worth billion.
The health industry is worth billions. In fact,
for most countries throughout the world, the greatest expenditure, in fact, not just countries, but for the majority of people across the globe, per head expenditure,
both individually as well as collectively by governments.
The highest expenditure is probably in the field of health.
So it's a huge industry.
And yet, all of it is geared towards preserving just this physical body.
which ultimately doesn't mean much because it's merely a box, a crate, a cage, a carriage, a packaging,
a mode of transport.
It's a vehicle.
And how foolish would a person be if they
got a car
and starve themselves literally actually starve themselves in order to polish
and paint the car.
They remained unclosed. naked, in order to give the car a shot,
deprived themselves physically of food and starved in the process and weaken themselves man nourish themselves in order to
polishing clean and color and paint their car, who remained filthy and dirty, allowing grime, dirt and filth to accumulate on their bodies, and became totally and Canton disheveled.
merely to save time and money in order to spend that time and money on the car in publishing, it's valid.
What would we think of such a person.
And yet, that's exactly what we are doing with ourselves. The body is merely a mode of transport a vehicle.
And the real essence of life, the real passenger, the real person, the one, or the thing that really matters, is the rule that lives within. And we are starving and neglecting that rule.
refusing to nourish it, to clothe it, to protect it, to maintain its health. We are allowing it to become sick, malnourished, and die a very slow death so that we can look after the
when he speaks of the hypocrites in the Quran, in fact, right at the beginning of the program, after salt and fat.
And at the beginning of sort of the
last panel who were the other mentions the hypocrites the one after all.
For the first time in the poorer
Allah describes them in the following words for you to be modeled for zarahemla model
that in their hearts that is a disease that is a sickness, sort of like increase in sickness.
Um, prior to mentioning the hypocrites, a lot actually mentioned the believers and the unbelievers.
But it's only for the hypocrites the math on that last panel with the other essays that is a disease that
we as human beings,
as Muslims, we recognize the life and the existence of the mind, the body, and the soul and spirit. That means we treat all of them equally.
Of course, we treat the soul as being far more important. But when I say equally in that we we don't draw a distinction between these three in the sense that just as we as Muslims, just as we believe that the body
has to be maintained and protected and fed and nourished. We believe the man has to be protected, fed, and nourished. And equally. So we believe that the soul needs to be cared for protected, fed, nourished.
And when I say we look at all of them equally, I mean that just as we recognize the importance of health for the body, we recognize the importance of health for the man. And equally so we recognize the importance of health for the spirits for the soul.
and throughout Islamic history, scholars have looked at sickness in a very unique way.
And it's a brilliant definition of illness.
In Arabic, whichever word you use for illness, whether it's mother, or son,
ultimately, sickness in Islamic and Arabic terminology throughout the centuries, has referred to a departure from optimum health,
from the center line of balance of equilibrium, and have perfect health optimum health.
So if we take that, in relation to the body First, the body has to remain in balance.
That is the optimum peak condition of the body.
As soon as there is a departure from that optimum condition for the body, that is regarded as illness, no matter how severe it may be or slide, it's regarded as illness because it's a departure from the centerline of balance of equilibrium and optimum health and an optimum condition. The same goes to the man.
Now, that means that no one is perfectly healthy, we all have our conditions, we all have our departure from the center line of balance, and optimum health.
With the mind that's exactly the same.
And this is important because mental illness or mental health is something which which is relatively new.
And the first mental hospital in Europe was established by the Muslims in Spain, in unbelievers
Muslims recognize the importance of mental health, and that it could be treated
and that it was a genuine psychological condition.
And that people with mental health were not treated as demon
as devils as outcasts.
Because Muslims believed and viewed
mental illness just as they viewed physical illness, in the sense that it's mainly a departure from the center line of premium optimum health, of perfection,
of balance and equilibrium. And just as with the body,
the body is a complex organism.
And the most trivial of things can upset the balance of the body. You can one thing to drink one thing to eat.
One thing might be good for one person, but not necessarily for the other.
the slightest disruption in food and drink in sleep,
any one of a myriad of reasons, a myriad and a multitude of reasons, could result in a person falling ill physically and when they fall in, it's simply a departure from the center law. And medicine and treatment are all an attempt to bring that person's health back from the departure back to the centerline back to balance and back to equilibrium. That's all it says. So Muslims recognize that just as every body being so complex as vulnerable and susceptible to becoming unbalance
Similarly, the man is vulnerable and susceptible because even more complex than the body of becoming unsettled, of becoming of departing from the center line of optimum health. As a result, just as there is no stigma
in a person falling ill
there should be no stigma in a person's mental health, departing from that center line of
back and equilibrium. This is why Muslim physicians, Muslim doctors and older man, they established the first mental hospital many, many centuries ago, in under this in Spanish.
And, in fact, even before that, that was in Europe, but even before that, in Arabia, in the Middle East,
mental health patients were being treated as mental health patients, not as demons or devils and outcasts. Because Muslims had this holistic view of health
and illness, because they always regarded illness as merely a departure from the center. And that could happen to anyone. And this is why today as well,
remarkable Islam came to replace superstition.
to read, people
and of superstition.
And a perfect example is that it's the car is the car came to replace the superstitious methods of the Arabs
of divination of consultation.
So the Arabs in order to make a decision would rely on owls would rely on birds flying in a particular direction, would rely on arrows of divination would rely on potluck would rely on charlatans, witch doctors,
fortune tellers, soothsayers,
Allah is a source of the lahardee, who seldom told the Muslims to rid themselves of all of this superstition. And instead of consulting, Gods statues, supposedly the holy men,
demons and devils, animals, arrows of divination, or random y or signs in nature, and in the animal kingdom
saw the loss of the love it was seldom taught as is the car and it's the car means the seeking of hate. The seeking of a last blessing.
Remarkably, we've reduced is the har, which claims which came to replace superstition, we've now reduced the same as the heart superstition itself.
So we do is the heart and then in order to make a decision or reached decision after this, the holler again, we've resumed what the Arabs would consult consulting this person, that person, supposedly the holy man,
looking for sounds, relying on dreams and uncertain things. So we've reduced is the car
to the very thing that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam brought is to harass and replace.
Similarly, when it comes to mental health, Muslims have a unique history of treating mental health as a health condition
to be treated properly, medically, with understanding not to reject an What have we done, just as with it's the harder we've now reduced mental health issues, to
And one of the reasons is a stigma.
Rather that it's far easier for a person to believe that someone has done something wrong to me than it says for them to accept that there is something wrong with me.
So nobody wishes to believe that there's an imbalance in my mind.
or something's happened to me, or that something's wrong with me, or that my mental health isn't in its peak optimum condition.
That's very difficult for us to accept because there's a stigma attached to it. We would rather believe that some old lady in a remote village in some corner of the globe, has cast a spell of. Remarkably, we find that easier to believe that someone's been said on this, or we are possessed by jinn,
or demons, or that we are so special that genes are pursuing us and demons and devils are handing us and that we are victims not just victims of human beings, but victims of spirits ghoulies demon ghouls, demons,
Muslims have a history of recognizing mental health what it is, and to treat it professionally.
So, just as physically we recognize illness to be a departure from the center line of balance and optimum health. Similarly, will mentally we regard illness as being a departure from the center line of optimum health and of balance. And just as the body is vulnerable, the mind is wrong. Is there any stigma attached to a person falling physically ill having a flu, even contracting cancer, even a fatal disease? Is there any stigma attached to it? None whatsoever. We commonly and casually tell people, I'm not coming to work today I've got a flu, I've got a headache, that a stomachache, got a bad stomach, got a pain in my limbs.
I've got a fever. It's there is no stigma attached to it.
And we seem to be very professional about it.
If we have a toothache, we go to the dentist if we have a stomachache, we take some medicine.
Someone has a flu, what does everyone do? Even with children.
In fact, some of us don't even bother consulting the doctor, we just purchase over the counter medicine.
When it comes to issues relating to the man or the psyche, instantly, we turn to superstitious methods. And I say this because it's very dangerous. We will never get the treatments that we need, either for ourselves or fellow
our family members and others.
We remain sick in a very serious sense, and we create havoc in our lives and the lives of others.
But this is not today's topic. Today's topic is a sickness of the soul of the diseases of the heart. And it's all related. Why is it related? Because just as Muslims have recognized sickness to be a certain thing in the physical body and in the in the mind and mental health, they regard sickness as being exactly the same thing when it comes to the spirit, which is a departure from the central line of optimum health and balance. And again, the soul is susceptible it's vulnerable to disease, to illness to sickness, to departure from the central line of optimum health. And as Muslims, we must maintain the health of all of these things, the mind the body and the spirit.
Just as we would impose on the body we can't poison the mind and we certainly can't poison our soul.
Now the heart has many diseases. Many, just as I mentioned earlier, last panel with Donna when he describes the hypocrite says of them Philippa Ruby model
in their hearts that is a disease. hypocrisy is a disease.
That disease is
aggravated by hypocritical behavior by since
there are many of the diseases of the heart, pride, haughtiness, arrogance, self conceit,
envy, madness, haitch.
All of these and many more, are diseases of the heart, which are correct.
In one of these prophets in the law, it
as being something that consumes
good deeds just like wood,
is consumed by fire.
The fire of envy consumes our good deeds, the ones that we have already done,
and destroys them. Just like fire consumes dry wood.
It's disruptive. And that's just one disease. These diseases of the heart, prevent the flourishing and the growth of our souls and other Muslim. They prevent good deeds. We may perform good deeds externally, but within we are sick, we are rotten. And just as Allah mentions about the hypocrites field will be muddled in their hearts that is a disease later towards the end of the last panel with Allah and sorted them one after all. Speaking of the same hypocrites, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, with our aid, the hunter or a job book, at some point in your guru, this man is calling him.
If you look at these hypocrites, their bodies will impress you.
And that's, of course, it's not a reference to all of the hypocrites, but some of them.
for example, Abdullah hypnobabies.
He was the leader of the hypocrites. He was an Arab, ethnically, he was an error.
But he had become a hypocrite.
Or he was a hypocrite.
And I'm delighted Norway had many of the qualities that we aspire to and that we admire.
of a good bill.
Physically imposing, strong, healthy, he was extremely handsome.
He had a sweet, alluring voice. He was very eloquent in speech. He was a born leader, he was charismatic. In fact, before the arrival of Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam. in Medina,
Abdullah had no vagueness at all. Why was about to be crowned
as their lead.
They looked up to him greatly.
And that was Abdullah, even more subtle.
And this was one of the reasons why he was very bitter towards a messenger some of the law might even send them because he felt that the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had usurped his throne.
So I'm delighted. No, we've all had all those qualities of charisma of eloquence, of articulacy of Hanson's or beauty, of physical
of leadership that many of us admire and Aspire, he had all of them
in bucket labs, and a lot of tests for that in the Quran. When you look at them, whether I look at some that bodies pleasing.
What pulu the smile is only him Allah continues that were in your order, and if they speak the smile, only him you listen attentively to their words, his speech and of some of the other hypocrites. They were very eloquent, their speech was captivating. people listened.
In fact, on the day of
the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam march from his machine, in order to face the rage in the third year of Hitler, when they came to Medina to attack Medina.
Abdullah hypnobabies, who was still a recognized leader,
he marched with the Army or he joined the army.
Ultimately, there were 1000 people following the messengers and the love it was
I'm delighted or even a little late later before the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam arrived in
in order to face the orange and to lie hidden away most of all, actually managed to convince 300 people to
Abandon the messenger sallallahu it was to turn away.
So he turned away and 300 of his followers joined.
So the Muslim army was reduced from 1000 to 700. And they were eventually going to phase 3000 or Ah, I relate this simply to explain the how, at such a key moment when the city of Medina was
And the army, an army of 3000 watts Asset Store, and Muslims had to face and already in small numbers small in numbers of such a critical moment Abdullah, ignore where you're going to sit all because of his leadership, his eloquence, his position, he was able to convince 300 people to join him and to abandon the messenger some of the love and even some of them and to turn their back on them on the Muslims.
So, he was very eloquent he was charismatic.
Even Allah attests to his eloquence, his charisma, his beauty,
his physical structure,
and yet a lot of in settings, get unknown.
Despite all this external beauty, charisma and eloquence,
these hypocrites, they are no better than Proctor planks of wood. Get an uncle SHABOOM was another as though they are planks of wood Proctor. What that means is
in the garden,
in rural areas nearby the house, just as you have
building materials lying around,
pieces of wood lying around.
Or maybe a piece of wood propped up against the wall. It's not intact, it looks good. It looks good, because you think to yourself, Well, this is good. It'll come in use someday. And therefore you leave it lying around or you propped up against the wall. Before you realize that years pass and it's still there.
You've never done anything with it.
So it looks good. He appears to be good.
He appears to be useful. But in reality, it's worthless. It's useless. That's the example Allah gives us the hypocrites. They look good, they sound good, they appeared, they may show potential.
But ultimately, they are utterly worthless and useless.
Because of their empty emptiness with him.
So Allah himself says they look good, they sound good.
But fear will all be him. That is a disease in their hearts. And that body is worthless.
Just like a person suffering from cancer, in the early stages of cancer, when the cancer has not yet had a direct effect on the exterior of the body, but within the cancer is eating away at New York.
Allah protect us all. It's eating your way after the organ.
A person may look good and sound good.
But if that disease is clawing away at their interior,
is destroying their innocence is eating away up their flesh their cells, destroying them from within.
It's a tragedy. It's a tragedy for that individual, no matter how good they look how good they sound, it's a tragedy for their loved ones.
Soon that person will perish. They are already perishing, but it just doesn't appear to us. Soon they and others will see and begin to see the inner reality which will come out.
So if we are so fearful and frightened of physical diseases such as cancer,
and any other illness, that how fearful should we be of those diseases that eat away assets that destroyers that consumers from within the diseases of the heart, the sickness, that ailments the illnesses of the soul, they are far more destructive. As a last panel with Anna sees a person can look and sound good, but we'll all be happy.
in their hearts that is a disease these are the hypocrites utterly worthless your man hiding a man Muslim around him are both relate to Hades in there. So he from a man of number Shiva the alarm who says as part of a longer Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Hello We're in the field just so they move up in either Southern silicon just a local law. What are you there for? So that festival, just a little condo? Hello, Hello.
My name is Adam said that no in the heart in the body, know that in the body that is a heart that is a piece of flesh.
No, not in the body that is a piece of flesh. This piece of flesh, if it's good, the whole body is good. And if it's corrupt, then the whole body's current, know that that
piece of flesh is the half. And here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wasn't speaking about physical anatomy, he wasn't speaking about physical health, that if the heart is healthy, the body is healthy. Of course, we can. That that is also true. Primarily the Prophet sallallahu alayhi Salaam is speaking not a physical health, spiritual health, and the meaning of the hearts being pure. Hence the body being pure, is that the body will perform good deeds.
Pure in its spirituality pure in its obedience to Allah, pure in its pure, pure in its faith pure in its goodness, the goodness of the heart leads to the goodness of the body, the corruption of the heart, the sickness of the hands, will lead to the sickness of the body, even though it may appear to be very healthy.
Ultimately, that's not what makes the purse.
In fact, think of this way, how many of us have been present at the bathing of a body, the bathing and enshrouding of a potty Has anyone how many of us have been present.
when you look at the body, on that slap,
man or woman young roll,
he appears to be extremely healthy. Unless there are visible signs of wounds and injury.
Normally, the body looks extremely healthy.
Even down to the fine hairs.
And there is no difference between the person bathing the body and the body being bathed.
It just looks like the person's asleep.
So what distinguishes
the one who is bathed in the body and the body? That's been What? What distinguishes a person standing and the person lying down? What's the distinction between them?
They both look similar. One is awake. One is what appears to be asleep. That's all. Otherwise their skin,
their bodily composition, their hair, their nails, even down to the fine hairs on the skin of the body, all of that intact. What's the difference? The only thing distinguishing them is the rule. The one standing has a rule, the one line has no rules.
That's the only difference. Otherwise, as far as a body is concerned, the body is still intact. Everything's still there.
The body doesn't begin to decompose and disintegrates except after a short while and takes a bit of time.
And it's gradual.
In fact, I heard recently in an interview with a leading scientists who
and the bodies of the dead and their minds.
He was saying that even after a person dies, and they actually medically record a clinical death.
That clinical death is recorded
when a person's breathing comes to an end, and a person's heart stops functioning.
But the scientists and this is not just a random scientist. This is a scientist whose field an area of expertise is studying the bodies and the minds and the brains of dead people. Those who
just died. He was saying that from much of the body appears that the person is still alive.
The person still appears to be alive when you look at the interior of the body, the cells, the flesh,
because even though the heart stops functioning,
many areas of the body continue to function.
But the person is no longer alive, the person is dead. How do we explain that? How do we understand that? It's very simple. All of this brings back to us the reality of life, that the body is something else the person is, in fact, the body parts of it may still be living, they still be alive. But we do not regard that as our loved one. Because the rule has depart.
It's the rule that makes everything the body can actually remain healthy even after death. For a short while.
The person is no longer alive, the room has depart disappeared.
So all this attention that we lavish on our bodies to maintain its health, to promote its health, diets, exercise, fitness, appearance, cosmetics,
it's misplaced. That doesn't mean that we don't take care of ourselves profits in the law it was the numbers taught us that our bodies have a right overs. But Allah has a greater rights over us and our bodies. And our rule, our spirit has a greater right over as an output.
At the moment, the way we many of us behave is that we assign no rights whatsoever to the root. In fact, we deny its very existence, if not in belief, and in practice, and all of our attention, our love, our care, our maintenance, our expenditure. All of this is reserved only for the body. But as much as we fear the diseases of the body, we should fear the diseases of the heart.
And how how much do we fear the disease of the body?
How many of us would imbibe poison consciously? How many of us would
we attempt to eat healthily. As soon as there is a scare about a certain food product. That's it. Nobody touches it. whether it's true or not, a rumor is sufficient
to falters from eating a certain food.
A room is sufficient because we want to maintain our health.
At the beginning of each year,
the most famous resolution is of joining the gym.
That's the most famous resolution of joining the gym of losing weight of diet.
And this is how gyms make them.
I know a few gym owners. And if I can share with you some of their comments. Remember these people are in the business. This is their business. This is their livelihood, this is their bread and butter. So they know everything about gyms.
And the things they say about gyms are some of what they say is as follows one
one of the ways they make money is that people join a gym, pay the subscription fee, come once or twice and then never bother again for the rest of the year.
At least intention is that
that's one way of making so they continue to receive the subscription, but no cost in terms of the actual customer.
Another thing which I've heard from people working in gyms, as trainers or gym owners
is that yes, some people come in for health reasons.
But in their words, many if not most, come merely to look at.
So it's cosmetic.
The idea in fact, in the words of one gym owner, he explicitly said, speaking about young Muslims, that young Muslims, young Muslim men come into the gym.
They pump themselves they train rigorously throughout the week they take supplements, and they do it all not for health reasons but merely to look good when they go out and Friday and Saturday.
gyms are full of mirrors,
for people to admire themselves.
I've mentioned this before, that in many parts of the world, Christian monks in their monasteries and nun, in a manner
they were forbidden from looking at Maris, there were no mirrors in the entire nunnery or monastery, not a single mirror.
Because for these nuns and for these monks, to look into any mirror was an act of vanity, an act of self concedes, an invitation to pride,
an invitation to self worship, when their devotion should not be towards them directed at themselves, but should be directed at look at God at their create.
mirrors were banned.
They were not allowed.
Simply because this is an active event.
we look after our health,
often just to look good, let's vanity in the extreme, to look good for ourselves to look good in front of others.
In fact, one of the phrases in English is and again, I heard this
from a trainer at the gym.
Oh, a trainer from the gym.
Who said that your body
is your temple worshipers.
And even if people don't voice this phrase, they abide by.
That's the mentality. That's the attitude. Your body is your temple worship.
People worship, we worship our vocals.
We admire ourselves,
we shape ourselves.
We, too as our bodies are works of art to be sculptured and to be admired.
by ourselves and by
that's all the attention we developed to our bodies and we are scared stiff of elves. Because we are scared stiff of death. Illness leads to death as just as much as we are mortified by death.
mortified by more
molt in Arabic, it's very similar to the word death in many other languages like French mort.
So molt in Arabic is similar to mort and other language. That's where the word mortified comes from.
Fear of death. So we are mortified by mouth. As much as we are mortified by moult death, we are mortified by those illnesses and those conditions and those causes that will lead to death
because of our love for long life, and yet in the process, we are physically strangling,
killing off our own soul.
We don't care at all a TIFF about
the diseases that
plague our hands, which I'm far more destruct.
We are so conscious about physical health and about physical illnesses
that our bodies become cold when we hear of someone else suffering from us.
We feel sorry for
when we hear someone's got candidates.
What do we feel, sometimes even enemies, even enemies,
they shed some of their hatred, and they
become somewhat sympathetic
to their own enemy, when they learn that their enemy has become seriously ill
and has contracted a terminal illness.
We fear cancer, we fear many of the diseases in fact, in fact, again very recently, I heard about, well, this is an ongoing thing. But one of the
areas of research is
prolonging life and not just prolonging life, but finding the cure to death,
to be able to switch off the genes that cause us to age and to actually prevent death. And the thing which I heard recently, very recently, only in the past two, three days, was an attempt by scientists a genuine attempt to achieve everlasting life for human beings. That's a that's an area of research, in which people are actively work, to be able to achieve
everlasting life, and to achieve death.
this is how much we love our bodies, that we want everlasting life for these bottles, the soul,
we are killing it in the process, even if we haven't killed the top already.
So our last panel was
in the poor and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and
without going into specific verses, and how these in general, many of the verses many of them had these all speak about the health of the heart, the health of the Spirit. And as Muslims we should be as fearful of the diseases of the heart, as we are the diseases of the body, the diseases of the heart madness, envy, hatred, pride concedes, these are very destructive, extremely strict. This is what will make us or break us.
And if we could just lavish some attention to our, our spirits as we do to our bodies, we would be far better people. In fact,
is coming in just two months. So a few weeks from now, we will begin the month of Ramadan. That's what Amazon is all about. We are forced we are compelled to divert attention from our body away from our bodies, to our spirits.
In order to maintain the health of the heart, maintain the health of the Lord.
I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala enables us turn Stan male lawmakers amongst loans, who wants observing the rights of their bodies are also mindful and observant of the rights of their, of their spirits. We are lawmakers healthy, of rule of spirits we love protecting protects us from the damaging and destructive diseases of the heart.
should be thought of as a god
if he if you have a garden
and you want to plant
fruits, fragrant flowers,
beautiful greenery and vegetation. Whether it's pleasant to eat or pleasant just to look at and smell in the garden if you want to make a beautiful garden
one of the first things you have to do
is clean up the guard.
forms, nettles, brambles
remove all weeds
and you have to remove them
clean and prepare the soil
and then maintain that hygiene
and ensure that those thorns those naxals brambles, those weeds don't become overgrown again.
Otherwise what will happen
you can't cultivate a garden with beautiful, pleasant, fragrant flowers and good vegetation, good produce good fruits and vegetables. You cannot achieve any of this if you do not prepare the garden and if you do not clean its house if you tried to do both of them simultaneously Okay, let's just plant our seeds and hope for the best what will happen like any garden you will see
weeds forms nettles, brambles and bushes rapidly and while we grow and take over the whole garden consumers
this example is good because this this is how we can understand the hot
If you want to cultivate a good heart, if you want to instill the love of God, if you want to grow the love of Allah, the love of his little salsa, Lala, it was the love of the art. If you want to grow, good morals, good characteristics, good traits,
good, healthy emotions, good feelings, good thoughts. If you want to create purity pleasantness fragrance in the heart, then one of the first things we must do is try to reduce and limit the growth of harmful elements, the forms, the nettles, the bushes, the brambles, the weeds, we need to clean them out, and we need to ensure that they remain removed, and what otherwise they will overwhelm.
And what are the forms and nettles, the weeds, the killer plants, a killer IV of the heart, these are the diseases of the heart. We can't work on both simultaneously in the sense that we can't just say, Okay, I'll do a bit of good and hope for the best. So I'll try to do good, but I won't resist the evil.
And it's not just sins of the flesh, it's Sins of the heart. How can we grow the love of Allah? When we harbor hatred
towards everybody else, when we carry so much malice, so much hatred? How can we grow the love of Allah? How can we grow purity in our hearts, when we have such impure feelings? How can we grow goodness in our hearts, when we harvest so much envy?
How can we grow the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah which demands absolute servitude and humility. When we are full of pride, haughtiness, arrogance, and self conceit, and self worship,
they never go hand in hand.
Any little attempts that we make will be overwhelmed and destroyed by the diseases that remain in us. So we have to make a conscious and a concerted effort to actually tackle these diseases. We can't just do good and hope that the good will overwhelm the evil doesn't work.
We have to make a conscious and a concerted effort. That means we have to actually work on our envy, we have to work on our madness, on our hatred, we have to work on our pride. And I've spoken about pride. One of the ways of actively working on our pride is to forcibly Humble yourself, you have to actually Humble yourself false, just like a barber of the labyrinth did. In the example I gave about the him carrying water for the old women of the inside.
He had a thought which he regarded as being arrogant, just one thought. In order to break his pride out of a barber, the alarm went at night,
began filling water
into the jars of the old woman of the unsolved and
carrying that water and emptying it into the jars outside the homes of the widows. And the old women of the unseen, secretly hinted that he forced himself, he broke his pride by doing something practically. And that's just one example. So we can't just rid ourselves of any of the diseases of the heart such as
with without making a conscious and a concerted and a practical effort. The effort has to be mental, the effort has to be practical, before we can spiritually cure it.
And that that's the same for envy.
One of the if we harbor envy towards a person,
one of the ways that the LMR have taught us to tackle that envy and cure it is not just to hope for the best or do do good deeds and hope that inshallah they will just read our hearts of envy. No, we have to tackle the envy directly. The one that you are envious of that will Amar have taught us in order to remove that envy from your heart. The very person that you are envious of you should pray for.
You should bring yourself force yourself to actually pray for them in secrecy, and that would be sincere
and eventually and in fact not just pray for them. That
Someone that really matter would tackle envy. If they were, if they ever experienced envy towards another person, what would they do? They would pray for them. They'd actually give charity on their behalf. So they pinch themselves by giving money in the way of Allah and making the intention that Oh Allah, this charity, this Southern, I give on behalf of such and such a person, a few moments earlier, they were actually envious of them, and they felt bitter towards them. But they remove that envy and tackled it. And that bitterness, by doing good, not randomly, but doing good in that person's name. for that person,
the person that they would be envious of, they would actually praise them in front of other people sincerely. And in that way, they would crush their own soul, they would crush their own ego.
And some of us may think,
is that how a person should behave? We all have reasons to feel bitter towards someone.
So why should we deny ourselves that anger and that bitterness? Is that a healthy way to live? Well, lo and behold, modern psychology teaches us that if you want to feel good,
I've actually read many articles,
which all point to the same thing.
That for your mental health, for your emotional well being, and for you to feel happy. It's good to forgive.
It's good to forget.
You feel happy.
You know, right now,
since many of us in the West at least we we have our basic needs catered for.
We're not hungry. We're not thirsty. We're not unclothed,
we have far too many clothes, we have far too much food, far too much to drink.
Far too much wealth.
Even the poorest of us here in the UK, we are parts of the elite of the world.
First world problems, which model smartphone Should I get next? First world problems.
We have far too much money.
And yet, we're still not content, we're still not happy. So if you follow many of these articles in the news, and magazines, etc. Online, a lot of them are all to do with well being. Happiness, contentment, mindfulness, meditation. What's all of this leading to it's all about feeling good. It's all about feeling better.
Because people are beginning beginning to realize that the health of the body, the wealth of the body, the food and nourishment of the body is not the be all and end all there's something else.
And what many of these articles point to are some of the greatest truths and realities that Islam has taught us 1400 years ago.
And one of them is this. You want to feel serene, you want to feel tranquil. You want to feel content. You want to feel happy.
Be overlooking, excuse people, excuse things, excuse people's lapses and misdemeanours don't harbor hatred.
If and as I was mentioning earlier, do good physical good for people towards people.
Giving in charity actually makes people feel better.
So can you imagine we say we say that we should give it to charity because of reward, and to please the last panel for that. But even those people who don't speak of reward or afterlife
for the mental and emotional happiness and well being of a person, they prescribed charities that forget reward, forget God forget afterlife, even if you don't believe in God, if you just want to feel good. He really wants to feel good, giving charity share that actually leads to happiness. And this isn't just some random
Talk. I mean, they've done MRI scans and they speak about neurology, at the same time, that this actually fires of chemicals in the brain that makes a person feel good. So the way to tackle some of the diseases of the heart is to practically do things. You can't just
hope that the diseases of the heart will disappear. Just like the physical diseases of the body, they have to be cured. They have to be tackled, they have to be treated by medicine, by treatments, even on a prolonged basis. The diseases of the heart have to be treated in the same way. And as I said, about envy, about anger, that Allah would themselves practice this and prescribe this. They would, in order to, in order to break their pride they would forcibly humble themselves forcefully.
In which way this habit of the alarm when a man after them have always
force oneself to be humble, serve others assist others
go against what the Nef swans, one of the orlimar said something brilliant.
He was asked about speech.
How should a person know when to keep quiet?
How should a person refine his speech? And his replying was exquisite. He said,
whenever mine knifes tells me to keep quiet. I know that that is the right time to speak. Whenever my neffs tells me to speak, I know that that is the time to remain silent.
So when the neffs tells a person to do something,
because it leads to practice ultimately will lead to achievement of pride. The other man would break their knifes by refusing to do that thing. When the knifes would distain doing something, feel that this is beneath me, this is unworthy of me. They would actually force themselves to do that thing. There have been with a man who would serve their students by pouring water for them by preparing food for
Mr. Mojave Rahmatullah. He had a
famous amount of Hadeeth at knives, he
he woke up repeatedly, and he kept on stoking the fire. And one of the students was with him.
Later, his students said to him, that Oh, man, you could have woken me up.
And I would have
taken care of stoking the fire regularly and repeatedly throughout the night. Why did you trouble yourself? He was young, and he was a street. in Malmo, he was older By that time, and he was a senior person in age and authority in knowledge and because of his position in law, he said, that, no, you are a young man. You need your sleep.
You need your sleep. You are a young
I am well.
Sleep is not that important for me. And therefore it didn't bother me in the least. And this is why I left you sleep. And I carried on doing what I had to do a break asleep get up repeatedly. This reminds me of another story of Ramadan Abdulaziz, Allah, it's related that he was seated.
the oil ran out in the mountain.
So I'm going to Abdelaziz stood up.
he was a medium, I mean, he was the leader of the Muslims at the time, and he pulled the oil and just the wick.
Or it may have just been the wick, the oil was there, but the wick needed adjusting either case, he adjusted the lamp so that the flame rose again.
So he stood up and did that, and then resumed his seat, and then the other person carried on carry on talking to the other person. The other person was one of the subjects someone inferior to him in positioning, age and authority, and in seniority he was seeing in every way. So the other person humbly said that, Oh, I'm even meaning because he was called a meter and what mean leader of the faithful, why didn't you tell me and allow me to do it. So I would have never been Aziza, right?
Hola said, What does it matter? I was Omar before I rose to adjust the wick, and I am still Omar after.
So that was the sort of how the pious ones learn at once. They would force themselves they would adopt practical measures to tackle these diseases of the heart, not just pray and hope for the best. That means when it came to envy, they forced themselves into humility. When it came, sorry, arrogance, they forced themselves into humility. When it came to being envious of other people, they would actually go out of their way. They do good to them for them, pray for them in their absence, praise them in their absence give charity in their absence. And in this way, they will break their envy and tackle shavon This is how the diseases of the heart need to be treated. They need to be
treated not just by prayer and wish, but practically, with a conscious concerted effort, just like we treat the diseases of the body. And in that regard, inshallah, over the next few months, as a man possible, I will devote some time to each of these individual diseases. I've already spoken about arrogance, and haughtiness and inshallah I'll continue speaking about some of the other diseases and
not just speak about them, their dangers, their hands, but also hopefully address some of the practical ways in which we can rid ourselves of these diseases in order to be healthier people healthy, not just physically and mentally, most importantly, to be healthy emotionally and spiritually. I pray that Allah enables all of us to understand was a lot worse than the murder of the water sooner. The Vienna
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