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Symptoms, Causes & Cures of a Hard Heart

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Yasir Qadhi

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Episode Notes

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi dedicates this lecture to an oft-neglected topic of how does one’s heart harden over time and how to cure the diseases of the heart and make them soft, pure, calm and peaceful.

“The day that neither wealth nor sons will be of any benefit except for he who comes to Allah with a pure heart.”
[The Noble Qur’an, 26:88-89]

Strong Iman is reflective of a pure heart and weak Iman reflects a hard heart.one should perform a reality check on how prepared and ready we are to enter Jannah, given the condition of our heart.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather He looks at your hearts and your deeds.” 

It is incumbent upon us to cleanse our hearts of the inherent evil which we feed it in order to relish the sweetness and purity of true faith and submission to our Almighty SWT. 

 

Episode Transcript

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brothers and sisters in Islam. Just like the physical heart is considered to be the most important organ of the body. Similarly, Allah subhana wa Taala mentions a spiritual heart Academy that is considered to be the main organ of our spirituality of our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that in the body, there is one organ, if that organ is pure, the rest of the body is pure. And if that organ is impure, then the rest of the body is impure. That organ is the heart that organ is the color. And so our Lord has told us to concentrate on purifying the heart and on making sure that the heart does not have any diseases,

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just like the physical doctors tell us to monitor our heart. Similarly, the spiritual doctors as well tell us to monitor the spiritual hearts. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Indeed, Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Lucha to

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Allah does not look at your outer forms or shapes. He does not look at your bodies when I can young

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American but rather Allah looks at your hearts and at your actions. So Ally's origin does not care about our physical features. Allah azza wa jal does not care about our external appearances. We care about our external appearances. We want to dress up we want to look nice, want to comb our hair, want to be physically fit, Allah does not care about the external. We're not in young. Rubicam, Allah looks at your cold at your heart. We're either American amateur deeds, and therefore brothers and sisters, our religion has told us that of the requirements of a man of the signs of human is that we have a pure heart, a soft heart, a heart that is accepting a heart that is soft and tender,

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and the opposite, which is a hard heart password. This is the sign of a poor poor man. This is the sign of a person of weak or perhaps even no faith, and therefore brothers and sisters, we need to be monitoring our hearts. What is the level of softness, what is the level of hardness a soft heart is praised in the Quran? A hard heart is criticized in the Quran. In today's short Hooda will talk about the symptoms of a hard heart. How do we know if our heart is hard? A switch will call the law because it has such a low bukem How do we know if our heart is hard? And once we know it is hard, what are the causes? What are the viruses that cause this disease? And then what is the cure? What

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is the vaccination? What is the inoculation that we have to protect ourselves against this disease of having a hard heart? realize my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, that having a hard heart customers will call this is mentioned as a disease in the Quran. And in the Sunnah. Allah says regarding the Hoot before us regarding a group of them from a cassette guru coming by the dyadic for HRT, our shadow cassava, that after this miracle Allah showed them a miracle. After this miracle, Allah says, your hearts instead of becoming soft, they became hard. And they became harder than rocks. Allah says for him, I said do many agents even harder than a rock and Allah azzawajal is

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being metaphorical. That their hearts their spiritual hearts were so hard that even a rock Allah says is softer than your hearts and Allah subhana wa tada mentions in the Quran as a curse as a liner to a group of people that Allah says, which is now called the Houma casia. We made their hearts hard notice for punishing a group of people. Allah says to punish them. What did we do? Did we take away their wealth?

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Did we deprive them of blessings? Did we destroy them? To punish them? Allah says, watch it now Uber home casia. To have a hard heart is a punishment from Allah subhanho wa Taala. To have a hard heart means you have been deprived of Allah azza wa jal blessings. And our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the furthest person from Allah is the one who has a hard heart.

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The one who is furthest from Allah is the one who has a hard heart. And therefore brothers and sisters, we need to be very careful about monitoring our hearts, making sure that our heart does not go down this path of becoming hard. How do we know if our heart is going hard? What are the symptoms of this disease? How do we monitor the level of our heart? The Quran and Sunnah tells us many matters that we can use to monitor the spiritual state of our heart. First and foremost, one of the symptoms that our heart has become hard is that we stop caring about the Lord's commandments, we simply don't care. Is it time to pray or not? Who cares? This is our honor. Hello, who cares? Hello,

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forgive, don't worry, the whole attitude of being nonchalant or being lazy about the commandments of Allah azza wa jal, this is the number one sign of a hard heart, you just couldn't care less. And this is one of the worst symptoms of this disease of having a hard heart. Another symptom that demonstrates that a person has a heart to heart is that even the greatest actions of joy, and by this I mean worship of Allah, and rabada and Salah, they become monotonous rituals and routines, a person stops enjoying having a conversation with a law, so now becomes a chore

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becomes a burden. Fasting becomes a habit. And this is of the worst symptoms of having a heart to heart, that even those actions that are supposed to be the highlight of one's day, they're supposed to be the reason of our existence, they become boring routines and rituals. And this is of the worst symptoms of the hardness of the heart, of the symptoms of the hardness of the heart, is that a person begins to commit sins, not just frequently, habitually, and without any sense of remorse, no shame whatsoever. And especially public sins is a sign of a hardness of the heart. You couldn't care less what is happening around you what people are thinking, you just want to do what you want to do,

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to not care about one sins, to have a lackadaisical attitude about one sins. This too is a symptom of the heart being hard. And of the symptoms of the hardness of the heart, is that when the Quran is recited, when an Islamic lecture is heard, a person does not care less he is listening with deaf ears, the Quran does not have the impact on the soul that it should Islamic. Moreover, lectures halaqaat are simply falling on deaf ears. And this is another symptom of the hardness of the heart. And you know, brothers and sisters, that analogy can be made here, we've all heard of the dangerous HIV disease, this is the mother of all diseases. Why? Because it shuts down the immune system, we're

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lucky it's not a stretch to say that the hardness of the heart is the HIV of spiritual disease, that this is the mother of all diseases, that if a person is has this disease of having a heart to heart, then all the other diseases will then enter the heart. You see every other diseases, one symptom, being arrogant, being jealous, being selfish, these are specific diseases, we can cure them, but the hardness of the heart This is the mother of all diseases. And the cure for this is not easy. And what the hardness of the heart does, it shuts down the immune system, you just don't care anymore. And therefore brothers and sisters, this disease has been rebuked more than hardly more than any

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other disease. So one of the most rebuke diseases, as I said that Allah mentions this as a punishment, he said down upon the people, which I know

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that we made their hearts hard. This was the ultimate punishment that Allah azzawajal sent to this group of people. So the question then arises, if this is the disease, what are the viruses that cause it? What are those factors that cause me to become heart of heart? What are those factors that solidifies the heart, and again, much can be said Time is of the essence five points, we will mention five points that are of the main factors that make the heart to go hard. So we need to monitor these viruses make sure that we don't have these viruses in our lives. Point number one turning away

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From the laws of Vicar, the court of law,

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this is perhaps the easiest blood pressure monitoring system of the art. Just like our doctors monitor the heart by the blood pressure simplest you just connect it to a monitor quickly see what is the blood pressure, we get a quick idea of the status of the heart. Similarly, in the spiritual realm, the cruel law is the equivalent of that blood pressure monitor is the equivalent of the pulse, the COLA and the one whose heart is hard, we'll find that he rarely, in fact, never remembers Allah subhanho wa Taala unless he needs a lot. The only time you'll think of Allah is when he's pitched his bit by an ant. Then he's gonna remember Allah and Allah mocks and criticizes those

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people who only remember him when they are hit when they are pinched. This is one of the biggest problems one of the biggest viruses that the one who does not do as he could have allowed his heart will become hard. And Allah subhana wa tada mentions in the Quran that an Arab on the cliff of America, Tom banca whoever turns away from my Vicar shall live a miserable life. And Allah subhana wa tada also says the suitors for a new little RC at Punahou music de la world to those whose hearts have become too hard even to remember Allah. Notice Garcia khudobin zakharova are mentioned as opposites. They're mentioned as opposites. And that is because when a person stops doing zikalala

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immediately the disease it's like taking your vitamins taking your your your your things to protect you. When you stop taking the cola, the heart begins to grow heart.

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The second virus that causes this disease of the hardness of the heart is not living according to the laws of Islam. Not living according to the Sharia. And Allah subhana wa Taala also mentioned this and links that directly to having a hard heart. Allah says regarding the past nation, Sabina naka de him mitsouko home because they broke a les covenant what is the lowest covenant upon them the laws, Allah had given them these laws for the Magna Carta him mitaka home Lana home kuruva home casia because they did not fulfill a lost promise by being practicing believers and Muslims that Allah had asked them to do a lot of curse them and made their hearts hard. And therefore, another

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virus that causes the hardness of the heart is to turn away from the commandments of Islam, to abandon the shedding of the harem and the head and to not pray to not fast to not care about where one's money comes from, to not care about the whole system of living one's life, according to the ethical laws of the Sharia. This is another virus that causes the heart to become hard. The third virus that we'll mention today is to make sins habitual in your daily routine. Allah says in the Quran, can Belle araunah Allah obey Him macandrew yuxi bone their hearts become rusted. Look Allah saying the heart becomes rusted. And what is rusty accept something that will solidify your heart

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something that will pollute your heart We don't like rust on anything. That's why we clean everything in our house in our car. We don't want rust, rust petrifies rust solidifies rust makes it useless. So Allah says, Verily, those people are less talking about a group of people who have denied him. They have rust on their hearts. How? Because of what they do. They'll never run out of rubidium. McCann, oh, yuck. seaborne sins have an effect on the heart. And our prophecies that I'm said, when a person commits a sin, I did this as a Muslim. When a person commits a sin, then his heart is implanted with a dark spot. And if he repents, the spot is wiped away. If he doesn't

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repent, the heart becomes more and more and more polluted. Until he said the whole heart is nothing but pollution.

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So a sin and habitually committing sins also leads to the hardening of the heart. The fourth virus that causes this disease, there are many viruses that causes disease. The fourth virus that causes this disease is to follow every single bodily desire, and to not keep one's bodily desires in check. You see, I've said this many times before in the whole purpose. There's always a tension between the rule and the just set. There is a tension between the body and the soul. Each one is competing for your resources. Each one is competing for your time, each one is competing for attention. And in Islam, we live a healthy lifestyle. We give the body what is due and we give the root what is do we

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take care of the body. We feed it

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We close it, we get married, we procreate. We have children, we have fun, a lot of fun, yes. But we also take care of the soul. Now what's gonna happen, if all you do is you stuff yourself with everything, it's gonna be harmful to the body. But it's also going to be harmful to the soul

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to over indulge in bodily appetites, in physical pleasures, in the pleasures of the Shahada of the desire sensual pleasures in eating and drinking, to go excessively. This too is a problem that will cause the heart to become hard. Our one of the scholars of the past Bishop had said, two things make the heart to go hard. Number one, talking too much. Number two, eating too much talking too much vain conversation, nothing to do with Islam, hours and hours are spent wasting time this is gonna cause the heart to go hard. And number two, eating too much overindulgence, even if it might be halon take this as a rule, too much of the helana becomes macro. Too much of the MOBA an excessive

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amount of of what is neutral? If you do it excessively, yes, it is allowed to play. If all you do is play and you don't do anything productive with your life, you're gonna ruin yourself, your business, your family, isn't that correct? Right? So how about with spirituality as well, so too much,

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too much neutral? becomes mcru, maybe even how long? And this is the point here that our [???]ty eye keeps bodily desires in check, eat of the drink of the halaal be pleasurable in the halaal. But there's time for this and time for that as a process of them said, Sally. Sally had one time for this and one time for that. And the final virus that we'll mention is related to this. And that is killing time, letting time go by without even thinking of Allah subhanho wa Taala our Prophet sallallahu Sallam said he doesn't Timothy he Yakumo cathro to die. I warn you against laughing too much, because katha todo heiki to me too lube, laughing too much causes the heart to die. He

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literally called it in that it will. And this goes back to the fourth point as well that the fourth point is overindulging and appetite. The fifth point is wasting too much time the two are linked together, you have to waste time in order to overindulgent appetite, right spending the entire day watching TV doing nothing else. Even if some bits of it might be harder, even if some bits of it might be mobile. If you don't do anything, if you don't do any liquid, if you don't do anything that is productive for your dean or your dunya for your this world or the next, then no doubt, this will lead to a hardness of the heart. So an over excessive indulgence and an over excessive wasting of

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time are also viruses that affect the status of the heart.

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Now, if these are some of the viruses that affect the heart, how about some of the ways we can cure ourselves if we do have this disease, and frankly, all of us, we get this disease once in a while. It's like the common cold that we get it once in a while. All of us even those even those who are praying five times a day and practicing Islam, once in a while, their hearts go hard. And even the routine of Salah becomes a habit. Even the routine of Salah becomes ritual monotonous, that as they pray, they're thinking of their daily routine. They're thinking of tomorrow's work. Yes, they're praying Alhamdulillah but their hearts have grown hard, because the prayer has lost. Its leather,

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its pleasure. And so all of us we are sometimes affected. Some of us are constantly affected by the hardness of the heart. So if we have this disease, how do we cure the disease of the hardness of the heart? What is the antidote that we can take to cure this disease and again, much can be said, but time is of the essence here. The first of the antidotes of the cure. Well, of course without without goes without saying these five points I mentioned, to avoid them is one antidote, obviously, right to avoid them as one antidote that's avoid the viruses. You don't want to common cause don't shake hands with people who are sneezing and they have their viruses on their hands, right? You protect

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yourself from the viruses. So those five points that I mentioned, to protect yourself from them. This is one of the antidotes but above and beyond this, there are also specific things that we'll mention. Point number one, of course number one was not doing thicker. So number one has to be doing thicker I have to emphasize here that thicker and the heart are linked together. That Vicar and the heart are linked together. And Allah subhana wa tada tells us in the Quran, that Allah, Allah He talks about in Nakuru, that variable through Vicar of Allah, do the hearts find tranquility, a man came to enhance anniversary that famous scholar of the past and he said, Oh, it has an adversity. I

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have a hard heart. What can I do? I find myself having a hard heart. What can I

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Do as an imbecile immediately responded that I command you to increase your Vicar of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Number one, increase your Vicar of Allah. When you're driving when you're going to work in between meetings when you have just a free moment, immediately just say Subhana Allah, De La La ilaha illAllah Allahu Akbar, happy to routine throughout the day, whenever a free moment comes. And we have free moments throughout the day, increase your thicket of Allah, because the one who remembers Allah throughout the day, it's not possible that his heart his heart, it's not possible. So increase your dhikr of Allah number to increase your extra good deeds Jonah Warfield.

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Allah says in the process that Allah says, My servant continues to draw closer to me through the font until he starts doing that often. And when he does, then a raffle he will continue to draw closer to me until I become the eyes that he sees with and the hands that he feels with and the feet that he walks with that wherever he remembers me, I remember him. This is the height of ersan the height of Epson and how do we do it? My servant continues to draw closer to me through noir Phil through extra good deeds. So don't just concentrate on the bare minimum for lacava know, spend some time to look at extra before and after Muslim to look after further to look at before we all know

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the routine and not just the Salawat every charity every few days, open up your wallet see something too good to give to donate, Salah sadaqa fasting or on all of these extra waffle are a part of softening the heart. A third way to soften the heart is to be around righteous people. And in the gatherings of righteous people. Birds of a feather flock together. If you're around people who are drinking and doing how long, eventually you will fall into drinking and doing how long the list is that you're in a haram environment. Surely these people are not going to draw you closer to Allah. And therefore if you're around people who are righteous who are pious, who are remembering Allah

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subhana wa Tada, then this will make the heart soft. And there is no doubt brothers and sisters and I say this very bluntly. In America, we need our battery to be recharged through the messages. Listen to me carefully. Your msgid is your battery that charges your man in this land that we live in everything around us is a temptation. Everything around us causes our heart to neglect Allah subhana wa Taala if your heart is not attached to the masjid, if you are not coming to the masjid on a regular basis, and I don't just mean on Fridays, one time a week no no battery can only be charged once a week. The human battery especially try your best to have your attachment to the masjid to the

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halaqaat in the masjid to the gurus in the masjid to the people in the masjid to the physical structure of the masjid going to the masjid all of this should be a highlight of your week. Why? Because this is what makes the heart soft. Being connected to fellow Muslims. We need to immerse ourselves in this environment of religiosity. This is one of the ways that we soften our heart of the ways that we soften our hearts is the Quran

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reciting the Quran, our Lord specifically mentions the Quran as being one of those things that soften the hearts. Allahu

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Chiquita Mata Shabbir Masaya taco

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from me de naku boom. Allah has revealed the best of all books are lysing apcera hediki tab, the best recitation. And a VA says this is a book that those who recite it when they recite it, their hair stands on end out of fear. And then their hearts soften. So they have fear and hope together. They love a lot and they're scared of a lunch together. When they read the Koran. They are terrified and they're also loving. They are fearful of Allah's anger, and they're hopeful in his mercy, and their hearts become soft, tenino kaboom that their their hearts have become soft at the remembrance of a lion at the Koran, and therefore brothers and sisters reciting the Quran on a regular basis.

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And I have said this before, and I will say it again, every one of us should have a daily routine with the Quran. Even if it's only five minutes, there's got to be just like we cannot go to work without breakfast, just like we cannot function. If we're thirsty and haven't drunk for six, seven hours. We need food and drink our souls need more than food and drink they need the Quran.

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And so every one of us should have some routine with the orange even if it's just five minutes a day. This will be helpful to softening the heart of the mattress that soften the heart is drama to Allah subhanho wa Taala to ask Allah

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For a soft heart to ask Allah for a firm heart that that is on the vicar of Allah and the worship of Allah, our Prophet system would regularly make dua to Allah yamaoka libelle Kuru Kuru Bana Allah Dini, Allah Tata, all all you who keeps on changing hearts because the hearts keep on changing. Our mind goes up and down, our hearts keep on changing, Oh Allah, you're the one who's in one hand. He said that in the

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middle man, that the hearts are between the fingers of Allah that they keep on turning around. So we ask Allah, the one who's who is the one who is basically in charge of everything we ask Allah, Allah make our hearts soft for your remembrance, make them firm in your worship.

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Allah Tada. So we make dua to Allah subhana wa tada also Allah mentions in the Quran

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is the opposite of having a hard heart. Allah says it clearly in the Quran.

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When I

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was a fellowship, American Ramadan when our Allah is referencing a certain group that a punishment came to them with our punishment came, why didn't they make Dora but instead, their hearts became hard. The opposite of doula was the hardening of the heart. Right? Why didn't they make drop, they're supposed to make drop, you're facing a crisis turn to Allah, that's what it was a virgin wants from you. But instead of your hearts become hard, this is the opposite of making drop. And two more points will mention the second to last point to make the hard soft, a very important point, a very easy point, a very practical point.

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Physically, physically, mixing with the poor, with the disadvantaged, monitoring what's happening in the world of crises of the oma, this will make one's heart soft. Once a man came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he complained your rasulillah I complained to you, I have a hard heart. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, If you wish to soften your heart, if you wish to soften, soften your heart, listen to what he said. Then go give food to a poor person, and wipe the head of an orphan child physically go to these places. If you wish to have a soft heart, go give food to a poor person, go find a poor family and give food to that family. See how that family

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is living. See the deprivation there in then see if you can have a hard heart, go find an orphan, not just online, which is good if you can do it online and send some money. But even better than this, there's the human touch. There's the human element in these days and stuff for a while. Even South Africa has lost the human element. We just go online find a software company just say here's $50 from my credit card. That's it. I don't touch no messiness. No, this is not the point. Yes, it's good if you give online, but it's even better. You physically find a family, you physically go and you hand deliver it. Why? Because what you will see you cannot have a hard heart after that. A good

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friend of mine, he went on a a an Islamic Relief, fundraising for one of the countries in Africa that is poverty stricken. It's the second highest mortality retreat of infants, one of those countries that as we know that they don't have inoculation, they don't have vaccination. They don't have clean drinking water. He went for a week, as a part of, you know, just making videos to be sent around the world and fundraising, he tells me that after he came back, he said, Well, I these words, they ring in my ear. for four months, he said, I could not eat a full plate of food. for four months, he said I could not finish my plate of food, that images would come back to haunt me of what

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he had seen. And this is just a one week trip, that he had never seen children dying from hunger. He had never seen people who don't have clean water. So growing there has changed his entire perspective was I could not finish a meal.

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Can you imagine what did our processing them say you have a hard art. Go find an orphan. Go find a poor family and help them out. This will make your heart soft. This is what our religion tells us to do is to physically go and help those people in order that we benefit them and we benefit ourselves. And the final point that will mentioned in terms of how to soften our hearts. The final point, the profitsystem told us to do musically had that increased thinking about the destroyer of all pleasures, and that is death. One of the ways we make our hearts soft, we always remember our own mortality. We always remember we're here for a short period of time. Where are those who have gone

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before us? I have given a hook but about death. Everybody knows they're going to die. Nobody thinks of death for himself. Every day people die every day family friends today morning I just found out one of the leaders of one of the people who have so much influence sister Miriam jameela historia is one of the most exotic stories she converted back in the early 60s. She was a jeweler

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Girl in Brooklyn and she converted to Islam and she went to Pakistan. She just passed away yesterday. I just found this out today, and people keep on every one of us we know relatives and families, they keep on dying left and right. Everybody knows Death is inevitable. Nobody ever thinks one day I will die as well. And that's why our Prophet says that himself increased thinking about the destroyer of all pleasures, and that is death. This is one of the ways as well that we can soften our hearts, brothers and sisters in Islam, that famous student of the Sahaba Malik had been dinar. He said, The worst punishment that Allah azzawajal can give to somebody is to make his heart

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hard. This is the worst punishment that somebody can be given. And the loss of Hannah with the other says in the Quran, consider that Hadith verse 16. Allah says in the Quran, um, yeah, and he did Latina and Daksha boo boom de la he

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hasn't the time come and um, yeah, and he hasn't the time come, and Amelia

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and Tasha oolitic de la, that our hearts tremble and become humble at the vicar of Allah. Hasn't the time come for how long will you delay?

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Medina amanu even Massoud said, This verse came down for years after we had embraced Islam for years after we had embraced Islam. This verse came down and after it came down, we began to look at each other. Yes, what has happened to us in these four years? How could we have changed from where we were to where we are now? This is the first half of speaking. Can you imagine if the Sahaba had been amongst us need a Latina and tuckshop una De La Hoya man as a matter that Allah is saying the heart should become soft and they should not be like those who are given the book before us and time became long for them for cassettes boo boo home so their hearts became hard work a theorem in home

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faster on most of them are ungrateful and rebellious and sinners. Allah is challenging us. Allah is telling us Allah is pleading with us in the Koran that it's time to make our hearts soft brothers and sisters in Islam, reflect over this reflect over this disease, reflect over its symptoms reflect over its viruses and most importantly, reflect over the methods of its cure. barakallahu li walakum wa Khurana all the wonderful anyway, yeah, it was it

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was tough with a lot of the muddy welcome what is a Muslim who didn't manifest Alfredo in the hula foodora

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a Muslim's as you know, it is not my habit to generally make announcements during the sermon. However, sometimes when something becomes of a communal nature, when the community should be aware of it, then it becomes imperative that these announcements should be made even in the hotel. And there are two issues that I feel very strongly about that we should be aware of, and help out in for the sake of our community. The first of these is that today after the horrible one of our brother, and we'll talk to you about a group that I think every one of us should be aware of and support. And this is a group called an amine. And this group is meant to help our convert brothers who have

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converted to Islam, and unfortunately, do not find the support they need. Brothers and sisters, I have been told by people that I trust and know very well that this community of Memphis has seen dozens, maybe even more than 100 people who have converted to Islam, and then eventually left it because they didn't find the loving community because they didn't find the resources because they did not find the infrastructure. When a person converts, he cuts off from his family, his own parents boycott him, he has lost his social structure. If he does not find an equivalent, if the Muslim community does not embrace Him, what do you think is gonna happen? The Prophet says that I'm

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said shavon attacks the lone wolf, and he is further away from two wolves from two sheep sorry, shaytaan xx, the lone sheep and he's further away from two sheeps. So a COVID. When he converts, he's an innocent sheep. He needs to be embraced by the community. And we all have brothers and sisters. And I say this as a son of an immigrant, we immigrant Muslims, those who have come from other lands, we have fallen short of our duties towards those who have been born and raised for generations on this slide. I was also born here. So in one sense, I'm also indigenous, but I'm the children of immigrants. There are those communities that have been here for centuries, and they have

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converted and mass in the 60s and 70s. They converted literally in the millions, where are many of them now? Where are their children now? And when we came here, in the 60s and 70s, we built our own massage, we separated ourselves from them, and no doubt in hindsight is 2020. You can always look back that was an error. Nonetheless, now that you recognize that let us try to make sure that

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This division, this device no longer exists, these are Muslim brethren. And there are brothers who are active in helping those who convert to Islam, let us try to help them out as well, whether it is through whatever means, of course, financial is the most important. But even in terms of infrastructure in terms of having a physical location in terms of time, in terms of anything, these are people, especially in this city of Memphis brothers and sisters, there have been hundreds of converts hundreds of converts, this is something that is an obligation that all of us and I feel very strongly about that we need to be aware of these groups and help them out, at least with our

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drawers. And then with more than this as well. And the second I think communal announcement, it is very important that you are all aware that a very sensitive election is taking place. And I have said this before, and I will say it again, that brothers and sisters, it is high time that we stopped being isolationist, that we realized that the means to get to our goal of religious freedom in this land is the means that every other group engaged in and that is to be a part of the process. That is to be a part of this environment of this society. There are bigots that are racist, there are islamophobes out there, if you're going to be coward, if you're going to be silent, if I'm going

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to be silent, then those racists are going to get away with it. And then handed it out. There are again groups of people who are enthused about these projects. Next week, they're having a meeting here on Sunday, the details are outside the show, Leo can find them I encourage all of you to attend to find out what you can do to be a part of the process. So that insha Allah who tada we don't allow those voices of hate of insanity to win over again, brothers and sisters, this is our community in our land now, nobody else is going to come and save us. We're expected to do this ourselves. And then Allah will give us the help that we want. So I encourage all of you to think carefully about

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the next few days about what you're going to be doing in these upcoming elections, especially at the local level. Perhaps in this state, your local vote is more important than the national not I'm saying don't do that I'm saying perhaps it is more important to think about state politics and who's and who your representative is, and find out who is more sympathetic to our causes. This is the American way every group does it. We shouldn't be embarrassed or ashamed about this. These are our officials, we're electing them to represent us, our tax dollars are going to them. This is our tax dollars. And our religion tells us that we try to choose the lesser of the two evils or the better

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of the two candidates, the popular religion, you're not gonna find an angel running for office, you're not gonna find somebody who's 100% perfect, but our religion tells us choose the one who is better. And our Prophet says I'm Sierra, and in my senior class, I demonstrate over and over again, that the process of them sometimes had to difficult choices, not to perfect choices, and he made the choice that was better for him, given the circumstances. This is our situation now. So I hope that in this upcoming election and also in the event, which is an awareness and a fundraiser and the project help they want to help as well next Sunday, inshallah tada as well. This is a community

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event that I hope that inshallah we can all participate in. And again, I remind all of you that brothers and sisters Subhanallah we can't pass the buck anymore. I mean, if anybody still believes that something miraculous is going to happen after all these 10 years situation has gotten worse. We can't just wait for somebody else. This is my job and your job. I will be speaking there is a state senator coming. There's a sister who's in charge of this organization is a political activist and lawyer She is coming as well. We need to help out as much as we can. So I hope that inshallah these two organizations in particular and of course there are other organizations as well but for the

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