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The Bacteria of Sin

October 4, 2011 2 comments

Listen Here: “The Bacteria of Sin” by Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar

There are two types of impurities: Najaasa Haqiqi which is the physical impurity (like playing football in the rain) and Najaasa Huqmi which is the invisible impurity that exists in the soul.

If you compare water and milk, you’ll see that water can be left out for days and nothing happens to it but if milk is left out even for a few hours it can go bad. Water has no bacteria versus milk that has bacteria that can multiply and take over. This is the same with our hearts, Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ gave us our pure hearts and all we have to do is keep it. Minor sins just wash away with “Astaghfirullah” but consistent small sins begin to grow, they’re like injected bacteria, and soon just like you cannot call bad milk, milk anymore, similarly you cannot call the heart, heart, anymore.

Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ gave 12-13 years for us to learn how to be human without incurring any sin. He is ever merciful and simply forgives our sins by our asking. He gave us our pure hearts and told us how to take care of it and protect it, through the shariah and sunnah. But we consistently neglect our hearts, and they start going bad from the inside and don’t realize it because we can’t physically see it (Just like how an apple goes bad, from the inside).

We have to constantly seek Allah’s forgiveness. Sending the salawat on the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم also adds a layer of protection from sin. Anyone who makes a firm intention to turn towards Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎, then all the doors will be open to him and Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ will protect him from falling into sin. Subhan’Allah!

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Enemies of the Heart

October 3, 2011 4 comments

First of all, I’m sorry for the complete abandonment of my blog, especially to the 2-3 people who read it. Never again. I’ll try not to do it again.

On to the next lecture…

Listen Here: “Enemies of the Heart” by Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar

In this lecture Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar details the two enemies of the heart: the inner enemy (the nafs) and the outer enemy (the shaytaan). When a person commits a sin, a black dot appears on his heart and this darkness keeps growing as the person keeps sinning. However if he repents, it is cleared like it never existed.

  • The Shaytaan (devil): A tricky manipulator who makes the sins we commit lesser and lesser in our eyes. He makes us lose our understanding of the gravity of the sin. He makes us think our sins are “not that bad,” and even makes us blame others for our actions (My parents keep annoying me, I had to speak disrespectfully to them). He also puts doubt in our minds (Did I do wudhoo?) When he whispers the idea of a sin and the person does not do it, the shaytaan will keep coming at the person with different variations and temptations.
  • The Nafs: The nafs is the seat of our inner desires. It is not an inherently evil thing, it’s simply our most human desires. The nafs needs to be controlled and our desires need to be fulfilled in halal ways. When the nafs desires a sin, it will hold on to it firmly and no distraction will calm it.

Purity of heart will be the only thing that combats these enemies:

  • Our silence should be for Allah, our speaking should be for Allah. We usually don’t know much about anything but we will be the first to speak about it. The constant use of “I think this…”
  • “Speaking much without the mention of Allah is a sign of a hard heart and the one furthest from Allah is the one with the hard heart” – Ibn Umar
  • Umar al Khattab (ra) said ” The one who speaks the most will have the most sins.
  • The  Prophetصلی اللہ علیہ وسلم said “The one who guarantees me [the purity] of his mouth and private parts, I guarantee him paradise”
  • There is great power in words, our outer and inner language should revolve around the remembrance of Allah Most High.

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Protecting the Gaze (Part 3 of Retreat Lectures)

June 3, 2011 Leave a comment

“Protecting the Gaze” By Shaykh Mohammed Hafiz Abdullah

In today’s society, hayaa (modesty) is discredited instead of being praised, it is even looked upon as a negative trait. Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ says in the Quran, “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and protect their private parts, that is purer for them. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and protect their private parts.” This quote means to restrain our eyes from the unlawful things, and from looking at the opposite gender. It also means to restrain our eyes from other people’s properties (like looking at people’s houses and wealth with admiring eyes). It is zina (unlawful intercourse) of the eyes to look at the opposite gender with lust. The Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم even cursed those who go out in public dressed in a manner to attract the opposite gender.

The Shaykh also talked about how much sweeter your ibadat (prayer) will become if you could restrain your eyes from the unlawful. Whenever someone restrains the eyes from the unlawful out of fear of Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎, Allah changes that effort into Imaan (true belief). It is no wonder that today it is so hard for us to obey and act upon the rulings of the deen. Our hearts have not tasted that sweetness. When a person truly starts to taste the sweetness of Imaan, it’ll never leave his heart.

Our hearts are connected to our eyes, when we look at something, we start to admire it and think more and more about it. If that thing is good then alhamdulilah, but if that thing is bad then it could have catastrophic effects on the heart. If we protect our gaze then our hearts become stable, it’ll be easier for us to follow Allah’s commandments. And the more we let our eyes wonder, the darker our hearts will be.

Next time you consider letting your eyes wonder, think about how Allah is watching me, how disliked this thing is by the Prophet of Allah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. Consider the effect it will have on your heart.

My Thoughts: This is truly an important topic especially in our time, where modesty is practically unheard of. I heard in another lecture by Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar I think, that we should definitely avail of these 24/7 stores, and go grocery shopping after Fajr when there are fewer people (that might be tough but I try not to go mall-type shopping at nights/weekends/holidays etc). This is the importance of our environment. Even if you regularly protect your gaze, just consider the television, when else do you blankly stare at people of the opposite gender for one hour straight? Especially people who are made to look attractive. Just the TV in itself is killing our hearts. May Allah سبحانه و تعالى‎ purify our darkened hearts.

P.S. Protecting the gaze is proactive endeavor, we have to walk in a way that we’re not looking around everywhere (not stop ourselves after we’ve already looked).