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Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Fifteen

Foodie Lesson 15 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Today’s lesson is an extract from Sheikh Ibn Taymiyyah’s book ‘Diseases of the Heart and their Cures’:

“The  hearts  are  three  types:

(i) The correct heart that is secure from all desires that oppose the command of Allah and His prohibitions, and it is secure from all doubts that contradict what He informs. Just as it is secure from worshipping anything else besides Allah and from seeking judgement from any person other than His Messenger.

(ii) The dead heart, this being the opposite of the correct heart containing no life, neither knowing its Lord nor worshipping  Him.

(iii) The heart that has some life but also has a defect. So it contains love of Allah, faith in Him, sincerity and trust towards Him from those things that are essential to it remaining alive.  It also contains the love of vain desires and preference for them, despicable morals and manners from those things that cause it to die, and it is continously wavering between these two conditions.

So the first type of heart is the living, humble, soft and gentle heart. The second is the dry, harsh and dead heart. The third is the heart which is diseased, it can either be made secure or have its destruction sealed.

All of the diseases of the heart are founded upon desires and doubts. The life of the heart and its illumination is the cause of all good to be found in it and its death and darkness is the cause of all evil to be  found in it. The  heart can never be alive and correct except  through cognisance of the truth, loving it and preferring it to everything else. There can never be any happiness, joy or correction for it, unless it makes its  sole object  of worship and desire Allah alone. This can never be perfected except through  purification of heart,  repentance, and its relinquishing itself from all types of false love and despicable manners. This can never be  attained except through striving hard against one’s soul that incites towards  evil, and bringing it to account and combating the satans from among  the  jinn by holding fast to Allah; knowing their plots and objectives, and safeguarding oneself from them through remembrance of Allah, the Exalted, and  seeking refuge with Him from them.”

Allah cure our hearts and the spiritual  diseases we may have within them. Allah bring us closer to Him and make our hearts full of happiness as a result. Ameen

🌼 Happy 27 Ramadhan 🌼

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Fast With Your Heart – Lesson Five

Foodie Lesson 5 –  Special Ramadhan Series –  ‘Fast with your heart’

In the name of Allah the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Good Morning Foodies

Can’t believe 20% of Ramdhan is passing us by with the end of today… The month is just flying by!!

We will start today’s lesson with a hadith. The Prophet SAW said: “When the son of Adam wakes up in the morning, all of his body parts humble themselves in front of the tongue and say, ‘Fear Allah with regards to our rights! Our well-being depends on you. If you remain upright, so shall we. If you become crooked, so shall we.” (Tirmidhi)

This is the status of our tongues. It is the one organ that can make or break us. And as a result will leave our hearts metaphorically upright or crooked. We all know the common nasty sins we can do with our tongue; lying, backbiting, swearing etc. But controlling the tongue is even more delicate than this. We can often hurt people without it being as obvious to us; simply by not putting ourselves in the shoes of the person opposite, the one dealing with the products of our tongue.

I don’t want to be listing all the bad stuff I do with my tongue such as being rude or correcting people in front of others… The list will go on and on and nothing will be learnt or rectified from it.

Today I wish to share three advices I try to follow so to help us all achieve tongues of greatness.

#1 Think before you speak. Yeah, we’ve all heard that before but how many of us actually tried it? Take a moment before you speak and think about the consequences of your speech. My mum always says ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.’;
The biggest platforms for ‘tongue whiplash’ are social media so it’s so important for us to think before we tap tap tap!

#2 Keep good company. You may have a friend or family member who can’t stop the backbiting. Stay away! And you might have a few friends who always encourage you to do good. Stick with them! This works for social media too especially WhatsApp! What we say on WhatsApp might be projected with our fingers but it reaches the tongue first. Groups made to talk about others, the best is to leave them. We’re here to please Allah, nobody else.

#3 This takes me to the final advice. We’re human and we make mistakes. Intend and try your hardest to always speak only what makes Allah happy. Yes, we do have our lapses. Apologise to the person whether we are right or wrong and move on. And just like we know we can’t alway control our tongue like we should, forgive others who may have harmed you with their tongue. Don’t bring it up again. Rise above it all and live to be better.

Allah says in Surah Baqarah “and speak nicely to people.”  and in Surah I’raf “show forgiveness.”

Oh Allah, forgive any wrecklessness of our tongue in the past. Make us of those who speak nicely and forgive others to make you happy. Ameen

🌼 Happy 5th Ramadhan 🌼