8 main signs of a weak/hard heart by Br. Saad Tasleem
1.You become lazy in your ibada, lazy in your worship (ex: delaying your prayer, skipping a sunnah).
2. Being lazy in goodness…in doing good deeds, and belittling your bad deeds.
3. Recitation of Qur’an doesn’t affect you, doesn’t make your heart tremble with the remembrance of Allah.
4. Things happening around you and the world don’t bother you (earthquakes, war, death), and you don’t notice the blessings Allah swt has given you (your sight, your health).
5. Pleasures of this life become your priority and you become consumed by the duniya.
6. You become not bothered by sinning taking place around you (ex: your in a gathering where gossiping is taking place and you don’t mind it).
7. Your own sins turn into habits.
8. You’ve lost purpose in life. You live your life in a routine of going to school/work, coming home, eating dinner, going to sleep, and doing it all over again the next day, living aimlessly and uneasily.
What is Haram?
Haram is an Arabic term meaning “forbidden”. Haram is anything that is prohibited by the faith. Its antonym is halal.
The religious term haram can be applied to:
Certain foodstuffs or food ingredients, such as alcohol or pork
and also to foods, objects and people that would normally be halaal but which were tarnished in some or other way, for example meat slaughtered in a non-permitted way
Certain behaviours, such as adultery or abuse, abstention in the general elections
Haram also applies to ill-gotten wealth obtained through sin. Examples include money earned through cheating, stealing, corruption, murder or any means that involves harm to another human being.
It is prohibited in Islam for a true Muslim to profit from such Haram actions.
One of the beautiful aspects of our religion is the daily reminder to prayer that we hear in the form of the athan.
This beautiful call to prayer is a reminder of our daily appointment with Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala). It also embeds a key understanding of productivity that I want to share with you:
Each day, we hear the mu’athin (Caller to Prayer) say “Come to prayer, Come to success”. He is reminding us that true success is from Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) and that we should seek it only from Him. Yet we think that true success comes from those extra few minutes we’ll continue working whilst we ignore the mu’athin.
Imam Hasan Al-Basri has a beautiful quotation on this point. He says:
"If your prayers don’t mean much to you, then what’s more important in your life? As much as you take care of your prayers, your life will be taken care of. Didn’t you know that prayer was coupled with success? "Come to prayer, come to success". So how do you ask God for success when you are not responding to His right upon you?"
I hope that next time you hear the athan, you’ll drop everything and go seek success!
(aka Abu Productive)
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