The Art of Listening

854826_regard.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Alhumdulillah (all Praise belongs to Allah), there are many Muslims these days who seem to be alive to the realisation that through Islam, Allah has blessed us with the gift of all gifts, and due to that, there are many of us who take part in Islamic conferences, seminars, talks, Bayaans, etc.

So why is there no change in our lives?

Why do we sit there, nod profusely for 30-40 minutes at the guy talking and then promptly forget about everything we heard as soon as we leave the hall?

Or even worse still, we sit and listen, and instead of thinking, “Is this in my life?” or “Am I guilty of doing this?”, we think of others. We say to ourselves, “Ah yes, so and so should listen to this,” or “I wish so and so was here, ‘cos he needs this” (!)

Like my mother always says to me, if you point one finger at others, then three will always point back at you. And as the famous saying goes, if you see a fault in someone else, then that fault is within you as well.

So what’s the solution?

Well (and this is not a hard and fast rule, it’s something I’ve learnt which has always benefited me), whenever we sit to listen to religious discourses, we should try to have:

  • The Niyyah (intention) of Learning,
  • The Niyyah of Amal (practising), and
  • The Niyyah of Propagating to others.

Insha-Allah (with the Will of Allah) if we do so, then we will be able to benefit more from the religious gatherings which we frequent and practise upon Islam fully.

May Allah give us all the ability of Amal. Ameen.

And Allah knows best.


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