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PostSubject: WINNING HEARTS   Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:54 am


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Here are 11 pieces of advice to help you in winning others hearts. My
pieces of advice are like arrows that aim at shooting hearts as its only
target. I mean here, to be the virtuous merits, that captivate others
hearts and help in overcoming imperfections. Actually, such merits have
their own effective power in charming hearts.



O you who is in love with Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and your brothers
in Islam, here are the arrows; be careful with them, try hard to be a
clever shooter…



And pray to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) to help you.



Smile :




It is the first arrow and the fastest of them all. It is like the salt
for food. It is also regarded as a kind of worship and alms-giving as is
mentioned in a hadith “Smiling at your brother’s face is as charity
(Sadaqa)”. Abdullah ibn al Harith tells us about the Prophet (peace be
upon him) saying that he had never seen someone smile at the other’s
face as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to do.



Be always the one who initiates greetings:



This arrow is the one that lets you to be in the innermost depths of the
others hearts. This arrow needs a skillful shooter. The needed skills
are the hearty smile, the warm shaking of hands and the friendly
welcoming to the other. Being successfully achieved, such kinds of
skills are going to be rewarded, referring to the hadith: “In greetings,
the better is he who initiates greeting the other”.


Umar al Nadi tells us that he went out once with Umar ibn al Khattab’s
son. While walking, he found him saluting all whom he met, whether being
old or young. Al Hasan al-Basri also said “Shaking hands strengthens
brotherhood feelings”. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Do
not ever waste your good deeds, even by meeting your brother with a
frowning face.” He said also “Shaking hands removes hatred and
exchanging presents enhances love and ends enmity”.



The Presents:



It has a strange charming affection that captivates all senses. Hence,
exchanging presents and gifts in different occasions is a pleasant habit
however gifts should be within one’s tolerable expenses. Ibrahim al
Zahri tells us about his father saying “ My father got a sum of money as
a reward , in due , he asked me to send donations to his family members
and friends . As we were about to finish , he asked me “ Have we missed
any one?” I answered “No!” He said “I think that we did.” He continued
”We have missed someone whose welcome to me was really warm. Would you
please send him this sum of money?”



Look how he loved the man and wished to reward him for his warm welcome.



Be silent….speak in what benefits.



Loud voice and chattering are bad merits. You have to be sweet-worded,
tender in expressing yourself. Concerning this merit, The Prophet (peace
be upon him) said “The good word is a charity (is a sadaqa).” If the
good word has its own magic in winning the hearts of your enemies how
powerfully it would work then with your brothers’ hearts!!



Here the Prophet’s wife addresses the enemies saying “Damn you” and the
Prophet (peace be upon him) prevents her saying “Calm down. Allah likes
for the matters to be dealt with gently”. He also said: “Nobility of
manners and taciturnity are the best of manners that people are ever
characterized by”.


The poet says also:

The pious Allah-fearing may keep silent, in spite of being eloquent.



Be a good listener:



It is to listen patiently and never interrupt the speaker, as the
Prophet (peace be upon him) never interrupted a speaker till he ended
his speech. And he who fights for this merit gains others love and
admiration, whilst on the contrary is the one who chatters and
interrupts the other. Atta` tells us about how he behaves concerning
this merit and says “When someone speaks to me , I listen to him as if
it is the first time I have heard this subject, though I have heard it
thousands of times before.



Appearance and dressing well:



You have to be careful with your appearance so as to be neat, well
–dressed and sweet smelling as well. The Prophet (peace be upon him)
says that Allah loves beauty to be in every thing. Umar Ibn Al Khattab
said also “I like the young man who is sweetly perfumed and cleanly
dressed.” Abdullah Ibn Ahmad Ibn Hanbal tells us about his father saying
“ I’ve never seen some one who is as caring to the cleanliness of his
dress , his hair , his moustache and other undesirable body hair as
Ahmad Ibn Hanbal used to do”



Being in others favor and helping them:



Concerning this, the poet says:



Good treatment of the other is the only way of captivating his heart.



Good treatment you classifies you as an obedient, beloved slave of
Allah as the Prophet (peace be upon him) Muhammad says “The more you are
in favor of others, the more you are beloved by Allah” as Allah says in
the Quran “And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make
not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for
Allah loveth those who do good” (Al-Baqarah:195)



The poet says also:


Be a dear friend to all, whom you know,
For all, you should be as freshening as iced pure water



I really wonder for that man who pays money to buy slaves, while he can
buy those who are free by being good to them, for those (who treat other
well) find many to be in their help.




Being Generous :



Offering money is the key for most of the closed doors that hinder you from reaching others hearts, especially in these days.



Now I will tell you a story about the magic of the merit of generosity.



In the conquest of Makkah, there was a man called “Safwan Ibn Umia”.
That man ran away after making all possible means in keeping the people
of Islam and after making conspiracies to kill the Prophet (peace be
upon him). Later on, the Prophet (peace be upon him) forgave him and he
came back asking the Prophet (peace be upon him) to give him the time of
two months to think about Islam and the Prophet (peace be upon him)
said “You can take four months, not just two”. In spite of being an
atheist, he accompanied the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the Hunain
and Al Ta’if conquests. In Al Ta`if, while the Prophet (peace be upon
him) was dividing the booties of the war, he noticed that man looking
longingly to a vast land in which a large number of cattle were
flocking. The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked him “Do you like it?”
The man eagerly answered “Yes.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said “It
is for you then.” Safwan said “Only a prophet could behave as
generously as you have to me. I believe that there is no God but Allah
and that Muhammad is His prophet.”



Notice how the Prophet (peace be upon him) found the missing key and
succeeded in moving his heart.
Some people behave stingily as if they see the ghost of poverty waiting
to attack them once they think about being generous in offering money.




To have a good opinion of others and to give them an excuse :




Keeping an eye on others behavior is a bad merit that blocks your way to
their hearts. On the contrary is to have a good opinion of them. So,
try hard to give your brothers the excuse as much as you can. Concerning
this merit, Ibn Al Mubarak says also “The believer is he who gives his
brothers the excuse , and the hypocrite is he who seeks their slips.”



Express your feelings… instantly:



If you loved someone, or felt good feelings about him, don’t wait, just
tell him at once. Regarding this, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said “
If you felt the brotherly love of Islam towards any ,you should
immediately go and tell him about your feelings.” He added “It is the
way relations are to be strongly indicated”. Such love is to be blessed
by Allah if it is for Allah’s sake, not for any other personal affairs
such as seeking high position, money, fame etc…. Unless this love is for
Allah’s sake, it is a fruitless kind of brotherhood then. When they
meet each other on the Day of Judgement, they are not brothers any more
but enemies, as Allah says in the Quran “ Friends on that Day will be
foes, one to another; except the Righteous.” (Az-Zukhruf: 67)



The Prophet (peace be upon him) says “A man is in the company of whom he
loved.” By this he means that on the Day of Judgment, a person will be
with whom he loved. So, we have to choose then between two kinds of
societies, one is in enmity and the other is a kind brotherly one.
Hence, we find that the Prophet (peace be upon him) associated the
Makkan immigrants and the Medinan followers as brothers. It was a rare
kind of brotherhood that even two brothers were to be buried together in
one grave after being martyred in the conquests. Means of brotherhood
was always being indicated by the Prophet (peace be upon him) as he says
“You are not allowed to enter heaven till you believe in Allah and you
will not be true believers unless you love each other. Shall I tell you
something to do that indicates love between you? It is to spread
salutation of Peace among you.”



The pity is that people are always either cruelly and harshly treating
each other or extremely tender that they adore each other. Actually, it
is a matter of striking a balance between heart and mind, something that
differs according to the difference of characters and circumstances. It
is absolutely a blessing given by Allah.



Sociability :



It is the art of being social. Here, a kind of misconception could exist
between sociability and hypocrisy. Could you differentiate between the
two meanings?



The Prophet (peace be upon him)’s wife, Aisha said “A man came to visit
us, but to my surprise, once the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw him, he
said “O…that ill- mannered man”, but the Prophet (peace be upon him)
changed completely once he sat with him. He welcomed the man warmly,
smiling in his face. When the man left, I asked the Prophet (peace be
upon him) about what had surprised me; how he considered this man as
being bad, and how he talked to him in such warmth?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) answered “Have you ever seen me behaving
as a hypocrite?” He added “In the Day of Judgement, the worst degrees
are for those whom people deserted for being mistreated by them.”


Al Qurtubi differentiates between hypocrisy and sociability, regarding
sociability as a desirable legal behavior, saying that sociability means
sacrificing the worldly affairs for the sake of improving either life
on earth or religion, or so as to improve both, while hypocrisy aims at
sacrificing religion for the sake of the worldly affairs.



Hence, being sociable for ill-mannered people is aiming to achieve two
purposes:



Firstly, to avoid being mistreated by them.



Secondly, being good to them could be guidance for them to step the
right way. Compliments should be within worldly affairs only, never in
religious affairs, otherwise, it will be a matter of hypocrisy.



To be sociable, means to be tender, smiling, praising to the other,
intending in the meantime a legal benefit. The Prophet (peace be upon
him) says “Being sociable, is as alms-giving.” Ibn Battal says also
“Sociability is an ethic of the believers; it is to show open-mindedness
in treating others and to delicately speak to them. Both are important
elements in seeking reasons for intimacy”


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