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Affairs of the Heart – Siraj Wahhaj

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1) The Competitive Nature Within Us
2) A Spiritual Foundation
3) Protecting the Heart
4) What is the Heart?
5) Consulting the Heart
6) Beware of Complacency
7) Listening to Music
8) Hellfire is Always a Possibility
9) Guarding Your Eyes and Ears
10) What is the Cure?
11) How to Approach a Friend Who is Straying From Islam
12) What About ‘Islamic’ Music?
13) Masjid at-Taqwa

At a Texas youth retreat with the theme of striving for excellence, Siraj Wahhaj instructs high school and college students about the most important aspect of their being, the heart. He encourages the young Muslim audience to strive for success by being well-rounded individuals with a foundation firmly rooted in the spiritual aspect of themselves. What exactly is the heart? What is the nature of the heart? And how does one protect the heart? In discussing the significant role the heart plays in the life of the believer, the imam also explores the related issues of listening to music, lowering the gaze, and the sin of fornication. A great talk for any Muslim, especially teenagers, seeking to increase their faith, spirituality and respect for Allah. Other topics discussed: the dangers of complacency, guarding the eyes and ears, helping those who are straying, “Islamic” music, Muslims in the music industry, and women reciting the Qur’an in the presence of men. (Duration: 50 min) Siraj Wahhaj, imam of Masjid Taqwa, is a dynamic speaker and tireless supporter of Islamic causes. He accepted Islam in 1969 and attended Ummul Qura University. He is the former vice president of ISNA and has served on the Majlis Ash-Shura since 1987. He received high praises for initiating anti-drug patrols in Brooklyn in 1988.