// Explain what Hamza Yusuf said
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« on: Jul 26, 2010 07:28 AM »


saw this while browing the sheikh

This quote comes from "Purification of The Heart" by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf:

[When somebody spills tea on your carpet] "Don't be like 'Do you know how much that cost me? Look at what you just did', you should be like 'Oh, no-no-no don't worry about it, I love tea on my carpet'"

lol I would definately not say 'oh my gosh look what you did'  I will be like thats ok , not a problem, but 'I love tea on my carpet!' isn't that going overboard?
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 26, 2010 01:49 PM »

I did come across that quote, and it reminded me of the whole 'turn the other cheek' thing.

I suppose it has to do with being generous and patient, and 'swallowing your anger' (so it never even appears) and being forgiving. It's a very high standard that only the most disciplined people could aim for.

It is a bit unnatural though. Most people would snap in anger, some with simply glower, and a few would become sullenly sad.

You have to look into your heart, and if you heart tells you that this tea on the carpet instance has no impact on your relationship is with Almighty Allah, who cares about the tea on the carpet then!

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 26, 2010 02:23 PM »


Being a bit clumsy, I actually had something like this happen to me once. Only I was the one spilling something.   Embarrassed
And when the person (who wasn't Hamza Yusuf, unfortunately) replied in such a way, not only did it remove the fear of her anger, but it actually made me feel like she loved me more than she loved the "carpet" (or whatever I happened to destroy).


"My Lord! Increase me in knowledge." (Qur'aan 20.114)
"Our Lord! We believe, so forgive us, and have mercy on us, for You are the Best of all who show mercy!" (23:109)
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