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20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
here is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one.”

Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google). But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing?


Yes, those two were, of course, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft.

Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually.  Why is this so?

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The strategies can be used not necessarily in order, but they might give insights/ideas on the whole process of a collaboration.
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10 Pieces of Teaching Wisdom To Reflect On This Summer

10 Pieces of Teaching Wisdom To Reflect On This Summer | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Summer break is nearly here — and we know that for most educators, that doesn’t mean a decrease in workload, but simply a restructuring of the day’s work. The pace and environment of summer does…

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How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real classrooms. It could also be one reason John Hattie’s work and book, Visible Learning, appeals to so many educators. Rather than focusing on one aspect of teaching, Hattie synthesizes education research done all over the world in a variety of settings into meta analyses, trying to understand what works in classrooms.

He has calculated the effect sizes of every teaching technique from outlining to project-based learning, which often tempts people to believe the strategies with low effect sizes don’t work and the ones with large effect sizes do. But Hattie — who is director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne — is the first to disavow this interpretation of his work. Instead, he and colleague Gregory Donoghue have developed a model of learning that proposes why different strategies may be effective at different stages of the learning cycle.

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Het blijft lonend om Hattie te volgen. 
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10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills

10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of months I've found and written about a number of really great tools and resources to help improve our students' writing skills. This is a collection of links to reviews of ten of the best.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 16, 2017 8:21 AM

Some links to free tools and resources for writing development.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 20, 2017 3:04 PM
These are very good resource writing tools that you can adapt and modify to fit within your 21st Century Teaching and Learning environments.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 9, 2017 1:42 AM
10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills
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Writing Sparks

Writing Sparks | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Writing Sparks was created by the award winning developers of nightzookeeper.com. Watch this short video to find out how Night Zookeeper can automatically assess your student’s writing and raise attainment in your classroom.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 2017 12:43 AM

A great tool to prompt and help students structure writing. Ideal for younger learners.

mindocr's curator insight, August 11, 2017 10:21 AM

A great tool to prompt and help students structure writing. Ideal for younger learners.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 16, 2017 4:10 AM
for younger and older students - writing 
 
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12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic] by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic] by Lee Watanabe-Crockett | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

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New Media Literacy: What Students Need to Know About Fake News

New Media Literacy: What Students Need to Know About Fake News | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
By Christina Gil - Fake and inaccurate news has become increasingly widespread. In this post we explore ways to teach students to recognize fake news.
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We're in the middle of our PYP Exhibition right now and some groups are really interested in what people actually share through their social media and how we could and should evaluate the contents. 
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What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Reflecting on one's work can be instrumental to growth and improvement, but it's an activity that's often under utilized.
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Manuela Mejia's curator insight, August 27, 2016 10:33 AM
The connection between the digital age and the learning process is very interesting since it goes beyond the electronic devices as a learning tool. The author tries to provide some technological strategies in which students improve and give feedback to their learning process. I consider that our goal as teachers is to use technology not only as a device to give academic knowledge, we also need to implement technology as a tool which helps the learner to be autonomous, thoughtful and proactive.
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Teaching With YouTube (Infographic)

Teaching With YouTube (Infographic) | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
9 Tips For Smarter Teaching With YouTube

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Bernard Guévorts Authentis's curator insight, April 30, 2016 11:23 AM
Utilisation de YouTube en classe !
Darlyn Nicole Ortega Aroca's curator insight, August 30, 2016 12:19 PM
YouTube is a platform that offers many useful possibilities in the field of education. Although youtube offers many educati videos, it is essential to know that not any video on youtube will serve us in the classroom. The videos used for educational purposes have a great advantage because the speakers are in real situations, for this reason the good pronunciation, intonation own language help the students to improve the speaking and listening skills.
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The @DavidGeurin Blog: Ten Things Every Educator Should Say More Often

The @DavidGeurin Blog: Ten Things Every Educator Should Say More Often | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
In a previous post, I shared eight things a successful educator should never say. Admittedly, that is a negative way to think about the impact of words on teaching and learning. Why not consider what we should be saying more, I thought? So here goes.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 9, 2016 10:32 AM
I discovered that saying thank you and good morning were important ways to speak. It is interesting how rarely I heard those from administrators and other teachers.
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An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century - @Langwitches

An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century - @Langwitches | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"In 2011, I wrote a blog post, titled Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century. It described how I learned about a new version of the traditional KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and what have I Learned) via Chic Foote as it snuck in an “H“(How will I find out). That “H” seemed to make the increased importance of the information literacy visible.  I ended up on Maggie Hos-McGrane’s blog, which, according to John Barell’s book Why are School Buses always Yellow?, added yet two other abbreviations  (“A“- What action will I take and “Q“-What further Questions do I have?) to make up a  KWHLAQ acronym.

The blog post included the visual chart below, which seemed to have made it the most popular blog post searched for and shared on Langwitches of all times. That seemed to demand an update to the visual after 4 years."


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One of the powerful tools to support an inquiry classroom, embedding the aspects of learning of the 21st century. 

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 29, 2015 10:50 AM

Love this update of the K-W-L chart!

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Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Infographic

Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Infographic | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Many school administrators, teachers and parents want the education provided to children to be high quality, rigorous and connected to the world outside the classroom. Teachers are trying to provide these elements in various ways, but a group of schools calling themselves the “Deeper Learning Network” have codified some of what they believe are essential qualities of deep learning (check out how students lead parent teacher conferences in this model).

 

Some of these qualities include learning designated content, critical thinking, communication skills, collaborating effectively and connecting learning to real-world experiences.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/



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James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, February 26, 2015 1:09 PM

A primer on the "Deeper Learning Network."  None of this is new but it is integrated as a practical solution. 

Sue Alexander's curator insight, February 27, 2015 9:08 AM

Our school is working hard on these goals...a great resource to help spread the word.

Tasia Thompson's curator insight, February 27, 2015 10:31 AM

This really speaks to the focus of the East Zone AP's on how can we enrich  our school's culture and climate in particular areas as related to improved student growth and learning.  

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Layout Cheat Sheet for Infographics : Visual arrangement tips

Layout Cheat Sheet for Infographics : Visual arrangement tips | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Infographic layouts refer to the arrangement of your visual elements and your content. When you begin working on a piece of infographic, you should have a story to tell hence, you will need to select a layout that best suits your story. Using the right layout will ensure good readability and convey your message well.

 

We have put together a cheat sheet for your quick reference to the right arrangement to use, here are six common ones you can quickly work with....


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David Baker's curator insight, March 13, 2015 1:21 AM

This is a great tool to share with my seminar teachers whose final project for the year is an infographic.

Lee Hall's curator insight, March 18, 2015 9:26 AM

They show you a visual layout and explain the best use for it.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 20, 2015 11:51 PM

HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL LAYOUTS TO SPEED UP YOUR DESIGNS.

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Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick | MindShift | KQED News

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick | MindShift | KQED News | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are teaching sketchnoting as an innovative way to help students synthesize information that's important. Doodlers are making connections from what they hear to what they draw.
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Note Taking With Technology | Edutopia

Note Taking With Technology | Edutopia | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
In a 2014 article in Psychological Science called “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard,” Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer claimed that while note taking in itself could be beneficial to student learning, using a laptop proved to be detrimental. A recent article from Scientific American, “Students Are Better Off Without a Laptop in the Classroom,” added fuel to this fire.

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Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Die Hard

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Die Hard | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I usually start the Christmas season off by watching my favorite Christmas movie on Black Friday or that Saturday. This year, I postponed it but was able to get around to watching what I consider to be one of the best Christmas movies out there. If you haven’t guessed, my favorite Christmas movie is Die […]

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Something to think about when planning: a movie as the source of learning live's lessons. 
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D33ana Sumadianti's curator insight, December 11, 2017 9:47 PM
What leadership skills can you learn from your own favourite movie?
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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc.

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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, November 23, 2017 1:05 PM

Todos los padres sabemos el problema que nos plantean los escolares con sus deberes o tareas que les ponen para hacer en casa. Pero hay alternativas a esa forma de aprendizaje

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, November 24, 2017 5:45 AM
Wat als... we het concept huiswerk eens herbekijken.
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Connectivism – the knowledge of the connected individual

Connectivism – the knowledge of the connected individual | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
It maybe useful to distinguish the types of learner that we are promoting a connectivist model towards. Learners who are experienced in a particular domain can pull knowledge from a variety of sources to interact with existing schema. Having some domain knowledge already allows them to create the interaction independently.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 2017 10:09 AM

Always good to read more about connectivism.

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12 Principles Of Modern Learning - TeachThought

12 Principles Of Modern Learning - TeachThought | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
12 Principles Of Modern Learning by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you defin

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Good visual to use as a self reflection on how teaching and learning happens in the classroom. Adding to it with the importance of visualizing thinking processes and developing attitudes towards a good global citizen. 
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 14, 2017 11:44 AM
This is an excellent infographic on the 12 Modern Learning Principles: Inquiry, Self-Directed and Social Learning
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50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016

50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016 | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016 by TeachThought Staff What are the best teaching and learning apps for 2016? That's
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 21, 2017 10:11 PM

Good stuff! 

Patryk Kaźmierski's curator insight, January 25, 2017 5:34 AM

50 najlepszych aplikacji edukacyjnych na smartfony.

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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 20, 2016 6:49 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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Mastering Assessment Language: Trusty Tips and Tools via GDC

Mastering Assessment Language: Trusty Tips and Tools via GDC | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
If you are set on mastering assessment language, here are some tips and resources to help you use the best words at the right times.

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Encarna Llamas's curator insight, April 23, 2016 6:16 AM
personalizing education
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Bloom's taxonomy matched with verbs ;)
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PURIFICATION OF THE SOUL 

A`ūthu billāhi min ash-shaytānir rajeem. Bismillāhir Rahmānir Raheem. [Surat Al-Qasas ; 76-78] 

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PURIFICATION OF THE SOUL A`ūthu billāhi min ash-shaytānir rajeem. Bismillāhir Rahmānir Raheem. [Surat Al-Qasas ; 76-78] Introduction We commence by praising Allāh , sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad . We ask the Almighty to bless him and his entire household; those who supported him from day one. And we ask Allāh to bless all his companions as well as every single one of us and our offspring to come up to the day of qiyāmah. Not forgetting those who have struggled and strove through the years, in order to preserve this deen in a way that today it has come to us. May Allāh use us to do the same for the future generations? Beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, this evening we will be talking about the purification of the soul. The believer as you know is only successful if he develops his link with his maker and cleanses his heart. We refer to the heart, we refer to the soul. Allah speaks about cleansing oneself from the sins that are apparent as well as those that are hidden. So in the Qur’an he says, “Watharoo thāhira alithmi wabātinah” [Surah Al An'am chapter 6: 120] “Leave and abandon all sins whether they are outward or inward.” And I'm sure we all know that the outward sins are quite clear for everyone to see. Those which are inside are sometimes completely invisible to the rest. It is only through interaction that some of them can be picked up and sometimes even with interaction some of these sins cannot be picked up. So it is up to us to purify not only the soul but the heart, knowing that some of the scholars refer to the heart and the soul using the same term and some have separated the two. If the heart is pure and good, the whole body will be pure and good What we do need to understand is that the heart is described in the hadith of halāl and harām which appears in Sahīh Muslim, narrated by an-Nu'man ibn Bashir “Halāl is quite clear and harām is also quite clear”. And between the two there may be a grey area where people may not know is this halāl or is this harām.” So the hadeeth continues to say “Whoever stays away from that which is doubtful has protected himself and his religion and whoever falls into that which is doubtful has fallen into harām.” If I can stop there for a moment and quickly explain. If a person were to be told that this particular piece of food that you're about to eat is poisonous and as soon as you put it in your mouth you will die. And twenty people are saying that to him and another twenty say “No don't worry its fine, its okay, we've checked it out and so on and you can eat it.” That is a very clear example of what we are saying today, meaning in this hadeeth. If you were to put it in your mouth, it's as though you've committed suicide. You're gone. You've killed yourself, because twenty are saying this and twenty are saying that. And if you were to leave it, you would save yourself completely. So there is no risk involved by leaving it and yet by taking it you are definitely risking your life. This is as far as a food stuff goes which may be poisonous. But when it comes to the deen and what Allāh has revealed and sent down, there are things that are clear, things that are not clear for some and the clarity is either this way or that way. You know this is permissible and this is not permissible. That is clear. But sometimes there is a debated issue in the center. If you are to protect yourself from it, perhaps you will be able to safeguard your deen. And in this particular narration some may say that this is speaking more about food stuff and so on, but the wording of Rasoolullāh goes far beyond anything that can be termed halāl or harām is included in this particular narration. Then the hadith continues to say “Similar to a shepherd who has allowed his flock to graze upon the border of his land not knowing whether it has gone onto the land of the neighbor because the demarcation is not so clear.” So there is a point up to which he knows this is my land. Beyond that he is not so clear. Is this my land or is it not my land? So when he goes to that grey area, he doesn't know whether it's his or not. What a big risk. He is now grazing his sheep, as a shepherd, on land that may not be his. And this is why the narration continues to say “Behold every king has limits. Limits beyond which you are not allowed or you will not be allowed to cross. Every king has rules, regulations and indeed the limits of Allāh are those things he has made prohibited.” Don't go there! Subhān Allāh. Then it continues making mention of the heart and this is what we are trying to get to “Behold in the body there is a piece of flesh. If it is pure and clean and good, the entire body will be pure and clean and good. And if it is dirty, impure and not good, then the whole body will be dirty, impure and not good. Behold, that organ or that piece of flesh is the heart.” Subhān Allāh. So if your heart is clean, everything else will be okay. If your heart is dirty, everything else will be dirty. Accepting advice from others And when we say clean heart, it doesn't necessarily mean that you are just a person who's non-judgmental. You see sometimes they say “Don't judge me” when you're giving them advice. You say “Brother you're not supposed to be go to the nightclub”, “Hey stop judging me”, “What are you talking about, we're just advising you.” So don't use the term “Do not judge me” in order to run away from advice. Sometimes it becomes difficult for the scholars or for those who want to advise others. “Sister your hair is supposed to be covered, sister you're supposed to be dressing in a proper way”, “My brother you're not supposed to be bouncing around on the street with your backside half showing”. Allāhu Akbar. “Stop judging me”, “Well your backside's judging you!” Allāhu Akbar. And this happens and we get these answers on a daily basis. Well to be honest nobody's judging. But it does not mean that if a person has uttered these type of words that their heart is dirty. No brother, sister! They are advising you for your better. Wallāhi moments ago I was listening to a clip in the Urdu language of one of the cricketers in Pakistan. I don't even know exactly who he is but I believe he is one of the top cricketers of the globe. And he was making mention of who his real friends are. You know what he said? He said “The real friends are the `ulamā'. My real friends are those scholars who keep reminding me what is my duty to Allāh, what is halāl and harām and the fact that I am going to go into my grave with nobody, no cricket bat and no ball and no score and nothing from the Guinness Book of Records, but just me and my own records; the deeds I've done.” Imagine a cricketer, a man who's one of the top on the globe confirming that those scholars who continue reminding me, telling me that I am a person who's going to go into my grave all alone. Those are my true friends. Subhān Allāh. What about us? What do we have next to our names? Do we hate the people who remind us? If that's the case, purification of the heart and soul is required. We ask Allāh to help us purify. Wallāhi it is a difficult age that we are moving in because people do not realize that when others are reminding you to purify your soul, your heart, they are not judging you. They are helping you. They are giving you a word of encouragement. Don't just give that answer. That is an answer that sometimes the globe gives in order to get away with murder, to keep on committing sin. “We will not judge you, we love you my sister but we don't love your bad habit. We love you my brother, we don't love your bad habit.” I was about to say we don't love your backside. Allāhu Akbar. Wallāhi it's true. Thinking of people, wallāhi my brother we love you. We really want you, that's why we are telling you don't do that. We had an image doing its rounds on the internet, with some of the scholars had to say “Please don't, you know, send this around.” Because they were showing jumu`ah. I think it was two weeks ago in a masjid. Okay let's not say where it was in case you might recognize the brother, but they were showing him making his Sunnah as the khutbah is going on. And the people behind him was so harmed and hurt, they had to get up and some of them you know sharp enough to pick up their phones and say lets you know, tell the people what's happening around here. May Allāh safeguard us? We should not be exposing people but the people should not be exposing themselves. Allāhu Akbar. Cleansing the heart of hatred So my brothers and sisters, lets purify our souls for the pleasure of Allāh . How does this happen? We need to do something about it. Don't think that I just make a du`ā' “Ya Allāh clean me, purify my soul” and it will. Du`ā' is a part of it, definitely. “Allāhumma yā muqallibal quloob, thabbit qulubee `alā deenik.” The Prophet used to say “O Allāh in whose hands” or “O Allāh who is the owner of the movement of the hearts, move my heart towards the deen – on the deen. Keep it steadfast.” But that statement will be of no use if you do not have an intention to purify yourself. Work hard on matters like hatred. Remove that hatred for your fellow brothers in the deen and have hatred for sin rather than the individual whom you are supposed to be looking at saying “This is my brother in Islām.” If you are supposed to be hating people because of a sin they may be committing, remember everybody will hate everybody because none of us can put up our hands and say “We are sinless.” Can anyone now, here, put up their hands and say “I'm spotless, sinless, I have not sinned?” Not one! Subhān Allāh. Not one! Not even myself because we are human beings. So the reality, we will hate the sin, we will hate the shirk, we will hate the bid`ah, but we will work on the brother or the sister in a way that we will try to help them come out of that shirk, come out of that bid`ah, come out of that sin for example. But at the same time remembering that this is a person who has declared the shahādah and I have as well. They may have sinned differently to me, but in the same way I want to be helped, I need them to be helped and I will try my best to do that or at least make du`ā' for them. Making du`ā' and giving naseeha This is why we say, you see a brother with a bottle in his hand. A bad Muslim would go around Tweeting that and go around Facebook-ing it and WhatsApp-ing it and so on-ing it. Subhān Allāh. Why? Because they want the world to know “I saw that man with a bottle.” But a good Muslim will do one of two things or both. They will either go to the brother, say “Brother you know what this is something bad and you know you're a Muslim, come on you know insha'Allāh there's much goodness expected from you by the will of Allāh. You're such a great person, you have so much potential, and this thing is not going to do you any good.” Engage them. Not swearing. Engage them properly to say look this is something that is unacceptable in the deen. You know, it will cause a lot of damage, a lot of harm. If you quit this I think there are a lot of good habits that you have. Just quit this and so on and Allāh may open the brother's doors through your effort and you will be granted goodness. “For Allāh to use you to guide a single person is better for you than anything of the highest material value in this world.” May Allāh bless us all? That is point number one. You either go to him or someone who has an effect or impact on him or perhaps tell them to talk to him if you cannot talk to him. And secondly make du`ā' for that brother. “Ya Allāh, today I witnessed someone with a bottle. It hurt me, Ya Allah. Ya Allah, guide them, help them to remove the bottle. Help them to give up that bad habit and help me to give up whatever bad habits I have.” Allāhu Akbar. This is purity of the heart now. With that du`ā' and that naseeha, if Allah wills that person's heart will come onto the right path within a matter of time. We know so many people who had very bad pasts, but now when they've come up straight, subhān Allāh, they've gone very far in life in terms of the deen and become closer to Allāh . So many of us, perhaps we are much better today than we were yesterday. May Allāh grant us goodness? Remaining patient when giving naseeha This is why we say, brother when you have become religious, remember when you are inviting others towards religion, you also came about slowly. So give them a little bit of time. The problem with us, we come on the deen after fifty years and everyone else we give those five minutes. Wallāhi, it's a problem in the ummah. We are facing it, we are not patient. We are supposed to be patient as Muslimeen. It took you forty years to recognize your Maker. Why do you want to in four minutes create such a situation that remove a man from the whole fold of the deen. Kick him out, curse him to the degree that you've buried him alive and you haven't given him more than four minutes to repent. You took forty years my brother. Thank Allāh he showed you the light. Allāhu Akbar. Work on them, continue working on them. The Prophet's nubūwwah was not twenty-three minutes, nor was it twenty-three days, nor was it twenty-three months. It was twenty-three solid years. Allāhu Akbar. So purify your heart when it comes to your relation with others because there is something known has huqooqul`ibād through which a lot of what your heart conceals becomes manifest. We hate for the sake of Allāh the deeds that are done in the displeasure of Allāh. We may hate for the sake of Allāh those who have absolutely no goodness in them and they have damaged the deen or they have caused lots of damage to those who follow the deen. Giving da`wah – Every non-Muslim is a potential Muslim But remember even the non-Muslims, every single non-Muslim is a potential Muslim. If you lose focus on that, you have lost the path. For as long as they are breathing there is hope. Who is ready to invite them in the proper way? Allāhu Akbar. A very big statement that brings tears to the eyes. Every non-Muslim. When the Prophet made a du`ā' for the enemies of Islām, one of the prayers were “Allāhummah a`izzal Islāma biahadil `Umarain” “O Allāh, grant strength to this deen through the acceptance of Islām of one of the two `Umars.” One was known as `Umar ibn al-Khattāb later to be known as, and the other one `Amr ibn Hishām who was known as Abu Jahl. No sooner was the du`ā' made, response came from Allāh . This man came marching into this house of al-Arqam ibn Abi'l Arqam as the books of history have made mention. So Rasoolullāh knew that Allāh is the One who guides. Just like he guided me, he may guide you or anyone on the street. So remember, when we say cleanse your heart and do not be judgmental we need to understand what this statement means. May Allāh make us people who realize that we would like to help one another to become steadfast on the deen. And that help can happen in so many different ways, depending on the authority that Allāh has given you as well. Cleansing the heart of envy If we have hatred in our hearts. Now let’s talk about general hatred, not necessarily whilst giving da`wah. But at the same time hatred in our hearts for someone, for some reason, normally it stems from jealousy. Not every time but a lot of the times. Because Allāh has blessed someone with more wealth, with more knowledge, with more acceptance, perhaps with greater looks. You know you have a woman who's extremely beautiful or a girl who's extremely good-looking and sometimes you have other girls who make her life so difficult and her crime is just that she is gorgeous. I would have told you to say mā shā'Allāh, but it's abstract. There's no one in particular we're talking about. Allāhu Akbar. So al-hamdulillāh, all you can say is “In sha'Allāh.” Allāhu Akbar. My brothers and sisters, wallāhi, do not become jealous of the favors that Allāh has bestowed others, just because you don't have it. Don't! It will result in the dirty heart. The heart will become unclean, filthy and it will require cleansing. Cleansing the heart with Thikrullāh Cleansing of the heart is also done through what is known as thikrullāh because everything has a detergent and the detergent of the heart is the remembrance of Allāh. But I'd like to interpret the term thikrullāh in its broader context. Thikrullāh starts with understanding the meaning of the Qur'ān. That's where it starts. That's the beginning of it. Because the thikr that is mentioned in the Qur'ān so many times, it directly refers to the Qur'ān and at times it refers to the Sunnah of Muhammad . So remember you need to know the message of Allāh, in order to have your heart purified. What did Allāh say to me? I always, always say it is a big insult. Some of us, how old we are, how regular we are with our salāh, yet we have not made an effort to understand the meanings of what we utter in salāh. Wallāhi it is an insult. We don't even know what is meant by “Alhamdu lillāhi rabbi al`ālameen, Arrahmāni arraheem, Māliki yawmi addeen” [Surah Fathiha ; 2-4] Some people do not know the meaning and some people do not think of the meaning when they are uttering these words. So what value do you have? How is your heart going to be impacted? Look at the hearts of those who were the sahābah . When they heard a single verse their lives changed. When they heard one verse, their hearts were purified! `Umar ibn al-Khattāb himself, who was an enemy of Islam, the opening verses of Surah Tāhā were read to him. Not more than a few lines were read to him. He began to tremble. Immediately his heart was cleansed because he had that sincerity in his heart. For a moment it was struck with sincerity and he said “Take me to Muhammad .” Guided from kufr to īmān in a split moment because of the Qur'ān. And this has happened to so many people. It has happened to people around us in our midst, perhaps some who might be seated here. Reverted immediately. Allāhu Akbar. Why? They read the Qur'ān and realized, this is the word of Allāh. I always tell people, you know I have an MP3 disc in my vehicle, given to me by someone in Malaysia. A brother. Allāh grant him goodness. And on it, there is the entire Qur'ān just in the English language. So the `Arabic has been, you know separated. Now we know the importance of the `Arabic and the English and he says “This is extremely beneficial to those who speak the language.” And I thought to myself, look, to me the `Arabic is powerful, the English is fair enough trying to explain what the `Arabic is, but the word of Allāh is that particular `Arabic. You cannot compromise it. So I thought to myself let me put it in and try and listen to what is being said. And I had a non-Muslim sit in my car once. One who had come to do some work and I was taking him back to his place. I saw tears in his eyes. Four of five surahs were read within a short space of time in the English language alone and he told me “What is this?” And I said “What do you think it is?” He said “It's something powerful!” He said “It has to be the book you guys follow” I said “It is” “Can I come to your place of worship?” “By all means brother?” Subhān Allāh. I think within a short space of time, may Allāh grant him guidance to the deen. Ameen. That's when I realized, I said you know what? Sometimes when people are just going through even the meaning of it, because they understand it, it impacts differently. Without reducing the importance of the tilāwah in the `Arabic language. Because indeed that is on a level of its own. But at the same time remember the impact of that, if you understand what you're reading, is totally different. You need that as well. So your purification will start when you have made an intention to understand the word of Allāh. I said moments ago, they heard four verses of the Qur'ān, they embraced Islām. We have read what we know as khatmah upon khatmah upon khatmah once a month, sometimes once a week, sometimes once every two months. We've completed the entire mushaf, but brother you cannot give up your pornography. A`oothu billāh. Abstaining from Pornography It did not move you. Pornography is the problem of the age, wallāhi. It's a difficulty. It affects your eyes, your brain, your mind, your organs, your reproductive system, the way you look at the opposite sex, your marriage. Absolutely everything is made rotten through a cancer because of your eyes perceiving some dirty sexual movements of the opposite sex. Totally harām, completely unacceptable but available on your phone. Today I was speaking to some brothers on our journey back from Birmingham and I made mention of a very interesting point. Your mobile phone that you have my brothers, my sisters can take you to jannah or jahannam. Remember that. The way you use it. You have any scholar on the globe that Allāh has used to affect you and impact you at your fingertips. At the time of your convenience, in your bedroom, Subhān Allāh. Perhaps, whilst you're lying down, you can click every night either on a scholar where you can listen to something regarding your deen and go to bed feeling a good Muslim. Or you can click onto a pornographic site and perhaps you will be caught in that web which will take you very, very, far away. It's to do with how clean or dirty your heart is. If you want to purify yourself, you need to force yourself, before you go to bed. Click that phone, listen to a ten minute clip of a scholar of your choice, subhān Allāh, and then go to bed. Every day that ten minute dose will wake you up but if you have a one minute dose of that which is pornographic or ugly or dirty or unacceptable, wallāhi it is like a seed that grows and when the tree grows big, it's going to be very hard to uproot it. My brothers, my sisters get rid of it now. Now! Make an intention here and now “Ya Allāh if you take me before I exit this masjid, let me be a pure person. I seek forgiveness for all my sins. I change my life.” Allāhu Akbar. How many more scholars would you like to hear before you change your life? Before you decide to purify that heart of yours. Without an effort from you, the heart is not going to be purified. When you have your own kitchen and you've cooked your food and your pans are dirty, you cannot just look at the pans and expect them to become clean. Even if you've got a dishwasher, you've got to pick the thing up, put it in the dishwasher, chose the detergent, turn on the water, press the button. Then things happen. Subhān Allāh. We still don't have the eye control of the pan. And if you thought you did they'd take you to the hospital, believe me. May Allāh safeguard us? So these are powerful words of reminder for myself to begin with. My brother, my sister, how do you use your Twitter account? What type of a profile do you have? How do you use your Facebook account? It can take you to paradise or it can drive you to hell, very easily. Believe me, it's up to you when you press click and when you press like and it's up to you to go home and dislike or to dislike it here and now whilst we're talking. Because I know there are brothers, perhaps maybe even sisters busy on their phones whilst we're talking. To be honest, I actually don't see a single one, Māshā'Allāh. Allāhu Akbar. So I need to swallow back my word. But this is what it is. If your heart is dirty, it begins to show your own self. You can see it, your mind can figure it out. Why because you lead a life. What will happen to it? It will be full of bunk. You know it will be so narrow, full of depression, full of stress, full of lack of contentment. Where is my contentment gone? It's gone with the pornographic site. It's gone with the adultery that you cannot give up. Adultery is a seed. Wallāhi if you sow it and you water it; watering means you return to it, and you water it more, you return to it more, it grows a tree. When the tree becomes big and strong, it becomes more difficult to uproot it. You become hooked onto it, to the degree that it's just like second nature. No regret thereafter until you die in a condition. May Allāh safeguard us? We had some brothers who came to me some time back, telling me, you know what do we do, our father was looking like such a religious man and he died in the midst of two prostitutes with beer bottles. Do you want that to be the end of your life? May Allāh protect us all? A`oothu billāh. May Allāh safeguard us? Well if that's the case do not let that be a probability. Rather let salāh be a probability. If you engage in five salāh, the chances of you dying in salāh are very great. Do you know that? There are so many who have died in sujood and rukoo`. But if you don't read salāh there's no chance of that happening to you. Not at all. May Allāh take us away whilst we're in His obedience and may he protect us really, that we are not disgraced, dying in His disobedience.
PURIFICATION OF THE SOUL 

A`ūthu billāhi min ash-shaytānir rajeem. Bismillāhir Rahmānir Raheem. [Surat Al-Qasas ; 76-78] 

Introduction 

We commence by praising Allāh , sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad . We ask the Almighty to bless him and his entire household; those who supported him from day one. And we ask Allāh to bless all his companions as well as every single one of us and our offspring to come up to the day of qiyāmah. Not forgetting those who have struggled and strove through the years, in order to preserve this deen in a way that today it has come to us. May Allāh use us to do the same for the future generations? Beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, this evening we will be talking about the purification of the soul. The believer as you know is only successful if he develops his link with his maker and cleanses his heart. We refer to the heart, we refer to the soul. Allah speaks about cleansing oneself from the sins that are apparent as well as those that are hidden. So in the Qur’an he says, “Watharoo thāhira alithmi wabātinah” [Surah Al An'am chapter 6: 120] “Leave and abandon all sins whether they are outward or inward.” And I'm sure we all know that the outward sins are quite clear for everyone to see. Those which are inside are sometimes completely invisible to the rest. It is only through interaction that some of them can be picked up and sometimes even with interaction some of these sins cannot be picked up. So it is up to us to purify not only the soul but the heart, knowing that some of the scholars refer to the heart and the soul using the same term and some have separated the two. If the heart is pure and good, the whole body will be pure and good What we do need to understand is that the heart is described in the hadith of halāl and harām which appears in Sahīh Muslim, narrated by an-Nu'man ibn Bashir “Halāl is quite clear and harām is also quite clear”. And between the two there may be a grey area where people may not know is this halāl or is this harām.” So the hadeeth continues to say “Whoever stays away from that which is doubtful has protected himself and his religion and whoever falls into that which is doubtful has fallen into harām.” If I can stop there for a moment and quickly explain. If a person were to be told that this particular piece of food that you're about to eat is poisonous and as soon as you put it in your mouth you will die. And twenty people are saying that to him and another twenty say “No don't worry its fine, its okay, we've checked it out and so on and you can eat it.” That is a very clear example of what we are saying today, meaning in this hadeeth. If you were to put it in your mouth, it's as though you've committed suicide. You're gone. You've killed yourself, because twenty are saying this and twenty are saying that. And if you were to leave it, you would save yourself completely. So there is no risk involved by leaving it and yet by taking it you are definitely risking your life. This is as far as a food stuff goes which may be poisonous. But when it comes to the deen and what Allāh has revealed and sent down, there are things that are clear, things that are not clear for some and the clarity is either this way or that way. You know this is permissible and this is not permissible. That is clear. But sometimes there is a debated issue in the center. If you are to protect yourself from it, perhaps you will be able to safeguard your deen. And in this particular narration some may say that this is speaking more about food stuff and so on, but the wording of Rasoolullāh goes far beyond anything that can be termed halāl or harām is included in this particular narration. Then the hadith continues to say “Similar to a shepherd who has allowed his flock to graze upon the border of his land not knowing whether it has gone onto the land of the neighbor because the demarcation is not so clear.” So there is a point up to which he knows this is my land. Beyond that he is not so clear. Is this my land or is it not my land? So when he goes to that grey area, he doesn't know whether it's his or not. What a big risk. He is now grazing his sheep, as a shepherd, on land that may not be his. And this is why the narration continues to say “Behold every king has limits. Limits beyond which you are not allowed or you will not be allowed to cross. Every king has rules, regulations and indeed the limits of Allāh are those things he has made prohibited.” Don't go there! Subhān Allāh. Then it continues making mention of the heart and this is what we are trying to get to “Behold in the body there is a piece of flesh. If it is pure and clean and good, the entire body will be pure and clean and good. And if it is dirty, impure and not good, then the whole body will be dirty, impure and not good. Behold, that organ or that piece of flesh is the heart.” Subhān Allāh. So if your heart is clean, everything else will be okay. If your heart is dirty, everything else will be dirty. Accepting advice from others And when we say clean heart, it doesn't necessarily mean that you are just a person who's non-judgmental. You see sometimes they say “Don't judge me” when you're giving them advice. You say “Brother you're not supposed to be go to the nightclub”, “Hey stop judging me”, “What are you talking about, we're just advising you.” So don't use the term “Do not judge me” in order to run away from advice. Sometimes it becomes difficult for the scholars or for those who want to advise others. “Sister your hair is supposed to be covered, sister you're supposed to be dressing in a proper way”, “My brother you're not supposed to be bouncing around on the street with your backside half showing”. Allāhu Akbar. “Stop judging me”, “Well your backside's judging you!” Allāhu Akbar. And this happens and we get these answers on a daily basis. Well to be honest nobody's judging. But it does not mean that if a person has uttered these type of words that their heart is dirty. No brother, sister! They are advising you for your better. Wallāhi moments ago I was listening to a clip in the Urdu language of one of the cricketers in Pakistan. I don't even know exactly who he is but I believe he is one of the top cricketers of the globe. And he was making mention of who his real friends are. You know what he said? He said “The real friends are the `ulamā'. My real friends are those scholars who keep reminding me what is my duty to Allāh, what is halāl and harām and the fact that I am going to go into my grave with nobody, no cricket bat and no ball and no score and nothing from the Guinness Book of Records, but just me and my own records; the deeds I've done.” Imagine a cricketer, a man who's one of the top on the globe confirming that those scholars who continue reminding me, telling me that I am a person who's going to go into my grave all alone. Those are my true friends. Subhān Allāh. What about us? What do we have next to our names? Do we hate the people who remind us? If that's the case, purification of the heart and soul is required. We ask Allāh to help us purify. Wallāhi it is a difficult age that we are moving in because people do not realize that when others are reminding you to purify your soul, your heart, they are not judging you. They are helping you. They are giving you a word of encouragement. Don't just give that answer. That is an answer that sometimes the globe gives in order to get away with murder, to keep on committing sin. “We will not judge you, we love you my sister but we don't love your bad habit. We love you my brother, we don't love your bad habit.” I was about to say we don't love your backside. Allāhu Akbar. Wallāhi it's true. Thinking of people, wallāhi my brother we love you. We really want you, that's why we are telling you don't do that. We had an image doing its rounds on the internet, with some of the scholars had to say “Please don't, you know, send this around.” Because they were showing jumu`ah. I think it was two weeks ago in a masjid. Okay let's not say where it was in case you might recognize the brother, but they were showing him making his Sunnah as the khutbah is going on. And the people behind him was so harmed and hurt, they had to get up and some of them you know sharp enough to pick up their phones and say lets you know, tell the people what's happening around here. May Allāh safeguard us? We should not be exposing people but the people should not be exposing themselves. Allāhu Akbar. Cleansing the heart of hatred So my brothers and sisters, lets purify our souls for the pleasure of Allāh . How does this happen? We need to do something about it. Don't think that I just make a du`ā' “Ya Allāh clean me, purify my soul” and it will. Du`ā' is a part of it, definitely. “Allāhumma yā muqallibal quloob, thabbit qulubee `alā deenik.” The Prophet used to say “O Allāh in whose hands” or “O Allāh who is the owner of the movement of the hearts, move my heart towards the deen – on the deen. Keep it steadfast.” But that statement will be of no use if you do not have an intention to purify yourself. Work hard on matters like hatred. Remove that hatred for your fellow brothers in the deen and have hatred for sin rather than the individual whom you are supposed to be looking at saying “This is my brother in Islām.” If you are supposed to be hating people because of a sin they may be committing, remember everybody will hate everybody because none of us can put up our hands and say “We are sinless.” Can anyone now, here, put up their hands and say “I'm spotless, sinless, I have not sinned?” Not one! Subhān Allāh. Not one! Not even myself because we are human beings. So the reality, we will hate the sin, we will hate the shirk, we will hate the bid`ah, but we will work on the brother or the sister in a way that we will try to help them come out of that shirk, come out of that bid`ah, come out of that sin for example. But at the same time remembering that this is a person who has declared the shahādah and I have as well. They may have sinned differently to me, but in the same way I want to be helped, I need them to be helped and I will try my best to do that or at least make du`ā' for them. Making du`ā' and giving naseeha This is why we say, you see a brother with a bottle in his hand. A bad Muslim would go around Tweeting that and go around Facebook-ing it and WhatsApp-ing it and so on-ing it. Subhān Allāh. Why? Because they want the world to know “I saw that man with a bottle.” But a good Muslim will do one of two things or both. They will either go to the brother, say “Brother you know what this is something bad and you know you're a Muslim, come on you know insha'Allāh there's much goodness expected from you by the will of Allāh. You're such a great person, you have so much potential, and this thing is not going to do you any good.” Engage them. Not swearing. Engage them properly to say look this is something that is unacceptable in the deen. You know, it will cause a lot of damage, a lot of harm. If you quit this I think there are a lot of good habits that you have. Just quit this and so on and Allāh may open the brother's doors through your effort and you will be granted goodness. “For Allāh to use you to guide a single person is better for you than anything of the highest material value in this world.” May Allāh bless us all? That is point number one. You either go to him or someone who has an effect or impact on him or perhaps tell them to talk to him if you cannot talk to him. And secondly make du`ā' for that brother. “Ya Allāh, today I witnessed someone with a bottle. It hurt me, Ya Allah. Ya Allah, guide them, help them to remove the bottle. Help them to give up that bad habit and help me to give up whatever bad habits I have.” Allāhu Akbar. This is purity of the heart now. With that du`ā' and that naseeha, if Allah wills that person's heart will come onto the right path within a matter of time. We know so many people who had very bad pasts, but now when they've come up straight, subhān Allāh, they've gone very far in life in terms of the deen and become closer to Allāh . So many of us, perhaps we are much better today than we were yesterday. May Allāh grant us goodness? Remaining patient when giving naseeha This is why we say, brother when you have become religious, remember when you are inviting others towards religion, you also came about slowly. So give them a little bit of time. The problem with us, we come on the deen after fifty years and everyone else we give those five minutes. Wallāhi, it's a problem in the ummah. We are facing it, we are not patient. We are supposed to be patient as Muslimeen. It took you forty years to recognize your Maker. Why do you want to in four minutes create such a situation that remove a man from the whole fold of the deen. Kick him out, curse him to the degree that you've buried him alive and you haven't given him more than four minutes to repent. You took forty years my brother. Thank Allāh he showed you the light. Allāhu Akbar. Work on them, continue working on them. The Prophet's nubūwwah was not twenty-three minutes, nor was it twenty-three days, nor was it twenty-three months. It was twenty-three solid years. Allāhu Akbar. So purify your heart when it comes to your relation with others because there is something known has huqooqul`ibād through which a lot of what your heart conceals becomes manifest. We hate for the sake of Allāh the deeds that are done in the displeasure of Allāh. We may hate for the sake of Allāh those who have absolutely no goodness in them and they have damaged the deen or they have caused lots of damage to those who follow the deen. Giving da`wah – Every non-Muslim is a potential Muslim But remember even the non-Muslims, every single non-Muslim is a potential Muslim. If you lose focus on that, you have lost the path. For as long as they are breathing there is hope. Who is ready to invite them in the proper way? Allāhu Akbar. A very big statement that brings tears to the eyes. Every non-Muslim. When the Prophet made a du`ā' for the enemies of Islām, one of the prayers were “Allāhummah a`izzal Islāma biahadil `Umarain” “O Allāh, grant strength to this deen through the acceptance of Islām of one of the two `Umars.” One was known as `Umar ibn al-Khattāb later to be known as, and the other one `Amr ibn Hishām who was known as Abu Jahl. No sooner was the du`ā' made, response came from Allāh . This man came marching into this house of al-Arqam ibn Abi'l Arqam as the books of history have made mention. So Rasoolullāh knew that Allāh is the One who guides. Just like he guided me, he may guide you or anyone on the street. So remember, when we say cleanse your heart and do not be judgmental we need to understand what this statement means. May Allāh make us people who realize that we would like to help one another to become steadfast on the deen. And that help can happen in so many different ways, depending on the authority that Allāh has given you as well. Cleansing the heart of envy If we have hatred in our hearts. Now let’s talk about general hatred, not necessarily whilst giving da`wah. But at the same time hatred in our hearts for someone, for some reason, normally it stems from jealousy. Not every time but a lot of the times. Because Allāh has blessed someone with more wealth, with more knowledge, with more acceptance, perhaps with greater looks. You know you have a woman who's extremely beautiful or a girl who's extremely good-looking and sometimes you have other girls who make her life so difficult and her crime is just that she is gorgeous. I would have told you to say mā shā'Allāh, but it's abstract. There's no one in particular we're talking about. Allāhu Akbar. So al-hamdulillāh, all you can say is “In sha'Allāh.” Allāhu Akbar. My brothers and sisters, wallāhi, do not become jealous of the favors that Allāh has bestowed others, just because you don't have it. Don't! It will result in the dirty heart. The heart will become unclean, filthy and it will require cleansing. Cleansing the heart with Thikrullāh Cleansing of the heart is also done through what is known as thikrullāh because everything has a detergent and the detergent of the heart is the remembrance of Allāh. But I'd like to interpret the term thikrullāh in its broader context. Thikrullāh starts with understanding the meaning of the Qur'ān. That's where it starts. That's the beginning of it. Because the thikr that is mentioned in the Qur'ān so many times, it directly refers to the Qur'ān and at times it refers to the Sunnah of Muhammad . So remember you need to know the message of Allāh, in order to have your heart purified. What did Allāh say to me? I always, always say it is a big insult. Some of us, how old we are, how regular we are with our salāh, yet we have not made an effort to understand the meanings of what we utter in salāh. Wallāhi it is an insult. We don't even know what is meant by “Alhamdu lillāhi rabbi al`ālameen, Arrahmāni arraheem, Māliki yawmi addeen” [Surah Fathiha ; 2-4] Some people do not know the meaning and some people do not think of the meaning when they are uttering these words. So what value do you have? How is your heart going to be impacted? Look at the hearts of those who were the sahābah . When they heard a single verse their lives changed. When they heard one verse, their hearts were purified! `Umar ibn al-Khattāb himself, who was an enemy of Islam, the opening verses of Surah Tāhā were read to him. Not more than a few lines were read to him. He began to tremble. Immediately his heart was cleansed because he had that sincerity in his heart. For a moment it was struck with sincerity and he said “Take me to Muhammad .” Guided from kufr to īmān in a split moment because of the Qur'ān. And this has happened to so many people. It has happened to people around us in our midst, perhaps some who might be seated here. Reverted immediately. Allāhu Akbar. Why? They read the Qur'ān and realized, this is the word of Allāh. I always tell people, you know I have an MP3 disc in my vehicle, given to me by someone in Malaysia. A brother. Allāh grant him goodness. And on it, there is the entire Qur'ān just in the English language. So the `Arabic has been, you know separated. Now we know the importance of the `Arabic and the English and he says “This is extremely beneficial to those who speak the language.” And I thought to myself, look, to me the `Arabic is powerful, the English is fair enough trying to explain what the `Arabic is, but the word of Allāh is that particular `Arabic. You cannot compromise it. So I thought to myself let me put it in and try and listen to what is being said. And I had a non-Muslim sit in my car once. One who had come to do some work and I was taking him back to his place. I saw tears in his eyes. Four of five surahs were read within a short space of time in the English language alone and he told me “What is this?” And I said “What do you think it is?” He said “It's something powerful!” He said “It has to be the book you guys follow” I said “It is” “Can I come to your place of worship?” “By all means brother?” Subhān Allāh. I think within a short space of time, may Allāh grant him guidance to the deen. Ameen. That's when I realized, I said you know what? Sometimes when people are just going through even the meaning of it, because they understand it, it impacts differently. Without reducing the importance of the tilāwah in the `Arabic language. Because indeed that is on a level of its own. But at the same time remember the impact of that, if you understand what you're reading, is totally different. You need that as well. So your purification will start when you have made an intention to understand the word of Allāh. I said moments ago, they heard four verses of the Qur'ān, they embraced Islām. We have read what we know as khatmah upon khatmah upon khatmah once a month, sometimes once a week, sometimes once every two months. We've completed the entire mushaf, but brother you cannot give up your pornography. A`oothu billāh. Abstaining from Pornography It did not move you. Pornography is the problem of the age, wallāhi. It's a difficulty. It affects your eyes, your brain, your mind, your organs, your reproductive system, the way you look at the opposite sex, your marriage. Absolutely everything is made rotten through a cancer because of your eyes perceiving some dirty sexual movements of the opposite sex. Totally harām, completely unacceptable but available on your phone. Today I was speaking to some brothers on our journey back from Birmingham and I made mention of a very interesting point. Your mobile phone that you have my brothers, my sisters can take you to jannah or jahannam. Remember that. The way you use it. You have any scholar on the globe that Allāh has used to affect you and impact you at your fingertips. At the time of your convenience, in your bedroom, Subhān Allāh. Perhaps, whilst you're lying down, you can click every night either on a scholar where you can listen to something regarding your deen and go to bed feeling a good Muslim. Or you can click onto a pornographic site and perhaps you will be caught in that web which will take you very, very, far away. It's to do with how clean or dirty your heart is. If you want to purify yourself, you need to force yourself, before you go to bed. Click that phone, listen to a ten minute clip of a scholar of your choice, subhān Allāh, and then go to bed. Every day that ten minute dose will wake you up but if you have a one minute dose of that which is pornographic or ugly or dirty or unacceptable, wallāhi it is like a seed that grows and when the tree grows big, it's going to be very hard to uproot it. My brothers, my sisters get rid of it now. Now! Make an intention here and now “Ya Allāh if you take me before I exit this masjid, let me be a pure person. I seek forgiveness for all my sins. I change my life.” Allāhu Akbar. How many more scholars would you like to hear before you change your life? Before you decide to purify that heart of yours. Without an effort from you, the heart is not going to be purified. When you have your own kitchen and you've cooked your food and your pans are dirty, you cannot just look at the pans and expect them to become clean. Even if you've got a dishwasher, you've got to pick the thing up, put it in the dishwasher, chose the detergent, turn on the water, press the button. Then things happen. Subhān Allāh. We still don't have the eye control of the pan. And if you thought you did they'd take you to the hospital, believe me. May Allāh safeguard us? So these are powerful words of reminder for myself to begin with. My brother, my sister, how do you use your Twitter account? What type of a profile do you have? How do you use your Facebook account? It can take you to paradise or it can drive you to hell, very easily. Believe me, it's up to you when you press click and when you press like and it's up to you to go home and dislike or to dislike it here and now whilst we're talking. Because I know there are brothers, perhaps maybe even sisters busy on their phones whilst we're talking. To be honest, I actually don't see a single one, Māshā'Allāh. Allāhu Akbar. So I need to swallow back my word. But this is what it is. If your heart is dirty, it begins to show your own self. You can see it, your mind can figure it out. Why because you lead a life. What will happen to it? It will be full of bunk. You know it will be so narrow, full of depression, full of stress, full of lack of contentment. Where is my contentment gone? It's gone with the pornographic site. It's gone with the adultery that you cannot give up. Adultery is a seed. Wallāhi if you sow it and you water it; watering means you return to it, and you water it more, you return to it more, it grows a tree. When the tree becomes big and strong, it becomes more difficult to uproot it. You become hooked onto it, to the degree that it's just like second nature. No regret thereafter until you die in a condition. May Allāh safeguard us? We had some brothers who came to me some time back, telling me, you know what do we do, our father was looking like such a religious man and he died in the midst of two prostitutes with beer bottles. Do you want that to be the end of your life? May Allāh protect us all? A`oothu billāh. May Allāh safeguard us? Well if that's the case do not let that be a probability. Rather let salāh be a probability. If you engage in five salāh, the chances of you dying in salāh are very great. Do you know that? There are so many who have died in sujood and rukoo`. But if you don't read salāh there's no chance of that happening to you. Not at all. May Allāh take us away whilst we're in His obedience and may he protect us really, that we are not disgraced, dying in His disobedience.
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Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status."

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status." | Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status." - Sir Ken Robinson


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La creatividad es un componente esencial en el proceso de aprendizaje y logro de las competencias exigidas en el siglo XXI. La infografía de Gust MEES presenta 12 beneficios de la creatividad.

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Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status." - Sir Ken Robinson


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Creativity now is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status." - Sir Ken Robinson


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"As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today’s classroom.  I really believe that classrooms need to be learner focused. This is not simply that students are creating but that they are also having opportunities to follow their interests and explore passions.  The teacher should embody learning as well."


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StacyLada's curator insight, September 27, 2015 3:16 AM

Really good points for education and nice sketchnote from Sylvia.

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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, February 25, 2015 3:13 PM

Interesting applications for cross-school & global sharing

Scott Besterman's curator insight, February 27, 2015 8:42 AM

The use of green screens is a fun and effective way of "visually" bringing the outside world into your video stories.

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It's a new way to show a presentation and also "why not" to do a virtual travel all around the world!