Episode 1

Eat Berries, but Don't Forget Al-Bari!

Sacred Text Messages returns in the blessed month of Rabi' al-Awwal with a profound discussion on a prescient hadith related in Imam al-Bayhaqi's collection: “The Messenger of God ﷺ is reported to have said, ‘The hearts rust, and they rust like iron will rust when exposed to water.' The Companions asked, 'How do we remove that rust?' He ﷺ replied, 'By much remembrance of death and recitation of the Qur’an.'" In modern terminology, rust is commonly referred to as oxidation, a phenomenon that has both physical and spiritual manifestations. Recent health fads have focused on anti-oxidant rich diets and supplements that prevent free radicals wreaking havoc on our vital cells and organs. But what about our spiritual organ, the heart? When we're blind to the corruptive forces on our soul, the oxidative process of the spiritual heart leaves us blind to the prophetic light. Our spiritual doctor, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, left us with an unfailing prescription. Tune in and learn to antioxidize!

About the Sacred Text Messages podcast:

In this age of material excess and spiritual privation, grounding ourselves in divine guidance has never been more critical. The Sacred Text Messages podcast with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf provides an antidote to the modern madness by reconnecting us with God and His Messenger ﷺ. Listen to timeless wisdoms from sacred sources and rediscover Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

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Sacred Text Messages
with Hamza Yusuf