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Unformatted text preview: ot be misled. And whoever He sets astray then there is none to guide him. I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone, with no partner." Dhumad trembled and said, "Repeat these words to me." The Prophet repeated the words. Dhumad said, "By Allah, I have heard the words of soothsayers, magicians, and poets, but I have never heard the like of these words, which reached the depths of the sea. Give me your hand so I can pledge my allegiance to you upon Islam." The Prophet extended his hand and Dhumad eventually cleansed his heart from disbelief, while saying, "I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the servant and Messenger of Allah." 563 The art of listening 85 The Prophet also realised that he was a noble man among his people, so he said to him, "And your people?" meaning, will you call them to Islam? Dhumad said, "Yes, and my people." He then returned to his people as a preacher and a caller to faith. Hence, be an expert listener. Listen attentively. Move your head to indicate you are following the conversation. React by demonstrating facial expressions, like furrowing your forehead, raising your eyebrows, smiling, or moving your lips in surprise. Notice how it affects the person who is addressing you, be he young or old.You will find that he focuses on you even more. Result... Our expertise in listening attentively to others makes them profound in their love for us. 564 (86) The art of discussion You must have a memory of a meeting you may have had with a friend where the two of you angrily argued, after which you were left bitter and angry for days. Perhaps, you might also recall an argument you saw between two people, perhaps over a trivial issue, where the two of them raised voices in anger, after which they were left resenting one another. Sometimes we tire ourselves by winning people over by using various skills only to then alienate them from ou...
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