“The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children. But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart. And Paradise will be brought near [that Day] to the righteous.” (Surah Ash-Shu’ara, 88-90)
Who doesn’t wish for Paradise…a life full of bliss that never ends? But to enter, one must have Qalb-e-Saleem, or a sound heart; yet, sometimes we all need reasons to forgive someone, and to truly clean our hearts.
Alhamdulillah for the guidance always present in the Quran and Sunnah, we can find those reasons whenever we feel the need. Here are some beautiful reminders to motivate ourselves for those times of need!
1)Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said to me:
يَا بُنَيَّ إِنْ قَدَرْتَ أَنْ تُصْبِحَ وَتُمْسِيَ لَيْسَ فِي قَلْبِكَ غِشٌّ لِأَحَدٍ فَافْعَلْ
Young man, if you are able every morning and evening to remove any rancor from your heart towards anyone, do so.
Then, the Prophet said to me:
يَا بُنَيَّ وَذَلِكَ مِنْ سُنَّتِي وَمَنْ أَحْيَا سُنَّتِي فَقَدْ أَحَبَّنِي وَمَنْ أَحَبَّنِي كَانَ مَعِي فِي الْجَنَّة
Young man, that is my Sunnah. Whoever revives my Sunnah has loved me, and whoever loves me will be with me in Paradise.
(Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2678)
2)Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لا تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُسْلِمُوا وَلا تُسْلِمُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا وَأَفْشُوا السَّلامَ تَحَابُّوا وَإِيَّاكُمْ وَالْبُغْضَةَ فَإِنَّهَا هِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ لا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ تَحْلِقُ الشَّعْرَ وَلَكِنْ تَحْلِقُ الدِّينَ
By the one in whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you submit to Allah and you will not submit until you love one another. Spread peace and you will love one another. Beware of hatred, for it is the razor. I do not say that it shaves hair, but rather it shaves away the religion.
(Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 260)
3)Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ إِنْسَانٌ فِي قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالُ حَبَّةٍ مِنْ خَرْدَلٍ مِنْ كِبْرٍ
No human being will enter Paradise if there is as much as the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart.
(To not forgive is to have arrogance)
(Source: Musnad Aḥmad 6526)
4)The gates of Paradise are opened on Monday and Thursday. Allah forgives every servant who does not associate anything with him, except a man with enmity between himself and his brother. It will be said: Delay these two until they reconcile, delay these two until they reconcile.
(Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2565)
(But what if we die before that?…)
May Allah(SWT) bless us all with a heart that is peaceful, safe and sound from anything that He dislikes, and that is firm upon His Deen and obedience. Aameen.
Author: Sameen Fahmi