The Ill Within Our Hearts

 

وَإِنَّ فِي الْجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إِذَا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ، وَإِذَا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ‏.‏ أَلاَ وَهِيَ الْقَلْبُ ‏

In a portion of a hadith, the Prophet (ﷺ) said that, “There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 52]

If we reflect upon this hadith, it tells us that the heart is one of, if not the most invaluable organs within our body. Any negative change to it can harm the entire body, and its correct reformation has the power to restore the entire body. This also means that we are required to take care of it and not let it get spoiled; but if in any case it does, then we must try our level best to mend it. 

This begs the question: How do we know that our hearts need mending in the first place? 

A good way of testing the state of our hearts is looking at our thoughts, behaviour in different situations, and our ongoing habits, as they are a reflection of what’s inside us. Listed below are some good indicators that we are in need of reformation:

  • Having ill feelings towards others

There are times that we may feel jealous of others in their happiness and success, or we may find joy in their failure. Or we may find ourselves suspicious of others where we unduly question their actions and also their intentions. If these thoughts and feelings become persistent, we may end up finding ourselves talking about others in their absence. If backbiting is a constant in our lifestyle then it’s a sign that our hearts need a lot of attention as it is a major sin.

  • Consistent negative thoughts about ourselves

There might be days where we don’t feel our absolute best, so we end up looking down upon ourselves whether it is our looks or our achievements. If we’re in a consistent state of doubting ourselves to the point where there’s a pattern of self-sabotaging behaviour-  such as negative self-talk (to ourselves or others), giving up, constant sulking, etc, then we must realize that there is a problem that needs resolve.

  • Ingratitude about our present

We’ve been blessed with a lot in our lives, but as humans we have a tendency to lose sight and also forget. Living through a time where haste has become so common and is the most accepted way of living, it is so normal to get pulled into a fast-paced dimension where our own habits and actions become completely mindless. The worst part of it all is that it is led by greed; perhaps by our need to be better than others, and followed by thanklessness and depression.

  • Uncertainty about the future

While knowledge of the unseen is only with Allah (), we are required to have a positive supposition of Him and keep a firm belief in what He has decreed for us. Unfortunately, many of us not only lack knowledge and proper understanding of what Qadr (decree) is, but also yaqeen (certainty) in it.

فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمُ اللَّهُ مَرَضًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ

“In their hearts is disease, so Allah has increased their disease; and for them is a painful punishment because they [habitually] used to lie.” [2:10]

Allah () tells us in the Qur’an that hypocrites are the ones who carry diseases in their hearts, and their diseases are increased because they constantly lie. Oftentimes, our greatest problems stem, not from lying to others but lying to ourselves because we fear our own faults. If only we realize that we have been blessed with this lifetime to work towards improving ourselves to gain a spot for ourselves in the eternal bliss, our Jannah, then we would learn to be more truthful and would be able to reset our priorities. 

Writer: Asma Khan

Attaining Qalb-e-Saleem

“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

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