الا من أتى الله بقلب سليم
“Except for those who meet Allah with a clean heart.” (Qur’an 26:89)
Some of the people of the past, when commenting on this Verse, mentioned it’s for the one who meets Allah and there is no one in his heart except Allah.
This means freeing ourselves from loving ourselves, loving worldly wealth and amassing it, freeing our hearts from envy and pride and cleaning it all out and filling it with the love of Allah.
Some of them also said, to worship Allah with a mustard seed of love is more beloved to Allah than 70 years’ worship with no love.
This means doing acts of worship with a sound heart full of love of Allah and free of diseases is far superior than the one who just does actions out of habit.
Let’s clean our hearts of hatred, envy, desires, money, arrogance and the rest and fill it with the love of Allah.
Al Zuhd is leaving that which distracts one from Allah. Never testify to someone of being a zaahid because Zuhd is in the heart.
Al Awzaee said, a munaafiq speaks a lot and does little action!
A student who studies more than 10 hours a day seeking ilm (meaning a large amount), yet he is staring at the doors of fitnah due to not taking care of his heart, not doing Ibaadah and so on and this has led him to become arrogant. This is a real-life example today!
So, combine between talab and tazkiya for the nafs and both are needed to be successful!
Before you go to bed tonight, think about all the people that have hurt you or offended you, and forgive them. This takes a lot of strength but this is a quick way to clean one’s heart!
Teach this golden point to your family too.
- Sins and doesn’t feel any guilt.
- Commits sins which he never used to do but has now started doing them.
- Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Qur’an.
- Feeling too lazy to do good.
- Neglecting the Sunnah.
- Not feeling anything when hearing Verses from the Qur’an.
- Finding it difficult to remember Allah and making dhikr.
- Desiring status.
- Being concerned with whether something is haraam or halal only; and not avoiding makrooh (not recommended) things.
- Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
- Likes to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
- Becoming engrossed and very involved with the dunya; worldly things.
The danger of your emaan decreasing is that if you are only completing your fard obligations and your emaan takes a big hit, this could lead you to kufr.
The heart is in need of:
- That which will protect its strength and that is emaan and acts of obedience.
- Protection from harm and evil and that is avoiding sins and that which will affect the heart.
- To be free from corruption and evil which have afflicted it and that is through tawbah and istighfaar.
This is mentioned by one of the scholars of the past.