The Description Of The Person With A Corrupted Heart- 22nd March 2015
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The greatest means of purifying the heart from its various sicknesses is by knowing Allah.
If you contemplate, you’ll find that all our sicknesses of the heart revolve around worldly matters. People hate and fight each other for worldly things.
The description of the person whose heart is corrupted:
1) He is ignorant about the reality of this world
2) He is ignorant about the reality of the hereafter
Allah tells us in the Qur’an that this world is a deceiving enjoyment.
The person who is deceived by this world is a person whom instead of spending the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him, for the next life, spends it all for this Dunya instead.
Bukhaari reports from Sahl ibn Sa’d as-Sa’idee that the Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “A space the size of a whip in Paradise is better than this world and al that is in it”.
Knowing the reality of this Dunya and the Hereafter will help purify one’s heart.
“The dunya is cursed. Cursed is all that is in it except for the remembrance of Allah, and that which resembles it- a scholar, and a student (of knowledge).”
[Related by Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah, and Bayhaqi. The wording is taken from Shaykh al-Albaanee’s Sahīh at-Targhīb wat-Tarhīb (1/34)]
This should make us not attach our hearts to this world.
Use what Allah has given you to seek the hereafter. Don’t be greedy coveting after this world.
People who love this Dunya are drowned in it and it is very difficult to bring someone like this back. You are in one zone and they are in another. You can talk to them for hours about the Day of Judgement but your admonition will have no effect on them.
One of the reasons we are so attached to this world is that we believe we are the owners of everything Allah has blessed us with.
When Allah bestows a favor upon some people, they forget that He is the one who granted them that blessing and is the real owner.
Allah granted Qarun and Fir’aun power and they forgot that He is the real owner and that He is مالك الملك– The Owner of all Sovereignty, and that the favors are temporary to test us how we deal with them. Eventually Fir’aun drowned and Qarun was swallowed by the earth.
Allah may give a person a high position in this world. As soon as he gets this title he feels like he can do whatever he wants and everyone is under his power, forgetting that on the Day of Judgement, Allah will take him into account.
Surat Al-Hadid Verse 7:
This money belongs to Allah, He gave it to us temporarily to test us, will we spend it in a halal or haraam way.
Another thing which makes us so attached to this world is excessive hopes and wishes.
The Prophet drew a square and then drew a line in the middle of it and let it extend outside the square and then drew several small lines attached to that central line, and said, “This is the human being, and this, (the square) in his lease of life, encircles him from all sides (or has encircled him), and this (line), which is outside (the square), is his hope, and these small lines are the calamities and troubles (which may befall him), and if one misses him, an-other will snap (i.e. overtake) him, and if the other misses him, a third will snap (i.e. overtake) him.”
[Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 426]
Our hopes are unlimited. We will die before we fulfill these hopes.
Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The heart of an old man remains young in two respects, i.e., his love for the world (its wealth, amusements and luxuries) and his incessant hope.”
If one doesn’t strive hard against one’s self, the love for this world will not leave the heart. It will grow and the person will become more stingy.
The believer knows the reality of this world, and is satisfied with what Allah gives him.
On the authority of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both), he relates that the Prophet (sallaAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) once held my shoulders and said:
“Live in this world as (if you are) a wayfarer or a stranger.”
[Bukhari and Tirmidhi]
A stranger or a traveler will not look for permanent dwellings. He will not think of living in excessive luxury. The traveler’s prime concern is his destination.
People have many hopes, wishes, plans for more and more. The believer does not amass pleasures in this life.
The greatest reason for the sicknesses of the hearts is love of this world. Take away the love of this world from your heart, and you will have space for love of the next world.
3) He is ignorant about Allah.
Those who don’t know Allah, live a miserable life.
The Sunnah of Allah with us is that we are in continuous affliction.
Surat Al-Mulk Verse 2:
We go through tests throughout the days of our lives. The person ignorant of Allah doesn’t know the reason behind the affliction he goes through. When he has a problem he will seek people to console him, to mend his heart, etc. and people may lend an ear for a while but eventually pay more attention to their own problems.
The person will then feel disappointed and depressed, because no one cares about him. He doesn’t know that Allah is الجبار القريب، المجيب, you just need to invoke and beg Him.
What Allah wants you to do is to invoke Him, if you do so and humble yourself to Him, help and comfort will come, sooner or later. Don’t prolong the affliction for yourself, as soon as you are afflicted turn to Allah. Even during the simple trials, run to Allah alone; Only the believer who knows Allah will do this.
Surat Yusuf Verse 86:
قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
Ya’qub (‘alayhi salaam)’s knowledge about Allah made him complain his suffering to Him alone.
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We are approaching the month of Ramadhan, and in order to establish the days and nights of Ramadhan with prayer and fasting we need a heart full of faith. We need to work hard to bring out the love of the Dunya from our hearts, because we are approaching a month where all our past sins can be forgiven.
Increase of faith is a means of remedy of the sicknesses of our heart.
The believer lives in tranquility and at rest. He knows that if Allah has written something for him, it is preserved for him and he will definitely get it sooner or later.
Allah will bring the رزق to His slave in a hidden subtle way because He is Al-Lateef.
Live in this world at rest. Don’t envy or fight people. Everything will come at the right time.
When the believer does good, he knows he is doing good for himself.
Surat Al-‘Isra’ Verse 7:
إِنْ أَحْسَنتُمْ أَحْسَنتُمْ لِأَنفُسِكُمْ ۖ وَإِنْ أَسَأْتُمْ فَلَهَا ۚ فَإِذَا جَاءَ وَعْدُ الْآخِرَةِ لِيَسُوءُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ وَلِيَدْخُلُوا الْمَسْجِدَ كَمَا دَخَلُوهُ أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ وَلِيُتَبِّرُوا مَا عَلَوْا تَتْبِيرًا
[And said], “If you do good, you do good for yourselves; and if you do evil, [you do it] to yourselves.” Then when the final promise came, [We sent your enemies] to sadden your faces and to enter the temple in Jerusalem, as they entered it the first time, and to destroy what they had taken over with [total] destruction.
We need to learn about Allah’s names and attributes from the Qur’an and Sunnah, and live and worship Allah by them. This is obligatory knowledge and need to apply it in our lives.
We should notice the impact of Allah’s names and attributes around us. Look into the creation, the decrees that befall us and see the impact of His names and attributes.
We ought to have firm and certain belief in all what Allah informed us about His noble self in the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Allah is unseen. We can’t see Him in this world, but we can see the impact of His names and attributes.
Everything that happens in this universe tells us about the impact of Allah’s names and attributes. When we think considerably, our faith will increase.
The Qur’an is full of knowledge about Allah, His names and actions.
There is nothing you go through in your life except that the answer, or explanation of it is in the Qur’an. If you are truthful and sincere in knowing about Allah, Allah will make it easy for you to know about Him.
If there’s a corrupted land, Allah will afflict that place with an earthquake. It is then that you will find people running to mosques, invoking and praying to Allah. After the calamity ends some people share their experiences and laugh about it while others have increased in faith and have changed.
Surat Az-Zumar Verses 8-9:
وَإِذَا مَسَّ الْإِنسَانَ ضُرٌّ دَعَا رَبَّهُ مُنِيبًا إِلَيْهِ ثُمَّ إِذَا خَوَّلَهُ نِعْمَةً مِّنْهُ نَسِيَ مَا كَانَ يَدْعُو إِلَيْهِ مِن قَبْلُ وَجَعَلَ لِلَّهِ أَندَادًا لِّيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ۚ قُلْ تَمَتَّعْ بِكُفْرِكَ قَلِيلًا ۖ إِنَّكَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّارِ
And when adversity touches man, he calls upon his Lord, turning to Him [alone]; then when He bestows on him a favor from Himself, he forgets Him whom he called upon before, and he attributes to Allah equals to mislead [people] from His way. Say, “Enjoy your disbelief for a little; indeed, you are of the companions of the Fire.”
أَمَّنْ هُوَ قَانِتٌ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ سَاجِدًا وَقَائِمًا يَحْذَرُ الْآخِرَةَ وَيَرْجُو رَحْمَةَ رَبِّهِ ۗ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ ۗ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.
Allah used His name Ar-Rabb, because He is the nurturer, nurturing His Slaves through these calamities.
How many times have we gone through calamities and when Allah removed it from us we went back to our old ways?
Kufr could be minor – which is ungratefulness, attributing the blessing to other than Allah. Even Muslims can fall into this.
The difference between these two people mentioned in the verse is knowledge. The first person didn’t know that Allah is nurturing Him. Whenever you are looking for an explanation for a situation you’re going through, then refer to the Qur’an.