Category Archives: The Reformation of Hearts

Purification of the Heart’s Sicknesses (Love of Praise & Showing off – The Remedy)

Read Part 1 of this post: Purification of the Heart’s Sicknesses using the Name of Allah: Al ‘Aleem

It is from man’s nature to love to be praised. Allah created us with this. But instead of seeking the praise of Allah, some people tend to direct it to other than Allah.

The love for praise and showing off are sickness of the heart. This post talks about some of the remedies that those suffering from this sickness can follow in order to be healed from it completely. Read the rest of this entry

Purification of the Heart’s Sicknesses using the Name of Allah: Al ‘Aleem

The Scholars said that the Name Al -‘Aleem العليم  is the greatest warner and admonisher. It is mentioned about 150 times in the Qur’an.

If you know the meaning of this Name, it will purify your heart from sicknesses. Allah mentions in 11 verses in the Qur’an, that He is “عليم بذات الصدور”; which means that Allah knows what is in the breast. The breast (heart) encompasses our beliefs, wills, intentions, and resolutions, as well as the sicknesses of the heart; and Allah knows about it all in detail. No heart beats for the blink of an eye (i.e. nothing is missed), but Allah knows about that movement, whether that movement was for Him or for other than Him. We have to keep watch over our hearts. Read the rest of this entry

The Description Of The Person With A Corrupted Heart- 22nd March 2015

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”.

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The Reformation of Hearts: Sunday 27th Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 (27th April 2014)

Our Eeman will increase as our knowledge about Allah increases thus our hearts will be reformed.

We will explain everything that happens to us, in a correct manner. We will not be like the people whom when they receiving a blessing, they thank the people and forget the real bestower; and we will not blame the people if Allah withholds something from us.
When the person blames people for something which Allah didn’t give him this indicates that his certainty in Allah is weak. If he is pleased with the people for a blessing Allah gave him this also indicates that his certainty in Allah his weak.
People get upset with others thinking and don’t realise that it is Allah who withheld that blessing. They don’t understand that it is that Rizq that is written for them.
As your faith increases, you will take the advantage of the blessed and virtuous seasons.
After a few days we are going to enter the month of Rajab which is one of the sacred months. The good deeds are multiplied in reward in this month and the bad deeds are great in Allah’s Sight.
Your faith will make you aware and attentive during these sacred months. Out of Allah’s Mercy and Favour upon us, He made this sacred month precede the month of Ramadhan. This is because Ramadhan is also a great month in Allah’s sight and we need to enter it with high faith.

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The Reformation of Hearts: Sunday 13th Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 (13th April 2014)

Your weight on the Day of Judgement will be according to what is established in the heart of belief and love of Allah. This is why we need to focus and work hard on the heart. Allah, out of His Generosity and Mercy, gives us chances to purify our heart.
In Al Anbiya’ (21:47):
وَنَضَعُ الْمَوَازِينَ الْقِسْطَ لِيَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ فَلَا تُظْلَمُ نَفْسٌ شَيْئًا ۖ وَإِن كَانَ مِثْقَالَ حَبَّةٍ مِّنْ خَرْدَلٍ أَتَيْنَا بِهَا ۗ وَكَفَىٰ بِنَا حَاسِبِينَ
And We shall set up balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We as Reckoners.
The first action of Allah is نضع. Allah puts the موازين (balances).
The description of these balanced are قسط (Just).
Then Allah tells us when these balances will be put: On the Day of Judgement
Then He informs us of a very important fact. فلا تظلم نفس شئ
نفس and شئ are both indefinite
It means that Allah will wrong the person in nothing
He will not increase evil deeds nor will He decrease good deeds
We can’t comprehend the shape or the form of these balances. We know that these balances will weigh everything because Allah says:

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The Reformation of Hearts: Sunday 6th Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 (6th April 2014)

The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam) mentioned one statement in two different Hadith’s:
 HADITH 1)
Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam) said, “And those persons who assemble in one of the houses of Allah (mosques), recite the book of Allah and learn and teach the Qur’an (among themselves), there will descend upon them tranquillity. Mercy will cover them, the angels will surround them and Allah will mention them in the presence of those near Him. He who is slow paced in doing good deeds, his descent does not make him go ahead.” (Muslim)
HADITH 2)
The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam) said, “There is no man (person) follows a path in quest of knowledge, but Allah will make the path of paradise easy for him. He who is slow paced in doing good deeds, his descendant does not make him go ahead.” (Abu Dawud, authenticated by Al-Albani)
Many lecturers stop at the hadiths and do not say the continuation. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam) said the same statement after mentioning the good deeds. He also emphasised that we have to put effort in seeking the good. We shouldn’t rely on our descendants as it will not benefit us with Allah.
Our good deeds will benefit us with Allah. This will take you ahead to Allah and nothing else. This is a very important matter, we need to work hard in performing good deeds. Don’t rely on who you are; your nationality, nobility, etc.
This is one of the most important concepts that one should consider when doing good deeds.
One should also hope that Allah accepts his good deeds. While we do ‘Ibaadah we need to renew our intention, because Allah is looking at our hearts. Do not let your heart be distracted during the lecture if we want to go ahead with Allah. Distraction and heedlessness may lessen the reward. Exert your utmost to collect your heart and be heedful. The Shaytan wants to distract you and lose your reward. There is no deed more virtuous than sitting in a gathering where Allah is mentioned. We need to follow the manners of sitting in the gatherings of knowledge so we will get more good deeds.
We need to hope Allah will forgive our sins while we sit. We have to be alert all the time, we are in a Jihad while we are sitting. This is not a gathering like any other gathering. We should always be aware. Our intention should be accompanying us until the end of the lecture if we want to get the reward of acquiring knowledge.
We want Paradise, and it isn’t just given to us like that. When you want to buy a diamond, you pay thousands.
If you want Jannah you need to spend your life, time and heart. You have to pay the most precious things. Sit in a manner which is loved by Allah, not to please the lecturer but to please Allah.
The heart is very important
Think:
1) My Eeman will be upright If my heart is upright.
2)’Allah is looking at my heart, He is watching my heart and deeds. At the time of the Prophet there were many who were praying and fasting but were considered hypocrites.
Allah ordered the Prophet not to pray the funeral prayers on them because they were worse than the disbelievers. The problem was their hearts. We should not be deceived by the good deeds the people do apparently.
The Prophet said in a Hadith, “after some time people will appear, your Salat will be considered nothing to their Salat, they will recite Qur’an profusely, you may belittle your recitation compared to them, but their recitation won’t pass their throat (it won’t reach their heart nor will it ascend to Allah). If I meet any one of them I will kill them.”
We have to focus on the heart. We have to check our faith in Allah.
3) Allah made success, with Him on the Day of Judgement, in having a sound heart (قلب سليم)
The person who is successful with Allah is the person who has a sound heart.
In Surah Shu’aara Verse 28-29:
يوم لا ينفع مال و لا بنون. الا من أتى الله بقلب سليم
The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, Except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifaq (hypocrisy). 
What should the heart be clean from?
Shaykh Sa’dee said it should be lean from:
1) Shirk
2) Doubts
3) Love of evil (Some people can’t do evil but they love it. They like to remove their hijab and show their beauty but because they have a strict husband she doesn’t. It has many different forms. Some may be poor and not have the means to commit zina, but they love to do evil. We have to clear our hearts from this.)
4) Bid’ah – There is nothing called good bid’ah and bad bid’ah. Bid’ah is bid’ah. The criteria for judging it is that it is not according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, we don’t have any proof for it, the Prophet didn’t say it, the companions did not do it nor is it in the Qur’an.
بدعه حسنا =
If something is prescribed by Allah and His Messenger and people forgot it then after sometimes people come and revive it, they call it  بدعه حسنا. It’s not something new, it has basis.
Now after clearing my heart I need to fill my heart with the opposite:
1) Sincerity
2) Certainty
3) Knowledge
4) Love of Good. We need to love anything good in Islam because Allah has prescribed it.
5) My will and love should be in accordance with what Allah loves. Whatever Allah loves I love, whatever Allah hates I hate, even if they are close relatives. This doesn’t mean I don’t do good for them, this is something different and is the action of the limbs, but my heart is for Allah.
The Shaykh said, “His will is in accordance to what Allah loves and his desire (هواء) should be in accordance to what Allah legislated.”
Desire is something natural that Allah has created in us. We have desire for food, sexual relations, etc. but when it crosses the limit it becomes blameworthy.
Check your actions.
Ex. A conflict happened between someone you were helping. If you were following your desire, you would stop helping her, but if you follow what Allah loves then you would help her even if she is offending you. Your هواء (desires) should be according to what Allah loves.
The هواء controls us a lot. When we like people, we smile and greet them and if we don’t like them we don’t smile and greet them. Even the knowledgeable people do this,it is not something only ignorant people practice.
Are you following your هواء or what Allah wants from us?
When the هواء is dominating the heart the person will do according to what he likes and doesn’t like. If Allah’s love dominates the person he will do what Allah loves and wants. Check your statement, behaviour and attitude. We want to meet Allah with a sound heart, this is the person who will win with Allah on the Day of Judgement.
The heart is the place of the trials and tests.
In Surah Al-Imran Verse 154:
ثُمَّ أَنزَلَ عَلَيْكُم مِّن بَعْدِ الْغَمِّ أَمَنَةً نُّعَاسًا يَغْشَىٰ طَائِفَةً مِّنكُمْ ۖ وَطَائِفَةٌ قَدْ أَهَمَّتْهُمْ أَنفُسُهُمْ يَظُنُّونَ بِاللَّهِ غَيْرَ الْحَقِّ ظَنَّ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ ۖ يَقُولُونَ هَل لَّنَا مِنَ الْأَمْرِ مِن شَيْءٍ ۗ قُلْ إِنَّ الْأَمْرَ كُلَّهُ لِلَّهِ ۗ يُخْفُونَ فِي أَنفُسِهِم مَّا لَا يُبْدُونَ لَكَ ۖ يَقُولُونَ لَوْ كَانَ لَنَا مِنَ الْأَمْرِ شَيْءٌ مَّا قُتِلْنَا هَاهُنَا ۗ قُل لَّوْ كُنتُمْ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ لَبَرَزَ الَّذِينَ كُتِبَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْقَتْلُ إِلَىٰ مَضَاجِعِهِمْ ۖ وَلِيَبْتَلِيَ اللَّهُ مَا فِي صُدُورِكُمْ وَلِيُمَحِّصَ مَا فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ
Then after the distress, He sent down security for you. Slumber overtook a party of you, while another party was thinking about themselves (as how to save their ownselves, ignoring the others and the Prophet SAW) and thought wrongly of Allah – the thought of ignorance. They said, “Have we any part in the affair?” Say you (O Muhammad SAW): “Indeed the affair belongs wholly to Allah.” They hide within themselves what they dare not reveal to you, saying: “If we had anything to do with the affair, none of us would have been killed here.” Say: “Even if you had remained in your homes, those for whom death was decreed would certainly have gone forth to the place of their death,” but that Allah might test what is in your breasts; and to Mahis that which was in your hearts (sins), and Allah is All-Knower of what is in (your) breasts.
This is in the context of the battle of Uhud. In the beginning of the battle the Muslims were defeated, then Allah gave them the victory.
The calamity that happened was a test.
Allah tested what was in their breasts, of eeman and hypocrisy, and to get rid( تمحيس )of what is in our hearts of sicknesses.
العليم بذات الصدور = Allah is all knowing of what is in our heart
You may say, “I am really concerned about my weight with Allah.” If you are really truthful you will take the means of increasing your faith with Allah. It is not a matter of wanting, you need to take the action and show Allah.
The believers don’t talk much, they act much. We need to work more, not just talk.
Ex. One of the virtuous deeds are transitive good deeds (متعدي) which are deeds that other people benefit from.
After learning this you hear about a project where they were building a mosque and you participated.
A narration in Musnad al-Bazzâr that al-Albânî graded as authentic, reads: “Whoever builds a mosque for Allah – though it be the size of the ground nest of a sandgrouse – Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.”
Allah is الشاكر الشكور.
You build a small masjid and Allah will build for you a house in Paradise.
When they put the name on the masjid, you ask them to put your name, centre or family name. Here is the conflict. Ask yourself, do you really want the reward from Allah? If you do then you won’t care if your name is there or not. It is more sincere to not put your name, as the Sahabah and Salaf used to hide their good deeds.
Yet, nowadays people are competing for their name to be known. This is a test for your sincerity.
A man fasted for thirty years without his own family knowing. This is how the Sahabah and Tabi’een took care of hiding their good deeds.
Sometimes we suggest a project and Allah puts the Barakah in it. The project becomes good but people talk about it without mentioning your name. Why are you concerned that they didn’t mention your name? You don’t need to tell people it was you.  Allah is the All knower, the One who is taking account. It is better that they don’t know.
We are facing these problems nowadays and making people upset and angry because their names are not mentioned. Allah is testing what is in our hearts. الاخلاص (Sincerity) is something very precious and rare. We need to fight for it.
When someone comes and praises you for a good deed you have done, don’t rejoice for their praise.  If you rejoice at the peoples praise it is not a good indication, it means you are waiting for their praise. It means that if they don’t praise you you will be unhappy.Your concern should be Allah praising you. You need to immediately make jihad, remind yourself that your full reward is with Allah.
The heart is a very important matter.
Remind yourself: The praise of Allah is truth (حق) and the praise of the people is falsehood (باطل) and vanishes. Don’t be deceived with their praise.
One of the Salaf used to say, “Whoever knows the people, will be at rest, he will not rejoice at their praise nor will he be displeased with their dispraise. They quickly become pleased or angry; the هواء is moving them”.
Take care of your weight with Allah. If your weight with the people becomes great then this is a fitnah for you. You will be like the slave whom Allah said in the Qur’an  has many masters, she’ll want to please everyone. She will be distracted and her weight with Allah will become less. The more your value with the people increases the more it is a fitnah for you. You should care only about Allah.
Nowadays we only care about the people, whether they are happy or not. Where is Allah?
We are torturing ourselves. If we know the reality of the people, we will be at rest.
There are certain actions which if we do, our weight with Allah will increase. They are heavy on the scale with Allah.
Some of them are:
1)  سبحان الله و بحمده سبحان الله العظيم
“كلمتان خفيفتان على لسان،
2) لا اله الا الله
3) Good Manners.
What will reform our hearts? Knowledge about Allah

The reformation of hearts: Sunday 29th Jumada Al-Awwal 1435 ( 30th March 2014)

The mindful person is concerned about his weight with Allâh on the Day of Judgement. So he will bring an intention for every step he takes, hoping that Allâh will reward him.

Sheikh As Sa’adi (Rahimahullaah) said, “The more obstacles there are in preventing a person to do good, the more the reward”

Therefore we have to be aware and attentive of every step we take when we leave our house in order that Allâh will reward us for every good deed we do and add it to our scale.

We are not dealing with humans, we are dealing with The Lord who is, الشكور, The Most Appreciative.

Abu Hurayrah (Radia-Allaahu ‘Anhu) narrated that the Prophet said, “A man saw a thorny branch and removed it from the way. Allâh became pleased by his action and forgave him for that.” (Al Bukhari 1.11.624)

In another version, “…and he was admitted to Paradise” (Muslim)

This is an easy deed to do. The person who is aware will not belittle even the tiniest deed. He will want to add as much as possible to his scale.

Your weight with Allâh is not according to your nobility or wealth, it is about how much faith and piety you have in your heart.

In order to increase our love of Allâh we need detailed knowledge that will bring life to our hearts. An indication of a dead heart is when a person commits a sin and he feels no guilt. We need a heart that is sensitive to sins. We need knowledge that will bring shyness towards Allâh such that when we commit a sin we will feel ashamed. We need abundant knowledge about Allâh.

Our heart has قول + عمل. The عمل are the feelings of our heart and are dependent on the قول which are the beliefs.

Allâh makes us go through situations to test our first reaction and resort. To whom will we run to first? This is the test, in order to show us how much we believe in Allâh. If you run to Allâh as soon as you get a problem and then take the means this indicates that there is strong faith about Allâh in your heart. Check your first reaction in every situation.

We need abundant knowledge + training our heart. We can train our heart by reminding it of the meanings of the names of Allâh.

  1. Allâh is الصمد. He is the One who I resort to during times of needs. He is قيوم over everything, over all my affairs. He is my وكيل, my guardian, my protector, etc.

When you repeat this to yourself all the time you will strengthen your heart. You will not become afraid or depressed, you will face your problems with a strong heart.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HEART ON THE SCALE

The heart is the place where Allâh looks all the time.

Abu Hurayrah (Radia-Allaahu ‘Anhu) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam) said ” Verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts,” and he pointed towards the heart with his fingers.” (Sahih-Muslim)

The scholars concluded from this Hadith that the heart is the place where Allâh looks at. This statement means that if the person extends his hand with 100KD in charity, you have to know that Allâh doesn’t look at the hand or the amount you are paying, He is looking at what is established in your heart the moment you extend your hand.

EX. You may give a lecture where people are impressed. During your lecture Allâh is looking at your hear; what is established in it at that time. Are you seeking the pleasure of Allâh or are you happy with the people? Why are beautifying your statement? Or the audience, they may be sitting and looking attentively but their hearts may be absent. We cannot deceive Allâh.

Now, Allâh is looking at your heart. If you are aware of this statement you wouldn’t let Allâh see something that isn’t good in your heart.

حسد

It is said that there is nobody but they commit حسد. Everyone practices envy but differently. Some people will practice it day and night without them knowing it. It is when Allâh gives a blessing to someone and you don’t like that so you express it.

The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa salaam) said: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” [Abu Dawūd]

The حسد has different hidden forms.

A) Criticising/Judging people.

One may criticise someone for getting a promotion.

  1. “Why did they make her the leader? What qualifications did she have? Why did they give her an A and me a B?”

B) Calculating

Someone passes by a building and does not speak loudly. In her heart she will calculate how many apartments are in the building and how much each rent is to know the amount the owner receives. This indicates حسد. The believer should immediately repel these thoughts, because it is a blessing which Allâh has bestowed upon his servants. It is as if this person is angry with Allâh’s Qadr. Therefore حسد is a very serious sickness. If you are not a strong believer you will not know the hidden aspects of it.

C) Someone passes by a beautiful car and says, “Really these people enjoy their life, they have no problems.”

In Surah Ta-Ha Verse 131:

وَلَا تَمُدَّنَّ عَيْنَيْكَ إِلَىٰ مَا مَتَّعْنَا بِهِ أَزْوَاجًا مِّنْهُمْ زَهْرَةَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا لِنَفْتِنَهُمْ فِيهِ ۚ وَرِزْقُ رَبِّكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰ

And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to various groups of them (polytheists and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah), the splendour of the life of this world that We may test them thereby. But the provision (good reward in the Hereafter) of your Lord is better and more lasting.

Allâh gave them this as a test. You are supposed to be thanking Allâh for not putting you into this fitnah. You are foolish if you wish for what the rich people have, because Allâh says this is a Fitnah.

Who admits that he is envying them in this situation? No one, because they don’t know that this is considered envying.

 

D) Two friends study together. Everyone went to a certain college. Allâh gave one a high salary and good life, and the other one may get something less. The latter will say, “He was in the same class as I was…” Implying that this person was not very clever before.

 

E) It is not only the poor people that practice حسد. Even rich people practice it. It happened there was an emergency in a flight, they moved people from economy to first class. Those who were in first class were staring at them and started grumbling and murmuring because they didn’t pay. This is envy. This is rizq of Allâh for them. They don’t like that Allâh is allowing others to share the blessing.

Allâh forbade us from wanting what Allâh has bestowed upon the people.

In Surah Nisaa’ Verse 32:

وَلَا تَتَمَنَّوْا مَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بِهِ بَعْضَكُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ ۚ لِّلرِّجَالِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبُوا ۖ وَلِلنِّسَاءِ نَصِيبٌ مِّمَّا اكْتَسَبْنَ ۚ وَاسْأَلُوا اللَّهَ مِن فَضْلِهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا 

And wish not for the things in which Allah has made some of you to excel others. For men there is reward for what they have earned, (and likewise) for women there is reward for what they have earned, and ask Allah of His Bounty. Surely, Allah is Ever All-Knower of everything.

Instead of wishing, if you see a blessing then ask Allâh to give you a blessing.

Sheikh Sa’adi (Rahimahullaah) said regarding this verse, Allâh warns the faithful not to covet the things which Allâh has granted to others out of His benefaction and benevolence on them; whether such things are possible to attain or not. Therefore, women should not covet those characteristics of men by which Allâh has granted them a degree higher over them; neither should the deprived or those with some disability covet for wealth or perfect physique, because such unattainable wishes are considered to fall under the category of jealousy. If a person, after witnessing Allâh’s bounties in the possession of another, wishes that these bounties be taken away from that individual or destroyed and given to him, then this is termed as jealousy.

Additionally, making such a wish is tantamount to being angry with Allâh’s virtue of pre-ordainment and is an indication that the person is indulging in the evils of indolence and false desires, which are hazards in the way of struggle and practicality. However, the following two factors are exempt from this principle and are rather desirable:

1) A person should make every legal effort within his power to attain worldly and spiritual benefits

2) A person should beg Allâh for His blessings, and never rely on his own ability, skill or those of anyone else except Allâh.

 

For this reason Allâh says, Men shall have a reward for what they have earned”. That is, men will reap the reward of their fruitful deeds, “and women shall have a reward for what they have earned”. None will earn except that which they strive for and make effort for. Therefore ask Allâh for His bounty, referring to His blessings in all.

Allâh ended the verse with إن الله كان بكل شئءعليما because He knows who deserves to be given and who doesn’t. He knows it is good for so and so and it may corrupt the faith of someone else. Don’t wish, because you don’t know and Allâh knows.

In Surah Imran verses 37-38:

فَتَقَبَّلَهَا رَبُّهَا بِقَبُولٍ حَسَنٍ وَأَنبَتَهَا نَبَاتًا حَسَنًا وَكَفَّلَهَا زَكَرِيَّا ۖ كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقًا ۖ قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّىٰ لَكِ هَٰذَا ۖ قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ. هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُ ۖ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِن لَّدُنكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاءِ

So her Lord (Allah) accepted her with goodly acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zakariya (Zachariya). Every time he entered Al-Mihrab to (visit) her , he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: “O Maryam (Mary)! From where have you got this?” She said, “This is from Allah.” Verily, Allah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit.” At that time Zakariya (Zachariya) invoked his Lord, saying: “O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.”

Maryam was an عابده, she used to dedicate herself to worshipping Allâh. Her rizq came to her without any effort.  When Zakariya asked her where it came from she said it’s from Allâh, ان الله يرزق من يشاء بغير حساب

On the authority of ‘Abdullah who related that he heard the Messenger of Allâh  say “Whoever makes the Hereafter his sole concern, then Allâh will be sufficient for him concerning his affairs and needs in the world…” (Ibn Mâjah, and others).

IMMEDIATELY, Zakariya made Du’aa. He didn’t wish, He asked Allâh from His bounty.

The Jews and Christians envy the believers.

In Surah Baqarah Verse 109:

وَدَّ كَثِيرٌ مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ لَوْ يَرُدُّونَكُم مِّن بَعْدِ إِيمَانِكُمْ كُفَّارًا حَسَدًا مِّنْ عِندِ أَنفُسِهِم مِّن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُمُ الْحَقُّ ۖ فَاعْفُوا وَاصْفَحُوا حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy from their ownselves, even, after the truth (that Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allah’s Messenger) has become manifest unto them. But forgive and overlook, till Allah brings His Command. Verily, Allah is Able to do all things.

Love = ود

Allâh is referring to the Jews and Christians. They love that we apostate and not practice the religion.

حسد من عندي أنفسكم

The truth had come to them and come to the believers. The Muslims accepted the truth but they didn’t. Because they didn’t accept the truth they want you to be like them. They know in the bottom of their hearts that we are on the right way. So be proud of your religion, and don’t give up your Hijab and Niqab especially when you are in front of the disbelievers. If you remove it, you are making the disbelievers happy and Allâh angry.  حسد is practised by people young and old on small and big scales.

A woman may visiting her friend who is happy with her life saying, “You do all the housework and your husband doesn’t do anything.” She is raising this question out of envy because she sees her friend is happy.

Even if the husband doesn’t do anything in the house and you take the whole responsibility, if you do that hoping the reward from Allâh you will be rewarded. Allâh loves المحسنين. Don’t wait for the reward from your husband or anyone. Spend on people, and ask Allâh the acceptance of your good deeds and Allâh will add this to your scale.

Isn’t your concern your scale? Allâh has opened for you a gate of goodness which he hasn’t opened for someone else. We need to thank Allâh. He made your husband your gate to Paradise. Don’t be ungrateful to your husband or to the situation you are in because of the envious people. These questions come from a حاسد.

 Allâh said in Surah Muhammad Verse 29:

أَمْ حَسِبَ الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ أَن لَّن يُخْرِجَ اللَّهُ أَضْغَانَهُمْ 

Or do those in whose hearts is a disease (of hypocrisy), think that Allah will not bring to light all their hidden ill-wills?

You can’t hide what is in your heart from Allâh. He is able to bring it out and show it to you, but there are people who are seers and people are blind. Allâh looks at our heart; our intention, truthfulness, what we hope from the deed. He knows the thoughts that pass by in our heart.

Many people think that as long as they didn’t do any action or utter a word they won’t be accountable. We are accountable for the thoughts which are established in our heart. If the thought passes and you think considerably and discuss it, it means that these thoughts are established in your hearts, although you may not have talked about it or acted upon it. We have to be careful, we will be accounted for it whether it is good or evil.

When evil thoughts come and you don’t repel it by استغفار or استعاذه you will be accounted for it.

One of the sicknesses of the heart is شماتا (Feeling rejoice at the misfortune or others)

Ex1 .Someone criticised your children. You heard these words and didn’t say anything. Days passed and you were in a gathering and you heard that the children of the lady who offended you did something wrong and the people are talking about it. This is a test. You may say, “حرام don’t talk about her” but what is established in your heart? Do you think, ‘Allâh is punishing her for talking about my children?’ This is a sin.

Ex2. You may reveal the secrets of people, so Allâh will reveal your secrets. It’s a matter of hearts.

Ex3. A man wronged his wife. In return she went to her family and friends and talked about him and revealed his defects. She wronged him more than he wronged her. She is considered a transgressor in Allâh’s sight.

Yet we give ourselves excuses for doing all this. Allâh is going to take account of us. The believers concern is his weight with Allâh.

In Surah Nisaa’ Verse 142:

إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يُخَادِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ وَإِذَا قَامُوا إِلَى الصَّلَاةِ قَامُوا كُسَالَىٰ يُرَاءُونَ النَّاسَ وَلَا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for As-Salat (the prayer), they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little. 

Allâh is talking about the hypocrites. People who recite the Qur’ân don’t consider themselves hypocrites; they ascribe purity to themselves.

The hypocrites think they can deceive Allâh, but He is deceiving them. Allâh is mentioning His attribute, but this is a صفه مقيده (A restricted attribute). This means that you don’t attribute Allâh as deceiving all the time, it means that he only deceives the disbelievers and hypocrites. It is restricted to the deceivers among the people.

How can we apply this to ourselves?

Ex. A man is doing a good deed but his heart is full of sicknesses. He has pride, self-conceit, he likes showing off. At the end of the day he will be pleased with himself thinking he can deceive Allâh by his apparent good deeds but Allâh is deceiving them.

Even if you apparently look pious but inwardly there is a corrupted heart, you cannot deceive Allâh. The hypocrites thought they could deceive Allâh by praying in congregation.

Now we have to stop for a while and ask ourselves what is in our heart. What sicknesses are there in our heart? Why am I behaving like this? We don’t want to come on the Day of Judgement without weight with Allâh.

We have to gain more knowledge, especially about the names of Allâh which are related to the hearts like اللطيف، الخبير، العليم، الرقيب، المحيمن

Although المحيمن is mentioned only once in the Qur’ân, we see its impact in the whole Qur’ân. We have to study and learn these names.

When you know about these names in detail you will always remember that Allâh is watchful over your heart. When I practice the sin of the heart easily it means that I don’t understand the names of Allâh that is related to my heart.