قلب . Qalb . Heart

Being the medium through which we think and feel, our hearts play an utmost significant role in our lives. From our emotions to our decisions, it influences us in so many ways. But what controls this very core of our beings? The answer is none other than our Creator. Knowing this, we should take a step back, reflect on ourselves, and put in conscious effort to recognise the state of our hearts - their attachments, their diseases, and their desires - as a means to better our faith through the remembrance of Allah. 


Uncovering Purpose

Suhaib reported that the Messenger of Allah SAW said: “Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him. If he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 55, Hadith Number 82) When faced with trials, the most common question we ask ourselves is, “Why is this happening to me?”  Everything in this dunya comes with a purpose. Even our obstacles serve to bring us back to Him. Trials are not a form of punishment from Him. They strengthen our faith and purify our hearts. Of course, when we are consumed by darkness, it is hard to see the light. Henceforth why holding strongly to our purpose in this life and reminding ourselves of Him in everything we do is crucial.  As seen in the Hadith above - how wonderful is it that we are rewarded for enduring our hardships in this dunya with due patience? There is khayr (goodness) behind everything. Understanding our purpose in life and appreciating the khayr in both the good and bad is of upmost importance as Muslims.   How do you remind yourself to keep your niyyah in check and to practise doing things for His sake? Have you ever felt so low that it seemed impossible to stay optimistic? In this dunya, we have many amanah (responsibilities) as a child, as a friend, as a student, and as a sibling. What do you do with the amanah that you are entrusted with?

Feeling Alive

An-Nu'man bin Bashir reported that: “I heard the Messenger of Allah SAW say: “...Beware! In the body there is a piece of flesh which, if it is sound, the whole body will be sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body will be corrupt. It is the heart.”” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Book 36, Hadith Number 59) Our hearts are commonly used in relation to express how we feel, which is only natural as the heart is home to our emotions. It is a blessing to be able to experience a myriad of emotions. Of course, amidst the pain that we feel in this dunya, we tend to look for happiness in the smaller things – our interests and our relationships. These serve as a form of motivation when we are faced with hardships and help us to stay perseverant and resilient. The heart can also harbor diseases, which include arrogance, envy, and greed. We need to ensure to maintain a pure and sound heart by controlling these negative feelings before they consume us. They can result in hardening of our hearts, which will in turn, affect both of our relationships to Allah and to other people. How do your emotions affect your relationships with Allah and other people? In this fast-paced world, how do you remind yourself to maintain a pure heart? What makes you feel alive?

Embracing Pain

Narrated Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri and Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that." (Sahih Bukhari, Book 70, Hadith Number 545)  Pain is an inevitable adversary; we will all feel the harrowing of our hearts one day in this dunya. It can come in different forms and varying degrees, and our Prophet Muhammad SAW, along with the many messengers before him, are no strangers to suffering. Their stories set a precedent for the lives that we will live, the essence of which serves to guide us through our own hardships, be it of a smaller scale. We should refrain from trivialising our trials as, surely, there must be meaning to it, in the grand scheme of things, no? As Muslims, we may encounter an internal dilemma when we are wronged. While dealing with our grief, pain, and desire for justice, we are also coping with what is the expectation of the religious injunction to be forgiving.  Is sacrifice necessary for you to gain something better in its place? What exactly does inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un mean to you?  How do you reconcile with the dilemma of forgiveness in your life as a Muslim, to look past the pain and move on?