Heart Warner

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

Allah has placed in the heart a warner for each of us whenever we approach evil. This is evident from the hadeeth, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam said,

Allaah has laid down a parable of a straight path. On each side is a wall with open doors and curtains hanging down over the open doors. At the top of the path there is a caller saying, ‘Go straight, all of you, on the path and do not deviate.’ Above him is another caller who says, whenever anyone tries to open any of those doors,‘Woe to you! Do not open it, for if you (do so), you will go through it.’ The path is Islaam, the open doors are the things that Allaah has forbidden, and the curtains hanging down are the limits of Allaah. The caller at the top of the path is the Qur’aan and above him is the (one who) admonishes for Allaah’s sake and who is present in every Muslim’s heart.”

(Musnad Ahmad, nos. 16976, 16978 and authenticated in Saheeh al-Jaami’ as Sagheer, vol.2, pp. 721-2, no. 3887)

Commentary: This warner is sometimes referred to as theconscience. If careful attention is paid to its warnings, the individual’s inner thoughts and outer actions improve and the warnings in turn get stronger. If the warnings are ignored, the outer actions and inner thoughts become increasingly destructive and the signals become progressively weaker until they can no longer be perceived. This state is referred to by Allaah as blindness. In many cases, despite their weakness, these signals never die out, because if they did, the possessor such heart would never be able to repent. Allaah, in His supreme mercy, has allowed the signals to continue so that an individual may spend a good portion of his life doing evil, yet change totally in the latter years of his life and die among the righteous. (Islamic Studies: Book 4, p.123)


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