Healthy Heart

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

The “healthy heart” is one of the criteria for success in the next life. Allaah said:

يَوۡمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ۬ وَلَا بَنُونَ (٨٨) إِلَّا مَنۡ أَتَى ٱللَّهَ بِقَلۡبٍ۬ سَلِيمٍ۬ 

“On a day that neither wealth nor children will benefit, except one who comes to Allaah with a healthy heart.” (Soorah ash-Shu’araa, 26:88-9)

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi salam) also prayed for a healthy heart during his regular prayers.

Shaddaad ibn Aws reported that Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi salam) used to say in his salaah:

Allaahummaa innee as’alauka ath-thabaata fil-amri wal-’azeemata ’alar-rushi wa as’aluka shukra ni’matika wa husna ’ibaadatika wa as’aluka qalban saleeman wa lisaanan saadiqan wa as’aluka min khayri maa ta’lamu wa a’oothu bika min sharri maa ta’lamu wa astaghfiruka limaa ta’lam

[O Allaah! I ask You for the firmness in my affairs and drive for righteouness. And I ask You for gratitude for Your blessings and goodness in worshipping You. And I ask You for a healthy heart and a truthful tongue. And I ask You from the bset of what You know and I seek refuge in You from the evil of what You know and I ask Your forgiveness for what You know].

(Da’eef Sunan an-Nasaa’ee, p.45, no.80, Sunan at-Tirmithee, Kitaab: da’awaat- weak)

Signs of a Pure and Healthy Heart

Ibn al-Qayyim meantioned the following points in this regard:

  • One considers himself as belonging to the next world and not this world. He is stranger in this world anxious to reach his abode in the Hereafter.
  • One continues to be upset with himself any time he commits a sin until he finally and completely repents to Allaah.
  • One is more upset and unhappy if he misses his daily recitation of the Qur’aan and thikr, than if had lost his wealth.
  • One finds greater pleasure in worshipping Allaah than any pleasure in eating and drinking.
  • One’s worries and concerns about this world leave him whenever he begins his formal prayers
  • One’s only concern and worries are concerning Allaah and doing deeds only for His sake.
  • One is more concerned about the correctness of his deeds than with the performance of the deeds themselves.

(Ighaathah al-Lahfaan, vol. 1, pp. 70-3 quoted in Commentary on the Forty Hadith of al-Nawawi, vol. 1, pp. 471-2)

**Transcribed from A commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah’s Essay on the Heart by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

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