Healthy Heart

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

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

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“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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6 thoughts on “Healthy Heart

  1. Heyy, you had a makeover!! Naaice!! I like the simplicity! 🙂 🙂

    Ok, I have to say that this is a slightly spooky post for me today! The horrible “eeman-low” is happening these days you know? It’s such a depressing thing isn’t it? 😦

    Sometimes it’s like I’m playing Snake & Ladder! I’ll finally get myself up the ladder and all of a sudden, the snake will push me right down! And it’s back to the climb again!!

    Aaargh! I hate the Shaitan! I truly really do hate that monstrous evil being!!! I pray for the day when I can get the ear-plugs for his nefarious whisperings!!(excuse the excessive hype, I think it’s the frustration talking :P)

    Allah forgive me, but I doubt I truly have these signs of a healthy heart!! Oh God!! :O

    • Realllly, don’t you think it’s a bit too plain heh? 🙂 I have a feeling this theme might not last for long lol..

      Ouh tell me about it sis, I feel the same way too :/ Next time you see the snake at the ladder, kill it! (sorry i’m so corny teeheehee).. highs and lows of eemaan is normal sis. No one will remain in that same state for a long time…Haha sis, I wish there are such ear plugs. I would be the first to get ’em! 🙂 Anyway sis, if I meet shaitan in Hereafter, I’d whack him. hard.

      Insha Allah it is a reminder for me first before any of you.. May Allah grant all of us a clean and pure heart, free from any black spots!

  2. salamunalaikum ukhti.

    Mashallah the new look is looking simply lovely.

    Aaah! This post is like a diagnostic test to test the purity of our hearts.

    what a self test it is!
    Totally free of fee!

    If we find our hearts weak or sick or adulterated, then we got to take a strong antibiotic (taubah) and take regular medicines of required dose to maintain a healthy heart ( Tilawah,tasbeeh,tahleel,tahmeed etc)

    Jazakallahu ahsanl jaza for sharing this.

    • Wa alaik salam wa Rahmatullaah Bro Hamid,

      I think it’s a bit plain though but will see how long it’ll last! And now that you mentioned about the diagnostic test.. subhan Allah, didn’t see that.. yup, maybe it’s the longing for a clean and pure heart thus reflects the white theme…!

      Jazak Allah khayr for the reminder Akhi! The constant remembrance of Allah or Dhikr like you mentioned is the best cure to the diseased heart! Insha Allah, May we be amongst those who remembers Him much!

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