Test your heart


Allaah (سبحانه و تعالى) said:

And know that, among you there is the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). If he were to obey you (i.e. follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but Allah has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones.  [Surat Al-Hujurat: 7]

We need to test our hearts with this glorious ayah in the Book of Allaah. Does Islaam take a secure place in our hearts, such that it throws out anything that is not compatible with it? Is disbelief and disobedience hated to us, such that when we see such evil we act against it? The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Whoever among you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; if he cannot, then with his tongue; if he cannot, then with his heart- and that is the weakest of Faith.” [Sahih- Sunan an-Nasaa’ii]

Do we fit this description? Do we command the good and forbid the evil?

Or has Shaytaan tricked us? Is our time is wasted, watching shows of disbelievers committing obscene things, which we justify to be ‘okay’ because it’s fiction. Are we entranced by the lives of these so called “stars”?

Our hearts are fickle. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods.” [Sahih Muslim]

Our souls incline to what it is surrounded with. If the slave surrounds himself with beneficial knowledge, righteous companions and seeing and hearing the khayr (good), his soul will incline toward it and he will not be satisfied with anything except that which is good. Conversely, if the slave surrounds himself with vain amusements, idol talk, and falsehood, his soul will incline toward that and feel more comfortable with evil and unsettled with the good.

We should fear our own selves and never feel safe from the allure of the worldly life. We should never feel safe that because we have Islaam today, that we will have it tomorrow. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“‘Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between two fingers of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord (Ar-Rahman) as one heart. He turns them to any (direction) He likes.’

Then Allaah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: ‘O Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Your obedience.'” [Sahih Muslim]

May Allaah rectify our conditions and make our hearts incline toward His obedience. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his wives, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness.

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