The heart of the believer

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allaah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.” [Sahih Muslim]

This is only true for the heart that has taqwa of Allaah; a heart that yearns for guidance and light from Him and is not satisfied with anything other than it. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“…Indeed there is in the body a piece of flesh, which if it sound then the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt then the whole body is corrupt. Indeed it is the heart.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The sound heart is linked to its Lord during ease and hardship. No calamity, no tragedy, no trial can break this heart. It will continue to flourish on a strong foundation of taqwa (righteousness and fear of Allaah) and tawakkul (reliance on Allaah) and will be rewarded thereby. The possessor of this heart will remember the words of Ya’qub (عليه السلام) when he was struck with so much grief that his eyes lost their sight (interpretation of the meaning):

“He said: ‘I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allaah, and I know from Allaah that which you know not.'” [Surat Yusuf: 86]
This heart will remember the words of the most truthful of mankind (صلى الله عليه وسلم) when he lost his infant child Ibrahim:

“The eyes shed tears and the heart feels pain, but we utter only what pleases our Lord. O Ibrahim! We are indeed grieved at your departure.”

This heart is comforted with the words of Ar-Rahman and knows that it is truth when He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).


And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.” [Surat At-Talaq: 2-3]

And when He (سبحانه وتعالى ) says (interpretation of the meaning):
“So verily, with the hardship, there is relief,


Verily, with the hardship, there is relief (i.e. there is one hardship with two reliefs, so one hardship cannot overcome two reliefs).” [ Surat Ash-Sharh: 5-6]

This heart trusts its Lord, hopes only in Him, and reaffirms this by filling every crevice of itself with the Revelation that He sent down. It pumps tawheed and is not content with any other than Allaah. It believes completely that what is with Allaah is more certain that what is between his hands. Despite grief, calamity and hardship the believer does not despair as Allaah said:

“Certainly no one despairs of Allaah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.” [Surat Yusuf: 87]

The believer may become sad but he NEVER despairs. Sabr (patience and perseverance) is obligatory on him and he remembers the reward of Allaah for practising it. He remembers the Reminder (interpretation of the meaning):

“And those who remain patient, seeking their Lord’s Countenance, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and spend out of that which We have bestowed on them, secretly and openly, and defend against evil with good, for such there is a good end.” [ Surat Ar-Ra’d: 22]
Excellent is the case of the believing heart, and beautiful is its final destination. May Allaah, Al-Wahhab, Ar-Rahman, grant us mercy from Him, and patience during ease and hardship. May His Salaah and Salaam be upon the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad, upon his family, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness until the Day of Return.



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