Take Care Of Your Heart
Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
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All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him.
We seek his aid and we ask for his forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of ourselves and the evil consequences of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray, Nan can guide I bear witness that there is none worthy of our worship and devotion but Allah the Almighty alone, and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was selling them is His servant and his messenger are you who believe, fear Allah as you should be feared and die not accept in a state of submission to Allah, meaning Muslims
or mankind, be dutiful to a Lord, be dutiful to a Lord who created you from a single person and from him he created his wife and from them both he created many men and women, and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights and observe the rights of your kin. Surely Allah is Ever and all Walcher of you are you who believe, keep your duty to Allah, fear him and speak the truth He will direct you to righteous deeds and will forgive your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed attained a great achievement. The best words are the words of Allah. And the best guidance is the guidance of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. And the worst things
in the religion are the newly invented matters, because all the newly invented matters in religion are considered to be an innovation and bidder and every bidder is misguidance.
The safety and the salvation of a human being is contingent on the state of their heart.
And the focus in Islam is on the heart. Allah subhanaw taala
talking about the Day of Judgment, the Day of Resurrection, Allah summarizes what really counts there. Allah says, Yo man, I am for all man on whether by noon
at Allah have you been Saleem, on that day, nothing will avail a person or a human being nothing will benefit that person, whether wealth, children or any of the worldly possessions, possessions, or titles, etcetera, nothing none of that will benefit the person.
Except the only thing that will benefit the person is that the person comes back to Allah with a heart that is in good state, a heart that is healthy, and that means spiritually a healthy pure heart. This is what counts with Allah subhanho wa Taala and we are all aware of the famous Hadith from the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam
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Narrated by Abu Hurayrah Radi Allahu Anhu the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the Lucha Libre model in our Sawari come
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Rather Allah looks at your hearts. When Allah holds you accountable. He looks at your hearts, and by extension, at your deeds because your deeds Allah created humans in such a way that the deeds their external deeds are an extension of the state of their heart, and of the actions of their heart. So the focus in Islam is the heart and actions without external actions without a heart being in a good state, as many of the Muslim scholars indicated specifically and reclaim spoke about that in a very strong kind of expression. He says
that external deeds without proper care of the heart is the state of the monad 15. Of the hypocrites because they did outwardly everything a Muslim is expected to do. And the difference, the main difference between the Manasa tea and and the meaning the believers is essentially in the heart.
So it's important for every Muslim to take care of their heart, to make the heart, their heart, their focus, in terms of care, attention, and making sure that their heart is in a good state, all the time that it's connected to Allah subhanho wa taala. And the challenge arises from the need from the nature of this heart, the Prophet salallahu Salam describes the nature of this hot in the Hadith collected by even magia and his sunnah. And the Hadith was classified authentic by the scholars of Hadith from Abu Musa, the Allahu anhu, the Messenger of Allah Salam says
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methylone metallurgical B methyl Resha to Kalibo hamriyah Hobi Fela, the example or the similitude of the heart is that of a feather. The heart is like a feather being blown by the wind, it is turned over by the wind.
And this shows the nature of the heart which another Hadith clarifies even further the Prophet salallahu Salam says in this authentic hadith
lubaina is by Amon asabi Man, you can label her key for your shirt, that the hearts are between two of the figures of the Most Merciful. Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And Allah turns them over, as he wishes. And when we say when we talk about Allah, Allah says he wishes this doesn't mean randomness.
This doesn't mean randomness because what Allah wills and what Allah wishes, is connected to his ultimate wisdom and infinite knowledge and his profound justice.
But the point here is that the hearts keep turning over, keep switching, there is no stability to the heart. This is one of the biggest challenges and this is something that we have to pay attention to.
So you will find that your heart is not always in the same state, you'll find some times your heart is not responding positively to your attempts to be an obedient, submissive servant of Allah subhanaw taala. And you have to strive against this. There are challenges for you to maintain your heart and this is why it becomes incumbent upon every Muslim to take special care of the heart. And we experience that not only in matters of faith, but even in emotional states. Sometimes you find yourself joyful and happy for no apparent reason. And then an hour later you find yourself in a very negative emotional state, seemingly without an obvious reason.
That's because the nature of the heart is that it keeps turning over it keeps flipping over.
And this is why the scholar said in nama zoom medial elbow, a little bendy, she that he took a Looby that the heart is given the name bulb. It comes from the same root as turning over. That's that's the that's the root of the word.
Because it keeps turning keeps changing and thus maintenance of the heart. Is an is a is a continuous
Business, there is no way that you can just deal with your heart once and for all. And get it over with. It doesn't work with the heart. It's a continuous struggle until the moment you leave this world.
And this is why
it was narrated Laura Hatta remote meaning in Villa Jambi that there is no rest. There is no sense of relief for a believer until he or she meets the Lord. That's when it's over. Before that there is no safety. Abu Bakr Radi Allahu Anhu it was narrated from him.
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for either Woba to call them and Phil Jana la Iman had to Allah Allahu Akbar Khan, Ali Allahu, he said, I do not feel safe. I do not feel safe. And I do not feel like in so much security and peace, until even if I put placed one foot in Jannah until a place the other foot so meaning I'm completely in Jannah Why not because he doesn't trust Allah subhanaw taala but because he does not trust his own weakness. He does not trust the fact that he truly deserves to enter paradise and he knows that entering paradise is a matter of a blessing from Allah. It's a fumble. It's a it's a complete gift from Allah subhanaw taala no one ends paradise as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that
none of you will enter Paradise by means of their deeds, not even the prophets of Salaam, himself. It's a matter of Allah allowing people giving gifting them paradise.
So a believer should never feel safe about their faith. They're always questioning themselves and that's why we we get this this kind of understanding puts the statement of Allah probably Allahu Anhu in the in the correct context, that when he asks how they familiar Mandel, the Allahu Anhu was named immuno Cydia rasool Allah is Allah Allah and he was selling Salam, that he is the carrier of the secrets of the prophets that Allah is sending them. And when Bob when he was the Khalifa, he approaches the familiar man and he says Alucobond Allah, and Daniel Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam, Ala Moana, if your teen I asked you by Allah, did the Prophet salallahu Salam include my name
in the list of the hypocrites? Some Muslims get puzzled when they hear this? They say I'm gonna stop like, why is he having these doubts? Was he doubtful about himself?
Was he doubtful about the Mercy of Allah was Was he not aware that he was following the way of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
It was none of that. But it was his profound understanding of human nature that humans change.
Humans change, and he does not feel does not have any guarantee about his steadfastness, until the moment that moment of death. So he doesn't know.
He doesn't know how he's going to end up not that he was doubting the religion that he was upon. He knew that he was following the guidance of the prophets of Allah when you send them but we humans don't have any guarantee. We do not have this self control. Although some of us like to think that we have this kind of control, that we are able to control ourselves. And this is the meaning of the statement of some of a self some of the early generations they said, Man, I mean Allah Allah can be here perfetta in Salah who iya Omen Amin Allah Allah Eman hatov, the insula, who iya it was attributed to some of a taboo in that if a person feel safe and secure, that's it guarantee that my
heart is good. This might be the reason that Allah takes their Eman away from them because the constant struggle, and that's the test of this life.
It is the test of this life. So I'm going to help was concerned whether he would remain steadfast to the end of his life. That was his concern. And this is why he asked whether he was included in the list of the hypocrites. And that's on top. So what about us? This is why a Muslim should never feel secure about who they are and how good they are. Because how good they are, is a gift from Allah and it's not about them. Nonetheless, we still have to strive to do our best.
And Allah subhanaw taala will not do injustice will never extend injustice to anyone.
But it's a constant struggle
that we have with all the time. We have to make sure that we take care of our hearts so your heart will be flipping as normal. So the second issue here is that some Muslims, they fear that one day they are enjoying their Salah and they are present and they feel the closeness to Allah subhanaw taala but then the next salah or the following day, they don't feel it and they start questioning their Eman
and they think maybe
Ally's rejecting them. Or maybe there is something seriously wrong with the hearts does it start, they start giving up on themselves? No, that's the nature of human beings. It's natural to go through these ups and downs.
But again, the more you strive and the more dedicated you are the most sincere you are, as you are worshipping Allah subhanaw taala, your lows stop being
very low. But you're always going to fluctuate, your heart will always oscillate up and down, up and down. But you will, again, the down states will not be very down to two down. That's what happens. And that's how you continuously improve.
So it's normal, we should not give up on ourselves and we should not give up on the mercy of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And worship is not dependent on how we feel about it, that only when I feel good about it, I'm going and I enjoy it, I'm going to do it, if I don't enjoy it, or there's something wrong. That's not the right approach.
Because we don't worship the feeling. We don't worship the state. We are the slaves of Allah, we belong to Allah and our life. And our existence is about devotion to Allah. So we worship Allah regardless of how we feel.
And sometimes Allah takes away the good feeling in order to test whether we are worshiping Allah or worshiping the feeling itself.
And that's how we take care of our hearts you keep going no matter what. You keep making dua, even when it doesn't seem to be answered, you keep making dua and that's why the Prophet sallallahu sallam said, you said Yeah, booty ahead, mela myalgia
that Allah would answer your DUA as long as you do not feel hasty. So he was asked what can you find out generally Rasul Allah He said, You're quoted out too well, without too phenom use touchably forget that will do. The person do the haste that the prophets of Salaam is referring to is that a person says I made dua, or make dua it was not granted, then the person gives up on dua.
This is it.
Because it doesn't seem to be answered according to our timetable. We think Allah azza wa jal is not responding to our dua.
The thing with the heart is that you have to remain steadfast, how Allah responds, when he responds, it's none of your business, we're not in a position to judge or dictate what Allah subhanaw taala does. That's the relationship between Allah and His creation. He's the master, He's the judge, and we are the slaves. We don't get we don't have a say.
The only thing that we can do and we are meant to do is to choose Allah all the time.
And do what Allah wants all the time, irrespective of how we feel.
All what we get from that.
That's what submission is about. So as as humans we need to learn these things in order to manage or manage our hearts well and keep them healthy.
And we know it's we should know and keep
in mind that it is normal for your heart to oscillate. It's normal for your heart to flip over to feel high level of Eman at one level at another time you don't feel it.
And the prophets of salaam explained that in a hadith that we are going to Allah to talk about in the second part of this hotbar a cola COLA that was stuck for a while you were looking for stuff.
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that for every action,
there is a heightened period of excitement, drive and will.
So you find you find yourself driven to do it
will equally shaped Charlotte and Phaedra and for every period of excitement and determination and and motivation. There will come a point where the motivation will go down will subside.
That follows from the nature of the heart. It keeps flipping and changing it's impossible to have a
steady state of a man. It's impossible. That's not the nature of the hottie keeps flipping. The point is, and you don't have that full control over it. So the point is that you keep going, regardless.
So the profits are missing for every time or period of motivation that you feel motivated or drawn to action. There will be a moment when this will subside. So what should you do? Most people give up or some people give up on themselves, start questioning their faith and their Eman. You shouldn't That's going overboard. That's overdoing the process.
That's trying to figure out what you don't have access to.
That's trying to have a lot of control when you have to relinquish control and trust it. That trust that it is in the hands of Allah and Allah will take good care of you as long as you are sincere and honest, and your pursuit of Allah.
So the prophecy Salam directs us to how we should behave in these times when our hearts do not respond so positively to our attempts to do good when we don't feel like doing it.
The Prophet Solomon saying it's normal, it's okay. You should not arrive at serious conclusions that might be detrimental.
The prophets Allah Selim says from incarnate for trato who Illa sunnah Tifa God Naja, whoever the low time they adhere to my sunnah. They hold on to the wave of the prophets, Allah Salam, you do the obligations, you do not fall in Haram. You do not fall in innovation and Bidda you stick as much as possible for Takala Mr. Tato, you do everything possible to remain steadfast to remain obedient to Allah subhanho wa taala.
So whoever does this, they have saved themselves they saved the safe, regardless of the feelings of low
but whoever experiences the spirit of low time
they go to something other than the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, this person will bring destruction upon upon themselves. Like what? When they go through these low times, they start questioning their Iman, they start questioning whether, you know, they deserve
the Mercy of Allah and the guidance of Allah subhanaw taala or not. So they start going into self doubt. Or somebody else might say, you know, it doesn't work every every time I get on a spiritual high, then I go down again, it's frustrating, because it's not giving up on the whole pursuit of their faith and Iman.
Only start questioning Allah Subhan Allah if Allah is merciful, why does He allow me to go through these times that are difficult and challenging?
They start giving up on Allah.
Or they start seeking means that I'm not willing, the Sunnah of the Prophet SAW said, we're not within the boundaries of Islam. So they resort to some kind of innovated acts of worship.
Things that we don't have from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions, some innovated acts bigger. Why, in order to experience a high,
experienced high, that's it.
So there is lack of submission here, I need to feel it. That's what they're saying. So even if it takes that I come up with something new, or follow another order or system that ascribes to Islam, but this is not based on the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu Salam. So we have practices like people singing as a form of worship, people dancing as a form of worship.
People coming up with certain fashions or modes of worship, that were not established from the life of the example of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, or his companions,
that's going overboard, and that leads to destruction. So we just need to be careful.
So it's a mixture of remaining dedicated, and putting our trust in Allah subhanaw taala, knowing that as long as you are sincere, as long as you do your best, Allah subhanaw taala will not let you down.
Allah subhanaw taala will not let go of you. He will take care of you. And you should not let your feelings of not being motivated or not feeling that your heart is being very responsive. Don't let that delude you, because it's it goes even beyond that. It's the nature of the heart to fluctuate, to oscillate between states. But it's your obligation to remain sincere and devout and do what you can and choose Allah in every moment of your life. And if you stumble, you pick yourself up and you choose Allah again.
That's how life is is is traveled
This is how you survive in life is not by being a perfect Muslim. It's not by being on a spiritual high all the time and feeling a high level of Eman and experiencing the sweetness of faith all the time. That's almost impossible. It's a minority among humans, that Allah subhanaw taala allow us to reach that state. So it's normal to go up and down. And there's no reason to be frantic and freak out when this happens, and start arriving at serious conclusions that might be detrimental to our faith, and our relationship with Allah subhanho wa taala. And in these times that we live when there is a lot of influence, and the influence is magnified by means of technology, social media, and the
hyper connectedness, interconnectedness among humans. All of this influence really disturbs the inner states of, of humans and the heart. And the scholars have named excessive mixing with other humans as one of the things that corrupt the heart, cathedral homepod.
It is named as one of the things that corrupts the heart because it brings a lot of distraction, a lot of disturbing disturbance to heart, sometimes you don't have the choice about this, especially as we have necessary engagement
and commitments in this life. So it's important to realize that your heart is not in your hands, it's in the hands of Allah. And this should come as good news. Because what Allah chooses for you is better than what you choose for yourself. Nonetheless, you still have to keep striving
and entrust your heart with Allah subhanaw taala know that Allah will never extend any kind of injustice to you.
You should trust Allah subhanaw taala in this matter, so we ask Allah to help us keep our hearts steadfast. And this is why the prophets Allah Selim says in the Hadith, and he Oh, he used to make this very, very, very often as I shall the Allahu Anhu mentioned that the prophets of salaam used to say,
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