A Black Spot On the Heart By Mohammad Rafique Etesame عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ إِذَا أَذْنَبَ كَانَتْ نُكْتَةٌ سَوْدَاءُ فِي قَلْبِهِ فَإِنْ تَابَ وَنَزَعَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ صُقِلَ قَلْبُهُ فَإِنْ زَادَ زَادَتْ فَذَلِكَ الرَّانُ الَّذِي ذَكَرَهُ اللَّهُ فِي كِتَابِهِ 4244 سنن ابن ماجه Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, when the believer commits a sin a black spot appears upon his heart. If he repents and abandons the sin and seeks forgiveness, then his heart will be polished. If he increases in sin, then the blackness is also increased. That is the covering which Allah has mentioned in His Book: No, but on their hearts is a covering because of what they have earned.” (83:14) This hadith reveals that when a faithful believer commits a sin it leaves a black spot on his heart. If he repents and be ashamed of that sin, then this spot is removed, and if he does not, then this spot increases and covers his heart as a whole. This does not mean that the heart turns black in real, but it means that the evil of the sins covers the heart and put the believer away from the mercy of Allah. As it is said 'To err is human and to forgive is Divine, so the believer should stop himself form committing sins as it is possible, but if committed, then he should repent and intend not to do again. So that his heart may be clear and blessing of Allah be over him.