Polishing the Heart

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    Allaah - the Most High - said:

    "O you who believe! Remember Allaah and remember Him a lot." [Soorah al-Ahzaab 33:4I].

    "Those men and women who remember Allaah a lot." [Soorah al-Ahzaab 33:35].

    "So when you have finished the rights of your Pilgrimage, then remember Allaah as you remember your fore-father, or with more intense remembrance." [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:200].

    These verses contain a command to remember Allaah intensely and abundantly, since the worshipper is in dire need of [remembering Allaah] and cannot do without it even for a twinkling of an eye. This is because every moment that a person does not spend in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah will not be of any benefit to him. Rather, the harm entailed in being neglectful of the dhikr of Allaah is far greater than any benefits that can be gained. One of the 'aarifeen (those who are knowledgeable about Allaah) said:"If a person were to spend such and such number of years engaged [in the dhikr of Allaah], then he turns away from it for just a moment, what he will lose is far greater than whatever he has already gained."

    Al-Bayhaqee relates from 'Aaishah radiallaahu 'anhaa that the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "There is no time in which the son of Aadam does not remember AIIaah in it, except that it will be a source of regret for him on the Day of Judgement"2

    Mu'aadh ibn jabal radiallaahu 'anhu relates that the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "The people of Paradise will not have any regrets except for those moments in which they were not engaged in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah."3

    Mu'aadh ibn Jabal also relates that Allaah's Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam was asked: What action is the most beloved to Allaah? So he replied: "That you continue to keep your tongue moist with the dhikr of Allaah, until you die."4

    [POLISHING THE HEART]

    Abu Dardaa radiallaahu 'anhu said:"For everything there is a polish and the polish for the heart is the dhikr of Allaah".

    Al-Bayhaqee relates from Ibn 'Umar radiallaahu 'anhu that AlIaah's Messenger sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam said: "For everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allaah than the dhikr of Allaah." It was said: Not even Jihaad in the path of Allaah. So he replied: "Not even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks."5

    There is no doubt that hearts becomes rusty just as copper and silver coins become rusty. The polish for [this rust] is the dhikr of AIlaah. This is because [dhikr] is like a polish [which polishes the heart] like a shiny mirror. When dhikr is left, the rust returns. But when dhikr resumes, then the heart is [again] polished. And hearts become rusty due to two things:-

    (i) neglecting remembering Allaah, and

    (ii) committing sins.

    The polish for these two things is:-

    (i) seeking Allaah's forgiveness and

    (ii) dhikr.

    [CONFUSING TRUTH WITH FALSEHOOD]

    Whoever neglects [remembering Allaah] most of the time, then his heart will become rusty in accordance with how neglectful the person is. And when this [filthy] rust accumulates on the heart, then it no longer recognises things as they really are. Thus, it views falsehood as if it is the truth, and truth as if it is falsehood. This is because this rust darkens and confuses the heart's perception, and so it is unable to truly recognise things for what they really are. So as the rust accumulates, the heart gets blackened, and as this happens the heart becomes stained with this filthy rust, and when this occurs it corrupts the heart's perception and recognition of things. The heart [then] does not accept the truth nor does it reject falsehood, and this is the greatest calamity that can strike the heart. Being neglectful [of dhikr] and following of whims and desires is a direct consequence of such a heart, which [further] extinguish the heart's light and blinds its vision. Allaah - the Most High - said:
    "And do not obey him whose heart We have made to be neglectful of Our remembrance, one who follows his own whims and desires and whose affairs are furat [have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds have been lost]." [Soorah al-Kahf 18:28].

    [QUALITIES OF A GUIDE]

    So when a worshipper desires to follow another person, then let him see: Is this person from the people of dhikr, or from the people who are negligent [about remembering Allaah]? Does this person judge in accordance with his whims and desires, or by the Revelation? So, if he judges by whims and desires then he is actually from those people who are negligent; those whose affairs have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds are lost.

    The term furat [which occurs in the above verse] has been explained in many ways. It has been explained to mean:- (i) losing the rewards of that type of action which is essential to do, and in which lies success and happiness; (ii) exceeding the limits of something; (iii) being destroyed; and (iv) opposing the truth. Each of these sayings are very close in meaning to each other.

    The point is that Allaah - the One free from all imperfections, the Most High - has prohibited following all those who possess such attributes. So it is absolutely essential that a person considers whether such attributes are found in his shaykh, or the person who's example he follows, or the person that he obeys. If they are, then he should distance himself from such a person. However, if it is found that the person is, in most cases, pre-occupied with the dhikr of Allaah and with following the Sunnah, and his affairs do not exceed the limits, but rather he is judicious and resolute in his affairs, then he should cling to him very firmly.

    Indeed, there is no difference between the living and the dead, except with the dhikr of Allaah; since [the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam] said: "The example of one who remembers Allaah and someone who does not, is like the example between the living and the dead."6

    FOOTNOTES:

    1. AI-Waabilus-Sayyib min Kalimit-Tayyib (pp.78-82).

    2. Hasan: Related by Abu Nu'aym in al-Hiliyatul-Awliyaa (51361-362). It
    was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami' (no.5720).

    3. Saheeh: Related by lbnus-Sunnee in 'Aml al-Yawma wal-Laylah (no.3).
    Refer to Saheehul-Jaami' (no.5446).

    4. Hasan: Related by lbn Hibbaan (no.2318). It was authenticated by
    Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee in Saheeh al-Waabilus-Sayyib (p.80).

    5. Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (4/352), from Mu'aadh ibn Jabal radiallaahu
    'anhu. It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami' (no.5644).

    6. Related by al-Bukhaaree (11/208) and Muslim (1/539).

    reference :islamhouse.net
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    so nice from you

    alhamdouallah for islam and alhamdouallah that he guides us to remember him
    barakaallah fiki sister wajaalana mina addakirin
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    Salam sister great!! Post ...Thank allah that we r muslimzz :D:D
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    goldenmuslimah21 peace

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    wa alaikum salam I agree another great post and remember five prayers a day keeps hell fire far far away
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    :salam2:

    :ma: sis thats a beautiful post jzk khair fr sharing with us.


    :wasalam:
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    JUST A SMALL POINT TO ADD .
    WHEN WE REMEMBER ALLAH DO IT AS IF YOU FEEL WHAT YOU SAY DEEP INSIDE .WITHOUT FEELING DHIKR IS HARMFUL AND ALSO MAKE SURE OUR DEEDS IMPROVE WITH DHIKR.INSHALLAH
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    Rememberance

    Its post like this that keeps me tuned to this website just when things get tuff in life and im not doing all the right things i open up this post and realize there is nothing to tuff in life where u shouldnt remeber Allah at every momment he allows us to be on this earth.
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    my experience

    salam aleykoum..

    My name's is Fayçal,i'm 30 years old ... i'm french cytizen! my inglish is bad, but i will try to write in Inglish....

    i just want to tell you that since i start to pray seriously,i mean at the right time(about 7 years),i feel very good, i have peace in my heart and soul!! and everytime when i go to the masjid for the salate of jèmouha... when i heard the imam, i cry during the prayer....i don't know why, but at the same time i feel very great!! like peacefull on me.. as my soul and heart in harmony

    I ask god to help poor poeple, to show them the right way,to help muslim poeple....
    And everytime i ask him to help me in my life,when i meet some difficulties...he do it, EL HAMDOULILEH....

    i hope that my faith will grow up...

    Salam aleykum ou rah ma to la...!

    Fayçal from France.
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    mashallah

    Mashallah brother, i hope allah increases your faith and those who are rightguided too:ma:
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    amira87 I love Allah

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    Salam alaikum

    thx for the reminder, I will start doing dikr more often....maybe even everyday. Dikr is like a shield when our enemy strikes us.....the shayton. Subhanallah.....Islam is such a powerful religion and how easy is it to be one of the rightious. If only all of us could see how simple it really it. May Allah reward you for this post...jazak allah 7air
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    risale

    In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

    Those who believe in the Unseen. 1

    If you want to understand what great happiness and bounty, what great pleasure and ease is to be found in belief in God, listen to this story which is in the form of a comparison:

    One time, two men went on a journey for both pleasure and business. One set off in a selfish, inauspicious direction; the other on a godly, propitious way.

    Since the selfish man was both conceited, self-centred, and pessimistic, he ended up in what seemed to him to be a most wicked country due to his pessimism. He looked around and everywhere saw the powerless and the unfortunate lamenting in the grasp and at the destruction of fearsome bullying tyrants. He saw the same grievous, painful situation in all the places he travelled. The whole country took on the form of a house of mourning. Apart from becoming drunk, he could find no way of not noticing this grievous and sombre situation. For everyone seemed to him to be an enemy and foreign. And all around he saw horrible corpses and despairing, weeping orphans. His conscience was in a state of torment.

    The other man was godly, devout, fair-minded, and with fine morals so that the country he came to was most excellent in his view. This good man saw universal rejoicing in the land he had entered. Everywhere was a joyful festival, a place for the remembrance of God overflowing with rapture and happiness; everyone seemed to him a friend and relation. Throughout the country he saw the festive celebrations of a general discharge from duties accompanied by cries of good wishes and thanks. And he also heard the sound of a drum and band for the enlistment of soldiers with happy calls of "God is Most Great!" and "There is no god but God!" Rather than being grieved at the suffering of both himself and all the people like the first miserable man, this fortunate man was pleased and happy at both his own joy and that of all the inhabitants. Furthermore, he was able to do some profitable trade. He offered thanks to God.

    After some while he returned and came across the other man. He understood his condition, and said to him: "You were out of your mind. The ugliness inside you must have been reflected on the outer world so that you imagined laughter to be weeping, and the discharge from duties to be sack and pillage. Come to your senses and purify your heart so that this calamitous veil is raised from your eyes and you can see the truth. For the country of an utterly just, compassionate, beneficent, powerful, order-loving, and kind king could not be in the way you imagined, nor could a country which demonstrated this number of clear signs of progress and achievement." The unhappy man later came to his senses and repented. He said, "Yes, I was crazy through drink. May God be pleased with you, you have saved me from a hellish state."

    O my soul! Know that the first man represents an unbeliever, or someone depraved and heedless. In his view the world is a house of universal mourning. All living creature are orphans weeping at the blows of death and separation. Man and the animals are alone and without ties being ripped apart by the talons of the appointed hour. Mighty beings like the mountains and oceans are like horrendous, lifeless corpses. Many grievous, crushing, terrifying delusions like these arise from his unbelief and misguidance, and torment him.

    As for the other man, he is a believer. He recognizes and affirms Almighty God. In his view this world is an abode where the Name of the All-Merciful One is constantly recited, a place of instruction for man and the animals, and a field of examination for man and jinn. All animal and human deaths are a demobilization. Those who have completed their duties of life depart from this transient world for another, happy and trouble-free, world so that place may be made for new officials to come and work. The birth of all animals and humans forms their enlistment into the army, their being taken under arms, and the start of their duties. Each living being is a joyful regular soldier, an honest, contented official. And all voices, either glorification of God and the recitation of His Names at the outset of their duties, and the thanks and rejoicing at their ceasing work, or the songs arising from their joy at working. In the view of the believer, all beings are the friendly servants, amicable officials, and agreeable books of his Most Generous Lord and All-Compassionate Owner. Very many more subtle, exalted, pleasurable, and sweet truths like these become manifest and appear from his belief.

    That is to say, belief in God bears the seed of what is in effect a Tuba Tree of Paradise, while unbelief conceals the seed of a Zakkum Tree of Hell.

    That means that safety and security are only to be found in Islam and belief. In which case, we should continually say, "Praise be to God for the religion of Islam and perfect belief."
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    MAsHAllah sister,
    nice words.nice thought, beautifully blended together,
    May Allah help us all and guide us all to righteousness
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    web_knight spread the peace

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    assalamu aliekom
    May Allah reward you for this post and we get benefit of it
    By the way there is thikr after hhaving food :
    Alhamdu lellah allathy attamana wa saqana wa jaa'lana muslimeen.
    =thank the Lord who feed us and made us drink and made us Muslims.

    Jazaki allahu khaira
    wasalam
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    Amazing Post!

    Salam alaikum sister

    Itz an amazing post!

    Keep posting!

    Jazakallah!
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    jak for sharing

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