In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Part 2 of fighting your Nafs


"The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, but only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart." (Quran: 26:88-89)

The word "Heart" is mentioned 132 times in the Holy Qu'ran. Research has shown that the Heart is the first organ to form in the human body, and it starts beating 24-25 days after conception.

"Having hearts wherewith they understand not, and having eyes wherewith they see not."-the Holy Quran (7:179)

Allah(swt) tell us of the Heart that understand, and studies has shown that, the Heart has its Own "Brain" and Consciousness, called neural intelligence.

Recent discoveries have shown that the human heart generates a mysterious and powerful electromagnetic field, nearly 5000 times stronger than that of the brain. Many believe that conscious awareness originates in the brain alone. Recent scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and body acting together. A growing body of evidence suggests that the heart plays a particularly significant role in this process. Far more than a simple pump, as was once believed, the heart is now recognized by scientists as a highly complex system with its own functional "brain".

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Sufism/Tasawwuf, the Heart of Islam, is also known as the Way of the Heart, Way of the Pure, the Mystical or spiritual Path of Islam. Sufism give special importance to the Heart, it emphasizes on the purification of the Qalb (heart), the Nafs (self, ego, soul or psyche) and the Ruh (spirit). Cleansing of the Qalb or heart is a necessary spiritual discipline for travellers on the Sufi path, it is the way of achieving nearness to Allah most High.

Allah Subhanahu wa-ta'ala tell us in the Holy Qur'an the essential qualities of having good Heart and gives us many examples of a soft heart and a harsh heart in the Holy Quran " their hearts soften, inclined towards the remembrance of Allah "(Al-Zumar 39:23), Then your hearts became hardened after that, being like stones or even harder
(Al-Baqarah 2:74).

Allah Subhanahu wa-ta'ala teaches us that the heart is not only the organ that pumps blood and makes blood flow around your body, but there is the spiritual heart which holds more importance than the physical heart, "Allah(swt) says: "The heavens and the earth cannot contain Me, but the heart of a true believer can" (Hadith Qudsi).

Allah(swt) is telling us that the spiritual heart of a believer is immeasurable, immense, exceptional and it is beyond what we can imagine it to be, this great spiritual heart is connected to the physical heart and it is the center of a being, when it is purified and kept clean, it serve to connect a believer to Allah(swt), it is where the Noor of Allah Almighty enters and also where a true believer is guided from his or her heart.


Polishing The Heart

No matter, how good we look from the outside, and how much time we spend fixing our flaws, nothing can hide or mask an ugly repulsive heart. When the heart is full of impurities, it shows up on the outside by our actions, as the Prophet Muhammed SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said:"Indeed there is a piece of flesh in your body that, if it be sound, then the whole body will be sound and if it be corrupt then the whole body will be corrupt. Indeed it is the heart." - Sahih al-Bukhari [1/49] & Sahih al-Muslim [1599]

When the heart is corrupted, and it becomes black, from all wrong actions, bad thoughts, and bad qualities such as jealousy, pride, hatred, revenge, etc...