Friday Fuel: The Soundness of the Heart

On this beautiful fall Friday, we see thousands upon thousands of leaves are each making their own unique journey from the tree tops down through tortoises paths fueled by the whisking wind until they’ve fallen to their final resting place. Just as Allah (swt) knows of each and every single one of these leaves, He (swt), is aware of everything that goes on in our lives, our minds, and our hearts.

Allah (swt) in Surah Al An’am says,

۞ وَعِندَهُۥ  مَفَاتِحُ  ٱلْغَيْبِ  لَا  يَعْلَمُهَآ  إِلَّا  هُوَ  ۚ  وَيَعْلَمُ  مَا  فِى  ٱلْبَرِّ  وَٱلْبَحْرِ  ۚ  وَمَا  تَسْقُطُ  مِن  وَرَقَةٍ  إِلَّا  يَعْلَمُهَا  وَلَا  حَبَّةٍ  فِى  ظُلُمَٰتِ  ٱلْأَرْضِ  وَلَا  رَطْبٍ  وَلَا  يَابِسٍ  إِلَّا  فِى  كِتَٰبٍ  مُّبِينٍ    

He has the keys to the unseen: no one knows them but Him. He knows all that is in the land and sea. No leaf falls without His knowledge, nor is there a single grain in the darkness of the earth, or anything, fresh or withered, that is not written in a clear Record. (6:59) 

He knows the condition of our hearts, its struggles, its desires, its despair, and its anxieties, and He (swt) as Our Creator knows exactly what will alleviate us and bring peace to our hearts.   

Ibn Taymiyyah: “The heart can only become sound, achieve success, take pleasure, be satisfied, experience enjoyment, become pleased, attain serenity and calmness through the worship of its Lord, having love of Him and turning to Him (in repentance). Even if it were to attain every type of pleasure from the creation, it will not acquire serenity and tranquility.”   

Only in Allah (swt) do our hearts find rest. No other avenues can lead to true peace except the worship of Allah.   

Ibn Taymiyyah: “This is because the heart possesses an intrinsic need for its Lord, since He is its deity, love and pursuit, and with Allah the heart achieves joy, pleasure, delight, amenity, serenity and tranquility.”   

As we make our way towards the worship of Allah (swt) and join the Jummah prayer, let us take some time to appreciate these words of wisdom, and renew our intentions. Let us turn back to Allah (swt) and repent so that we may find relief from the pressures of this world, by taking refuge with its Owner.

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