Purity of the heart

Parable

It has been narrated that once the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said to the blessed companions رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُم: Now on this way here a Jannati person will come to you. In the meantime, an Ansari companion came holding his shoes in his left hand and Wudu water was dripping from his beard. He came in the blessed court of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and humbly said, Salam. On the second day, the same event happened and when the same event happened on the third day, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr Bin ‘Aas رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُمَا followed the companion, reached him and took permission to stay with him for three days. He رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ spent three nights with the Ansari companion, but he did not see him worship during nights. However! When he رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ would change sides on his bed, he would do the Zikr of Allah Almighty until he got up to offer Fajr Salah.

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ said that he did not hear anything except good things from him. When three days were over, I said, ‘O the bondman of Allah! I heard the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم saying three times: [Now a Jannati person will come to you] and all three times you came. Then I made a firm intention that I would know about your deed, but I have not seen you perform any great deed. So then how have you got this status?’ He رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ replied, ‘I have no other deed but this one which you have seen. However, one thing is certain that I do not have insincerity in my heart for any Muslim and I do not feel jealous for the thing which Allah Almighty has given to someone else.’ Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr رَضِیَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُمَا said to him, ‘This is the deed that has blessed you with eminence and we cannot do it.’ (Ihya-ul-‘Uloom, vol. 3, pp. 571)

Importance of the purity of heart

It has become obvious that purity of the heart is one of the deeds that lead to Paradise. We should keep our hearts purified of every type of jealousy and malice for all Muslims, especially for relatives. The person who feels jealous and bears malice and hatred does wrong to himself and keeps inflicting pain on himself; people hate him and no one respects him. Such a person loses his conscience; his heart gets dirty; his health deteriorates and he has perpetual worries, whereas the person who purifies his heart of all these things lives safe and sound life; he increases his friends, stays safe from the destruction of the world and the Hereafter despite mingling with the crowd. In short, he succeeds in every walk of life.

Importance in Quran and blessed Hadees

Therefore Allah Almighty has said:

قَدْ اَفْلَحَ مَنْ تَزَكّٰىۙ

Indeed successful is the one who became pure.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 30, Surah Al-A’la, Ayah 14)

I.e. Successful is he who protects his heart and saves himself from bad manners. (Tafseer Ibn Kaseer, vol. 8, pp. 373) Once the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was asked about the most superior person. He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied, ‘کُلُّ مَخْمُوْمِ الْقَلْب صَدُوْقِ اللِّسَان’. It was humbly asked, ‘We know about ‘صَدُوْقُ اللِّسَان’ [one who is truthful], but who ‘مَخْمُوْمُ الْقَلْب’ is?’ It was replied, ‘He is such a neat one upon whom is neither sin, nor oppression, nor malice and nor jealousy.’ (Ibn Majah, vol. 4, pp. 475, Hadees 4216)

Human of the present time

Alas! At the present time, the mischief and corruption of hearts are increasing rapidly due to which the increasing tendency to mutual animosity, revengeful actions, severing ties with relatives, backbiting and conspiracies are spoiling the atmosphere of the society. The purity of the heart is the best means of eliminating these problems. May Allah Almighty remove the dirt and rust of our hearts!

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن   صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

 

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