What about our hearts? | Shuraim


A wicked companion

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Ja’far bin Sulayman said: “I saw Malik bin Dinar sitting and next to him was a dog. I said to him, ‘What is this, O Aba Yahya?’ He said, ‘Better than having a wicked man for a companion’.” [Al-Zuhd al-Kabir, al-Bayhaqi]

Surround yourself with righteous people and don’t give room for anyone to jeopardize your faith. Evil companions are a disease that spread from the ears to the heart and make you a prisoner of their thought, manner, and agenda. Search for the pure, the humble, the knowledgeable, the kind, the generous, and preserve them like you would preserve your own children.


Remebers death much

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‘Umar bin ‘Abdulaziz said, “Whoever remembers death much will be content with little.”

[Imam Ahmad’s ‘Al-Zuhd’, P.240]


Blind hearts

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“It is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts.” [22:46]
فإنها لا تعمى الأبصار ولكن تعمى القلوب التي في الصدور
It is the heart that goes blind, not our eyes. Just look around you, you’ll see people brought up in Muslim countries yet they can’t even pray or fast Ramadan. They can make-out the mosques and the time for Iftar but they can’t see the pleasure in practicing it. You’ll see mothers who adore their children, careful of their happiness and worrisome of their pain, but they can’t see the difference between the innate love and true love. True love means to help guide their children to Allah. You’ll come across people who are well aware of the evil consequences of having bad companions and yet, they’re eager to spend countless hours partying with them. Yes, they can certainly make out the righteous from the unrighteous, but they’ve blinded of good judgment. Be grateful if your heart can see.

The Perfect Balance

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Sa’eed bin Al-Jurairi said, “They used to make the first part of their day to accomplish their [worldly] requirements and reform their living, and they would leave the end of the day to worship their Lord and perform their prayers.” [Tahdhib al-Hiliya, 2/275]

The Salaf drew the perfect balance of taking what is beneficial from this world and carrying it to the Hereafter. A balance that helped them pursue their living in order to migrate at the end of the night to worship Allah. There was no excessiveness or burden in their lives. Their target was clear; their path was achievable. The world was nothing else but a garden where they could plant their good deeds such as to see its fruits in the Hereafter. Their nights were special as it was their soul’s delight.

It was a perfect balance of dunya and akhira..


Speak good and don’t harm others!

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Very often we find ourselves speaking ill of others and spreading gossip. Every letter we utter which ends up separating between two people and causing them harm are debts we incur on the Day of Judgment. Therefore, we should rectify our lifestyle and take an initiative, a genuine one, to speak good of people, to mention them in good light, and to reconcile between family and friends. It is not only a good act when we do that but it is one Allah has granted permissibility of lying. This is how important speaking good is. The Messenger of Allah (saw) say: “He is not a liar who reconciles between people and narrates something good or says something good.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

If Allah loves you

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If Allah loves you, He gives you His most precious gift and that is guidance. Allah’s love is not reflected on how good he made you look, or what type of car you drive, or how high your college has elevated you in status. Allah gives that to many, each getting their own share of His distribution. Yet, the gift of guidance is the ultimate sign of His love, and this particular gift, He selects Himself (subhannahu wa t’ala). Imagine that Allah remembers your name now?!

Therefore, be grateful, happy, and proud. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel sad for not being that ‘great’ person in this life because your greatness lies in being obedient to Him. Although people’s perception might be blurred, don’t let yours be either. You know that in return, Allah will give you what you couldn’t ever dream of having – a Paradise unknown to anyone yet!