Pure Heart – Brave Heart

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

So why have there been no posts on Hidayahblog recently?  What have I been doing for the last couple of weeks?

Well first of all I have to apologise.  Factors including coming home late from work (I know, it’s no excuse!), organising the recent practical demonstration on how to wash a dead body together with my trip to Dubai have meant that I have not been able to blog as much as I would like to – but now I’m back!

And now that I’m back, there should be a lot more posts on Hidayahblog insha-Allah (with the Will of Allah).  But before I carry on, I would just like to remind all readers (whether they know me or not!) to please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the blog and the topics we discuss.  This will help me and my crack team of writers, designers and programmers (!!) to improve the blog and make it more accessible to everybody.

Anyway, I heard some discussion of a famous episode in the life of the Sahaba (Companions) of the Prophet (PBUH) which relates to the importance of having a clean heart towards everybody.  The story goes that Abdullah Ibn Amr, after being told by the Prophet (PBUH) that a particular Companion was guaranteed Heaven, stayed with that Sahabi for three nights to find out what special act he did which had earnt him that status.

After finding no special action, Abdullah Ibn Amr disclosed the reason for staying with the Sahabi, whereupon he replied that there was not anything special about him except that he forgave everybody in his heart every night before going to sleep.

Subhanallah (Allah is Pure) what an amazing thing!  It’s such an easy thing to say but so very hard to do – to truly forgive everyone from the bottom of your heart for anything they may have done to you – that’s amazing!

Now take this example and apply it to our daily life.  How many people are there in our lives that we do not agree with, do not like for some reason or another or just plainly hate for no reason whatsoever!? If you think about it spiritually, by having these ill-feelings towards people, our hearts do become blackened, which gives Shaitaan (the Devil) more opportunity to build up animosity towards others in our hearts.

But just look at the Sahaba – they were above all that! Just purely to seek the pleasure of Allah, they forgave others in their hearts, which resulted in the Prophet (PBUH) of Allah proclaiming that they will be the dwellers of Jannah (Paradise) whilst they were still alive in this world.

To be honest guys, we need to learn to start doing this.  We need to show people what Islam teaches about the character and treatment of human beings by being pure ourselves.  The Companions of the Prophet (PBUH) showed the world an example of this par excellence and raised their status in the eyes of the people and more importantly in the eyes of their Lord – we need to start doing this so that we too are held in high esteem for practising the religion of Islam.

And who knows? Through our efforts to better ourselves, Allah may give others to ability to do the same.  Now isn’t that what we want?

One thing we must remember though is that this is not a thing to do by half-measures – oh no!  To forgive someone, even when they have wronged you is in my eyes not only the right thing to do, but a truly brave thing to do.

Why?

Not because it’s impossible, but because by doing so we are saying no to the the easy path of not liking someone -  a path which Shaitaan will do his best to lead us down to create animosity, division and hatred between human beings.

So, a pure heart is definitely a brave heart – not the one that conquers battlefields, but the kind which wins hearts and minds, the true way of Islam.

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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3 Responses to “Pure Heart – Brave Heart”

  1. im finally back!! – just admit it your lazy lol
    good to have you back.

  2. Welcome back Sid, and its an excellent post. Do I make it onto your crack team.

    On a serious note, we all carry a lot excess baggage and we should sleep it off too.

  3. Great post…really helpful advice for battling
    strong emotions..jazakallah.

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