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Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
“The Day when neither wealth nor sons will avail; 
But only he (will prosper) who brings to Allah a sound heart.” 
[surah Ash-Shu’araa 26 : 88-89]


Read the thought-provoking discussion, "Five Signs of a Healthy Heart"
by Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is'haq Saheb (Daamat Barakaatuhum)

A healthy heart (Qalb-e-Saleem)

Hadrat Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam who is the friend of Allah Ta'ala, made Dua to Allah Ta'ala which is mentioned in the Quraan Sharif,


وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ

Do not disgrace me on the day when people will be resurrected.


يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ

The day when neither wealth nor sons will be of any benefit


إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ

Except for him who comes to Allah c with a sound heart.


From these verses we also come to know that there is a sick heart as well. We should do an open heart surgery to check the condition of our heart, just as the heart specialist are able to test our cholesterol levels, the good fats, bad fats, etc. in our body.


In the above verse, wealth has been mentioned first and then children, therefore we shall commence our talk with our wealth.


1. A person with a healthy heart will spend his wealth in good courses,


الذى ينفق ماله فى البر

The one who spends his wealth in good and virtuous causes.


Many people are such that they spend their wealth in evil avenues, yet they find it difficult to spend in good causes. Many people are absolute misers with their wealth. If this is our condition, this is a sign of a sick heart.


Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said that there are three partners in a person’s wealth. Firstly, a person spends on his daily needs such as transport, food, accommodation, etc. Many people spend on their daily needs and fall short of funds at the end of the month.


The second is the wealth that one leaves behind for his heirs. Your share is that which you have sent forth for your A’khirah, so don’t be the smallest shareholder of your wealth. Check what percentage of your wealth you are spending in the path of Allah and how much do you spend on personal luxuries?


Hadrat Maulana Abrarul Haq Saheb R.A used to say that a Ustaad that is teaching in a Madressa should also give some money in charity even though it may be two Rand or Five Rand. In the Hadith Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said,


اتقوا النار ولو بشق تمرة

Save yourself from the fire even though it may be by means of a piece of date.


2. The second quality of a healthy heart is,

الذى يرشد بنيه الى الحق

The one who guides his children towards the truth.


Many people do not even give their children suitable Muslim names as many people want unique names for their children. One person named his child “Tahiyya” which means “a greeting”, whilst another person named his child “Ruwaida” which means a short period of time. Some name their daughters Nazneen which is derived from “Naaz” which means pride. Such a child will then have problems for the rest of her life as the name has an effect on the child.


We had visited a certain brother who had named his son Zainul Aabideen, named after Hadrat Mufti Zainul Aabideen Saheb R.A., yet the son was dressed in jeans (western dressing). I told him Hadrat Mufti Saheb R.A. never wore jeans. So we should name our children after Sahaaba, Sahaabiyaat and the pious people.


Another issue that affects us is that many parents enrol their children in universities. My Ustaad Hafez Salloo Saheb r used to say, “You plant weeds and you expect roses to grow” referring to those parents that enrol their children into universities.


One parent enrolled his son into university, after a few weeks he returned informing his father that the university is not a place for us (due to immorality and vice prevalent in such places). We should ask ourselves whether we speak to our children about the A’khirah?


3. The third quality of a sound and healthy heart is,


الذى لا يكون فى قلبه العقائد الباطلة

The one that does not have any corrupt beliefs within him.


Unfortunately, many Muslims possess superstitious beliefs. Many Muslims follow the Turkish model of Islam or the Salafi model of Islam. Many Muslims believe in Darwins theory of evolution and the big bang theory. These theories are taught to our children in the schools yet these theories are beliefs of Kufr. Imaam Maalik R.A. is reported to have said that the there is no good in the last portion of this Ummat until they follow in the footsteps of those personalities that were in the first part of the Ummat (Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam and the Sahaaba).


4. The fourth sign of a healthy heart is,

الذى لا يكون فى قلبه غلبة الشهوات التى تعدى الى النار

The one in whose heart lust and desire is not dominant to such an extent that it takes a person to the fire of Jahannam.


The starting point of all lust and desire is the eyes, then a person starts a conversation, starts joking, and finally many people saw the black days of their lives. Many get involved in this evil and get more stubborn and continue with this evil. May Allah Ta'ala save us all! So, a concerted effort should be made to protect our gazes so that we are protected from all the evil that follow. The problem should be nipped in the bud. Therefore Allah Ta'ala states,


قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ذَلِكَ أَزْكَى لَهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ

Tell the Mumineen men that they should lower they gazes and guard their chastity, This is purer for them. Allah is informed of what they do.


5. The fifth sign of a healthy heart is,

الذى لا يكون فى قلبه غير الله

The one whose heart is void of everything besides Allah.


Our hearts should always be concerned of the A’khirah. In the Quraan there are so many Surahs wherein Allah c reminds us of the A’khirah, and presents the scene of Qiyaamah before us. The Qabrastaan (graveyard) is a place to remind us of the hereafter, yet many people stand and chat there to such an extent that they have to be told to keep silent. A person may recite on behalf of the deceased from anywhere, but it is Sunnah to go to the Qabrastaan to be reminded of our abode and dream house. We supposed to be taking lesson at the Qabrastaan as we will also land up in the Qabr, as these people have landed here.

In the Quraan Sharif Allah Ta'ala says,


حَتَّى إِذَا جَاء أَحَدَهُمُ الْمَوْتُ قَالَ رَبِّ ارْجِعُونِ

Until the time arrives when death comes to anyone of them, then he says, “O my Rabb! Allow me to return (to the world)…”


لَعَلِّي أَعْمَلُ صَالِحًا فِيمَا تَرَكْتُ كَلَّا إِنَّهَا كَلِمَةٌ هُوَ قَائِلُهَا وَمِن وَرَائِهِم بَرْزَخٌ إِلَى يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ

So that I may perform good deeds in that (worldly life) which I have left behind. Never! It is merely a statement that they speak. Behind them is Barzakh (the life of the Qabr) until the day they are resurrected (the day of Qiyaamah).


At the time of death a person will regret the time wasted in the world and desire to return to do good deeds but it will be too late.


كفى بالموت واعظا


Death is sufficient to serve as a lecturer (i.e. by thinking of death a person should change his life and come onto Deen). If one just thinks of death, there is no need to listen to any other lecture or Bayaan.


الناس نيام واذا ما توا انتبهوا

People are sleeping, when they die they will awaken.


So, we should prepare for death, prior to death dawning upon us. We should now give ourselves marks and check whether we have a sound and healthy heart or a sick heart. If we have a sick heart then we require treatment from the spiritual doctors.


Hadrat Maulana Abrar-ul-Haq Saheb R.A. was in hospital in Bombay. The doctors told Hadrat Maulana that he will have to undergo an operation, so he said that I have to consult with my spiritual doctor first. The doctor asked him, “Who is your spiritual doctor?” He told them to gather all the doctors of the hospital and then asked, “Can you tell me how much of pride or anger my body contains, or can you tell me if I have sincerity etc.?” They replied in the negative, so he said that is the job of the spiritual doctor. If we never had these spiritual doctors we wouldn’t have been able to control our nafs (carnal desires) which commands us to do evil. May Allah Ta'ala grant us the Taufeeq to purify ourselves from all spiritual maladies and grant us a sound and healthy heart. Ameen!  

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