In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Soften your hearts: ... be a tadpole!

I was just thinking how vital it is as a Muslim that we should not let our hearts soften up with anything other than the Qur'an! The pleasure of Allah is not attained with anything greater than the love for the words of Allah. It's such a struggle to maintain our Iman consistent. It's a constant struggle for me that is for sure. I like to feel pumped up and enthusiastic and I reject the idea that its just phase reverts go through. So ridiculous! subhana'Allah. As if there was a threshold to Iman and Islamic knowledge. Not only is it ridiculous and ignorant but ARROGANT to think such! 

Anyways, before I drift into an emotional rant,  I will stay on point, the purpose of this post. So noted from my last post: I've been trying to increase my iman and not allow for my iman to become affected by the stress from finals. With that said, I'm trying to "soften" my heart and I was thinking of what I can do. I was taking minor breaks from studying to listen to short lectures then BANG! I came across this one lecture from Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi on how to soften our hearts with the Qur'an. I like to envision my heart swims in the vastness of the miracle of the Qur'an like a little tadpole. Sounds funny but yeah we're not that great! We like to think so. We would like to think that when we die everyone will cry and we will be missed on earth, how long will it be until your're forgotten and become maggot food? 

My point is; one of the many miracles of the Qur'an is that its a medicine for our hearts and our Souls! Just as we need food for our bodies our souls need the Qur'an.  We will not be able to comprehend it until we humble ourselves and our hearts are sincere (we have ikhlas). It is then that we can receive that medicine (to soften our hearts). So open your hearts and enjoy this amazing recitation ( from Saad Nomani [33:63-73] ). May Allah protect our hearts from becoming sealed and from arrogance Ameen! 
  • [39:23] "Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Quran), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah. That is the guidance of Allah. He Guides therewith whom He pleases and whomever Allah sends astray, for him there is no guide."
  • [5:83] "And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, "Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses."
  • [8:2] "Surely the believers are only the ones who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts tremble and when His ayat (Signs or verses) are recited to them, they increase them in belief, and in their Lord they put their trust"