Reflections

Posted: April 5, 2018 in Family matters, Islam, Life, Pearls of wisdom

السلا م عليكم ورحمة الله وبركا ته

I came across a verse today in Surah al-Qasas (verse 50) where Allah mentions about guidance and Allah emphasizes at the end of the verse that He will not guide the wrongdoing people. I was contemplating on this verse, and I came to a conclusion that guidance will not be given to people who are sinning.

And I think this totally makes sense as Allah mentioned in other verse, “Allah has not made for a man two hearts in his interior…” (Surah al-Ahzab: 4). How can a person believe and disbelieve at the same time? In other words, how can a person has imaan in his heart and sin at the same time? It can only happen when either believe or disbelieve is present in one’s heart at a time. This has clearly been explained by our beloved Prophet SAW in one of his authentic hadeeth narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira, “A fornicator who fornicates is not a believer as long as he commits fornication, and no one who steals is a believer as long as he commits theft, and no one who drinks wine is a believer as long as he drinks it, and repentance may be accepted after that.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 109). The analogy is like this: Imagine a glass half-filled with coffee, if you were to add even 4 L of milk into the glass and let the milk overflow, the glass will never appear completely white. The glass has to be cleaned of coffee first before addition of milk to get the pure white appearance.

Of course, there is no such thing as total pure heart hence, it is important for us to always reflect and purify our hearts. Since a sin puts a black spot on one’s heart, remorse and repentance are the key to cleanse our dirtied heart. Only when our hearts are cleansed and pure can we perceive Allah’s guidance. It’s like our car windshield, if we have a dirty windshield, we will for sure get strayed from our path. But if we clean our windshield, then the path will be clear.

However, we will always get strayed because of our own nafs (inner desires) and the continuous whispers of satan. So how can we maintain getting guidance from Allah? There’s no easy way for sure but we have to be aware of our state of iman, hence the importance of periodical self-reflections followed by immediate actions to amend any shortcomings. Once we delay the remediation, the black spots in our hearts will accumulate and we will easily get into sinning afterward. So follow through our plan with a solid action plan is important to maintain our guidance reception. Secondly, and most importantly, is continuous sincere duas (prayers). We have to always make sure we purify our intentions and be consistent in asking Allah for help for nothing we do will ever work without His permission.

May Allah accepts all our duas, our repentance and our good deeds, and may He continuously bestows upon us His guidance, ameen!

السلا م عليكم ورحمة الله وبركا ته

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