Have a Heart

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The heart is a most fascinating organ of the body. It is indeed the king of the body. The following excerpt gives us a brief idea of what a wonderful creation of Allah Ta’ala the heart is:

    “The heart is a small organ, about the size of the fist (4 inches long and 2½ inches broad), weighing not much more than eight ounces, yet this small pump works remarkably. It keeps on pumping day and night for a whole life-time without the least pause, rating some 100,000 strokes a day and sending about a gallon of blood circulating through the body once every 13 seconds. In a single day the heart pumps enough blood to fill a good-sized oil truck; in a single year it could fill a train of 65 large oil wagons” (Islam and Modern Challenges—pg. 73).



 
SPIRITUAL HEART

The proper function of the heart is vital for the good health of the body. Likewise, one’s spiritual well-being is also dependent upon the spiritual condition of the heart being in order. If the heart is filled with the love of Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and is kept clean of malice, jealously, pride, suspicions and other evils, one’s spiritual state will also be “healthy.” Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has explained this most concisely in a Hadith which states: “Verily in the body is an organ which, if it is in order, the entire body will be in order. And if it is corrupt, the rest of the body will be corrupt. Behold, that organ is the heart.” Thus a constant effort must be made to keep the heart clean. The most effective way of cleansing the heart and filling it with the love of Allah Ta’ala is to sincerely associate with those who have true hearts — hearts that are brimming with the love of Allah Ta’ala. The effect of their piety and love for Allah Ta’ala is bound to rub off onto those in their company. It is also important to protect the eyes, ears and tongue from all evil as these are the pathways to the heart.
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