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April 2006Volume VIII - Issue 2Rabi`a Al-Awal 1427

The Last Word

Allah, subhanahu wa ta`ala (the Exalted and Glorified) is indiscriminate in His overwhelming blessings to mankind as He brings us with chaste hearts to the beginning of our journey in this world. In the Qur’an, the birth of Prophet Adam, `alayhi salam (peace be upon him) is beautifully illustrated: “I have formed him fully and breathed into him of My spirit1” (15:29). This spirit resides in the essence of the body—the heart. How can one refuse to cherish and safeguard such a glorious gift?

A pure heart sanctified by the light of Allah’s (swt) Mercy and Goodness is rare and wondrous. Thus, we must take heed of His gift before our ignorance leads us astray. Such remorse is saved only for those who have fallen into the abyss of darkness where light can no longer transcend. That abyss is the death of our hearts—an irreconcilable defeat. The pulse still resounds through the body but its beats fall upon an empty being.

Our souls will only find sanctity in this life under the guidance of an untainted heart. When the heart is free of worldly desires, it is open to admire the glorious signs of Allah (swt). This stimulates truth in the soul, out of which a search for knowledge that leads one to the true path is born. Most significantly, a pure soul finds that, in times of solace, the magnificent signs of Allah (swt) allow for contemplation and implementation. Only those aware of such blessings realize that protecting our hearts against ruin should be a constant struggle.

Allah (swt) warns that “[iblees] said, ‘I will make things on Earth seem attractive to them (mankind) and lead all of them to error, except those of Your servants whom You have singled out for Yourself’” (15:39-40).

We must constantly work on our struggle against vanity and the material desires that envelop our lives, both of which are in pursuit to infiltrate our hearts. If we become fixated on perfecting the action and the image without checking the intentions of our hearts, our defenses against such pollutants will cease to exist. Allah (swt) instilled into every one of us the means of rejecting such diseases of the heart through natural inclinations to worship Him. Let us all work to maintain our natural purity so that when the first taste of true iman (faith) drops into our hearts, it can find an untainted enclave wherein to grow.

1 The element of life and soul which Allah (swt) created for that body, not His own spirit or part of Himself (as some mistakenly believe).

- Natania Abdelfattah

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