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A Clean Heart

Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) mentioned that in the body there is a “piece of flesh” … the HEART. If this “piece of flesh” is spiritually clean and pure, then the whole body remains impeccable, spotless and sparkling. However, if this “piece of flesh” is unclean, dirty and soiled, then the whole body becomes filthy, adulterated and defiled.

Some of the main impurities and filth that sullies a HEART, are the despicable and sinful acts like jealousy, hatred, vice, malice, lies, gossip, adultery, fornication, theft, music, etc.

Our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) went on to warn and caution us that the HEART is a central, and a principal role-player in the human body. Every limb, every one of the 315 organs, every vein, every artery, in fact the entire torso and the lower limbs are directly connected, linked and controlled by the HEART … the “piece of flesh” that Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) referred to.

Our Ulama constantly implore us to purify our HEART through recitation of the Noble Quran, doing good deeds, being kind and generous, and more importantly through the Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah Ta’ala. Each one of us needs to remember

that sins blacken and contaminate the heart. Hence, in order to keep one’s HEART spotless, sparkling, shining and pure, we: -

… need to keep away from all forms of sins!

Once Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was advising a group of Sahaba (RA) in the Masjid. Whilst addressing them, Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) suddenly said: -

“The person about to walk into the Masjid right now, is a Jannati (dweller of Paradise). As the person walked through with water still dripping off his face and hands, the Sahaba (RA)’s attention fell on him. But no one knew him, he was a “stranger” to the illustrious Companions of Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). On the second day, the same individual walked into the masjid again, and Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) repeated exactly the same words, i.e., “he is a Jannati.” Finally, on the third day, once again Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) repeated the same ... “he is a Jannati.”

Amongst the Sabaha (RA) was seated, an august and dignified Sahabi, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA). Among other pious deeds, he was also known to engage in Nafl salaat the entire night, fast every day and recite the entire Noble Quran in just one day.

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) was quite intrigued by this person’s status as conferred upon him by our Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) … that “he is a Jannati.” He wondered about what action/s could this Sahabi (RA) have performed, that guaranteed him to be a Jannati. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) tactfully asked the “stranger” permission to stay at his house for a few days. He used the

pretext that he was going through some domestic problems back home. Without hesitation, the “stranger” gladly agreed.

On the first night after Esha salaah, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) tucked away in bed keeping a watchful eye. When the person came to bed, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) ensured that the person did not see him. This person simply read his sleeping dua and retired to bed for the night until Fajr Azaan. The Sahabi (RA) was astounded by the fact that this person read no nafl salaat like Salaat-ut-Tahajjud, recitation of the Noble Quran, other Adhkaar, or any other ‘Ibaadat.

He thought perhaps the person had a hard day and was tired, and therefore needed the rest. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) decided to observe for the second night, but it was the same routine. Once, again on the third night, the same routine played out.

Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) was baffled and puzzled with this person. Outwardly he performed no extraordinary ‘Ibaadat, that would qualify him to be declared “a Jannati”, by none other than our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Speechless, Hadhrat Abdullah (RA) took leave from his host thinking: how can this person, no night prayers, no additional ‘Ibaadat and no visible acts of good deeds at all … and yet … our beloved Master (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) declares “he is a Jannati.”

As Hadhrat Abdullah bin Amr bin Aaas (RA) was leaving the door of the house saying, “you are a Jannati” --- “you are a Jannati” --- the person stopped his guest. Gently, he whispered: -

“… this is a secret, which I have not told anyone, except that Allah Ta’ala knows that I have no jealousy against anyone, no bad feelings against anyone, no desire towards anyone else’s wealth … I wish the best for all, and my heart is absolutely clean.”

Hadhrat Abdullah (RA) spontaneously cried out … “This is it!” --- “This is it!”

Ah, what a wonderful and inspiring lesson about how to spend our life in a spiritually sparkling, unpolluted and pure way.

Darul Ihsan Centre

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