Importance of Heart (Fear of Allah)

The heart is one of the most blessed favors of Allah.This small lump of flesh plays an important role to keep us alive. Without it, no one can live. It is equally important in understanding the religious perspective also. That’s the reason it has been called the chief of organs. It’s vast Importance clearly mentioned in Quran and Hadith time and again.

🍁Hadith- Narrated by Noman bin Basheer Radiyallahu Anhu that I heard MUHAMMAD saw saying; ” Beware! There is a piece of flesh in your body. If it is good, the whole body will be good and if it becomes corrupted , the whole body will be corrupted. And that is the Heart!

( Bukhari and Muslim)

This Hadith lays a great emphasis on it’s Importance. It means our every act related with heart. If a man’s heart is cleaned , all his deeds will be good, and if his heart is filled with evils, then all his deeds will be bad.

These two verses of Quran also throws light on the importance of heart ;

يَوْمَ لَا يَنْفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ

إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ

Meaning- On that Day, neither wealth not son will be benefitted, but the one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.

Ash Shuara- 88-89

This hadith is Narrated on the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurerah RadiAllahu Anhu that I heard this from Prophet Muhammad saw —
God does not look at your faces and your body, but rather sees your actions and your heart.
( Sahih Muslim- 6221)

Meaning of the Hadith – We humans spend our time and resources to enhance our external beauty, but Allah loves the sincerity of our heart and the beauty of action. May Allah blesses us with the beauty of heart.

The significance of heart is so high near Allah that he chose his Prophet Muhammad saw and his companions on basis of their pure heart

The following part of a Hadith is worth reading;

*Hadith -Allah looked at the hearts of His servants and found Muhammad saw the best of hearts and chose him as a messenger, then Allah once again looked at the hearts of all his servants, and this time he found the best of hearts of the companions of Muhammad saw and selected them as Companions of our beloved Prophet PBUH………
(Musnad Ahmad:11529)

Another essential thing to know about heart is needed. We should be aware of the fact the Quran, which is word of Allah, which is a lightened guidance of our success for here and hereafter, has also revealed on the heart of our beloved Prophet Muhammad saw..

وَإِنَّهُ لَتَنْزِيلُ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

نَزَلَ بِهِ الرُّوحُ الْأَمِينُ

عَلَىٰ قَلْبِكَ لِتَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُنْذِرِينَ

Meaning- Indeed! There is a revelation from the Lord of the World, which is carried down by a trustworthy Spirit GABRIEL, to your heart that you might become one of those who warn.

(Ash Shuara- 192-194)

SubhanAllah

Every organ has its own importance in this body created by Allah. Each part has its own function and the heart takes central place in human body because heart is the house of Faith . So, it is the function of heart to meditate over the word of Allah’s Quran

Here the question arises that to contemplate over something is a function of brain then how can the heart understand?

Seek answer in the light of glorious Quran;

Surah 7 Al-A’raf, Ayat 179-179

وَلَـقَدۡ ذَرَاۡنَا لِجَـهَنَّمَ كَثِيۡرًا مِّنَ الۡجِنِّ وَالۡاِنۡسِ​ ​ۖ لَهُمۡ قُلُوۡبٌ لَّا يَفۡقَهُوۡنَ بِهَا وَلَهُمۡ اَعۡيُنٌ لَّا يُبۡصِرُوۡنَ بِهَا وَلَهُمۡ اٰذَانٌ لَّا يَسۡمَعُوۡنَ بِهَا ؕ اُولٰۤـئِكَ كَالۡاَنۡعَامِ بَلۡ هُمۡ اَضَلُّ​ ؕ اُولٰۤـئِكَ هُمُ الۡغٰفِلُوۡنَ‏ ﴿7:179﴾

(7:179) And certainly We have created for Hell many of the jinn and mankind; they have hearts with which they fail to understand; and they have eyes with which they fail to see; and they have ears with which they fail to hear. They are like cattle – indeed, even more astray. Such are utterly heedless.
Surah Araf-179

So, we knew we understan from heart. If the heart is right then all the body should show proper action. For example- We will see, listen and talk lawful. This is made clear in Surah Qaaf also;

إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَنْ كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ أَوْ أَلْقَى السَّمْعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ

Indeed in that is a reminder for whoever has a heart or who listens while he is present [in mind].

Consequently, He who has heart can follow the advice and teach the lessons. This is what Allah mentions in Quran;

أفَلا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ أمْ عَلَی قُلُوبٍ أقْفَالُهَا

24. Do they not then think deeply about the Qur’an or are their hearts locked up?

The Holy Qur’an is not solely for recitation but is the Book of thought and meditation.

🍁Another amazing speciality of heart is that love of faith also takes place in heart;

وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ حَبَّبَ إِلَيْكُمُ الْإِيمَانَ وَزَيَّنَهُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ

. But Allah has endeared your faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts.
Surah Hujurat- 7

How exalted place of the heart should be notified….
Heart is the place of Quran Revealation!
Heart is the place of understanding Quran!
Heart is the place of love of faith!

There are many verses of Taqwa in the Holy Qur’an, which are mentioned in different places and in different ways. Interestingly, the Arabic word Taqwa is used in Quran in multiple meanings. Briefly, taqwa means God contiousness or fear of Allah or Piety.

The importance of piety can also be gauged from the fact that the people before us were also commanded to perform piety.

ِ ۗ وَلَقَدْ وَصَّيْنَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ أَنِ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ

And we have instructed those who were given the scriptures before you and yourself to fear Allah.
Surah Nisa :131

🍁 The Creator also commanded his beloved Prophet Muhammad saw to be pious ;

ِ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ اتَّقِ اللَّهَ

O Prophet! Fear Allah…!
Surah Ahzab: 1

Allah repeated this message repeatedly in the Quran; ” Oh! you who believers, fear Allah”.

🍁 At one place in Quran, Allah addresses to believers–

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

Oh ! you who believe! Fear Allah as just the way you should fear of him. And remember, be a Muslim until you die.
Surah Imran:102

What is important to note is that Piety is so important that God has made it clear in the Quran that, to him( Allah), no human being can become noble on the basis of wealth or propriety, lineage or ancestry and beauty or adornment but according to him the criteria of nobility is Piety.

ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّـهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ
Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most God-Fearing of you.
Surah Hujrat:13

🍁 Some Virtues of Piety—–

🍁 Countless virtues of Piety have been mentioned in Quran. Some of these are below;

🍁 Light of Guidance is given ( Surah Baqrah:2)

🍁 Knowledge of distinguishing between truth and falsehoods is given.
(Surah Anfal :29)
🍁 Grief goes away got rizk in abundance. ( Surah Talaq 2,3)
🍁 Assistance of Allah is attained (Surah Nahl:128)
🍁 Worldly affairs get easier ( Surah Talaq)
🍁Good deeds get accepted( Surah Maydah :27)
🍁 Success is achieved( Surah Al Imran: 130
🍁Saves from Hell, which is extremely bad place( Surah Mariyam 72)
🍁The biggest desire of every Muslim – Entry in Jannah* (Surah Noon: 34)

Muhammad saw himself has given the good news of Jannah for a pious person:-

♥ Mafhoom-e-Hadees: Narrated by Abu Huraira (Razi’Allahu Anhu) that Rasool’Allah (Sallallahu Alaihay Wasallan was asked – “What action will cause more people to go to paradise ?.. ” Muhammad ﷺ replied “Fear of Allah(Taqwa) aur Good Manners .”

(Tirmizi 2004)

🍁 Pious people get Allah’s love,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ
Meaning- “Indeed, Allah loves those who fears him”
Surah tauba:7
Surah Al Imran:76

Consequently, Piety is a virtue which has innumerable benefits. It saves from evils and leads to goodness. It teaches differentiating between forbidden and lawful. It helps to give preference to Akhirah over world. And above all, Piety will be the savior on the Day of Judgement.

Summing up all these facts, we can say that “Piety, which is the gathering of all good deeds, it also takes place in the heart”, as Muhammad ﷺ said three times pointing to his heart–

“Piety is here! 👉🏻❤”
“Piety is here! 👉🏻❤”
“Piety is here! 👉🏻❤”
❤ SubhanAllah ❤

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