Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about the heart and its impact on human life. I need to explain beforehand, that what is meant by the influence of the heart on human life in this article is not its role in medical health medically, but rather on things that are metaphysical and faithful.
Okay! Straight to! In Islamic teachings there are two types of heart;
1. Dead heart.
2. Living heart.
What is meant by a dead heart is a heart that cannot accept the instructions “sky” so he only uses rationality to determine good and bad. Very many cases that tell, that a dead heart can make the owner fall in the abyss of sin.
I do not dispute the truth, that humans must continue to use rationality to determine good and bad, to do good things and bad things. But what we need to know is that rationality should be coupled with the direction of the sky, so that it does not deviate in the wrong direction.
In the Qur’an there are many verses which explain the dead heart called the hard heart. We find it in a number of verses below;
ثُمَّ قَسَتۡ قُلُوبُكُم مِّنۢ بَعۡدِ ذَٰلِكَ فَهِيَ كَٱلۡحِجَارَةِ أَوۡ أَشَدُّ قَسۡوَةٗۚ وَإِنَّ مِنَ ٱلۡحِجَارَةِ لَمَا يَتَفَجَّرُ مِنۡهُ ٱلۡأَنۡهَٰرُۚ وَإِنَّ مِنۡهَا لَمَا يَشَّقَّقُ فَيَخۡرُجُ مِنۡهُ ٱلۡمَآءُۚ وَإِنَّ مِنۡهَا لَمَا يَهۡبِطُ مِنۡ خَشۡيَةِ ٱللَّهِۗ وَمَا ٱللَّهُ بِغَٰفِلٍ عَمَّا تَعۡمَلُونَ ٧٤
Then your hearts hardened after that, so that they were like rocks, rather worse in hardness; and surely there are some rocks from which streams burst forth, and surely there are some of them which split asunder so water issues out of them, and surely there are some of them which fall down for fear of Allah, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you do. (Al-Baqarah ; 74).
خَتَمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمۡ وَعَلَىٰ سَمۡعِهِمۡۖ وَعَلَىٰٓ أَبۡصَٰرِهِمۡ غِشَٰوَةٞۖ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٞ ٧
Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them. (Al-Baqarah ; 7).
وَقَالُواْ قُلُوبُنَا غُلۡفُۢۚ بَل لَّعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ بِكُفۡرِهِمۡ فَقَلِيلٗا مَّا يُؤۡمِنُونَ ٨٨
And they say: Our hearts are covered. Nay, Allah has cursed them on account of their unbelief; so little it is that they believe. (Al-Baqarah ; 88).
فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٞ فَزَادَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ مَرَضٗاۖ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمُۢ بِمَا كَانُواْ يَكۡذِبُونَ ١٠
There is a disease in their hearts, so Allah added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they. (Al-Baqarah ; 10).
فَلَوۡلَآ إِذۡ جَآءَهُم بَأۡسُنَا تَضَرَّعُواْ وَلَٰكِن قَسَتۡ قُلُوبُهُمۡ وَزَيَّنَ لَهُمُ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنُ مَا كَانُواْ يَعۡمَلُونَ ٤٣
Yet why did they not, when Our punishment came to them, humble themselves? But their hearts hardened and the Shaitan made what they did fair-seeming to them. (Al-An’aam ; 43).
أَلَمۡ يَأۡنِ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَن تَخۡشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمۡ لِذِكۡرِ ٱللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ ٱلۡحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُواْ كَٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَٰبَ مِن قَبۡلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيۡهِمُ ٱلۡأَمَدُ فَقَسَتۡ قُلُوبُهُمۡۖ وَكَثِيرٞ مِّنۡهُمۡ فَٰسِقُونَ ١٦
Has not the time yet come for those who believe that their hearts should be humble for the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And that they should not be like those who were given the Book before, but the time became prolonged to them, so their hearts hardened, and most of them are transgressors. (Al-Hadiid ; 16).
All readers! Actually, there are still many verses of the Quran which explain that. I don’t need to mention everything. What I have mentioned above is enough to understand the essence of this discussion.
If we understand some of the verses above, then of course we already know that a hard heart or a dead heart will result in several things as follows;
1. A dead heart cannot make a person accept the ultimate truth that has been given by “the sky”.
2. A dead heart causes a person to be tortured with a very painful torment.
While the things that cause the liver to die are as follows;
1. The heart will die because the owner does not do dhikir to Allah (not remembering Allah).
2. The heart will die because the owner often sins, especially eating unclean food and drinking unlawful drinks [I have explained it briefly in the previous article; The Cause of the Losing Beauty of the Body.
If indeed the facts are like that, then what’s the solution?
There was advice from the Prophet Muhammad to Ali bin Abi Talib relating to this matter. Pay attention!
“O Ali! If a believer has passed forty days but he never sits with a pious person, then his heart will become hard and he dares to commit great sins, because knowledge is the life of the heart. “
All readers! If we understand the advice of the Prophet Muhammad, then we will know, that the solution is to gather together pious people, people who understand the teachings of Islam. The maxim is so that we can learn from them and get guidance from them, because they are people who fear Allah Ta’ala;
وَمِنَ ٱلنَّاسِ وَٱلدَّوَآبِّ وَٱلۡأَنۡعَٰمِ مُخۡتَلِفٌ أَلۡوَٰنُهُۥ كَذَٰلِكَۗ إِنَّمَا يَخۡشَى ٱللَّهَ مِنۡ عِبَادِهِ ٱلۡعُلَمَٰٓؤُاْۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ ٢٨
And of men and beasts and cattle are various species of it likewise; those of His servants only who are possessed of knowledge fear Allah; surely Allah is Mighty, Forgiving. (Faathir ; 28).
We can also read some of the prayers below;
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغۡ قُلُوبَنَا بَعۡدَ إِذۡ هَدَيۡتَنَا وَهَبۡ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحۡمَةًۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلۡوَهَّابُ ٨
Our Lord! make not our hearts to deviate after Thou hast guided us aright, and grant us from Thee mercy; surely, Thou art the most liberal Giver. (Ali ‘Imraan ; 8).
اللَّهُمَّ نَوِّرْ قَلْبِيْ بِنُوْرِ هِدَايَتِكَ كَمَا نَوَّرْتَ الْأَرْضَ بِنُوْرِ شَمْسِكَ وَقَمَرِكَ أَبَدًا أَبَدًا بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ
“O Allah, illuminate my heart with the light of Your guidance, as You have illuminated the earth with Your sunshine and the light of Your moon forever, with Your mercy, O God who is very blessed.”
اللَّهُمَّ نَوِّرْ قَلْبِيْ بِنُوْرِ الْعِلْمِ ، وَمِنْ نُوْرِ الْعِلْمِ إِلَى نُوْرِ الَعَمَلِ ، وَمِنْ نُوْرِ الْعَمَلِ إِلَى نُوْرِ الْإِخْلَاصِ ، وَمِنْ الْإِخْلَاصِ إِلَى نُوْرِ الْقَبُوْلِ ، بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ
“O Allah, light my heart with the light of science, from the light of science to light practice it, from the light to practice it to the light of sincerity, from the light of sincerity to the light of acceptance, with Your mercy, O God who is very blessed.”
All readers! That is a brief explanation of the theme of this article. May our hearts always live and we are among the survivors in the world and in the hereafter! Amen!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
The advice of the Prophet Muhammad is in the book “Washiyyatu al-Mushthafaa”, al-Miftaah Publishing, Surabaya, Indonesia, p. 12.