A Very Easy Way To Purify Your Heart
by Shaykh Amer Jamil
Below is an edited version of the transcription from the video above.
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We all know the importance of the heart and why we have to purify it. Alhamdulillah there is a very easy way of purifying the heart, and that is to pray on the Prophet (pbuh).
The Prophet (pbuh) said:
“Whoever sends blessings upon me, Allah will send blessings upon him tenfold”. Narrated by Muslim (384).
Now, without getting into all of the discussion of what that means, many ‘Ulema (scholars) say that that means that 10 Mercies of Allah (swt) come down on that person.
So you say “Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa-Sallam” once, 10 Mercies from Allah (swt) come down and come on to your heart and cleanse away the darkness which is in your heart.
So if you say that 10x, that means 100 Mercies from Allah (swt). If you say it 100x, that means there’s 1000 Mercies from Allah (swt). If you say it 1000x, that’s 10,000 Mercies from Allah (swt) that are coming down on you constantly and just washing your heart away from all of the darkness.
So obviously if you do that on a consistent basis, your heart’s continuously getting purified. That, will a small portion of Qur’an every day, a lot of ‘Ulema say this is one of the best ways to purify this very dirty heart which many of us have.
One scholar put a very interesting twist on this.
He said that if you think of this in a bit more detail, where is this coming from? Where is the Mercy coming from Allah (swt)?
So the way to think about it is:
Say somebody reads Qur’an. They’re not really paying attention. Is there power in their recitation? Yes there is, but it’s probably limited. Another person reads it with a lot of sincerity, with a lot of Khushoo’, presence of heart, etc. The power of their recitation is more. Then somebody reads it with a lot of feeling, knows the meaning and is completely engrossed in it. If they recite it, the power they have on a listener is even more powerful.
So the source can have an influence on the output.
Now if you think of this, where is the Mercy coming from? It’s coming from Allah (swt). The source is perfect; it’s Allah (swt)!
So, because it’s coming from the most perfect source ever, it means that even one Mercy from that source is enough to completely obliterate all of the darkness in the heart. So what about 10 Mercies? What about 100 Mercies? What about 1000 Mercies? What about 10,000 Mercies?
I mean, there’s no limit to this. You can push yourself as much as you want. You can have unlimited Mercy from Allah (swt) coming down on your heart every single day. And it’s so easy; you don’t have to be in a state of wudu, you don’t have to be in a certain place. You could be driving, you could be shopping, you can be saying “”Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa-Sallam” all of the time.
It’s so easy.
It was narrated that Ubayy ibn Ka’b (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When two-thirds of the night had passed, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would say: “O people, remember Allaah, remember Allaah. The first Trumpet is about to sound, and will soon be followed by the second; death has come with all that it entails, death has come with all that it entails.” Ubayy said: I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I send blessings upon you a great deal; how much of my prayer (du’aa’) should be for you? He said: “Whatever you wish.”
I said: One quarter? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Half? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Two thirds? He said: “Whatever you wish, and if you do more it is better for you.”
I said: Should I make all my du’aa’ for you? He said: “Then your concerns will be taken care of and your sins will be forgiven.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2457)
So there’s massive reward in doing this.
So we should all take advantage to have this unlimited Mercy from Allah (swt) coming down upon our hearts and InshaAllah have purified hearts.
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