The enlightened heart

The enlightened heart

In Surat Shu’ara Allah Almighty says that the one who carried the revelation is Jibril, and he revealed it onto the heart of the Prophet (peace be on him).

وَإِنَّهُۥ لَتَنزِيلُ رَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ

نَزَلَ بِهِ ٱلرُّوحُ ٱلْأَمِينُ

عَلَىٰ قَلْبِكَ لِتَكُونَ مِنَ ٱلْمُنذِرِينَ

بِلِسَانٍ عَرَبِىٍّ مُّبِينٍ

This is certainly a revelation from the Lord of all worlds,

which the trustworthy spirit ˹Gabriel˺ brought down

into your heart ˹O Prophet˺—so that you may be one of the warners—

in a clear Arabic tongue. (26:190-195)

In these ayahs we see Allah Almighty is saying that the revelation, which people doubted and rejected, is the truth. Though they knew that the Prophet (peace be on him) was illiterate, they kept accusing him of being a poet, who was composing the revelation. The very title of this surah is ‘The Poets’.

They accused him of being a poet so they could refute and reject his message, but Allah Almighty defends His own revelation and states that it is He Himself, who sent the message, through Jibril, the Trusted Spirit (ruh ul almeen).

Why did Allah mention the heart of the Prophet (peace be on him)? The heart is the core of ones’ being.

Abu ‘Abdullah al-Nu’man bin Bashir (may Allah be pleased with him) said he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) say:

 أَلَا وَإِنَّ فِي الْجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إذَا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ، وَإذَا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ، أَلَا وَهِيَ الْقَلْبُ”.

“There lies within the body a piece of flesh. If it is sound, the whole body is sound; and if it is corrupted, the whole body is corrupted. Verily this piece is the heart.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Is the heart merely flesh or more than this?

The heart is the seat of understanding, the receiver of light from Allah Almighty, forgiveness, mercy and openings (futuh), and for messengers, the place revelation enters.

If your heart is full of spiritual diseases such animosity, grudges, envy and arrogance, then you will not receive the light of Allah. This is why it is important to purify your heart, as this opens the curtains to allow diving light to enter.

Now, in spring and Ramadan, it is the best time to polish your heart and work on it. It is an opportunity to allow blessings and forgiveness to enter it.

As the heart is the core of our being, we need to look after it, physically and spiritually, then Allah will give us spiritual acceleration and elevation. Ameen

Shaykh Haytham Tamim Tarawih 14

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.