Taking care of the spiritual condition of our hearts
Islam teaches us to take care of the spiritual condition of our hearts. We read in a hadith:
Narrated An-Nu’man bin Bashir: “I heard Allah’s Messenger (SAW) saying, ‘Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it. (O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.’” (Sahih Bukhari)
We learn from this about the significance of making self-improvements in order to better the condition of our hearts. We learn that our hearts are a part of us that affect the way in which we react to different situations in our lives and also affect the choices we make. There are many ways in which we can work on improving spiritually and developing good-heartedness.
We can do so through trying to concentrate properly in Salah, making sincere du’aa to Allah and making time to read the Holy Qur’an. We could try to establish a routine in which du’aa is a regular and important part of our lives, which we find peace in as we are expressing ourselves to our Creator. We are increasing our consciousness of Him and actively depending on Him by accepting that ultimately He is the only One who can help us.
We can also develop good-heartedness through being honest in our speech, as we know that being dishonest will be more detrimental to ourselves than anyone else. Being careless about lying will eventually cause us not to be as worried about our lies, straying us from the right path.
Reflect on your deeds
Ensuring that we are not becoming attached to worldly things will also help us to take care of our hearts, as we will be preventing ourselves from making the material things of this Dunya our focus. Shifting our focus to the Hereafter will also improve our consciousness of Allah and therefore help us to improve the condition of our hearts.
Reflection is also incredibly important. Even just by taking a short while each day to reflect on our deeds will help us to improve, as we will be understanding the accountability we have for our own deeds, instead of going through the journey of life without thinking about our actions.
May Allah enable us to nurture and enhance the goodness of our hearts. Aameen.