Why is it important to keep the heart alive?
Sister Yasmin starts this talk by answering this question.
The reason is given to us in the Qur’an, where Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him, says to Allah (SWT) says:
“And do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected –
The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children
But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.” (Qur’an, 26:87-89)
On the Day of Judgement, only the one who comes to Allah with a heart that is sound will be successful
Anything else will be of no benefit to us.
(Please check this video for more details on a sound heart)
So this should have all our attention.
It is in our best interest to take this endeavor very seriously.
Sister Yasmin then goes on to talk about four things to keep the heart alive, four practical things, and then four things to beware of.
We are all on a journey to Allah, and on this journey there are pitfalls.
The very first thing to do to take care of our heart is to give it “oxygen”.
In the same way that the body needs oxygen to stay alive, so does the heart.
And the oxygen of the heart is the remembrance of Allah (SWT).
If you go through our day and we are not praying, it is exactly as a person who is deprived of oxygen.
The one who is deprived of oxygen is going to die, and this is exactly the state of the heart of a person who does not pray and does not remember Allah.
The remembrance of Allah is the oxygen of the heart, and the Salah is the life of the heart.
Don’t miss this excellent 24 minute reminder by sister Yasmin Mogahed.