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How do Actions Reach the Heart

8 April 2009 1,104 views No Comment

Ibnul Qayyim, in Baab alHijrateen (I believe), asked: How do actions reach the heart?

Think of a situation where someone might be reading alHamdu lillaah 1 juz’ a day, does prayer and nafl on time, fasts all day, yet they still fall into something haraam. How come?

Ibnul Qayyim says: because his or her actions didn’t reach the heart.

So how do actions reach the heart?

Who knows?

Who wants to know?

A human will always fall into sin no matter what, but a person who does a lot of good deeds should be less prone.

So how do actions reach the heart?

1. حراسة الخواطر

2. صدق التأهب للقاء الله

1. Guarding your thoughts

2. Truthfulness in being ready to meet Allaah swt

Although both need a lot of explanation, but why don’t you let your heart guide you?

See what it tells you, and if you feel like it, you can share some beautiful meanings with your PPN family.

I might share something too. But let me listen… can you hear it?

Some Replies

First and foremost–“innamul ‘amaalu bin niyaat”. This means “guarding our thoughts” includes guarding our intentions; our actions reach our heart when they are sincerely done for the sake of Allah  desiring His reward alone. This also ties in with #2, truthfulness in being ready to meet Allah .

The second point to note, guarding our thoughts are so much harder than guarding our actions because our mind literally can run WILD, so if we are able to guard our thoughts than guarding our actions becomes easier.

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