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qalb E Noor : The Significance of Heart in our lives

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Surely in the breasts of humanity is a lump flesh, if sound then the whole body is sound, and if corrupt then the whole body is corrupt. It is not the heart ?

– Prophet Muhammad

Few months ago when the unprecedented situation due to COVID 19 had created havoc in our lives, I got my hands on Hamza Yusuf’s “ The Purification of heart “. The book impacted me profoundly. Though there are times where I still can not handle the situations well.

But that book always comes for my rescue whenever my heart is in turmoil.

So I decided to pen down an article on heart, which is called “ Qalb “ in Arabic and “ Dil “ in Urdu. Situated in the left side of human body. which’s function is not just pumping the blood but also feeling emotions, From profound happiness and joy to the terrible agony.


The human heart is most neglected of all organs.. we were sent school to fill our empty brain with wisdom and knowledge . When our skin becomes dull , we get worried and rush after beauty products, we spend endless amount of money to cure the ailments that affect our liver and kidneys but what about the heart that keeps us alive, the heart that has to be sound and healthy in any circumstances , the heart that will be the deciding factor for your afterlife; The spiritual heart ; the deserted and most abandoned organ.

Many great people have confessed that it was listening to their heart that had kept them going…

Rousseau says

“ The Promptings of the heart are more to be trusted than the logic of the mind

Antoin De Sainte writes

“ And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. “


Today , in a world of capitalism, heart is the last thing to be relied upon. And it’s this neglect that has created chaos in the world.

The war, the fight, the famine, the brutal take over, the coup, the climate crisis, the terrorism all are the result of prioritising brain instead of heart while making decisions ..

Brain guides you towards self interest , while the heart it always guides you towards humanity.

Apart of these bigger problems there is one issue that has created havoc in everyone’s life( bad mental health ) too has genesis in not listening to that tiny organ which is most empathetic of all human organs. When it can’t see the brain suffering from overthinking ,so in a bid to help , the heart takes all the burden on it. At some point the weight of grief is too heavy to carry and it stops beating. It dies. But the most miserable death arrives when it dies even when we are still alive .

When it pumps the blood in your body but can not pump emotions such as empathy , love , care and compassion. That is the real death and the most frightening one.

if we examine our lives keenly, we will realise that it’s the diseases of heart that impact our mental well being.

In Quran, Allah says

“ Verily, in the remembrance of God, do hearts find peace “


Allah could have written “Mind “ instead of “ Heart “ but he has written heart, may be through this ayah he he is trying to tell us that the ultimate aim of your life is too have the peace in your heart and focus should be shifted to heart if you are not able to cure mental illness..

In this book , Hamza Yusuf talks about the disease of heart, his focus is on spiritual heart rather than a physical heart. Why we should be worried about the ailments that make our heart suffer severely.. the focus is not on cardiovascular disease or the disease of industrialisation and globalisation but the focus is on the unseen disease which only a spiritual and good heart can recognise.

He has listed severel diseases that malign our heart ( Source : The Purification of heart by Hamza Yusuf )

Miserliness , Wantonness, Contents, Hatred , Iniquity, Love of the World , Envy, Blameworthy Modesty, Fantasizing, Fear of Poverty, Ostentation, Relying on Other Than God , Displeasure with the Divine Decree , Seeking Reputation, False Hopes, Negative Thoughts, Vanity, Fraud, Anger , Heedlessness Rancor, Boasting & Arrogance, Displeasure with Blame, Antipathy Toward Death, Obliviousness to Blessings

The cure given by Hamza Yusuf Sahab are vast , which can be read from the file that I have attached with this blog.


But the easiest remedies lie in the acceptance- that no matter how good your heart is it will still be bruised someday – that No matter how much love it has to hold, it will still be wounded by hatred – that No matter how much compassion it has to offer but it will still be misunderstood


And the acceptance that this life is temporary -; that the reward will be given on the day of judgement ;that the God does not do injustice with anyone ; That the God doesn’t burden a soul beyond it can carry ;That the things destined for you will never miss you ; That with every hardship there is ease.



As far as my understanding of faith and conscience concerned

A healthy sound heart is the one that cries on seeing someone’s suffering


The heart that shows gratitude to rivals after the victory

The heart that celebrates other people’s achievements

The heart that feels rage against tyranny and injustice

The heart that endures wound patiently

The heart that forgives

The heart that helps

The heart that continues believing in the goodness of people even after a vile deception

The heart that collects courage to love again after a terrible hurt

The heart that doesn’t try to distort the truth in a fear of shame

The heart that feels guilt after committing something against its nature


But what to do with that wounded heart ?What to do with those broken pieces ? Can it be fixed ? Can it be cured ?

You have to remember these words of wisdom by Maulana Rumi

“ The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

Would like to end this blog with one of my favourite verses in Quran, which has continued to guide me in every spheres of life..

“On the Day of Judgment no one is safe save the one who returns to God with a pure heart. (QUR’AN) “

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