HEARTS ARE OF THREE KINDS
In the Name of God, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful.
” القلب ثلاثة أنواع: قلب مشغول بالدنيا، وقلب مشغول بالعقبى، وقلب مشغول بالمولى، أما القلب المشغول بالدنيا له الشدة والبلاء، وأما القلب المشغول بالعقبى فله الدرجات العلى، وأما القلب المشغول بالمولى فله الدنيا والعقبى والمولى
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه واله) said: “Hearts are of three kinds: the heart that is engaged with the world, the heart that is engaged with the Hereafter, and the heart that is engaged with the Beloved. The heart that is engaged with the world has hardship and trial; as for that which is engaged in the Hereafter, it has exalted stations; and as for the heart that is engaged with the Beloved, it has the world, the Hereafter, and the Beloved.”
[Mīzān Al-Hikmah vol. 4, pg. 3473]
People in this world are of different types
This hadith reminds me of when our beloved Imam Ali (as) said: “Oh God! I do not worship you out of fear of Hell, for that is the worship of a slave; nor do I worship you God because I want heaven, that is the worship of a businessman. I worship you because I found you worthy of being worshiped. “
People in this world are of different types, and this also applies to Muslims. Muslims are different. This fact must be accepted, that Muslims in our world are at different levels when it comes to the state of their hearts and their spirituality. Not all Muslims are scholars and highly educated. On the other hand, one must also accept that not all Muslims are extreme in their thinking. The Prophet (saw) made a very beautiful division here where the state of the hearts differs from person to person and from Muslim to Muslim.
The first level
If you have the worldliness in your heart, that is, the temporal, materialistic and that which takes one closer to the world of objects, then one’s life will be based on it. One’s life can move from happiness to depression in a second if one chooses to connect the heart to that which is material. The cell phone you have in front of you, the watch you have around your wrist and the clothes you wear can never buy you the true and the eternal happiness. It is absolutely not wrong to have a nice cell phone, nice watch and elegant clothes, but you should know that these material things are not the end of your life journey.
Unfortunately, it has become that people today have placed what is limited and temporary in front of them as if it were their ultimate goals in life. Those who set these limits and limitations will be limited in their joy, satisfaction and comfort. If your goals are limited to these things, then obviously your aspirations and your experiences will be limited as well. Life ends up as a mental hell on earth. You will only strive to give charity and worship God because you want the material and nothing more. In fact, there are Muslims who have become such that they only do all these actions to escape hell by scaring others about hell and live like rich and greedy people on earth. Saudi Arabia is a good example.
The Second level
Then there is another category of people where you have paradise and the hereafter as the ultimate goal. Here, we have Muslims who see paradise as their ultimate goal. That being said, having paradise as a goal is not wrong, because paradise is a manifestation of God’s mercy which we cannot perceive. The problem arises when you begin to pray, fast, give charity and do all these acts in order to get rewards from God and not in order to get closer to God and embrace his teachings wholeheartedly.
We as Muslims should re-think about this and should have the intentions closer to God rather than just hunting his bounties without even wanting to get closer to God. God’s bounties will come sooner or later. God’s mercy is always in your presence. There are those who ask the obligatory prayers to receive only God’s reward in the hereafter, and there are those who ask the Nawafil prayers (non-obligatory prayers). Those who pray the non-compulsory prayers are those who will come closer to God and embrace His teachings in the heart :
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah who said: The Messenger of God (peace and blessings of God be upon him) said, “Verily God has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ” [Al-Bukhari,Al-Kafi]
The Third level
The highest level is without the beautiful connection you have to God. The relationship you have with God is beyond every single satisfaction you can get in this world. Isn’t it beautiful that you as a human being have connected your heart to the source of love and goodness?
As for the heart that is engaged with the Beloved, it has the world, the Hereafter, and the Beloved..
When you have God in your heart, you have everything you want in this world and the next. Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the creator as much as when we learn about the emptiness of everything else. If there is someone who will make your life more beautiful than it is God. God is the source of beauty. If a man lives without the source, how do you expect this person to live a life of perfection when that person doesn’t even know the source of light and happiness?
You should also know that as a human being you will reach a human perfection when you attach yourself to the unlimited source of all goodness. You as a human being become restricted when your heart is connected to what is restricted and limited. Your intentions and actions will also reach a human perfection if your heart and soul are connected to God. Connect yourself to God. Submit yourself to the will of God. Accept that God’s will and God’s plans are infinitely beautiful and that you and I as humans will never perceive God’s wisdom. God’s wisdom is beyond measure. We as human beings should strive to achieve that which is restricted to our own perfection and we should always strive to be humble servants of the source of all goodness and love. As Muslims, we should serve our God and the God of pure love and mercy. When you have God, you will always reach the destinations of splendour and magnanimity!
Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his Holy Progeny (as)
| Amir Zabidi