The heart has become a wasteland. It is empty. It is complaining. It is struggling and it is feeling pain. So often we hear the words:
- “I feel hardness in my heart”
- “I do not find any joy in worship”
- “I feel that my faith has hit rock bottom”
- “Reading the Quran does not move me”
- “I fall into sin so easily”
The shaytan never stops trying its best to make sure that mankind accompanies him to the Hell-fire, while you might be trying your best to be admitted to Jannah!
Shaytan knows that the heart is the most important organ of the body because if this part of the body is well, then the rest of the body will be well. But if this part of the body is doing bad, then the rest of the body will be doing bad.
Abu Huraira stated that:
”The heart is like a king. The limbs and the other body parts are like the soldiers. If the king (which means the heart) is good, then the soldiers will be good. But if the king is evil, then the soldiers will be evil as well.”
In fact, no one will be saved on the Day of Judgment except for those with clean or sound heart, as Allah said in the Quran:
“There will come a Day when nothing will benefit you except a clean heart… a sound heart.”[Quran 26:88-89]
So a Muslim must check their heart, find out the nature and cause of the problem, and start treating it right away before the shaytan takes advantage of it, or even worse before it destroys them.
So in this blog, we will discuss the symptoms of a weak heart.
Before you start reading them, please remember this: if you find some of these symptoms in you, then don’t despair or give up. Do something about it and fix it. When you’re physically get sick, do you give up, or do you go to the doctor to get better?
Now let’s start! There are at least 13 symptoms of a weak heart.
- Laziness and carelessness in performing acts of worship.
If he or she does all acts of worship, they are just empty, devoid of any real feelings.
Allah The Almighty has described the hypocrites thus saying (what means):
“… And when they stand up for prayer, they stand up with laziness…[Quran 4:142]
This also includes neglecting to make the most of special occasions and times of worship. This indicates that a person may have no interest in earning reward, so:
- They may delay going for Hajj although they are able to do so.
- They may fail to attend prayers in congregation, or even the Friday prayer.
- They may not feel any remorse or guilt if they sleep and misses one of the obligatory prayers, or a Sunnah prayer that is strongly encouraged. They don’t want to make it up later,
- They may deliberately omits doing anything that is Sunnah or Fardh Kifaayah (a duty which, if carried out by some of the people, is no longer obligatory on all, but if no-one does it, all are held accountable)
- They may not attend ‘Eed prayers (although some scholars say that they are obligatory),
- They may not offer the prayers to be said at the time of lunar and solar eclipses,
- They may not attend funerals.
- They may not perform qiyaam layl (a prayer in the night)
- Not being moved by the ayat of the Quran:
The one who is weak in eman (faith) gets bored when they hear the Quran being recited, and cannot continue reading it. Whenever they open the Quran, they soon close it again.
They are not moved by the quranic verses by its promises of Paradise, or its warnings of Hell, by its commands and prohibitions, or by its description of the Day of Judgement.
- Falling into sin and committing Haram (unlawful deeds).
When a person commits many sins, sin becomes a habit which they gets used to, and then they no longer feel that it is abhorrent.
They gradually reach a stage where the commit the sin openly, and thus becomes one of those referred to in the saying of
The Prophet (PBUH):
“All of my Ummah will be fine except for those who commit sin openly, an example of which is a man who does something at night, and when morning comes and Allah has concealed his sin, he says: ‘O so-and-so, I did such and such yesterday.’ His Lord had covered his sin all night, but he has uncovered what Allah had concealed.” [BUKHAARI, AL-FAT-H 10/486]
- Tightness in the chest, mood swings, and depression, which weigh a man down and make them quick to complain about the slightest thing.
They easily get upset with the people around them, and no longer have any tolerance.
The Prophet (PBUH) described eman (faith) when he said:
“Eman is patience and tolerance” [SILSILAH SAHEEHAH, #554, 2/86].
The Prophet (PBUH) described the believer as being:
“one who makes friends and with whom others feel comfortable. There is no goodness in one who does not make friends and with whom others do not feel comfortable.” [SILSILAH SAHEEHAH, # 427)
- Feeling that One’s heart is hard and rough
A person may feel that their heart has turned to stone which nothing can penetrate or reach.
Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
“ Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness…” [QUR’AAN 2:74]
The person whose heart is hard will not be moved by reminders of death or by seeing deceased persons or funerals.
They may even carry a dead person to their grave and fill earth in the grave, but when they walk between the graves it is as if they are merely walking between rocks.
- Not doing acts of worship properly
Their mind wanders and they fail to concentrate properly when praying, reading the Quran, making Dua, etc.
They don’t think about what they’re saying, and they recite the words as a matter of boring habit.
If they has the habit of praying a certain Du’a at certain times, according to the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition), they do not think about the meaning of what they’re saying, and the Prophet (PBUH) informed us that Allah:
“Does not accept the Du’aa’ of one whose heart is heedless of Him.” [TIRMITHI, #3479; SILSILAH ASSAHEEHAH, #594]
- Not focusing on Allah when making Dua or uttering thikr (words of remembrance of Him).
Thikr becomes difficult for them, and when they raises their hands to make Dua, they quickly lower them again.
Allah The Almighty has described the hypocrites Saying (what means):
“… and they do not remember Allah but little.” [QURAN 4:142]
- Desire for leadership without understanding the serious responsibility involved.
This is what the Prophet (PBUH) warned us against when he said:
“You will be very keen to be leaders, but you will regret it on the Day of Judgment.” [Bukhari 6729]
The Prophet (PBUH) also said:
“If you wish, I could tell you about leadership and what it is. Firstly, it is blame; secondly, it is regret; and thirdly, it is punishment on the Day of Resurrection – except for one who is just.” [TABARAANI IN KABEER, 18/72; SAHEEH JAAMI’, 1420]
If it were the case that a man wanted to carry out duties and responsibilities, where there is no one better for the job than him, with the intention of doing his best and being sincere and just, as Yusuf, may Allah exalt his mention, did, then we could say that this is fair enough.
But in most cases it is the matter of a strong desire to lead and put oneself forward although there is a better person, denying the opportunity of leadership to those who are qualified and wanting to be the only one to issue instructions and prohibitions.
- Stinginess and miserliness:
The Prophet (PBUH) explained that the successful are those who avoid miserliness, and that weakness of faith generates stinginess:
“Stinginess and faith never exist together in the heart of the believer.” [SAHEEH JAAMI’, 2678]
The Prophet (PBUH) also described the serious nature of stinginess and its consequences:
“Beware of stinginess, for those who came before you were destroyed because of stinginess. It commanded them to be miserly, so they were miserly; it commanded them to cut family ties, so they cut them; and it commanded them to be immoral, so they were immoral.” [SAHEEH JAAMI, NO. 2678]
- Breaking the ties of brotherhood/sisterhood between two who used to be close.
The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“No two people are friends for the sake of Allah or in Islam, but they will be split apart by the first sin committed by either of them.” [BUKHAARI, ADAB MUFRAD, # 401; SILSILAH SAHEEHAH, 637)
This indicates the bad effects which may impact upon and even destroy the bonds of brotherhood.
This alienation which a man may feel between himself and his brother is a result of the lowering of faith caused by committing a sin.
- Fear and panic when disaster strikes or problems arises
You will see such a person shaking and losing his equilibrium, with no focus, staring wild-eyed and having no idea what to do when faced with calamity.
He is ruled by his fears and can see no way out; he cannot face reality with a strong and steady heart.
All of this is the result of weak faith, for if his faith was strong he would be steadfast and he would face the worst disasters with calmness and strength.
- Excessive arguing and disputing
The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“No people will go astray after having being guided except that they become argumentative.” [SAHEEH JAAMI’, 5633].
Arguing with no proof and for no good reason leads one far away from the Straight Path, and most of people’s futile arguments nowadays are conducted without knowledge or guidance or (reference to) a Book giving light (i.e., the Quran).
We have sufficient motive to avoid futile arguments in the words of the Prophet (PBUH):
“I guarantee a house in the outskirts of Paradise to the one who forsakes argument even when he is in the right.” [SAHEEH JAAMI’ 1464]
- Feeling hasad (envy)
A person may be so attached to this world that he feels pain if he misses out on some share of it, such as money, power, authority, or housing.
He feels that he is unfairly treated because he has not got what others have.
He feels more stress when he sees a brother in Islam who has something of this world that he does not have, so he feels Hasad (envy) towards him and wishes that he will lose that blessing.
This goes against Eman (faith), as the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Eman and Hasad do not exist together in the heart of the true slave.” [SAHEEH JAAMI’, 1464]
He talks and thinks in a purely irrational manner, devoid of the characteristics of faith. There is hardly any trace of a reference to the Quran and Sunnah, or the words of righteous predecessors in the way such a person speaks.
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