As-Salāmu`Alaykum Readers,

 

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is remembrance of Allāh.” [Bukhari]

Then, should we not strive to take the name of Allāhsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) in all our actions and spend our idle time making tasbīḥ?

 

He ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Allāh says: I am to my servant as he expects of Me, I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers me in an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his…” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Indeed what better thing would there be than to have your Lord remember you?

 

The Qur'ān says on this subject:

“And remember the Name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with a complete devotion.” [Al-Muzzammil  8]

“Those men and women who engage much in Allāh's praise. For them has Allāh prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” [Al-Aḥzāb 35]

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find comfort in the remembrance of Allāh! ” Behold in the Remembrance of Allāh do hearts find satisfaction.” [Al-Ra'd 28]

So continuous dhikr (remembrance of Allāh) not only polishes our heart and cleanses it, but also serves our case in the court of Allāh on the day when we will need it most. In addition, it helps our hearts find comfort which most of us try to seek daily through various means.

The Qur'ān also warns us:

“And whosoever turns away from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allāh), We appoint for him Shaitan (Satan – devil) to be a  companion to him.” [Al-Zukhruf 36]

“O ye who believe let not your riches or your children divert you from the Remembrance of Allāh if any act thus, the loss is their own.” [Al-Munāfiqūn 9]

“…And whosoever turns away from the Reminder of his Lord, He will cause him to undergo a severe Penalty.” [Al-Jinn  17]

“And keep yourself (O Muhammad) patiently with those who call on their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.” [Al-Kāhf  28]

 

Thus, we should try and spend as much time in dhikr and make it a habit to remember Allāhsubḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

 

This is a beautiful part of a lecture (in Arabic with English subtitles) by Sheikh Salih Al-Mughamisi, imam of masjid Al-Quba in Madinah.

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How do YOU polish YOUR heart?
Let us know below!

Related articles:

How to Acquire the Love of Allah (SWT) (muslimmatters.org)
How Does One Soften Their Heart? (suhaibwebb.com)
Taqwa – Consciousness of Allah (discomaulvi.wordpress.com)

22 Responses

  1. Layla

    Mashallah a wonderful article. May Allah grant us all iman and consequently peace in our hearts and minds.

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  2. Aisha Aijaz

    Beautiful reminder Aly. May Allah give you best rewards and make our hearts clean and shiny, aameen.

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  3. Mariam Riaz

    JazakAllahu Khair for this beautiful reminder. Once one develops the habit of doing dhikr, especially the morning and evening supplications, it seems to fill one’s life with some calm. Also, reading the Qur’an after/before Fajr helps a great deal. Nothing in this world can replace the beautiful feeling of peace that remembering Allah (SWT) brings, once one has discovered it. 

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  4. Drkhan2002

    Ah..comment…
    Beautiful reminder by my old friend here…I’ll share some of my own with him insha’Allah in the near future and hopefully DM can share it with everyone…
    Jazak’Allah Khair.

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  5. Naureen

    JazakAllah brother Aly for this reminder. May Allah make us of those whose tongues are moist in the remembrance of Allah always. Ameen

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  6. Fazila

    Jazakallah for sharing such beautiful lecture. It helps us strengthen out iman and increase our love for Allah, for sure. There is no other way as by doing zikr of Allah to polish our hearts and find inner peace.There is no better moment in my life and in my days than the ones i am standing in Ibadat of Allah. It is such a blessing and a feeling hard to describe, and cannot imagine my life without it. In fact i don´t even believe there is any meaning of life without makind Ibadat of Allah, asking for His forgiveness and favors. Please keep on feeding our souls with this articles.
    May Allah forgive our sins and grant us Jannat!

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  7. mahmood

    سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ 

    SubhanAllah wa biHamdihi

    (Glory be to Allah and I Praise Him)

    a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea
    [Sahih al-Bukhari; 7:168, Muslim; 4:2071] 

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  8. ML

    No doubt a very beautiful article. And I second Layla in her prayer for the entire muslim race. Apart from the regular namaz and salah, doing tasbeeh really gives me peace. And these days with some new applications and help from technology, this practise has become a lot easier. . http://bit.ly/JgcA7w. I hope no one ever stays deprived from the peace and tranquility granted by the remembrance of Allah

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