Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah,
Last Saturday in Manhattan, I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend a talk given by Sh. Hussain Abdul Sattar entitled “Love for Allah.” While I would love to give a full summary of this talk, I unfortunately did not take notes, which makes summarizing an arduous task. However, I did want to share an amazing gem from the talk:
As Muslims, we want our hearts to be so filled with the love of Allah , that we would cry for the sake of Allah upon being reminded of Him. However, crying for the sake of Allah is not something that many Muslims find easy to do… in fact to many Muslims, it is a rare occurrence. Yet, if we think about the nature of the heart, we realize that our hearts are made to express emotion.
If you think back to when you’ve ever watched some dumb movie with a happy ending, or when you watch your favorite football/basketball/baseball team suddenly make a comeback in the last few seconds of the game… how often it is that these little inconsequential moments move our hearts and maybe even cause us to shed a tear. Our hearts are so easily moved at these insignificant events, then imagine how easy it should be for one’s heart to be moved at the remembrance of Allah!
The bottom line is that if our hearts are filled with movies, TV, and whatever else of the dunya, then it is dunya that will dominate our emotions. However, if we remove the garbage of this dunya from our hearts, and fill our hearts with the remembrance of Allah, then this remembrance will move our hearts to tears bi idhnillaah.