Editor’s Note: Free Your Heart

 

Your heart calls to Allah, even as you are reading this, sixty to one hundred times a minute. Modern science says when the heart beats it sounds, “Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub.” However it reality, it actually says, “Al-Lah, Al-Lah.” With every beat, your heart remembers the One who created it, and it’s Rightful Owner.

You do not have to believe me, just listen for yourself. Just sit on the floor, face the Ka’bah, close your eyes, visualize the name of Allah written on your heart, and concentrate. You will start to hear the dhikr (remembrance/litany) of your heart.

“Al-Lah, Al-Lah, Al-Lah.”

The fact of the matter is that our fitra (natural inclination) is that towards remembering Allah. But we often get caught up in the stresses, desires, anxieties, and enjoyments of life that we forget this. We forget to feed our hearts with that which nourishes it– dhikrAllah.

The month of Ramadan is here to help us nourish our hearts and to free it from the chains of shaytan and of our ego- to free it from those things which prevent our hearts from remembering and loving Allah.

This is why Allah says in the Qur’an that fasting has been prescribed to us. It’s a prescription or a means to bring our hearts back to Allah, to purify it of all the imperfections it may have, and to free it.

Abstaining from permissible things like eating helps us put things into perspective. Not only does it teach us patience, but it makes us truly grateful for what we have. This shifting of perspectives allows us to grow and soften our hearts.

Allah gave us this month as a reminder that His doors of mercy are always open, no matter how bad of a person we may feel we are. Mawlana Rumi once said,

“Come, come again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.”

Although our hearts may feel distant from Allah, heavy, or blackened from sins, the month of Ramadan is a powerful reminder that our hearts are naturally inclined to good, and even if they are a little dirty, Allah has given us a whole month to purify ourselves.

Our fasts, taraweeh, and the Qur’an we read allows our hearts the freedom to breath once again. May this blessed month of Ramadan serve as a means of setting all our hearts free so they can continue to beat “Al-Lah, Al- Lah.”