The Heart and The Quran

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The more important part of your 'person' is your inner self. This inner self the Quran calls the qalb or the 'heart'. The heart of the Prophet was the first recipient of the Quranic message:

Truly it has been sent down by the Lord of all the worlds, the Trustworthy Spirit has alighted with it upon your heart [O Prophet], that you may be one of the Warner ... Quran 26:192-194.

You will therefore reap the full joys and blessings of reading the Qur'an when you are able to involve your heart fully in your task.

The 'heart', in Quranic vocabulary, is not just a piece of flesh in your body, but it is the centre of all your feelings, emotions, motives, drives, aspirations, remembrance and attention. It is the heart which softens Quran 39:23, or hardens. Quran 2:74 It is the heart that goes blind and refuses to recognize the truth Quran 22:46 and it is the heart that inspires the function to reason and understand. Quran 7:179; 22:46; 50:37 In the heart, lies the root of all outward diseases Quran 5:52; it is the seat of all inner ills Quran 2:10. The heart is the abode of faith Quran 5:41 and hypocrisy. Quran 9:77 It is the heart, which is the centre of all that is good and bad, whether it be contentment and peace Quran 13:28, the strength to face afflictions Quran 64:11, mercy Quran 57:27, brotherly love Quran 8:63, God-Consciousness Quran 49:3; 22:32; or, doubt and hesitation Quran 9:45, regrets Quran 3:156, and anger Quran 9:15. Finally it is, in reality, the way of the heart for which we shall be accountable, and only the one who brings before his God a sound and sincere heart will deserve to be saved.

God will not take you to task for a slip, but He will take you to task for what your hearts have earned. Quran 2:225

The Day when neither wealth nor children shall profit, [and when] only he [will be saved] who comes before God with a sound heart [free of evil]. Quran 26:88-89

You must therefore ensure that so long as you are with the Quran, your heart remains with you. The heart not being that piece of flesh but what the Quran calls qalb.

God has sent down the best discourse as a Book, fully consistent within itself, oft-repeated, whereat shiver the skins of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and hearts soften to the remembrance of God. Quran 39:23


Excerpted and adapted from the book "Way to the Quran" by Khurram Murad


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This is exactly what i have been looking forward to, gathering many basic facts and comment in respect to heart (qalb) in the holy Qur'an, but now to Almighty Allah be the glory who has brought me to the relevant site in the course of my research and had it as i so pleased. Thank you islamicity keep the right thing on track.

when the God talks about (Alqalb)in the Ayat that were mentioned here he is referring to the most valuable peace in the humans body which is not the heart its the brain

Very nice article indeed. Jazaakallahu kair

i am touched by this excerpt...

The Quran is a healing balm for the believers but those who do zulm (transgression)would only increase nothing but loss.Allah guides only those who ward off evil named as Muttaqin.If a person persists in committing evil he/she will not be guided by Allah until and unless he turns to Him in repentence.As Allah does not change the condition of people until they change what is in their hearts.If the whole humanity and Jinnat they get together to produce the like of this Quran they will never produce,that is the Quran a hidayah guidance in this World companion in the grave and Noor (light) for a person on the Day of Judgement and it will argue for a person or against the person before Allah (depending wether one follows it or turns away from it).So let us take hidayah from the Quran if we sincerely yearn for it as Allah is Ghaniyun anil Alameen (not in need of anybody).We need to please Him in this World so He can give us Hayatin Tayyiba in our short life of Duniya and become successful in Qabr i.e saved from Azabal Qabr, cross the bridge of Sirat on the Day of Judgement with the Speed of Lightning and be successful on Yaumil Hashr and finally be saved from Fire of Jahannam and be taken to Jannah which has been described as a great success.This life of Duniyah is nothing but only an illusion deception which deceives all of us with the help of Shaitan who wants misguide the whole humanity.This is why Shaitan Laanatil Lahi Alaihi will not allow us to follow the Quran or Sunnah of our Nabi.

This is very wonderful article which best esplained the hadith of prophet (S.A.W) that says: there is a flesh in the body,if it is diseased,the whole body is diseased.

I heard that iron is an element that came from outside our planetary system. I am very much interested to find out more on what the quran mention on the issue of iron. Could you please help?