It is Forbidden For a Heart

وبالإسناد إلى الخطيب قال: أخبرنا عبد الرحمن بن محمد النيسابوري، حدثنا محمد بن عبد الله بن بهلول الفقيه، حدثنا أحمد بن علي بن أبي حمير قال: سمعت سهل بن عبد الله رحمه الله يقول

حرام على قلب أن يشم رائحة اليقين، وفيه سكون إلى غير الله تعالى، وحرام على قلب أن يدخله النور، وفيه شيء مما يكرهه الله تعالى

Sahl ibn ‘Abdullah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “It is forbidden [haram] for a heart to smell the scent of certainty [yaqin], while it yet finds tranquility in other than Allah ta’ala; and it is forbidden that light should enter a heart, while there yet remains in it anything of that which Allah ta’ala dislikes.

(Bustan al-‘Arifin by Imam al-Nawawi)

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6 Responses to It is Forbidden For a Heart

  1. hayatto says:

    Salaam aleykum,

    do you have a commentary for this Hadeeth? I read it twice so to understand the meaning, still a bit wondering…

  2. the middle road says:

    Wa alaikum salaam

    Firstly, it’s not a hadith. It’s a saying of one of the pious people of the past.

    I don’t have any commentary on it, but what I understood from it was that if there are any evil qualities present in your heart, light will not enter it; and if you trust and rely on other than Allah ta’ala, you won’t get the certainty of faith.

  3. hayatto says:

    Okay, Jazakh’Allah khair for you reply, it is more clear now.

  4. yes says:

    salam very good work please if you have chance of sheding more light on some things for a better understanding.

  5. Bridin Harnett says:

    Every person wakes up each day as a vendor of his soul, in our daily routines, what road are we traveling? The only way that we can ensure safety on this daily journey is through following the koran and the sunnah and through constant remembrance of Allah…the pull of the dunya is sometimes stronger than our will to stay on the right path even though we may we doing all of these things, each daily journey is potentially dangerous for our souls. It is only by the grace of Allah that we will succeed. May Allah give us safety on this journey and lead us safely home to him.May Allah purify our hearts and renew our strengths. Aimin.

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