قَالَ حُذَيْفَةُ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ تُعْرَضُ الْفِتَنُ عَلَى الْقُلُوبِ كَالْحَصِيرِ عُودًا عُودًا فَأَيُّ قَلْبٍ أُشْرِبَهَا نُكِتَ فِيهِ نُكْتَةٌ سَوْدَاءُ وَأَيُّ قَلْبٍ أَنْكَرَهَا نُكِتَ فِيهِ نُكْتَةٌ بَيْضَاءُ حَتَّى تَصِيرَ عَلَى قَلْبَيْنِ عَلَى أَبْيَضَ مِثْلِ الصَّفَا فَلَا تَضُرُّهُ فِتْنَةٌ مَا دَامَتْ السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَالْآخَرُ أَسْوَدُ مُرْبَادًّا كَالْكُوزِ مُجَخِّيًا لَا يَعْرِفُ مَعْرُوفًا وَلَا يُنْكِرُ مُنْكَرًا إِلَّا مَا أُشْرِبَ مِنْ هَوَاهُ
Hudhayfah said, “I heard Rasulullah say, ‘Temptations appear to the hearts one after the other, just as a mat is woven thread by thread. Any heart which succumbs to it is marked with a black spot while any heart which resists it is marked with a white spot, until hearts become of two types: one white like a stone, (1) such that no temptation harms it for as long as the heavens and the earth endure; and the other dingily black like a jug tilted on its side, (2) not recognizing that which is good nor rejecting that which is evil, but simply indulging in all of its desires.’”
This is one of the ahadith which is closest to my heart and is one of the most important ones to me. It’s one of the first ever that I’ve translated and its stayed with me since that time.
Our entire existence in this universe revolves around this. It is all that matters. Why? Because our salvation or doom in the Hereafter is dependent on the state of our hearts. Hearts of purity and brightness will be entered into the felicity of Paradise while vile and darkened hearts will be cast into the torment of the Hellfire. This is attested to by the Qur’an which informs us that no one will achieve success on the Day of Resurrection, “except those who come to Allah with a sound heart” (26:89).
It’s scary really, if we think about it. In the day and age we’re living in we are simply overwhelmed with temptations, incessantly being bombarded by them from all sides. And how many of us aren’t simply helplessly and powerlessly giving in to them and becoming slaves to our desires? How many are the hearts which succumb and become blackened, and how few are the hearts which resist and become illuminated? We ask Allah for His Protection. 😦
O Allah, grant me a heart that is white like stone, resistant to all temptations and not being harmed by them; a heart that is alive with Your dhikr; and a heart that is illuminated with the light of imaan and haya’ and taqwa, and with the light of the Qur’an.
(1): Its comparison with a stone is not a clarification of its whiteness but rather it relates to another characteristic: the strength of its faith and its being free of any cracks or defects; and that temptations do not cling to it, nor have any effect upon it.
(2): This comparison does not refer to its blackness, but rather to its being changed and perverted to such an extent that good things are no longer attached to it.