– Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb
When a person undertakes a long journey, he ensures his mode of transport is safe. If he is traveling by motor vehicle, he will have it serviced. The oil will be replaced with new oil. The plugs will be changed. The lifespan of the brake pads and discs will be assessed. These are some of the very few things that need to be checked in a service of a motor vehicle. If a person does not service his motor vehicle, in all probability he will have a break down and suffer the consequences of his negligence.
We all are travelling to the hereafter. This is a long and arduous journey. The mode of our journey in the hereafter is qalb-e-saleem.
Ibrahim (Alayhis Salaam) made du`ā to Allāh Ta`ālā as follows:
وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ، يَوْمَ لَا يَنْفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ، إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ
And do not disgrace me on the Day they are [all] resurrected. The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, except him who comes to Allāh with a sound heart. [Al-Shu`arā’, 26: 87-89]
Qalb-e-Saleem is inculcated by servicing the heart with the following five qualities :
1. الذي لا يكون في قلبه عقائد باطلة
Remove incorrect beliefs and adopt correct beliefs.
2. الذي لا يكون في قلبه غلبة الشهوات:
Control the overpowering of carnal desires.
3. الذي ينفق ماله الي البر:
Spend one’s wealth in places of virtue.
4. الذي يرشد بنيه الي الحق:
Guide one’s children towards haq.
5. الذي لا يكون في قلبه غير الله:
Remove everything else from the heart besides Allāh.
Just as a car has to be serviced for a smooth and safe journey, the heart has to be serviced for a smooth and safe journey to the hereafter.
If we are stranded in our worldly journey, we could seek help through our worldly means: wealth, children, friends, AA, credit card, etc.
All these means will not be available in the journey to the hereafter. Everyone will have to fend for himself/herself. The only security is to create a sound heart in this world for the journey to the hereafter.
To service one’s car, one will refer to a mechanic. To service one’s heart, refer to the Ahlullāh and spiritual guides.