Introduction: The Sound Heart
The Virtue of the Heart
Our hearts possesses life and Death, making some scholars to classify hearts to three types: the correct or sound heart, the dead heart and the diseased heart. The article series under the title “The Virtuous Heart” will try to address a quantity of virtuous actions of heart Muslims are supposed to educate in and strive hard to own and establish it in one’s mind. In this article we will elaborate on the concept of ‘sound heart’.
A sound heart is the only type of heart that brings one close to Allah on the Day of Judgment. The Qur’an mentions it in the verse: “The Day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children, But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.” [26: 88, 89]. The word ‘salim’ in Arabic is translated as a person with a sound heart. A salim depicts an innate attribute that which is inherently obedient and submissive to Allah and strive hard not to corrupt the goodness. The term characterizes the heart being attributed with truthfulness and soundness as an established and constant quality. A sound heart is that which is secure from both the reasons for deviations; desire and doubt. Thus it turns around the best virtues Allah enjoined upon a Muslim. Further, such a heart leads to a sound body forcing the actions in compliance with the commandments of the Almighty. It does not put oneself forward in front of Allah and His Messenger (S). The Qur’anic verse points to this concept in (49: 1). In brief, a sound heart ‘is a heart cleansed from any passion that challenges what Allah commands or disputes what He forbids. It is free from any impulses which contradict His good.’[i]
[i] Lghathatul- Lahfan fi Masayid al- Shaythan: Shaykul Islam Ibn al- Qayyim