Submission of the heart

Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Love within the hearts of the righteous drives them to look for the love of their Lord.

This love within their hearts is only satisfied by bowing to Allah Almighty, circumambulating His House, standing before Him in prayer, getting up from sleep for His sake, and sacrificing one’s soul in His cause.

Lovers’ hearts feel tranquil only upon remembering Him and their souls will be calm only when they see Him.

If we fall ill, we get cured by remembering You; and when we fail to remember You at times, we suffer a setback.

Those people turn to Him at times of prosperity, and He helps them at times of hardship. The more they turn to and rely upon Him, the  more He helps and elevates them.

For example, Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) went through several afflictions, and as a result Allah Almighty raised his rank  and he, thus, deserved to be the intimate friend of the Almighty Lord. 

Allah Almighty said:

{...And Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend.}

[Surat an - Nisā’: 125]

Another example is Ayyūb (Job) (peace be upon him) who suffered the severest afflictions and illness. He turned to his Lord, saying:

{My Lord, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.}

[Surat al -Anbiyā’: 83]

Response came from the Eternal Refuge, Blessed and Exalted, Who said: 

{So We responded to him and removed the adversity that afflicted him...}

[Surat al-Anbiyā’: 84]

And Yūnus (Jonah) (peace be upon him), as he was in the whale’s belly in three layers of darkness, he turned to his Lord saying:

{...There is no god but You; Exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers.So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.}

[Surat al-Anbiyā’: 87-88]

This was the case with all prophets and pious people. They knew Allah at times of ease, so He knew them at times of hardship.

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