TYPES OF HEART
Just as the heart may be described in terms of being alive or dead, it may also be regarded as belonging to one of three types; these are the healthy heart, the dead heart, and the sick heart.
The Healthy Heart :
On the Day of Resurrection, only those who come to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala with a healthy heart will be saved. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says: “The day on which neither wealth nor sons will be of any use, except for whoever brings to Allah a sound heart. (26:88-89)”
In defining the healthy heart, the following has been said: “It is a heart cleansed from any passion that challenges what Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala commands, or disputes what He forbids. It is free from any impulses which contradict His good. As a result, it is safeguarded against the worship of anything other than Him, and seeks the judgment of no other except that of His Most Beloved Messenger Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa Sallam. Its services are exclusively reserved for Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, willingly and lovingly, with total reliance, relating all matters to Him, in fear, hope and sincere dedication. When it loves, its love is in the way of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. If it detests, it detests in the light of what He detests. When it gives, it gives for AllahSubhanahu wa Ta’ala. If it withholds, it withholds for Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Nevertheless, all this will not suffice for its salvation until it is free from following, or taking as its guide, anyone other than His Beloved Messenger Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa Sallam. Those who follow the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa Sallam in observing his Sunnah and the Shari`ah are guides to those who had not met him Salla Allahu ta’ala ‘alayhi wa ‘aalihi wa Sallam.
A servant with a healthy heart must dedicate it to its journey’s end and must not give precedence to any other faith or words or deeds over those of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and His Beloved Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace and those who are rightly guided, keeping the Prophetic example. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’alasays:
“Oh you who believe, do not put yourselves above Allah and His Messenger, but fear Allah, for Allah is Hearing, Knowing. (49:1)”