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Polishing the Hearts |
By Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d.751H)
The Believer is in dire need of remembering Allaah and this remembrance is what preserves the heart.
Whoever neglects [remembering Allaah] most of the time, then his heart will become rusty in accordance with how neglectful the person is.
Allaah - the Most High - said:
ŭO you who believe! Remember Allaah and remember Him a lot.ŭ [Sooratul-Ahzaab 33:41]
ŭThose men and women who remember Allaah a lot.ŭ [Soorah al-Ahzaab 33:35]
ŭSo when you have finished the rights of your Pilgrimage, then remember Allaah as you remember your fore-father, or with more intense remembrance.ŭ [Sooratul-Baqarah 2:200]
These verses contain a command to remember Allaah intensely and abundantly, since the worshipper is in dire need of (remembering Allaah) and cannot do without it even for a twinkling of an eye. This is because every moment that a person does not spend in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah will not be of any benefit to him. Rather, the harm entailed in being neglectful of the dhikr of Allaah is far greater than any benefits that can be gained. One of the ŭaarifeen (those who are knowledgeable about Allaah) said: ŭIf a person were to spend such and such number of years engaged (in the dhikr of Allaah), then he turns away from it for just a moment, what he will lose is far greater than whatever he has already gained.ŭ So al-Bayhaqee relates from ŭAaŭishah (radiyallaahu ŭanhaa) that the Prophet (sallallaahu ŭalayhi wa sallam) said: ŭThere is no time in which the son of Aadam does not remember Allaah in it, except that it will be a source of regret for him on the Day of Judgement.ŭ  Muŭaadh Ibn Jabal (radiyallaahu ŭanhu) relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu ŭalayhi wa sallam) said: ŭThe people of Paradise will not have any regrets except for those moments in which they were not engaged in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah.ŭ  Muŭaadh Ibn Jabal also relates that Allaahŭs Messenger (sallallaahu ŭalayhi wa sallam) was asked: What action is the most beloved to Allaah? So he replied: ŭThat you continue to keep your tongue moist with the dhikr of Allaah, until you die.ŭ 
POLISHING THE HEART:
Abud-Dardaaŭ (radiyallaahu ŭanhu) said: ŭFor everything there is a polish and the polish for the heart is the dhikr of Allaah.ŭ Imaam al-Bayhaqee relates from Ibn ŭUmar (radiyallaahu ŭanhu) that Allaahŭs Messenger (sallallaahu ŭalayhi wa sallam) said: ŭFor everything there is a polish, and the polish for the hearts is the dhikr (remembrance) of Allaah. There is nothing more potent in saving a person from the punishment of Allaah than the dhikr of Allaah.ŭ It was said: Not even Jihaad in the Path of Allaah. So he replied: ŭNot even if you were to continue striking with your sword until it breaks.ŭ  There is no doubt that hearts becomes rusty just as copper and silver coins become rusty. The polish for (this rust) is the dhikr of Allaah. This is because (dhikr) is like a polish (which polishes the heart) like a shiny mirror. When dhikr is left, the rust returns. But when dhikr resumes, then the heart is (again) polished. And hearts become rusty due to two things:- neglecting remembering Allaah, and [ii] committing sins. The polish for these two things is:- seeking Allaahŭs forgiveness and [ii] dhikr.
CONFUSING TRUTH WITH FALSEHOOD:
Whoever neglects [remembering Allaah] most of the time, then his heart will become rusty in accordance with how neglectful the person is. And when this (filthy) rust accumulates on the heart, then it no longer recognises things as they really are. Thus, it views falsehood as if it is the truth, and truth as if it is falsehood. This is because this rust darkens and confuses the heart's perception, and so it is unable to truly recognise things for what they really are. So as the rust accumulates, the heart gets blackened, and as this happens the heart becomes stained with this filthy rust, and when this occurs it corrupts the heart's perception and recognition of things. The heart (then) does not accept the truth nor does it reject falsehood, and this is the greatest calamity that can strike the heart. Being neglectful (of dhikr) and following of whims and desires is a direct consequence of such a heart, which (further) extinguish the heart's light and blinds its vision. Allaah - the Most High - said:
ŭAnd do not obey him whose heart We have made to be neglectful of Our remembrance, one who follows his own whims and desires and whose affairs are furat (have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds have been lost).ŭ [Sooratul-Kahf 18:28]
QUALITIES OF A GUIDE:
So when a worshipper desires to follow another person, then let him see: Is this person from the people of dhikr, or from the people who are negligent (about remembering Allaah)? Does this person judge in accordance with his whims and desires, or by the Revelation? So, if he judges by whims and desires then he is actually from those people who are negligent; those whose affairs have gone beyond bounds and whose deeds are lost. The term furat (which occurs in the above verse) has been explained in many ways. It has been explained to mean:- losing the rewards of that type of action which is essential to do, and in which lies success and happiness; [ii] exceeding the limits of something; [iii] being destroyed; and [iv] opposing the truth. Each of these sayings are very close in meaning to each other. The point is that Allaah - the One free from all imperfections, the Most High - has prohibited following all those who possess such attributes. So it is absolutely essential that a person considers whether such attributes are found in his shaykh, or the person whoŭs example he follows, or the person that he obeys. If they are, then he should distance himself from such a person. However, if it is found that the person is, in most cases, pre-occupied with the dhikr of Allaah and with following the Sunnah, and his affairs do not exceed the limits, but rather he is judicious and resolute in his affairs, then he should cling to him very firmly.
Indeed, there is no difference between the living and the dead, except with the dhikr of Allaah; since (the Prophet (sallallaahu ŭalayhi wa sallam)) said: ŭThe example of one who remembers Allaah and someone who does not, is like the example between the living and the dead.ŭ 
 al-Waabilus-Sayyib min Kalimit-Tayyib (p. 78-82)
 Hasan: Related by Aboo Nuŭaym in al-Hilyatul-Awliyaaŭ (5/361-362). It was authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaamiŭ (no. 5720).
 Saheeh: Related by Ibnus-Sunnee in ŭAmalul-Yawm wal-Laylah (no. 3). Refer to Saheehul-Jaamiŭ (no. 5446).
 Hasan: Related by Ibn Hibbaan (no. 2318). It was authenticated by Shaykh Saleem al-Hilaalee in
Saheehul-Waabilus-Sayyib (p. 80).
 Saheeh: Related by Ahmad (4/352), from Muŭaadh Ibn Jabal (radiyallaahu ŭanhu). It was authenticated by al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaamiŭ (no. 5644).
 Related by al-Bukhaaree (11/208) and Muslim (1/539)
Taken from Troid