Allah says about the Holy Quran that is revealed in a clear, Arabic language.
And indeed, the Qur’an is the revelation of the Lord of the worlds.The Trustworthy Spirit has brought it down. Upon your heart, [O Muhammad] – that you may be of the warners –In a clear Arabic language. [Al-Shuara 192-196].
I never felt more strongly how clear and deep the Arabic language is until I came across the word Qalb (قلب) which means heart in Arabic. But literally, it means something that keeps on turning and changing, something that is not static.
And this surprised me so much. For me, the heart simply meant an organ that pumps blood or more figuratively, the whimsical place where our wishes lie. It was in my mind, the root of many of my troubles, and I wondered: Why can’t I have a steadier heart? A more stoic heart? Am I a weak person? But this new definition blew me away.
The heart never stays in the same state, it is not supposed to. The heart is a fickle place. The spark once had in love, and the warmth in a friendship, the ardor in admiration and the fire in hatred, it changes. It twists and turns with time into something else, maybe it dims, maybe it increases or maybe it melts away. The state of our heart from a certain point in time can’t be brought back, we can not resurrect time however we try or want. And it is okay. We all move on, spurned by time.
It is no different when it comes to faith, which is the recognition of Allah سبحانه و تعالى as the Creator, Owner and the Provider. At times it is strong and it is a driving force for good deeds. And at times when we forget Allah by committing sins, or place a love other than His at a higher place in our heart, it dims. It is not as if faith once enters our heart, it won’t ever leave. And here is the difference; we can’t afford to let our faith in Allah slip away.
To keep it burning strong, we need to consistently refresh it. And like all healthy relationships in the world, it is not a one way affair. Just our effort can not keep faith in our hearts that are meant to go flip-flop every second. Lucky for us, not only has the Creator of the heart has the power to steady it, He is also the one Who listens to our pleas and supports us ten fold for every step we take towards Him . So let’s make this Dua over and over again:
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
Our Lord, do not let our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed you are the Bestower.