Jan 30, 2012

A Restless Heart

by Seema Muhammad Belushi


Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth exalts Allah, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Surat Al-Ĥashr 59.1)
O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous
(Surat Al-'Infiţār 82.6)

Imagine that one day all of a sudden your most beloved friend leaves you and goes to a far off place. And you the one who love your friend so much feel the pain of separation in your heart which could not be articulated in words, it’s something which only your heart feels because this twinge is inside you which nobody else can perceive or sense. Out of this immense love for your friend you want to stop her from leaving you. You say ‘Please don’t leave me’, you cry out of love for her in your heart, but your friend does not even bother to give you a second look and leaves.

In a similar way Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala calls His servants out of love when they leave Him and go to others. Why are you going? Where are you going? Where will you find refuge other than Me? Which part of the earth will carry your burden? What sky will shade you? This excruciating pain which must have made the skies weep out of their love for their Creator. The earth must have shivered. The strong mountains must have turned to dust out of fear. Every created thing felt this hurt except the one who did not feel this agonizing pain is the Human heart which has turned to a stone!

Just like when we are hungry we need food to nourish our bodies, in the same way we need Allah when our soul is hungry. This longing, just like food has been put in us by birth. Every person needs Allah whether they are good or bad. Pious or sinner. A drunkard. A night club dancer. A Gangster. Every single human being needs Allah. Can we say we don’t need food to live? Or did you ever see anyone who has never eaten in their lives? No matter what, a human can never take out this ‘longing for its Creator’ feeling from his heart.

Did you ever see, how a person who has not eaten for many days crave for food? What will happen if that person does not get food? He will be restless until he gets what he needs won’t he? In the same way our hearts will remain restless and keep drifting until we submit to Allah.

We have been sent to this World by Allah, for Allah only. The one who came to this world but forgot his purpose would be a person who will always be restless even if he lives in a Palace. Even if he is the most handsome and richest man in the whole world, even if he is always seen smiling with his shiny face but inside that beautiful person is an empty heart. Truth is it’s just a façade which he wears like make up to cover his restlessness, to hide that emptiness from the world. His inside is filled with nothing but darkness.

Often when we see poor people who have no shelter or food we pity them and we want to help them with whatever we can. But the one who has gone far away from his religion, the one who is drowning in sins, the one who is distant from Allah, is more deserving of our compassion than the poor people. His heart will not find any rest with millions of dollar, gold or silver but only with the one who has created it.

The heart will not find rest until it has a connection with its Creator in the form of ‘True love’ within it. Thus it is when you establish a close connection with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and you get to know Him like no one else before. And your heart is blinded to everything else. It is then that you will really understand that your heart was made by Allah…for Allah.

When we contemplate on these ayahs we will find the remedy to cure our restless hearts bi-ithnillah. We should read these ayahs believing that it is Allah who is speaking to us. So let us just ponder on these beautiful words of Allah in whose Hands is the dominion of the world.

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured." (Surat Ar-Ra`d 13:28)
So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to reason and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the breasts. (Surat Al-Ĥaj 22:46)

No disaster strikes except by permission of Allah. And whoever believes in Allah - He will guide his heart. And Allah is Knowing of all things (Surat At-Taghabun 64:11).
And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect. (Surat Al-Kahf 18:28)
The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely. (Surat Al-Anfal 8:2)

The truth is anyone with a ‘restless heart’ will find refuge only in Allah and no other creature in the whole Universe! Think & Ponder…

I'd love to hear your views on this topic. Please get in touch with me through the comments section below! :)


Masha'Allah this is truly a beautiful article and one which I can attest to as I was once a person who was lost in this Dunya & with Allah's guidance and mercy my life has taken such a different turn. Now knowing my Rabb and continuing my journey till my final destination when He calls me home I have certainly seen things from a different perspective, Subhan'Allah. To you my dear sister may Allah swt continue to bless you with every form of barakah in Deen, Dunya and Akhira aameen

dear seema.i was feeling so good while reading this artcle.Alhamdulillah.....we should be ever grateful to Allah swt for we have  been brought up in such a  wonderful manner as He has bestowed upon us parents who are rightful and and instilled in us the thought to follow the righteous path shown by our Holy Prophet (saw).may Allah swt bless you.

i feel so relaxed when readng dis post....!!! a wondrful post indeed... 

mashallah! amazing article! May allah reward you for sharing it with us.

Jazak Allah Sister Seema.
It's really very true, we have to be more concerned in establishing our relationship with Allah subhanu wa'talla.

It is a beautiful Article , but when you are in that condition ,when you started to get close with ALLAH , but suddenly you fell back , you feel yourself distant from ALLAH , you suspect whether ALLAH exists or not , ?? what can you do ? i have read many Articles , but i don't find any accurate way to return to ALLAH , i perform my prayers regularly , but fed up of these thoughts coming from Shayatan , i am unable to cope with these thoughts ..

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