Wabisa bin Mabad, came to the Messenger of Allah (SAW): “You have come to ask about righteousness?” asked the Prophet.
I said: “Yes.”
He said: “Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in the soul and moves back and forth in the breast even though people again and again have given you their opinion in its favour” [Hadith]
Subhanallah. How many times have we found ourselves in corrupt company, and tried to justify our sins by seeking their advice. While their words temporarily gave us superficial peace, deep in our hearts we remained unsettled. Days would go by where we carry on in this state of deafness and blindness, convincing ourselves “No, I am happy. This is what I want. This is how I want to live my life.” But eventually….eventually, your heart can take no more and there it is, that wave of regret, that wave of unease, that wave you try and suppress but truth will always shine even in the darkness. That rising wave that takes over your breast and threatens to rise and crash, and if you’re lucky…if you’re lucky you take heed and you turn your back on your sin.
Your heart is your greatest tool: it is your moral compass, and your guiding light. Your sins dirty your heart’s vision, yet your repentance and remembrance of Allah purifies it. How wonderful is it, that even when our minds may sway left and right like a tree in the wind, the heart remains capable of recognising righteousness and recognising evil.
In today’s day and age, even Muslims are blurring the lines between right and wrong. Now more than ever we need to listen to our hearts. Just like the Muaddin is the mouthpiece of the azaan, calling you to prayer, your heart is the mouthpiece of morality, calling you to righteousness.
Don’t betray the very heart within you – live the life your heart pleads you to live.