one who brings before his God a sound and whole heart will
deserve to be saved.
God will not take you to task for a slip, but He will
take you to task for what your hearts have earned
The Day when neither wealth nor children shall profit,
[and when] only he [will be saved] who comes before
God with a sound heart [free of evil]
WHICH ARE THESE VERSE AND WHAT IT TEACHES US ?
Participation of the Inner Self
You will therefore reap the full joys and blessings of reading the Qur'an when you are able to involve your heart fully in your task.
The 'heart', in Qur'anic vocabulary, is not the piece of flesh in your body, but the centre of all your feelings, emotions, motives, drives, aspirations, remembrance and attention. It is the hearts which soften (al-Zumar 39: 23), or harden and become stony (al-Baqarah 2: 74). It is they which go blind and refuse to recognize the truth (al-Hajj 22: 46) for it is their function to reason and understand (al-A'raf 7: 179;al-Hajj 22: 46; Qaf 50: 37). In hearts, lie the roots of all outward diseases (al-Ma'idah 5: 52); they are the seat of all inner ills (al-Baqarah 2: 10); hearts are the abode of Iman (al-Ma'idah 5: 41) and hypocrisy (al-Tawbah 9: 77). It is the ...more