A few weeks ago, I found myself facing an internal crisis; a guilty conscience ate away at me restlessly for days. A feeling of hopelessness overcame me as I sensed my heart being engulfed in coatings of rust and filth. I imagined it to be like a lantern upon which layers and layers of dust and dirt continued to accumulate, and today the thick tar-like coating was making it impossible to light the way any longer. I could feel the light in my heart flickering. Dimming. Diffusing.

“No! Rather, the stain has covered their hearts of that which they were earning” Surah Mutafifeen (83:14)

Desperate and heavy, my wilting heart cried out, “My Rabb! Cleanse me of this raan that has covered me. Show me the way out. Kindle Your light and the light of the Qur’an in me, ya Nur, ya AllahSWT!”

For several months, I had felt myself losing more and more control of my tongue; it would ramble on with idle talk, arguments and would say things that I would regret the second after I said them. I knew that it was in fact my tongue which was most responsible for rusting my vulnerable heart. I needed to regain control of this tongue. I needed to restrain it. Tame it.

Truly, my Rabb is near and responsive. Truly, my Rabb is in full view of what this poor slave of His is going through. Just moments after my heart cried out, my Rabb responded. And the response to curing my spiritually suffocated heart was none other than remembering it’s Creator… Dhikr.  surgical heart inside

Ills of the Tongue

Over the months, I had found myself using my tongue in ways that I would often regret. Some of these ways included:

  • Talking excessively without a purpose
  • Speaking impulsively often driven by emotion
  • Indulging in gossip
  • Arguing

The root of each of these verbal-related ills laid in the fact that I did not think before I spoke. I did not filter or sensor my words. I just rambled on, not pausing to reflect over the consequences my speech would cause, nor on the question of whether it was even necessary for me to respond. Talking excessively got me labeled as a “chatterbox”, while speaking impulsively caused me regret. Indulging in or even sitting around gossip sowed within me seeds of ill-will towards others, while arguing only caused me to waste my breath.

The Treatment: Curing the Heart through Dhikr

When I first began treating my rusting heart, I chose Istighfar as my default Dhikr. The first hour was the most difficult, as the wiswaas of shaytan were quite strong, “that’s good enough.. isn’t your mouth tired?… how much more?”, and my tongue was still getting used to the sudden change. I knew consistency was key, so I continued throughout the rest of the evening. Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah. I pushed myself to keep it up the next day as well; from the moment I awoke to the time I lay back in bed the following night. Slowly, my tongue got into the routine.

Dhikr had begun its treatment in taming this tongue of mine, and the effects were incredible!

The Result

Within three days of persistently implementing this treatment, I felt myself finally starting to get a grip on my speech – for the first time in months! Amazingly, the tongue was not the only organ that this treatment was curing, for I had also begun to feel a sliver of light in my heart as well, walhamdulillah!

I noticed a series of changes stirring within me as my Dhikr-occupied tongue gradually learned to pause, filter, then speak.

  • Using less of my tongue meant using more of my ears, and thus listening to others molded my personality to be one in which others could confide.
  • Being pre-occupied in Dhikr, my habit of talking excessively faded away.
  • The faster my heart beat, the more Dhikr spilled onto my tongue: one tasbeeh per heartbeat; this greatly reduced my urge to speak impulsively in anger and emotion.
  • Being constantly reminded of the presence of the One whom I was mentioning, caused me to humble myself; I no longer cared to prove myself right and win arguments, because He SWT alone knew best about who was more correct.
  • Upon hearing or thinking of any negative mention of a person, my heart would urge my tongue to withhold and instead I’d find myself making du’a for that person; replacing any ill-feelings with well-wishing.

Within a few days, Dhikr had completely transformed my heart and personality! Though the occasional disagreements and arguments still inevitably occurred post-treatment, the frequency of their occurrence had greatly dwindled down walhamdulillah!

Before this experience, Dhikr was just something I would quickly mumble after saying my salams in salah, before running off. Prior to this, I had not realized how powerful the treasures of this incredible armor actually were, for it was the only thing that revived this withering heart of mine.

“Those who believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah SWT. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah SWT hearts are assured.” Surah Ra’d (13:28)

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114 replies on “Is My Heart Rusted?”

  • sahera.jamal@gmail.com'
    November 8, 2015 at 6:42 am


    I could see myself in your place while reading through your article. Alhamdullilah I have come out of stress through Dhikr and Dua..Dua is truly a weapon for a believer..Allah tala does listen to His slaves.

    I have similar aspirations like yours..I want to shift my focus to working for the deen and in the light of Quran and Sunnah.

    Jazakallah Khairan!!

    • rafiahmuhammad@gmail.com'
      Rafiah Muhammad
      November 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Al hamdulillah, I loved this article. “Dhikr occupied tongue, “treatment”, such apt language to describe what ills us.

      • يسرا سيّد
        November 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm

        Jazakillahu Khayr sr. Rafiah for taking the time to read and comment 🙂
        BaarakAllahu feeki!

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Wa unti fa jazakillahu khayr Sr. Sahera for taking the time to share your insight!

      Yes, truly the power of Du’a is like no other!

      May Allah ‘azzawajal bless you with the best of this dunya and akhirah and make all your aspirations of khayr come true in sha Allah 🙂

    • akarrim@ymail.com'
      November 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Definitely very true. This article hit home.

      When I first started zikr I couldn’t even recite properly. This woke me up that how will I recite kalima at the time of my death.
      your tongue , mouth, body and soul all work together as a team. If you neglect one the rest of your body parts suffer.

      Now I make sure that I’m consistent and I have found a great difference.
      Your body reacts to how much you connect to Allah.

      This applies also to reciting the quran .
      If you only recite in Ramadan only
      you will have difficulties.

  • zaneela_naheem@yahoo.com'
    November 11, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Jazakallahu Khairan for sharing such a wonderful article.It is great

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Wa unti fa jazakillahu khayr for reading and commenting! 🙂
      BaarakAllahu feeki!

  • alabiidrisenoch@gmail.com'
    November 11, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Dhikr purify the heart transform your personality… Insha Allah.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Yes, in sha Allah!
      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • rehana9824@gmail.com'
    November 17, 2015 at 6:55 am

    how to pray istigfaar sister?

    • nidafarooqui327@gmail.com'
      November 22, 2015 at 4:19 am

      Say Astaghfirullah

  • Zayaan29@gmail.com'
    November 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Assalamualeikum. Thanks for the tips. They are helpful. Has the author of the article done a degree in sociology?? I have done such a degree too and currently working as an educator. If you want to keep in touch please mail me at Zayaan29@gmail.com. it’s always a pleasure to keep in touch with those who have studied the same discipline. Wassalam.

    • Khank2@live.com'
      November 23, 2015 at 8:39 am

      JazakAllah for this beautiful article subsuming a priceless advice. I had always thought how to do it?
      May Allah bless you with health,wealth and prosperity and shower you with His blessings.

      • يسرا سيّد
        November 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Wa unt fa jazakAllahu khayr Br. Fareed for reading and sharing your feedback!
        Ameen to your beautiful du’as, for us all in sha Allah.

  • nidafarooqui327@gmail.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 4:40 am

    I was in need of this article just now. It also just so happens that I had resolved to do the very same last night like the sister in the article did and I’m so glad to have read this today. It was very reassuring to read that she was able to see change within 3 days, so much so that her bad habits completely dropped. Wow. I hope that happens to me as well. May Allah make it easy for me and everyone else.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Jazakillahu khayr Sr. Maham for sharing your beautiful reflection, and Ameen to your du’a! 🙂

      Yes, watch how Allah SWT will, in sha Allah, ease the way for you after your initial struggle!

      Would love to know how it goes for you — keep us updated 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti!

  • hadizahmed@live.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Salam alaykum. .I couldn’t have come up on this article at a better time. .Maa sha Allah for he is truly merciful. Dhikr is indeed a powerful tool against the whisperings of the obstinate shaytans….Alhamdulillah. .Thank you for sharing!

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      Jazakillahu khayr Sr Hadiza for reading and commenting!

      SubhanAllah! Truly it is by the fadhl of Allah ‘azzawajal that He makes us of help to one another 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki!

  • yusufjankaro@gmail.com'
    yusuf jankaro
    November 22, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Jazakummular khair for the tips. You have done a great justice on this topic. It has been an impressive topic an very educative. A Dhikr will wape away all your worries. Mostly start with Astaghfirullah at least 70,777 times In Shaa Allah all your worries will be wape away. You can also proceed with Salati Nabi and conclude with Alhamdulillah as many times you can affort. In Shaa Allah with will clear all the stain (rust) in your heart. May Allah SWT make it easy for us.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Wa unt fa jazakAllahu khayr Br. Yusuf for your detailed advice and Ameen to your du’as.

      Yes most definitely, Istighfar, Durood-e-Ibrahimi, and Hamd are indeed powerful detergents in cleansing our hearts!

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • waqasmallick1@gmail.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

    i got this from sh. assim al hakeem, that doing things for the sake of allah alone will increase your emaan and the increase of emaan will make you do more things for the sake of allah. Its cyclical, both action and state support each other and are directly proportional. So when emaan becomes low, force your self to do more acts just for the sake of ALLAH and keep that deed hidden from every one. JAZAKALLAH KHAIR

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Wa unt fa jazakAllahu khayr Br. Waqas for sharing your insight!

      I especially agree with the idea about doing deeds hidden from the sight of people, only for the sake of Allah ‘azzawajal. May Allah SWT cleanse our hearts, purify our intentions, and bless us with sincerity Ameen.

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • siddequa.khaleda@gmail.com'
    Khaleda siddequa
    November 22, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Assalamualikum. Jazakallahu khairan. …for such an educative article which purify our and mind. Thanks for the wonderful Tips. Dikir is intended a powerful tool against the whispering of the Shaytan and it will also wape away all our worries In Shaa Allah. May Almighty Allah clear all the stains in our heart and make it easy for us. Jazakallahu khairan once again. May Almighty Allah rewards you in this world and thereafter. Ameen.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Wa unti fa jazakillahu khayr Sr. Khaleda for taking the time to read and share your insight!

      Ameen to your beautiful du’as!

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti 🙂

  • drfarzanakhan72@gmail.com'
    Dr.Farzana khan
    November 22, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Assalamualaikum wr wb, jazaki Allahu khairan sister Yusra for sharing this beautiful article I will in shaa Allah try to do d same.I need help on time management please can u share something on it

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam WR WB,

      Wa unti fa jazaakillahu khayr Dr. Farzana for reading and commenting!

      I would love to know how the experience goes for you in sha Allah — keep us updated 🙂

      As for Time Management tips, have you tried looking into Productive Muslim? Here is a good article on this topic: http://productivemuslim.com/maximize-use-of-your-time-with-these-tips-from-the-seerah/

      BaarakAllahu feeki 🙂

  • sarahkiranmp@gmail.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Alhamdulillah! True it is..dhikr can completely transform one’s life. It is a very powerful weapon when one’s oppressed.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Jazakillahu khayr Sr. Sarah for reading and sharing your insight! 🙂

  • dr_helenghouse@yahoo.co.in'
    November 22, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Alhamdullilah! great reminder..
    Lots of Dhikr, Dua, listening to Quran, charity given as a hidden deed between you and Allah and night prayers surely energize you and purify you.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Jazakillahu khayr Sr. Helen for reading and sharing your beautiful insight!

      I especially love your ideas for doing hidden deeds between us and Allah ‘azzawajal, and the night prayers 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti!

  • khadijahdavies@gmail.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Salaams Jazaak ALLAAH khayran.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa rahmatullah,

      Wa unti fa jazakillahu khayr Sr. Khadijah for reading and leaving a comment 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki!

  • fauziaraza@yahoo.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 7:16 am

    After going through this article ofMs Yusra I felt as if it’s a mirrored article n I found my reflection into it. It’s no doubt very motivational n positive write-up through which many of been going through —Tongue what a weapon though it’s without bones but it’s effect can’t be explained .
    Well done !

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      Jazaakillahu khayr Sr. Fauzia for reading and sharing your insight!

      Alhamdulillah that you were able to relate with the article 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki Ukhti!

  • R1998ali@gmali.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Asalamalikum Allah bless you and your family, words were beautiful and spot on. In a world of technology it’s so easy to talk and say things that most times were unnecessary, made me think and reflect about myself. Jasakallahu kairan, please make dua for me and my family inshallah. Love for the sake of Allah xxx

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      Wa unti fa jazakillahu khayr Sr. Roksana for reading and sharing your insight!

      Ameen to your beautiful du’as; may Allah SWT always protect you and your family and bless you all with the best in this dunya and the akhirah Ameen!

      Love you too, for Whose sake you love me! 🙂

  • ssjcanada@hotmail.com'
    Syed Sabir Jamil
    November 22, 2015 at 7:58 am

    The more we remember Allah, the less we gossip.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      JazakAllah khayr Br. Syed for this reminder!

  • maihanchi2015@gmail.com'
    mukhtar Maihanchi
    November 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Alhamdulillaah ma Shaa Allaah

  • varane77@yahoo.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Assalam Alaykum,
    I would like to thank the sister who authored this valuable article, may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward you the best of his rewards for your wonderful effort fir his deen.

    For years, I’ve been going through depression, unhappiness and felt greatly lost. It was until February this year that I found my path towards actual self realisation, which brought me all the happiness and enthusiasm I needed in my life.

    I joined a whatsapp Islamic group, met some great muslim brothers who were very passionate about sharing islamic messages ( articles & videos).
    My turning point was the day I saw a lecture on repentance which was delivered by a Saudi Sheikh – Khalid Ibn Muhammad Al raashid. It was really emotional how he explained the situation wrongdoers will go through right from the time the angel of death comes to them to when they stand in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
    To this very day I’m writing this, tears flow off my eyes whenever I play the video.
    I’ve also become a great admirer of the Sheikh, since most of his lectures found on YouTube are on matters related to repentance, keeping away from sins and bad friends, rememberance of death, importance of Salah etc.
    I immensely got affected by thise powerful words from the Qur’an and Ahadeeth to the extent that I gave up on so many sinful acts which seemed normal before, I’ve become observant of my 5 prayers plus the nawafil on time and in congregation.
    From thosedays, my life has drastically changed in ways I couldn’t have imagined before. My income has tripled from the same month I started carefully observing my prayers in congregation. My health has improved and I feel energetic throughout the day, different from before. I also used to procrastinate alot, Alhamdulillah, I’m over with that too.
    To sum up, according to my experience, for a heart to get illuminated by pure Eiman, one has to seek knowledge by any means comfortable with him/her, as in my case I chose lectures by Sheikh Khalid. Secondly, one has to stand firm in repealing sins no matter how minor they seem. Thirdly, I suggest should be given the first priority when doing Aamal saaliha, in turn, the Salah will forbid us committing sins as Allah SW affirms in the Glorious Quran

    May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bless all of us with his guidance, may He increase us in knowledge and accept our deeds – Aamin

    Hassan Ali

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      JazaakAllahu khayr Br. Hassan for sharing your personal insight, and Ameen to your du’as!

      SubhanAllah, it was motivating to read about your experience and transformation bi fadhlillah. I especially agree with the three tips you summed up at the end, and I believe they are crucial in reviving and strengthening our connection with Allah SWT.

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • nur_shamima@yahoo.com'
    Nur shamimah
    November 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Alhamdulillah thank you for such a great article. ?

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      JazakAllahu khayr for taking the time to read and comment! 🙂
      BaarakAllahu feeki!

  • qamblade@gmail.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Nice article, Mashallah. Sister, I would to like to add one thing in ‘Dhikr’. Verily, It is the key of a healthy heart. As prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “”There is in the body a lump of flesh – if it becomes good, the whole body becomes good and if it becomes bad, the whole body becomes bad. And indeed it is the heart.” If you do dhikr as much as possible, then no matter how harsh is your present circumstances is, you’ll find peace, tranquility n happiness deep inside in your heart. And best of all the Dhikr ‘remembrance of Allah’ is reading, learning the book of Allah n reflecting it’s meaning n make it close to our personal life. Surely “Dieases of the heart combine between two: Doubt n Desires, n Quran is the cure for both” -Ibn Al-Qayyim (r.a.)

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      JazakAllahu khayr Br. Qamar for sharing your insight!

      It is very re-assuring to read the Hadith and quote by Ibn Al Qayyim rahimahullah that you mentioned.

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • lillysadabahaar@outlook.com'
    A. Mughal
    November 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    SubhanAllah! I can see myself in your pre-treatment stage. Wallah! I didn’t know what to do to keep that anger down and Alhumdullilah thuma Alhumdullilah, dear sister, Allah made you to present this article! May Allah SWT reward you well and grant you and your family the highest levels of Jannah and may He keep me consistent with dhikr. Aameen.

    JazakAllah Khayr,
    Your sister in Islam

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Wa unti fa jazaakillahu khayr sis for taking the time to read and share your insight!

      Ameen to your beautiful du’as, for us all in sha Allah! May Allah SWT preserve all that is khayr within you, bless you with the best in this dunya and the akhirah, and make you among His most beloved ‘ibaad, Ameen!

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti! 🙂

  • khadra0330@gmail.com'
    khadra mustafe ahmed
    November 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

    jazakallahu khair for the tips ,it’s a great reminder

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Wa unti fa jazaakillahu khayr for reading and commenting!
      BaarakAllahu feeki 🙂

  • fatimahwec@hotmail.com'
    Sister Fatimah H.
    November 22, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Al-Hamdulilah May Allah (swt) reward you for sharing such a beautiful experience
    I was crying as I read this because it came at a time when my spirit was at its lowest
    point. I had lost my way and everything you described I was going through. It is only through the grace and mercy of Allah(swt) that I found this article. It is a reminder that
    Allah is ever near, and only man/woman that turn their face away from their Lord.
    Jazakallahu Khair May your blessing be increased tenfold

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Wa unti fa jazakillahu khayr Sr. Fatimah for your beautiful insight and du’as (Ameen for us all, in sha Allah)!

      Your comment was very humbling, and got me thinking how Allah SWT puts to use some people for the benefit of others, even if they are on separate ends of the earth, subhanAllah 🙂

      May Allah SWT accept from us all, and bless you, dear sis, with the best in this dunya and the akhirah, and make you among His most beloved ‘ibaad Ameen!!

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti!

  • mohaaa2@hotmail.com'
    Amina Muhammed
    November 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Assalamu alaikum
    Masha Allah for this wonderful write up I am also going through the same thing may Allah make it easy of us and make us remember Him at all times thank you sister for this beautiful write up may Allah reward you abundantly jazakillahu khayran

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      Wa unti fa jazaakillahu khayra Sr. Amina for taking the time to read and comment — and Ameen to your beautiful du’as, for us all, in sha Allah! 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki Ukhti!

  • alisa_ali98@yahoo.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    JazakAllah khair for your article. I also saw a video on youtube that says you can perform a night prayer between isha and fajr to connect with Allah and increase your imaan when it is weak.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Wa unti fa jazaakillahu khayr Sr Alisa for sharing your beautiful insight and advice!

      Yes, may Allah SWT give us the tawfeeq to be among those who have the willpower and sincerity to seek and make du’a to Him ‘azzawajal in the early hours of Tahajjud, Ameen!

      BaarakAllahu feeki! 🙂

  • hauwale@yahoo.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    wellsaid, jazakAllahu khairan. Being conscious while worshipping is really important

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Wa unt fa jazakAllahu khayr for taking the time to read and share your insight! 🙂

  • abdikhadar3@gmail.com'
    Abdirahman Khadar
    November 22, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    It really touched me so profoundly. With the passing weeks, I really find myself in a rollercoaster being spiritually high this week and then finding myself on the trough the next week. Listening to some recitation of Qur’an or listening some sirah of the Prophet (P.A.U.H) and the companions gives me the energy to shake off the rust that is covering my heart and climb up to the peak. Another equation which I discovered is that my happiness, content, understanding of lessons, getting-along-with-people, every aspect of my life was directly propotional to the level of Khushu’ in my Salah….And perhaps the greatest source of the ‘rust’, for youth in particular, is the Lustful desires that The Satan is decorating infront of their heartz…Jazakallah Ukhti for sharing with us such a wonderful experience….

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Wa unt fa jazakAllahu khayr Br. AbdirRahman for taking the time to read and share your personal insight!

      I especially agree with the point you made about how maintaining a good life is proportional to the level of khushu’ in our salah.

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • Shanechaneila@gmail.com'
    November 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Assalamu alaikum warahmatullah
    Macha Allah tabarakallah
    I could feel every single word you said
    Iam having the same experience and subhanallah it’s so hard to get through , sometimes it feels like i won’t be able to get through
    But your words just inspires me…
    May Allah open your doors amin

    And sorry if i a made a mistake while writing
    Still learning the language 🙂

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      Jazakillahu khayr Sr. Chaquira for taking the time to read and share your personal insight!

      Ameen to your du’as, and may Allah SWT ease the path for you and bless you with a sound heart (Qalb Saleem), and make you among His most beloved ‘ibaad, Ameen!

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti! 🙂

  • AAlyemany@hotmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I was just going through something very similar and then I found this in my mail box. Yes the heart really does need to get cleansed from the raan that Allah mentions in the Quran. Little sins keep accumulating until you no longer feel guilty of doing them, and when a Muslim starts to see a sin as small Allah see’s it as great (I read that in a Hadith). We shouldn’t look at the sins, rather we should remember how Great the one we are disobeying is. Astagfir’Allah….. may Allah help us overcome, and help us have self control and determination and iman until our last breaths INSHA’ALLAH RAB AL-ALAMEEN.

    Jazak Allah Khaier for this

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      Wa unt fa jazakAllahu khayr Br. Amer for taking the time to read and share such deep insight!

      I especially benefited from what you wrote; how when a Muslim sees his sins as small, Allah ‘azzawajal sees them as great. JazakAllah khayr for this reminder!

      Ameen to your du’as.

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • zenobiabegum@gmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Asalaam aleikum!
    Controlling the tongue is indeed challenging. I find wudoo calms teer. I find that learning the meaning of verses or surahs in the Quran makes us aware of the consequences of such actions. This also increases khushoo in our salah!

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      Jazaakillahu khayr Sr. Zenobia for taking the time to read and share your personal insight!

      BaarakAllahu feeki 🙂

  • dijeh06@gmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Masha Allah sisters and brothers may Allah reward you abundantly with all the contributions on our dean and morals the reminders to check and balance our day to day affairs . Alhamdulillah.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Jazaakillahu khayr Sr. Hadiza for taking the time to read and supporting us with motivating encouragement.

      Kindly keep the writers and the entire team in your worthy du’as! 🙂

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti!

  • Ericdouglasmitchell@gmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Assalamu Alaykum,

    May Allah bless you for this article. I am in a place where my heart has become filthy due to my own actions and lack of actions. I pray Allah will forgive our sins and guide us all to goodness. Ameen

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Wa ‘alaykum Assalaam wa Rahmatullah,

      JazakAllah khayr Br. Douglas for taking the time to read and share your insight.

      Ameen to your du’as; May Allah SWT ease the path to all that is khayr for you and make you among those whom He is pleased with, Ameen!

      BaarakAllahu feek!

  • hroomana@hotmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Your article was very timely. I was just in that state when you reminded me, by the Grace of Allah! wal hamdulillah!

    I heard this just today from someone in our community who had done some research on djinn and black magic and its cure. It was mentioned that a djinn was questioned by an exorcist “so why did you leave the one you were with?” the djinn mentioned “because she used to be constantly in dhikr, asking for Allah’s forgiveness, going …astagfiruAllah, astagfiruAllah, astagfiruAllah … all the time. That really did me in!”

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Jazaakillahu khayr Sr. Roomana for reading and sharing your personal insight!

      SubhanAllah, the djinn story you mentioned is just incredible; showing just one example of the powerful effects that Dhikr holds.

      BaarakAllahu feeki ukhti, kindly keep us in your du’as! 🙂

  • kalomausman@yahoo.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Jazakallah khair

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Wa unt fa jazakAllah khayr! 😀

  • amir.abdullah.muslim@gmail.com'
    Abdullah Amir
    November 23, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Alhamdolillah nice Article…
    Just to add few points from my personal experience to cure the disease of heart.
    We need to get involved in dawah activity, which would constantly require Praise of Allah, which will boost our imaan..
    And Secondly praying salah on time with Jamaat and pondering few minutes after Jamaat in the creation of Allah will also boost over imaan and will inn sha Allah cure the disease of heart..

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      JazakAllah khayr Br. Abdullah for taking the time to read and share your personal insight!

      I especially benefited from the point you made about praying salah on time in order to boost our imaan and cure the disease of the heart.

      BaarakAllahu feek; kindly keep us in your du’as!

  • riazhaven@yahoo.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Our consantration should be the way of Al Quran and Al Hadith but its not so easy or difficult every time . in sha Allah we will be forgiven by Him. He is Most Merciful and Rahmanur Rahim. Ya Allah you love to forgive your servant so forgive me and us. Ameen

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      JazaakAllahu khayr Br Riaz for sharing your insight, and Ameen to your du’a!
      BaarakAllahu feek.

  • darferoz69@gmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

    When humanbeing commits sins his/her heart fills with evil, evil or heart attack is same. this world is mixture of good and evil people, ones guilt of sinner get activated anytime may be by looking good people means muslim/momen, he/she gets confused, now he/she is calling Allah SWT name. if he tries with Dhikir tablets to get out the evil from heart, if he/she concentrates with dihkir in morning and night and make lot of supplications then evil will come out from heart and Rahaman tries to occupy your heart and because of Rahaman you feel happiness, your heart lightens and you will enjoy your future life even though if you have no money, no property.

    • يسرا سيّد
      November 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

      JazakAllah khayr for sharing your insight Br. Feroz.
      BaarakAllahu Feek!

  • aminatbake@gmail.com'
    Aminah Buko
    November 23, 2015 at 5:31 am

    tank u sister for this beautiful article may Almighty Allah reward u.

  • mishaaa08@yahoo.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Asalam Alaikum,

    I just wanted to say…JAZAK ALLAH KHAIRUN! I really needed this. SubhanALlah! Our Rabb never leaves us rather we become forgetful. Alhamdulillah for this amazing article:) May Allah SWT gives you guys the success of this duniya and Akhira. Ameen

  • sjdabdullah@yahoo.com'
    sajid abdullah
    November 23, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Assalam Alaykum,
    I would like to thank the sister who authored this valuable article, may Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward you the best of his rewards for sharing your one of the best and most effective aand very simple method to keep away shaitaan from occupying our hearts and by simply siple recitation of astaghfar purifying our soul to put it on the right path of real Imaan .
    Jazak Allah Khaier for this

  • safshaikh@gmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Indeed and excellent article and reminder for myself.

  • suraj.ymuhammad@yahoo.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Jazakallah for sharing such a heart touching article. keep it up

  • anisa.askiri@gmail.com'
    Bint e Hamidullah
    November 23, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakatuhu,
    I usually don’t comment on any blog even if I liked them (as I have to leave my name there), but this one was talking about me actually. I could feel it.
    There was a time when I used to be ‘Movie buff’, ‘Chatter box’, ‘Short-Tempered’ and what not!!!
    But, Alhamdulillah, Allah gave me Hidaayat, His Guidance, without which I would have lost myself somewhere in this world. But Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah.
    For me, it was not just my tongue that I needed to control but also my ‘Nafs’ – Anger, Love for Movies, songs, TV soaps etc.
    For me the first powerful dua was ‘Audhu billah’, the moment I used to get angry, I would sit if I am standing, would lie if I am sitting and would say Audhu billahi Minash Shaytaan Nir Rajeem, I would keep repeating it until my anger was gone, Alhamdulillah. It really helped me to control my anger and now Alhamdulillah people ask me, “Are you the same person?” And my love for Allah only increase, because without His Hidayat I would not have been able to do it.
    My second weapon was the sacred months, I would not watch TV or hear songs during Ramadhaan and tamed myself to control my love for it before the Month of Ramadhaan (Shabaan) and after the Month of Ramadhan (Shawwal). I would not watch it even before the Month of Hajj (Dhul Qida) and the Month after it (Muharram), Safar and Rajab were two of the sacred month, so there was no question of doing any such things then. But when outside these Months Satan used to whisper and my ears used to hear it (though Alhamdulillah, Allah has already strengthened my will power), but my heart decided to implement Bismillah. I made it my habit (and still is) to say Bismillah before doing anything, I would say Bismillah and would click on the songs’ folder and my heart will ask, “Are you going to hear the Satanic voice with Allah’s name?” The realization made me to close the folder itself, Alhamdulillah. Now Alhamdulillah, music gives me headache.
    After taming these difficult Nafs, Allah made it easy for me to control my tongue with daily adhkaar –
    La ilaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zaalimeen,
    Subhallahi azeem wa bihamdihi,
    Subhanallahi walhamdulillahi wa laa ilaaha illallahu wallahu akbar, wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa billahil aliyil azeem,
    and obviously, Astaghfirullah.
    Adhkaar really helps and yes implementing simple Sunnah in day-to-day life really makes the difference!!!
    Yaa Muqallibal Quloob Thabbit Qalbee ‘alaa Deenik.
    “Oh turner of the hearts (Allah, the Most High), keep our hearts firm on your religion”, Aameen.
    Jazakallahu Khairan Katheera for sharing this beautiful article.

  • sameen_tahir@yahoo.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Assalm o alikum,

    JazakAllah for such an amazing article,may Allah make this easy for all of us 🙂

  • nahla802@yahoo.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Salaam aleikum. Very good article masha Allah. It’s good for one to know they’re not alone in this struggle. Adhkar have helped me a lot too to tame my temper and mouth. Reading Quraan has also helped me a lot in choosing my battles. Even when there is no time, at least 15 min of reading Quraan a day has made a difference to me in how I react with those around me. Shukran for sharing your experience sister Yusra

  • samaduu@gmail.com'
    Said Maalim
    November 23, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Mashaalah! Jazakallah Ukhtii for the increbile story. Its indeed a good reminder to turn to Allah before we return to him. Fr sure one day all of us will depart this world to akhira and what matters most to meet th creator is a rightious soul. May Allah guide us all

  • smsade60@gmail.com'
    Sulaiman Muhammad sade
    November 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Subhanallah! may Allah rewarded u for sharing this article with us and we really enjoyed it and benefits with many lesson, we pray for u to be always freed from the rusting of heart and all Musleems. Just like u suffered from such rusting, me too am suffering from it right now, I know am doing something which is not supporse to be in me as a Musleem but tanx Allah as the rate of it is been decline and Insha Allah I will back up all the methods u used in trying to eradicate the rusting been affecting u in your heart. JAZAKUMULLAHU KHAYRAN

  • hagag.hassan@yahoo.com'
    حجاج طه
    November 23, 2015 at 11:13 am

    الاستغفار طب القلوب
    جزاك الله خير وأنار سريرتك

  • basitkishk@yahoo.com'
    Abdul Basit
    November 23, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    ja zaakillahu khairan.

    This article is a heart touching one but without Allah’s help we cant achieved the clean heart . May Allah moisture our tongue with dzikir. Ameen

  • basitkishk@yahoo.com'
    Abdul Basit
    November 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Jazaakillaha khairan

    may Allah moisture our tongue with dzikir. Ameen

  • mehmoona941@gmail.com'
    Saadia Saba
    November 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    iit is a really good and realistic article that reveals the ways to purify self and heart which ultimately brings peace within our inner selves and in society. the appreciable point of the article is, it is easier to practice and save ourselves.

  • gajaidi@hotmail.com'
    Gail Alonzo
    November 23, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Alhamdulilah! About four months ago, I have started to embrace Zikhr, all because of the fact that I realised that all was not well with my spirituality, a number of sad events took place and I suddenly made a dua asking Allah to help me and the reply was Zikhr, which I knew but did not put it into practice on a daily basis. Alhamdulilah I feel much better now, and spirituality is back on track.

  • olisad2003@yahoo.co.uk'
    November 23, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Jazaka-allahu karien, very touching I believe in the remembrance of Allah through dhikir and it always work for me . The power supplication.

  • zuwairaidris84@gmail.com'
    November 23, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Assalamu alaikum. Jazakallahu khair. May Allah increase you in knowledge and also give us the zeal to always remember him for verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest

  • nspoly@gmail.com'
    Nahid Sultana
    November 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum to everyone

    Dhikr has immense benefit which I can not express in my writing. Last few years I have been going through in tough time especially depression, stress and losing of own family members ( mom dad siblings for being away and their heartless behavior for me and my kids. Actually my parental family refused to loving my kids and myself, anyway I started to do dhikr in Allah SWT beautiful 99 names, which are immense benefit and each Allah SWT name is a great dua in each purpose. I have got many benefit from each name I do dhikr! Allah please accept all of dua and dhikr ameen

  • najahzawin96@gmail.com'
    November 24, 2015 at 5:20 am

    assalammualaikum . jazakillahu khair. I was in the same condition as you are and i really wanted to make a change . May Allah guide us and lighten our heart .

  • eliz_stusit@yahoo.com'
    November 24, 2015 at 5:25 am

    maa shaa Allah! alhamdulillah for this powerful and inspiring reminder… such predicament is common. thank you for the suggested solution! may Allah SWT guide us all to the straight path..

  • Niyaxa@hotmail.com'
    Niyaza Adam
    November 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Yes this did help me in getting rid of negative thoughts and prevented my anger and irritability towards others for unnecessary issues which arises between relatives, and tday someone mentioned to me that we as human tend t boast unintentionally regarding good deeds we do and the blessings we get from Allah, if we can try to keep our good deeds and blessings between Allah and us, the envy reduces making us more positive in our beliefs. Jazaakallah

  • Ojoyusuph@gmail.com'
    November 24, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Alhamdulilah, it’s really working

  • farhatuma@gmail.com'
    November 24, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Maasya Allah, this article wake me up from comfort zone,similary with my experience i lost my routine activities in mosque like halaqah so i feel blank in my mind and hole in my heart
    Confuse to do the activity and has no spirit. jazakillah khayran katsiraan

  • sadia.syed94@hotmail.com'
    Sadia Syed
    November 24, 2015 at 9:49 am

    JazakAllah khairan, lets just say this is exactly what i needed. It’s like it was tailored 🙂

  • calfarhat1@gmail.com'
    Farhat Feroz
    November 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Masha Allah very nice article. In Shaa Allah i will try to implement the advice given in my life. jazak Allah sister.

  • sajida0282@gmail.com'
    November 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    assalamualaikum alhamdulillaah very nice article jazakillaahu khair for sharing it…may Allah swt accept our dua and dhikr nd guide us..Aameen

  • suhaylsaid@gmail.com'
    November 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    May ALLAH reward you, sister. I supplicate ALMIGHTY ALLAH to guide us… Ameen.

  • biplobiiuc@gmail.com'
    November 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    i felt these situations oftentimes. Thanks you so much sister for such articles.

  • shaguftarose12@gmail.com'
    November 27, 2015 at 6:23 am


    JazakAllahu khair

    Thanks for sharing this.. I am facing the same problem. InshaAllah i will apply the same to my life.

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    December 3, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I was passing through the same phase since yesterday and was unable to dig out the actual reason that had caused my heart to diffuse. I was constantly going through the toughest phase of my life for few months but from yesterday it became the severe condition which led the strongest envy to be implanted in my heart with all possible powerful roots. The most miserable part of this situation was unable to supplicate the Creator…..which led towards the emptiness of heart, declined level of motivation, dead heart and hopeless face.
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