During Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s RA safar to Yemen in 1381H, the third village he visited was HisneAfedat, where the qabarmubarak of Syedna Ibrahim bin Syedna Husain RA (11th Dai), Syedna Mohammed bin Syedi Hatim RA (12th Dai), and Syedna Abbas bin Syedna Mohammed RA (15th Dai) are located. The word afedat in one light means ‘hearts.’ The human heart is the leader of the body’s organs. It beats thousands of times a day and pumps countless liters of blood to each crevice of the body, supplying it with the oxygen essential for our survival. Maulana Ali AS stated that we are endowed with three blessings, namely: an abundance of wealth; physical health; and a sound heart and soul. Ensuring our hearts’ health, therefore, is paramount.
Cardiologists and doctors alike provide numerous recommendations for a strong heart and lifestyle in order to prevent disease. Regular physical activity and exercise keep your heart agile, as does a diet filled with nutritious superfoods. Maintaining a healthy weight and looking after your mental health also reduce your risk of heart-related illnesses.
At its most basic, the physical health of the heart and body is a prerequisite for a sound, secure and peaceful heart - for qalb e saleem. Our AwliyaKiraam AS over the course of history have demonstrated that trust and faith in Allah Ta’ala’s wishes and happiness are the key elements of qalb e saleem.
When Nimrod LA sentenced Ibrahim Nabi AS to the catapult and was about to launch him into the fire, Ibrahim Nabi AS remained firm in his trust and faith in Allah Ta’ala’s will. When asked, he did not request Allah Ta’ala or Jibraeel’s aid in extracting him from this tenuous situation. He did not worry, for he had entrusted Allah Ta’ala with his fate. As a result, Allah Ta’ala turned the flames into a garden, sparing Ibrahim Nabi’s AS life and proving that one’s conviction in Allah Ta’ala guarantees qalb e saleem. Similarly, when Abrahat LA laid siege on Baitullah, Maulana Abdul Muttalib AS, too, remained steadfast. He knew that Allah Ta’ala would protect that which is His own - his home - and did not plead the enemy to lay down their arms. Sure enough, Allah protected his sanctuary, sending ababeel to destroy Abrahat’s LA army.
Finally, in Karbala, Imam Husain AS epitomized the pinnacle of qalb e saleem. On Ashura, when his Ahl Bayt and Ashaab had been slaughtered and Imam Husain AS was thick in the field of battle, Jibraeel descended with his army of angels. Jibraeel proffered his and his army’s services; should Imam Husain AS so desire, they would vanquish Yazid’s army. Imam Husain AS was at a crossroads. On the one hand, he could continue to fight and defeat Yazid’s army single-handedly, for who would have the strength to overpower Imam Husain AS and the might of his sword, Zulfiqar? On the other hand, Jibraeel could come to his aid. Both end results would be the same; Yazid’s army would be destroyed and Imam Husain AS would prevail. Imam Husain AS had witnessed the atrocities Yazid’s army committed and what they were capable of; he knew the pain and suffering they would inflict upon his haram after his death. Even so, Imam Husain AS turned to Jibraeel, and in a true test of trust and faith, asked, “What is Allah Ta’ala’s wish?” Imam Husain AS choseself-sacrifice for Allah Ta’ala’s happiness and the security of Islam. Through our Maulana Husain’s AS martyrdom, his planning and conviction, he gave his followers for thousands of generations to come a clear path towards qalb e saleem.
Rasulallah SAW illuminates this path for us, proclaiming:
من بكى او ابكى او تباكى على الولديالحسين،وجبت له الجنة
Thus, every morning and night, especially during the ten days of AsharaMubaraka, mumineen mourn Imam Husain’s AS ultimate sacrifice. We are certain that each tear we shed upon Imam Husain AS invigorates our souls and our hearts with peace; and, we are confident that our faith in Allah Ta’ala will lead to serenity - qalb e saleem - in this world and the hereafter.