Your Heart is in between Allah’s Fingers
Remember, no one is safe from misguidance. So remember to constantly ask Allah to keep you on the straight path.
Allah said in the Qur’an Surah 8 Verse 24 ,
﴿وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَحُولُ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَقَلْبِهِ﴾
Transliteration: Wa A`lamū ‘Anna Allāha Yaĥūlu Bayna Al-Mar’i Wa Qalbihi
Translation: “…and know that Allah comes in between a person and his heart.”
Ibn `Abbas commented, “Allah prevents the believer from disbelief and the disbeliever from faith.” Al-Hakim recorded this in his Mustadrak and said, “It is Sahih and they did not record it.” . Similar was said by Mujahid, Sa`id, `Ikrimah, Ad-Dahhak, Abu Salih `Atiyyah, Muqatil bin Hayyan and As-Suddi.
In another report from Mujahid, he commented that the phrase (…comes in between a person and his heart.) means “Leaves him without comprehension,” As-Suddi said, “Prevents one self from his own heart, so he will neither believe nor disbelieve except by His leave.”
There are several Hadiths that conform with the meaning of this Ayah. For instance,
حَدَّثَنِي زُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، وَابْنُ، نُمَيْرٍ كِلاَهُمَا عَنِ الْمُقْرِئِ، قَالَ زُهَيْرٌ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ، اللَّهِ بْنُ يَزِيدَ الْمُقْرِئُ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا حَيْوَةُ، أَخْبَرَنِي أَبُو هَانِئٍ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ أَبَا عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ الْحُبُلِيَّ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ، يَقُولُ أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ” إِنَّ قُلُوبَ بَنِي آدَمَ كُلَّهَا بَيْنَ إِصْبَعَيْنِ مِنْ أَصَابِعِ الرَّحْمَنِ كَقَلْبٍ وَاحِدٍ يُصَرِّفُهُ حَيْثُ يَشَاءُ ” . ثُمَّ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” اللَّهُمَّ مُصَرِّفَ الْقُلُوبِ صَرِّفْ قُلُوبَنَا عَلَى طَاعَتِكَ ” .
Abdullah b. Amr b. al-‘As reported that he heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the two fingers out of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord as one heart. He turns that to any (direction) He likes. Then Allahs Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: 0 Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Thine obedience.
[Saheeh Muslim The book of Destiny Book 33 Hadeeth 6418 (English Translation)]
The above mentioned hadeeth is also a warning for those who think that they are on right guidance, that if Allaah wills, He can seal the heart from guidance.
Make Du’a for Steadfastness and Uprightness
So, Oh ! Muslims, Make du’a, for steadfastness, and uprightness in the religion upto the end of one’s life.
Strive to persist in saying du’aa’ and beseech Allaah to make you steadfast in adhering to His religion, and to increase you in guidance and strength and righteousness, for this is the state of the believers, as Allaah tells us of them in the verse where He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“(They say): ‘Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower’” [Qur’an Surah Aal ‘Imraan 3:8]
It was narrated that Anas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) often used to say: «يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِك» (Yaa Muqallibal Quloob Thabbit Qalbee ‘alaa Deenik) “O Turner of the hearts, make my heart steadfast in adhering to Your religion.”
[Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2140) classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi and also see al-Jaam’i as-Sagheer 1323/7988]
It is also mentioned in Sunan Ibn Majah,
3834 حدثنا محمد بن عبد الله بن نمير حدثنا أبي حدثنا الأعمش عن يزيد الرقاشي عن أنس بن مالك قال كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يكثر أن يقول اللهم ثبت قلبي على دينك فقال رجل يا رسول الله تخاف علينا وقد آمنا بك وصدقناك بما جئت به فقال إن القلوب بين إصبعين من أصابع الرحمن عز وجل يقلبها وأشار الأعمش بإصبعيه
The Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to often say these words, “O You Who changes the hearts, make my heart firm on Your religion.” We said, `O Allah’s Messenger! We believed in you and in what you brought us. Are you afraid for us’ He said, Yes, for the hearts are between two of Allah’s Fingers, He changes them (as He wills)”
[Sunan Ibn Majah, Book of Du’a Hadeeth 3834]
Indeed the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to do so, and taught us to do so, as in the hadeeth of Umm Salamah by Shihr who said : ‘I said to Umm Salamah : ‘O Mother of the Believers, what is the duaa’ which the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) would supplicate the most while in your presence? ’
So she said : ‘The frequent supplication of his was :
يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِى عَلَى دِينِكَ
“O, Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm on Your religion.”
And also reported by Imaam Ahmad , from the hadeeth of ‘Aisha (radhiyaAllaahu anha): ‘The Dua’ which the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to supplicate with a lot…’ then she mentioned it. [Silsilah as-Saheeha of Al-Imaam Al-Albaanee :Volume 5 Number 2091]