Allah has sealed their hearts…


إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ سَوَآءٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ ءَأَنذَرۡتَهُمۡ أَمۡ لَمۡ تُنذِرۡهُمۡ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ  

 خَتَمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمۡ وَعَلَىٰ سَمۡعِهِمۡ‌ۖ وَعَلَىٰٓ أَبۡصَـٰرِهِمۡ غِشَـٰوَةٌ۬‌ۖ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ۬ 

 As for the Disbelievers, Whether thou warn them or thou warn them not it is all one for them; they believe not. (6)
Allah hath sealed their hearts and their hearing, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be an awful doom. (7)

[Surah al-Baqarah (2) : 6 -7]


in explanation of these ayats Qatadah said that this means, “Shaytan controlled them when they obeyed him. Therefore, Allah sealed their hearts, hearing and sight, and they could neither see the guidance nor hear, comprehend or understand.”

Ibn Jurayj said that Mujahid said “Allah has set a seal on their hearts” means “A stamp. It occurs when sin resides in the heart and surrounds it from all sides, and this submersion of the heart in sin constitutes a stamp, meaning a seal.”

In addition, Ibn Jurayj said, that `Abdullah bin Kathir narrated that Mujahid said, “The stain is not as bad as the stamp, the stamp is not as bad as the lock which is the worst type.” Al-A`mash said, “Mujahid demonstrated with his hand while saying, `They used to say that the heart is just like this – meaning the open palm. When the servant commits a sin, a part of the heart will be rolled up – and he rolled up his index finger. When the servant commits another sin, a part of the heart will be rolled up’ – and he rolled up another finger, until he rolled up all of his fingers. Then he said, `Then, the heart will be sealed.’

Al-Qurtubi said, “The Ummah has agreed that Allah has described Himself with sealing and closing the hearts of the disbelievers, as a punishment for their disbelief. Similarly, Allah said in Surah An-Nisa (4):155  ” Allâh has set a seal upon their hearts because of their disbelief” .

In another hadith concerning the heart and the affect of sin upon it Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said,

إِنَّ الْمُؤمِنَ إِذَا أَذْنَبَ ذَنْبًا كَانَتْ نُكْتَةً سَوْدَاءَ فِي قَلْبِهِ، فَإِنْ تَابَ وَنَزَعَ وَاسْتَعْتَبَ صَقِلَ قَلْبُهُ وَإِنْ زَادَ زَادَتْ حَتَّى تَعْلُوَ قَلْبَهُ،  

فَذلِكَ الرَّانُ الَّذِي قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالى

{ كَلَّا‌ۖ بَلۡۜ رَانَ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِہِم مَّا كَانُواْ يَكۡسِبُونَ }

 [سُوۡرَةُ المطفّفِین]

“When the believer commits a sin, a black dot will be engraved on his heart. If he repents, refrains and regrets, his heart will be polished again. If he commits more errors, the dots will increase until they cover his heart. This is the Ran (stain) that Allah described 

{ Nay! But on their hearts is the Rân (stain of sins & evil deeds) which they used to earn} 

[Al-Mutaffifin (83):14] 

as believers we cannot ignore the situation of our hearts for the Prophet of Allah (saw) has said, “Truly, in the body there is a morsel of flesh, and when it is corrupt the body is corrupt, and when it is sound the body is sound. Truly, it is the qalb [heart].” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Iman]

and in safeguarding our hearts we must refrain from acts of sin, we must busy ourselves in ther performance of  acts loved by Allah swt and refraining from what He dislikes and forbids us from.

The Prophet of Allah (saw) warned us about the changing condition of the heart and advised us with this du’a

يَا مُقَلِبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قُلُوبَنَا عَلى دِينِك

 ” O You Who changes the hearts, make our hearts firm on Your religion”

May Allah swt save us from the punishment that is the sealing of our hearts, may He swt keep us firm upon His deen and may He forgive us all and admit us into His paradise by His Mercy. ameen

JazakomAllah khayr wa BarakAllah Feekom


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