is the life of heart; worship is the blood flowing in its veins; and
reflection, self-supervision, and self-criticism are the foundations of its
permanence. The heart of an unbeliever is dead; the heart of a believer who
does not worship is dying; and the heart of a believer who worships but does
not engage in self-reflection, self-control, or self-criticism is exposed to
many spiritual dangers and diseases.
first group of people carry a “pump” in their chests, but it cannot be said
that they have hearts. The second group of people live in the cloudy, misty
atmosphere of their surmises and doubts, separate from God, and are unable to
reach their destination. The third group of people, those who have traveled
some distance toward the destination, are at risk because they have not yet
reached the goal. They advance falteringly, struggling in the way of God,
experience cycles of defeat and success, and spend their lives trying to climb
a “hill” without being able to surmount it.
the other hand, those who have firm belief, live as if they see God and in the
consciousness that God sees them, enjoy complete security and are under God’s
protection. They study existence with insight, penetrate the nature of
existence, discover their reality through the light of God, and behave soberly
and with self-control. They tremble with fear of God, full of anxiety and hope
concerning their final goal, and pursue His pleasure by seeking to please Him
and living in a way that shows their love for Him. In return, God loves them
and causes other believers to love them. They are loved and esteemed by
humanity and jinn, and receive a warm welcome wherever they happen to be.
Joseph (Yusuf), upon him be peace, the truthful hero of Sura Yusuf, is
mentioned five times in this sura as a man of perfect goodness and deep
devotion. All of creation, including the Creator and the created, friend and
foe, Earth and the heavens, testified to his strict self-control and
self-supervision: When Joseph reached his full manhood, We bestowed on him
wisdom and knowledge. Thus do We reward those who are perfectly good
[worshipping and acting in consciousness of being always seen by God]
(12:22). Here, the Almighty states that Prophet Joseph was a man of perfect
goodness and self-control when he reached the age of puberty. During his
imprisonment in Egypt, every prisoner, whether good or evil, discerned the
depth of his mind and purity of his spirit, and appealed to him to solve their
problems: Tell us the interpretation of events, including dreams, for we see
you [to be] among those who are perfectly good (12:36). Joseph succeeded in
every trial he faced, and had a place in everyone's heart, both friend and foe.
more God mentions him as a man of perfect goodness, a perfect embodiment of
goodness, since he did not change when he was appointed to a high government
post: Thus We established Joseph in the land, to take possession of it where
he pleased. We reach with Our mercy whom We will, and We never cause to be lost
the reward of those who are perfectly good [worshipping and acting in
consciousness of being always seen by God] (12:56). When his brothers, who
had always envied him, acknowledged his goodness and truthfulness before they
discovered that the charitable minister in the royal palace of Egypt was
Joseph, They said: O exalted sir. He has a father, aged and venerable; so
take one of us instead of him, for we see that you are among those who are
perfectly good (12:78).
as a man perfectly matured and having acquired full spiritual contentment,
Prophet Joseph himself testified to God’s blessings on him: God has been
indeed gracious to us. Whoever acts in fear of God and full submission to Him
and is patient, surely God does not waste the reward of those who are perfectly
is inconceivable that an individual with such a sound heart could deviate or be
deprived of God’s blessing. Such a heart has the same meaning with respect to
its owner as God’s Supreme Throne has with respect to the universe, and is a
polished mirror in which the Almighty looks in full appreciation. Such a mirror
is not something to be discarded or allowed to break, for it is the essence and
spirit of human reality and praised by God.
the following couplets, Rumi recalls this:
The Truth says: I consider the heart,
Not the form made from water and clay.
You say: I have a heart within me, whereas
The heart is above God’s Throne, not below.