Discover Yourself Workshop
Dr Sadath Khan
Whoever Comes with a Sound Heart is Successful
It is the heart which softens (Quran 39:23), or hardens (Quran 2:74).
It is the heart that goes blind and refuses to recognize the truth (Quran 22:46).
It is the heart that inspires the function to reason and understand (Quran 7:179; 22:46; 50:37).
In the heart lies the root of all outward diseases (Quran 5:52).
It is the seat of all inner ills (Quran 2:10).
The heart is the abode of faith (Quran 5:41) and hypocrisy (Quran 9:77)
It is the heart which is the centre of all that is good and evil, whether it be contentment and peace (Quran 13:28), the strength to face afflictions (Quran 64:11), mercy (Quran 57:27), brotherly love (Quran 8:63) and God-Consciousness (Quran 49:3; 22:32), or doubt and hesitation (Quran 9:45), regrets (Quran 3:156) and anger (Quran 9:15).
From the above Quranic verses on Sound Heart what I see about the context of life is that the whole focus and purpose of our life should be inner purification, to raise the qalb (heart) to a state of saleem. The context should not be heaven or hell, which are the result of the state of our heart. When our understanding of the context shifts, our focus will be on cultivating the heart.
“One who is successful is the one who purifies himself.”
We know it this, but simply knowing it does not make any difference.
We can talk about it, discuss it and preach about it. But that way nothing is going to change.
Knowing connects to the mind, while living connects to the heart.
One has to undertake the spiritual journey oneself.
No one can walk for another person. One can only walk for oneself.
Allah, the Prophet, the Quran are there to guide us. We can also guide others, but we cannot walk for them.
Discover Yourself is a three-day inner journey workshop, a heart-cleansing workshop, where we take and guide and the participants into the cleansing process of the heart.
We need three days to chip out the hardness formed over the heart and make it soft to bring us back to the natural state (fitra) which Allah has created us in.
Very few are there in this world who can take you step-by-step into this inner spiritual journey of purification in such a short time, and in such an easy way that even a small kid can get it.
What we have observed over 16 years of experience is that very few people are willing to undertake this inner journey. The rest are stopped by their inner enemy (the Mind-opinions and judgments). The majority are unwilling to fight the inner enemy, and so they embark on the external journey, spending their whole life in downloading and accumulating information to become an ‘I KNOW IT ALL’, leading to self-righteousness. They get trapped by the ‘Deceiver’ and become blind and reject and refuse to see the Truth. Not that they cannot fight the inner enemy, but they are unwilling to recognize what because of the ‘veils’ over their eyes.
Unless you recognize the inner enemy, the question of fightingit, the Jihad bin nafs, does not arise.
The path is shown in the Quran, but the mind is the barrier which will not allow this. Mind has taken over the heart and is full of opinions, judgments, meanings, questions, doubts, regrets about the past and fear of the future. It has completely corrupted the heart and converted it to ingratitude.
Freeing oneself from the slavery of mind is the path to salvation. It is a journey from the external to the internal.
Heart taking control over the Mind-From Beast to Human Being:
The reality is that Allah has created us as human beings and has asked us to live as human beings. That that is the right faith (Al – Rum 30:30), but we have fallen down to a state lower than animals.
The simple solution to purify oneself is to “Be and then see and treat every human being as a human Being”.
In Quranic vocabulary, the ‘heart’ is not just a piece of flesh in our body, but is the centre of all our feelings, emotions, motives, drives,aspirations, remembrance and attention. It is, in reality, the way of the heart for which we shall be accountable. Only the one who brings before his God a sound and sincere heart will deserve to be saved.