The state of our heart plays a curtail role in our existence not just physically but also spiritually. It is mentioned more than 100 times in the Qur’an and is even described as having the capacity of being a center of decisions, intentions and reasoning. Just like our hearts can be either healthy or diseased physically, the same notion applies to it spiritually. Recently science has proven that human heart is as sentient as the human brain and has it’s own form of intelligence. It has even been proven that human heart does influence the brain’s thinking capacity and just like the brain communicates neurologically, our heart does so as well with the rest of the body and the brain.
Have you ever heard of someone describe another person as “cold hearted” or “have a heart that is as hard as a stone”? Those phrases imply that a person is not merciful or empathetic. The condition of our hearts is impacted by our surroundings and a lot of times, we forget how much this world is affecting it. The Prophet (SAW) taught, “The pure ones are those who clean themselves from sin, doubt, cheating, lying, and jealousy.” Other than Salah and zakat, dhikr can aid us in the purification process of our hearts. Dhikr, or remembrance of Allah can change the state of our heart but it has to be felt deep in your heart.
“He has succeeded who purifies himself, who remembers the name of his Lord and prays.” (Surah Al-A’la 87:14-15)
أَلَا وَإِنَّ فِي الْجَسَدِ مُضْغَةً إِذَا صَلَحَتْ صَلَحَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ وَإِذَا فَسَدَتْ فَسَدَ الْجَسَدُ كُلُّهُ أَلَا وَهِيَ الْقَلْبُ
Verily, in the body is a piece of flesh which, if sound, the entire body is sound, and if corrupt, the entire body is corrupt. Truly, it is the heart.
Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 52, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi
So how do we connect with Allah when doing dhikr? The answer is quiet simple but it requires consistency and commitment.While saying SubhanAllah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar, attribute each word to something specific so you are continuously thinking of the meaning of what you are saying. For instance, SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) for I am healthy and able to think critically. Alhamdulillah, for waking up another day, etc.This will help you reflect and will aid your in developing a greater appreciation for all the blessings you have in your life which can help to purify your heart and remind you of what your true purpose is in life.
Jazāk Allāhu Khayran