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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dish washing and the heart

You would think there is no connection between dish washing and the heart but I think there is.

Most people do wash dishes at home. You know that the longer you leave the dishes in the sink the harder the stains are to remove. And if you leave them even longer they may become permanent. We need to wash these dishes soon after they become dirty, otherwise it has bad affect on the dish. If you really care about the dish and it is precious to you then you should wash it soon

In the same way, we need to reflect regularly ( every night?) and try to forgive anybody who (we think) has wronged us.

As the hadith goes:

The Messenger a of Allah was seated in a gathering with the Sahabah when he looked towards the entrance and said, “A man of Paradise is coming.” At that instance someone who seemed to be very ordinary entered the mosque where they were seated. A Sahabi was curious as to why the Prophet said this, so he followed the man to his house. This Sahabi told the man that he was a traveler and stayed as a guest. For three days the Sahabi saw nothing unusual, so he finally told the man what the Prophet had said and asked him what was so special. The man thought for a long time and said, “There might be one thing – before going to sleep every night I forgive everyone and sleep with a clean heart.”


Anonymous said...

Masha'Allah, very insightful indeed :)

I find the whole idea also relates to the heart and black dots on it that result from unhalal actions. The more we commit, the more stains we get. Moreover, the longer it takes for us to realize our actions and say astaghfar'Allah and repent, the harder it may be for all the stains to come out. We should always strive to do istighfars soon after a sin is committed (and even if its not) so that our 'dishes' (aka hearts) can stay sparkley and clean :)

Abu Adam said...

Very true.. and the same applies to all stains.. coffee stains, grass stains, etc. The longer you take to wash them, the harder they are engrained..