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A Letter To The Heart

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Dear Heart,

I write this to you as a reminder. Eighteen years and still together, you are surely one of my closest companions. I’ve heard your voice from the beginning: happiness, sadness, and so much more that thumped against your rib cage. And you witnessed all that I have: friends, places, and a lot more through my senses. If you stop pumping the blood circulating through the intricate passes of my veins, I will die within a few minutes. And if I stop my vitals of worship and acts of good, you will turn diseased and hardened. By the One who created us, we are surely inseparable; without the other, neither can survive.

I know it’s hard. The trials of this life are difficult. We find happy moments, but no matter how strongly we wish, they’ll never come back; they simply pass away and remain only as memories. Even those memories fade away, eventually. We find sad moments clinging to us despite our disdain. No matter how much we brush the pain away, the scars remain hard to cover. Depression, loneliness, and despair are easy to find. Darkness is too scary for us to face.

But just as our Lord promised hardship in our way, has He not promised relief as well? For surely, after a storm is a clear sky. After a forest fire is fertile soil. After the darkest hour is the break of dawn. Light is there for us to enter. We can pull ourselves from drowning by taking a moment to remember, repent, and resume our glorification of the Lord of the Worlds, the King of all Kings, the Owner of the Heavens and the Earth. If we can submit together to Allah (glorified and exalted be He) alone – Our Creator, Our Caretaker, Our Master – then the light may illuminate us and eradicate the bruises we carry from the burden of our mistakes. He is the Most Merciful and Oft-Forgiving, so we have hope to turn a new leaf in our life.

Are you unsure? Scared? Too broken? We can dispel our doubts. We can muster our courage. We are still here. We are alive. We can still make a change. Surely that is enough reason for us to take a step forward.

My companion, we can either be noble or nobody. We can smile or stay broken. We can hope or despair. This is our choice. Allah has placed the door of change in front of us; are we not the ones who refuse to open the door? Now I know it’s true our story can stay untold in this world, no matter how much we try, but that’s okay, for Allah will always know. You, me, and Him: that’s all that matters.

So my heart, let us take that step into the light. Let us bathe in it and hope for betterment. Let us join together with truth and conviction as we pray for guidance, mercy, and success in fulfilling our purpose in this life.

Bismillah, let us move forward.

“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Surah Ar-Ra`d: 28)

A Bangladeshi descent from the sakura trees of Japan, the golden prairies of Iowa, and the windy days of Chicago, Muhtasham Sifaat currently lives in New York City as a student of William E. Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. He found his passion for writing at the Bronx High School of Science and took this practice as a discipline for fruitful reflection and self-expression. Alhamdulillah, Sifaat was able to develop his writing through numerous competitions such as the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) and with irreplaceable support from his friends and family. He intends to write for MYM to better himself as a Muslim and as a writer, inshaAllah. Besides writing, Sifaat likes to draw, take afternoon walks, and practice martial arts/wrestling. He is a disciple of Hoshinkido Hapkido, a Korean martial art, which he practices alongside Taekwondo during his free time.

12 Comments

  1. mashaallah! i love this post… i love articles about hearts… for this one its like giving a sincere advice and talk to ones’ self. jazakallahu khairan…

  2. That really spoke to my own heart. May Allah give us all the strength to shake off the bad memories and the scars and to move forward and make the best of what we have left. Ameen.
    MashAllah so true, even if no one knows us or cares about us, Allah knows and cares for all. :’)

  3. I thought this was a magnificent piece. Self-talk is lauded in psychology to be very powerful, and I enjoyed the way it was very natural and personal. Keep up the great work!

  4. rahma zakaria Reply

    I love how you ended it!! My FAVORITEayah. <3 And I love how it's as if you are speaking to my heart. MashaAllah, keep it up!

  5. SumaiyahKhan Reply

    Masha Allah, a very nice piece!!! i love the way it was personal and the ayah at the end is one of my favorites!

  6. Ruqaiyya Maryam Reply

    This is beautiful! 
    Im sure others will agree that this post spoke directly to them :)

  7. masha’Allah this was a uniques read…very motivational and uplifting:)
    these lines reminded me of this Hadith Qudsi:
    “Now I know it’s true our story can stay untold in this world, no matter
    how much we try, but that’s okay, for Allah will always know. You, me,
    and Him: that’s all that matters.”

    On the authority of Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him),
    who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: Allah (mighty and
    sublime be He) said:

    Truly of those devoted to Me the one I most favour is a believer
    who is of meagre means and much given to prayer, who has been
    particular in the worship of his Lord and has obeyed Him inwardly
    (1), who was obscure among people and not pointed out, and whose
    sustenance was just sufficient to provide for him yet he bore this
    patiently. Then the Prophet (pbuh) rapped his hand and said: Death
    will have come early to him, his mourners will have been few, his
    estate scant.
    (1) i.e. he has not been ostentatious in his obedience.

    It was related by at-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal and Ibn
    Majah). Its chain of authorities is sound.

  8. MashaAllah! it’s the very essence of what it means to be muslim: always striving and pushing one’s self to become closer to Allah

  9. Wallahi this is so meaningful… Allahumma Yaa Muqallib Al Quloob Qallib Quloobana ‘ala deenika wa ‘alaa twaa’atik… Aameen Yaa Rabb! 

  10. Just reading through all these different articles and alhamdulillah they are so understanding, like they are actually life changing!

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