Lessons from the life of Ml. Yunus Patel (RA): Check your heart

A believer who fears being held accountable by Allah, will always hold himself to account first. Such a person focuses on his own heart before rectifying others. In hospitals the doctors regularly check the pulse of the patients who have heart problems. Likewise, our hearts also have problems called temptations and desires. We must constantly check our own hearts too, identify the weaknesses and make a concerted effort to overcome them.

Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه once met a successful businessman in Saudi Arabia who began speaking about his investments, wealth and net-worth. Once he finished, Hazrat رحمة الله عليه looked down contemplatively. The businessman was puzzled and enquired about this. Hazrat رحمة الله عليه said that I’m just checking my heart. I’m checking that do I see you as an oil well now, or do I still see you the same – as a container in which the love of Allah can be poured in? And alhamdulillah, I still see you the same. In other words, Hazrat was checking to see if his heart was tempted by the talk of wealth. That was how Hazrat’s life elapsed – his scholarship, widespread influence and status in the community, never distracted him from his own self. From that, we too learn an invaluable lesson. Always check your own heart first.

Hazrat then said that I too have investments here in Saudi Arabia. The businessman became happy, as they do when they hear the term “investments”. He enquired, “What investments?” Hazrat replied that when I come here, I make Tawaaf, Sai’, dua by the Multazim and other acts of worship. These are my investments, make dua that they are all profitable in the hereafter.

May Allah make it so, Aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 21/3/2016 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full audio, please click here.

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