Is faith in heart? If so, what sort of situation appears in heart transplantation?
Submitted by on Sat, 12/06/2010 - 18:05
Dear Brother / Sister,
Faith is in heart. But what is mentioned here is not the heart in its bilogical sense.
Islam’s message also reveals the existence of the inner sense mechanisms which gain man perfection in addition to eyes, ears what we briefly call the sense organs.
What makes man superior to the other living beings is not his material body but his spiritual side.
The centre of this spiritual structure is heart. Heart is like a mirror which could receive the rays of revelation coming from Allah.
The each sin committed is like a black spot on heart-miror. As man keeps sinning, his heart starts to blacken. In the end, heart grows completely blackened. Such a person starts to think of himself mere accumulation of flesh. Since he is alone with his evil-commanding self and its desires, he deems the life fulfilled by satisfying himself with these desires.
Since heart is the centre of any kind of spiritualities, Allah (SWT) will hold people responsible according to what they have in their hearts.
“…Allah hath set a seal upon them for their disbelief, so that they believe not save little.” (An-Nisaa, 155) “…if We will, We can smite them for their sins and print upon their hearts so that they hear not?” (Al-Araf, 100) “They are content that they should be with the useless and their hearts are sealed, so that they apprehend not.” (At-Tawba, 87) “…Thus print We on the hearts of the transgressors.” (Yunus, 74) “Such are they whose hearts and ears and eyes Allah hath sealed. And such are the heedless.” (An-Nahl, 108)
Those who keep sinning would have blackened hearts. As the verses above states, their hearts become sealed. As the Qur’an suggest, one who has such a heart is dead. He is blind and deaf. As the Qur’an puts it, “indeed it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts.” (Hacc, 46)
Faith blossoms in the heart. Thanks to the faith in the heart man gains perfection who thinks, contemplates, and gains an insight of things. He is always with Allah (SWT). That is he always feels love for Allah (SWT) in his heart and. His heart is always full of love for Allah (SWT) and fear to lose Him.
It is understood from these explanations that the heart transplanted in medicine and the one faith is placed are separate.
There are a number of expressions that the word “heart” passes:
(2-7) “Allah hath sealed their hearing and their hearts…” (This verse implies the indifference to the truths and heart’s and heart’s sensing side lowers in a way not to grasp the truths because of sins.
(2-10) “In their hearts is a disease…” ( It is implied that the actual function of the heart is partially impaired.)
(2-74) “…your hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness…” (Deterioration of the heart with sins in a way not to receive Divine inspiration and understand truths is implied.)
22-46) “…it is the hearts, which are within the bosoms, that grow blind…”
Heart has two windows which open to the outer world. These two windows are hearing and seeing.
Just as eyes and ears have their functions, so too heart functions which are expressed with seeing and hearing. Hearts’ growing blind in bosoms means the disappearence of these functions of heart.
Thus we could say this: Faith is in heart but the biological heart has nothing to do with this. Therefore it is out of question that faith is transplanted too in heart transplantations.
Gerçeğe Doğru (Towards the Truth), C:4, Zafer Publications
Questions on Islam
- Sealing of Hearts and Qadar (Destiny)
- Is organ transplantation Halal? What does Islam say about organ donation? Is it permissible to receive or donate an organ from or to a Non-Muslim?
- Organ Transplantation
- Do sins lead man to unbelief step by step?
- Why Allah hath set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing?
- I will pay the penalty in Hell but I will live in the world as I wish. I will not come to this world again; therefore, I will enjoy all kinds of pleasures and commit sins. I will go to Paradise in the end anyway since I am a Muslim.
- What is the decree on the head-scarf in Islam? To what kind of danger does going out without a headscarf lead women?
- How can we warn those who want to despise handicapped people to make fun of them and to offend them by using some phrases like a “manufacturing defect”?
- Is it possible to exit Hell?
- First Point: It tells us that we have inner sicknesses of the spirit and heart corresponding to the outer wounds and sicknesses of the Prophet Ayyub.