Burnishing the Heart
By: Abdul Wahid Hamid
With an introduction, brief notes, and a reflection on the message and style of the Qur'an, and our state as human beings.
Human beings are the main focus of the Qur’an. And the Qur’an is the best reader of human beings, revealing the motives both transparent and hidden that drive us, the various ways both straight and crooked that we follow, and the outcomes that we face – here and ‘in the end’. It sets out what true success and happiness is, and also what is real humiliation and pain.
Human beings everywhere need the Qur’an, just as we need food and drink. The selections presented here are intended to convey a flavour of its indispensable message. It is hoped that they will inspire or confirm an enduring engagement with the Book that describes itself as ‘guidance for the God-conscous’ and a source of ‘healing and grace’ for all who come to believe in it.
Human beings are endowed by their Creator with faculties of mind and heart to respond to this essential guidance. What is the human heart as the term is used in the Qur’an, why is there the need to burnish it, and how do we burnish it?
These selections, with brief notes where appropriate and a reflection on our state as human beings, are intended to provide some pointers. They offer both challenge and hope.