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Does belief emanate from the heart?

Does belief emanate from the heart?

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The article explores the role of the heart in belief. Should a sincere person try to understand the words recited in prayer?
The article explores the role of the heart in belief. Should a sincere person try to understand the words recited in prayer?

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Published by: Yousuf M Islam on Mar 15, 2012
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 Article appeared Friday, March 16th, 2012 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (220)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Does belief come from the heart? Or can belief simply be a manifestation of physical exercise?Where can we find answers to this question? Turning to the Bible we find Jesus rebuking somepeople regarding the over-indulgence of physical actions as quoted in the New Testament,
He (Jesus) replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it iswritten: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me
[Mark7:6, NIV]
Given the attitude of those whom Jesus was talking to, he confirmed the words of ProphetIsaiah recorded in Isaiah 29:13
of the Old Testament. Belief is not achieved simply bysaying, “I believe”, with our lips or just by carrying out a physical exercise like a ceremonialprayer – the heart must stand in awe of the Creator during the physical activity. The hearttherefore plays a central role in our approach to the Creator, as explained by Jesus,
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
[Matthew 5:8, NIV]
What is a pure heart – a heart that is in two minds about the blessings and existence of theCreator? Or is it a heart that does not doubt the blessings or despair at the tests given by theCreator? In the most recent Revelation, the Qur’an, we find a similar rebuke for the desert Arabs. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was being instructed to say,
The desert Arabs say, "We believe." Say (to them), "You have no faith; but you (only)say (with your lips), `We have submitted our wills to Allah.' For not yet has faith enteredyour hearts…
But only he that brings to Allah a sound heart (will achieve success);
[26.89]Who, then, are believers?
Only those are Believers who have believed in Allah and His Apostle and have never since doubted but have striven with their belongings and their persons in the cause of  Allah: such are the sincere ones.
Men who celebrate the praises of Allah standing, sitting and lying down on their sidesand contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth (with thethought): "Our Lord! Not for nothing have You created (all) this! Glory to You! Give ussalvation from the penalty of the Fire.
[3.191]What can the “cause of Allah” be?
 And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah; and Allahis full of kindness to (His) devotees.
[2.207] A believer therefore looks for ways to please the Creator and at the same time does not wish todo things that would displease Him. A believer looks forward to meeting the Creator – theCreator who has created the soul as well as arranged for the enjoyment of its existence.
For those whose hopes are in meeting Allah (in the Hereafter, let them strive); for theDay (and term appointed) by Allah is surely to come: and He hears and knows (allthings).
 And if they strive (with their best efforts) they do so for their own souls:
for  Allah is free of all needs from all creation.
[29.5 – 29.6]Becoming a believer is not a favor to the Creator; it is for the salvation of our own individualsouls.

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