“They have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, and they have ears with which they do not hear. Those are like livestock; rather, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.”
Have you ever wondered, why Allah use the word ‘hearts’ to describe ‘with which they do not understand’? All this while, are we not being taught, that the tool to understand something is the mind? Are not the scientists being so engrossed studying the brains, in order to understand how the humans think?
So, why did Allah use the word ‘al-qalb’ instead of ‘al-aql’ in this verse?
Because in Islam, there’s something higher than the mind. It’s the heart. The difference between those who use their minds to think, and those who use their hearts to think is: Someone who thinks with the mind will plan his strategies meticulously and cheat on others, while someone who thinks with the heart, will plan strategies for his business and help others.
That is just one example, there’s a lot to be listed.
Only those with qalbun salim, may attain wisdom.
Yes, everyone may have good results, dean’s lists, president’s list, get a PhD or even tens of PhD, but not everyone may achieve hikmah. Wisdom.
My ustaz told me, that Wisdom is a gift.
But I do believe, that we can strive for Wisdom. Has Allah not promised, that those who do efforts will be rewarded? At least, we give a shot.
The Prophet SAW once said: “Wisdom is the lost property of the believer, so wherever he finds it, then he is more deserving of it.”