O son, our lack of waraq (piety) is reflected in the image we portray outwardly. I don't know about you but I don't subscribe to the saying "don't judge the book by its cover". What is outside is a reflection of what is inside. There are vocal people who claim to have a good heart though their words are harsh. But one guru said, 'Your heart is like a water reservoir. If the water there is clean, what comes out through the pipe should be clean too. If your heart was clean, what comes out of your mouth should be fragrant.'
If we slacked in so many departments - waraq (piety), ibadah (worship) and amal (good deeds) what do we have left? Honestly speaking, I have been feeling helpless in matters of religion. It is a continuous struggle no doubt and the fact remains that our iman fluctuates.
It dawned upon me that all we have is the heart. It is fortunate that Allah does not look at our outer garments but at our hearts. One shaykh said: 'Our heart has a high price.' We thought the value of money is worth much more than our hearts, we are wrong. The heart is in fact our invaluable capital - not the limbs, not the mouth.
While we struggle to wake up in the middle of the night for qiyammulail; struggle to do our wirid; struggle to fast on Mondays and Thursdays; struggle to read the Qur'an; the easiest and sweetest thing to do is to keep Him in the heart. That is all that we could afford to do, that we ought to do.
Dear friends, please remember me in your du'a. Thanks!