In Islam, what if we do not have any focus, energy or power on the remembrance of Allah? We become distracted, our thoughts are split into hundreds of different directions. We neither have the purity of direction nor the purity of feeling. The thought process is muddled and tangled. With all the different distractions, we are kept busy by Shaitan and our own desires on small and unimportant things, and before we know it, the day is over and we have achieved nothing. At this point, you may as well forget the rules and regulations of Islam, because they are all supposed to lead you towards living a clean life for Allah. If our thoughts and hearts are not clean, and are filled up with a traffic jam of worries, anxiety, petty issues and endless mindmaps, how can we get closer to Allah?
How is it that Ibrahim AS managed to get that moment of clarity, where everything fell into place and the nature of his Lord was made clear to him? It is because he concentrated his thinking, and was focused on his mission to seek the Creator. He had only one thought on his mind, and he persisted, day after day, until the answer was clear to him.
If that were the case, then why isn’t guidance as clear cut for the rest of us? Surah Mutaffifin offers us the clue: Nay! But on their hearts is the Ran (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn. Nay! Surely, they (evil-doers) will be veiled from seeing their Lord that Day. (83:14- 83:15) This applies to those who have transgressed, which results in the hearts being veiled (ran is a tar-like substance), darkness upon darkness, cover upon cover, because of their transgression. Part of this transgression is caused by us not giving the rightful focus on Allah, with the result that Allah chooses to veil our hearts.