When I was walking through a cave in Colorado, the guide remarked that when the original “discoverers” of the cave stumbled upon it, the cave was very dark. He turned off the lanterns and showed us what darkness was really like. Then he told us that if we were to stay in such pitch black darkness for too long we would go blind.
I never knew that, but it makes sense doesn’t it? Nothing to look at, what would our eyes really be used for in darkness? As I was thinking about this I realized that our hearts are just like this.
Once we sin, a black dot appears on our hearts. When we keep sinning without repentance, more and more black dots appear until the entire organ is black. The heart suffocates under the pressure of these sins. I’m not talking about the physical heart, I’m talking about the spiritual heart. It dies under these sins. We are the cause of our own destruction. When our hearts are overwhelmed by this blackness, they go “blind.” When Allah speaks of the blind hearts, maybe He is referring to the hearts in this state.
The same thing goes for when we sever the ties of Our Creator. When we stop praying, when we stop reflecting, we are plunging ourselves into darkness. We become so blind that we cannot even see the light of our Creator.
Ya Rabb, make us amongst those who are Oft-Repentant and forgive us. Rabbighfirli wa tub ‘alayya.