Cleansing The Heart – Commentary by A. Helwa

By A. Helwa

God will not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in their hearts.” (Qur’an 13:11)

When we repent, we are simultaneously turning away from sinful actions and turning toward God for realignment on the straight path of truth.  It is important to always ask God for help, but we must also strive to live by the principles that Allah has called us to foster within ourselves. 

When we turn from our sins, and actively and intentionally turn towards God’s light, everything changes.  Albert Einstein famously said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”  In other words, repentance helps us change our state of mind and heart, shifting our frequency from ego-consciousness to God-consciousness – allowing us to tune into the channel of divine love that is continuously being broadcasted in every single moment.  The Qur’an says, “Allah loves those who repent and those who purify themselves.”  (Qur’an 2:222), because repentance allows us to experience God’s love by removing the veils of illusion and sin.

God’s love for us does not change with the tides, it does not strengthen and weaken like the waxing and waning moon; it is consistent and unconditional for “God is independent of all creatures” (3:97). It is not Allah’s love for us that changes, rather it is our awareness of His love that can become veiled.  That is why how we act can have a profound effect on what kind of reality we experience. As the Qur’an says, “Then as for him whose measure of good deeds is heavy, He will live a pleasant life” (101: 6-7). Through repentance and good deeds, God gives us the ability to open the blinds created by sin, allowing the light of God’s love to come inside our hearts, bringing with it endless waves of peace and contentment.

This blog is an excerpt from A. Helwa’s recently published best-selling book, “Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam.” Her book is available on

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About A. Helwa
A. Helwa believes that every single person on Earth is deeply loved by the Divine. She is a writer who has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers through her passionate, poetic, and love-based approach to spirituality. Her popular blog @quranquotesdaily, was established while obtaining her Masters in Divinity, as a means of helping others overcome personal and spiritual struggles on their journey of experiencing divine love. 

With over 15 years of experience writing and speaking on Islam and spiritual development, A. Helwa draws from her personal experiences and traditional sources to help her readers access ‘Divine love in everyday life.’

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