Apparent Worship of the Tongue and Limbs
- There is no doubt that al-Imaan has a place firmly established in the heart. Moreover, we mentioned that the heart is the most important organ, which, if it is steadfast and pure, the rest of the body will follow.
However, al-Imaan is not confined to the heart alone and cannot save you from disbelief, hypocrisy or sin unless it is confirmed by the tongue and limbs. Indeed, no person can enter Islam without first to testify with his/her tongue, confirming verbally their belief in the heart that there is none worthy of worship beside Allah and that Muhammad T is the Messenger of Allah.
al-Imaan cannot be sustained by the heart alone, but must be constantly fuelled by good deeds of the tongue and limbs and that is al-Tawheed al-Dhaahirah, the apparent acts of worship. And Abu Ka'ib narrated that Hasan al Basri said
‘The Imaan is not a decoration or wish, Imaan is what is settled in the Qalb (heart and mind) and confirmed by action’”