Ya musarrifal qulub is a prophetic Supplications for the Heart. It is a Dua that you ask Allah to keep your heart away from turning towards that which is displeasing to Him.
Let’s look at the Arabic text, transliteration and translation of this beautiful dua.
Ya Musarrifal Qulub Arabic
Here is how to write this supplication in Arabic text,
اللَّهُمَّ مُصَرِّفَ القُلُوبِ صَرِّفْ قُلُوبَنَا عَلَى طَاعَتِكَ
Allahumma musarrifal qulubi, sarrif qulubana ‘ala taatika.
Ya Musarrifal Qulub Dua Meaning
The meaning of ya Musarrifal Qulub is O Allah! Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience.
Hadith On Ya Musarrifal Qulub Sarrif Qalbi
Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-As Radiyallahu Anhu reported: The Messenger of Allah, may peace be upon him supplicated: Allahumma musarrifal qulubi, sarrif qulubana ‘ala taatika (O Allah! Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience).”Muslim
Hearts are in the hands of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime. Every heart of the children of Adam is between two of the fingers of the Most Merciful, and He turns them as He wills and whenever He wills.
Hence, a person is required to always ask Allah – the most High – to make him firm and to direct his heart on His obedience.
The heart has been singled out because if it is sound, the whole body will be sound and if it is corrupted, the whole body will be corrupted.
This has been authentically reported from the Prophet SAW when he said:
“Verily, there is a flesh in the body, if it is sound the whole body will be sound and if it is corrupted the whole body is corrupted”.
And it may come to mind that his saying “Direct our hearts on Your obedience” should have been “to Your obedience,” however his saying: “…on Your obedience” is more eloquent.
That is, turn the heart on obedience and let it not fluctuate on the disobedience of Allah.
This is because when the heart fluctuates on obedience, itwould be shifting from one form of obedience to another such as from the Salat to remembrance of Allah to giving charity to fasting to seeking of knowledge and to other acts of obedience.
Hence, we should employ this supplication: “Allahumma musarrifal quloob sarrif quloobanaa ‘alaa taa’atik” (O Allah! Controller of the hearts direct our hearts on Your obedience).
And Allah alone grants success.
Musarrif comes from the triliteral root sarafa which means: to divert, to explain, to avert, to diversify, to distribute, to turn away, to direct.
As mentioned above, The Prophet (SAW) said:
“Unquestionably, in the body there is a lump of flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and behold, it is the heart.”Bukhari and Muslim
Guidance belongs to Allah alone because He knows the real state of the heart. He has the power to flip the heart of anyone any time, and no one can change a heart that He has covered.
Allah says in surah Al an’am verse 110
We will overturn their hearts and sight, just as when they did not believe in it at first, and We will abandon them to wander blindly in their excessive insolence.
He also says
Who could do greater wrong than someone who is reminded of the Signs of his Lord and then turns away from them, forgetting all that he has done before? We have placed covers on their hearts, preventing them from understanding it, and heaviness in their ears. Though you call them to guidance, they will nonetheless never be guided.Al-Kahf 18:57
“Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.” [Ali Imran 3:8]
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Verily, the hearts of all the sons of Adam are between the Two Fingers out of the fingers of the Compassionate Lord as one heart. He turns that to any (direction) He likes.”
Then he said: O Allah, Director of the hearts, direct our hearts to Your obedience. [Muslim]
In this Dua, you ask Allah to direct your heart to good deeds and turn your heart towards that which is pleasing to Him.
May Allah keep our hearts firm and consistent upon that which is pleasing to Allah fill our hearts with longing for Him so that we meet Him in that state.
Check the other dua here.