We are closer to him than his jugular vein

Question 18: Allah swt said,
{O you who believe, respond to Allah and the messenger when he calls you to that which vivifies you, and know that Allah intervenes between the man and his heart, and [know] that unto Him you will be gathered.} [The Quran 8:24]

And He swt said,
{We verily created the human and We know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than his jugular vein.} [The Quran 50:16]

What is intended by “the heart” and the “jugular vein” in the two verses?


Answer: The man means the human who believes in Allah and Allah’s successor in His land. And his heart means the proof upon the creation, thus the heart is the infallible Imam, and the heart is the likeness of the infallible because, like the heart, the Imam manages the matters of the universe, the way the heart manages the matters of the human body.

The jugular vein is the infallible Imam, as he is the firm rope of Allah [1],  and the door through which the Divine overflow is given to the creation. Therefore the infallible is the creation closest to the believing human, and the believer beseeches him to fulfill his needs with Allah swt.

And these verses clarify to people that Allah is closer to you than the prophets, messengers, and Imams pbut; and if you turn to them to fulfill your needs, Allah intervenes between you and them. By this, you are taking them as gods other than Allah, but you should make them a way to Allah, to fulfill the need and to intercede with Allah, as they pbut neither intercede, nor speak unless by the permission of Allah swt,

{And they work by His command}.[The Quran 21:27] 

So, how would Allah permit them to intercede for a blind man who does not see Allah,
“Blind is the eye that does not see You.”

He swt said,
{Who is he that intercedes with Him save by His permission} [The Quran 2:255],

and He swt said,
{They do not speak, save him whom Al-Rahman permits, and he speaks truth.} [The Quran 78:38].

Ahmed Alhasan
The Allegories – volume 1


[1] Abdullah bin Abbas said that the Prophet of Allah pbuhap was delivering a sermon to them, and he said at the end of his sermon, “Allah swt has gathered ten attributes for us, that He gathered for no one before us, nor are they for any other than us: we have the wisdom, patience, knowledge, prophecy, leniance, courage, justice, honesty, purity and virtue. We are the word of piety, the path to guidance, the sublime example, the greatest proof, the firm handhold, and the firm rope. We are the ones that Allah commanded kindness towards, so after the guidance, what except for misguidance? How then do you turn away?” Bihar Al-Anwar, Vol. 26, page 244.

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