Hamza Yusuf

Purification of the Heart

This exploration of Islamic spirituality delves into the psychological diseases and cures of the heart. Diseases examined include miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancour, malice, ostentation, arrogance, covetousness, lust, and other afflictions that assail people and often control them. The causes and practical cures of these diseases are discussed, offering a penetrating glimpse into how Islam deals with spiritual and psychological problems and demonstrating how all people can benefit from these teachings.
272 printed pages
Original publication



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    Dianahas quotedlast year
    The Imam mentions an interesting fact. Engaging in remembrance of God (dhikr) with one’s tongue, even if the heart is heedless, is better than abandoning it altogether. What a person repeats on his tongue might eventually reach the heart, even if the heart is not yet engaged, for the heart of man lies under his tongue.
    Dianahas quotedlast year
    It is better to continue with one’s good deeds and to work to keep one’s intentions pure and sincere.
    Dianahas quotedlast year
    Imam Mawlūd then says that abandoning a good act out of fear of ostentation is worse than engaging in ostentation itself

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