Praise be to Allah!
Beautiful statements from Ibn Qayyim regarding the heart:

القلب يمرض كما يمرض البدن وشفاؤه في التوبة والحمية، ويصدأ كما تصدأ المرآة وجلاؤه بالذكر ؛ ويعرى كما يعرى الجسم وزينته التقوى، ويجوع ويظمأ كما يجوع البدن، وشرابه المعرفة والمحبة والتوكل والإنابة والخدمة

The heart becomes sick, as the body becomes sick, and its remedy is al-Tawbah and protection [from transgression]. It becomes rusty as a mirror becomes rusty, and it is polished by al-Dhikr. It becomes naked as the body becomes naked, and its beautification is at-Taqwa. It becomes hungry and thirsty as the body becomes hungry and thirst, and its food and drink are knowledge (of Allah), love (of Allah), reliance (upon Allah), repentance (to Allah) and servitude (towards Allah).”

أبعد القلوب من الله القلب القاسي

The most distant heart from Allah is the hard heart.

إذا قسا القلب قحطت العين

If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry (i.e. are unable to cry out of fear of Allah)

لا تدخل محبة الله في قلب فيه حب الدنيا إلا كما يدخل الجمل في سم الإبرة

The love of Allah shall not enter a heart which loves the dunya, except a camel passes through the eye of a needle (i.e. it is impossible).


Praise be to Allah!
قَالَ بِشْرٌ : " لا يَجِدُ حَلاوَةَ الآخِرَةِ رَجُلٌ يُحِبُّ أَنْ يَعْرِفَهَ النَّاسُ "سير أعلام النبلاء. 10/476

Bishr ibn al-Haarith said: "A man who loves to be known by the people will not taste the sweetness of the hereafter"

- Siyar A`lam al-Nubala'


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Al-Fudayl bin Iyaad said:

لا يبلغ العبد حقيقة الإيمان حتى يعد البلاء نعمة والرخاء مصيبة وحتى لا يحب أن يحمد على عبادة الله

A servant does not reach (taste, acquire) the reality of eemaan until he considers tribulation (calamity) to be a blessing and comfort (opulence) to be a calamity, and until he loves not that he should be praised for worship of Allaah.

Al-Siyar of al-Dhahabi (8/434).

finding light

Ya Rab! Forgive me..

JazakAllah Khair for yet another great thread... Threads like this are at the top of the list of "Reasons why TTI rocks ma boat!" And there are MANY reasons :)

Hasan Al-Basri " I have never seen something so certain that people treat as doubtful, as death"


Praise be to Allah!
Once Ibrahim bin Ad-ham was eating crusty bread and was drinking salty water (from the sea). He said to his companion:

لو يعلم الملوك وأبناء الملوك ما نحن فيه من النعيم لجالدونا عليه بالسيوف
"If the kings and their sons were to know the delight we have, then surely they will fight us with their swords (for this delight)!"

- Shaykh Ibn Jibreen

Although the food they were eating was dry to their tongues, yet their hearts were filled with satisfaction due to their belief in Allaah and their righteous actions.


Praise be to Allah!
"How strange is the one who takes care of his face, which is seen by the creation- so he washes & cleans it from dirt and impurities. But he does not take care of his heart which is seen by the Creator." Al-Ghazali

Sh. Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid


Praise be to Allah!
The sign of a person being truthful to His Lord is that: he becomes happy when he is in seclusion in order to carry out acts of obedience, just like how a sinner becomes happy when he is in seclusion in order to follow his desires.

- Sh. `Abd al-`Aziz al-Tarifi