Al imam ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah rahimahu Allah said :
Just as the heart may be described in terms of being alive or dead, it
may also be regarded as belonging to one of three types; these are the
healthy heart, the dead heart, and the sick heart.
The Healthy Heart
On the Day of Resurrection, only those who come to Allah with a healthy
heart will be saved. Allah says:
"The day on which neither wealth nor sons will be of any use, except
for whoever brings to Allah a sound heart." (26:88-89)
In defining the healthy heart, the following has been said: "It is a
heart cleansed from any passion that challenges what Allah commands, or
disputes what He forbids. It is free from any impulses which contradict
His good. As a result, it is safeguarded against the worship of
anything other than Him, and seeks the judgement of no other except that of
His Messenger. Its services are exclusively reserved for Allah, willingly
and lovingly, with total reliance, relating all matters to Him, in
fear, hope and sincere dedication. When it loves, its love is in the way of
Allah. If it detests, it detests in the light of what He detests. When
it gives, it gives for Allah. If it withholds, it withholds for Allah.
Nevertheless, all this will not suffice for its salvation until it is
free from following, or taking as its guide, anyone other than His
A servant with a healthy heart must dedicate it to its journey's end
and not base his actions and speech on those of any other person except
Allah's Messenger. He must not give precedence to any other faith or
words or deeds over those of Allah and His Messenger, may Allah bless him
and grant him peace. Allah says:
"Oh you who believe, do not put yourselves above Allah and His
Messenger, but fear Allah, for Allah is Hearing, Knowing." (49:1)
The Dead Heart
This is the opposite of the healthy heart. It does not know its Lord
and does not worship Him as He commands, in the way which He likes, and
with which He is pleased. It clings instead to its lusts and desires,
even if these are likely to incur Allah's displeasure and wrath.
It worships things other than Allah, and its loves and its hatreds, and
its giving and its withholding, arise from its whims, which are of
paramount importance to it and preferred above the pleasure of Allah. Its
whims are its imam. Its lust is its guide. Its ignorance is its leader.
Its crude impulses are its impetus. It is immersed in its concern with
worldly objectives. It is drunk with its own fancies and its love for
hasty, fleeting pleasures. It is called to Allah and the akhira from a
distance but it does not respond to advice, and instead it follows any
scheming, cunning Shaytaan. Life angers and pleases it, and passion
makes it deaf and blind to anything except what is evil.
To associate and keep company with the owner of such a heart is to
tempt illness: living with him is like taking poison, and befriending him
means utter destruction.
The Sick Heart
This is a heart with life in it, as well as illness. The former
sustains it at one moment, the latter at another, and it follows whichever one
of the two manages to dominate it. It has love for Allah, faith in Him,
sincerity towards Him, and reliance upon Him, and these are what give
it life. It also has a craving for lust and pleasure, and prefers them
and strives to experience them. It is full of self-admiration, which can
lead to its own destruction. It listens to two callers: one calling it
to Allah and His Prophet and the akhira; and the other calling it to
the fleeting pleasures of this world. It responds to whichever one of the
two happens to have most influence over it at the time.
The first heart is alive, submitted to Allah, humble, sensitive and
The second is brittle and dead ;
The third wavers between either its safety or its ruin.
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16-Nov-2005 06:11 PM
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16-Nov-2005 09:07 PM
May Allah keep our heart alive and healthy and may He distant us from the sickness of the heart.When my heart became constricted and my paths became narrow - I took my hope in Your pardon and forgiveness as an opening and an escape - My sins seemed very great to me but when I compared them to Your forgiveness My Lord, I found Your forgiveness to be greater. - Imam al-Shafi'e (Rahimahullah)
16-Nov-2005 09:41 PMOriginally Posted by Houda*
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16-Nov-2005 10:02 PM
Ameen."…And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out (from every difficulty). And He (i.e. Allah) will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah then He (i.e. Allah) is sufficient for him."