Are you ready for the BIG cleaning before Ramadhan??? No I am not talking about cleaning the house, no no it is about cleaning our inside ....our heart.
I lately discovered this book about the poem "مطهرة القلوب" "Purification of the hearts" written by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud al-Ya'qubi. It gives a list of all the human heart diseases (miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancor, malice, ...) and their cures.
You can download the book here in Arabic
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has published a book in english about the poem :
Purification of the Heart, as its title states, is a course on the vessel of human spirituality, character, and morality -- the heart. The suffering and problems that we confront in our lives on a personal and even global level actually come down to the condition of the heart. Muslim scholars throughout history have written extensively on this topic, as prompted by the well-known statements of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and verses of the . In essence, Purification of the Heart is a course on the "Greater Jihad" -- as it has been called by illustrious learned men and women of Islamic civilization -- our struggle to become better human beings, luminaries of faith and morality.
This present text is based on the poem known as Matharat al-Qulub (literally, Purification of the Hearts), which offers a means by which purification can be achieved. It was written by a great scholar, Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud al-Ya'qubi al-Musawi al-Muratani. As his name indicates, he was from Mauritania in West Africa. He was a brilliant scholar who mastered all of the Islamic sciences, including the inward sciences of the soul. The spiritual diseases of the heart addressed in this volume include: miserliness, wantonness, hatred, iniquity, envy, ostentation, vanity, fraud, and more. Imam Mawlud directs his attention to each of these diseases, discusses their causes, and offers cures. His teachings imply that purification is a life-long process, not something that is applied once and then forgotten. Purity of heart never survives a passive relationship. Rather, it requires constant consideration. This book hopes to introduce to readers how that is done.
The Prophet spoke about the heart in a manner that leads one to believe that its corruption means disaster for the soul and our happiness. "Purification" is not a state per se, as you will soon hear, but is a process and always so. It is called the "Greater Jihad" because the struggle never ends, so long as we live in this world. Our faith depends on winning this struggle, as does the kind of life we will meet in the Hereafter...
I couldn't get the book but I am enjoying listening to Shaykh Hamza yusuf explanation in lectures. For me it is a way to renew my "deen" .
And here you can download the mp3 :
Do take time to discover which diseases you suffer from in order to purifie your heart.
Don't forget :
"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)"
May Allah help us all purifie our heart to meet God with a sound heart....