Some Cures For the Heart

Taken from ‘Diseases of the Hearts and Their Cures’ By Shaykhul-islam Ibn Taymiyah (Rahimahullah) (Daar Us-Sunnah Publishers)

Some Cures For the Heart

 The same is true for the sickness of the body: For the health of the body is preserved by the same, and the sickness is srepressed by the opposite. The correctness of the faith in the heart is preserved by its like, meaning that which would breed faith in the heart from the beneficial knowledge and righteous action for these are its nourishment as occurs in the hadith of Ibn Mas’ud (radiallahu anhu), reported as his saying and as a hadith of the Messenger (salalahu alayhi wa salam)  “Indeed every host loves that people come to his table spread, and indeed the table spread of Allah is the Qur’an”

So the Qur’an is the table spread of Allah.

 From those things that nourish the heart are supplications at the end of the night, the times of Adhan and Iqamah, in his prostration, at the end of the prayers- add to this reprentance. For indeed the one who repents to Allah and then in turn Allah forgives him, He will then give him enjoyment for an appointed time,. That he takes to reciting the reported adhkar for the day and at the time he sleeps. That he beards with patience what he is enticed with that would divert him from all of this, for Allah will immediately aid him with a spirit from Him and write faith in his heart. That he be eager to complete the obligatory duties such as the five prayers inwarddly and outwardly for they are the pillars of the religion. That his words of recourse be “La hawla wa la quwata illa billahi” (The Prophet Salalahu alayhi wa salam said, ‘indeed it is a treasure from the treasures of paradise.’ Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim from the hadith of Abu Musa al-Ash-ari radiallahu anhu)

 for by them heavey burdens can be born, horrors can be overcome, and the servant be gifted with the best of conditions to live in. That he should not give up the supplication and seeking help from Allah, for the servant will be answered as long as he is not hasty, saying: “I have supplicated and supplicated but I have not been answered” (reported by Muslim)

 That he should know that help comes with patience, that relief comes after anxiety and distress, that after every period of difficulty there follows a period of ease. (A hasan hadith reported by Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi from the hadith of Ibn Abbas radiallahu anhu)

 That he knows that no prophet or one less than him was rewarded with a good end except as a result of his being patient.

And all praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of creation. To Him belongs praise and grace for guiding us to Islam and the Sunnah, a praise that would suffice His favours to us outwardly and inwardly, as in required for the nobility of His Face and might of His Magnificence. Abundant Peace and Blessings be upon our master, Muhammad (salalahu alahiwa salam), and upon his family, Companions, his wives- the mother of believers, and all those that follow them in good until the Day of Judgement.

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