June 2010


Question: What is the (proper) way to rectify and cleanse the heart from rancor and envy? And what are the most effective ways to reform the heart in this life?

Answer: Rectification of the heart takes place in different ways. Firstly, sincerity in ones intention for Allaah ‘azza wa jall when doing righteous actions and visualizing the magnitude of Allaah jall wa ‘alla and bearing in mind one’s (absolute) need of Allaah ‘azza wa jall.

Also remembering Allaah much. Allaah, the Most High says: “Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allaah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do hearts find rest.” (13:28) So from that which rectifies the heart is remembering Allaah much. The Messenger, sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallaam, has said: The example of the who remembers Allaah and the one who does not remember Allaah is like that of the living and the dead. (more…)

From among the punishment of sins is the removal of honor, respect, and status within the sight of Allaah and His creation. Verily, the most honorable people in the sight of Allaah are the most righteous (those who are the most zealous in carrying out the commandments of Allaah and in avoiding His prohibitions). The nearest servants to Him are the most obedient to Him. Thus, the human being’s status and ranking is based on his dutifulness to his Lord.

Accordingly, if an individual disobeys Allaah and opposes His command, this person’s ranking is decreased in the standings of Allaah and the believers. As a result, when the masses deem this sinner to be an individual without honor, esteem and respect, they treat him as such. He lives a miserable, wretched life among the people. This sinner exists in disreputable status with them and the state of his affairs is that of a sorrowful one. He knows no true freedom, success or happiness. (more…)

Khateeb al-Baghdaadee said, “It is fitting that he takes care in acquiring knowledge and that he should not take too much at one time. Rather, he should take a little at a time, such that he can bear it, memorize it and be able to understand it. Because Allaah says, “And those who disbelieve say: ‘Why is the Qur’aan not sent down to him all at once?’ Thus is it sent down in parts that We may strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you gradually, in stages.” (Suraah al-Furqaan:32)

(Al-Faqeeh wa al-Mutaffaqih)

And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allaah, does righteous good deeds and says, I am one of the Muslims.

(Suraah Fussilaat: 33)

Al-Hassan al-Basree said explaining this verse, “This is the beloved of Allaah, this is the close friend of Allaah, this is the chosen one of Allaah, this is the most beloved of all the people of earth to Allaah. He responded to the call of Allaah and called mankind to that to which he had responded. He did righteous good deeds in response to it and said, ‘I am one of the Muslims.’ This is Allaah’s khaleefah.”

Authentically reported in Tafseer ibn Kathir

Therefore be diligent in ensuring that you only have one priority – that priority being Allaah alone, as in this objective is a worshiper’s happiness. The one who is in this state finds that he is in a present state of contentment, having entered a worldly paradise before reaching the Paradise of the Hereafter. As some people have said, “Certainly, the heart passes through times during which I say, ‘If the people of Paradise are in a state like this, then indeed they are enjoying a superior life.’” Another one has said, “Indeed there times in which my heart seems to dance with happiness.” And another one said, “Oh the poor ones of this world! They are those who depart from this world without having tasted the benefit of what is found within it.” So it was said, “And what is the best of what can be found within it?” He replied, “Truly knowing about Allaah, having love for Him, finding contentment in nearness to Him, and being delighted in your meeting with Him.”

  • Transcribed from: A Treatise Written by Ibn Qayyim [rahimahullaah] to One of His Brothers, page 34

From among the punishment of sins is that they blind the insight and discernment of the heart. Sins extinguish the light of the heart and obstruct the pathway to knowledge. They keep the basic ingredients of guidance hidden from the individual. When Imaam Maalik met ash-Shafi’ee, he noticed that he possessed certain characteristics. He (Maalik) said, “I see that Allaah the Most High, has cast a light upon you, and you do not extinguish it with the darkness of disobedience.”

This light (within the sinner) continues to weaken and fade away as the darkness of disobedience grows stronger until the heart becomes jet-black. How many destructive situations do such people fall into without knowing what has happened? He is like the blind that ventures into the night, along a path filled with danger and peril. Oh, what a great pity! Oh, how quick the ruin!

As these layers of darkness (resulting from sin) grow stronger, their effects pour out from the heart onto the limbs. Then the face is covered with a blackness (whose density) is according to the frequency and increase of the sins. Eventually, at the time of his death, the darkness appears in the grave.

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Shaykh Ahmad al-Qattan narrates12:

‘One day we visited the Shaykh [ibn Baaz] whilst he was suffering from an ailment in his leg. The doctor stood beside the Shaykh for an hour seeking the Shaykh‘s permission to begin treating him, but the continuous telephone calls from the people seeking religious answers to their questions led to the doctor standing for a long time. Even when we left the Shaykh, the doctor had as yet been unable to treat him.’

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[12] Mawaaqif Mudhee’ah fee Hayaat al-Imaam ‘Abdul-’Azeez ibn Baaz – Page 206.

  • Transcribed from: Jewels of Guidance ~ Volume One | Ibn Baaz, al-Albaanee, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon them all)

May Allaah make me like Shaykhana Abu ‘Abdur-Rahmaan and better, aameen!

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All praise is due to Allaah and may the Salaat and Salaam be upon the Messenger of Allaah, his family, companions and all those who follow him.

Abu ‘Abdur Rahmaan, Muhammad ‘Ajaal, is a caller to Allah in the city of Ottawa, Canada. Unknown to many, well known to the scholars and his local community in Ottawa, he has been giving Da’wah for as far back as I have known. He is a graduate from the faculty of Hadeeth, and has exerted great efforts in the service of calling to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, upon the understanding of the righteous predecessors.

He is a man of knowledge, wisdom, understanding and humility. His humility and sincerity prevent him from propagating the numerous recommendations that he has received from the scholars, which also prevent him from having his extremely beneficial lectures, classes and sermons from being recorded and propagated over the internet, which is why he is widely unknown to the masses. But it is as Shaykh Saaleh as Suhaymee mentions: ‘One should be keen upon sitting and benefiting from the likes of him by the permission of Allaah.’ As can be seen in Shaykh Saaleh’s recommendation below.

He refuses to advertise his recommendations for the lectures and seminars he has in Ottawa, I myself was unaware of his numerous recommendations until recently. They fell into my hands due to some circumstances, and he has not requested that I translate them, I do this of my own accord, so that those who wish to benefit from him may do so. It is truly refreshing to see someone like him in the west.

I consulted ash Shaykh al ‘Allaamah al Muhaddith, Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn Adam of Makkah, the author of the first explanation of Sunan an Nasaa-ee and who is now working on the explanation of Saheeh Muslim. He advised me to translate his recommendations if he has been steadfast upon the methodology of the Salaf; the methodology he was on at the time the recommendations were written.

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From the punishment of sins: Sins turn the heart away from a sound and upright condition to a state of illness and deviation. The owner of such a heart is not able to benefit from the nourishments intended to give him life and usefulness. Sins affect the heart like diseases affect the body. To the contrary, sins ARE the diseases of the heart.

The only cure for these disorders is to abandon them. All agree that the hearts do not bring about good unless they are connected to their owners. And, the heart does not connect with its owner unless it is sound and upright. Furthermore, it is not sound and upright until the diseases are removed and there occurs a desire to return to good health.

The heart is healthy ONLY, when it is functioning in contrast to its desires. In other words, desires are the sickness of the heart and opposing them is the cure. Also a deep-rooted illness either kills or nearly kills (the heart).

On the other hand, he who restrains himself from (following) his desires, the Paradise is his permanent resting place. Accordingly, in this life, he will dwell in (the happiness) of a temporary paradise. However, the happiness of this abode is not comparable to that of the next life. Only he, whose has been in pursuit of such an outcome, believes in this. However, he does not believe that the statement of Allaah,

“Verily, the righteous are in a state of happiness and the unrighteousness are in a Hell-Fire,”

Sooratul Infitaar (82):13-14

is limited to the blissful and torment of the next life.

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