The dead heart

{See here for what is a ‘healthy 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 wishes, and with which He is pleased. It clings instead to its lusts and desires, even if these are likely to incur Allaah’s displeasure and wrath. It worships things other that Allaah, 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 Allaah. Its whims are its imaam. 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 Allaah and the akhirah (the hereafter) from a distance but it does not respond to advice, and instead it follows any scheming, cunning Shaytaan (devil). Life angers and pleases it, and passion makes it deaf and blind [1] 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.

[1] There is a hadith mentioned in the text of this book which is on the authority of Abu’d-Darda’ that the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “Your love for something that makes you blind and deaf.”. However it is graded weak by Sheikh Al-Albani (رحمه الله تعالى)


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