April Book – Purification of the heart Hamza Yusuf

Written by on April 3, 2009 in Book Club

Where can you find in South Africa: I saw radio islam book shop had a copy and I think Iqra in Laudium might have it. Otherwise you will have to get from London like I did.

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 Quran. 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.

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 Quran. 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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGPeFuq2HJw

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.

“If we examine the trials and
tribulations all over earth, we’ll find they are rooted in human
hearts. Covetousness, the desire to aggress and exploit, the longing to
pilfer natural resources, the inordinate love of wealth, and other
maladies are manifestations of diseases found nowhere but in the heart.
Every criminal, miser, abuser, scoffer, embezzler, and hateful person
does what he or she does because of a diseased heart. So if you want to
change our world, do not begin by rectifying the outward. Instead,
change the condition of the inward. It is from the unseen world that
the phenomenal world emerges, and it is from the unseen realm of our
hearts that all actions spring. . . . We of the modern world are
reluctant to ask ourselves—when we look at the terrible things
happening—“Why do they occur?” And if we ask that with sincerity, the
answer will come back in no uncertain terms: all of this is from our
own selves. In so many ways, we have brought this upon ourselves. This
is the only empowering position that we can take.”
— Excerpted from Hamza Yusuf’s Introduction 

 

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Other Hamza Yusuf link

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Putting your heart into worship- Hamza Yusuf

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  1. fatima says:

    have not read the book, wont mind getting my hands on it. Have the CD’s though, very deep and with all Hamza Yusuf lectures you have to hear three four times even before you can get all the knowledge to sink in. I am his bi ggest fan, so I tend to be bias towards everything he writes or says 🙂

  2. Naeema says:

    As salaamu alaikum

    Sister Fatima,
    I would like to know where did you obtain the CDs of Sheikh Hamza Yusuf.
    I reside in JHb and am interested in obtaining some CDs.

    JazakAllah Khair

    Wslm.

    Naeema

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