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Matters of the Heart & Soul

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful


"It is He who sent to an illiterate people a messenger from amongst themselves, reciting to them His signs and purifying them and teaching them the Book and the wisdom even though before they were clearly in error." [Soorah al-Jumu`ah (62):2]



Purification of the Soul



Author: Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo | Pages: 360 | Size: 28 MB

For a number of reasons, this is a very important time to be writing a book of this nature. First, the concept of purification of the soul as a whole is and always will be central to the message of Islam and to the welfare of humans, both in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was a main mission of the messengers and prophets themselves. Second, there is a very strong need to shed light on the correct path of purification as delineated by the Quran and Sunnah- free of the foreign influence, deviations and heresies that have found their way into the realm of the religion and have caused a great deal of harm. The path described by the Quran and Sunnah is the only path that can result in a true purification of the soul. Indeed, it is the only path that is truly consistent with the purpose for which humans were created. Hence, any discussion of purification of the soul must rely heavily and exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah and what can be correctly derived from those two sources.




Disciplining The Soul



Author: Ibn al-Jawzi | Pages: 112 | Size: 2 MB

The author addresses many spiritual diseases - such as envy, greed, uncontrolled lust, sexual desire, arrogance, gluttony, anger, stinginess, extravagance, vanity and attachment to this world. He also discusses the qualities that the seeker of God must acquire - such as love, self discipline, humility, self-criticism, improvement of character, patience and truthfulness. In a simple yet effective way he shows the wayfarers how to cure their spiritual diseases and acquire the necessary qualities for their journey to Allah.




Mysteries of The Soul Expounded



Author: Abu Bilal Mustafa Al-Kanadi | Pages: 136 | Size: 6 MB

The subject of this treatise - the nature, essence, and circumstances of the human soul - is fascinating to people of all ages, faiths, and walks of life. It covers the issue of death and what happens after it. Due to the nature of this exciting topic, one who researches the subject is faced with an enormous amount of conflicting information. Therefore, in order to arrive at sound dependable conclusions regarding the soul, one must carefully read and analyze the available material and evaluate it according to stringent criteria. This is of utmost importance since it bears directly on one's belief.




Diseases of the Hearts & Their Cures



Author: Ibn Taymiyyah | Pages: 156 | Size: 5 MB

Actions are distinguished, one from the other, with respect to their excellence in the Sight of Allaah in accordance with the condition of the heart, not by their number or form, but rather due to the strength of the caller, his truthfulness, his sincerity and the extent to which he prefer Allaah over himself… Al-Haafidh ibn Hajr al-Asqalaanee, may Allaah have mercy upon him and provide us with his knowledge, said: “The heart has been singled out for this because it is the leader of the body, and through the purification of the leader the subjects become purified, and with his corruption they become corrupted. So if you, O servant of Allaah, wish to cure your heart then it is upon you to be truthful with regards to seeking refuge with Allaah and putting your trust in Him, to pray a great deal of supererogatory prayers, to perform the actions of obedience to Allaah frequently, to pray the night prayer while the people are sleeping, and to treat your heart by making it continuously stick to the remembrances and by befriending only the righteous… and to frequently recite the Qur’aan. And Allaah will indeed allow all of this to be preserved by him.” Taken from the Compiler’s Foreword


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The Purification of the Soul



Author: Ibn Rajab/Ibn Qayyim | Pages: 170 | Size: 3 MB

According to the earliest sources, compiled from the works of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah and Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, collected and arranged by Ahmad Farid. One the most concise references that can have a big impact on you once you read it. Topics gone into detail include symptoms of the heart's sickness and signs of its health, doing without the pleasures of this world, perseverance, complete reliance on Allah, the life of this world, to mention only a few. Excellent read!!




Heaven's Door



Author: Ibn Rajab/Ibn Qayyim | Pages: 50 | Size: 1 MB

By Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Al-Jawziyya & Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. Continuation of the popular first book "The Purification of the Soul," taking the works of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali and Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, two towering scholarly figures of Islamic history, and incorporating their work into this compilation. Discusses :Enjoining good and forbidding evil, Remembering death, Punishment and blessings in the grave, Day of Rising, Heaven and hell, Counsel on death




Expecting the Best from Allah



Author: Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi | Pages: 14 | Size: 1 MB

“In accordance with how good your expectations of and hope in Allah are and how truthful your reliance and trust are in Him, Allah will not betray your hopes in the least, as He does not betray the hopes of those who hope and does not cause any effort to go to waste.”


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The Tree of Faith



Author: Abdur Rahman al-Sadi | Pages: 91 | Size: 1 MB

Allah, the Exalted says, Do you not see how Allah sets forth a metaphor of a good word: a good tree whose roots are firm and whose branches are in the sky? It bears fruit all the time by its Lords permission. Allah sets forth metaphors for people so that hopefully they will pay heed.? [Ibrahim (14): 24-25]




The Most Excellent Manner of Seeking Forgiveness



Author: ibn Abdul Muhsin Al Abbaad | Pages: 31 | Size: 1 MB

My noble brothers, this lecture, upon the topic of seeking al-Istigfaar - asking for forgiveness for ones sins - deals with one of the most important topics to which the Muslim should give attention in his life and for which he should have the utmost concern. Included in it is the explanation of a tremendous way of seeking forgiveness, from amongst the various forms of seeking forgiveness that occur in the sunnah of the Prophet. We ask Allaah that it should be beneficial to us and a blessing for us. There are many texts to be found in the Book of Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, and in the sunnah of His Messenger that encourage one to seek forgiveness: texts commanding it, showing its excellence, showing the excellence of its people and of those who are constant in it.




The Ill-Effects of Sins



Author: ibn Uthaymeen | Pages: 19 | Size: 1 MB

This short booklet is a translation of a khutba (sermon) delivered by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih on the 12th of Muharram in the year 1411AH. Which has been published in Arabic under the title: Athar ul-Ma’aasee ‘ Alal Fardi Wal Mujtama.’




The Exquisite Pearl



Author: Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sa'di | Pages: 35 | Size: 12 MB

The Exquisite Pearl : The Journey to Allah and the Home of the Hereafter . Of all the faculties man has been endowed with, none excels the heart in importance and nobility. For the heart is both the seat of intelligence and understanding, and the locus of faith and spirituality; it is the quintessential faculty by which man may come to know his creator, and seek nearness and intimacy with Him. The heart's spiritual sustenance lies in its being receptive to the effusions of divine grace and guidance, without which the veils that cover it will continue to corrupt its primordial purity, gradually rendering it dysfunctional! Each veil- a metaphor for heedlessness, sins and distraction- that is melted away by the rays of faith and spiritual endeavour, allows vital qualities such as love of Allah, as well as hope, fear, remembrance, and reliance upon Him, are referred to in the religious vocabulary as spiritual stations; only when the heart embraces these stations is it said to be truly sound. The Majestic Qur'an informs:

'The day when wealth and sons avail not, save him who brings to Allah a heart that is sound.'



Stories of Repentance



By Muhammad Abduh Mughawiri

Who among us does not sin? And who among us does all that is required of him in the religion? It is an undeniable fact that we all have shortcomings; what distinguishes us from the others, what raises some of us above others, is that successful ones among us are those who repent their sins and ask Allah to forgive them. It is truly encouraging to know that the door to repentance is always open. Glad tidings, then, to every Muslim who constantly hastens to repent to Allah and to ask for his forgiveness.




Authentic Interpretation of the Dreams



Author: Ahmed Fareed | Pages: 113 | Size: 2 MB

Discusses the following topics: • Meaning and types of dreams •Benefit of a good dream •Etiquette of seeing a dream •Categories of interpreting dreams •Interpreting dreams from a Qur'anic perspective •Discussion of dreams which include such abstracts as ships; wood; stones; disease; eggs; water; meat; entry of a king; ascension to the sky; adhan; ruku; sujud; praying with the wrong Qiblah; day of judgment; entering paradise, parents; salaah (prayer); hellfire; old age; perfume; shirt; sleep; blindness; and much more. •Relevant hadith concerning dreams




The Dreamer's Handbook



Author: Muhammad al-Jibaly | Pages: 359 | Size: 4 MB

This book starts by presenting a spiritual understanding of sleep from the Islamic viewpoint, which is followed by guidelines for recommended evening, pre-sleep, night, and morning acts of worship. The conceptual understanding of dreams is laid out next, followed by an analytical study of dreams in the Quran, and of dreams seen by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and by his companions (R). The rest of the book deals with dream interpretation, its correct rules and procedures, drills to help understand these rules, and a large glossary of interpreted dream symbols. This, we hope, fulfills two important goals regarding sleep and dreams: It establishes their understanding upon the strong foundation of the Quran and Sunnah, and it eliminates a great deal of superstition that surrounds them. Indeed, from Allah (SWT) alone we seek help and acceptance.




End of the World



Author: Dr. Muhammad Al-'Areefi | Pages: 425 | Size: 120 MB

In recent times things have become very confusing and we have begun to see in book stores and on websites speculations about future events, based on ayah and hadeeths which refer to these future events concerning the signs of the Hour. Sometimes you hear about the appearance of the Mahdi, sometimes you hear that the final battle between the Good and the Evil is close at hand, other time you hear some thing happening in the East or in the West. So, learn about the Final hour and it signs by reading this book which is backed by proofs from Quran and Hadith.



The Essential Pearls & Gems of Ibn Taymiyyah



Author: Dr. Muhammad Al-'Areefi | Pages: 547 | Size: 8 MB

In this book, Dr. Muhammad Ibn Abd ar-Rahman al-'Arifi has selected material from the huge corpus of Ibn Taymiyyah's work and made it accessible to the ordinary reader so that he may learn about the thought of this great scholar of Islam.



Life in al-Barzakh



Author: Muhammad al-Jibaly | Pages: 117 | Size: 1 MB

This book is the fourth in the series. It deals with many important matters that have always perplexed the human minds, but that, as is shown in this book, have been clearly explained in the authentic Texts from Allah's Book and His Messenger's Sunnah. Among the subjects covered are the following: The Moment of Death, The Soul's Trip to the Heavens, The Final Test, The Righteous and the Sinful in al-Barzakh, Saviors from the Grave's Punishment, Communications with al-Barzakh and Things That Benefit the Dead.




Preparing for the Day of Judgement



Author: Ibn Hajar | Pages: 48 | Size: 1 MB

This book is a compilation of some of the wise sayings of the Prophet (pbuh), the companions, and of the pious predecessors and ascetics. Reflecting on these wise sayings and heeding these counsels will assist in infusing us with the requisite awareness and fervour to prepare for the Day of Judgement. We are all in need of such counsel, for our Day of Judgement begins not when the world ends, but when our life comes to an end - which is indeed imminent - as the Prophet (pbuh) stated. Note: This book is falsely attributed to Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani and contains weak ahadith so please do not accept everything you see therein as authentic.




Love Of Allah



Author: Salih al Munajjid | Pages: 12 | Size: 1 MB

Love of Allah is life itself, and to be deprived of it entails a terrible death; it is the light without which one would sail in a sea of darkness; it is the cure without which one's heart will be overwhelmed by a multitude of diseases; it is the joy without which one will remain in permanent grief; it is the essence of faith and deeds, without which they become like a soulless body.




Khushoo (Humilty in Prayer)



Author: Salih al Munajjid | Pages: 28 | Size: 1 MB

Al-Khushoo’ means being completely solemn, submissive and humble to Allah (swt) during our performance of Prayer. This short booklet contains some issues around trying to achieve Khushoo in Prayer




33 Ways of developing Khushoo’ in Salaah



By Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Salaah is the greatest of the practical pillars of Islam, and khushoo’ in prayer is required by sharee’ah. When Iblees, the enemy of Allaah, vowed to mislead and tempt the sons of Adam and said “Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left…” [al-A’raaf 7:17, interpretation of the meaning], one of his most significant plots became to divert people from salaah by all possible means and to whisper to them during their prayer so as to deprive them of the joy of this worship and cause them to lose the reward for it. As khushoo’ will be the first thing to disappear from the earth, and we are living in the last times, the words of Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) are particularly pertinent to us: “The first thing of your religion that you will lose is khushoo’, and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is salaah. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the mosque and not find anyone who has khushoo’.” (al-Madaarij, 1/521).




I Want to Repent, But



By Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

based on the Noble Qur'an and the Honorable Sunnah, quoting many verses and hadiths confirming that Allah's mercy and forgiveness embrace all things, and are greater than all sins.




Islam and Love



Author: Abdullah Nasih 'Ulwan | Pages: 145 | Size: 8 MB

This book represents a concise review of Islam's viewpoint toward love. It explains the following questions that Muslims often ask: What is love?, Does Islam acknowledge this phenomenon called love?, What is the wisdom behind this phenomenon?, What are the various classifications of love? Which type of love is the most sacred in Islam? What is the Islamic stance toward Uzri or chaste love and flirting? These questions will be answered in detail in the pages of the book, without any confusion or ambiguity. Note: The translator made a mistake on page 124 when he said 'A muslim who follows the way of adultery and fornication is not a Muslim whether he fasts and prays', however this should read 'if he believes these actions to be halal then he is not a Muslim'.




Weeping From The Fear Of Allah



Author: Husayn Al Awaayishah | Pages: 67 | Size: 3 MB

English Translation of al-Bukâ'u min Khashyatillâh Shaykh Husayn al-'Awâyishah publish by Al-Hidaayah UK. A guide and encouragement to soften our hearts and moisten our eyes through the rememberence of Allâh. This is a moving book, which has been presented at a time when crying is considered a weakness rather than a virtue - and this has lead to the hardness of hearts. The author refers to the verses of the Qur'an, sayings of the Prophet (saw) examples of the Companions and reports from the pious predecessors. We pray that the heart rendering narrations that have been carefully chosen will act as a means of softening our hearts Insha-Allah.




Causes Behind The Increase and Decrease of Eemaan



Shaykh 'Abdul-Razzaak al-'Abbaad

The greatest blessing Allaah, the Most High, can bestow upon a person in this world is the blessing of eemaan. It is as the author points out in his introduction the source to all the good in this world and H ereafter However; as the texts unequivocal show and as a simple glance at the various types of people will show, eema an is of levels. It is of degrees and forever fluctuating. This is a matter that a person can witness in himself: when he is a ctive and obedient, he senses a strength of eemaan and when he is falling short of the mark and disobeying Allaah he feels that his eemaan is weak.




Weakness of Iman



Author: Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid | Pages: 34 | Size: 1 MB

The phenomenon of weak faith has become very widespread among Muslims, and many people complain about the hardness of their hearts. So often we hear the words, “I feel hardness in my heart,” “I do not find any joy in worship,” “I feel that my faith has hit rock bottom,” “Reading Qur’aan does not move me,” “I fall into sin so easily.” The effects of this affliction can be seen in many people, and this problem is the cause of every disaster and adversity.




The Hereafter



In this series, the Imam vividly portrays the different phases the human soul passes through during its lifetime up to its death as well as the process of judgment of souls and the resulting eternal life in Heaven or Hell in the Hereafter. In breathtaking style the listener hears of the events that occur just before death and the events that come after it. The Imam gives a clear description about life in the grave, the horrors of the last day, the major and minor signs leading to the last hour and the day of resurrection. The Imam crowns this eloquently narrated lecture with the process of accountability and recompense. On the Day of Judgment those who pass the test will be rewarded with Paradise and those who fail will be rewarded with Hellfire.




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Featured Article


Your Heart is the Pillar of Your Worship

by 'Abdullah 'Azzam (may Allah have Mercy upon him)



"...the heart is the machine that drives all acts of worship. It is what moves the entire body! As long as the heart is alive, then the limbs will be alive, and the soul will open itself up to worship. However, if the heart becomes diseased, then worship will become too heavy on the soul, leading to it eventually disliking and hating - and we seek refuge with Allah from this - worship. Because of this, Allah - the Glorified and Exalted - said, regarding the prayer:

{"...and truly, it is extremely heavy and hard except on those who are submissive..."} [al-Baqarah; 45]

The prayer is heavy, because one's legs and hands are not what get up for the prayer. What gets up for the prayer are the heart and the soul.

{"Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for the prayer, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little."} [an-Nisa'; 142]

Because of this, it is the heart that stands up for worship. The limbs are simply slaves of this heart, carrying out what it commands them. If the heart is alive, then the soul will be alive, and worship will become beloved and sweetened to the hearts and the souls, and they will open up for it.

However, if the heart becomes diseased, then worship becomes too heavy on it. The heart is like the digestive system: right now, the most beloved thing to you is meat. However, if you develop an ulcer somewhere in your digestive system, then the meat - along with its fat and oil - becomes the most hated thing to it, since it is diseased. Sweets are also something that are beloved to the soul. For example, if you were fasting right now and were to break your fast on some desserts, then your soul would become satisfied with that, right? However, if one were to be stricken with diabetes, then he would not be able to handle these sugary foods, even if they were beloved to him.

The heart is like this: it must be strong so that it can handle worship that is strong. The stronger your heart becomes, then throw as much worship upon it as you wish. You would get up to pray at night, and you would cherish this prayer and consider sleep to be your enemy:

{"Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope..."} [as-Sajdah; 16]

He begins to forsake it because an enmity develops between him and his bed. He prays behind the imam, and he says to himself: "If only he would make the prayer longer," so that he would increase in his opening up to this worship, and his tasting of its sweetness.

At times, I would pray a normal prayer with the people behind me, so I would elongate the prayer. The youth would then come to me and say (the hadith): "Whoever leads the people in prayer should go easy on them," - the youth! And there was an old man behind me who was between 90 and 100 years of age - his face filled with light - and he would say to me: "Keep making the prayer long and do not answer them." A man of 90 years getting pleasure out of a long prayer, and a youth of 20, who probably practices karate and judo, cannot handle the same prayer.

Why?

If he went to the soccer field and spent two hours playing there without becoming bored, then why would he become bored from hearing the Qur'an for five minutes? The difference between a short prayer and a long prayer is simply five minutes, so why does he become bored from these five minutes of Qur'an, yet he does not become bored from two hours of soccer? Why does he not get bored from standing for two hours staring at an inflated piece of leather, his heart attached to it?

Because, what stands up to pray is the heart
, and what stands up for sports are simply the body and muscles."


[From a lecture given by 'Abdullah 'Azzam on June 15, 1988 entitled 'The True Preparation,' found in the collection 'at-Tarbiyyah al-Jihadiyyah wal-Bina''; 1/220]




The Types of Heart
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

On the Hardness of the Heart
by Unknown Author

Miscellaneous Points of Benefit from Ibn al-Qayyim
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Ar-Riyaa (Showing Off)
by Shaikh Abu Usaamah Saleem Ibn ‘Eid Al-Hilaalee

Dead Hearts
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Glimpses from the book "Riyaa: Hidden Shirk"
by Abu 'Ammaar Yaasir Qaadi

Human Being Has a Great Capacity For Self-Delusions
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Pride - The Fuel of Disbelief
by Abu Khaliyl

Seeking the Inner Muslim
by Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick

The Keys to the Life of the Heart
by Shaykh Ibraaheem ibn `Abdullaah al-Haazimee

The Purification of the Heart from Kibr (Pride)
by Imam Uthman dan Fodio

The Real Obstacle
by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

The Soul Between the Enchantment of the Dunyaa and that of the Hereafter
by Ibnul-Jawzee

The Station of Firasah
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

A Point of Benefit
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Al-Istighfaar (Seeking Forgiveness)
by al-Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah

Enumerating The Blessings Of Allah, And Giving The Necessary Thanks For Them
by Imam Al-Bayhaqi

Take Pride in Islam
by al-Jumu'ah Magazine

Islam: Truth, Virtue & Beauty
by Dr. Ja`far Sheikh Idris

The Life of This World
by Abu 'Abdirrahmaan Muhammad al-Kanadi

Dispelling Anxiety
by Imaam Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi

Sabr or Shukr - The Worry Stops Here!
by Muhammad Alshareef

35 Statements From the Salaf Regarding Sincerity
by At-Tibyan Publications

Laysal Ghareeb
Zaynul 'Aabideen

Exhortations of Imaam Ash-Shaafi'ee
Imam Ash-Shaafi`ee

Jihaad an-Nafs
Hasan Ayyub

Dust Is My Bed
Meshary Al Arada

Madarij al Salikeen
Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki

'Do Not Look Except To The Sky..'
Abu Sabaya

Your Just Reward
Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki

Soul's Journey After Death
Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

The Goodly Life
Muhammad Mukhtar Ash-Shinqiti

Taqwa:The Provision of Believers
Ibn Rajab, Ibn Qayyim & al-Ghazali

Deception of the World
Zahir Mahmood

Weakness of Faith
Bilal Abdul-Kareem

The End of The World
Muhammad Mitwalli Al Sharawi

Nuniyyah al-Qahtani
Abu Muhammad al-Andalusi al-Qahtani

Paradise, Its Blessings & How To Get There
Alee Hasan Abdul Hameed

The Development of Tawhîd In One's Heart
Muhammad b. Ibrâhîm

Standing Alone
Mohammad ElShinawy

Never Shed Your Leaves
Tariq Mehanna

If My Lord Asks Me
Poem

End of Times
Uthman Lateef

A Beacon For Us All
Babar Ahmad

Modern Day Traps Of The Dunya
Feiz Muhammad

The Power of Choice
Moutasem Al-Hameedi

Sweetness In Prayer
Moutasem Al-Hameedi

Love of Allah
Mishari al-Kharraz

Yaqeen (Certainty) In Allah
Ahmad Jibril

The Polar Vortex
Tariq Mehanna

Hope & Reliance
Ahmad Jibril

A Rule
Tarek Mehanna


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