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Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart Paperback – 1 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Starlatch; 2nd edition (1 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929694156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929694150
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This exploration of Islamic spirituality delves into the psychological diseases and cures of the heart. Diseases examined include miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancour, malice, ostentation, arrogance, covetousness, lust, and other afflictions that assail people and often control them. The causes and practical cures of these diseases are discussed, offering a penetrating glimpse into how Islam deals with spiritual and psychological problems and demonstrating how all people can benefit from these teachings.


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An amazing book - and I say this having read it cover to cover in an incredibly short space of time (well, by my standards anyway). The book is essentially, a commentary on Imam al-Mawluds "Matharat al Ql-Qulub" or Purification of the heart. In well laid out chapters, it details the various diseases of the heart (from Anger and Envy to Boastfullness and Arrogance) outlining their detrimental affect on the condition of the heart whilst recomending treatments to help erradicate the most hardened of spiritual diseases.

The nature of the books content renders it applicable to pretty much everyone. It will serve as a timely reminder to those who are preoccupied with worldly matters that are a hindrance to spiritual and emotional development.

A must read for Muslims and Non-Muslims alike.
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I am not a normally keen on books, but after a recommendation from a friend, I bought this book and I would just like to say that this book is just amazing. Right from the start I couldn't put this book down, it has pointed out things that I didn't even realise I was doing wrong but are blatently obvious. It is a excellent stepping stone towards the right direction no matter how much knowledge a person has.
The context of this book is simple and also has reasoning behind everything that is said, it has helped make me a better better person and alot more cautious in the things I do and say. I have realised how precious life is and how close we are to death and should sort our lives out as soon as possible.
I do not regret buying this book at all, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone as I don't think there is a single person who will not benefit from this book.
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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2005
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Divided into 28 sections each dealing with a different disease of the heart (such as hatred, rancor, ostentation etc) Hamza Yusuf's translation of Imam al-Mawlud's Mathurat al-Qulub is magnificent.
The book combines Imam al-Mawlud's timeless beautifully terse explanations of spiritual diseases and their cures with Hamza Yusuf's wide ranging knowledge of Islamic tradition and how the modern world works to create something that is strikingly modern and relevant. The insights into the human condition and psychology are amazing.

A real eye-opener which cannot fail to make you examine your faults and make you a better person. The best self-help book you'll ever buy!
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I can't recommend this book enough.

I bought it after breaking up with my girlfriend and having been to an art of life class - the landmark forum.

This resonated very powerfully with me. I would definitely put some of the advice in practice in my daily life.

I am not a Muslim- however, I think this book can benefit just about anyone.
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Many of us want to be better people. Many of us see our own short comings and we dont really know where to begin. This book highlights the many spiritual issues that are common amongst us all. Hamzah Yusuf, breaks these down and gives us a clear undertsanding of them. He also mentaions the cures.
A must for all those who want to better themselves as a person. THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR ALL. REGARDLESS OF WHAT BELIEFE YOU COME FROM; HINDU, SIKH, ISLAM, JEWISH, ATHIEST, AGNOSTIC ETC, A BOOK FOR YOU ALL!
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The translation by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is truly awesome. Its crispness & clarity pierces the heart with a glow of warmth and wisdom. This book quite literally is in another realm of scholarship and unlike any other you would have read. Its advice is simple, succinct yet striking to the intellect. It manages to condense in a little over 200 or so pages the root causes of all the problems we face as humanity today and probably have done from the beginning of time (God knows best). Not only that, but it also gives us sound, practical and relevant methods by which we can eradicate them if we choose - each and everyone of us! This can only be achieved if we follow the advice with a sincere heart, a heart that is striving to elevate itself from the depths of delusion to a purer state of purification. This book is a must read for anyone who wants a true intellectual & spiritual awakening.
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This book is a translation, with commentary of a poem by a great Mauritanian scholar. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has once again brought to the western audiences a masterpiece, adding a commentary befitting of the original poem, supporting it with verses of the Quran and words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing upon him). The book details the many spiritual diseases of the heart, and how to cure them. Without a doubt every open-minded adult who seeks purification and self-betterment MUST read this book, Muslim or non-Muslim.
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This is a remarkable book very well written/translated. Like all Sufi text i find it to be one that can be picked up at any part of the book and find wisdom. The book is full of wise sayings and traditions of Prophets and discusses the many diseases of the heart, the reasons for them and how they can be cured. Its remarkable to read a book like this the difference between what is commonly viewed of Islam in the media and what can be found in these pages is almost black and white. Reading a book like this I only wish more would read this book and reflect upon it.

"A man saw the Prophet kiss a baby and asked him, "Do you kiss your children?" The Prophet said "Indeed I do." Then man then said, "I have ten children, I never kissed any of them," which was considered an aspect of the pride of being a tough Arab. To that the Prophet replied, "There is nothing in my religion for a man whose heart is void of mercy" (Except from the book)
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