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Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart

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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, rancor, 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 penetra ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 206 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Sandala, Inc. (first published June 1st 2004)
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Apr 29, 2012 Ammena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im not a big Hamza Yusuf fan, there are many things he says that I dont really settle with but as this was a translation of a book and I think he has decent arabic masha'Allah I decided to give it a go.

Im glad I did!! I read it with an online group, making notes as I went along. I learnt many things from the book and felt like a more peaceful calm person after reading it :) There was so many references and ahadith to back up the things he was saying. It contains many paragraphs on totally relate
Ainun Najib
May 24, 2012 Ainun Najib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm speechless when it comes to this book.
Reading is believing.

I loved the book so much such that when I misplaced the book and I thought I've lost it --it was for almost a year until I found it back-- I was so distressed; especially at that time they haven't reprint the book and everywhere is out of stock already.
This book has the potential to change your life--the way you think, the way you act, etc. I wish I had read it before or while I was in college--it would have saved me quiet a bit of grief. But better late than never. No need to sit around the self-help section of Barnes and Nobles--this book pretty much has everything you need to improve your relationship with God and humankind.

Buy a copy.
Farah Cook
Apr 04, 2017 Farah Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in two days. It delves into religious spirituality on how to clean your heart, and keep it free from, envy, hatred and arrogance. It also talks about how to control heavy thoughts that effect our mood and heart. For people interested in spirituality this books is a guide to good thoughts and happy thinking.

One feels good after reading it, as the messages are sincere and toward becoming a better person. a person of patience and tolerance and good thoughts. Beautifully written th
Huma Rashid
Jul 18, 2011 Huma Rashid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for Muslims ... and a must re-read. :P
Jun 03, 2015 Noor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
'Purification of the Heart" is easy to follow, well-structured and profound in its advice. Hamza Yusuf not only translates Imam Mawlud's poem, but adds an insightful commentary that draws upon experiences with which we can all relate in this modern day and age.

The chapters are bite-sized and all contain relevant references from the Qur'aan and Hadith that provide us with practical solutions to our tribulations. It emphasises the Islamic principle of starting with rectifying the self before wanti
Apr 30, 2009 Imraan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: islam, self-help
Purification of the heart is a responsibility of every Muslim. Either you are doing well and wish to safeguard your pure heart, or your heart is ill and requires purification. If you think your heart is already pure and doesn't need purification, then your heart is most likely ill and needs the purification from the inherent arrogance.

This is a wonderful book that I shall read again and again for it's tremendous benefit!
Sabrina Lye
Oct 27, 2015 Sabrina Lye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buku tazkiyatunnafs tak pernah tidak memberi kepuasan, namun buku ini ada yang berbeza. Penulis membawa sudut pandang yang berbeza dari segi olahan dan lontaran, cara kita perlu beradab dengan Tuhan.
Jun 14, 2009 Tamkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book...and it has an amazing list of some great supplications to get you to think of God throughout the day!
A truly great read.

Oct 13, 2012 Aliya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book for self introspection not only for Muslims but also non Muslims. However, having said that the book has a major short coming in that it identifies spiritual diseases very well but does not always give adequate solutions for the cures.

I am not a proponent of Sufism and this book is seemingly geared for the Sufi reader, which is a flawed assumption. Spiritual ailments befall every single human alike, and it is not just the Sufi who seeks a cure from them. As a pragmatic and non-mystic
Riyana Baboo
Jan 17, 2013 Riyana Baboo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many are concerned with their physical looks and appearance.
One knows how to consult a doctor when they are unwell.
but not much knows how to seek treatment when their hearts are unwell.
Unraveled in a systematic manner this book I found it to be a key tool for a person to transform themselves from the inside out.
It changed me as a whole. It changed my life and even my perspective.
Great book! Change begins within. When the heart heals the body does too.
مشاءالله ما احلى كتب أنا ممكن أقرء لمرة ثنية
Erica Aisha
May 20, 2013 Erica Aisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious-books
Imam Hamza Yusuf is one of America's most famous Imams, and a Sufi. He is well versed in the Arabic language and various Sufi lineage of tariqat (pathways for students of Sufism). This book goes over the pitfalls in life and the biggest challenges to avoid... because the bad we do is like a blackspot on our heart... he comes up with symptoms and cures for these diseases. A very good read, but better if reading a few chapters, then continuing after a night or two. It's pretty spiritually heavy.
Nuruddin Azri
Jun 23, 2015 Nuruddin Azri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has his own style of writing. Very unique. He can relate certain things or issues with sciences, poetry, philosophy and linguistics. Plus, most of his commentaries are quite related with what is happening in our world and ourself.

A good-read.
May 06, 2010 Bushra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I looooooooooooooooooovee this book! It is oficially my favourite book now. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to purify their hearts :)
May 27, 2012 Ida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islamic, inspiration
I've heard the audio lecture of this book before so it felt like I was rereading the text, which gave greater familiarity when reading it.

The book comprise of Imam al-Mawlud poetry on the Heart which's derived from Imam Al-Ghazali's great Ihya Ullumuddin. The book translates the Poetry and then details its discussions regarding the issues and ramifications to the spiritual Heart. It then tries to outline the steps to be taken to cure or rectify the predicaments.

I greatly enjoyed this book and wi
Jalendhari Tabeeb
Jan 22, 2014 Jalendhari Tabeeb is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tsundoku
"The Prophet once said to his Companions, “Do
you want to see a man of Paradise?” A man then
passed by, and the Prophet said, “That man is of
the people of Paradise.” One of Companion of the
Prophet wanted to find out what it was about this
man that earned him such a commendation from
the Messenger of God , so he decided to spend
some time with this man and observe him
closely. He noticed that this man did not perform
the night prayer vigil (tahajjud) or do anything
extraordinary. He appeared to be an ave
Marc Manley
A good and useful text on those looking for a place to begin intellectualizing their practice beyond the 'ibadaat or rules of religion [which are still key:].
Jul 11, 2013 Hamidur rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Halfway through the book I started reading Why I Am Not a Muslim. As you can tell, these two books had as many conflicting ideas as possible. In Ibn Warraq's book, many instances are shown to tell the readers how much of an immoral person Muhammad was. However, in this book he is depicted as the most perfect human being, "the best of the sons of Adam"—as I would assume every Muslims think of him to be. If the traditions the author, Hamza Yusuf, mentioned are true, then Muhammad sure had a confli ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good book - interesting that even though it's kind of like an essay it's still an overall enjoyable read. I q's half way through when I realized he was talking about the poem in every chapter. 4/5 stars because while the book was an had some interesting and thought-provoking points, I was expecting Te book or maybe I wanted the book to go into more detail and explain how and why as opposed to just do or talking in third person. I also was expecting some type of epilogue or ending like he had wi
Ira Nadhirah
Nov 22, 2015 Ira Nadhirah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time i saw this book dan tengok harga i pray to God that the price will be much cheaper or i have enough money to have it. Then not even two years later, i got this book ihsan pemberian wang dari seseorang. Now i realized that i owe him a lot. Like a lot. May his heart be purified as much as i benefited from this book. I love him for the sake of Allah and be forever debted with his kindness. Semoga kita sama sama ke syurga dan berbincang tentang bagaimana baiknya Tuhan mempertemukan ki ...more

a Journey through your heart, the ebb and flow, the Poem and the later explanation by Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is one of kind, he tackles every thought or shred of a thought that you may have went through during your encounter with any of those diseases, the book is well written and divided, it's written in separate chapters so you can jump from one to another easily, though it's highly recommended to read the whole book, Ending the book with the chapter on Ramadan and text of Sheikh Ahmad Zurruq
Feb 01, 2017 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
January pick for monthly Islamic book project.

In 2017 I am trying to read one Islamic spirituality book per month, as I find it easy to neglect spiritual growth with a 9-5 job and all of that. This was my pick for January. Not much needs to be said - I think it's obvious from the description - except that the appendices are lovely, and I recommend reading those as well. It's clearly one of those books one has to go back and re-read periodically, as purification of the heart is a never-ending tas
Yasmin Zaini
Oct 10, 2015 Yasmin Zaini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the translation does not come across as accurately as I expected it to be, as if the translator focused more on how it would sound in English so that the content is somewhat diluted, but still felt; thanks to the weight of the subject matter. Overall a good book meant to be taken everywhere like a to-do checklist. Something everyone needs to be aware of, and read at least once even if done selectively
Dec 23, 2016 Sirad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Subhan'Allah. This book has already changed the way I view the world. Imam al-Mawlud's poetry on purifying the Heart (which, in turn, was derived from Imam Al-Ghazali's great Ihya Ullumuddin) combined with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf's commentary had me pondering about the nature of the world and God's glory for hours on end. It was a seriously the perfect read for the well-need introspection I wanted to pursue this winter recess!
Mar 02, 2012 Ruqayya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really benefitted from this book by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. His writing style is very eloquent. His book is a book on tasawwuf, the science of the heart. I would recommend this book to all those who would like to change their condition, to better themselves internally and externally. He gives remedies for all the diseases of the heart that face man.
Yaqeen Sikander
Jun 15, 2013 Yaqeen Sikander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful read. It is a long poem written on purification of soul by Imam Maulud and then its Sharh or explanation done wonderfully by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. There is so much to learn from this book. It is very practical and a treasure of knowledge. I recommend everyone out there to get it or download it online and benefit from it. Personally, I benefited from its every word.
Apr 19, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers
This book is a translation and commentary on a poem by a great Mauritanian scholar. This book is a wonderful introduction to the purification of the soul. It gives practical steps that we can all use to become better global citizens, and better human beings. My commentary severely under rates the weight of the book.
Dec 24, 2016 Nourhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of this kind that I've read, and it's definitely impacted me and the way I think about my spirituality. False hope, negative thoughts, vanity, fraud, anger, envy,etc.-all ailments of the heart that people rarely stop to truly reflect on.
Mariam al-Husseini
Jun 11, 2007 Mariam al-Husseini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
It's such an amazing book masha'Allah. It's one of those books you have to read over and over throughout your life. It's not enough to read it once and toss it aside. There is so much knowledge and blessing in this book, you can't possibly get it all at once:) May we all have pure hearts.
Afroz Ali
THE book for anyone without a Mentor or access to Classical masterpieces, but serious about transforming their lives.
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“Hypocrisy is wretched because the hypocrite says with his tongue what is not in his heart. He wrongs his tongue and oppresses his heart. But if the heart is sound, the condition of the tongue follows suit. We are commanded to be upright in speech, which is a gauge of the heart's state.” 49 likes
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