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

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,543 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Translation and Commentary of Imam al-Mawlud's Matharat al-Qulub by Hamza Yusuf

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. Th
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Starlatch, Llc
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for Muslims ... and a must re-read. :P
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Hasham Rasool
Purification of the Heart
Translation & Commentary of Imam Al-Mawlud's Matharat Al Qulub
by Hamza Yusuf

IF WE 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 becaus
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sabrina Lye
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sameera Al Makhmari
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book will be one of my top favorites.

Such a profound and an enlightening book. One of those books that everyone should read and definitely re-read throughout life.

I have to purchase my own copy.
Jalendhari Tabeeb
Jan 22, 2014 is currently reading it
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
Riyana Baboo
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.

Nuruddin Azri
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
I looooooooooooooooooovee this book! It is oficially my favourite book now. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to purify their hearts :)
Hande Yıldırım Önsöz
"Kalbin Simyası: Manevî Yaralara Çare Bulmak", "manevî boşluk" gibi kavramlarla karşılanmaya çalışılan günümüzün trendi kişisel gelişim arayışlarının asıl sebebine eğiliyor, bu nedeni "kalbin manevî hastalıklara yakalanması" olarak ele alıyor.
İnsanoğlunu bu boşluğa sürükleyen asıl sebep, manevî dayanak noktalarının kaybolarak nefsin isteklerinin iyi yönlendirilemeyip kalbin kibir, cimrilik, düşmanlık, şımarıklık gibi birçok olumsuz özellik tarafından kuşatılmış olması. İşte Hamza Yusuf, bu hast
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration, islamic
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Yaqeen Sikander
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Marc Manley
Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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:].
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just as the DSM-5 is currently the manual for diagnosing mental illnesses, I like to think "Purification of the Heart" is the manual for diagnosing our spiritual illnesses. And a manual is not something you read once, but you keep going back to it checking and re-checking.
Jul 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ira Nadhirah
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read it again for the 3rd time. It`s more than a book, I absolutely love everything related to this book. A great inspiration, a lot of exercises for ur heart and mind, a lot of conclusions and lessons , written in such a profound way, I will repeat, that`s more than a book.
I would recommend it for anyone who wants to keep his/her heart and brain healthy through reading.
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