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Dead Hearts
Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.While thousands of Muslims are killed all over the world, and while tens of thousands areimprisoned and tortured for calling to the path of Allah and for enjoining the good andforbidding the evil, most Muslims remain remarkably silent and have no worry except for thematerial things of life. Their hearts have been filled with the love of this life and theforgetfulness of the Hereafter. Allah says in the Qur'an:
اﻮُ ﻛَْَأَﻦﻳِﺬ ﻟٱَﻦِ ﻣَوٍةٰﻮَ ﻴَ ﺣٰََ ﻋ ِسﺎ ﻨﻟٱَصَﺮْ ﺣَأْﻢ ُ ﻬﱠﻧَﺪِ ﺠَ ﺘَ ﻟَو}
 ۟  ۚ 
 ﱡدَﻮَ ﻳْﻢ ُ ﻫ ُﺪَ ﺣَأْﻮَ ﻟ ُﺮ ﻤَ ﻌ ُ ﻳَﻒْ ﻟَأٍﺔَ ﻨَ ﺳﺎَ ﻣَوَﻮ ُ ﻫ ِﻪِ ﺣِﺰْ ﺣَﺰ ُِ ب
َﻦِ ﻣِاَﺬَ ﻌْ ﻟٱنَأَﺮ ﻤَ ﻌ ُ ﻳ
 ُﻪـ ﻠﻟٱَو ٌيِ ﺼَ ﺑ
ﺎَِ بَنﻮ ُ ﻠَ ﻤْ ﻌَ ﻳ{
{And verily, you will find them (the Jews) the greediest of mankind for life and (evengreedier) than those who-ascribe partners to Allah (and do not believe in Resurrection -Magians ,pagans, and idolaters, etc.). Everyone of them wishes that he could be given a lifeof a thousand years. But the grant of such life will not save him even a little from (due)punishment. And Allah is All-Seer of what they do.} [Al Baqarah, 2:96]Many Muslims today have become so much attached to their life that their desire is to dwellamong their family, house, money and commerce. They have forgotten that matters of theHereafter should come before matters of this life and that we must strive to follow theorders of Allah, not just those we find easy and convenient to follow. Some Muslims todayclaim that it is better to perform extra prayers and extra fasting rather than enjoin the goodand forbid the evil or defend the lives of weak Muslims. Such people would even blame theMuslims who strive to perform these obligations .This is what Ibn al-Qayyim had to say about such people: ''The Shaitan has misled mostpeople by beautifying for them the performance of certain voluntary acts of worship such asvoluntary prayers and voluntary fasting while neglecting other obligatory acts of worshipsuch as enjoining the good and eradicating the evil, to the extent that they do not evenmake the intention of performing them whenever they are able to. Such people areconsidered by the scholars to be on the bottom of the scale of religion: For the essence of our religion is to perform what Allah ordered us to do. The one who does not perform hisobligations is actually worse than the one who performs sins. Anyone having someknowledge about the revelation of Allah, the guidance of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wasallam, and the life of the companions would conclude that those who are pointed at todayas the most pious people are in fact the least pious. Indeed, what kind of piety is there in aperson who witnesses Allah's sanctities being violated, his religion abandoned, the Sunnah of His Messenger shunned, and yet remains still with a cold heart and a shut mouth' Such aperson is like a dumb Shaitan! In the same way the one who talks falsehood is a speakingShaitan. Isn't the misfortune of Islam due only to those who whenever their life and food aresecure, would not care about what happens to the religion? The best among them wouldoffer a sorry face. But if they were challenged in one of the things their heart is attached tolike their money, they would spare no efforts to get it back. These people, besides deservingthe anger of Allah, are afflicted with the greatest calamity without even knowing it: Theyhave a dead heart. Indeed the more alive a person's heart is, the stronger its anger for thesake of Allah and the more complete his support to Islam and Muslim”.
Ten Lessons Ibn al-Mubarak Taught Us
 Abdullah bin al-Mubarak was a scholar known for simultaneously combiningnumerous traits of virtue. In fact, his friends would sit and count all of the goodthings that were part of his character and personality. Adh-Dhahabi related thatthey said“ :Let’s sit and count the good traits that Ibn al-Mubarak has, So, theyended up listing: Knowledge, Fiqh, literature, grammar, language, zuhd,eloquence, poetry, praying at night, worship, Hajj, Jihad, bravery, instinct,strength, speaking little in what doesn’t concern him, fairness, and lack of conflict with his companions”.Reading through his life story, one sees exactly this and cannot help but toderive brief yet heavy lessons from how this man lived:
1- No matter how bad you think you are, you can always become better.In ‘Tartib al-Madarik) ’ 1 /159,(al-Qadi ‘Iyad mentioned that Ibn al-Mubarak was asked about the circumstances in which he began studying. He replied“ :I was ayouth who drank wine and loved music and singing while engaging in these filthyacts. So, I gathered some friends to one of my gardens where there were sweetapples, and we ate and drank until we passed out while drunk. At the end of thenight, I woke up and picked up the stringed oud and began singing: Isn’t it timethat you had mercy on me And we rebel against those who criticize us?
 And I was unable to pronounce the words as I intended. When I tried again, theoud began speaking to me as if it were a person, saying the verse “ :
{ﻪـ ﻠﻟاِﺮْ ﻛِﺬِ ﻟْﻢ ُ ﻬ ُ ﺑﻮ ُ ﻠ ُ ﻗَﻊَ ﺸْ ﺨَﺗ نَأ اﻮ ُ ﻨَ ﻣآَﻦﻳِﺬ ﻠِ ﻟ ِنْﺄَ ﻳْﻢَ ﻟَأ}
Isn’t it time for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’sreminder] [Al-Hadid 57:16]
So, I said“ :Yes, O Lord ”!And I smashed the oud, spilled the wine, and myrepentance with all its realities came by the grace of Allah, and I turned towardsknowledge and worship”.
2 You should associate with honorable people.In ‘Sifat as-Safwah) ’ 2 /323,(Ibn al-Jawzi mentioned:Ibn al-Mubaraks home in Marw was vast. It measured fifty square yards. There was no person known forknowledge, worship, manhood, or high status in Marw except that you saw himin this house”.
3 You should be a helpful guest.In ‘Sifat as-Safwah) ’ 2 /324,(it is narrated that when an-Nadr bin Muhammads son got married, he invited Ibn al-Mubarak“ ,and when he arrived, Ibn al-

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