11 October 2013

Corruption of the Heart

Every harm that enters upon a servant, is caused by the heart’s corruption. The corruption of the heart in turn brings about the removal of the heart’s right upon Allah, the Exalted, and a diminution of its degree and rank in the sight of Allah. For this reason, some of the shaykhs advised with their saying: Be cautious of (the) mixing with a person which will cause wastage of time and corruption of the heart. For verily, when time is wasted and the heart is corrupted, all of the affairs of the servant will become ruined, and he will be of those about whom Allah, the Exalted, said:

And obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair has been lost and wasted. 
- Qur'an (Surah Al Kahf 28)

[Source:  The Path to Guidance, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah]