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


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Starlatch, Llc; New Revised 5th Edit edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929694156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929694150
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hamza Yusuf is the founder of the Zaytuna Institute, which is committed to inspiring a traditional understanding and study of the core Islamic sciences. He has also served as an advisor to President Bush on Islamic affairs. He lives in Hayward, California.

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This book is very well written.
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This book helps develop ones inner character so that the good in them becomes manifest in their outward actions.
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Once you finish reading the book, you will want to read it again and again.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By New York CEO on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
It doesn't matter what your faith is, this is a book worth reading. It address very real human problems that we are facing especially after the events of 9/11. It was very surprising for me to read that Hamza Yusuf was trained in traditional/classical Islam. I always thought that traditional Islam, (the madrasas system that I hear about on CNN and Fox News), was the cause of some Muslims fanatical nature. I thought Mr. Yusuf's speeches were very insightful ([...] - under the audio section).

I think non-Muslims and especially MUSLIMS (the ones that are shown on TV yelling and screaming all of the time) can benefit a great deal from this book.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By IbnAbidin on September 25, 2004
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This is perhaps one of the most important books for muslims that has been written in a long time. The point of Islam, the ultimate goal, is to transform ourselves until we have attained to a pure heart. The Qur'an itself says that, "On the day of judgement no one is safe save the one who returns to God with a pure heart". When we die everything will pass away and all we will be left with is our hearts and our deeds. This is why purifying our hearts is of uptmost importance and this book transmits the distilled wisdom of the ancient doctors of the heart. Reading this book will give you the tools to identify and treat all the diseases of your heart, its just up to you to put it into action.

I should also mention that this book is the outgrowth of a 24-tape audio lecture on the same poem. The audio was also done by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mohd Sharif on December 24, 2004
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This book is for everyone, wither you are a Muslim or Not. You will feel totally different after reading it. It changed my life and i am sure it will to yours too.

This book dose not have the Dos and Donts, it gives you options and its your choice to follow them or ignore them. You wount go to hell if you Ignore thim but it will affect your life.

The book deals with subjects such as hate and envy and how to will affect you socially and spiritually. When you clense your heart from such sickness your body will be free.

Anwwyas it is a really really good book to read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Guy on September 8, 2004
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This is an excellent book the would help anyone understand how Islam spread. It'll show why people like the Mongols who conqured muslims became muslims themselves.

For anyone that wants a non-bias view of Islam should read this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By F. Moghul on September 3, 2004
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A wonderful book for the Muslim and non-Muslim alike. This classic poem is translated eloquently and accurately with a careful and thorough commentary that is easy to read and understand. It is sure to become a source of constant reference for the lover of spirituality.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Girl Interrupted on May 13, 2007
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I think this book is great for Non-Muslims more than it is for Muslims because it sheds light on the beauty and gentle ways of true Muslims and their ways of life. It asks people to look within themselves and accept who they are first and foremost and then start eliminating the negative aspects and characteristics in ones self in order to live in harmony with a clean and healthy heart. This book has inspired me and shown me how easy it is to clean my heart from all the anger and greed. It has shown me that gratitude is the best way to live life, being grateful for every little thing i have as opposed to feeling bad and angry at what i dont have.

This is a must read for everybody seeking to better their lives.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Hildebrand on April 26, 2005
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Alhamdullillah. The book is truly an excellent guide for all of us who wish to attain nearness to God, but lack the insight and knowledge of our scholars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zolfiqar on September 1, 2008
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The Purification of the Heart is a must read for all.

The book begins by introducing the concept that our hearts are the light by which we can 'see' and therefore it is our hearts which we use to discern between truth from falsehood and right from wrong. It follows that the healthier or more purified our hearts become the brighter the light and the more we are able to see the reality of this life, whilst the more diseased or impure our hearts become the more indiscernible truth and falsehood become until we are completely are blind and have no senses towards good and evil. We are taught that the purification of the heart is achieved by trust in God, and doing good deeds for His Pleasure, whilst the heart becomes more diseased as we disbelieve and/or disobey God (i.e. sin). Some noteworthy Ayahs of the Quran are:

As a day [i.e. Day of Judgment] in which neither wealth nor children shall be of any benefit [to anyone], except one who comes to God with a sound [or pure] heart. (Surah 26 Ayat 88-89)

Have they not travelled in the land, and have they hearts with which to feel and ears with which to hear? for indeed it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts, which are within the bosoms, that grow blind.
(Surah 22 Ayat 46)

That He (God) may make that which the Devil promises a temptation for those in those whose hearts is a disease, and those whose hearts are hardened - LO! the evildoers are in open shism. (Surah 22 Ayat 53).

Following the Introduction the book proceeds to the main text which details the spiritual diseases of the heart that humans can suffer from and how to treat and cure them.
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