“The Day when neither wealth nor children will be of any benefit. Only those who come before Allāh with a pure heart (will be saved)”
for a Sound Heart
”A beautifully structured and well-presented work.Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-KawthariDirector of the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa), Leicester, UK
Spiritual Wellbeing is Paramount
The Importance of Spiritual Purification
Just as you seek the best medical treatment to avoid illnesses and improve your physical health and wellbeing, whether that be paracetamol to treat a mere headache or something more substantial like chemotherapy to treat cancer, your soul can also suffer from spiritual illnesses such as ghadab (anger), riya (showing off), takabbur (pride and arrogance), hasad (envy), lack of shukr (ingratitude), hubb al-jah (love of fame), hubb al-mal (love of wealth), and the like.
Spiritual health is fundamentally different however, and in some respects more important. Why is this? The detrimental consequences of a physical illness will come to an end upon death; whereas, the evil result of a spiritual illness will begin upon death, and will last for eternity.
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About The Book
26 DISEASES & THEIR DEFINITIONS
Defining a disease at the start of each chapter helps the reader understand and recognise its characteristics
250+ SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Highlighting how signs and symptoms of a spiritual disease manage to creep up on a person
An easy to reference contents page so that you can see at a glance the signs and symptoms, remedies and exceptions associated with each disease of the heart
TRAFFIC LIGHT APPROACH
An easy to reference Red-Amber-Green system makes it easy to identify maladies of the heart (red), potential remedies (green), and possible exceptions (amber) across each disease
The real and potential negative impact that social media has on our spiritual growth, compared with ways that its influence can be harnessed for benefit
7 STEP CYCLE OF SELF-PURIFICATION
A detailed explanation of each step of the continual cycle of self-improvement, so that you can create your own personalised programme to improve your spiritual health
Presenting spiritual information in a clear and structured format that makes it easy to reference, understand and therefore implement
500+ ACADEMIC & PRACTICAL REMEDIES
Apply the ‘academic’ or conceptual remedies, in terms of better understanding your faith and refining your perspective, and begin to turn things around by putting practical day-to-day actions in place
References have been fully verified by qualified scholars using ‘The Clear Qur’ān’ translation and authentic Prophetic narrations, alongside beneficial advice from the most famous works of Imām Al-Ghazālī (RA)
Inside The Book
A Continual Cycle of Self-Purification
Accept Your Inner Truth
Accept the truth that such characteristics are prevalent in your own inner and outer behaviour
Making a Commitment
Make or renew your commitment and resolution to tread the path to purification
Find a Mentor
Find and associate yourself with a mentor, continually informing them of your spiritual condition
Allocate a fixed time for your daily and weekly study
Recognise in your own self the signs and symptoms of the spiritual diseases
Apply Spiritual Medicine
Apply the ‘academic’ and ‘practical’ remedies to purify your heart
A continual cycle of self-purification to maintain spiritual health
A beautifully structured and well-presented work, highlighting one of the most important aspects of Islamic teachings - purifying the heart from blameworthy character traits and replacing them with praiseworthy ones. May Allah Most High accept the efforts of the author and team and make it beneficial, Amīn.Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-KawthariDirector and researcher at the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence (Darul Iftaa) - Leicester, UK
Most illnesses that we have today emanate from diseases of the heart, therefore it’s essential to try and rectify the unseen realms of our hearts and exert maximum efforts in self-purification.
This body of work is arranged in a unique way, where signs and symptoms of spiritual ailments are addressed with various treatments in light of sources of shari'ah as well as advice and counsel from other reliable sources.
It is colour coded which will be very beneficial to the reader, especially in an educational setting.
The author has put in a lot of hard work to ensure that the reader can reflect and ponder over his shortcomings, which is a continuing duty upon a Muslim. This work will enable the reader to self-analyse and assist him or herself in meeting their Creator with a 'sound heart'.
There are some very relevant issues mentioned and I'm certain that those who will read the work with a view to correcting their inner souls will be benefited immensely from the work.Dr Shaykh Ashraf MakadamDirector of Trust, Madani Schools Federation - Leicester, UK
Mashā-Allāh, it has been compiled in great detail yet in an easy-to-follow format. If read with the guidance of a shaykh (spiritual guide) then inshā’Allāh it will aid greatly, be of much benefit and ease the path to the attainment of tazkiyah.
I pray Allāh ﷻ accepts the work of brother Jamal and makes it a means of attaining His everlasting pleasure. Amīn.Mawlana Muhammad YahyaDirector - An Nasihah Publications - Leicester, UK
The importance of spiritual wayfaring cannot be emphasised enough, particularly in our times where the material realm is emphasised as the only means to human happiness and progress. Allāh ﷻ clearly informs us after more than ten oaths are undertaken to emphasise the centrality of internal rectification by the words “Successful indeed is the one who purifies their soul” قَدۡ أَفۡلَحَ مَن زَكَّىٰهَا [Ash-Shams 91:9]. Countless verses of the Qur’ān and Prophetic narrations attest to this, such as those that set about demarcating the state of Iḥsān (spiritual perfection) with the words: “Worship Allāh as if you see Him; if not that, then He sees you” أَنْ تَعْبُدَ اللَّهَ كَأَنَّكَ تَرَاهُ، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنَّهُ يَرَاكَ [Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhārī 50, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 9:5].
Making this science accessible to a new generation is of utmost importance especially in times of a spiritual vacuum. The ‘Handbook of Spiritual Medicine’ is to be commended as a clear presentation of the science of internal purification in a format which enables easy access to symptoms of spiritual illnesses and their cures. This is all the more important as many maladies that plague the modern world in essence emanate from the spiritual maladies within our own collective 'selves' and communities.
We pray that Allāh ﷻ accepts this work as a fresh exposition of an ancient science and rectifies the Muslim community and the wider community by novel presentations such as the method adopted by this work.Shaykh ZaqirDirector - Darul Arkam Educational Trust - Leicester, UK
In the Name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْم
The author has made a great contribution to this field through his work. The presentation and layout employed in presenting the spiritual diseases and their remedies are highly effective and make this book comprehensible for the readers. Inshā Allāh, it will be a spiritual medicine for the seekers of the spiritual path. I asked the author to make a few corrections, and it is testament to the idea that he has adopted the very spirit of the book that he was very quick to agree to them. May Allāh ﷻ reward him abundantly.Shaykh Imran bin AdamPrincipal - Jame’ah Uloom Al Qur’an - Leicester, UK
Jamal Parekh, Ibn Daud
Being a British-born Muslim, I have been a seeker of faith from my adolescent years. The son of Pakistani immigrants, my upbringing came from steadfast parents who led by example. We had no access to an Islamic school growing up in the seventies and eighties in Britain. We were blessed that we learnt the practice of faith through their actions. Their generosity of heart, compassion for those less fortunate, and raising us to be confident in our Muslim identity served as the backdrop to our upbringing.
Once I left home to attend university, the negotiation of my identity as a person of faith with the distractions of youth in the new surroundings was sometimes challenging, but I got through the four-year minefield with the help of a book called, “Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart” by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson. It was this text that was the inspiration, in my mind, to one day create a ‘guidebook’ of sorts that would focus on self-purification. I thought to myself that it would be practical to have a pocket book that addressed the maladies of the human spiritual condition and offered up the remedies too. This idea lay dormant for a decade or more as life rolled surely along, and I adapted to professional life as an IT consultant, deciding to marry and settle down.
In my forties and a family man, there came a more ardent desire to create a handbook that would help people overcome the boundaries to living their best. But it had to be something accessible, easy to pick up during our busy lives in this modern, high-tech era. I needed to address the struggles and insecurities we all face and offer the antidotes to those ailments, using evidence from the Qurān and authentic ahādīth (Prophetic sayings). The result was a spiritual guide to the self, a handbook of tazkiyah, or self- purification that will, I hope, prove accessible to people of all ages and denominations. Not being a scholar or a professional writer, the journey of self-publishing was an enlightening one and I’m indebted to the kind people who guided me along the way. Who knows, I may even continue the journey with a sequel one day, Lord willing.
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A Handbook of Spiritual Medicine
This spiritual guide to the self is a handbook of tazkiyah or ‘self-purification’. Not only does it illustrate the maladies of the human spiritual condition, it recognises the struggles and insecurities we all succumb to from time to time, and offers up the remedies too.
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