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Purification of the Heart

Hamza Yusuf




Translation and commentary of Imam al-Mawlud’s Matharat al-Qulub


This exploration of Islamic spirituality delves into the psychological diseases and cures of the heart. Diseases examined include miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancor, malice, ostentation, arrogance, covetousness, lust, and other afflictions that assail people and often control them. The causes and practical cures of these diseases are discussed, offering a penetrating glimpse into how Islam deals with spiritual and psychological problems and demonstrating how all people can benefit from these teachings.




- Miserliness

- Wantonness

- Hatred

- Iniquity

- Love of the World

- Envy

- Blameworthy Modesty

- Fantasizing

- Fear of Poverty

- Ostentation

- Relying on Other Than God

- Displeasure with the Divine Decree

- Seeking Reputation

- False Hopes

- Negative Thoughts

- Vanity

- Fraud

- Anger

- Heedlessness

- Rancor

- Boasting & Arrogance

- Displeasure with Blame

- Antipathy Toward Death

- Obliviousness to Blessings

- Derision

- Comprehensive Treatment for the Heart

- Beneficial Actions for Purifying the Heart

- The Root of All Diseases of the Heart