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Hassan Al-Basri: Two thoughts roam over the soul, one from Allah one from the enemy

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Hassan Al-Basri: Two thoughts roam over the soul, one from Allah one from the enemy
 
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Hasan al-Basri said: “Two thoughts roam over the soul, one from Allah one from the enemy. Allah shows mercy on a servant who settles at the thought that comes from Him. He embraces the thought that comes from Allah, while he fights against the one from his enemy. To illustrate the heart’s mutual attraction between the two powers the Prophet said: “The heart of a believer lies between two fingers of the Merciful”…. The fingers stand for upheaval and hesitation in the heart… If man follows the dictates of anger and appetite, the dominion of Satan appears in him through idle passions (hawa) and his heart becomes the nesting-place and container of shaytan, who feeds on hawa. If he does battle with his passions and does not let them dominate his ego (nafs), imitating in this the character of the angels, at that time his heart becomes the resting-place of angels and they alight upon it.” 
 
(Hassan Al-Basri)
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Recommended Reading:
  
'Al-Ghazali's Marvels of the Heart (Ihya Ulum Al-Din/ the Revival of the Religious Sciences)'
By Iman Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (Author)

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"Marvels of the Heart" is thought to be the key volume of the 40-book Ihya' 'Ulum-Al DinRevival of the Religious Sciences, the most read work in the Muslim world after the Qur an, and considered by many to be the Summa Theologica of Islam. These traditional teaching stories, which use the theme of the heart as a mirror, illustrate key tenets of Islam on the requirements of religion, living in society, and the inner life of the soul."
  

Al-Ghazali was a theologian, a logician, a jurist, and a mystic. He was the author of more than 100 books of Islamic scholarship, and is regarded by many as the renewer of the fifth Muslim century. Walter James Skellie was a Presbyterian Minister who earned an M.A. and PhD in Arabic studies from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and served on missions in the Middle East for more than 25 years. T. J. Winter, also known as Abdal Hakim Murad, is currently the ShaZayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University and the director of studies in theology at Wolfson College. Hamza Yusuf, founder of the Zaytuna Institute and the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco's prestigious and oldest University, the Karaouine in Fes, has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems.

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