The Diseases of the Hearts and Their Cures by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiya, Mohammad Elshinawy

By Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiya, Mohammad Elshinawy

Translated through Abu Rumaysah "Know O loved reader that it truly is most crucial to spend one's time and effort in treating the center, and hastening to right and purify it from disorder and all sins. this is often a result of center occupying a good and lofty place in Islaam, for it's the position to which the Lord seems and the storehouse for tawheed, religion, and sincerity. activities are unique, one from the opposite, with recognize to their excellence within the Sight of Allah based on the situation of the center, no longer through their quantity or shape, yet quite as a result of the power of the caller, his or her truthfulness, his or her sincerity and the level to which she or he prefers Allah over himself or herself ... Al-Haafidh ibn Hajr al-Asqalaanee, may well Allah have mercy upon him and supply us along with his wisdom, stated: "The center has been singled out for this since it is the chief of the physique, and during the purification of the chief the themes develop into purified, and along with his corruption they turn into corrupted. So in the event you, O servant of Allah, with to healing your middle then it really is upon you to be fair just about looking shelter with Allah and placing your belief in Him, to wish loads of superogatory prayers, to accomplish the activities of obedience to Allah usually, to wish the evening prayer whereas the folks are snoozing, and to regard your middle by way of making it continually stick with the remembrances and via befriending basically the righteous ... and to often recite the Qur'an. And Allah will certainly let all of this to be preserved by means of him."

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This alliance of Druze warlords and Maronite peasants and churchmen, amply recorded and memorialized by Christian chroniclers of the day, has become the founding myth of modern Lebanon – generally to the exclusion of other actors and groups whose historical realities did not fit into the narrative of a timeless, uniform, ecumenical Lebanese particularism. The history of the Shiite communities and their leaderships in the early modern period challenges this narrative in several important respects.

Writing on Lebanon in the Middle Ages, Muhammad ‘Ali Makki has emphasized the shared experience of persecution among the Christian and heterodox Muslim mountaineers, effectively bringing the Shiites into the Lebanese ‘mountain refuge’ community; Muhammad Jabir Al Safa (d. 5 However, pioneer revisionist historian ‘Ali al-Zayn (d. 1984), and to a lesser degree Al Safa as well, have also insisted on Jabal ‘Amil’s freedom from Ma‘nid and Shihabi control, and argued that the Lebanese Shi‘a was able to hold both the Druze emirate and Ottoman sovereignty at arm’s length.

Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi, Istanbul: I. Serez 1451. The catalogue title (‘Treatise on the Refutation of the Rafızis’) does not actually appear in the manuscript. 22 Shiism in the Ottoman Empire rare interest in the actual history of Ottoman–Safavid relations and reproduces two lengthy chancery letters, one from Sultan Selim to Shah Ismail and the other from Süleyman to Tahmasb, replete with colourful taunts and threats of war. The treatise ends with a plea to Murad IV to ‘abrogate the abominable rule of Shiism’ and annex Persia, but makes no reference yet to the Safavids’ reoccupation of Iraq; it can thus probably be dated to the early 1620s.

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