The Sayings of Imam Ali (A.S.) regarding the heart
I am amazed at the heart of man:
- It possesses the substance of wisdom as well as the opposites contrary to it …
- for if hope arises in it, it is brought low by covetousness: and if covetousness is aroused in it, greed destroys it.
- If despair possesses it, self piety kills it: and if it is seized by anger, this is intensified by rage.
- If it is blessed with contentment, then it forgets to be careful; and if it is filled with fear, then it becomes preoccupied with being cautious.
- If it feels secure , then it is overcome by vain hopes; and if it is given wealth, then its independence makes it extravagant.
- If want strikes it, then it is smitten by anxiety. If it is weakened by hunger, then it gives way to exhaustion; and if it goes to far in satisfying its appetites, then its inner becomes clogged up.
- So all its shortcomings are harmful to it, and all its excesses corrupt it.
There are four things that make the heart die: (1) wrong action followed by wrong action, (2) playing around with foolish people, (3) spending a lot of time with women, and (4) sitting with the dead.
Then they asked Imam Ali: ‘ And who are the dead, O Commander of the believers? ‘ He replied: ‘ Every slave who follows his desires. ‘
Surely want is a trial, and having sickness of the body is more difficult to bear than indigence, and having a sickness of the heart is more difficult to bear than having a sickness of the body.
Surely being very wealthy is a blessing, and having a healthy body is better than being very wealthy, and having awe of Allah in your heart is better than having a healthy body.
Surely hearts have desires, and they turn towards, and they turn away … so approach them by means of what they desire and what they turn towards, for surely if the heart is forced to do some thing against its will, it goes blind.
- The Virtues of the Family of The Prophet (pbuh) (syafiqb.com)