By Ibn al-Jawzi, Daar-us-Sunnah, paperback, 112 pages
Ibn al-Jawzi has collected herein ominous narration, warnings against wrongdoing, and stories of forbidding and punishment that shake the hearts from their slumber. The self-assured one becomes anxious; the heart-hearted becomes soft; the dried tear ducts start to flow; slothful becomes motivated
The discerning scholar is adept at diagnosing the various spiritual illnesses resulting from sins, and treating the malaise in the heart. If he finds a person failing into despair, he tries to ignite the spark of hope in the heart.
If, on the other hand, he see that one in a reckless and fearless state, he works to in still the fear of Allah in his heart. Thus, the scholar treats sickness by using its opposite as a cure.
About the author:
Ibn al-Jawzi became an outstanding scholar of the twelfth century especially in the Hadith sciences for which he was titled "Al-Hafidh". He also was noted for his scholarship in the fields of history, linguistics, tafsir and fiqh. In fact, he became the leading scholar of the Hanbali Madhhab of his time and played an important role in reviving and spreading it, especially after the become a favorite of the Abassid Caliph, Al-Mustadi (1142-1180CE).
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