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leaving off the means from the heart

Source: Madaarij us-Saalikeen; Tawakkul; Volume 1, p. 526
Translator’s note: Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) mentioned that there are some objections to the book Madaarij us-Saalikeen, such as having a trace of Sufism, as Ibn ul-Qayyim wrote it before the Salafi Manhaj became clear to him [refer to silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor tape no. 437]; however, the Arabic text for the following translation has been checked and approved by Shaykh Maahir al-Qahtaanee (hafidhahullaah)

“So he is cut off from them (by his heart) and attached to them (by his limbs)”

Shaykh Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah) says:

Indeed the tawakkul (trusting in Allaah) of a slave will not be sound until his tawheed is sound; rather the reality of tawakkul is tawheed of the heart. So as long as there are attachments of shirk in it, his tawakkul will be ill. Indeed when the slave turns to other than Allaah, that takes away a part of his heart. So his trusting in Allaah will diminish in proportion to that part going away. And from here, one may think that tawakkul will not be correct except by abandoning the means. And this is true, but by leaving them off from the heart (i.e., detaching one’s heart from relying on them), not the limbs. So tawakkul will not be complete except by leaving off the means from the heart and adhering to them by the limbs. So he is cut off from them (by his heart) and attached to them (by his limbs). And Allaah, subhaanahu wa ta’aala, knows best.”

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asaheeha translations

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