By Amir Azmir
Here is my personal thought on Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s book, “Purification of The Heart”, which is a translation and commentary of a poem by the Muslim scholar, Imam al-Mawlud.
If I could recommend one book to people and only one book, this one would be it. I don’t remember any other books written by someone that made me feel so close to it like this one right here, Subhanallah.
And for the record, I would not be sharing my thought on this book if it were not for the way the author brings forth such universally beneficial values to all readers alike.
This is one of the few books that I go back to read again and again because I find it so profound and dear to me. I see it as essentially a book of beneficial reminder and valuable insight, so reading it once wasn’t enough for me.
For starters, I think it is because of the structure of the sentences written, eloquently crafted by an evident expert in the art of literature. When I read the book, I am somehow moved by the words chosen by the author and the way ideas are presented.
Then, the content. I think this book is a kind of a self-help book, but a rare one, as its central theme is our heart and how we should work on there to better improve our condition. Not only does it stand out in that way, it can also be life-changing if one were to read the pages contemplatively and reflectively.
It is like a purification manual, one with a practice that people can apply to cleanse their heart, therefore better their condition.
Readers will also notice the vast amount of insightful information and knowledge written in the pages from beginning to end, thus proving the author’s mastery of the Arabic language and his deep understanding of the poem on hand.
It is safe to say that everyone should give this book a try as the many diseases of the spiritual heart can exist in any Muslim if one were not careful.
If your experience of reading it is anything like mine, you will be touched by the ideas of the book and end up sincerely desiring to guard your heart against all ailments that it might invite, as explained in the book.
The author, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is regarded by many as one of the most influential Islamic figures in the West and is currently the president of Zaytuna College, a Muslim liberal arts college in California, USA.***