The Ultimate in Home Security by Imām al-Muhāsibī


Imām al-Muhāsibī quotes the following in his text Risālah al-Mustarshidīn:

“The parable of the heart is like that of a house with six doors. Be careful and do not allow anything to enter one of those doors, or your home will be ruined. Your heart is the house, and the six doors are your tongue, your sight, your hearing, your sense of smell, your hands and your limbs. When one of those doors is opened without knowledge, the home is lost.”

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  1. I believe Imam Zaid did a class on this text called Purification of the Soul

    It can be purchased at http://www.zaidshakir.com I believe.

  2. Hamza 21 says:

    Imam Zaid series is called “Purification of The soul” You can also hear it online.

    http://nadeem.lightuponlight.com/indexaudios2.html#Zaid_Shakir

    As well as Imam Suhaib has audio about this book on this site in audio section. Though the the mp3 doesn’t work for me on wma. It may have been encoded wrong.

    note: Please reupload mp3 webmaster.

    As Salaam Alaykum

  3. Hamza 21 says:

    I forgot to add Imam Zaid also released a english translation of this book a few months ago.

    http://islamicbookstore.com/b10002.html

  4. JB says:

    I love this example! Dr. Omar AbdelKafy gave a similar example too (I don know if he was quoting someone else or not) pertaining to performing sunnah acts. He said imagine a house with a huge garden and a strong gate, and a house with no garden. If a thief were to try come in through the first house, the inhabitants of the house would hear him before he entered as he would have to get past the first gate and the garden, and they would be able to prevent him. However, in the case of the second house, the thief would be able to enter the house before they realize.

    The house with the garden is like a person who not only does the fardh, but adds to it the sunna. When shaitan tries to make him fall, he will have to get through the sunna acts before he can even get to the fardh. The house with no garden is like a person who only performs the fardh. Shaitan can get to those acts more easily.

  5. Mohamed says:

    ‘When one of those doors is opened without knowledge, the home is lost.’

    I didn’t understand this. If anyone could elaborate I would be very grateful.

    Jazakallah

  6. Usamah says:

    MAy Allah bless Imam Zaid for caring about the English speaking Muslims enough to translated and offer this beneficial text to aid us in the development of our closeness to our Lord

  7. Hamza 21 says:

    “When one of those doors is opened without knowledge, the home is lost.”

    Mohammad I believe it means that everything has purpose and if your don’t know the beneficial or detriment effects of a action you will most likely ended up causing harm to yourself. One must always have a clear understanding of what the end result of performed action is. In other words if you don’t know where you’re going how do you know when you get there?

    Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has great video about Risalah al Mustarshidin and protecting the heart called “Curing The Heart”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAcr7qhsBvs

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