Ibn al-Qayyim on Hearts: The heart of a believer is like a bird

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The heart on its journey towards Allah Almighty is as if it were a bird. Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the head is secure, then the two wings will fly well. When the head is cut off, the bird will die. When either of the two wings is damaged, the bird becomes vulnerable to every hunter and predator… Some of the righteous predecessors said: The best of states is to balance hope and fear and to let love prevail over them. Love is the vehicle and hope and fear are its two drivers, and Allah will bring them to His blessings and generosity.”

Source: Madārij al-Sālikīn 1/513

قال ابن القيم رحمه الله الْقَلْبُ فِي سَيْرِهِ إِلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ بِمَنْزِلَةِ الطَّائِرِ فَالْمَحَبَّةُ رَأْسُهُ وَالْخَوْفُ وَالرَّجَاءُ جَنَاحَاهُ فَمَتَى سَلِمَ الرَّأْسُ وَالْجَنَاحَانِ فَالطَّائِرُ جَيِّدُ الطَّيَرَانِ وَمَتَى قُطِعَ الرَّأْسُ مَاتَ الطَّائِرُ وَمَتَى فُقِدَ الْجَنَاحَانِ فَهُوَ عُرْضَةٌ لِكُلِّ صَائِدٍ وَكَاسِرٍ … وَقَالَ غَيْرُهُ (من السَّلَف) أَكْمَلُ الْأَحْوَالِ اعْتِدَالُ الرَّجَاءِ وَالْخَوْفِ وَغَلَبَةُ الْحُبِّ فَالْمَحَبَّةُ هِيَ الْمَرْكَبُ وَالرَّجَاءُ حَادٍ وَالْخَوْفُ سَائِقٌ وَاللَّهُ الْمُوَصِّلُ بِمَنِّهِ وَكَرَمِهِ

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