Ibn Qayyim on Hearts: A void that can only be filled by love of Allah

Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “In the heart are disorders that cannot be remedied except by responding to Allah. In it is a desolate feeling that cannot be removed except by intimacy with Him solitude. In it is sadness which will not leave except by happiness with knowing Him and truthfulness in his dealings. In it is anxiety that is not made tranquil except by gathering for His sake and fleeing to Him from His punishment. In it is a fire of regret which cannot be extinguished except by satisfaction with His commands, prohibitions, and decrees, and embracing patience with that until the time he meets Him. In it is a strong desire that will not cease until He is the only one who is sought. In it is a void that cannot be filled except by His love, turning to Him, always remembering Him, and being sincere to Him. Were a person to be given the entire world and everything in it, that would never fill the void.”

Source: Madārij al-Sālikīn 3/156

قال ابن القيم رحمه الله فَفِي الْقَلْبِ شَعَثٌ لَا يَلُمُّهُ إِلَّا الْإِقْبَالُ عَلَى اللَّهِ وَفِيهِ وَحْشَةٌ لَا يُزِيلُهَا إِلَّا الْأُنْسُ بِهِ فِي خَلْوَتِهِ وَفِيهِ حُزْنٌ لَا يُذْهِبُهُ إِلَّا السُّرُورُ بِمَعْرِفَتِهِ وَصِدْقِ مُعَامَلَتِهِ وَفِيهِ قَلَقٌ لَا يُسَكِّنُهُ إِلَّا الِاجْتِمَاعُ عَلَيْهِ وَالْفِرَارُ مِنْهُ إِلَيْهِ وَفِيهِ نِيرَانُ حَسَرَاتٍ لَا يُطْفِئُهَا إِلَّا الرِّضَا بِأَمْرِهِ وَنَهْيِهِ وَقَضَائِهِ وَمُعَانَقَةُ الصَّبْرِ عَلَى ذَلِكَ إِلَى وَقْتِ لِقَائِهِ وَفِيهِ طَلَبٌ شَدِيدٌ لَا يَقِفُ دُونَ أَنْ يَكُونَ هُوَ وَحْدَهُ مَطْلُوبَهُ وَفِيهِ فَاقَةٌ لَا يَسُدُّهَا إِلَّا مَحَبَّتُهُ وَالْإِنَابَةُ إِلَيْهِ وَدَوَامُ ذِكْرِهِ وَصِدْقُ الْإِخْلَاصِ لَهُ وَلَوْ أُعْطِيَ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا فِيهَا لَمْ تَسُدَّ تِلْكَ الْفَاقَةَ مِنْهُ أَبَدًا

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