Water to a Fish

Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“Remembrance is to the heart what water is to the fish.  And what is the state of a fish that leaves water?”

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (rahimahullah) said:

“Doubtless, a heart grows tarnished like brass or silver, and its polish is by remembrance, which may make it shine like a crystal mirror.  So when one neglects the remembrance it tarnishes, and when he returns it shines.  Since the heart is tarnished by two things- heedlessness and sin- it is polished by two things: remembrance and asking forgiveness.”

-Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, The Invocation of God.


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