3. The Diseased Heart
This is (qalb al-mareedh) the heart that contains life but also possesses a defect. It has two urges calling it, one leading it to life and the other leading it to death and it follows whichever of the two that predominates. It contains love of Allaah, the Exalted, faith in Him, sincerity to Him and trust and reliance upon him from those matters that are essential to its life. It also contains the love of its carnal desires, giving preference to them and eagerness to attain them. It contains jealousy, arrogance, self-amazement, and love of ranking and sowing corruption in the land through attaining leadership from those matters that necessarily lead to its destruction and devastation It is constantly being tried by two callers, one calling it to Allaah, His Messenger and the abode of the Hereafter and the other calling it to temporal, worldly matters. It responds to the one that is closest and most predominant at that time.
Ibn al-Qayyim, al-muntaqaa min Ighaathatul-lahfaan
Excerpt from the new publication: Diseases of The Heart: Reality, Signs and Cures