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One cannot get rid of any bad habit without tawbah, tawbah is generated by knowledge of Allah and by knowing oneself.  What makes the heart sick is sins, thus to heal it is one needs to stop sinning and start doing good deeds.  Ibn al Qayyim has an entire book on the effect of sins and their relationship to the heart, al Jawab al Kafi liman sa'la an aldawa' ashafi

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Originally posted by Emad

One cannot get rid of any bad habit without tawbah, tawbah is generated by knowledge of Allah and by knowing oneself.  What makes the heart sick is sins, thus to heal it is one needs to stop sinning and start doing good deeds. 

 
Yes, repentence from sins is a must
 
All sins are poisons for the heart, as each sin committed leaves a dark spot on the heart
 
According to Muslim scholars, there are 4 main poisons which affect the heart of a believer:
 
1- Unnecessary Talking
 
2- Unrestrained Glances
 
3- Too Much Food
 
4- Keeping Bad Company
 
These are the 4 most dangerous ways which turn a sound heart into a sick heart
 
Detailed explanation of these 4 poisons:
 
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Whoever is concerned with the health and life of his heart, must rid it of the effects of such poisons, and then protect it by avoiding new ones. If he takes any by mistake, then he should hasten to wipe out their effect by turning in repentance and seeking forgiveness from All‚h, as well as by doing good deeds that will wipe out his wrong actions.

By the four poisons we mean unnecessary talking, unrestrained glances, too much food and keeping bad company. Of all the poisons, these are the most widespread and have the greatest effect on a heartís well-being

 
- In Ramadan, we eat less and our faith is stronger
 
- We all feel the difference on faith in the heart when we are in good company of brothers or sisters who remind us of Allah
 
These are the main things to avoid
 
What next are the positive things a believer should do in order for the heart to be sound and alive?
 
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To continue with the answer to the above question from the book titled "The Purification of the Soul According to the scholars of the Salaf" -

Summary translation of main points from page 44:
 
- In the same way that water and food are necessary for the life of the body, doing good deeds are a must for the life of the heart ...
 
- Sins are poisons which corrupt the heart, and in the same way that a person gets rid of any type of food which may harm his body, a believer safeguards his heart from sins ...
 
- All good deeds are therefore important for the life of the heart, and the most important for a sound heart are:
 
1- The remembrance of Allah and Reading The Qur'an
 
2- Asking Allah's Forgiveness
 
3- Making du'aa (supplications to Allah)
 
4- Sending peace and blessings to the Prophet
 
5- Praying at night (Qiyyam Al-Layl)
 
These five important cures for the heart to be detailed In-Shaa-Allah ...
 
 
 
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1- The Remembrance of Allah and Reading The Qur'an
 
The remembrance of Allah for the heart is like water for fish
 
As the body needs food for life, the heart needs to remember Allah for inner peace and tranquility
 
Allah (SWT) says in Chapter 2, Verse 152:
 
"And remember me, I will remember you"
 
Each time a believer remembers Allah, Allah remembers him
 
The Qur'an is also a cure for the heart.
 
Allah (SWT) says:
 
"O mankind, there has come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers" (11:57)
 
why is The Qur'an a healing for the heart?
 
The diseases of the heart are divided in 2 main groups: doubts (shubuhat) and desires (shahawat)
 
The Qur'an cures both types of diseases, with clear verses and guidance which shows the path of Truth, and wisdom and guidance that reminds the reader of the Hereafter
 
Ibn Mas'oud said: He who loves the Qur'an loves Allah and His messenger
 
And 'Uthman ibn 'Affan said: "If your hearts are purified, you would never have enough from (listening and reading) the words of your Lord"
 
(Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured) (13:28)
 
Remembering Allah and reading The Qur'an cure the heart, make it more sound and give it inner peace
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2- Repenting and Asking Allah's Forgiveness

Asking Allah to forgive (istighfar) is often associated with repentence (tawbah), as the first is done by words, and the second is done by deeds by the act of giving up the sin
 
Each sin a believer does leaves a black trace or spot on the heart, and istighfar wipes out these spots and cleans the heart
 
The prophet, peace be upon him, used to seek forgiveness more than 70 times each day, and he set for us this example to follow in order to help keep our hearts clean and sound
 
The cure for sins is to seek Allah's forgiveness and the best time is at the end of each of the five daily prayers, and in the last third part of the night
 
Allah is The Most Merciful, The forgiver of sins, and He forgives all sins when a believer repents
 
The following extract is from an article by Imam Ibn ul Qayyim al Jawziyyah titled The State of Repentance

Seeking Refuge from Sin

The first aspect of tawbah, then, is to see how one was taken away from seeking the pleasure of Allah, by committing sins. Next, one has to recognize that Allah didn't safeguard him from sin. One should also ponder how happy one was while sinning and being persistent on the sin, while knowing with surety that Allah ever watches over whatever is done in the heavens or on the earth.

 
 
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3- Supplications: Making Du'aa

Du'aa is a very important cure for reaching a sound heart when done on a regular basis, as it keeps the heart of a believer attached to Allah (SWT) and makes him aware that Allah is the real source of all what we need in this life and in the Hereafter
 
Different types of supplications as detailed in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, are a cure for the heart, and at the same time are the core of worship.
 
The following du'aa example cures the heart when:
 
- Feeling down and sad

- Feeling stressed out

- Feeling lazy

- Feeling worried about your debts

O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow,
 
From weakness and laziness,
 
From miserliness and cowardice,
 
From the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.Ē [Hadith in Sahih Al-Bukhari]
 
The following is a brief extract from an article on supplications and its impact on the heart of a believer:
 
Nothing softens the heart more than asking Allah to soften it and make it merciful. This is the promise of the Prophet, peace be upon him, when he said, "Call on Allah being certain that your prayer will be answered, but know at the same time that Allah will not answer the prayer of a heart which is negligent."

Dua will soften the heart and Allah is the One who will soften the heart. Our dua to Him will be answered, but we have to believe it

 
May Allah soften our hearts and make them sound
 
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