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Ibn al Qayyim (R): Pre-reqs of Achieving High Aims

“Keep your head and your heart in the right direction and you’ll never have to worry about your feet.”

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Imam ibn al Qayyim (R):

Achieving high aims depends upon having a (1) firm intention and (2) strong will.

Whoever loses them will never attain his goals because when one’s intention is firm, it adheres to the plan. And if one’s will is strong, the servant will walk along the right way that leads to that aim.

Having a strong will opens the way and a resolute intention focuses one on the aim. If his aim coincides with the way that reaches to it, he will be successful.

If his intention is weak, he will not have a high aim.

If his will is not strong, it will not lead him to his aim.

The whole matter depends upon the will and the intention of the servant and they will never be achieved without neglecting three matters:

First: innovations which people make.

Second: abandoning worldly pleasures and vain pleasures, which hinder him from his way and aim.

Third: purify one’s heart from any vain desires that will distract his intention.

[From: Al Fawa-id, ‘The Requirements of Achieving High Targets’, pp.243-244]

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