Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah writes,
“Shaykh Al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyyah), God be pleased with him, said to me, when I presented to him one objection (îrâd) after another,
‘Do not make your heart like a sponge for objections and doubts, such that it cannot ripen but with them, but rather like polished glass, so doubts may pass over its surface but do not stay within: its purity makes you see them, and its firmness allows you to repel them’.
Or something to this effect. I do not know of any other advice that has helped me repel doubts like this one”.
-Sharaf Al-Dîn, Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya, p. 102; see Miftâ^ dâr Al-saâdah, Cairo, Matba'at Al-Saâdah, 1905, vol. 1, p. 148
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