Dead Hearts and Empty Supplications

It is reported that Ibrahim bin Adham (R) once passed through the market of Basrah. People gathered around him and asked: O Abu Ishaq, Allah (God) the Exalted says in his Book. ‘Call on me, I will answer your prayers’, but we have been calling on Him for a long time and He does not answer our prayers.

Ibrahim replied, “O people of Baṣrah, your hearts have died in respect to ten things:

First, you know Allah but you do not give Him His rights;

second, you have read Allah’s Book but you do not act by it;

third, you claim to love Allah’s Messenger – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – yet you abandon his Sunnah;

fourth, you claim to be enemies to Shaytan but you conform to his ways ;

fifth, you say you love Paradise yet you do not work for it;

sixth, you say you fear The Fire yet you put yourselves closer to it by sinning;

seventh, you say death is true but you do not prepare for it;

eighth, you busy yourselves with the faults of others and disregard your own;

ninth, you consume the favours of your Lord but are not grateful for them;

and tenth, you bury your dead but take no lesson from them.”

– Collected